Pharmacy Informatics (PGY2)
The one year pharmacy informatics residency position started in July 2006 at
VUMC Pharmacy Background & Capabilities:
VUMC has always been a leader in health informatics, with systems like 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 the integration of CPOE with the Pharmacy System. The Pharmacy department also developed a Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS) to enhance the interface between the CPOE and pharmacy systems 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 new pharmacy system with more advanced capabilities. These systems and the expertise of the staff who developed these systems provide a great learning environment.
Vendor Opportunities and Integration with Residency:
Many of the VUMC informatics systems are McKesson products, and VUMC engages in product research and development efforts involving those products, which often provide opportunities for challenging residency projects at VUMC and at McKesson during the vendor experience component of the program. The vendor, Vanderbilt and the resident will define collaborative projects and the documentation of this work expected during the resident orientation. 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.
The residency will be 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. The goals, project opportunities and resident responsibilities are outlined below.
Goals of Residency:
- Understand the role of informatics programs in improving patient safety
- Evaluate technology integration in clinical practice
- Assess the impact of informatics systems on clinician work-flow
- Assist with the development of a business plan related to informatics initiatives
- Communicate effectively and professionally: written and verbal
- Participate in project design and implementation
- Exhibit proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
- Preparation for leadership in the development and maintenance of informatics systems
- Understand the process of research, development and implementation of vendor products
- Understand the important relationship between the user and the vendor of software products
One Therapeutic Exchange Conference during the year (must be available for CE credit). Two case or topic presentations during the year.
The resident will assist with precepting Doctor of Pharmacy candidates and PGY-1 residents from our own institution with informatics related projects.
One informatics longitudinal residency project to be completed.
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.
The 2012/2013 residency year could include every 4th weekend staffing (to be determined) in both operational and clinical roles. Some rotational on-call is required to support pharmacy systems. Holiday staffing schedule will be discussed at the interview.
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Expected Start Date: July 1, 2013
Estimated Stipend: $57,173*
* info not verified yet
Payment of TN Board of Pharmacy License Fee
Discounts to local merchants
Professional Liability Insurance
Purchase of software, books or other material directly related to residency
Two weeks paid vacation
Office space and computer workstation
Professional travel reimbursement
Two personal days
Full access to the Biomedical Library
Employee Wellness Program
Travel and relocation expense directly related to the move (Up to $1500)
All ACPE approved CE provided by Vanderbilt. Pharmaceutical Services
Requirements for Acceptance:
Applicant must be a graduate of a Doctor of Pharmacy program, and a licensed pharmacist in any state with reciprocation to Tennessee. The program requires successful completion of an accredited PGY1 residency or ASHP equivalency and participates in the match program.
The Pharmacy Residency program is open to all US citizens, US nationals and eligible non-citizens. Information on US nationals and eligible non-citizens can be found on Vanderbilt’s “US National and Eligible Non-Citizens” page. Immigration sponsorship is not offered, so persons needing immigration sponsorship to work in the USA cannot be accepted into the program.
To apply please submit the following items:
1. Application form submitted through PhORCAS application portal
2. Current copy of your curriculum vitae
3. Official college transcripts for pharmacy school coursework
4. Three letters of recommendation
5. Complete the Vanderbilt HR on-line application (see below)
Visit www.vanderbilt.edu/work-at-vanderbilt/ ; on the right side of the page under Search Jobs, click on 'External Applicants' then click the link for 'Continue to the job search page for external applicants. In the Job Number field insert job number 1214864, then click Search for Jobs.
All application materials are due by Friday, January 11, 2013 5PM CST. The 'rate limiting step' for most applicants is getting the recommendation letters submitted on their behalf, therefore we recommend that you make it a priority.
Phillip W. Stewart, DPh
Informatics Pharmacist & Residency Program Director
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
3401 West End Avenue Suite 630
Nashville, TN 37203
Office: 615.936.2930 . Fax: 615.343.0075
Private nonprofit hospital/clinic . Teaching/Tertiary Model
Professional Staff = 150 . Non-professional staff = 220
Total Beds = 1065 . Average Daily Census = 877
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