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Department of Pharmaceutical Services

Informatics (PGY2)

Purpose:
The one year pharmacy informatics residency started in July 2006 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Pharmaco-informatics encompasses the intersection of technology and information with all aspects of the medication system including prescribing, dispensing, administration, monitoring, clinical decision support and education regarding medication use. Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers a one-year PGY2 residency in Pharmacy Informatics. 

VUMC Pharmacy Background & Capabilities:
VUMC is a leader in health informatics with CPOE to assist in efficient and accurate medication ordering. The Department of Pharmacy has been recognized by ASHP with a Best Practice Award in 2002 and by the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group in 2004. These awards recognize the work done at Vanderbilt on CPOE and its integration with the Pharmacy System. The department also developed a Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS) to enhance the interface between the CPOE and pharmacy to improve safety in the medication use process. The CDSS provides prescribing assistance, educates physicians on the formulary, restricts the use of certain medications with guidelines, and provides pediatric and chemotherapy dose range checks. In 2005 the Department of Pharmacy installed a pharmacy system with more advanced capabilities. These systems and the expert development staff provide a great learning environment.

Vendor Opportunities and Integration with Residency:
Many VUMC informatics systems are McKesson products, and VUMC engages in product research and development efforts with the vendor, which often provide opportunities for challenging residency projects during the vendor experience component of the program. The vendor, Vanderbilt and the resident will define collaborative projects and the document this work. The Vendor experience offers the resident the opportunity to learn informatics from an industry perspective, which will better prepare the resident for future employment opportunities.

Residency Plan:
The residency is designed to equip the resident with the necessary tools and experiences to achieve a position in pharmaco-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. The resident will also have responsibilities which are consistent with guidelines from ASHP. 

Goals of Residency:

Understand the role of informatics in improving patient safety
Evaluate technology integration in clinical practice
Assess the impact of informatics systems on clinician work-flow
Assist in the development of a business plan regarding informatics initiatives
Communicate effectively and professionally: written and verbal
Participate in project design and implementation
Exhibit proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
Devlope 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:

One Therapeutic Exchange conference during the year (must be available for CE credit). Two case or topic presentations during the year.

Teaching:
The resident will assist with precepting Doctor of Pharmacy candidates and PGY-1 residents from our own institution with informatics related projects.

Research:
One informatics longitudinal residency project to be completed.

Conferences:
The resident will be expected to attend the ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting and the Southeastern Residency Conference (or an equivalent meeting). If the resident is required to present other work completed, attendance at other meetings may be necessary.

Staffing/On Call:
The 2014/2015 residency year includes every 4th weekend staffing in both operational and clinical roles. Some rotational on-call is required to support clinical systems. Holiday staffing schedule will be discussed at the interview.

Click here for our pdf brochure - intended as a trifold 

 Informatics Residency Manual

 Current Informatics Resident   

 Preceptors

 Residency Graduates

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Benefits

 The Vanderbilt Community

 Nashville! 

Application Information:  
Number of Positions: One
Requirements: Doctor of Pharmacy degree,
completion of accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency, licensure in Tennessee,
CV, Letter of Intent, 3 letters of recommendation, pharmacy school transcripts
Onsite interview will have a 20 min presentation


  Submit application to PhORCAS application portal by Jan 1 deadline   
*All applicants should complete Vanderbilt HR, click on External applicants, 
and search for
Requisition # 1413449 prior to deadline.

Phillip W. Stewart, DPh       Residency Program Director
Health Informatics Technologies & Services   |   Department of Pharmaceutical Services

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
3401 West End Avenue  Suite 630   |   Nashville, TN 37203
phillip.stewart@vanderbilt.edu
Office: 615.936.2930

Institutional Information:
Private nonprofit hospital/clinic   |   Teaching/Tertiary Model
Professional Staff = 170   |   Non-professional staff = 250
Total Beds = 1065   |   Average Daily Census = 900
Stipend = $60,593  (Info has not been verified)
Residency starting date: July 1

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