Drug Information

Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2)

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Program Description

The drug information residency program is a dynamic program with the flexibility to select activities that will complement the resident's background and career goals. Residents will be involved in all aspects of the Drug Information Service activities. During the one-year program, residents have the opportunity to: respond to drug information requests, prepare drug monographs for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, develop drug policy, coordinate the Drug Information Service operations, precept residents and pharmacy students on drug information rotations, manage national drug shortages, and conduct monograph projects for contract clients. A wide variety of elective rotations are available including Utah Poison Control Center, pharmacy administration, clinical pharmacy practice, institutional group purchasing, Investigational Drug Studies Program, or other rotations that fit in the resident's career path. Longitudinal opportunities are available to practice in clinical areas such as an ambulatory care one half day per week. 

Program Purpose

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 Goals

The goal of this program is to train sophisticated drug information practitioners that are leaders in the specialty and the profession. 

Highlights of Experience

  • Experienced drug information practitioners
  • Flexible program, rotations and experiences to meet the residents needs and interests
  • Experience meeting the drug policy needs of our organization as well as national clients
  • Outstanding facilities for the Drug Information Service 


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
  • 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.

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