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Pharmacy Residency Program: PGY2 Emergency Medicine Specialty

Program Type: PGY2 Residency 
ASHP Match Number: 634269

Purpose The PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program in Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital builds on both the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to develop clinical pharmacists in emergency medicine pharmacy practice. This PGY2 residency provides residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experiences with knowledge and incorporating them into the provision of patient care. The PGY2 residency in emergency medicine pharmacy is designed to transition PGY1 graduates from general practice to specialized practice in order to meet the needs of patients in the emergency department setting. Upon completion of training, graduates are equipped to be fully integrated members of the interdisciplinary emergency medicine team, are able to prioritize responsibilities and utilization of resources, and are able to make complex medication recommendations in this fast-paced environment. Training focuses on developing residents’ capabilities to deal with a wide range of diseases and disorders that occurs in patients in the emergency environment. They also acquire the experience necessary to exercise leadership for emergency medicine pharmacy practice in the health-care system. Residents who successfully complete this accredited PGY2 program are prepared for advanced patient care, board certification, teaching other health professionals, and training health professional students. 

Program Overview: This one-year specialty program is designed to provide advanced training in emergency medicine pharmacy practice focusing on patient care, clinical research, and education.  The program is designed to allow the resident to become familiar with all aspects of emergency care, including pharmacotherapy, toxicology, emergency preparedness, and regulatory requirements specific to an ED setting. Specialty residents in emergency medicine will demonstrate an understanding and working knowledge of the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of disease states commonly seen within the ED. Upon completion of the residency, the resident will be familiar with all aspects of emergency care, including pharmacotherapy, toxicology, emergency preparedness, and regulatory requirements specific to the ED setting. The resident will have developed the clinical skills necessary to practice as an emergency medicine clinical specialist.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital is designated a Level I Trauma Center and is the regional pediatric trauma center as well as the eye trauma center for the State of Maryland.  The Hopkins Adult Emergency Department (ED) has a total of 67 treatment beds, including four adult trauma rooms, four critical care rooms, and a separate psychiatric treatment area.  In addition, the Adult Emergency Department has dedicated areas for urgent care needs and acute care observation visits.  The Adult ED treats approximately 70,000 patients annually. The Pediatric ED has a total of 35 treatment beds, including two pediatric trauma rooms and two critical care rooms, and treats approximately 30,000 patients annually. The adult and pediatric emergency departments primarily serve the neighboring East Baltimore population, but also serve a variety of patients drawn to Hopkins by its specialty services.  


Training Experience:

  • To develop competent emergency medicine pharmacy specialists who are able to meet the needs of emergency medicine patients while acting as a fully integrated member of the interdisciplinary emergency medicine team.
  • To expose the resident to a wide variety of emergency department chief complaints and illnesses and their associated management in order to ensure broad foundational evidence-based pharmacotherapy knowledge and skills.

  • To provide experience and develop skills, in teaching other health care professionals and those in training to become healthcare professionals.

  • To provide opportunities for the resident to develop medical literature evaluation skills and medical literature writing skills
  • To provide the resident opportunities to develop skills necessary to conduct emergency medicine pharmacy research. 
  • To provide the experiences necessary for the future clinical practitioner to exercise leadership in emergency medicine quality and safety improvement initiatives within a health system, as well as participate and lead committees promoting medication safety.
  •  To participate in the development and planning of organizational strategies for the management of mass casualty events or other emergency scenarios that impact the health system




  • Department of Pharmacy Orientation (for residents new to the institution) (1 month)
  • Adult Emergency Medicine (AED) (minimum of 5 months throughout the residency year)
  • Medication Safety- Longitudinal Experience (over 11 months)
  • Medical Intensive Care (MICU) (1 month)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PED) (1 month)
  • Toxicology (1 month)
  • Didactic Toxicology - Longitudinal Experience (over 11 months)
  • JHH Bayview Medical Center ED (1 month)

Electives (each 1 month, select 2)

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS)
  • Surgical Intensive Care (SICU)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU)





Application Information:

All applications will be accepted through PHORCAS


Pre-requisites for the PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency program:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited school or college
  • Successful completion of an ASHP accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy residency


Program Director

Umbreen Idrees Murtaza, Pharm.D., BCPS

Title: Clinical Specialist, Emergency Medicine
Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Michigan

Training: Pharmacy Practice Residency- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Specialty Residency in Emergency Medicine Pharmacotherapy- Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health System

Umbreen I. Murtaza is an Emergency Department Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She also serves as the Director of the PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Murtaza received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University Michigan and completed her Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She completed her Specialty Residency in Emergency Medicine at Detroit Receiving Hospital.

Dr. Murtaza is active in the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and is a past member and Chair of the ASHP Section Advisory Group on Emergency Care. She is committed to the education and practices of emergency medicine practitioners and has served as a mentor through the ASHP Patient Care Impact Program for Emergency Care Practitioners.

Dr. Murtaza is also involved in emergency preparedness planning and serves as the Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Emergency Preparedness Committee. She has presented at national pharmacy meetings on a variety of emergency medicine topics and is published in peer-reviewed journals.


Umbreen Idrees Murtaza, PharmD, BCPS
Program Director, Emergency Medicine Specialty Residency

Location:Department of Pharmacy
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 North Wolfe Street / Carnegie 180
Baltimore, Maryland 21287-6180


Program Coordinator
Melinda J. Mendez, PharmD. BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Emergency Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 N Wolfe Street/ Carnegie 180
Baltimore, Maryland 21287-6180
Phone: 443-287-6895