Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy

Jennifer Hagopian, PharmD, BCPS

Residency Program Director

General Description

The University of Michigan Health PGY2 solid organ transplant residency program prepares its graduates to assume positions in abdominal, thoracic, or pediatric transplantation as clinical specialists employed by an institution or as a non-tenure track faculty member at a college of pharmacy. Graduates from this program will be proficient in the care of transplant recipients within all aspects of the transplant process, including pre-transplant, during the acute care phase of transplant, and ongoing post-transplant care. Michigan Medicine is a university teaching hospital providing an exceptional environment to engage our residents in direct patient care activities, research experiences, and teaching opportunities.  


Program Purpose

This residency program in solid organ transplant pharmacy practice builds on Doctorate of Pharmacy education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in advanced or specialized practice in solid organ transplant pharmacotherapy. This PGY2 residency program provides residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete this accredited PGY2 residency should possess competencies that qualifies them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification.

Program Structure

Required Rotations:  

  • Transplant Surgery Experience 1                         
  • Transplant Surgery Experience 2
  • Lung Transplant                                            
  • Heart Failure/Transplant 
  • Kidney Transplant Clinic
  • Liver Transplant Clinic               
  • Transplant Infectious Disease
  • Orientation (July)                           
  • Research (December)            

Elective Rotations

  • Intensive Care Units (Cardiothoracic/Medical/Surgical)
  • Hepatology
  • General Pediatrics Transplant
  • Teaching

Longitudinal Experience

  • Writing Project
  • Research Project
  • Transplant Quality Improvement project
  • Didactic Teaching – Adjunct Clinical Instructor at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
  • Transplant foundation topic discussions with transplant preceptor group (about 10 throughout the year))
  • Informal case presentation (on required rotations)
  • AST Organ Donation challenge with the UM COP
  • Committee involvement
  • Clinical On-Call (Back-up to PGY1 residents)

Staffing Responsibility 

Weekend activities include covering pharmacokinetics, nutrition support, and anticoagulation, 13-15 weekends per year. Residents will be required to work one minor holiday and one major holiday block  

Research and Publications Opportunity

Through the research and writing requirements of the program, the resident has the potential to produce at least two manuscripts suitable for peer-reviewed publication by the end of the residency.

Teaching Opportunity

The resident will receive a faculty appointment as Adjunct Clinical Instructor with the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. Experience in rotation-related precepting and in teaching of Pharm.D. students and PGY1 residents is widely available. The resident will gain experience in didactic teaching in the Ethics/EBM Transplant Session at the College of Pharmacy.

Residency Director Information

Jennifer Hagopian, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist: Pulmonary Transplant
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in Pharmacy
[email protected]

 Please check out the F.A.Q. for application deadlines and interview dates.