Internal Medicine

Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2)

Purpose statement

The purpose of the University of Utah Postgraduate Year Two (PGY-2) Pharmacy Residency in Internal Medicine is to prepare clinical pharmacy specialists with the qualifications needed for an adult internal medicine position within an academic medical center and non-tenure track faculty appointment.

Program Description

The University of Utah’s Postgraduate Year Two (PGY-2) Pharmacy Residency in Internal Medicine 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 Care. The resident will provide clinical pharmacy services for the Internal Medicine teams at the University of Utah Hospital. Five 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, emergency medicine, 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.

The resident will complete the required ASHP PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Internal Medicine goals and objectives. In addition, resident will complete the required ASHP PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Internal Medicine Academic elective goals and objectives (i.e. E1.1,1.2,1.3 & E5.1)

The resident’s program will be individualized based on his or her previous experience. Residents are required to be involved in structuring their experience by helping the program coordinator schedule rotations and decide on projects and electives.

Site Description

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 adults 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) Pharmacy Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Utah Health Care 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 an accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency program. 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:

  1. Completed PhORCAS registration
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Letter of intent
  4. College of pharmacy transcripts
  5. Three recommendations using the PhORCAS standard form

All residency programs at University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics 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. 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 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting each December and the Western States Residents or equivalent Conference held in the spring.

For more information contact

David Young, Pharm.D.
PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Internal Medicine Program Director
Professor of Pharmacotherapy (Clinical)
University of Utah Health Care