Emergency Medicine Pharmacy

Program Overview:

The PGY2 Emergency Medicine (EM) Pharmacy Residency is designed to build upon a resident’s past learning experiences to become a highly knowledgeable, evidence based, and functional clinical pharmacist in the emergency department (ED).  The one-year specialty residency program is designed to provide residents with advanced training in emergency medicine, with a focus on adult & pediatric critical care and urgent care, toxicology, pre-hospital care, emergency medicine practice management, research, teaching, and emergency preparedness. 

The resident will be integrated as a core member of the ED pharmacy team in our Level 1 Trauma Center, serving adult, pediatric, and psychiatric patient populations.  In this capacity, the resident will work closely with EM physicians, residents, mid-level practitioners, respiratory therapists, and nurses to ensure patients receive the best possible care while in the ED.  Training will focus on prioritizing patient care needs and utilization of resources, understanding and applying evidence based recommendations, becoming comfortable with stat bedside medication therapy decisions, and monitoring a patient’s clinical course to ensure goals of therapy are met. 

Upon completion of the program, residents will be well-equipped to serve as an integrated member of the interdisciplinary emergency medicine team for both adult and pediatric patients.  Training will also ensure the resident will be ready for board certification, teaching, precepting, and managing an emergency department pharmacy practice and/or satellite.  


Emergency Departments at Michigan Medicine

Michigan Medicine is a Level 1 Trauma Center featuring three emergency services departments – Adult Emergency Services (AES), Children’s Emergency Services (CES), and Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES). With over 100,000 patient visits per year, there is a diversity of patient populations served and medical problems managed.  The emergency departments include 24/7 pharmacist coverage, with pharmacists serving as integral members of the patient care team in both adult and pediatric settings.  AES includes 99 treatment beds, 5 trauma/resuscitation bays, and an 8-bed Emergency Critical Care Center.  CES includes 31 treatment rooms and 2 trauma/resuscitation bays. Both adult and pediatric emergency departments also utilize the dedicated Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES).

Program Structure

 Rotations and Experiences

Residency Program Director Information

Liz VanWert, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Director – PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy
Pharmacy Team Lead – Adult and Children’s Emergency Services
College of Pharmacy Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacy Services and College of Pharmacy
Michigan Medicine
ph: (734) 763-7331

***Please utilize PhORCAS for application***