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The Atrium Health Cabarrus Emergency Medicine PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program offers residents a diverse learning experience. While the emergency department is the primary practice setting, residents will also have time dedicated to other activities, including but not limited to, learning in other practice areas, committee involvement and teaching. This PGY2 pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in emergency medicine. 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 or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.
The focus of this program is to further prepare pharmacist clinicians for direct patient care positions in the emergency department/critical care setting. Atrium Health Cabarrus’ training environment provides the framework for preparing pharmacists who will provide patient-centered medication therapy management across the health care continuum including transitions of care.

Program Overview

Atrium Health Cabarrus is a progressive 457-bed community hospital located in Concord, NC, approximately 20 miles outside of Charlotte. Being the only acute care hospital in Cabarrus County, Atrium Health Cabarrus serves a very diverse patient population. Our highly skilled medical team, innovative technology and commitment to personalized care, makes Atrium Health Cabarrus a leading destination for future pharmacy professionals.

The Emergency Care Center at Atrium Health Cabarrus has 60 beds, 44 of which are dedicated to medical emergencies and 16 dedicated to behavioral health emergencies. Atrium Health Cabarrus is a level 3 trauma center, comprehensive stroke center and comprehensive chest pain center. The emergency care center serves approximately 120,000 patients annually.

Atrium Health Mission: To improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all.

Atrium Health Vision: To be the national leader for health, learning and community.

Program Structure

This residency builds on the concepts established during PGY1 pharmacy residency training. The resident will further develop their knowledge base through direct patient care activities and evidence-based medicine. The resident will have the opportunity to learn alongside a strong and encouraging interdisciplinary team. The backbone of this PGY2 residency program is the commitment of its preceptors to provide a welcoming, yet challenging learning experience for each individual resident.

The Emergency Medicine PGY2 Pharmacy Residency at Atrium Health Cabarrus is a one-year, full-time residency beginning approximately July 1 of each year. The program offers a wide variety of rotations that focus on providing clinical pharmacy services, while also providing leadership and teaching experiences. Clinical learning experiences are completed in one-month blocks with the addition of several longitudinal and concentrated learning experiences.

These additional experiences include completing a clinical research project and a medication use evaluation. The resident will also have the opportunity to present their research project at a research symposium and submit the project for publication. Other expectations include committee involvement and obtaining/maintaining various certifications (ACLS, PALS, etc.). A service commitment is also required. Upon completion of all residency requirements, trainees will be awarded a residency certificate of completion.


Residents receive full benefits, including medical, dental and vision coverage. Ten paid working days are available for vacation or sick time as well as five interview days. A travel allowance will be provided to attend ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, a regional residency research symposium and/or other selected meetings. Each resident is provided with a dedicated office space containing individual double monitor desktop computer, phone, storage/filing space as well as a shared printer. In addition, residents receive remote access to the hospital network, comprehensive drug information resources, one lab coat, a meal allowance and free parking. The Department of Pharmacy also has an active continuing education program, with opportunities offered on a routine basis.

Emergency Medicine PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program

Providing patient-centered, evidence-based medication management is the foundation and focus of this PGY2 program. Residents will develop the skills and knowledge required to become competent pharmacy practitioners with advanced skills in emergency medicine.

This pharmacy residency program is a 12-month postgraduate training experience.

Estimated Start Date: July 1

Estimated Stipend: $57,195

Positions Available: 1

National Matching Service Program Code: 669569

Required Learning Experiences

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Introduction to Emergency Medicine (8 weeks)
  • Adult Emergency Medicine I – Trauma/Neurology (4 weeks)
  • Adult Emergency Medicine II – Cardiovascular/Pulmonary (4 weeks)
  • Adult Emergency Medicine III – GI/Renal/Endocrine (4 weeks)
  • Toxicology (4 weeks)
  • Critical Care I (4 weeks)

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Research Project
    • Presented at North Carolina Research in Education and Practice Symposium
  • Medication Use Evaluation/Process Improvement Project
    • Poster presentation at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • ACPE-accredited CE Program
  • Code Blue/Resuscitation Response
  • Emergency Medicine Precepting
    • Teaching Certificate (if not obtained during PGY1)
  • Leadership/Committee Involvement
  • Antimicrobial Culture Callbacks
  • Service Commitment/Staffing Component
  • Conference Attendance
    • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (required)
    • Regional research symposium meeting (required)
    • EMPoweRx Conference (optional)

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Advanced Emergency Medicine Precepting (4 weeks)
  • Infectious Diseases & Antimicrobial Stewardship (4 weeks)
  • Pediatrics & Special Populations (4 weeks)
  • Critical Care II (4 weeks)
  • Cardiac Intensive Care (4 weeks)
  • Behavioral Health (4 weeks)
  • Interdisciplinary Patient Care (4 weeks)
    • 1 week with ED MD/DO/PA/NP
    • 1 week with ED RN
    • 1 week with EMS
    • 1 week with RT

Concentrated Learning Experiences

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification (required)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification (required)
  • Pediatric Life Support (PALS) Certification (required)
  • Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) Certification (optional)
  • Advanced Hazmat Life Support (AHLS) Certification (optional)
  • Emergency Medicine Certificate (optional)