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PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency


The Specialized Residency in Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is tailored to give residents exposure to all aspects of the management of patients with infectious diseases. Experience is achieved through clinical rotations specifically designed to enhance the pharmacist’s role in infectious disease pharmacotherapy. The resident learns how to develop, implement, and manage an effective Antibiotic Management Service. Clinical experience is gained through clinical rotations on the Infectious Diseases Consult Services (adult and pediatric services), Oncology Services, Internal Medicine, through services in the STD clinic. Time spent in the infectious diseases HIV clinic is continuous, one-half day per week, throughout the year. The resident is responsible for adherence with HAART regimen in patients infected with HIV. Continuous involvement in the clinic throughout the year is an excellent opportunity for the resident to develop meaningful relationships with patients and other health care providers. Furthermore, the resident is involved in collecting outcome data in order to improve patient care and provide cost savings to the pharmacy department.  Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency.


  • Complete twelve one-Month rotations.
  • Complete a Clinical service and research project designed to improve the clinical pharmacy services of the department and achieve a specific research objective.
  • Participate in and complete a Drug Use Evaluation (DUE).
  • Prepare and present a project at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors.
  • Participate in an ambulatory continuity of care clinic one year in length.
  • Participate in teaching activities of the Department of Pharmacy Services and College of Pharmacy.
  • Participate in residents’ meetings.
  • Residents have an integrated service commitment designed to assure that the residents can function as pharmacy generalists. To achieve this objective, residents are scheduled to work 12 hours per month in the inpatient pharmacy of UNM Hospitals.

PGY2 Infectious Disease Rotations

The rotations will be mainly based at The University of New Mexico - Health Sciences Center located at 2211 Lomas Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106. UNM Hospitals (UNMH) is one of the state’s major hospitals, as well as the primary teaching hospital for UNM’s health profession students. The 619-bed acute tertiary care facility provides state-of-the-art patient care through inpatient as well as outpatient and emergency services. UNMH was recognized by HCIA as one of the top-100 hospitals in the U.S. in 1994. The resident will take a total of twelve rotations and will gain experience from these rotations through working with nationally recognized practitioners in various areas of infectious diseases

The resident’s first rotation will be spent orienting and training with the microbiology reference laboratory. Subsequent rotations will involve the following areas:

  • Orientation (1)
  • Adult Infectious Diseases (3-4)
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases (1)
  • Internal Medicine (1)
  • Elective Rotation (1-2)
  • Epidemiology/Antimicrobial Surveillance (1)
  • Infectious Diseases Outpatient Clinics (1)
  • Research (1)
  • Microbiology (1)
  • HIV Clinic ½ day per week

Teaching Opportunities at the UNM College of Pharmacy

  • Didactic lectures
  • Patient Care Lab instruction
  • Teaching Certificate Program

Applications Process

  • Residency applicants must:
    • Possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited school or college of pharmacy.
    • Have completed a PGY1 residency
    • Be eligible for New Mexico pharmacist licensure.
  • Applicants must provide: 
    • A letter of intent stating interests and goals, specific to the PGY-2 residency
    • Curriculum vitae.
    • College/School of Pharmacy transcripts
    • Three recommendations from health care professionals (in addition to the PhORCAS standard reference form) who can attest to your practice abilities.
  • An on-site interview is required.

Application Deadline: January 4, 2016

Infectious Disease


  • Salary: approximately $46,342.40
  • Vacation: 5 working days, in addition to holidays
  • Professional Leave: 1-2 weeks to attend professional meetings
  • Health Insurance: medical, dental, & vision
  • Attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting: travel and registration
  • Attend the Western States Residency Conference: travel & registration

Contact Information

Renee-Claude Mercier, PharmD
College of Pharmacy MSC09 5360
1 University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM 87131-0001
Phone: 505.272.0581
Fax: 505.272.6749