Pharmacy Residency

PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Residency

The Penn Transplant Institute at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is the largest, most experienced transplant center in the Greater Delaware Valley and is ranked among the top 10 multi-organ transplant centers in the country. The program performs transplants of all major solid organs, including heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas as well as bilateral hand transplants. The Penn Transplant Institute also has a joint program with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to allow healthy adults to donate organ tissue to children with end-stage kidney or liver disease.

The PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant pharmacy residency focuses on development of specialized clinical skills and research abilities in adult solid organ transplantation. Training will involve care of living donors and recipients in all phases of transplant care including evaluation pre-transplant, the inpatient transplant admission, post-transplant ambulatory care and readmissions. At the completion of this rigorous program the resident will be able to provide comprehensive pharmacotherapeutic care independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team to transplant living donors and recipients, and also possess the foundations to conduct transplant related pharmacotherapy research.

The residency experience is divided into 11-12, four week rotations in abdominal organ, thoracic organ, transplant infection disease transplant, and focused transplant research. Additionally, the residency incorporates multiple longitudinal experiences aimed at enhancing experiential learning. Clinical research skills will be taught in the Epidemiology series and developed on the kidney/pancreas transplant rotation through involvement in investigator-initiated, NIH and industry sponsored clinical research. The resident will assist in the preparation and submission of abstracts and manuscripts to transplant related meetings and journals. There will also be opportunities for separate research-related rotations, repeat rotations in areas of interest, and preceptor approved resident-developed rotations. The resident will also be involved in transplant and pharmacy department activities such grand rounds, conferences, and journal clubs.

Clinical Learning Experiences

Core Rotations: Each rotation is one month in length:

  • Orientation
    • Weekend staffing, pharmacokinetic and code training
    • BLS and ACLS will be scheduled during this time if not already certified
    • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) for clinical research
  • Heart Transplant – 2 rotations
  • Kidney/Pancreas Transplant – 2 rotations
  • Liver Transplant – 2 rotations
  • Lung Transplant – 2 rotations
  • Ambulatory Care & Research – 1 rotation and/or longitudinal
  • Transplant Infectious Disease – 1 rotation

Elective Rotations:

  • HLA Lab
  • Additional research rotation
  • Investigational drug pharmacy

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Provide weekend staffing coverage (Every 3rd weekend)
  • Participate in adverse drug reaction reporting and the Medication Error program
  • Attend transplant conferences during organ specific rotations: Renal transplant conference, Viral hepatitis grand rounds, Hepatology conference, Penn integrated transplant conference
  • Participation in ACCP IMTR PRN as resident member
  • Participate in the care of vascular composite allotransplant (bilateral hand transplant) program
  • Pharmacy Journal Club

Research Experiences

  • Epidemiology research training series
  • PGY1- PGY2 paired research project
  • Poster presentation of the methodology of the research project at Vizient™ and ASHP Mid-year clinical meeting
  • Abstract submission or research or case report to ATC or other national or international transplant meeting
  • Submission of research project manuscript to a transplant or pharmacy related journal
  • Assisting manuscript review or transplant journal
  • Participate in writing a review article (optional)

Committee Service

  • Prepare solid organ transplant or end stage disease related drug monographs for formulary review, therapeutic guidelines and drug utilization reviews as needed
  • Participate in transplant Unit Based Clinical Leadership (UBCL) meeting, and serve as a committee secretary

Teaching Experiences

  • Provide in-service education to nursing, pharmacy and physician staff
  • Pharmacy Grand Rounds presentation
  • Therapeutics Conferences
  • Instruct pharmacy students in didactic coursework at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia or other academic setting (optional).
  • Participate in the Teaching Certificate Program at USP (optional).


AST Fellows Conference (travel grant available), International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation Annual Meeting (optional) and American Transplant Congress (optional) as funding allows.