Drug Information Residency
The Drug Information Residency program at The University of Kansas Health System (TUKHS) was established in 1994 and allows the resident to play an integral role in ensuring the appropriate, safe and cost-effective use of medications for TUKHS patients. TUKHS is the region’s premier academic medical center which includes a 780 bed teaching hospital and is ranked in 12 adult specialties by the U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospital Rankings.
The resident will contribute to the optimization of medication management through the provision of evidence-based evaluation of the medical literature. This will include the preparation and presentation of materials to support the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee in formulary management and medication use policy considerations. These functions, along with the opportunity to respond to drug information requests from various healthcare professionals, will facilitate the development of clinical problem solving, professional communication and project management skills.
The resident will receive advanced training in safe medication use practices and process improvement as a member of an interdisciplinary team focusing on patient safety within the health system. They will gain experience in various methodologies used to measure medication use safety, the application of technologies that improve the medication use process, analysis of complex systems to identify and correct system flaws, understanding human factors that impact the safety of patient care and the promotion of a culture of safety. Responsibilities include medication event review as well as adverse drug reaction and product problem monitoring and reporting.
Our residency offers experience in pharmacy informatics, which may include analysis of pharmacy workflow as it relates to the electronic health record (EHR) and computerized physician order entry (CPOE), validation of drug libraries and order sets, analysis of drug use reports in the EHR and smart pump data.
A pharmacy operations rotation gives the resident an opportunity to apply the skills learned in formulary management, medication safety and informatics. Experience will be gained in pharmacist and technician workflow evaluations, purchasing and medication shortage management. This rotation focuses on developing leadership skills with focus on efficient decision-making and communication techniques.
The resident will gain experience in medical writing and editing including the opportunity to publish in a national peer-reviewed pharmacy journal. Furthermore, there will be a focus on academia with exposure to didactic and experiential teaching for students, PGY1 residents, and pharmacy staff. Participation in our teaching certificate program is required if not previously completed.
Residency program purpose statement
PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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 that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in the specialized practice area (when board certification for the practice area exists).
- Length of Program: ~12 months starting in early July
- Number of Positions: 1
- Annual salary: $48,000
- Benefits including: PTO, paid holidays, health/dental/life/liability insurance
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Department of Pharmacy
4000 Cambridge St., Mail Stop 4040
Kansas City, KS 66160
PGY2 Drug Information Residency Director
The drug information residency learning experience
The PGY2 specialty residency in drug information is tailored to the interests and career goals of each resident.
- Formulary management
- Medication safety
- Medication use
- Pharmacy operations
The PGY2 Drug Information resident will staff every 4th weekend and one weekday shift every 2 weeks. The clinical experience and interest of the resident will be considered in determining staffing area.
- Graduation from an ACPE-accredited PharmD program
- Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency before the beginning of the PGY2 residency year
- Eligibility for licensure in Kansas
- Application deadline: January 1, 2019
- Must have a valid pharmacy license in the state of Kansas prior to August 15
Checklist for application
- Letter of Intent
- Topics you may want to consider: why you want to pursue this particular residency, why you have chosen the University of Kansas program, and personal goals that you feel the program would help you accomplish
- Curriculum Vitae
- College Transcripts
- Three Letters of Recommendation and/or PHORCAS form
- PHORCAS Residency Program Application
- ASHP Resident Matching Program registration
- Application for Employment: Pharmacy Residency Job Posting
National Matching Services (NMS) Code: 531553