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PGY2 Emergency Medicine

About the Program

AccreditedThe Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency at UR Medicine Strong Memorial Hospital is a 12-month, full-time curriculum that provides the essential elements needed to shape a successful pharmacy specialist. This intensive training involves activities in a wide variety of practice settings:

  • Providing optimal medication management for patients who are in need of emergent care.
  • Designing and managing medication treatment regimens for hospitalized patients in a variety of emergency medicine and intensive care settings.
  • Training in ACLS or PALS and longitudinal participation in medical emergencies and resuscitation.
  • Training in ATLS and longitudinal participation in the trauma services provided in a Level 1 trauma center.
  • Numerous opportunities for precepting, teaching, and counseling patients, students, residents, pharmacists, and other health care professionals as an integral part of the health care team.

Pharmacists completing the PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency will have gained the skills necessary to be competent and confident emergency medicine clinical pharmacists. The residents will function as key members of the health care team and be accountable for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes for their patients. These pharmacists will become skilled educators to other health care professionals, patients and the community on emergency medicine related topics. The resident will demonstrate professional maturity by developing and following a personal philosophy of excellence, monitoring his or her own performance and exhibiting a commitment to the profession of pharmacy.

Purpose Statement

The PGY2 emergency medicine pharmacy residency program will build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in the specialized areas of emergency medicine. The PGY2 emergency medicine pharmacy residency will provide 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 in the emergency medicine setting. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency in emergency medicine are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification.

Additional details can be found in the Pharmacy Residency Brochure


Kate M. Kokanovich, Pharm.D., B.C.C.C.P.
Director | PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Emergency Medicine Clinical Staff Pharmacist
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 638
Rochester, NY 14642
Office: (585) 276-6853