The University of Utah Health PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency is a structured, 12-month learning program that will provide the resident with the skills to practice as an Infectious Diseases specialist in a variety of settings. Graduates from our program are well-prepared for careers in academia, antimicrobial stewardship, HIV/AIDS, industry, and traditional acute care roles, as well as board certification in infectious diseases pharmacy. One PGY2 resident position is available each year. Foundational learning experiences include clinical rotations with the adult general and immunocompromised infectious diseases consult services, antimicrobial stewardship, outpatient infectious diseases/HIV, hematology/oncology intensive care, and clinical microbiology. Additionally, administrative, teaching, leadership, and research skills will be developed through various longitudinal projects and activities throughout the year. The program is intended to be customized to the individual resident’s goals and interests. Elective learning experiences include pediatric infectious diseases, solid organ transplant, bone marrow transplant, inpatient hematology, and cystic fibrosis. The program is accredited by ASHP through the 2026-2027 academic year.
Highlights of Experience
Microbiology experiences will occur at ARUP laboratories, a national reference laboratory, offering the resident practical experience with highly specialized assays. Extensive teaching opportunities in a variety of settings are available through our affiliation with the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Several opportunities for scholarship are available beyond the required longitudinal research project. Additionally, work-life balance is encouraged and Salt Lake City’s proximity to the mountains allows for convenient outdoor recreation.
Site and Facilities
University of Utah Health (UUH) provides regional referral for five states. UUH is a level 1 trauma center, specialized services are provided in burn, surgical, medical, oncology, and neurosurgical intensive care. Outstanding programs include critical care, transplant, cystic fibrosis, neurology, HIV/AIDS, primary care, oncology, and medical/surgical services. UUH is a research-oriented tertiary medical center. It is affiliated with the colleges of pharmacy, nursing, health, and the school of medicine. Laboratory services are provided by ARUP laboratories, a national clinical and anatomic pathology reference laboratory. The Salt Lake metropolitan area has a population of approximately 1 million people. It is located at the base of the Wasatch Front of the Rocky Mountains. The city and region provide cultural and four-season recreational activities.
Candidates must graduate from an ACPE-accredited pharmacy program with a doctor of pharmacy degree (or equivalent combination of education and clinical experience) with a minimum GPA of 3.1 on a 4.0 scale. Residents must have completed or be on track to complete an accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency program to apply. Applicants must be eligible for Utah licensure and are expected to obtain licensure as a pharmacist in Utah within the first 90 days of the start of the program year. Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States prior to July 1st (the UUH program does not sponsor visas).
The following information must be submitted by the date specified on the residency application for the applicant to be considered for an onsite interview:
Submitted PhORCAS application
Letter of intent
College of pharmacy transcripts
Three letters of recommendation
All residency programs at UUH use the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). No paper applications will be accepted. Completed applications in PhORCAS are reviewed, and competitive applicants are invited to attend an on-site, full-day interview in January or February. The program participates in the Resident Matching Program of ASHP.
Additional Salary Information: Pharmacy residents are classified as full-time employees of the University of Utah. They are paid a competitive salary and also receive a benefits package that includes health, dental and life insurance, and various staff discounts. To ensure the quality of the program, vacation leave is limited to ten days over the course of the year and two days per rotation. Holiday staffing requirements include one major holiday and two minor holidays. Residents are afforded travel benefits to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting each December and the Mountain States Residents Conference held each spring.
About University of Utah Health
University of Utah Health is an academic medical center that encompasses 4 hospitals and 13 Community Health Centers with progressive pharmacy services supporting collaborative teams. UUH has won top 10 Vizient quality awards for 10 years in a row. UUH is a level 1 trauma center with 6 ICUs serving a 5 state region with a wide variety of rotation opportunities in acute and critical care. Huntsman Cancer Hospital is NCCN and NCI designated facility with acute, ambulatory care, and infusion services. The health system offers primary care, specialty clinic services, and a regional network that leads to over 2million visits a year. The Drug Information, Investigational Drug, and Pharmacy Informatics Services at UUH are models of advanced practice. UUH serves as a primary site for the University of Utah College of Pharmacy students; the relationship between the college and UUH provides numerous teaching, precepting and research opportunities for all staff.
Salt Lake City offers four season outdoor recreation including hiking and skiing at 7 ski resorts within 45 minutes from the hospital, and Utah boasts the best snow on Earth. Residents enjoy a range of sporting and cultural events both on and off campus, and quick trips to Utah’s 5 national parks.