University of Utah Health is the major referral system for the surrounding intermountain west as a Level I Trauma Center, comprehensive stroke care, STEMI receiving facility, and burn center. UUH is an academic institution associated with various health sciences colleges, Poison Control Center, and Drug Information. ED staff and providers are state and national leaders in their specialties. The department has 53+ beds, over 60,000 visits annually, and pharmacists provide coverage 18 hours daily.
This residency has been approved by ASHP to be in pre-candidate status for 2019-2020.
This residency is designed to develop comprehensive skills in pharmacotherapy and bedside assessment in emergency medicine, critical care, transitions of care, and toxicology. Electives in infectious diseases, medication safety, and various fields of emergency medicine are available. Strengths of this program include the flipped model research project, providing high quality education to interdisciplinary teams, and strong working relationships within the pharmacy and emergency department. One emergency medicine conference and ASHP Midyear conference attendance are supported.
The program is committed to individualizing schedules to meet the resident’s personal and career goals, including offering the opportunity for up to 4 weeks to be spent on rotation in an outside facility. Additionally, residents will have the opportunity to attend cardiac arrests, trauma resuscitation, rapid response activations, brain attacks, and code sepsis following the department’s standard operating procedures.
Teaching & Learning Opportunities
The resident will provide in-services to interprofessional colleagues and lead topic discussions during each rotation experience. Moreover, residents are actively involved in the training of PGY1 residents and pharmacy students. The resident will also have the opportunity to present to fellow pharmacists and pharmacy technicians through an ACPE-accredited continuing education program (CE) as well as pro/con debate (completed in conjunction with the critical care resident). Numerous additional opportunities are available at the hospital, affiliated schools of pharmacy and medicine and our aeromedical transport. This residency includes an optional teaching certificate program.
See the common manual for requirements. Resident average four shifts per month. Additional staffing areas may be included based on departmental needs. Residents are required to staff a portion of observed holidays. Participation in various community volunteer opportunities is encouraged, but not required.
Residency Research/Quality Improvement Project
Residents have the opportunity to complete their required research/quality improvement project within a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment, and as such, residents have the opportunity to meet regularly with other collaborators (e.g., physicians, nurses, etc.) to enhance their overall research design.
The EM residency subscribes to a flipped research model. During the first half of the year, the resident will complete data collection, analysis, presentation and manuscript writing of a clinical question already developed and approved by RAC. The resident will then be responsible for developing a new clinical question and compose the methodology and approval for the next incoming resident.
The resident is expected to attend ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Mountain States Conference, and will have the opportunity to attend an emergency medicine based conference. Travel support is provided.
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 ASHP accredited PGY1 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:
Completed PhORCAS registration
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 ASHP Resident Matching Program.
About University of Utah Health
University of Utah Health is the Intermountain West’s only academic health care system, combining excellence in patient care, the latest in medical research, and teaching to provide leading-edge medicine in a caring and personal setting. The system provides care for residents of Utah and the five surrounding states in a referral area encompassing more than 10 percent of the continental United States.
Whether it’s for routine care or highly specialized treatment in orthopedics, stroke, ophthalmology, cancer, radiology, fertility, cardiology, genetic-related diseases, organ transplant, or many other areas of medicine, University of Utah Health offers the latest technology and advancements, including some services available nowhere else in the region.