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Medication-Use Safety & Policy

Medication-Use Safety & Policy (MUSP)

About this PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program


The Medication-Use Safety and Policy PGY2 residency program at University of Utah Health develops clinically strong practitioners with expertise in medication safety as well as medication-use policy development and problem-solving. Residents will be involved in various medication use, safety, and quality activities in conjunction with the University of Utah Drug Information Service. Residents will respond to drug information requests, prepare drug monographs, provide support for P&T and subcommittees (eg, ADR and Medication Safety Subcommittees), evaluate and recommend medication safety actions, collaborate with pharmacy purchasing and informatics to implement medication use and safety changes, develop drug policy, manage drug shortages, provide drug budget forecasting, coordinate the Drug Information Service operations, and precept learners.


The ASHP program purpose statement for PGY2 training programs is below. We design our program to support this purpose statement for residency training.

The PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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 Educational Outcomes, Goals, and Objectives

The Medication-Use Safety and Policy program uses the required ASHP Competency Areas, Goals, and Objectives.

We use all the required Competency Areas, Goals, and Objectives. Elective Competency Areas, Goals, and Objectives are addressed as part of the resident’s customized plan.

The summary of the Outcomes, Goals and Objectives selected for the year are included as a print out from PharmAcademic for each resident as part of the process of planning for the program year.


Required Rotations





Erin Fox

3 weeks

Drug Information

Dave Peterson
Kiersten Johnston

7 weeks

Medication Safety I

Stephen Andrews

4 weeks

Supply Chain

Andrew Dwenger
Michelle Wheeler

3 weeks

Medication Use Policy

Erin Fox

4 weeks

Medication Safety II

Stephen Andrews

8 weeks


Michelle Wheeler
Dave Peterson

7 weeks

Leadership / Capstone

Erin Fox

4 weeks

Service Commitment (Staffing)

Kimmy Terry
Ashley Bowden


Committee Work – Residents will serve as the secretary for the
Rx Med Safety Committee in addition to multiple other org-wide opportunities.

Anthony Trovato
Megan Dryer



Program Preceptors



Kiersten Johnston


Elective Experiences

Electives are selected based on the resident's interests. This can included experiences in other areas as well as a longer duration in an already scheduled area.  Other electives can be developed based on the resident’s interests.




Pharmacy Operations

TBD depending on inpatient or outpatient focus

4 weeks


Dallas Moore

2-4 weeks

Specialty Pharmacy (clinical service development or operational focused)

Ashley Ryther
Stephanie Barrus

4 weeks

Investigational Drug Service

Camryn Froerer

2-4 weeks

This checklist summarizes the requirements for completing the Medication-Use Safety and Policy PGY2 Residency.

  • Complete at least 85% of all goals and objectives marked "Achieved for Residency" (AChR).
  • Satisfactorily complete all learning experiences. (All marked satisfactory progress)
  • Perform at the level of an independent, licensed pharmacist in performing responsibilities at the end of each rotation.
  • Complete all assigned projects.
  • Insure completion of all evaluations for each learning experience assigned.
  • Service requirements: Cover four shifts per month in a staffing role (Approximately 34 hours per month, 48 shifts for the year).
  • Design and complete a research project and develop a publishable manuscript. This will be evaluated as a project rotation.
  • Presentations
    Complete at least 4 presentations as part of other rotations. Presentations will be given to a variety of audiences including pharmacy staff, intraprofessional teams, and senior leadership.

    • Facilitate at least 4 recitation sections for the College of Pharmacy.
    • Provide an acceptable continuing education presentation.
    • Present research project results at the Mountain States Conference.
  • Satisfactorily maintain a residency program e-portfolio. Portfolio will contain at a minimum:
    • End of year updated CV
    • Project proposal and final project manuscript
    • For all projects and presentations completed during the year: summaries, presentations, and other documents

Goals and objectives for each rotation:

The goals and objectives are assigned for each learning experience. PharmAcademic is used as a tool for managing this process.

Rotation Descriptions:

Rotation descriptions are available in PharmAcademic.


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 within 120 days after the start of the program. (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 will be interviewed virtually. The program participates in the Resident Matching Program of ASHP.

Program Director

Contact Information

Erin R. Fox, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP
Senior Director, Drug Information and Support Services
University of Utah Health
127 South 500 East
Suite 660K Pharm. Consult Services
Salt Lake City, UT, 84102