Program Structure

Type Name Length (Weeks)
Required Orientation 3
  Adult and Pediatric Emergency Medicine I: Orientation 5
  Adult and Pediatric Emergency Medicine II: Resuscitation 5
  Adult and Pediatric Emergency Medicine III: Teaching  5
  Adult and Pediatric Emergency Medicine IV: Administration 5
  Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Emergency Medicine 4
  Toxicology at the Poison Control Center 4
  Emergency Medical Services 1
  Medical ICU 4
  Trauma ICU 4
  Neuro ICU 4
  Infectious Disease 4

Elective experiences are offered as 2-week blocks and residents may select any two of the following or repeat any of the required experiences:

Elective Addiction Medicine 2
  Emergency Medicine Overnights 2
  Oncologic Emergencies 2
  Repeat of Required Experience 2

Longitudinal experiences:

Longitudinal  Clinical Staffing   
  Medication Safety  
  Wellness and Mental Health  

Residents will staff every third weekend and staffing will consist of ED coverage for two 8 hour shifts. In addition, the resident will staff two holidays during the residency year.


CritCareNowResidents will have many opportunities both formal and informal to improve on their teaching skills and share their unique knowledge with others. The ED pharmacists at Cooper are heavily integrated into the medical residency and participate in several teaching opportunities. The resident will be responsible to complete:

  • ACPE-accredited CE (1)
  • Emergency Medicine Weekly Conference Presentation (1)
  • Cooper EMS Lecture (1)
  • Poster submission to local or national conference (1)
  • Clinical Pearl for pharmacy staff (2)
  • Cooper/USP Critical Care/Emergency Medicine Monthly Journal Scan (1)
  • Formal Journal Club Presentation (1)
  • Formal Case Presentation (1)
  • ACCP EMED PRN Journal Club (optional)
  • Toxicology Grand Rounds at the Philadelphia Poison Center (optional)

In addition, informal teaching by way of free open access medical education is a unique innovative way to expand knowledge outside the hospital walls. Residents may participate on the educational blog, a website dedicated to providing intensivists with up to date information on resuscitation and all things critical care.

Clinical Pearl

Additionally, they will contribute to the Instagram account @pharmbythegram, an account created to provide snack size knowledge and daily tidbits. Residents will create #swipeandlearn posts and #TILED (today I learned in the ED) posts during their rotations.

If a teaching certificate was not obtained during PGY1, then it will be required during this one year program. The teaching certificate is made possible through the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.


  • Basic Life Support (required)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (required)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (required)
  • Emergency Neurological Life Support (optional)


  • One national conference (i.e. ASHP, NAACT, SAEM, SCCM, ACEP)
  • One local conference (i.e. NJSHP, Eastern States, EM regional conference) at the discretion of the residency director and director of pharmacy 


  • Formal research project with manuscript submission (required)
  • Opportunities for MUEs, formulary additions, and quality improvement projects