About this PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program
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. The resident receives informatics training in a variety of 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. The resident will gain first-hand experience building and maintaining an Epic pharmacy system including certification in the Epic Willow Inpatient module.
Program Goals and Resident Outcomes
After successful completion of this pharmacy informatics residency program, the resident will be able to:
- Train leaders in pharmacy informatics with specialized knowledge in both clinical informatics and automation.
- Develop expertise in technology assessment, implementation, and workflow integration.
- Gain a comprehensive understanding of Epic pharmacy systems, both build and maintenance aspects.
- Develop critical thinking skills as they apply to clinical informatics and anticipate downstream system implications.
- Effectively communicate informatics-related issues to both clinical and non-clinical personnel.
- Independently identify pharmacy technology issues and optimization (patient care, safety, etc.), develop an action plan, and communicate with stakeholders.
Rotation opportunities are available in a wide variety of clinical areas, IT technical operations, automation experiences, clinical decision support, and more. The resident benefits from the collaborative relationship between pharmacy, nursing, and hospital informatics as well as the flexibility in rotation scheduling. The resident will also complete Epic Willow Certification through on-site training sessions at the Epic campus in Madison, Wisconsin.
- Candidates must graduate from an ACPE-accredited pharmacy program with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a minimum GPA of 3.1 on a 4.0 scale.
- Candidates must have completed an accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program.
- Candidates 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 & Selection
The following information must be submitted by the date specified (typically the first Friday in January) in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) for the applicant to be considered for an on-site 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. The program participates in the National Matching Service through ASHP
- Pharmacy residents are classified as regular, full-time, exempt employees of University of Utah Health.
- The benefits package includes health, dental, and life insurance, and staff discounts.
- Residents accrue 18 days of paid time off (PTO) and 10 paid holidays per year, but are asked to limit vacation and interview days to 10 total per year.
- Depending on the residency program, registration and travel is paid for the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Mountain States Resident's Conference.