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Pharmacy Residency
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Medication-Use Safety and Policy Pharmacy Residency

The University of Kansas Health System Medication-Use Safety and Policy Residency program, formerly the Drug Information Residency program, 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 health system patients. The health system is part of the region's premier academic medical center, including a 910-bed teaching hospital that has been ranked every year since 2007 among U.S. News & World Report's 50 best hospitals.

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 and 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.

The residency offers exposure to areas of pharmacy critical to implementation of formulary management and medication safety initiatives. Exposure to pharmacy informatics 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. Exposure to pharmacy operations may include evaluation of pharmacist and technician workflows and provide an understanding of medication storage management and efficient distribution throughout the health system. Exposure to supply chain activities will allow the resident to gain an understanding of how medications are purchased and learn strategies to identify and manage drug shortages.

The resident will gain experience in medical writing and editing including the opportunity to publish in a national peer-reviewed pharmacy journal. There will also 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

Postgraduate year-2 (PGY2) pharmacy residency programs 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 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

Current benefits

  • Annual salary: $48,000
  • Benefits including: PTO, paid holidays, health/dental/life/liability insurance
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Contact us

The University of Kansas Health System
4000 Cambridge St., Mailstop 4040
Kansas City, KS 66160

PGY2 drug information residency director

Jennifer L. Dill, PharmD

The medication-use safety and policy residency learning experience

The PGY2 specialty residency in medication-use safety and policy is tailored to the interests and career goals of each resident.

Required rotations

  • Orientation, including pharmacy informatics, operations and supply chain
  • Formulary management
  • Medication safety
  • Quality, including quality, risk and regulatory
  • Practice management
  • Teaching, research and publications

Staffing requirement

The PGY2 medication-use safety and policy 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.

Application information


Application requirements

  • 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 6, 2020
  • Must have a valid pharmacy license in the state of Kansas prior to August 15

Checklist for application

National Matching Services (NMS) Code: 531577

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