Emergency Medicine Pharmacy

Elizabeth VanWert, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Director

The PGY2 Emergency Medicine (EM) Pharmacy Residency (fully accredited by ASHP) 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.  


Recruitment Plan 2024-2025

We are recruiting for one Emergency Medicine Pharmacy PGY2 resident for the 2024-2025 residency year.

Recruitment will occur in-person at ASHP Midyear in Anaheim, California through the PPS platform. We will also be represented at ASHP Midyear Showcase on Tuesday, December 5th from 8-11am (Booth 5244). Please stop by to connect with our resident and RPD!

Program Structure

 Required Rotations (1 month each, unless otherwise specified)

  • Orientation (July)
  • Adult Emergency Medicine I (6 weeks)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine I (6 weeks)
  • Adult ICU
  • Research (December)
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Adult Emergency Medicine II
  • Adult Emergency Medicine III
  • ED Pharmacy Practice management

Elective Rotations (select 1 from each category, 1 month each) 

  • 1 ED elective
    • Examples may include repeating Pediatric ED, Urban ED, or a trauma-focused adult ED rotation
  • 1 ED-related rotation at Michigan Medicine
    • Examples may include Infectious Diseases or various ICU rotations within our institution, such as Trauma/Burn, Surgical, Medical, Neurology, Adult Cardiology, or Pediatric Cardiology ICU

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Pre-hospital care (EMS Ride-Along)


  • Faculty appointment as Adjunct Clinical Instructor at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
  • Didactic teaching opportunities for Pharm.D students at the College of Pharmacy
  • Instructing the Hospital-Based Pharmacist code training courses
  • Experience in rotation-related precepting and teaching of PharmD students and PGY1 residents through a layered-learning model
  • Optional teaching certificate through the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy

Research and Publication Opportunities

  • Design and complete a research project
  • Complete a writing project (review article or secondary research project) suitable for publication
  • Up to seven major presentations:
    • Research protocol
    • Writing project (presented as a 1-hour CE to the department of pharmacy)
    • Research project results at Great Lakes residency conference
    • Research project results to the pharmacy department
    • Journal club presented to ACCP EMPRN Monthly National Journal Club, if selected
    • 2-3 major topic presentations to the critical care, cardiology, and emergency medicine preceptor groups. Other major topic presentations will be done in collaboration with the PGY2 Cardiology and Emergency Medicine pharmacy residents.
    • Formal resident didactic lecture within the Department of Emergency Medicine

Staffing Responsibility

  • 15 weekends per year: Mix of adult and pediatric ED satellite staffing
  • Required to work one major and one minor holiday block

Other Requirements

  • ACLS and PALS certifications (to be completed during orientation month, if needed)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine Trauma Simulations
  • As available, attend Emergency Medicine Medical Resident Teaching seminars 
  • Professional service on a professional committee (local, state, or national)
  • Service on a UMHS Residency Committee


Minimum qualifications include graduation from an accredited college of pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completion of a PGY1 Pharmacy residency. 


Residency Program Director Information

Liz VanWert, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Director – PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy
Pharmacy Team Lead – Adult Emergency Services
College of Pharmacy Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacy Services and College of Pharmacy
Michigan Medicine
phone: (734) 763-7331
email: [email protected]