Purpose and Program Requirements

Our hospital-based PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions. Additionally, our program supports practitioners in becoming eligible for board certification and for PGY2 pharmacy residency training. Residents in the Intermountain pharmacy residency program are provided the opportunity to accelerate their growth beyond entry-level professional competence.


Core rotations

  • Ambulatory care (4 weeks)
  • Central operations / Compounding (1 week)
  • Critical care (4 weeks)
  • Drug information (4 weeks)
  • Internal medicine (4 weeks)
  • Pharmacy practice management (4 weeks, completed at home facility)

Electives (5 rotations)


Complete one longitudinal research project suitable for publication during the residency year. Successful completion incorporates the following elements:

  • Identify research topic
  • Formulate study design and data collection form
  • Submit project for IRB approval
  • Complete data collection and analysis
  • Write manuscript
  • Poster presentation 
  • Podium presentation

Teaching Opportunities (Teaching Certificate Offered)

  • Prepare and present a 1-hour seminar at home facility for pharmacists
  • Prepare and present a 1-hour, system-wide broadcasted ACPE-accredited presentation for pharmacists and technicians
  • Develop and deliver one platform presentation and one poster presentation at a regional, state, national or other approved conference meeting
  • Serve as the primary preceptor of a learner on rotation
  • Optional academic teaching certificate requirements: 
    • Develop a personal, written teaching philosophy
    • Design and maintain a teaching portfolio
    • Observe at least 2 different didactic lectures at their assigned school of pharmacy
    • Develop and deliver a lecture at college of pharmacy to students
    • Lead/facilitate at least one recitation, simulation lab or other similar activity at a college of pharmacy
    • Attend at least 2 committee or faculty meetings at a college of pharmacy
    • Deliver at least 1 in-service presentation to clinical staff (nursing, pharmacists, etc.) while on a clinical rotation
    • Submit at least 1 manuscript for publication to a peer reviewed journal
    • Participate in academia/education-focused discussions throughout the year

Longitudinal Didactic Education (Core Curriculum)

Residents attend regular education sessions to support their growth as a pharmacy practitioner, develop "soft skills," promote resident collaboration, and enhance overall wellness. Example training domains include the following: 

  • Clinical skills and pearls
  • Leadership skills
  • Professional skills
  • Research skills
  • Teaching skills
  • Wellness skills

Pharmacy Operations / Staffing Opportunities

  • 32 hours / month
  • Typically every other weekend in a dispensing and / or decentralized role (varies by program)
  • Holiday assignment (1 major holiday paid at full pharmacist salary):
    • Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year's Day


Visit our benefits webpage for details.  


Residencies and Site Locations

The residency program director, site coordinators and preceptors work to assist residents in selecting rotations to meet each individual's professional goals, ASHP pharmacy residency standards and learning objectives.


PGY1 Intermountain Medical Center

Intermountain Medical Center is one of the largest hospitals in the Intermountain West. The medical campus is a Level I trauma center and provides training throughout five specialty centers.


PGY1 LDS Hospital

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at LDS Hospital is an ASHP-accredited program designed to meet the interests of their residents with a focus on training them to become highly competent and confident clinical pharmacists.


PGY1 McKay-Dee Hospital

McKay-Dee Hospital is a 349-bed hospital that acts as a full-service, tertiary and acute care referral center offering nationally-ranked health programs, which provide comprehensive training for their residents.


PGY1 Primary Children's Hospital

Primary Children's Hospital is a Level I trauma center and pediatric referral center that covers the largest geographical service area of any children’s hospital in nation and offers unique training opportunities for residents.


PGY1 St. George Regional Hospital

St. George Regional Hospital is a 284-bed full-service community hospital and is designated as a Level II trauma center, primary stroke center, and serves as a major referral hospital for the surrounding area.


PGY1 Utah Valley Hospital

As a Level II trauma center and a Level III NICU, Utah Valley Hospital serves as a referral center for patients from multiple states, offering unique learning opportunities for residents.