PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Residency

Since its inception, the Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute has performed more than 9,800 solid organ transplants

The Baylor University Medical Center PGY2 in Solid Organ Transplant aims to develop well-rounded clinicians who can provide high level pharmaceutical care in a variety of solid organ transplant settings.

The program was initiated in July 2020 and is actively working toward accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Our one-year specialty program is designed to provide specialized training for residents interested in solid organ transplantation. Residents will gain experience in the comprehensive management of a diverse population of transplant recipients and living donors throughout the various phases of care. Other areas of focus include development of skills in teaching, research, guideline and protocol development, and practice leadership. The structure and learning experiences will be continuously customized to meet each resident’s personal and professional goals.

We currently accept one resident each year.


About the Transplant Center

From its inception in 1985, the Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute has remained an internationally renowned destination for transplant care and recognized as a leader in transplant research. On average, at least 350 transplants are performed annually on the BUMC campus alone, making it one of the largest centers in the US.

Since 1985, the program has performed:

  • 3,634 Kidney Transplants
  • 4,129 Liver Transplant
  • 990 Heart Transplants
  • 567 Lung Transplants
  • 197 Auto Islet Transplants
  • 20 Uterus Transplants
  • 260 Pancreas Transplants (including kidney-pancreas)

Milestones include:

  • North Texas' first islet cell transplant
  • The nation’s first certified VAD program
  • The nation’s first baby born after uterus transplant
  • Largest uterine transplant program in the world
  • The Southwest's first adult liver transplant
  • The world's first extra-corporeal perfusion (bridge to transplant) using a genetically engineered pig liver, allowing the patient to survive and successfully undergo a liver transplant
  • North Texas' first split-liver procedure, in which the surgeon divides a donor liver into two lobes for a pediatric and adult recipient
  • North Texas' first adult-to-adult living donor liver transplant procedure
  • North Texas' first paired kidney donor transplant

Required rotations (8 months):

  • Orientation/Histocompatibility Lab (3-4 weeks)
  • Abdominal Transplant (2 months)
  • Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant (2 months)
  • Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplant (2 months)
  • Transplant Infectious Disease (1 month)

Elective Rotations (4 months, blocks of 2-4 weeks each)

  • Repeat any required rotation
  • Transplant Hepatology
  • Transplant Nephrology
  • Transplant Infectious Disease Clinic
  • Cardiothoracic ICU
  • Advanced Heart Failure
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Research
  • Leadership
  • Transplant Quality
  • Transplant Informatics

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Major Research Project
  • MUE/Quality Improvement Project
  • Ambulatory Transplant Care (Abdominal and Cardiothoracic Transplant Clinics)
  • Transplant Practice Leadership
  • Policy/Guideline Development
  • Precepting students and residents
  • Staffing: transplant decentralized clinical staffing
  • Education: Grand Rounds and other didactic lectures to multidisciplinary transplant and pharmacy team

Our multifaceted multidisciplinary teaching is provided during formal rounds, didactic sessions, and weekly transplant related conferences with invited lecturers, including

  • Monthly journal clubs
  • Abdominal Transplant Grand Rounds
  • Advanced Heart Failure/Heart Transplant Grand Rounds
  • Advanced Pulmonary Grand Rounds
  • Hepatology Grand Rounds
  • Cardiology Grand Rounds
  • Nephrology Grand Rounds

Residents are required to provide a 45 minute ACPE accredited CE to the pharmacy department and a CME accredited CE to transplant department.

Residents will have the opportunity to mentor and precept PGY1 residents or longitudinal clerkship students at least once during the residency year.

The resident will serve in a lead role for a research project throughout the year. Transplant research projects are vetted by the Transplant Research Committee and approved under an umbrella IRB, which expedites the process for IRB approval. Residents have free access to RedCap and statistician support from the transplant department.

The goal is to submit an abstract to and present at a transplant or other applicable conference, such as:

  • ISHLT Annual Meeting
  • ATC Annual Meeting

Subsequently, at least 1 manuscript will be prepared and submitted to an applicable journal.

