PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics 

Residency Purpose Statement

The purpose of the PGY2 Pharmacy Residency is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Informatics Mission Statement

The mission of a PGY2 pharmacy informatics residency is to prepare the pharmacist for practice in a pharmacy informatics position. Residency training is designed to provide the resident experience in applying informatics and technology to enhance care of the patient and support healthcare professionals. This is accomplished by staffing responsibilities, appropriate clinical rotations and working with a broad range of medication systems, health care professionals, and key vendors.

Program Overview

The residency is designed to equip the resident with the necessary tools and experiences to achieve a position in pharmacy informatics at the completion of the program. The resident will have a variety of project opportunities, and thus the program may be tailored to the resident's interests and current needs of the Department of Pharmaceutical Services. A number of VUMC informatics systems are vendor and locally developed products, and VUMC engages in product research and development efforts with these vendors, which often provide opportunities for challenging residency projects during the experiences of the program. The resident will also have responsibilities which are consistent with guidelines from ASHP.

Background

The Pharmacy Portfolio teams (video) within HealthIT are responsible for the informatics solutions in inpatient and outpatient service areas. The teams provide technology tools that support a wide range of pharmacy needs of the Medical Center: ensuring care teams can order the right medications for patients, helping pharmacy staff fill prescriptions at outpatient pharmacies, and ensuring clinical outcomes are appropriately supported through medication therapies. Various vendor-based systems are managed within the portfolio and seamlessly link to other clinical care tools. Efforts of multiple teams help ensure safe and effective medication therapy is delivered to all VUMC patients. Finally, data analytics are used to quantify the clinical value of the medication therapies and services provided.

The Pharmacy Portfolio is part of the largest team within VUMC HealthIT, Clinical Care Group, which manages informatics solutions that are directly or indirectly involved in patient care.

The Clinical Care team performs work including:

  • Application updates and fixes
  • Implementation of new products
  • Customization of vendor-provided solutions
  • Tailored upgrades to existing solutions.

Our Informatics Residency offers multiple experiences involving EHR optimization, clinical decision support integration, and automated dispensing system coordination utilized by a multi-hospital academic medical center.

Goals of Residency

View a video of Kyle, our previous resident, about his perspective of his residency year.

  • Understand the role of informatics in improving patient safety
  • Evaluate technology integration in clinical practice
  • Assess the impact of informatics systems on clinician workflow
  • Assist in development of informatics business initiatives
  • Communicate effectively and professionally: written and verbal
  • Participate in project design and implementation
  • Obtain Epic Proficiency for Willow Inpatient (video)
  • Exhibit proficiency with Microsoft Office and other key applications
  • Develop leadership in the development and maintenance of informatics systems
  • Understand the relationship between users and vendors of software products
  • Understand the process of research, development and implementation of vendor products

Presentations

The resident is expected to present an one hour CE on an informatics related topic, open to all VUMC pharmacy staff. Additionally, the resident will give at least two topic presentations during the year.

Teaching

The informatics resident will assist with precepting pharmacy interns, students, and fellow residents regarding informatics related projects. Completion of a resident teaching certificate program is expected, with the intent of fostering the development of well rounded teaching and preceptor skills, plus being an introductory voice to pharmacy students regarding informatics.

Research

The resident is required to complete one informatics longitudinal residency project, which will include writing a project manuscript. The resident is encouraged to seek publication of their research. The resident is also encouraged to present their research project findings as well as any other interesting projects at clinical conferences and meetings.

Conferences

The resident will be expected to attend the ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting and ASHP Summer Meeting (or an equivalent meeting). If the resident is required to present other work completed, attendance at other meetings may be necessary. Given that normal meetings are subject to being virtual during this time, each meeting will be considered for alternative participation. 

Staffing/On Call

View a brief video regarding On-call and Staffing. The 2023-2024 residency year includes weekend staffing every 4th weekend in an operational role with limited clinical backup. This pharmacy practice experience occurs at the Adult Hospital and involves, but not limited to, processing orders, daily preparation and dispensing of medications for patients, and various other duties in the Sterile products area. Some rotational informatics on-call is required to support clinical systems. Holiday staffing schedule will be discussed at the interview.

How to apply

Applicant must be a graduate of an accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program, be a licensed pharmacist in any state with reciprocation to Tennessee and completed an accredited PGY1 residency program.

Submit the following application materials for Pharmacy Informatics Residency to be received by December 31, 2022.

  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Intent
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Three letters of recommendation via PhORCAS
  4. Pharmacy School transcripts
  5. Virtual Interview that will include a fifteen-minute presentation
  6. Application submitted in PhORCAS application portal by Dec 31, 2022 deadline

Additional Links & Program Information


Application Information

Number of Positions: One residency position, Starting date: July 3, 2023
Estimated salary: $60,593 *info not verified

Requirements: Doctor of Pharmacy or PharmD degree, Obtain TN licensure,
Residency certificate from accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program,
VUMC pharmacy residency program is NOT able to sponsor visas for pharmacy residents.

Submit application with required documents:
3 letters of recommendation, letter of intent, and transcripts
in PhORCAS application portal 


Contact Information

Phillip W. Stewart, DPh, Residency Program Director
PGY2pharmacyinformaticsresidency@vumc.org  |  m 615.829.1347  o 615.936.2930
Vanderbilt University Medical Center |  Health IT Pharmacy Portfolio
3401 West End Avenue Suite 630  |  Nashville, TN   37203


Institutional Information

Private non-profit hospital/clinic | Teaching/Tertiary Model | Total Beds 1622
Professional Staff 372 | Non-professional staff 450