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Pharmacy Residency Program: Infectious Diseases


Program Type: ASHP Accredited PGY2 Residency
ASHP Match Number: 603255

NOTE: This position has been filled for the 2022 – 2023 residency year.

Program Purpose

To contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists specialized in infectious diseases by building upon knowledge and clinical skills obtained during Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training. The PGY2-ID residency provides residents with a diverse range of clinical experiences, allowing them to develop the specialized evidence-based knowledge base required for them to function independently as infectious diseases practitioners. Residents who successfully complete the accredited PGY2-ID pharmacy residency are well prepared for advanced patient care, academic, and/or other specialized positions. Residents will also be well prepared for infectious diseases board certification.

Program Overview
Over the course of the year, the resident will 1) gain experience in the management of common and uncommon infectious diseases in a variety of patient populations; 2) develop a solid understanding of clinical microbiology and pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics of antimicrobial therapy; 3) strengthen his/her communication skills through formal and informal presentations and interactions with other healthcare providers in a variety of settings; 4) participate in an infectious diseases and pharmacy related interdisciplinary committee; and 5) enhance his/her teaching skills by precepting pharmacy students on infectious disease rotations and instructing 3rd year pharmacy students in the infectious diseases elective at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy. Rotational experiences will be tailored to the entering resident’s knowledge, experience, and interests.

Program Goals

  • To prepare highly qualified infectious diseases clinical pharmacists to successfully serve healthcare organizations as the ultimate resource for antimicrobial pharmacotherapy.
  • To train future pharmacy leaders in antimicrobial stewardship who will work to improve antimicrobial use within an organization and optimize antimicrobial therapy in patients with infectious diseases
  • To develop clinical research skills in the area of antimicrobial stewardship and infectious diseases pharmacotherapy
  • To enhance residents’ presentation, writing and teaching skills for anticipated job responsibilities that will include precepting pharmacy students and residents, providing education on antimicrobial therapy to various healthcare professionals, delivering formal and informal presentations and contribute to the development of guidelines for antimicrobial use

Program Structure:

Required Rotations

● Orientation - 1 month
● Adult Antimicrobial Stewardship Program - 2 months
● Adult General Infectious Diseases Consult Service - 2 months
● Adult Inpatient AIDS/HIV Service - 1 month
● Adult Oncology/Transplant Infectious Diseases Consult Service - 1 month
● Pediatric Infectious Diseases Consult Service -1-2 months
● Foundations in Microbiology Laboratory – 1-2 weeks
● Adult Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infectious Disease Consult at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (JHBMC), off campus rotation – 1 month

Required Longitudinal Experiences

● Longitudinal Infectious Diseases Leadership Experience - 1 year
● Longitudinal Education and Teaching Experience - 1 year
● Residency Research Project - 1 year
● On-call Experience - 1 year
● Staffing Experience - 1 year

Elective Rotations

● Adult Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) - 1 month rotation or longitudinal once a month for 3-6 months
● Adult Outpatient HIV Clinic - longitudinal once a month for 3-6 months
● Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship - 1 month

Any of the required rotations can be repeated as elective rotations. Other learning experiences may be arranged depending on the residents’ interests and experience needs.


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Pre-requisites for the Infectious Diseases PGY-2 Residency Program:

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

Residency Program Director

Alice Jenh Hsu, Pharm.D., BCPS, AQ-ID

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Co-Director, Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

The Johns Hopkins Hospital
1800 Orleans Street, Bloomberg 7234
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: (443) 287-4574


Dr. Hsu is the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and the Co-Director of the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She completed her Pharmacy Practice and Infectious Diseases Specialty Residencies at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Hsu’s clinical practice and research interests include antimicrobial stewardship, optimal management of infectious diseases in the pediatric population, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics of antimicrobials, and pediatric/adolescent HIV. Dr. Hsu is one of the authors of the Pediatric Antibiotic Guidelines: Treatment recommendations for hospitalized children. She has presented at national meetings on a variety of infectious diseases topics and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in various journals.

Core Infectious Diseases Preceptors

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH)

Kate Dzintars, Pharm.D., BCPS, AQ-ID
Adult Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, ID Consult Services

Lauren Buzzalino, Pharm.D.
Adult Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, ID Consult Services

Leigh Cervino, Pharm.D., BCPS
Adult Inpatient AIDS/HIV Service

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (BMC)

Funnce Liu, Pharm.D.
Antimicrobial Stewardship, ID Consult Service

Elaine Liu, Pharm.D.
Antimicrobial Stewardship, ID Consult Service

Adult Outpatient HIV Clinic (Bartlett) Service (JHH)

Christin Kilcrease, Pharm.D. AAHIVP, BCACP
Outpatient HIV Treatment and Prevention/Primary Care service

Adult Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) Service (JHH-BMC)

Jessa Brenon, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCIDP
OPAT Program

Caitlin Soto, Pharm.D.
OPAT Program