Welcome From the Program Director
Kelly Pillinger, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID, BCIDP
Welcome to the Infectious Diseases PGY2 Residency Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center! Now is a more exciting time than ever to join the field of infectious diseases. Our goal is to train the next generation of ID pharmacists to be leaders in the field and to make a difference in patients’ lives on both an individual level and larger scale.
URMC is an excellent environment to train and work. One of our biggest strengths is the people you will develop relationships with throughout the year. We have dedicated pharmacist preceptors and infectious diseases physicians, fellows, and APPs whom you will work with regularly as part of an interdisciplinary team.
Lastly, if you aren’t already familiar, Rochester, NY is a great place to live, with lots to do in the area.
We hope you will reach out to learn more about our program!
The PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at UR Strong Memorial Hospital is a 12-month, full-time intensive learning program focused on training residents to become independent clinicians and leaders in infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship. The program has a long history with over 12 past residents who currently practice in infectious diseases throughout the country. Our ID PGY2 resident participates in a wide variety of learning experiences, including:
- Rounding with infectious diseases clinical teams, including immunocompromised clinical consult teams diseases service for stem cell transplant and solid organ transplant recipients
- Participating in outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) management as part of a multidisciplinary team in the Infectious Diseases Clinic
- Responding to Restricted Antimicrobial pages from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
- Provision of ambulatory clinical pharmacy services to HIV-positive patients and HCV-positive patients in an outpatient setting
- Participating in antimicrobial stewardship services in a large, academic medical center that includes a cancer center and children’s hospital
- Learning about diagnostic procedures in the microbiology laboratory
- Numerous opportunities for precepting and teaching students, residents, pharmacists, and other health care professionals in infectious diseases
The schedule for the residency year is outlined below and is tailored to meet the needs and interests of the individual resident.
- Orientation (4 weeks)
- Adult Inpatient Stewardship I (4 weeks)
- Adult Inpatient Stewardship II (5 weeks)
- Clinical Microbiology Laboratory (2 weeks)
- Hepatitis C Clinic (2 weeks)
- HIV Clinic (2 weeks)
- Infectious Diseases Adult Consult Service I (5 weeks)
- Infectious Diseases Adult Consult Service II (5 weeks)
- Transplant Infectious Diseases Adult Consult Service (BMT and SOT) (8 weeks)
- Leadership and Administration in an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (4 weeks)
Longitudinal Rotations (Required)
- OPAT Service (Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy)
- Emergency Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship
- Teaching and Presentations
- Advanced Clinical Practice/Staffing
- Guidelines/Drug Monograph/Class Review
- Antimicrobial Stewardship - Highland Hospital (2 weeks)
- Antimicrobial Stewardship - Rochester General Hospital (2 weeks)
- Burn Trauma ICU (4 weeks)
- Heart Transplant/VAD Infectious Diseases Consult Service (1 week)
- Oncology/Hematologic Malignancy (1 week)
- Pediatric Infectious Diseases Consult Service (4 weeks)
- Surgical Intensive Care (SICU) (4 weeks)
Additional Opportunities and Research
The ID PGY2 resident is required to complete the SIDP Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate for Acute Care during their residency year.
They will also have the opportunity to attend ID Week or MAD-ID (Making a Difference in Infectious Diseases).
Residents will develop teaching skills by providing in-service presentations for pharmacy staff and didactic lectures to students in other healthcare professions, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Completion of a research project related to infectious diseases is required, and the results are to be presented at an infectious diseases conference. The goal is also to submit the resident research to a peer-reviewed journal.
We place tremendous value on resident well-being and offer a longitudinal series which helps our residents achieve a better work-life balance. We strive to provide our residents with the skills they need to manage their stress and build resilience, not only for residency training, but for their professional careers.
Sessions incorporate guest speakers, various icebreaker activities, events such as preceptor-resident get-togethers, and lots of fun!
Topics covered include:
- Understanding Wellness, Resilience, and Burnout
- Developing Self-Care Strategies as a Resident
- Understand Factors That Can Contribute to Burnout
- Handling Conflict and Difficult Conversations
- Creating a Culture of Resident Well-Being
Life of a Resident
A day in the life of a PGY2 ID resident (during ID consults):
- 8:00 a.m. Begin working up patients for the day, touch base with the ID fellows.
- 10:30 a.m. Pre-round on patients with my preceptor.
- 12:00 p.m. Eat lunch with my coresidents or attend Grand Rounds, ID conference, ID journal club, ID City Wide, Infection Prevention or Pharmacy Resident Conference if applicable.
- 1:00 p.m. Round with fellows and attendings on ID consult patients.
- 4:00 p.m. Have a topic discussion with my preceptor or follow up on anything necessary.
- 6:00 p.m. Head home for the day and enjoy Rochester!
A day during Stewardship would be very different, let us know if you want to know what that would be like.
*Schedule will vary depending on the rotation the resident is on during the year.
The PGY2 infectious diseases pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. The PGY2 infectious diseases 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 this accredited PGY2 infectious diseases pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification in infectious diseases pharmacy.
The URMC PGY2 infectious diseases pharmacy residency program will train residents through diverse rotational and longitudinal experiences, clinical research, and teaching and precepting opportunities to become confident, independent clinicians and leaders in infectious diseases pharmacotherapy.
Kelly Pillinger, PharmD, BCPS–AQ ID, BCIDP
Director | PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program
Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 638
Rochester, NY 14642
Office: (585) 276-4118
The information contained herein is subject to change. Please feel free to contact the residency program directly for the most up-to-date information and/or other residency related questions.