Other projects include but are not limited to policy or guideline development and a medication use evaluation or quality improvement project.


The Solid Organ Transplant PGY2 pharmacy resident will be responsible for staffing approximately every third weekend in the transplant clinical staffing shift. The purpose of these experiences is to gain practice experience in clinical, operational and leadership areas.

The resident will be expected to work one major holiday (Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day).

In the event of a meeting or conference on the resident’s scheduled weekend, the schedule will be adjusted to an alternate weekend.

On-Call Requirements

All resident service the pharmacy's department Drug Information Service, through which they provide urgent and non-urgent drug information questions. On call hours for urgent requests are from 1600-0700.

When on-call, the resident is responsible for ensuring that all consultations, documentation and follow-up are completed. A rotation schedule will be determined by the Chief Resident (currently staffed every seventh weekend).

Residents also contribute to and serve as editors of the Baylor Mailer, the Drug Information Service newsletter, which is published monthly.

The resident will participate in select hospital and transplant committees throughout the year. This will include participation:

  • Transplant Selection committees for each organ
  • Transplant Quality committees
  • Transplant System Governance committees: manage and optimize EPIC related enhancements for all 3 transplant centers within BSWH
  • Transplant research committees
  • Heart Immunology Committee
  • Drug Shortage Committee
  • BUMC Antibiotic Stewardship Committee
  • BUMC Residency Recruitment Committee
  • Others based on resident’s interests

Active participation and contribution to at least one committee or workgroup within national organizations impacting transplant pharmacy practice, such as ACCP IMTR PRN, AST, ISHLT, or ASHP, as per resident’s interests, will be highly encouraged. Residency preceptors will guide the resident in determining optimal and feasible opportunities that will benefit residen's learning and facilitate networking opportunities.

Conference Travel

The resident will have the opportunity to attend various professional meetings throughout the year. Residents receive an annual travel stipend supported by both the pharmacy and transplant department. Residents are encouraged to attend a transplant specialty meeting (e.g. American Transplant Congress, International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation Annual Meeting).


Here is a selection of the benefits we provide. (For a complete list, view our Benefits page)

  • Paid Time Off: 15 days
  • Free parking, discounted bus passes available and a DART rail station on campus
  • Professional leave: Residents will be allowed professional leave and travel expenses for attendance at professional seminars and meetings such as the ASHP Clinical Mid-Year Meeting, the Spring Residency Leadership Conference and the Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists Annual Meeting
  • Dedicated office and computer
  • Access to Baylor Health Sciences Library and electronic references

How to Apply

We use the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PHORCAS) to accept applications, transcripts and other supporting application materials.

Deadline for application: January 6th of each year.

Application Requirements

The qualified applicant must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an accredited college of pharmacy and must be eligible for Texas licensure. Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is required.

Applicants must also submit:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Three recommendation forms
  • Official College Transcript

Frequently Asked Questions

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Baylor University Medical Center was established in 1903 and officially accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in 1990.
We understand applying to Residencies can be a daunting task. We want you to stand out on paper so this is what we look for:
  • Grades: In order to ensure you have a solid clinical knowledge base a GPA of 3.0 is our cutoff.
  • Leadership and Professional Involvement: Demonstrates your ability to lead and multitask throughout school. If you were involved in organizations outside of Pharmacy be sure to include those (e.g. student athlete). Explain your contribution to the organization or activity.
  • Research: It’s extremely had to get published as a student. However, the journey to publication is a valuable learning experience. Some research questions are drawn from an MUE or quality improvement project. Ask for these experiences if your rotations do not offer them.
  • Presentations: We look for presentations that are given beyond your rotation experiences (e.g. CE, professional meetings, grand rounds, etc.)
  • Projects: Highlight formulary reviews, MUEs, development of clinical services.
  • Work and Volunteer Experience: Include not just Pharmacy and research related work as we value diverse experiences.
  • Rotations: We have applicants from across the country so we don’t know how all Rotations are laid out. Ensure your experiences are highlighted in your CV. Preference is given to those candidates who take challenging patient care directed clinical rotations.
  • Letters of Recommendation: We look for letters where it is clear the writer knows the candidates. Verify they can comment on your strengths and opportunities beyond a numerical score. If you are passionate about a Specialty and have taken that rotation then preference would be to have that preceptor write a letter. Ensure your letter writer has enough time to complete and will submit your Letters of Recommendation on time. We only evaluate letters submitted via Phorcas. Do not have your letter writers email additional content.
  • Letter of Intent: Make these FUN! Don’t just transcribe your CV or information you’ve found on our website. Communicate your “Why” and how your experiences set you apart from other candidates. We want to get to know you! Keep letters to about a page.

