Learning experiences

Required Learning Experiences (One month in duration, except as noted)
  • Orientation
  • Immunocompetent ID Consult
  • Immunocompromised ID Consult
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Foundations and Intro to Micro/Path
  • ID Consult - Preceptor/Teaching (2 months)
  • ID Consult, Advanced
  • Infection Control and Prevention (longitudinal)
  • Projects, Stewardship & Administration (longitudinal)
  • Solid Organ Transplant or Bone Marrow Transplant (selective)

Elective learning experiences 
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship and Research

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship, Community Setting

  • ID Practice (Consult/ASP – off site)

  • Other – on-site or off-site based on the individual interests/needs of the PGY2 and available with a qualified preceptor through Methodist affiliations across the Texas Medical Center


Clinical Coverage/Staffing
  • Clinical coverage every third weekend on primarily surgical floors (first half of year) and one weekday evening every two weeks averaged over a four week period
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship pager on-call coverage support (second half of year) one week per month—evenings and weekend
  • Residents will work one major and one minor holiday

Research Experiences
  • Major research project with the guidance of a preceptor and the Pharmacy Research Committee advancing ID clinical practice at Houston Methodist
  • ID/Stewardship related minor project (often an MUE or similar project scope)
  • Poster presentation at Vizient Pharmacy Network Meeting and platform presentation at Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference

Longitudinal Experiences
  • Participation in reviewing novel diagnostics for laboratory implementation
  • Participation in reviewing novel anti-infective agents for formulary
  • Collaborate with Infection Control and Quality on projects as they arise
  • Exposure to system-standardization and implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programs across 8 facilities
  • Present an ACPE-accredited continuing education activity
  • Recruit for the succeeding PGY2 ID pharmacy resident
  • Optional Teaching and Scholarship in Academia Certificate program through the University of Houston College of Pharmacy
  • Monthly meetings with co-residents and program directors to discuss a variety of topics

Professional Meetings
Funding is provided for:

  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference
  • One professional infectious diseases specific conference

Houston Methodist Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

The Houston Methodist Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Program is a multidisciplinary collaboration spearheaded by the Departments of Pharmacy and Pathology & Genomic Medicine with support from the infectious diseases medical staff, infection control, IT, and hospital leadership. We integrate real-time clinical intervention, rapid molecular diagnostics, and decision support tools to positively impact patient care.

  • Real-time bloodstream infection review (stewardship call)
  • Antibiotic utilization: surveillance and reporting to the CDC’s Antimicrobial Utilization module
  • Policy implementation and clinical pathway review
  • Anti-infective formulary management
  • HIV admission medication review
  • IV-to-PO
  • Antibiotic Time-Outs