Pharmacy Practice

Postgraduate Year One (PGY1)

Program Description

The PGY1 residency program at the University of Utah Health is an organized, directed, ASHP-accredited, postgraduate training program in health-system pharmacy practice. Eight PGY1 resident positions are available each year: 5 in Track A (General Practice) and 3 in Track B (Ambulatory Care Focus). Residents receive comprehensive training with required experiences in practice and operations orientation, drug information, pharmacy administration, primary care, acute internal medicine, adult ICU selective, and transitions of care selective. Residents are then free to choose from a wide variety electives in acute care, ambulatory care, and specialty consult areas.

There are 2 main differences between the two tracks - staffing location and an ambulatory care longitudinal rotation. Track A has both clinical and operational staffing duties at University of Utah Hospital, while Track B has staffing duties at one of three community pharmacies in the U of U Health system: Redwood, Westridge, or South Jordan Health Center. Also, each Track B resident will be given the opportunity to complete a longitudinal, direct patient care rotation at their primary (staffing) location.

Program Structure/Requirements

Expectations of PGY1 Residents during Learning Experiences

Program Goals

  • Residents develop the knowledge and skills needed to enable them to provide a high level of clinical service and pharmaceutical care throughout their careers.
  • Residents are trained in ambulatory care, acute care, transitions of care, drug information, practice management, and supervise quality improvement projects in order to become well-rounded practitioners and practice leaders.
  • Residents participate in the medication-related care of a diverse group of patients.
  • By building on the Doctor of Pharmacy education, our program specializes in the development of competent clinical pharmacists eligible for board certification and postgraduate year two (PGY2) residency training.

Highlights of Experience

PGY1 residents at University of Utah Health have flexibility in selecting many rotation options. For Track B, ambulatory care electives are highly encouraged. The experience of each resident may be modified as career plans develop throughout the year. Residents develop skills as a clinician, project manager, writer, instructor, preceptor, and presenter. The residency preceptors and medical teams view the resident as both a learner and a colleague.


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. Candidates applying from pharmacy programs without GPAs shall provide an indication of academic performance through official documentation from their college. Applicants must be eligible for Utah licensure, obtain a temporary license prior to the first day of residency, and obtain full licensure as a pharmacist in Utah within the first 60 days of the start of the program year.

Recruitment and Selection

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. 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 (WebAdmit) registration
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent
  • College of pharmacy transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation using the PhORCAS standard form – at least 1 letter needs to be from a clinical preceptor
  • Select applicants may be asked to respond to an email with additional questions regarding their application after the PhORCAS deadline.
  • Please submit your application through PhORCAS as early as possible, even if it is not complete!

Completed applications in PhORCAS are reviewed, and competitive applicants are invited to attend an onsite, full day interview in January, February, or early March. The program participates in the Resident Matching Program of ASHP.

For more information contact:

Shantel Mullin, PharmD, BCPS (PGY1 Residency Program Director)
Pharmacy Quality, Safety and Training Manager

Macheala Jacquez, PharmD, BCACP (PGY1 Ambulatory Care Coordinator)
Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacy Primary Care Services

Program Director

Shantell Miller

Shantel Mullin, PharmD, BCPS
PGY1 Residency Program Director

Ambulatory Care Coordinator

Macheala Jacquez

Macheala Jacquez, PharmD, BCACP
PGY1 Ambulatory Care Coordinator

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