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Emergency Medicine (Rockford)

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Illinois’ fourth-largest city, Rockford is known for its many parks and forest preserves, as well as theaters, museums, and other “big city amenities” in the context of a smaller-town feel and cost-of-living.

The UIC College of Pharmacy is considered “One College, Two Campuses” with campuses in Rockford and Chicago, Illinois. This Emergency Medicine PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program partners with OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center to provide quality training in Rockford.  The College educates and trains students, residents, and fellows as well as practicing pharmacists to become nationally recognized for their leadership, knowledge, and competence in practice, research, and teaching.

The College is part of UIC Health Sciences Campus which includes the College of Medicine and College of Nursing. Being so closely associated with the other colleges on campus leads to unique interprofessional education opportunities in Rockford.

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The UIC College of Pharmacy of Rockford, in conjunction with OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center (SAMC) Rockford, offers this one-year PGY2 residency in Emergency Medicine. This ASHP pre-candidate status residency training program will foster and develop the necessary clinical and didactic teaching and research skills and experience such that upon completion of this residency the resident should be prepared to teach other health care professionals, students and trainees. The focus of training in this residency is in the Emergency Department (ED) where residents are expected to develop the skills to be capable to care for patients with a variety of diseases and disorders and varying acuity levels. During this residency training program, there are multiple Emergency Department settings, as well as a variety of elective training sites to meet the individual clinical training needs of the resident. The faculty serves as one of the largest clinical groups in the medical center and provides a wealth of knowledge and experience. The program will provide ample opportunity to enhance leadership and communication skills. Graduates of this program will be skilled clinical practitioners with experience in didactic and clinical teaching as well as clinical research.

The UIC College of Pharmacy has a history of pharmacy practice, collaborative research, and post-doctoral training with the Department of Emergency Services at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.

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Program Purpose

The residency offers specialty training in emergency medicine and critical care. The resident’s focus will be on direct care of ED patients within SAMC. An academic appointment with the college of pharmacy is provided and the resident may participate in didactic lectures, and function as a co-preceptor for UIC College of Pharmacy students and OSF SAMC PGY1 residents. By focusing on developing clinical pharmacists prepared to offer medication-related care on multidisciplinary teams, the program provides the advantages of preparation for establishing a new pharmacy service and board certification. Under the mentorship and guidance of experienced clinical faculty members, the pharmacy resident will transition from a PGY1 to an advanced specialty independent practitioner during the 12-month program.

Program Goals

Educational Goals and Objectives for PGY2 EM Residents are outlined in the official American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists document, Educational Outcomes, Goals, and Objectives for Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Pharmacy Residents in Emergency Medicine.

Program Structure

The resident will complete clinical rotations in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. Unless otherwise discussed and agreed upon by the resident, preceptor, and residency director, all clinical rotation learning experiences are one month in duration. The sequence of the clinical rotation learning experiences is individualized to meet the educational and clinical skill needs of each resident.

Other Required Learning Experiences:

  • Emergency Medicine Administration (Longitudinal)
  • Emergency Medicine Staffing (Longitudinal)
  • Emergency Medicine Research (Longitudinal)
  • Emergency Medicine Teaching (Longitudinal)

Teaching Responsibilities:

The resident will have an academic appointment at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy for one year, to begin at the start of that year. The resident will be responsible for co-
precepting students and PGY-1 pharmacy practice residents at OSF SAMC. The resident will also serve as a didactic lecturer and/or facilitator within the College of Pharmacy courses. The resident will participate
in either the Resident Teaching Certificate Program, or the Advanced Teaching and Learning Program
offered to PGY2 residents and fellows. Completion of additional teaching activities throughout the
course of the residency year are encouraged, but additional activities beyond those required should be
approved by the RPD and should not hinder the other required residency activities.

Scholarly Activity:

The resident is expected to participate in clinical research and to complete two publications/posters
within the year, including one major residency project. The resident will also be required to present one
continuing education seminar during the residency year.

Seminar:

The Emergency Medicine resident is required to prepare and deliver a 1-hour ACPE accredited seminar
during the second half of the year.

Weekend Staffing:

The resident is expected to participate in weekend ED staffing, every fourth weekend, starting in
September through the end of the residency year.

Additional Benefits:

Support for travel to ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting will be provided. Travel expenses for additional
meetings may also be covered. The resident will be given sick time and two weeks’ vacation and will be
eligible for medical, dental, vision, and life insurance.

Requirements:

Applicants for the Emergency Medicine Residency must possess a PharmD degree from an ACPE Accredited University. Completion of an ASHP Accredited PGY-1 post-doctoral residency is required. It is
required that all PGY2 Emergency Medicine residents are eligible for licensure in Illinois and that the
resident successfully obtains an Illinois Pharmacist license.

Required Clinical Rotation Learning Experiences (4 weeks) include:

  • Orientation
  • Emergency Medicine, Operations
  • Emergency Medicine, Clinical I
  • Emergency Medicine, Clinical II
  • Emergency Medicine, Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics
  • Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care
  • Critical Care – Medical Intensive Care

Elective Clinical Rotation Learning Experiences (4 weeks) include:

  • Critical Care –Burn/Trauma Intensive Care
  • Critical Care – Cardiothoracic Intensive Care
  • Critical Care – Neuro Intensive Care
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatrics-Off-site Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Toxicology

Elective Clinical Rotation Learning Experiences (3 weeks) include:

  • Critical Care –Nutrition

The Medical Center:

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center (SAMC) is a Magnet® recognized 254-bed Level I Trauma, burn center and DNV Certified comprehensive stroke center. SAMC is one of 15 hospitals within the OSF HealthCare System. It has been nationally recognized for its management of strokes and coronary artery bypass graft surgeries. The Department of Pharmacy maintains an Affiliation Agreement with the  University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy.

The Emergency Department:

The Emergency Department at the OSF SAMC is a 24-bed department with an average of 40,000 patient
visits annually. The ED treats both pediatric and adult patients. The ED staff is composed of attending
physicians, clinical pharmacists, pharmacy residents, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, and
medical, pharmacy, and nursing students.

  •  Three letters of recommendation from PGY1 preceptors submitted through PhORCAS

Marianne Pop, PharmD, MPH, BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency Medicine
Director, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency

Oksana Kucher, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Pharmacist, Medical ICU and Surgical ICU
Coordinator, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency

Thomas Maggio, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacist, Cardiac ICU

Timothy F. Murrey, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Infectious Disease Coordinator

Uyen T. Nguyen, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacist, Burn, Neuro, and Trauma ICU

Year Resident School PGY 1 Program
2022-2023 Sarah Stepanek Midwestern University Ascension St. Joseph-Joliet, IL

Marianne Pop, PharmD, MPH, BCPS Heading link

Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency Medicine
Director, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency

1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford, Illinois 61107

Oksana Kucher, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP Heading link

Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Pharmacist, Medical ICU and Surgical ICU
Coordinator, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency

1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford, Illinois 61107