PGY2 Internal Medicine


The PGY2 Residency Program in Internal Medicine is a 12-month program designed to train selected, highly motivated and qualified pharmacists who are able to assume the responsibility for providing specialized pharmaceutical care to adult internal medicine patients.

Residency graduates are equipped to participate as integral members of interdisciplinary teams caring for internal medicine patients, assuming responsibility for the patient’s medication-related care. In that role they provide the team with evidence-based medication-related information and formulate that information into expert recommendations to the team for the use of medications and other therapeutic approaches. Rotations in general internal medicine, medical specialties and subspecialties are offered.

Number of Positions: 1 (Traditional) + 1 (International Track)

About the Program: 

The design of this program is intended to offer the resident as much flexibility as possible, while accomplishing the objectives of the program. Therefore, the program will be individualized to suit the needs of the particular resident. The program emphasizes clinical practice as well as a variety of teaching experiences and consists of 7 months of core (required) learning experiences, five months of electives and several required longitudinal experiences.

This residency participates in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Residency Matching Program (ASHP) and is fully accredited by ASHP. Upon successful completion of the residency program, an appropriate certificate is awarded to the resident by the college and the hospital.

Learning Experiences
  • General Internal Medicine (4 months)
  • Cardiology (1 month)
  • Infectious Diseases (1 month)
  • Medical Intensive Care (1 month)
  • Hematology-Oncology
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Research and Academia
  • And other electives based on resident's interests
  • Teaching/Academia
  • Research Project
  • Medication Use Process
  • Weekend clinical staffing
Clinical Responsibilities: 

The resident will participate in safe, evidence based, compassionate, and cost effective patient care. All patient care activities are under supervision of a primary preceptor and team of attending pharmacists. PGY2 residents are expected to function with a high degree of autonomy. The resident will communicate effectively with attending pharmacist(s) regarding his/her patient evaluation, interpretation of diagnostic tests, and plan of care and/or intended therapeutic interventions. Residents will provide oral and written consultations focused on improving patient outcomes and consistent with maximizing patient drug therapy outcomes and the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson formulary. 

Academic Responsibilities: 

Resident’s assist in training pharmacy students during IPPE and APPE rotations, often serving as a de facto primary preceptor for students on selected rotations. Residents also will be involved with a variety of other teaching activities including facilitation of small group discussions, leading student topic discussions, assisting with OSCEs and delivering a large classroom teaching experience. In addition, residents will deliver a variety of presentations throughout the year, including a formal CE topic, case presentations and journal clubs. 

The resident is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of a publishable quality Research Project. The objective is to develop the resident's skills in problem identification, investigation and solution. Each project must be approved by the residency director. A project manuscript is required at the end of the residency year. The results will be presented at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows, and Preceptors.

The resident will be provided the option to participate in the longitudinal Teaching Certificate (PRSTL) Program.   

Weekend Staffing/On-call Responsibilities: 

Residents are required to staff an average of every 3rd weekend and selected holidays. Weekend staffing by PGY2 residents clinical staffing of an adult internal medicine unit, with provision of typical clinical services including medication reconciliation, assessment of serum drug levels, anticoagulation therapy, patient discharge counseling and answering questions from unit nurses and physicians. 

Benefits and Financial Provisions: 

The salaries for these programs are competitive with similar residency programs nationwide. Residents are entitled to all benefits provided to full time University appointed personnel. Funds may be provided to help offset travel expenses to select state and national meetings and to support taking the BCPS examination.

Salary: $51,659

Application Process: 

The University of Arizona Residency Programs participate in the ASHP-associated Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) for applications and the National Matching Service (NMS) for the residency matching process.

Required documents (to be submitted via PhORCAS) include:
• Letter of Intent
• Curriculum Vitae
• Transcripts
• Minimum of three (3) Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadline: JANUARY 2nd

ASHP Code: 81010
NMS Match Code: 642056

On-site interviews for invited applications will occur in February.

Contact Information: 

For more information about the PGY2 Internal Medicine Residency Program, please contact:

Michael Katz, PharmD
Director, PGY2 Internal Medicine Residency Program
University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
1295 N. Martin Ave.
Tucson AZ  85721
Phone: (520) 626-8774