Post graduate year 2 (PGY-2) Solid Organ Transplant Specialty Residency Program

The PGY-2 solid organ transplant residency program was first established on 2013. The program is accredited by both American Society of Health System Pharmacists® (ASHP) and Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.
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Pharmacists have been involved in the care of transplant recipients for several decades, with the first published report outlining specific activities of a dedicated transplant pharmacist published in 1976. This first introduced the transplant pharmacist as an individual with specific expertise in transplant pharmacology who actively participated in the medical management of organ transplant recipients and provided direct patient medication counseling.

The perception and role of the pharmacist as a part of the multidisciplinary transplant team has been further justified and expanded by local and international accreditation bodies such as United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) bylaws which recognizes pharmacists as a necessary component of the transplant team.

Given these points mentioned earlier mandate for the specific composition of the multidisciplinary transplant team, the demand for transplant pharmacists has increased rapidly and dramatically. So much so that, in order to meet the needs of these new accreditation standards, some transplant centers may have hired and/or identified pharmacists without specific organ transplantation training due to lack of available fully trained personnel.

The solid organ transplant pharmacotherapy residency program at KFSH&RC was first introduced in 2013 and is focused on the provision of pharmaceutical & medication therapy management required for solid organ transplant recipients.

Skill Level
52 weeks
Solid Organ Transplant Specialty Residency Program

About the program:

The PGY-2 solid organ transplant residency program was first established on 2013. The program is accredited by both American Society of Health System Pharmacists® (ASHP) and Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. It remains the first and the only ASHP accredited program outside the United States in the area of Solid Organ Transplantation. The program provides the resident the opportunity to work with wide variety of transplant patients including liver, pancreases, kidney, lung, heart, intestinal and multi-visceral transplant in both adult and pediatric populations. The learning experiences can be further tailored to match the residents needs and interests.PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build 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 in solid organ transplant provide 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 or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 solid organ transplant pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification in the area of practice.

Program Structure:

The program is 52 weeks in length, including 5 weeks of paid holidays/annual leave. The 52-week of the residency program provides a systematic approach that will provide the resident with opportunity and stimulus to develop skills, competencies, and professional expertise in all aspects of critical care pharmacy practice. The program consists of 9 clinical learning experiences; 7 required and 2 elective learning experiences, each consist of 5 weeks. Elective learning experiences are possible and are to be developed based upon individual resident(s) interest, goals, and selected career path.


Vacation, Official Holidays and Other Leaves:

The resident is eligible for a total of four weeks including annual and official holidays. All leave requests including; annual, professional, and sick leaves should be approved by the RPD and the preceptor of the rotation that the leave falls in. Annual leave requests should be planned and requested in advance. The leave should not hinder the completion of the goals and objectives of any rotation.

For more details please , refer to sick leave /leave of absence/ unpaid leave for postgraduate medical training provided by A&TA in addition to SCFHS regulation.


Fringe Benefits:


  • A tax-free stipend
  • Medical insurance
  • Free housing or a housing allowance
  • Professional meetings
  • The resident will be supported to have educational leave and partial travel reimbursement in order to attend professional meetings like American Transplant Congress (ATC) The
  • European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT) congress and other national meetings in Saudi Arabia as deemed appropriate by the RPD.
  • Vacation and annual leave
  • Hospital employees accrue 54 days of vacation and annual leave over the course of the year. The resident will be eligible for 5 weeks of holidays and annual leave. The remaining
  • accrued annual leave days will roll-off to the following year if the resident stays on.


Access to Medical Library and Other Resources:

The Health Library at (KFSHRC) is a clinical and research center that strives to support KFSHRC staff in their commitment to providing excellence in patient care, education, and the advancement of research. The Library's mission is to provide an enhanced learning environment and information services for the improvement of patient care throughout Saudi Arabia and the region.

The King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (KFSHRC) Health sciences Library is your partner in practice, research, and education. The KFSHRC Library is open to those affiliated with King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center — students, residents, fellows, health care professionals, faculty, and employees. The Library customers have in-library and remote access to the libraries' many collections, including both digital and traditional library resources. The health scince library can be accessed via: Home - Health Sciences Library - LibGuides at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre

Residency program information by ASHP:

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Aziza A. Ajlan

Program Director

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