Solid Organ Transplant

Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2)

Purpose Statement

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 Description

The solid organ transplant residency program provides the resident exposure to the pre-transplant evaluation process for transplant candidates as well as acute care and ambulatory management of transplant recipients. Early experiences will begin with a focus on management of specific organ transplant types alone (i.e. kidney, liver, pancreas, heart and lung). As a sound knowledge base of transplant therapeutics and familiarity with the University of Utah Health system is developed, the experience will begin to focus on becoming an independent pharmacist within the solid organ transplant team throughout the continuum of care while caring for multiple transplant types at one time. Additionally, the resident’s research project, staffing requirement (transplant specific) and administrative experience will be ongoing throughout the year. Graduates of our residency program have gone on to careers in academia, clinical practice, research and the pharmaceutical industry.

Program Goals

  • To train highly sophisticated transplant practitioners that will serve as leaders in transplant pharmacy and the profession.
  • Develop expertise in identifying medication problems in solid organ transplant patients and communicating rational, evidence-based recommendations to solve these problems.

Highlights of Experience

The Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Pharmacy Residency in Solid Organ Transplant at University of Utah Health 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. The medical staff actively participates in residency training. The resident will have the unique experience of not only participating in the care of heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas transplant recipients, but will be part of a comprehensive specialty pharmacy service line.

Required Learning Experiences

  • Orientation (up to 4 weeks)
  • Inpatient Solid Organ Transplant: (4-6 week experiences)
    • Inpatient Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Service
    • Inpatient Liver Transplant Service
    • Inpatient Heart Transplant Service
    • Inpatient Lung Transplant Service
  • Outpatient Solid Organ Transplant: (4-6 week experiences)
    • Ambulatory Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Service
    • Ambulatory Liver Transplant Service
    • Ambulatory Heart Transplant Service
    • Ambulatory Lung Transplant Service
  • Residency Project (longitudinal, up to 12 months)
  • Service Requirement – Transplant Specific (longitudinal, up to 12 months)

Elective Learning Experience

  • Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant (Primary Children’s Hospital)


The resident will present a minimum of 3 formal presentations


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 by September 30th of each program year. (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 are invited to attend an on-site, full-day interview in January or February. The program participates in the Resident Matching Program of ASHP.