Absolutely. The resident must communicate this intention to the respective residency program director (RPD) and submit a written letter of intent. Pursuant to the receipt of the application, the RPD will conduct an interview of the candidate and follow ASHP Residency Matching Program guidelines. Candidates not choosing to early commit or those who are not offered early commitment by the PGY2 program may still apply to the PGY2 program but are required to participate in the ASHP Match.
We accept applications from non-US citizens, but we are unable to sponsor visas or green cards for residents. In order to apply, a candidate must be able to secure an appropriate visa for employment, as well as ensure they will be qualified to take licensure examinations.
Yes, please ensure your transcripts include an explanation of grades so it can be compared to a 4.0 scale. We strongly suggest you have preceptors write robust letters of reference (in Phorcas) detailing your drug knowledge, clinical experience and accomplishments in addition to sending your undergraduate transcripts.
We ask for a letter from you supervisor/manager is order to assess your ability to follow a schedule, work with others and be a team player outside of school, manage conflict and work through problems not in a guideline or on a test. Some options for letter writers include: volunteer supervisor or research advisor.
PharmAcademic will be utilized for all formal residency related evaluations. A customized development plan is created based on the resident's initial interests, career goals, and prior experience as well as the resident’s strengths and opportunities for improvement during orientation. The development plan is evaluated quarterly and adjusted when needed to ensure resident growth and progression. Each preceptor will evaluate the resident based on the learning experience goals and objectives and the level of improvement from the last performance assessment. For each learning experience the residents will be responsible for assessment of their own performance, the preceptor, and learning experience. All assignments, including journal clubs and presentations will be evaluated by attendees.
Yes, the residents have a dedicated office space with a personal computer, phone and printer.
Unfortunately, due to the number of requests we are not able to offer onsite visits at this time. However, we want to ensure that all your questions are answered regarding our program so we are available at recruiting events as well as via email or phone. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
BUMC is a community teaching hospital affiliated with Texas A&M College of Medicine. The Pharmacy department is not associated with a particular College of Pharmacy, but we do have longitudinal P4 students from University of Texas, University of North Texas and Texas Tech rotating throughout the year. Despite its name, the hospital it is no longer affiliated with Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Our program is tailored to help residents achieve their career goals. Some of our residents have pursued specialized PGY2 programs, while others have become clinical specialists, managers, coordinators, and directors of pharmacy. While some of our residents have stayed with BSWH as clinical pharmacists, others have chosen to impact patient care across the country.

Contact Us

Department of Pharmacy
Baylor University Medical Center
3500 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246

Teena Sam, PharmD, BCCP
Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
PGY2 Residency Program Director - Solid Organ Transplant
Email: Teena.Sam@BSWHealth.org

Raksha Patel, PharmD, BCPS
Transplant Pharmacy Specialist
PGY2 Residency Program Coordinator - Solid Organ Transplant
Email: Raksha.Patel@BSWHealth.org

Nicole Wilson, PharmD
Transplant Pharmacy Specialist
Email: Nicole.Wilson1@BSWHealth.org

Peter Nguyen, PharmD
Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Resident 2020-2021
Email: Peter.Nguyen5@BSWHealth.org

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