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Critical Care


Dr. Gretchen M. Brophy, Pharm.D.,BCPS, FCCP, FCCM is a Professor of Pharmacy and Neurosurgery at Virginia Commonwealth University and is the critical care pharmacist in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit ( NSICU). She received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at the University of Arizona, completed a Pharmacy Practice and Critical Care Specialty Residency at the University of Kentucky and is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Practice Environment

Dr. Brophy joined the Neuroscience ICU team in 1996. She has established a pharmacy practice in the Neuroscience ICU that includes patient care rounds with the neurosurgeons and consultations for the neurology services, and providing drug information, pharmacokinetic consults, therapeutic recommendations, patient counseling, and professional development seminars. The pharmacy services in the Neuroscience ICU compliment the medical and nursing services to optimize patient care. Dr. Brophy rounds in the NSICU and precepts both students and residents on this rotation.

Critical Care Residency Program:

The Critical Care Residency Program at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems is an ASHP-Accredited residency and offers clinical practice, teaching and research experience throughout the one year program. The specialized resident will gain a broad range of experiences in the various critical care settings. VCU Health System includes a level I trauma center and 65 adult critical care beds, located on two floors and subdivided into six critical care units: general surgery-trauma, cardiac surgery, coronary, coronary-medical, medical respiratory, and neuro-science. MCVH/VCUHS offers additional critical care training in pediatrics (neonatal and pediatric intensive care units), transplantation (bone marrow and solid organ transplant units), and clinical toxicology. The critical care pharmacy is centrally located in the adult critical care area and provides clinical and distributive services to all units. Under the guidance of a preceptor, the resident will be an integral member of the interdisciplinary critical care teams covering the units. Generally the specialty resident will be assigned to cover one unit or service at a time. Daily activities will include work rounds; attending physician teaching conferences; pharmacy rounds; active involvement in cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and individual patient therapeutic drug monitoring.

Dr. Greg Chenault is the Director of the Critical Care Residency Program, and he and Drs. Gretchen Brophy, Kimberly Varney, Stacy Voils, William Cahoon and Rutherford Rose serve as preceptors for the residents on the critical care rotations at VCUHS.