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. One PGY-2 resident position will be available each year. Required experiences include two general internal medicine rotations, two faculty internal medicine rotations focusing on precepting fourth year pharmacy students, one cystic fibrosis (CF) transitions of care rotation supporting inpatient and outpatient services, one pulmonary internal medicine rotation, and one CF/pulmonary internal medicine capstone rotation. The resident will provider clinical pharmacy services by rounding with Internal and Pulmonary Medicine teams at the University of Utah Health. Three months of the year will be spent in elective experiences of the resident's choice that may include but are not limited to: cardiology, drug information, neurology, infectious disease, medical intensive care, and solid organ transplant. Residents will provide longitudinal clinical pharmacy services at the University of Utah Adult CF Transitions of Care and Asthma clinics. The resident is required to complete a clinical research project of his or her choosing. A list of Residency Advisory Committee (RAC)-vetted projects will be provided during orientation, or the resident can submit a unique project idea for RAC approval. Academia opportunities are required throughout the year, including precepting, mentoring, lecturing, and recitation facilitation for University of Utah College of Pharmacy students as well as the Master’s in Athletic Training students. 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, Goals, 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 printout from PharmAcademic for each resident after planning for the program year.
University of Utah Health is the only academic medical center in the intermountain west with 5 hospitals, 16 community pharmacies supporting 12 community health centers. The University of Utah Hospital is a level I trauma center that serves critical and acute care patients with 806 total beds, including the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and is a referral hospital for a 5-state region. There are almost 400 pharmacy staff within the department who serve the patients of University Hospital and HCI, and the residents are a part of patient care and multi-disciplinary teams. The HCI also serves patients with 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 CF is accredited by the CF Foundation and provides care for 385 adult's patients throughout a 5-state region (Utah, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming). The University of Utah Adult CF 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 fifteen 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 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 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, athletic trainer students, and other health care professionals. Residents will become integral members of interdisciplinary internal medicine team(s) 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. Residents are encouraged and provided support in becoming a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS). The University of Utah Adult CF Center is accredited by the CF Foundation and provides care for 385 adult's patients throughout a 5-state region (Utah, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming). The University of Utah Adult CF Center is also a designated Therapeutics Development Network (TDN) center with demonstrated expertise in clinical research, recruit study participants and conduct clinical trials.
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 accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program. Applicants must be eligible for Utah licensure and are expected to obtain licensure as a pharmacist in Utah by September 30th of each program year. The University of Utah Pharmacy residency programs do 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:
Completed PhORCAS registration
Curriculum vitae, including previous work/rotation experience, research/scholarly activities, leadership positions held (appointed, required, or volunteered), and community service
Letter of intent, including clinical interests, career goal(s), and a patient experience illustrating motivation to pursue a PGY2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy residency.
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 a half-day virtual interview in January or February. The program participates in the ASHP Resident Matching Program.
University of Utah Health is the Mountain West's only academic health care system, combining excellence in patient care, the latest in medical research, and teaching to provide leading-edge medicine in a caring and personal setting. The system provides care for Utahns and residents of five surrounding states in a referral area encompassing more than 10 percent of the continental United States.
Whether it's for routine care or highly specialized treatment in orthopedics, stroke, ophthalmology, cancer, radiology, fertility, cardiology, genetic-related diseases, organ transplant, or more than 200 other medical specialties, University of Utah Health offers the latest technology and advancements, including some services available nowhere else in the region.
As part of that system, University Hospitals and Clinics relies on more than 1,400 board-certified physicians and more than 5,000 health care professionals who staff five hospitals.
Pharmacies at University of Utah Health are located in specialty centers and neighborhood health centers across the Wasatch Front, providing services for prescriptions, prescription refills, and a wide variety of over-the-counter medications.
...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.