The University of North Carolina Hospitals in Clinics, in conjunction with the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, offers a one-year specialty (PGY2) residency in solid organ transplantation. This residency program is designed to meet the needs and interests of the resident through diverse experiences in adult kidney, liver, lung, and heart transplant in both an acute and ambulatory transplant setting. The resident will also gain experience in literature evaluation, research execution, precepting, and teaching.
These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, participating in multidisciplinary rounds with a medical team, verifying medication orders, optimizing transitions of care with admission and discharge medication reconciliation, providing pharmacokinetic consults, answering in-depth drug information requests, attending all codes as the pharmacy member of the code blue team, providing patient education and solving pharmacotherapeutic situations as they may arise. Residents will also participate in the after-hours clinical pharmacist on-call program.
Each resident will attend a weekly seminar and case conference where pharmacy trainees will present contemporary topics and cases to an audience of pharmacy faculty, clinical specialists, residents, and students. In conjunction with assigned faculty, residents will periodically serve as an evaluator for student seminar.
Residency Research Project
The resident is expected to participate in a project that fulfills the following learning objectives: developing a study hypothesis and study design, seeking collaborative support from the pharmacy and/or medical staff, submitting for Institutional Review Board approval, consenting patients (if applicable), collecting and summarizing data, analyzing results and summarizing and presenting findings. To fulfill this requirement, the resident must complete a solid organ transplant pharmacotherapy project with subsequent submission of a publishable manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal. It is strongly encouraged that the resident presents project findings at a national pharmacy or solid organ transplant meeting, or another suitable alternative.
Each resident will earn an academic appointment at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Residents are required to participate as a teaching assistant for the Pharmaceutical Care Lab during the fall semester. This course is directed toward second or third year student pharmacists. Residents will also serve as a teaching assistant for the Pharmacotherapy module. Teaching experiences are also integrated with patient-care experiences as part of precepting responsibilities on clinical rotations. Opportunities to lead recitation sessions and participate in didactic lectures are encouraged.
For additional information, please contact:
Residency Program Director, Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Specialty Residency
Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner, Solid Organ Transplantation
Explanation of the Calendar Year
The Solid Organ Transplant Residency Program provides exposure to a range of practice areas, in the inpatient as well as outpatient setting. The University of North Carolina Medical Center houses programs in renal, pancreatic, liver, heart, and lung transplantation. Patients undergoing these transplant procedures are cared for on a number of inpatient services, through which the resident will rotate throughout the year. Additionally, the resident will rotate through and have a longitudinal presence in the outpatient Solid Organ Transplant Ambulatory Clinics.
Elective rotations are designed to broaden the resident’s experience in patient populations with unique complications and considerations in Solid Organ Transplant recipients. Elective rotations include, but are not limited to: the HLA immunology lab, hepatology, infectious diseases, and academia.
- Ruth-Ann Lee, PharmD, CPP – Outpatient SOT Ambulatory Clinic; Liver, Kidney, and Lung Transplant
- Christina Teeter Doligalski, PharmD, BCPS- Outpatient SOT Ambulatory Clinic; Heart, Lung, and Kidney Transplant
- Paul Dombrower, RPh- Inpatient Nephrology
- Robert Dupuis, PharmD, BCPS- Academia/Research
- Ian Hollis PharmD, BCPS- Cardiac Surgery & Advanced Heart Failure
- Phil Owen, PharmD, BCPS- Inpatient Lung Transplant
- Kristen Szempruch, PharmD, BCPS- Inpatient Abdominal Transplant Surgery
How many applicants will be accepted into your class?
We accept one applicant per academic year to our program.
What makes your program unique?
The transplant program has extensive inpatient and outpatient opportunities in various organ populations. Therefore, this program may be tailored to fit the applicant’s best interest. Additionally, residents of this program have significant involvement with the school of pharmacy as both teaching assistants as well as preceptor experience for multiple levels of pharmacy students.
Where are your former residents practicing now?
Graduates of our program have taken clinical transplant positions at large academic institutions. Graduates from this program develop a strong foundation of clinical knowledge to practice as a transplant clinical practitioner in various professional settings
What is the staffing experience like?
Residents of this program are required to complete three longitudinal staffing blocks throughout the year. The staffing blocks for the transplant resident can alternate between staffing in the inpatient pharmacy and at the outpatient specialty pharmacy. During the outpatient staffing experience, our residents are exposed to multiple financial challenges and scenarios that may commonly be encountered as a transplant practitioner. The residents learn to navigate through complicated financial issues and medication access issues.