The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy/Tabula Rasa HealthCare is a 12-month program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The program was established in 2012, and was recently accredited for an additional 8 years in 2019.
A pharmacist completing the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program will be well-prepared for the role of an ambulatory care specialist, a clinical coordinator and/or an adjunct faculty member in an area of ambulatory care pharmacy, and specifically to be prepared to develop new financially sustainable ambulatory care services in one of these roles. Upon successful completion of the residency program, a certificate will be awarded to the resident by the College of Pharmacy.
Number of Positions: 2
With its primary residency training site at the MedWiseRx Clinical Contact Center in Tucson, Arizona, the program partners with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation, Tucson Medical Center, and Banner – University Medicine to provide residents with experience in a wide variety of ambulatory settings with a wide variety of methods of service delivery, electronic health record components, and reimbursement models. As a key feature of the program, strategic partnership with Tabula Rasa Healthcare allows residents to synthesize information they have gathered at the patient practice sites about delivery and sustainability of programs and apply it to the development of a new clinical service. Another strength of the program is its ability to provide remote training options, as required.
Unique experiences for this residency include the following:
- Whole-person care in complex patients with high disease burden
- Structured preparation for board certification in ambulatory care
- Hands-on teaching experience through didactic lectures, small group facilitation and preceptorship of pharmacy and other health professions’ students and residents
- Active clinical service development from concept to implementation, including design, marketing, leadership and sustainability
- Research mentorship through the University of Arizona’s researchers at the Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomics (HOPE) Center
- High level of flexibility to individualize the learning experience of the resident
The resident will participate in safe, evidence-based, compassionate, and cost-effective patient care. All patient care activities are under the supervision of attending pharmacists and commensurate with the resident’s level of training as determined by the residency program. The resident will communicate effectively with supervising attending pharmacists regarding his/her patient evaluation, interpretation of diagnostic tests, and plan of care and intended therapeutic interventions. Additionally, the resident will provide oral and written consultations focused on improving patient outcomes and enhancing communication with the health care team.
The resident is required to participate in didactic, experiential, and co-curricular education of pharmacy and other health professions’ students and residents. The resident may elect to participate in the longitudinal Teaching Certificate (PRSTL) Program.
The resident is also responsible for the development, implementation, and completion of a research project suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The objective is to develop the resident's skills in problem identification, investigation, and solution. One strength of the program is that each resident is paired with a PhD student for research mentorship. The results will be presented at the Southwestern States Residency Conference and the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting.
Business & Administration Responsibilities:
The resident will write and implement a business plan for a new financially sustainable clinical pharmacy service under the tutelage of prominent faculty in the area of pharmacy innovation.
The resident is required to staff one Saturday every calendar month. Weekend staffing shifts consist of evaluating patients, triaging problems and precepting pharmacy interns during the provision of care at the MedWiseRx Clinical Contact Center.
The salary for this program is competitive with similar residency programs nationwide. The resident is entitled to all benefits provided to full time University of Arizona appointed personnel. Funds may be provided to help offset travel expenses to selected state and national meetings
Applicant Minimal Requirements:
The PGY2 program proudly accepts two candidates each year (1-Traditional & 1-International)
- All Applicants (Traditional & International): Be a graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
- Have successfully completed an ASHP Accredited (or one in process pursuing accreditation) PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program as confirmed by submission of a copy of their PGY1 Completion Certificate to the RPD no later than the first day of the PGY2 residency.
- Be eligible for licensure in Arizona
- International Applicants Only: Be a sponsored international applicant.
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.
Please submit the following REQUIRED documents through the PhORCAS system by JANUARY 3rd:
- Letter of Intent
- Curriculum Vitae
- Pharmacy School Transcripts
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (one must be from PGY1 RPD)
ASHP Code: 81019
NMS Match Code: 655465 (Traditional), 655490 (International)
- Initial virtual interviews for invited applicants will be conducted in mid-January.
- Second virtual interviews for invited applicants will occur in early February.