The PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is a one-year postgraduate training program.

Program Goals

The program consists of rotations in the emergency department and a variety of critical care specialty areas designed to develop advanced skills and competencies necessary to be competent and confident practitioner of pharmaceutical care in emergency medicine. Upon completion of this residency, pharmacists will be able to function as integral members of the interdisciplinary medical team. They will be able to effectively prioritize patient care responsibilities and make medication related decisions and recommendations in a fast paced environment. Leadership and interpersonal skills will enable them to be effective contributors to any team, group, or committee of which they are a member. They will be able to skillfully educate other pharmacy, nursing and medical professionals.

About Our Program

With the world-renown Memorial Hermann Life Flight® air medical transport service, Memorial Hermann—Texas Medical Center is the country's busiest Level I Trauma Center. The emergency department see approximately 70,000 patient visits per year. As the primary teaching hospital for the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residents will work with leaders of various disciplines. PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residents will rotate though areas such as the Texas Trauma Institute, Misher Neuroscience Institute, John S. Dunn Burn Center and the Heart & Vascular Institute, which serves as the core of this rigorous learning environment. During rotations, residents work with teams who have a long history of close partnership with clinical pharmacist-specialists, allowing the residents to integrate seamlessly with attending physicians, fellows, medical residents and interns. Within this teaching environment, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residents will have the opportunity to provide education across all disciplines including medical staff, nursing, respiratory care, and other pharmacists.

Rotations and Experiences

PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residents will be exposed to a broad range of experiences and activities intended to build the skills necessary to practice as a clinical pharmacist in the emergency department. Residents are required to complete an orientation month, along with 8 month-long rotations. The remaining months will consist of a research project month and 2 month-long elective rotations.

Residents will conduct a longitudinal research project throughout their residency year that includes presenting the results at a regional residency conference and preparing a written manuscript. Presentation skills will be enhanced by giving an ACPE-accredited seminar presentation along with other formal presentations throughout the year. Residents will also gain experience with teaching and precepting through the completion of a Teaching Certificate program and co-precepting pharmacy students on clinical rotations.

Required Rotations
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medical Intensive Care (MICU)
  • Neuroscience Intensive Care (NSICU)
  • Shock-Trauma Intensive Care (STICU)
Elective Rotations
  • Any core rotation
  • Burn Unit
  • Coronary Care Unit
  • Pediatric ICU

Other Experiences

  • Pre-Hospital Care
  • EMS ride along and formulary review
  • Education
    • Journal Club
    • PGY2 Lecture Series
    • Seminar Presentation (ACPE-accredited)
    • Short Topic Presentation
    • Teaching Certificate (if not previously completed)
  • Pharmacy Operations
    • Clinical On-Call
    • Code Team
  • Major Project
    • Poster Presentation
    • Manuscript



Dedicated pharmacy resident office space with personal laptop computer, SpectraLink mobile hospital phone and pager






10 days plus 6 holidays (Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Memorial Day)


Financial support is offered to attend one professional meeting.

Health Insurance:

Health, dental and vision plans are available.


Texas has no state income tax.

Information Sessions

The PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency will not be at the Residency Showcase at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December 2021. Please contact Dr. Heather Hartman to schedule an information session and program overview.

Application Requirements

  • A strong academic record and a demonstrated desire for professional accomplishment.
  • Graduated from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy with a Pharm.D.
  • Completed a one-year ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency.
  • Eligibility for licensure as a pharmacist in Texas
    • See the Texas State Board of Pharmacy website for licensure requirements.
    • All residents MUST be licensed within 60 days of the residency start date.
  • Registered with PhORCAS and the ASHP Residency Matching Program.

Application Process

To apply for this program, you must submit the following through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS):

  • Letter of Intent
    • Should be 1 to 2 pages, using a 12-point font and 1 inch margins.
    • The letter should address all of the following:
      • Explain why you want to pursue a PGY2 emergency medicine residency
      • Discuss your long-term career goals and why you believe this program will help you achieve these goals
      • Explain what qualities you bring to our institution and how you plan to contribute to patient care
  • Curriculum Vitae
    • Please include a list of all completed and anticipated PGY1 rotations and completed APPE rotations.
  • Three Letters of Reference
    • Only the PhORCAS standardized reference form is required.
    • Reference writers should copy and paste additional comments into the Other Comments text box rather than uploading a separate letter of reference.
  • College of Pharmacy Transcripts
    • Should be submitted directly to PhORCAS
  • Application deadline is January 2nd

Applicants considered for a position will be invited for an on-site interview at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center during January or February. Applicants will be given a tour of the facilities and will have a chance to meet with the Residency Program Director, clinical pharmacy staff, and current pharmacy residents.

Memorial Hermann recognizes the health benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle as well as the special duty to maintain and promote a healthy and safe environment for our patients, visitors, physicians, and employees. In an effort to further this goal, Memorial Hermann will no longer hire individuals who use tobacco products in any form.

For further information, contact:

Heather HartmanHeather Hartman, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP
Program Director, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center
Phone: (713) 704-2196

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