The purpose of the PGY2 ambulatory care pharmacy residency at Intermountain Healthcare is to train skilled pharmacists in a variety of ambulatory care settings, equip them with leadership skills for the future and support the profession through education and research. Residents develop advanced skills in patient care, interprofessional practice, education and academia through a comprehensive rotation curriculum. Residents gain invaluable experience in program development by personally establishing, implementing and/or operating a new clinical pharmacy service in an ambulatory care clinic. 

We use a combination of core longitudinal experiences to establish the skills needed to manage an ambulatory clinical practice and diverse block rotations throughout the year to allow for experience in almost any ambulatory care setting. From pediatric diabetes management to adult heart failure and transplant to geriatric comprehensive medication management, past residents and potential candidates often comment on the breadth of block rotations offered. Our program also emphasizes innovation and practice development through focused projects that actively expand ambulatory care throughout the organization. 

 

Program Strengths 

  • Longitudinal ambulatory care practice management – Residents will work as ambulatory care pharmacists for two days per week throughout the entire residency year where they will get to experience managing and expanding an ambulatory care practice.  

“Working with the clinical pharmacist residents is fantastic!  They are treated just like the clinical pharmacist by the staff and they treat us the same.  We are really lucky to have them here at our clinic!” - Josh Fletcher, RN Care Manager Intermountain Layton Clinic

 

  • Large variety of block experiences offered – Intermountain Heathcare is the largest healthcare system in the Intermountain West (Utah, Idaho, Nevada) and has clinical involvement in every aspect of care. The PGY2 ambulatory care program takes full advantage of the system and partnering systems to offer experiences in any area of interest. In addition to the listed rotations offered, past residents with specific interests have been able to create custom experiences, such as chronic pain management or pediatric care. 

“The Intermountain Healthcare ambulatory care PGY2 has had a tremendous impact on my career.  It armed me with the tools to become a successful clinician with the multitude of rotational experiences offered.  The practice management and leadership skills I gained allowed me to feel confident in my abilities to move forward in my career in the ambulatory care setting.” - Joshua Rickard, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, CDCES; Senior director of Ambulatory Care (CDTM) Clinical Pharmacy at NYC Health + Hospitals

 

  • Collaborative environment – Every ambulatory care site at Intermountain is based on a collaborative care model where the pharmacist works directly with the entire care team. Providers and other clinical staff are extremely supportive of pharmacist contributions and often invite expanded clinical roles when ambulatory care pharmacist services have been started. 

“Having pharmacy residents drastically improves the quality of care my patients receive while making my life easier. Continuous glucose monitors, polypharmacy, applying evidence based guidelines, fine tuning blood pressure or insulin regimens – the residents help with it all. My patients routinely come back in better health, saying the residents were awesome to work with!” - Dr. John Morris, MD; Internal Medicine Provider Intermountain Alta View Clinic 

 

About Intermountain Healthcare and Clinics 

Intermountain Healthcare is the largest health system in the Intermountain West, stretching across Utah and with sites in Idaho and Nevada. Intermountain offers care in every stage of care, population, and specialty. Intermountain Pharmacy Services covers acute care hospitals, community pharmacies, specialty and home delivery pharmacies, drug information, ambulatory care clinics in primary and specialty care, and more. Ambulatory care clinics are based on a patient-centered, team-based model of care called Personalized Primary Care. This approach focuses on using all caregivers to help each patient live their healthiest life possible. 

 

About Utah

Excellence in healthcare aside, the Intermountain West is a great place to live, whether it be for a year or a lifetime. Utah offers numerous ski resorts, hikes, lakes and anything enjoyable outdoors within a short drive from downtown Salt Lake City. Speaking of downtown, Salt Lake also offers a great food and beverage scene along with shopping, theater, sports, recreation and most any entertainment desired. The city offers safe, clean, and easy to access living throughout the area. Most of the ambulatory care staff came from outside this area stayed because they love living in Utah! 

 

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Residency Structure

Intermountain Healthcare’s PGY2 ambulatory care pharmacy residency provides rotation opportunities in longitudinal and block formats in a variety of clinic settings throughout the Intermountain Healthcare system, including Intermountain Medical Center, Intermountain Medical group, McKay-Dee Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital and Utah Valley Hospital.

Schedule:

  • 2 days per week at longitudinal primary care clinic (family or internal medicine clinic)
  • 2.5 - 3 days per week at 8-week block rotation experiences 
  • 0.5 day per every-other week on longitudinal pharmacy practice management rotation

Service Component:

  • Staff the anticoagulation clinic and transition of care service every 3rd Saturday
  • Pick up an on-call anticoagulation weekend shift every 8 weeks including 1 major and 1 minor holiday

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences:

  • Family Medicine / Internal Medicine Primary Care 

Required Block Learning Experiences:

  • Castell House Calls
  • Geriatrics
  • Pharmacy Practice Management

Elective Block Learning Experiences (up to 6):

  • Academia

  • Anticoagulant Clinic Leadership

  • Clinical Pharmacy Informatics

  • Cystic Fibrosis (pediatric)

  • Diabetes Management (pediatric)

  • Drug Information

  • Emergency Medicine

  • Geriatrics II

  • Heart Failure and Transplant / Mechanical Circulatory Support Clinic

  • Hematology and Oncology (pediatric and adult)

  • Managed Care (SelectHealth)

  • Pain Management

  • Pharmacy Leadership

  • Primary Care

  • Psychiatry

  • Transplant (pediatric and adult)

    Other opportunities available 

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Residency research project of publishable and presentable quality
  • Present research results at a residency conference and the  ASHP Summer Meeting
  • Prepare and present a system-level ACPE-accredited CE seminar
  • Prepare and present a second interdisciplinary CE seminar
  • Create or update a collaborative drug therapy agreement
  • Develop a new service for pharmacists within the Community Based Care umbrella
  • Participate in bi-monthly resident conference with Intermountain co-residents

 

Residency Qualifications

  • Graduate from an ACPE-accredited pharmacy program with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree
  • Successful completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency 
  • Candidates must be eligible for Utah licensure

 

Benefits

Health, dental, life insurance, staff discounts, 15 days vacation/sick leave and 10 paid holidays. Residents are granted professional leave to attend ASHP Midyear and the Mountain States Residency Conference. The estimated stipend is $59,000 for the PGY2 year. Please contact the program director if you have additional questions regarding benefits.

 

To Apply

Please visit the Application Information page for details.