The University of Utah Health's Postgraduate Year Two (PGY-2) Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency is an organized, directed, postgraduate training program in internal medicine pharmacy practice and academia. Three PGY-2 resident positions will be available each year. Required experiences will consist of rounding and providing clinical pharmacy services for one of the Internal Medicine teams at the University of Utah Health. The resident will provide clinical pharmacy services for the Internal Medicine teams at the University of Utah Hospital. Four months of the year will be spent providing clinical pharmacy services with the Internal medicine teams staffed by internists and three months of the year will be spent providing clinical pharmacy services with the Internal medicine teams staffed by pulmonologists. Three months of the year will be spent in elective acute care experiences of the resident's choice that may include but are not limited to: cardiology, neurology, infectious disease, medical intensive care, and solid organ transplant. Residents will provide longitudinal clinical pharmacy service at the University of Utah Adult Cystic Fibrosis Transitions of Care clinic. Required staffing shifts will occur every 3 weeks, in which the resident is expected to independently staff as the medicine pharmacist during weekend swing shifts. This shift will require the resident to attend and participate in code blue, rapid response, and code stroke events throughout the entire hospital, in addition to baseline clinical responsibilities. The resident's program will be individualized based on his or her previous experience.
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 residencies 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 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.
Program Educational Outcomes, Goal, and Objectives
The program uses the required ASHP PGY-2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency Outcomes, Goals and Objectives. In addition, resident will complete the required ASHP PGY-2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency Academic Elective Goals and Objectives (i.e. E1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 5.1). The summary of the Outcomes, Goals and Objectives selected for the year are included as a print out from PharmAcademic for each resident after planning for the program year.
The University of Utah Hospital is a level I trauma center that serves critical and acute care patients in 490 beds, and is a referral hospital for a 5-state region. Over 100 FTEs of pharmacy staff serve the patients of University Hospital, and the residents are a part of patient care and multi-disciplinary teams. The Huntsman Cancer Institute also serves patients with 100 inpatient beds, an infusion center, and several clinics. Clinics at the hospital and surrounding communities serve patients with pharmacy care both through retail pharmacies, MTM services, thrombosis services, and clinic-based services. The University Health Care system also includes a Drug Information Service. The University of Utah Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center is accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and provides care for 250 adult's patients throughout a 5-state region (Utah, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming). The University of Utah Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center is also a designated Therapeutics Development Network (TDN) center with demonstrated expertise in clinical research, recruit study participants and conduct clinical trials. The University of Utah College of Pharmacy is ranked in the top ten Colleges of Pharmacy in the United States. The College's vision is to carry out its academic and service missions through pharmaceutical education programs which are nationally recognized for teaching and learning innovations; research which is recognized by peer-review for its excellence; and service/outreach programs which are valued by the various constituencies of the College. It is envisioned that the College will serve as a focus for academic leadership for the profession of pharmacy in Utah, and will contribute to the state's economy through technology transfer.
Highlights of Experience
The Postgraduate Year Two (PGY-2) Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency at University of Utah Health will provide a diverse experience balancing clinical, academic and research experiences in an academic medical center. Residents will learn the skills necessary to develop a patient-centered, evidence-based, collaborative practice in order to advance internal medicine pharmacotherapy throughout the state and country. Residents will receive patient care experiences and skills necessary to become proficient and innovative internal medicine pharmacy practitioner and gain experience in academia by providing education to patients, pharmacy students, physician assistant students, and other health care professionals. Residents will become integral members of an interdisciplinary internal medicine team that includes physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, dietary specialists, and social workers. Residents will develop the skills necessary to become a highly effective clinician, project manager, scholar, and educator.
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).
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:
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.
Salary and Benefits
Pharmacy residents are classified as full-time, benefited employees of the University of Utah Health. They are paid a competitive salary and also receive a benefits package that includes health, dental and life insurance, and various staff discounts. Residents are afforded travel benefits to attend the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference each fall, ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting each December, and the Mountain States Resident Conference held in the 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.