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Rotations at UCHealth Memorial Hospital can be adapted to your interests while providing a solid foundation in core therapeutic areas. All rotations are one month in length to provide a variety of rotation opportunities.

PGY1 rotations

Required rotations – 1 month
  • Orientation: June – July (6 weeks)
  • Critical Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Practice Management
  • Infectious Disease
  • Research Month: December
  • Precepting – will be done concurrently with a required or elective rotation based on student rotation availability
Longitudinal required rotations – 1 year
  • Pharmacy Practice (Staffing)
  • Research Project
  • Clinical Practice Management
Elective rotations – 1 month

The following elective rotations are available (see LED for prerequisites):

  • Women’s Heath
  • Inpatient Oncology
  • Outpatient Oncology
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Trauma ICU
  • Investigational Drug Service
  • Operational Management
  • Clinical Service Development
  • Potential Offsite Rotations

PGY2 Critical Care rotations

Required rotations
  • Orientation (July)
  • Medical ICU (2 months)
  • Emergency Medicine (2 months)
  • Surgical/Trauma ICU
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery ICU
  • Research and Medical Writing
  • Precepting
Longitudinal required rotations – 1 year
  • Residency Project
  • Practice Management
  • Pharmacy Practice (Staffing)
Elective rotations – 1 month (3 selected)
  • Infectious Disease
  • Toxicology (Rocky Mountain Poison Control)
  • Emergency Medicine Overnights
  • Surgical/Trauma ICU 2
  • Burn ICU (at University of Colorado Hospital – UCH)
  • Transplant Surgery (at UCH)

PGY2 Oncology rotations (if available)

Required rotations
  • Orientation (July)
  • Ambulatory Oncology (2 months)
  • Inpatient Oncology (2 months)
  • Gynecologic Oncology (2 weeks)
  • Hematologic Malignancies (1 month)
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (1 month)
  • Investigational Drug Service (1 month)
  • Research Month (December)
Longitudinal required rotations – 1 year
  • Pharmacy Practice (Staffing)
  • Research and Medical Writing
  • Precepting/Teaching
  • Clinical Practice Management
Elective rotations – variable length
  • Offsite rotations based on resident interest
  • Palliative Care
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Repeat of required rotations

Additional resident responsibilities

  • Certification in ACLS
  • Completion of the Colorado Pharmacy Residency Teaching Certificate Program as interested
  • Precepting P4 students, as available
  • Participation in key multidisciplinary local and health system committees
  • Development of operational skills through staffing

Frequently Asked Questions

How are rotations assigned?

Rotations are decided among the residents during orientation. Residents schedule their required and elective rotations which is then reviewed among the preceptors and program directors.

How frequently do I carry the code pager?

PGY1 residents carry the code pager one week per month. The pager is only carried while in house from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If a resident is staffing or has other commitments the code pager may be covered by another resident.

PGY2 Critical Care residents will carry the code pager throughout the year.

What sort of teaching experience is offered?

All PGY1 residents complete a teaching certificate through the University of Colorado. Residents will also have the opportunity to precept students from a variety of different colleges of pharmacy if they are on rotation at the same time a student is scheduled.

How are research projects and MUEs determined?

Research projects are selected by the residents. Preceptors will provide the residents with proposals for various research projects. Residents may discuss with preceptors and ultimately decide on their own projects.

What guidance/mentorship will I receive?

All PGY1 residents are assigned a facilitator who will act as a mentor for the resident. Facilitators are chosen by the program director and are designed to provide the resident with someone to guide them throughout the year.

Can rotations be done at other UCHealth facilities?

Rotations can be completed at other UCHealth facilities but they must be coordinated with the program director.

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