PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency

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The PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy residency program at UTSW is a one-year post-graduate training program designed to prepare critical care specialists.

Residents will gain experience and training in the following clinical service areas:

  • Medical ICU
  • Cardiovascular ICU
  • Neurosurgical ICU
  • Surgical ICU
  • Infectious diseases
  • Transplant infectious diseases
  • Solid organ transplant (liver, kidney, lung, heart)
  • Bone marrow transplant 

Additionally, residents will be involved in the academic, administrative, formulary management, quality improvement, and clinical research activities of the department.

Pre-ASHP Midyear Information Sessions

Thank you for your interest. We will be completing information sessions for prospective applicants. These sessions will provide opportunities to learn about the program and meet with UT Southwestern leadership. Two dates are being offered: November 4 and December 2 from 5-6 p.m. CT.

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Interview Sessions

UT Southwestern PGY2 Critical Care program will offer 30-minute one-on-one virtual sessions for prospective PGY1 residents to connect with our program leadership (Residency Program Director and Coordinator) and learn more about the program before our application deadline. Sign up via the link below; please only sign up for one time slot. Following sign-up, a Teams meeting link will be sent to the email provided. Interviews will take place December 6 – December 9 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. CT (Tuesday, December 7, will be from 1 – 4 p.m. CT).

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This residency will provide residents with opportunities to function as independent 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 program will be prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification.

Program Structure

Requirements of the program consist of the following core learning experiences:

  • Orientation (July)
  • Project/Research (December)
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Infectious Diseases Consult Service
  • Transplant Infectious Diseases Consult Service
  • Solid Organ (Kidney, Liver, Lung, Heart)

Elective Rotations

  • Additional ICU elective
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Trauma Intensive Care Unit
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Oncology
  • Clinical Administration

Longitudinal Expectations

  • Staff every third weekend in critical care areas
  • Code Blue and Code Stroke response
  • Major research project
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Precept PGY-1 residents and students

Program Expectations

  • ACPE-accredited CE presentation
  • Present major research project at a regional or national meeting (i.e. SCCM Texas Chapter Annual Symposium, SCCM Annual Congress, ASHP, ALCALDE)
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Drug monograph

Current Resident

Kelsey Habighorst, Pharm.D.

Kelsey Habighorst, Pharm.D.

Kelsey Habighorst is a PGY-2 Critical Care Resident at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Habighorst received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy and completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Her pharmacy interests include acute respiratory distress syndrome, toxicology, traumatic brain injury, and acute stroke management.

She is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, as well as the local DFW chapter of ACCP and Metroplex Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Outside of pharmacy, she enjoys working out at Orangetheory Fitness, playing Frisbee with her rescue dog, exploring new restaurants in the DFW area, and cooking.