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Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency

The postgraduate year two (PGY2) Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency is a year-long program in which residents will experience a robust clinical environment and be actively involved in the emergency department service line.

During the year, residents will take part in:

  • Hospital-wide code blue response
  • FAST alert response
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Real-time drug information question response
  • Direct physician consultation

Pharmacists also attend Sandhills Emergency Physicians Peer Review meetings throughout the year and are involved with emergency department education. FirstHealth also offers a PGY1 residency program each year.


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learning experiences

Required Rotations

  • Orientation (1 month)
  • Introduction to Emergency Medicine (2 months)
  • Critical Care-Med/Neuro ICU (1 month)
  • Critical Care-Med/Neuro ICU, Cardiology or Acute Care Transitions (1 month)
  • Adult Emergency Medicine-Trauma/Neurology (1 month) 
  • Adult Emergency Medicine-Cardiovascular/Pulmonary (1 month)
  • Adult Emergency Medicine-GI/Renal/Endocrine (1 month) 

Elective Rotations

  • Critical Care - Cardiology
  • Critical Care - Med/Neuro ICU
  • Critical Care - Acute Care Transitions
  • Adult Emergency Medicine
  • Administration
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Infectious Disease

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Pharmacy Practice (Staffing)
    • Every fourth weekend
  • Practice Management
  • Precepting: pharmacy students, PGY-1 residents
  • Practice Based Research Project
    • Poster presentation at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
    • Platform presentation at Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC)
    • Manuscript preparation and submission
  • Teaching certificate program (optional, through Campbell University)
  • Code blue response
  • Education
    • Minimum three CE-case presentations
    • Minimum three journal club presentations
    • Minimum two Lunch and Learn presentations to EMS providers
    • Minimum three medication-based topics discussed at ED Physician Peer Review
  • Committee Involvement
    • Residency Advisory Committee
    • ED Operations
    • Code Blue
    • Stroke
    • PN&T
    • Medication Safety
    • IRB
  • Professional Conference Attendance
    • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
    • Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC)
    • North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP) Residency Conference
    • Emergency Medicine or Critical Care related conference as determined by program director


Interested applicants should submit the following items no later than Jan 2.

  • Completion of application materials
  • Graduate of an ACPE-accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Eligibility for licensure to practice pharmacy in the State of North Carolina
  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Academic transcript
  • FirstHealth of the Carolinas application, which can be found here.


All application materials, other than the FirstHealth online application, should be submitted via PhORCAS. For questions regarding the residency program, please contact Matt Bamber, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency Program director, at


about firsthealth pharmacy residencies

The pharmacy residency programs at FirstHealth are designed to inspire, challenge and develop residents into well-rounded clinical pharmacists who are able to care for patients in the acute care setting. PYG2 programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to help contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. 

PGY2 programs 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.


about firsthealth emergency medicine

The emergency medicine services at FirstHealth take place primarily at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital (MRH). This 402-bed flagship hospital has a 40-bed emergency department and sees more than 60,000 patients annually. Located in central North Carolina, MRH services a primary area including six counties, and is a secondary referral center for 15 counties. In addition to MRH, the system has three other campuses: MRH-Richmond, MRH-Hoke, and Montgomery Memorial Hospital, all of which provide emergency services.



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