University of Utah Health is the major referral system for the surrounding intermountain west as a Level I Trauma Center, comprehensive stroke care, STEMI receiving facility, and burn center. UUH is an academic institution associated with various health sciences colleges, Poison Control Center, and Drug Information. ED staff and providers are state and national leaders in their specialties. The department has 53+ beds, over 60,000 visits annually, and pharmacists provide coverage 18 hours daily.
This residency has been approved by ASHP to be in pre-candidate status for 2019-2020.
This residency is designed to develop comprehensive skills in pharmacotherapy and bedside assessment in emergency medicine, critical care, transitions of care, and toxicology. Electives in infectious diseases, medication safety, and various fields of emergency medicine are available. Strengths of this program include the flipped model research project, providing high quality education to interdisciplinary teams, and strong working relationships within the pharmacy and emergency department. One emergency medicine conference and ASHP Midyear conference attendance are supported.
The program is committed to individualizing schedules to meet the resident’s personal and career goals, including offering the opportunity for up to 4 weeks to be spent on rotation in an outside facility. Additionally, residents will have the opportunity to attend cardiac arrests, trauma resuscitation, rapid response activations, brain attacks, and code sepsis following the department’s standard operating procedures.
Teaching & Learning Opportunities
The resident will provide in-services to interprofessional colleagues and lead topic discussions during each rotation experience. Moreover, residents are actively involved in the training of PGY1 residents and pharmacy students. The resident will also have the opportunity to present to fellow pharmacists and pharmacy technicians through an ACPE-accredited continuing education program (CE) as well as pro/con debate (completed in conjunction with the critical care resident). Numerous additional opportunities are available at the hospital, affiliated schools of pharmacy and medicine and our aeromedical transport. This residency includes an optional teaching certificate program.
See the common manual for requirements. Resident average four shifts per month. Additional staffing areas may be included based on departmental needs. Residents are required to staff a portion of observed holidays. Participation in various community volunteer opportunities is encouraged, but not required.
Residency Research/Quality Improvement Project
Residents have the opportunity to complete their required research/quality improvement project within a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment, and as such, residents have the opportunity to meet regularly with other collaborators (e.g., physicians, nurses, etc.) to enhance their overall research design.
The EM residency subscribes to a flipped research model. During the first half of the year, the resident will complete data collection, analysis, presentation and manuscript writing of a clinical question already developed and approved by RAC. The resident will then be responsible for developing a new clinical question and compose the methodology and approval for the next incoming resident.
The resident is expected to attend ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Mountain States Conference, and will have the opportunity to attend an emergency medicine based conference. Travel support is provided.
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 an ASHP accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program. Applicants must be eligible for Utah licensure and are expected to obtain licensure as a pharmacist in Utah within the first 60 days of the start of the program year.
Recruitment and Selection
The following information must be submitted by the date specified on the residency application for the applicant to be considered for an onsite interview:
Completed PhORCAS registration
Letter of intent
College of pharmacy transcripts
Three recommendations using the PhORCAS standard form
All residency programs at University of Utah Health 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 ASHP Resident Matching Program.
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.