Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2)
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.
The pharmacy informatics residency program offers a one-year PGY2 certificate or a two-year program that offers a PGY2 certificate and a master's degree in medical informatics or public health. The resident receives training on a variety clinical applications that impact patient care. The purpose of the residency is to develop pharmacy practitioners with marketable job skills in clinical informatics and automation. They also develop a working knowledge of medication information systems and their design, development, and integration into clinical practice.
- To train leaders in pharmacy informatics practice with specialized knowledge in both clinical informatics and automation.
- Develop expertise in technology assessment, implementation, and workflow integration.
Highlights of Experience
Rotations will vary depending upon the needs of the resident. Rotation opportunities are available in a wide variety of clinical areas, IT technical operations, automation experiences, and clinical decision support. The resident benefits from the collaborative relationship between pharmacy, nursing and hospital informatics as well as the flexibility in rotation scheduling.
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, and must have graduated from a PGY1 residency OR have comparable experience as a pharmacist. 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
- 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.