Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at University Health System – San Antonio


University Health System (UHS), in collaboration with The University of Texas College of Pharmacy, is pleased to offer an ASHP-Accredited Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) Critical Care Pharmacy Residency.  This 12-month residency is designed to provide a challenging training environment for individuals interested in developing clinical competency in the area of critical care.

As full-time employees of UHS, residents receive a competitive annual stipend of $57,000 plus excellent employee benefits.  Residents are also appointed as Clinical Instructors with The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.

UHS is the public hospital district for Bexar County and the primary teaching facility for The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  University Hospital, the health system’s flagship institution which operates 639 acute care and specialty beds, is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals and ranks as the best hospital in San Antonio and 6th in Texas.  UHS is also the first and only health system in San Antonio and South Texas to earn Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which is widely accepted as the “gold standard” in measuring the quality of care that healthcare consumers can expect to receive.  A full range of medical services is available at numerous community clinics, including the renowned Texas Diabetes Institute.

University Hospital is home to the premier Level 1 Trauma Center for adult care and the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in South Texas, serving a 22-county region. There are 84 adult ICU beds, 30 pediatric and 58 neonatal ICU beds at University Hospital where provision of care is accomplished by attending physicians, intensivists, residents, acute-care mid-level practitioners, clinical pharmacists and other critical care personnel.  The trauma research program focuses on identifying new and innovative ways to improve the care, management and treatment of trauma and critically ill patients.  In addition, University Hospital is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association – the highest level of certification available.

The PGY2 critical care pharmacy resident will receive advanced clinical training in surgical/trauma ICU, neuroscience ICU, medicine ICU, emergency medicine, and cardiology/cardiothoracic surgery. Clinical responsibilities include critical care patient monitoring and daily multi-disciplinary rounds.  Electives may be chosen from a variety of areas, including but not limited to infectious diseases, solid organ transplant, palliative medicine, pediatric/neonatal ICU, and neurology/stroke.  Residents will attend regularly scheduled meetings with preceptor to discuss patients.

Research responsibilities include completion of an individual major research project with presentation of results.  Publication of results is highly encouraged.  Residents also participate in critical care-related issues of the DUE and P&T Committees and conduct a critical care-related DUE.  In addition, residents provide clinical staffing for the adult critical care areas and respond to all “code blue” alerts throughout the hospital.  Academic responsibilities include pharmacy student precepting and lecture, case presentations, weekly critical care discussion/journal club, attendance and presentation at pharmacotherapy rounds and pharmacotherapy seminar.  Additionally, residents will have opportunities to evaluate their self-growth throughout residency.

For further details about the program, please visit our health-system specific residency program website.


Colleen Barthol, PharmD, BCPS
Critical Care Residency Program Director
Clinical Specialist, Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit



Dana Foster, PharmD, BCCCP
Critical Care Residency Program Coordinator
Clinical Pharmacist



Conrado Gamboa, RPh
Critical Care Residency Program Advisor
Clinical Pharmacist, Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit



San Antonio, Texas

1 year

July 1

The University of Texas at Austin and its affiliated institutions are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Qualified women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected.

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