PGY2 Critical Care

The PGY2 Critical Care Residency at Nebraska Medicine offers a unique and stimulating learning environment providing comprehensive clinical training in critical care pharmacy practice. A resident completing this program will be a competent practitioner in the care of critically ill patients who will be qualified to function as a highly skilled critical care practitioner within a health system or in academia.

The resident will be integrally involved with health care professionals throughout the continuum of patient care, including patient education, assessment, and therapeutic recommendations. Working with experienced pharmacy clinicians, the resident will also gain experience serving as a preceptor for pharmacy students and PGY1 pharmacy residents. Residents will provide compassionate, evidence-based, progressive medical care. The program allows tailored instruction for the individual based on interest and past experiences.

Practice Area

Nebraska Medicine is the clinical partner of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), which includes the colleges of medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry and allied health. UNMC, with an enrollment of approximately 3,655 students, is the only public academic health science center in Nebraska and is internationally recognized as a leader in patient care, research and education. The not-for-profit hospital is known for excellence and innovation in medicine.

Nebraska Medicine is an 809-bed, Comprehensive Level One trauma center with over 60,000 emergency room visits per year. As the primary teaching hospital for UNMC, Nebraska Medicine is a respected leader in neuro-critical care, cardiovascular care, solid organ transplantation, bone marrow transplantation and oncology. Nebraska Medicine brings together the expertise of private practice medicine with the strengths of an academic health center.

Nebraska Medicine’s many areas of specialization give the resident a variety of experiences, from the critically ill neonate to the cancer patient undergoing bone marrow transplantation. By combining state-of-the-art research, education and extraordinary patient care, we offer the best of both worlds.

The working relationship between Nebraska Medicine and the UNMC College of Pharmacy provides a solid foundation for a quality pharmacy residency program. The program provides an excellent mixture of clinical experiences, one-on-one interaction with faculty and clinical preceptors and the flexibility to modify the program to individual needs. In addition, the residency provides many opportunities for educating and precepting students. The end product is pharmacy training that actively involves the resident in patient care, education and research.


Required Rotations

  •     Orientation (July)
  •     Medical ICU (2 months)
  •     Trauma Critical Care
  •     Cardiovascular ICU
  •     Neurosurgical ICU
  •     Thoracic and Vascular ICU
  •     Nocturnal ICU
  •     Emergency Medicine
  •     Advanced Heart Failure/Heart Transplant

Longitudinal Rotations

  •     Pharmacy Grand Rounds
  •     Leadership Development Series
  •     Critical Care Management
  •     Clinical Controversy Debate
  •     Research
  •     Medication Use Evaluation
  •     Journal Club
  •     Service (Staffing)

Elective Rotations

  •     EP Cardiology
  •     Anticoagulation Stewardship
  •     Adult Stem Cell Transplantation
  •     Adult or Pediatric Liver Transplant
  •     Kidney/Pancreas Transplant
  •     Infectious Diseases (ID)
  •     Toxicology
  •     Neonatal ICU


PGY2 residents are required to fulfill the service commitment (staffing) designed to ensure that residents gain experience and can function as competent clinical practitioners. Each resident will train with preceptors and basic training will take place during the first month of residency. At the conclusion of the basic training period, the designated preceptors and the resident will mutually determine if the resident is ready to function independently as a pharmacist.

As part of the service commitment for PGY2 residents, the following staffing requirements apply:

  • The PGY2 critical care resident will staff 39 shifts per year including one holiday
  • Staffing will occur in Adult Intensive Care Units

Journal Club

Residents will participate in bi-weekly journal clubs. The purpose of the critical care pharmacy journal club is to allow residents to build a foundational understanding of research design and principles, gain experience in the critical evaluation of critical care-related primary literature, and share collaborative ideas with multidisciplinary colleagues.

Clinical Controversy Debate

Residents will be afforded the opportunity to professionally debate a topic of clinical controversy. Each PGY2 resident will be responsible to provide two separate discussions of clinical controversy, with each resident debating each other.

Participation in Teaching Activities

Resident involvement in all teaching activities fosters the development and refinement of the resident’s communication skills and knowledge base. This experience can build confidence and promote the effectiveness of the resident as a teacher. Residents will serve as co-preceptors for P-4 pharmacy students on clinical rotations and are expected to act as role models for our future practitioners. In addition, residents will collaborate with the UNMC College of Pharmacy by participating in activities including inservices, didactic lectures, case studies and small group discussions throughout the year. In all circumstances, each resident will work under the guidance of a preceptor.

Chief Pharmacy Resident

The chief pharmacy resident is a specialty pharmacy resident (PGY2) who coordinates and keeps track of activities associated with all concurrent pharmacy residents. The chief resident also provides leadership, support and encouragement to all residents as a peer in clinical practice. The chief pharmacy resident serves as the secretary on the Residency Advisory Committee (RAC) and works closely with all program directors.


Logan Olson, PharmD, BCCCP
Inpatient Critical Care Pharmacist
PGY2 Critical Care Residency Program Director
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy
981090 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-1090
Phone: (402)-559-7015

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