Ambulatory Care

Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2)

Program Description

The University of Utah’s PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency program is an organized, directed, postgraduate training program in ambulatory care pharmacy practice and education. One PGY 2 resident position will be available each year. Core experiences will include clinical practice in the family medicine residency clinics with an emphasis on developing skills in the provision of comprehensive medication therapy management, and patient and provider education in family medicine, as well as development of the skills and knowledge required to be an educator of health care professionals and trainees in this dynamic setting.

The resident will also participate in longitudinal elective experiences to meet their professional goals in addition to the required family medicine experience. Longitudinal elective rotations (1/2 day per week x 3 months) may include an intensive diabetes, thrombosis, cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, and a wide variety of other ambulatory care offerings. There is also be a longitudinal staffing component consisting of providing care in our award winning transition of care program providing discharge medication counseling/reconciliation, as well as service in out hospital outpatient pharmacy. The program is fully ASHP accredited.

Highlights of Experience

The PGY 2 Ambulatory Care Residency provides a diverse experience balancing clinical, academic and research opportunities in a physician residency training patient centered medical home environment. The resident will learn and practice the skills necessary to develop a patient-centered pharmacy practice in order to advance ambulatory pharmacotherapy practice in the state and throughout the country. The resident will be directly involved in patient care and will acquire the skills necessary to become a capable, confident and innovative primary care pharmacy practitioner and gain experience in providing education to patients, pharmacy students, physician assistant students, family medicine residents, and other health care professionals. The resident will develop skills as a clinician, project manager, scholar, and educator. Residents who have graduated from this program are now currently employed as ambulatory care clinical specialists, and clinical faculty positions in ambulatory care in colleges of pharmacy.


Candidates must graduate from an ACPE-accredited pharmacy program with a doctor of pharmacy degree (or equivalent combination of education and clinical experience), and complete an ASHP accredited PGY1 residency. 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 University of Utah Pharmacy Residency 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:

  • Completed PhORCAS registration
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 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 Resident Matching Program of ASHP.

For more information contact

Karen Gunning, Pharm.D BCPS, BCACP, FCCP
Professor (Clinical)  and PGY 2 Residency Director
Skaggs Pharmacy Institute
30 South 2000 East Room 4982
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Phone: 801-587-9553