PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Infectious Diseases, ASHP-accredited
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Krista Gens, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP, DPLA
PGY2 infectious diseases residency director

Emily Herstine, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP
PGY2 infectious diseases residency coordinator

Delaney Hart, PharmD, BCIDP
PGY2 infectious diseases residency coordinator

PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Infectious Diseases, ASHP-accredited

Purpose Statement

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) 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 antimicrobials 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 antimicrobials and for decision making affecting the care of these patients. This includes leadership in formulary decision making for antimicrobials.

Learning experiences

Required experiences

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

Elective experiences

  • HIV Clinic/Inpatient Infectious Diseases (Hennepin County Medical Center)
  • Pediatric antibiotic stewardship program (Children's - Minneapolis)
  • Public Health/One Health Antibiotic Stewardship (MN Department of Health)
  • Solid Organ Transplant

Longitudinal experiences

  • Clinical management
  • 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., IDWeek 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 in the emergency department every third weekend after introductory training is completed through the end of the residency year. Each resident will work two of six observed holidays.

Positions, stipend and benefits

  • Two PGY2 infectious diseases pharmacy resident positions
  • Stipend:$52,000
  • 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
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. No sponsorship is available for this position.

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

  • Hannah Crum, PharmD (2022 – 2023):Infectious Diseases Pharmacist, SoutheastHEALTH, Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Brandon Gagnon, PharmD (2022 – 2023):Clinical Pharmacist, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
  • Alexis Thumann, PharmD, BCIDP, AAHIVP (2021 – 2022): Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist, Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Van Nguyen, PharmD (2021 – 2022): Investigational Drug Pharmacist, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
  • Delaney Hart, PharmD, BCIDP (2020 – 2021):Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Coordinator, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
  • Youchan Song, PharmD, MS, BCIDP (2019-2020): Medical Science Liaison, Seagen.
  • Hailey (Soukup) McCoy, PharmD (2018 – 2019): Infectious Disease Clinical Specialist, North Memorial Health, Robbinsdale, MN
  • Christina Koutsari, PharmD, PhD, BCPS, BCIDP (2017-2018): Ambulatory Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Allina Health, Minneapolis, MN
  • Michael Wankum, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP (2016-2017): Vaccines Medical Science Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Aileen Ahiskali, PharmD, BCIDP (2015-2016): Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist; Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jon Malepsy, PharmD (2014-2015): Infectious Diseases Clinical Specialist, VA Central California Health Care System, Fresno, CA
  • Emily Herstine, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP (2013-2014): Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Coordinator, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
  • Ramy Elshaboury, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID (2012-2013): Clinical Pharmacy Manager-Infectious Diseases/Director, PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Director; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Ann (Foede) Wigton, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP (2011-2012): Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infectious Disease Pharmacist; St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN
  • Krista (Berge) Gens, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP, DPLA (2009-2010): System Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Manager, Allina Health; PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Director, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN