Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at University Health

Colleen Barthol

Colleen Barthol, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Residency Program Director 
Lead Clinical Specialist, Neuroscience ICU 
Department of Pharmacotherapy & Pharmacy Services 
University Health 
4502 Medical Drive, MS 102-1 
San Antonio, TX 78229-4493 
Office: 210-743-3900

Dana Foster photo

Dana Foster, PharmD, BCCCP

Residency Program Coordinator 
Clinical Specialist, Surgical Trauma Intensive Care 
Department of Pharmacotherapy & Pharmacy Services 
University Health 
4502 Medical Drive, MS 102-1 
San Antonio, TX 78229-4493 
Office: 210-743-3896


University Health (UH), in collaboration with The University of Texas College of Pharmacy, is pleased to offer an ASHP-Accredited Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) Critical Care Pharmacy Residency.  This 12-month residency is designed to provide a challenging training environment for individuals interested in developing clinical competency in the area of critical care. 

As full-time employees of UH, residents receive a competitive annual stipend of $62,000 plus excellent employee benefits.

UH is the public hospital district for Bexar County and the primary teaching facility for University of Texas Health in San Antonio.  University Hospital, the health system’s flagship institution, operates 681 acute care and specialty beds.  Since 2001, U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked University Hospital among the best hospitals in Texas and the San Antonio region.  UH is also the first health system in San Antonio and South Texas to earn Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which is widely accepted as the “gold standard” in measuring the quality of care that healthcare consumers can expect to receive.  A full range of medical services is available at numerous community clinics, including the renowned Texas Diabetes Institute.

University Hospital is home to the premier Level 1 Trauma Center for adult care and the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in South Texas, serving a 22-county region. There are 82 adult ICU beds, 30 pediatric and 58 neonatal ICU beds at University Hospital where provision of care is accomplished by attending physicians, intensivists, residents, acute-care mid-level practitioners, clinical pharmacists and other critical care personnel.  The trauma research program focuses on identifying new and innovative ways to improve the care, management and treatment of trauma and critically ill patients.  In addition, University Hospital is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association – the highest level of certification available. 

The PGY2 critical care pharmacy resident will receive advanced clinical training in surgical/trauma ICU, neuroscience ICU, medicine ICU, emergency medicine, and cardiology. Clinical responsibilities include critical care patient monitoring and daily multi-disciplinary rounds.  Electives may be chosen from a variety of areas, including but not limited to cardiothoracic surgery, infectious diseases, solid organ transplant, palliative medicine, pediatric/neonatal ICU, and neurology/stroke.  Residents will attend regularly scheduled meetings with preceptor to discuss patients.

Research responsibilities include completion of an individual major research project with presentation of results.  Publication of results is highly encouraged.  Residents also participate in critical care-related issues of the DUE and P&T Committees and conduct a critical care-related DUE.  In addition, residents provide clinical staffing for the adult critical care areas and respond to all “code blue” alerts throughout the hospital.  Academic responsibilities include pharmacy student precepting and lecture, case presentations, weekly critical care discussion/journal club, attendance and presentation at pharmacotherapy rounds and pharmacotherapy seminar.  Additionally, residents will have opportunities to evaluate their self-growth throughout residency.

Residents in The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy Affiliated Programs are eligible for appointment as an Instructor in Clinical Pharmacy with the College of Pharmacy.  There are also opportunities for participation in Resident Rounds, the Teaching and Leadership Fellows Program, teaching in labs and precepting clerkship students.

For further details about the program, please visit our website.

The University of Texas at Austin and its affiliated institutions are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Qualified women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected.

Residency Details


San Antonio, Texas

Length of Residency

1 year

Positions Available

2 positions

Start Date

July 1


As full-time employees of UH, residents receive a competitive annual stipend of $62,000 plus excellent employee benefits.

Residents are also appointed as Clinical Instructors with The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.


Strong interest in critical care clinical pharmacy practice

U.S. citizenship or permanent residency

Completion of an ACPE-accredited PharmD Degree program

Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program

Participation in the ASHP Resident Matching Program

Eligibility for Pharmacist Licensure in the State of Texas

Application Requirements

University of Texas (UT) Residency Application

Current curriculum vitae

Three professional letters of recommendation

Official college of pharmacy transcripts

Letter of interest/intent