PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.
The Ohio State University/Optum Hospice Pharmacy Services PGY2 Pain Management & Palliative Care residency is a multi-site program offering patient care experiences in outpatient and acute inpatient care settings, as well as the opportunity to earn a teaching certificate through classroom experiences at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Graduates of the program will be well prepared to provide pharmaceutical care for pain, palliative, and hospice patients in both inpatient and outpatient practice settings and to conduct clinical practice research.
The PGY2 Pain Management and Palliative Care residency program offers two resident positions at different primary clinical practice sites. The preceptors at both sites work together to ensure residents gain similar core competencies in pain, palliative care and hospice with cross-training at both practice sites.
One position is primarily located at Optum Hospice Pharmacy Services. This residency track focuses on developing the resident’s knowledge in the management of pain and other symptoms of terminal diseases in the setting of a large hospice pharmacy services provider with patients residing in both inpatient and community hospice and palliative settings across the nation. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) serves as the secondary clinical practice site, providing exposure to palliative care and pain management in a large academic medical center.
One position is primarily located at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center James Cancer Hospital. This residency track focuses on learning opportunities in inpatient and outpatient palliative care and pain management in a large academic medical center with experiences in both acute and chronic care. Optum serves as the secondary clinical practice site, providing exposure to foundational hospice care principles.
At both practice sites, caring for palliative and hospice patients is integrated with becoming an expert in pain and symptom management across a wide variety of disease states and disease trajectories. The diversity of educational forums and patient care experiences provides a well-rounded program that can be tailored to fit the interests of the resident and facilitate achievement of professional goals. Program graduates will be well prepared to provide pharmaceutical care for pain, palliative, and hospice patients in both inpatient and outpatient practice settings.
Optum Hospice Pharmacy Services
Optum is one of the nation’s leaders in hospice pharmacy services. The Optum office is located approximately 20 minutes from The Ohio State University campus in Westerville, OH. The pharmacists at Optum utilize patient assessment and medication therapy management (MTM) skills to provide evidence-based clinical consultations to clinicians, patients, and caregivers from hospice and palliative care organizations across the country.
At Optum, the resident receives training in the management of a variety of disease states and symptoms for hospice patients. The resident will apply his or her knowledge and develop confidence as an independent practitioner through telephone consultations and participation in outpatient and inpatient interdisciplinary teams at local hospice and palliative care sites. Other training may include preparing drug information, facilitating drug utilization reviews, leading formulary discussions, and providing educational programming for hospice and palliative healthcare professionals.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
The palliative medicine consult service at OSUWMC serves patients with life-limiting illness at variable stages of disease across the institution, including University Hospital, The James Cancer Hospital, and The Ross Heart Hospital. The outpatient palliative clinic serves patients with symptoms related to cancer and cancer therapies.
University Hospital (UH)
University Hospital (UH) is the flagship hospital with over 900 beds. UH is a major referral center for patients throughout Ohio and the Midwest. Palliative medicine completes consults on patients in the surgical and medical ICUs and on general acute care floors.
The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is one of the nation’s premier centers for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. The James is a 306 bed cancer and critical care tower which opened in December of 2014. The palliative medicine consult team is commonly consulted for complex symptom management and to establish goals of care for patients that are newly diagnosed, receiving cancer therapies, and at the end of life.
The Ross Heart Hospital
The Ross Heart Hospital is a leader in cardiology and heart surgery and is the only nationally ranked heart hospital in the area. The Ross is one of the largest centers for the implantation of LVAD devices in the world in addition to providing heart and lung transplants. Palliative medicine is highly integrated into the care of cardiac patients at all stages, including establishing goals of care prior to aggressive interventions.
Center for Palliative Care Outpatient Clinic
The outpatient palliative care team is comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, a pharmacist, a social worker, and psychologists who together work to provide whole person care to cancer patients experiencing symptoms related to cancer and cancer therapies. The clinic operates 5 days per week and actively follows approximately 800 patients.
The resident focuses primarily on direct patient care and practice management at the two clinical practice sites. The resident will also deliver didactic lectures at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and has the opportunity to earn a formal teaching certificate. Professional development programming is also coordinated by The OSU College of Pharmacy and The Wexner Medical Center throughout the residency year. The resident is expected to complete and publish at least one major research or quality improvement project with collaborative support from the college, the preceptors, and practitioners from the clinical practice sites.
Core Learning Experiences
Acute & Chronic Pain Management
Hospice Inpatient & Outpatient
Hospice Pharmacy Consulting
Inpatient Palliative Care in Oncology
Inpatient Palliative Care in Internal Medicine
Outpatient Palliative Care
Practice Management & Professional Development
Run a Service / Independent Practitioner
Teaching / Precepting
Elective Learning Experiences
Any core experience may be repeated as an elective with advanced learning objectives
Behavioral Health & Addiction
Pediatric Hospice & Palliative Care
Sickle Cell Pain Management
About The Ohio State University
As one of America’s top ranked academic medical centers, the mission of
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) is to
improve people’s lives through innovation in research, education, and
patient care. OSUWMC is a 1443 bed multihospital delivery system
recognized in 2018 as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for excellence in
ten specialties by US News and World Report based on quality, outcomes,
and reputation. OSUWMC is home to more "Top Doctors" than any other
central Ohio hospital.