EM Pharmacy Program

Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency

Mission Statement

The Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy (EMSOP) is dedicated to excellence in healthcare and biomedical education, innovative and visionary research and scholarship in the pharmaceutical sciences, exemplary clinical practice, and outreach community services that address the needs of the citizens of New Jersey and society at large.

In conjunction with the Department of Pharmacy at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), the mission of the PGY2 EM pharmacy residency is to serve as the profession responsible for the appropriate use of medications in the emergency department.

Our core mission is to create an environment that enables pharmacists to:

  • Provide high quality patient care by optimizing the use of medications, ensure their safe distribution and administration, and achieve positive patient outcomes
  • Contribute to educational programs and services throughout the medical center
  • Educate on the safe, effective, and appropriate use of medications
  • Promote pharmacy as an essential component of the multidisciplinary healthcare team
  • Provide leadership for the development and conduction of medication-related clinical research

Purpose Statement

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in advanced or specialized practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge, and incorporating both into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them as a clinical pharmacist and/or faculty position and allow them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in the specialized practice area (where board certification for the practice area exists).

Program Overview

Pharmacists are part of the multidisciplinary team responsible for the care of our patients. Integrated pharmacy services including verification, dispensing, rounding, and patient counseling are established in critical care, internal medicine, infectious diseases, emergency medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, solid organ transplant, and both adult and pediatric hematology/oncology.  Additionally, we are actively involved in various hospital-wide committees that guide effective and safe medication use and monitoring.

The PGY2 residency in emergency medicine pharmacy will focus on the provision of clinical pharmacy services to RWJUH Emergency Department (ED) in New Brunswick, NJ. RWJUH is the level 1 trauma center for Central New Jersey seeing approximately 90,000 patients annually. The resident’s focus will be on the direct care of ED patients in treatment areas such as emergent care, urgent care, non-urgent care, and pediatrics. Other rotation electives including MICU, SICU, and others are available. An academic appointment with the school of pharmacy is provided and the resident is provided the opportunity to participate in teaching certificate program at RU, toxicology related didactic lectures, and function as a co-preceptor for Rutgers University pharmacy students.

Graduates of the program are empowered to treat and appropriately triage the most complex chronic and acute illnesses presented by emergency department patients, including those with multiple disease states and serious complicationsThey also acquire the experience necessary to exercise leadership for emergency medicine pharmacy practice in the health-care system. Graduates of the emergency medicine pharmacy residency are experienced in teaching other health professionals and those in training to be health professionals.

PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Curriculum

Required Rotations

  • Orientation/Pharmacy Operations                       4 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine – Urgent Care I                    2 Weeks
  • Emergency Medicine – Resuscitation I                  2 Weeks
  • Emergency Medicine – Resuscitation II                 4 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine – Pre Hospital Care                4 Weeks
  • Emergency Medicine – Observation                      4 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine – Disaster Preparedness            4 Weeks
  • Emergency Medicine Academic                           5 weeks
  • Medical Intensive Care                                4 weeks
  • Toxicology                                            4 weeks
  • Trauma                                                4 Weeks
  • Elective Rotation                                     4 weeks
  • ED Culture Follow –up                                 Longitudinal
  • Research and Didactic Learning                        Longitudinal
  • Operations                                            Longitudinal


Elective Rotations

The Resident may choose from the following rotations:

  1. Medical Intensive Care II, Surgical Intensive Care, Transitions of care, Burn ICU, Emergency Medicine – Community, Academic Toxicology

Longitudinal Pharmacy Practice Experiences

  • Residents will interact with Doctor of Pharmacy students from the EMSOP at Rutgers University
  • Residents will have the opportunity to develop teaching skills by providing in-service presentations and participating in a Teaching Certificate Program at the EMSOP at Rutgers University
  • A scholarly research project is required, and the results are to be presented at the Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors
  • BLS, PALS, and ACLS training is required
  • Weekend pharmacist staffing duties are required every other weekend beginning October 1st
  • The resident is required to two in-service lectures to the pharmacy staff (Tech and Pharmacist) given as a webinar

Patrick Bridgeman
EM Pharmacy Program Director