PGY-2 Infectious Diseases

PGY-2 Infectious Diseases


The Pharmacy Department at Memorial Sloan Kettering recognizes the value and need for an infectious diseases specialty residency for pharmacists seeking a career in infectious diseases.


PGY2 pharmacy residency program builds 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 residency provides the resident with opportunities to function independently as a practitioner 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.


The infectious diseases (ID) pharmacy residency program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) provides an additional focus on infections diseases pharmacotherapy in immunocompromised host. The resident will manage ID pharmacotherapy for a variety of medical and surgical patients, both adult and pediatric, in mostly the inpatient setting with some outpatient experiences. Antimicrobial stewardship training allows an opportunity to develop leadership skills and collaborate with multiple disciplines on quality improvement projects, guideline development and education. MSKCC has received an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence (CoE) designation from the Infectious Diseases Society of America and is committed to conduct of cutting-edge research.

Required Rotations

  • Orientation/Pharmacy Operations and Infectious Diseases (4 weeks)
  • Infection Control (2 weeks)
  • Microbiology Laboratory (2 weeks)
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (ASP) (4 weeks)
  • Research (4 weeks)
  • Adult ID Consult (Solid Tumor) (4 weeks)
  • Adult and Pediatric ID Consult (Lymphoma and Leukemia) (4 weeks)
  • Adult ID Consult (Leukemia and HSCT) (4 weeks)
  • Advanced ID consult (Two Rotations 4 weeks and 6 weeks)


Intensive Care Unit, Adult HSCT and Pediatric HSCT (Two Rotations 4 weeks)

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Research
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (ASP) weekend call
  • Ambulatory Infectious Diseases and HIV clinic
  • Presentations and Education
  • Teaching and Precepting Pharmacy APPE Students
  • Leadership and Medication Policy (Antimicrobial Subcommittee and P&T)
  • Medication Safety and Quality (Pharmacy QA and QA Project)

PGY-2 ID Program-specific Experiences

Through our affiliation with the Brooklyn Hospital, the PGY-2 ID resident will have the opportunity to gain experience in HIV clinic and ASP managing community and long term care residents with drug resistant infections. Bone marrow transplant service electives at Memorial Sloan Kettering allows the resident to gain experience in managing of adult and pediatric transplant recipients.

Attendance at Professional Meetings

The department will support the resident (expense and leave time) to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. Any additional travel that is to be supported by the Department is evaluated on a case-by-case basis (e.g., ID week or MADID).

Application Deadline

January 15th

Length of Program

One year

Number of positions



  • Successful completion of an ACPE accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program
  • Successful completion of an ASHP accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Eligibility for pharmacist licensure in New York State (Residents are required to obtain Pharmacist licensure in the State of New York)

How to Apply

  • Interested candidates should submit the following through Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application (PhORCAS):
  • Letter of interest explaining career goals
  • Three letters of recommendation (standard PHORCAS format)
  • Academic transcript
  • Curriculum Vitae

Additional Information


Nina Cohen Orsini, Pharm.D., BCPS-AQID
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Infectious Diseases
Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue, Schwartz 526
New York, NY 10065
[email protected]