Pharmacy Residency Programs: PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant


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To graduate a highly capable clinical practitioner and practice leader with advanced skills in solid-organ transplant who is able to pursue clinical transplant pharmacist or coordinator positions in a variety of practice environments including acute or ambulatory care, academia, research or industry.

Graduates of the Hennepin Country Medical Center PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant Residency Program will be competent and confident practitioners of direct and indirect patient care in multiple practice environments related to solid organ transplantation. They will be accountable for achieving optimal medication management as collaborative members of the multi-disciplinary health care team. These pharmacists will exercise skill in educating and communicating with other health care professionals, patients, and the community on topics relating to patient centered care in the transplant arena. They will demonstrate professional maturity by following a personal philosophy of practice, assessing their own performance, exhibiting commitment to the profession of pharmacy and field of transplant and exercising leadership in improving the safety of the medication-use system and optimizing outcomes in the transplant population.

The following requirements in service, leadership, academia and research are designed to enhance and further develop residents' overall knowledge in order to become clinically and professionally competent practitioners in Solid Organ Transplantation by the end of the residency program.

Hennepin County Medical Center Transplant Program

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Hennepin County Medical Center’s transplant program was established in 1963. It was the first transplant center in the Upper Midwest and one of the first successful programs in the country. Clinical pharmacists have been an active part of this treatment team since 1985. Approximately 50 to 80 kidney transplants are performed each year. More than 2800 kidney transplants have been performed to date. Experience, along with the use of new therapies, diagnostic tools, and surgical procedures, allow HCMC to give transplant patients and living donors the best possible care.

Residency Rotation Requirements

PGY-2 goals and objectives are achieved over a 12 month period. As a teaching and research-based hospital, interdisciplinary teaching and precepting is emphasized throughout the year in addition to residency project research. Flexibility in the length and amount of elective rotations allows the resident to tailor this program to their specific needs.

Clinical Rotation Requirements

  • Hospital Orientation / Operations
  • Inpatient Kidney Transplant (HCMC)
  • Ambulatory Kidney Transplant (HCMC)
  • Nephrology
  • Inpatient Heart Failure/ Heart Transplant (Abbott Northwestern Hospital)
  • Ambulatory Heart Clinic (Abbott Northwestern Hospital)
  • Liver Transplant (Mayo Clinic Rochester)
  • Longitudinal Rotations
    • Practice Leadership
    • Academia
    • Research

Clinical Elective Opportunities

  • Lung Transplant (strongly encouraged; Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN)
  • Transplant Infectious Disease
  • Transplant Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI)
  • Transplant Specialty Pharmacy Services

PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant Residency Opportunities and Expectations

  • Attendance and participation in PGY-1 Leadership & Development Discussions as able
    • Resident will lead and present at least 1 Board Certification Lecture in Nephrology/Transplant arena
  • Teach/ co-precept pharmacy students on Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) rotations and PGY-1 Residents on transplant rotations
  • Present up to 3 didactic and case based lecture(s) at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and design Advanced Practice Learning Experiences

Residency Project Requirements

Residents will complete and present research within the organization and at regional and national meetings. Additionally, residents will compose research into professionally acceptable manuscript format for possible journal publication. Longitudinal residency project research activities are as noted below:

  • Submission of completed project into written manuscript format is required
  • Presentation of project in poster format is required
  • Abstract submission to American Transplant Congress or other transplant conference is strongly encouraged
  • Presentation of completed project in PowerPoint or poster format at the American Transplant Congress (ATC) is preferred; Presentation of completed project in PowerPoint format at Midwest Residents Conference or Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists is required, if resident does not present at ATC

Longitudinal Practice Leadership Requirements

  • Attendance and participation in monthly Transplant Quality Meetings
    • Resident will participate in protocol and policy review and updates
    • Write/deliver nursing in-service and other staff education as applicable
  • Active participation within transplant pharmacy community through AST Pharmacy Community of Practice and other list serve opportunities is strongly encouraged
  • Complete formal peer-review for journal manuscripts


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Tracy Anderson-Haag, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist - Kidney Transplantation
PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant Program Director