Critical Care Residency Program

This ASHP-accredited PGY2 residency prepares individuals for a career in critical care hospital pharmacy practice. Graduates of our program are also prepared to become competitive candidates for both non-tenure track faculty positions and critical care fellowships.

Program Description

UMass Memorial Medical Center is an 847-bed academic medical center. We are a tertiary care facility, and we are the only Level I trauma center for Central MA. In addition to our 7 adult ICUs, pediatric ICU, and neonatal ICU, we also employ the VISICU telemedicine service that operates 24-hours a day. We are a Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, we have a state-of-the-art Emergency Medicine and Toxicology Department, and our Critical Care Operations Committee has been recognized as a successful model of how to translate evidence based medicine to bedside practice. Our Pharmacy preceptors and residents are directly involved with all of these services.

In addition to the rotations and services listed above, the resident will participate in an in-house on-call program. Our residents are trained to provide drug information and clinical services, including participation in the management of medical emergencies (Code Blue, Level I and Level II traumas, and Code Stroke) during these on-call shifts.

We also provide numerous teaching opportunities through our strong relationships with the local colleges of pharmacy (University of Rhode Island, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University – Worcester, Northeastern University, University of St. Joseph, and Western New England University). We also have teaching and learning opportunities through the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine and Graduate School of Nursing.

The UMass Memorial Medical Center PGY2 Critical Care Residency is a well-rounded and comprehensive training program. Self-motivated individuals, especially those with a strong hospital pharmacy background, who are interested in working with a fun and passionate group of pharmacy and multidisciplinary critical care health care professionals are encouraged to contact us for more information.

Residency Director: Kristen Ditch, PharmD, BCCCP

Titles: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Neuro-Trauma Burn Intensive Care Unit; Chair of Glycemic Task Force; Pharmacy Lead In-patient Code Stroke Committee

Education: BS Biochemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 2000; Doctorate of Pharmacy, MCPHS, Worcester 2008

Practice Area: Critical Care

Research Interests: Glycemic control in critically ill patients, management of anticoagulant-associated ICH



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