PGY2 Critical Care Program

The Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Critical Care (CC) Pharmacy Residency Program at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City is a 12-month postgraduate pharmacy training program.  The purpose of the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training. The residency contributes to the development of clinical pharmacists in advanced or specialized critical care practice.

Our PGY2 program in Critical Care is an extension of the extraordinary strength we have in experiences and preceptors. This program is designed to facilitate growth in specialized clinical practice and will focus on communication, critical assessment, teaching, and leadership in team-based and quality improvement projects. Upon completion, the resident will have the necessary skills to function as an independent, competent critical care practitioner with the ability to work with multidisciplinary teams and diverse patient populations. Residents are actively involved in the training of PGY1 residents and pharmacy students. They also work on clinical research and department projects.

Saint Luke’s Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center, accredited Comprehensive Stroke Center, Level III NICU, and active kidney, liver, and heart transplant center. The critical care residency offers exposure to a wide array of patient populations and the opportunity to integrate into a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and dieticians.

Number of Positions Available

1 PGY2 Critical Care Resident


Core Rotations (4-6 weeks each)

  • Cardiac ICU
  • Cardiovascular ICU
  • Medical Surgical Trauma ICU
  • Neuroscience ICU
  • Emergency Department
  • Pulmonary Critical Care Service (Medical Surgical Trauma & Cardiac ICU)

Elective Rotations

  • Infectious Disease & Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Community Hospital ICU
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Transplant
  • Trauma
  • Evening Critical Care
  • Repeat of Any Core Rotation

Longitudinal Rotations/Committee Involvement

  • Code Blue & Trauma Response
  • Critical Care Committee Representation
    • Critical Care Evidence-Based Practice Team
    • ICU System Practice
  • Pharmacy Committee
    • Medication Safety
    • System Pharmacy Clinical User Group
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Obstetrical Critical Care
  • Evening Critical Care


  • Critical Care Conference (twice monthly)
  • Critical Care Journal Club (monthly)
  • Critical Care Clinical Controversy/Platform Presentation (two)
  • Patient Case Presentation (two)
  • Poster presentation of research projects at:
    • SCCM Annual Congress
    • Local and/or regional pharmacy meeting
  • Platform presentation of research project
  • Multidisciplinary education to any of the following:
    • SLH Pulmonary/CC Fellow’s Conference presentation
    • SLH Grand Rounds (Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesia, etc.)
    • SLH CC Advanced Practice Providers (APPs)

Other Completion Requirements

  • Completion of a residency project (10 noncontiguous days provided throughout the year of research time)
  • Submission of a paper of publishable quality, which may include:
    • Case reports with a review of the literature
    • Original research
    • Medication Use Evaluation
    • Meta-analysis of a disease state or therapy
    • Review article
  • Completion of one medication use evaluation project as facilitator


  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress
  • Regional Pharmacy Residency Conference
  • Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacy/ Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacy Annual Meeting

Program Contact

Shelby Shemanski, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacist II, Critical Care
PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program Director