Emory University Hospital

Emory University Hospital Post-Graduate
Year Two Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency

PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency

The post-graduate year two (PGY-2) infectious diseases pharmacy residency program builds on your Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY-1 pharmacy residency program and contributes to your development in infectious diseases clinical practice.

This residency is conducted at the two teaching hospitals of Emory Healthcare: Emory University Hospital (EUH) and Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM). Residents will care for diverse patient populations with challenging infectious diseases. At EUH, you will encounter patients with cystic fibrosis, immunocompromising conditions such as blood and marrow transplantation, hematological malignancies and solid organ transplantation. At EUHM, you will care for medically complex patients in the following services:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • End-stage renal disease
  • ENT
  • HIV
  • OB/GYN
  • Orthopedics Neonatology

You will also gain ambulatory care experience in medication management and adherence counseling at the Infectious Diseases clinic at EUHM. While both campuses are academic medical centers, EUHM also admits patients from community providers, which will prepare you to practice in a variety of care settings.

After completing our PGY-2 infectious diseases pharmacy residency, you will be qualified for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and be eligible for board certification with added qualifications in infectious diseases.


Goals of the PGY-2 infectious diseases pharmacy residency program include:

Clinical practice: Residents become familiar with disease states, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of antimicrobials in the treatment of infectious diseases. Residents learn to incorporate clinical knowledge into day-to-day practice and function independently as a member of the health care team.

Antimicrobial stewardship: Residents develop and manage an antimicrobial stewardship program and identify strategies for improving antimicrobial use, minimizing selective pressure on developing antimicrobial resistance and benchmarking performance.

Teaching: Residents teach PGY-1 pharmacy residents, pharmacy students, physicians, nursing staff and other members of the health care team.

Research: Residents set up and conduct a clinical study by obtaining approvals from Emory’s Investigational Review Board (IRB) and institutional research committee.

Practice management: Residents utilize practice management skills to promote rational and safe use of medications and master personal development skills for life-long learning and professional growth.

Learning Experiences and Rotations

Required Learning Experiences

  • Adult consultation (EUH) 
  • Adult consultation (EUHM) 
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (EUH) 
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (EUHM) 
  • Critical care 
  • Infection prevention/epidemiology 
  • Microbiology 
  • Transplant consultation

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Burn Intensive Care Unit at Grady Memorial Hospital 
  • Heart/ lung transplantation 
  • HIV clinic 
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 
  • Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy 
  • Repeat any required learning experiences 
  • Pediatric infectious diseases at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Travel medicine clinic 

Projects and Responsibilities

Year-long research project: Residents design, develop and complete original research projects, including a final manuscript of research results. The research project will be performed in a flipped-model approach where incoming residents pick up a project started by a previous resident. After completing that project, the resident will develop their own research project and gain IRB approval.

Additional research projects: In addition to the year-long research project, residents complete additional projects (MUE, quality-related, etc.).

Pharmacy Grand Rounds presentation: Residents prepare 60-minute presentations for Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credit on approved topics.

Emory ID Case of the Week: Residents may present one presentation at Case of the Week. Attending physicians, ID fellows, residents, mid-level practitioners and researchers from Emory Healthcare, Grady Memorial Hospital, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Atlanta VA Medical Center attend the sessions.

Teaching: Residents complete the Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Teaching Certificate Program unless similar certification was obtained during the PGY-1 year. Residents provide formal and informal teaching through a didactic lecture at Mercer University, Grand Rounds continuing education seminar, and rotation in-services. Residents will also receive the title of "Adjunct Clinical Instructor."

Precepting: Residents co-preceptor fourth-year PharmD students and Emory PGY-1 residents

Leadership: As part of the practice management experience, residents serve on the Committee for Antimicrobial Stewardship at Emory (CASE).

Staffing: Residents provide pharmaceutical care to inpatients on a weekend rotating basis and on two holidays.

On call: PGY-2 residents participate in the clinical pharmacist on-call program on a rotating basis with the other residents.

Professional Development 

Residents are encouraged to participate in professional organizations during their residency year and will receive $75 to pay professional dues. Residents are encouraged to present research findings at a national meeting.

Contact Info

For more information, please contact the program director.

K. Ashley Jones, PharmD, BCIDP

550 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308