PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant

The PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Residency at Nebraska Medicine offers a unique and stimulating learning environment, which provides comprehensive clinical training in transplant pharmacy practice.  Our residency builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in advanced or specialized transplant practice.  The Nebraska Medicine PGY2 solid organ transplant pharmacy residency provides 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 the accredited Nebraska Medicine PGY2 solid organ transplant pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

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.


PGY2 residents are required to fulfill the service commitment (staffing) designed to ensure that residents gain experience and can function as competent clinical transplant 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:

  1. PGY2 residents will staff 23 shifts throughout the year, approximately two shifts per month that may or may not include weekends and/or evenings
  2. PGY2 residents must work one holiday.
  3. Staffing will occur primarily in the resident’s specialty area of training.

Research and Clinical Decision Support

Residents will be required to develop and complete a research project and conduct a medication use evaluation. Clinical staff will present project ideas during orientation and the resident will be able to select projects based on their clinical interests. They will be responsible for obtaining IRB approval (if required), project development, and data collection and analysis. Ultimately, the goal is for the resident to complete the projects, submit for presentation at a national transplant meeting and complete a manuscript for publication. 

View past research presentations

Transplant Research Conference

Each resident will be participate in a bi-monthly seminar where they will present on landmark transplant studies and journal club presentations.  The articles and topics will be chosen by the resident to allow them to further explore areas that they want to gain a deeper understanding, including disease states, transplant pharmacology and primary literature evaluation.


Required Rotations

  • Orientation (July) – 1 month

Core Rotations

  • Liver/Small Bowel Transplant I- 6 weeks
  • Kidney/Pancreas transplant I- 6 weeks
  • Cardiothoracic Transplant/Heart Failure I- 4 weeks
  • Pediatric Transplant (liver, small bowel, kidney)- 4 weeks
  • Transplant Infectious Diseases- 4 weeks
  • Transplant Ambulatory Care- abdominal – 5 weeks
  • Advanced lung transplant/Ambulatory care- thoracic- 4 weeks

Longitudinal Rotations (July-June)

  • Outpatient Transplant Clinic
  • Inter-professional Education
  • Patient Care Staffing Experience
  • Research
  • Clinical Decision Support
  • Transplant Research Conference
  • Transplant Administration

Elective Rotations (choose 2-  4 weeks each)

  • Liver/Small Bowel Transplant II
  • Kidney/Pancreas transplant II
  • Cardiothoracic Transplant/Heart Failure II
  • Pediatric Transplant II
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Transplant Infectious Diseases II
  • Leadership Development Series (July-June)

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 more than 4000 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.

Since the first transplant program was established in 1970 at Nebraska Medicine, it has become a respected leader in solid organ transplantation as well as cardiology, blood and marrow transplantation, oncology and neurosciences.  As the primary teaching hospital for UNMC, Nebraska Medicine is an 809 bed, comprehensive level trauma center with dedicated units and staff that specialize in the care of transplant patients.  PGY2 solid organ transplant pharmacy residents will work in multidisciplinary settings to provide comprehensive care to patients receiving liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas and intestine transplants.  They will have the opportunity to collaborate with practitioners who are developing innovative therapies that shape the field of transplantation.

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.



Megan Keck, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner,  Pediatric Transplant
PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Residency Program Director
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy
Nebraska Medicine
981090 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-1090
Phone: (402)559-5372
Fax: (402) 559-4907

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