Pharmacy Intern Program

Program Description and Goals

The UT Southwestern Medical Center Pharmacy Department is excited to announce the UTSW Acute Care Pharmacy Intern Program (PIP). The PIP will serve as an opportunity to enhance pharmacy students’ knowledge and skills in a variety of operational experiences including IV sterile compounding, central pharmacy operations, medication reconciliation, medication counseling, pharmacokinetics and more. 

Interns will rotate through experiences, broadening their clinical capabilities as they progress throughout the program. They will have opportunities to work on projects with the goal of presenting at a local/national meeting.

Program Structure

Semester Structure

  • P2 Summer/Fall
    • Orientation
    • Acute care intern: carousel loading, unit dose preparation, Pyxis management, etc.
  • P2 Spring*
    • Medication history collection
  • P3 Summer*
    • Sterile product preparation
  • P3 Fall*
    • Discharge/anticoagulation counseling
    • Pharmacokinetic and renal dose adjustments
    • IV:PO Conversion
  • P3 Spring*
    • Rotate through trained responsibilities
  • P4*
    • Rotate through trained responsibilities

*Can rotate through previously trained responsibilities.

Work Schedule

  • P2 and P3 Interns: average ~40 hours a month
    • 1-2 weeknights/week (4-hour shifts)
    • Every 3rd weekend (2 x 8-hour shifts)
    • 1 major and 1 minor holiday (8-hour shifts)
  • P4 Interns: average ~20 hours a month
    • 1-2 weeknights (4 hour shifts)

Program Projects

  • Journal club presentation*
  • Patient/disease state presentation*
  • 1 longitudinal project through P2 and P3 with poster presentation at local/national meeting P4 year

*1 each year

Mentorship

Interns will be connected with a pharmacist within their area of interest. Interns will meet with their pharmacist mentor at least once a quarter. During these sessions, the intern will be provided with professional and career guidance in preparation for graduation and life after pharmacy school. The mentor will also provide feedback on job and project performance.

Available Positions

Four pharmacy students from each year. As this is our first year, we will recruit 4 students going into their P2 year and 4 students going into their P3 year (as of May 2022).

Applying to the Program

Requirements

  • Enrolled at an ACPE-accredited pharmacy program with a PharmD degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.1 on a 4.0 scale or 77.5 on a 100-point scale
  • Licensed as a Texas Pharmacy-Intern prior to start enrollment into the intern program
  • 30-minute formal interview completed virtually via Microsoft Teams

Application Process

  • Interest form will be submitted via Microsoft Forms by March 21st, 2022
    • Further application instructions will be sent to those who complete the interest form
  • Application must be submitted via UTSW job portal by April 1st, 2022
    • Application must include a letter of intent and CV
    • Must include 2 letters of recommendation (cannot be written by family members)
    • Must include proof of Pharmacy Intern Licensure
  • Interviews will take place mid-April