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  • PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency, ASHP-accredited

    Purpose Statement

    PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build 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. PGY2 residencies 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 or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

    Program Description

    The PGY2 infectious diseases pharmacy residency is designed to transition PGY1 residency graduates from general practice to specialized practice focused on the care of patients with infectious diseases. Residency graduates are equipped to participate as integral members of interdisciplinary teams caring for patients with infectious diseases, assuming responsibility for their pharmaceutical care. They are also trained to provide this care as an independent practitioner. The wealth of residency graduates’ knowledge of infectious diseases and their treatment with the anti-infectives class of medications combined with extensive care of individuals with an infectious disease produces a pharmacist who can successfully serve health care organizations as the ultimate resource for information about anti-infectives and for decision making affecting the care of these patients. This includes leadership in formulary decision making for anti-infectives.

    Learning experiences

    Required experiences

    •  Pharmacist-driven antimicrobial stewardship program (2011 ASHP Best Practice Award recipient)
    •  Adult inpatient infectious diseases
    •  Infectious diseases specialist (ASP, precepting and clinical management)
    •  Infections in immunocompromised patients (solid organ transplant, HIV, or oncology learning experience)
    •  Emergency medicine decentral training
    •  Microbiology laboratory
    •  Infection control
    •  System formulary management

      Elective experiences

      • HIV Clinic/Inpatient Infectious Diseases (Hennepin County Medical Center)
      • Pediatric antibiotic stewardship program (Children's - Minneapolis)

      Longitudinal experiences

      • Clinical management
      • Antimicrobial stewardship program
      • Employee influenza vaccination program
      • Major residency project
      • Medication use evaluation
      • Pharmacist continuing education presentation

      Educational opportunities

      • Teaching/precepting at the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy (infectious diseases pharmacotherapy course)
      • Infectious diseases city-wide conference (weekly)
      • Co-precept pharmacy students and PGY1 residents on infectious diseases rotations
      • Attendance at approved national, state and local meetings (e.g., IDSA/ICAAC Annual Meeting, MSHP Annual Meeting)
      • The above descriptions are highlights and not all inclusive. Please contact the Residency Program Director for more details. Additional rotations may be available based on the resident's interests and career goals.


      The resident will staff the Emergency Department every third weekend following completion of introductory training through the end of the residency year. Each resident will work two of six observed holidays. 

      Positions, stipend, and benefits

      • One PGY2 infectious diseases pharmacy resident position
      • Stipend: Competitive – contact site
      • Personal office space, personal computer, telephone and pager
      • Health, dental and life insurance
      • Paid time off
      • Financial support for approved national, state and local pharmacy meetings
      • Access to online resources through the University of Minnesota

      Application process


      • Doctor of pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy
      • Completion of an ASHP Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
      • Licensure as a Minnesota pharmacist no later than August 1

      Application materials

      • Enrollment in ASHP National Matching Service (match number 629455)
      • Submit all application materials through the ASHP PhORCAS system. Contact RPD for deadlines as they change each year.
        • Curriculum vitae
        • Official college of pharmacy transcript(s)
        • Letter of intent
        • Letters of reference (3)

      Previous residents

      Christina Koutsari, PharmD, PhD, BCPS (2017-2018): pharmacist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN  

      Michael Wankum, PharmD, BCPS (2016-2017):  clinical pharmacy specialist – Infectious Diseases, Norton Healthcare, Louisville, KY  

      Aileen Ahiskali, PharmD (2015-2016): antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist; Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN  

      Jon Malepsy, PharmD (2014-2015): infectious diseases clinical specialist, VA Central California Health Care System, Fresno, CA  

      Emily Herstine, PharmD, BCPS (2013-2014): infectious diseases/critical care clinical pharmacy specialist, North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, MN  

      Ramy Elshaboury, PharmD (2012-2013):  clinical pharmacy coordinator-infectious diseases/director, PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA  

      Ann (Foede) Wigton, PharmD, BCPS:  antimicrobial stewardship/infectious disease pharmacist; St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN  

      Krista (Berge) Gens, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID (2009-2010): infectious disease pharmacy coordinator, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis MN 

    • Contact us

      Jessica Holt, PharmD, BCPS AQ Infectious Diseases
      Pharmacy Coordinator – Infectious Diseases
      Residency Program Director- PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Infectious Diseases

      Abbott Northwestern Hospital
      Pharmacy Department 
      800 East 28th Street, Mail Route 11321 
      Minneapolis, MN 55407

      Phone: 612-863-5073
      Fax: 612-863-7134