Acute Care Concentration

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

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Acute Care Medicine Concentration
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

The Acute Care Medicine Concentration includes six (6) credit hours in didactic elective coursework in acute care topics. The concentration PLUS option combines didactic coursework with experiential education electives with acute care pharmacists to give PCOM students in-depth preparation for a career in acute care pharmacy.

Graduates will be encouraged to apply for PGY 1 and 2 residencies for specialty training to develop acute care pharmacy skills and knowledge. As space is limited, students will be selected based on availability.

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What is an acute care pharmacist?

As the drug therapy expert, an acute care pharmacist applies their training and expertise to caring for the critically ill in hospitals and healthcare systems. They also can practice and treat acutely and chronically ill patients at specialty clinics and other ambulatory clinics. Acute care pharmacists consult with physicians to develop treatment plans, review and evaluate the effectiveness of medication therapies, and provide coverage to assist patients with medication-related questions and issues. They also provide valuable expertise and guidance in the proper and judicial use of antimicrobial agents in hospitals and health care systems.

Which courses will I take?

Acute Care Medicine Concentration

The Acute Care Medicine Concentration requires the completion of six (6) credit hours of elective coursework in the following areas:

  • Critical care
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Cardiology and telemetry

Course offerings are subject to change.

Acute Care Medicine Concentration PLUS

The Acute Care Medicine Concentration PLUS requires completion of the following:

  • Concentration didactic requirements (six credits)
  • Two elective rotations with board certified pharmacists in specialty areas (e.g. cardiology, infectious disease)