Renown Regional Medical Center’s PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency is designed to provide a comprehensive experience in the fast-paced environment of Emergency Medicine and encompass a wide range of diseases and disorders from ambulatory care to critical care. Renown Regional Medical Center is a tertiary, referral hospital that services over a million people in a 100,000 square mile area with the Emergency Department at Renown Regional servicing over 100,000 patients per year. In addition, Renown Health has a smaller Emergency Department at Renown South Meadows and a Children’s Emergency Department. Renown is a level-2 trauma center, Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, Accredited Heart Failure and Chest Pain Center, and has a Children’s Hospital on site. Emergency Medicine pharmacists at Renown Regional Medical Center are present 24 hours per day. Throughout the year, the resident will gain valuable clinical, leadership and research skills through a variety of learning experiences. Clinical expertise will be achieved through learning experiences in multiple Emergency Department settings (large tertiary hospital, small community hospital and Children’s Emergency Departments), critical care areas (medical, trauma/surgical and cardiac), pediatrics, toxicology and in partnering with pre-hospital services. Residents will serve as a preceptor for PGY1 pharmacy residents and PharmD students during Emergency Medicine rotations. Research and leadership skills will be developed through the completion of a longitudinal research project and through an Emergency Department leadership experience. The resident will also gain experience in developing pharmacy services in an Emergency Department and to develop and monitor quality and stewardship initiatives.

Graduates of the residency program are prepared for competitive Emergency Medicine clinical pharmacist and Emergency Medicine clinical pharmacy specialist positions in Emergency Departments of all sizes and with various levels of pharmacy services.

Required rotations:

  • Orientation
  • Emergency Medicine (Regional) I, II, and III
  • Pediatrics/Pediatric Critical Care
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Medical Critical Care
  • Toxicology
  • Emergency Medicine (South Meadows)
  • Pre-hospital/Emergency Preparedness longitudinal experience
  • Staffing longitudinal experience
  • Leadership longitudinal experience
  • Major research project longitudinal experience

Elective rotations:

  • Trauma/Surgical Critical Care
  • Cardiac intensive care
  • Ambulatory care
  • Infectious diseases/Antimicrobial stewardship

Travel and Meetings:

Expenses will be paid for the resident to attend Western States Conference and another meeting of their choice. Options include but are not limited to ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, ACEP annual meeting, and SCCM annual meeting.


Heather Townsend, PharmD, BCCCP, BCPS, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program Director, Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Clinical Specialist: Emergency Medicine (Orientation, Regional I and Pediatric Emergency Medicine), Toxicology, ED Leadership, Staffing, Pre-hospital/Emergency Preparedness

Carol Vollmer-Johnson, PharmD, BCPPS, BCPS, Pediatric Pharmacy Clinical Specialist: Pediatrics/Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Tiffany Kliewer, PharmD, BCCCP, Clinical Pharmacist: Medical Critical Care

Maili Nelson, PharmD, BCCCP, Clinical Pharmacist: Emergency Medicine – South Meadows

Abbie Britton, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist: Emergency Medicine – III

Zach Stewart, PharmD, BCCCP, Clinical Pharmacist: Toxicology

Zack Marcus, PharmD, BCCCP, BCPS, PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program Director, Critical Care Pharmacy Clinical Specialist: Trauma Critical Care

Mike Thuyns, PharmD, BCCCP, BCPS, Critical Care Pharmacy Clinical Specialist: Cardiac Critical Care

Nikki Noroian, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, Clinical Pharmacist: Cardiac Critical Care

Jessica Thompson, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP, PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program Director, Pharmacist Supervisor: Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship

Adam Porath, PharmD, BCACP, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, VP of Pharmacy, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program Director: Ambulatory Care