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Pharmacy Informatics

IU Health Information Services Department is offering an ASHP accredited, one-year PGY2 residency in Pharmacy Informatics. The resident will gain knowledge and experience in the management of pharmacy information systems and associated projects, including clinical decision support, computerized prescriber order entry, eMAR, automation, integration/interfaces, and barcode technology.

  • The year is a longitudinal residency with the option of specific focus months. Opportunities for teaching and training of students and pharmacy practice residents are available.
  • Participation in a pharmacy informatics college course is optional based on course availability. Completion of a major residency project is expected.
  • IU Health is a multi-hospital system which includes both academic and community facilities. The IU Health Information Services department supports all of the IU Health facilities.
  • Objectives of this residency are in accordance with those developed by ASHP for a Pharmacy Informatics Specialty Residency.
  • Unique features to this PGY2 program include working on large multi-disciplinary teams for project completion, follow through and support including physicians and nurses. Physician and nursing preceptors can be arranged for rotational experiences and project coordination.
PGY2 Informatics Residency Handout
 

 

Overview

The Indiana University Health PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics residency exists to train post-graduate practitioners in the rapidly evolving world of healthcare informatics. The residency has an emphasis on clinical applications, implementations, pharmacy automation, project management and project lifecycle. CPOE, eMAR, barcode medication administration, clinical decision support and vendor relations will all be provided during the experience.

The PGY2 residency in pharmacy informatics draws upon the clinical foundation of entering residents, including general competencies for managing medication-use systems and the support of optimal medication therapy outcomes. The residency trains individuals who can lead the evolution of organizations’ medication-use systems by applying pharmacy informatics principles, standards, and best practices. Graduates are adept in the language and concepts of information technology (IT), equipping them to function in the interdisciplinary environment of informatics project teams.

PGY2 pharmacy informatics residency graduates are prepared to enter practice positions in a variety of environments. They are equipped to be the single pharmacy department source of informatics knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to serve small hospitals’ technology and automation system needs. In the case of large health systems, graduates are prepared to assume roles in sub-specialties of pharmacy informatics. The broad scope of PGY2 pharmacy informatics training also enables graduates to participate in governmental health care informatics initiatives or to design innovative technology and informatics solutions within healthcare, including the software industry.

The residency inculcates the capacity to identify where technology and automation systems can work to improve the medication-use system. Graduates are prepared to be leaders who will take the initiative to advocate the pharmacy informatics perspective and command respect for their technical skills. Graduates exit with the capacity to contribute pharmacy leadership to the project life cycle of significant pharmacy information technology or automation initiatives. Such projects include the creation of clinical decision support programming; ensuring the accuracy of medication order intent; guiding clinicians to appropriate medication use; and selection, acquisition, implementation, and evaluation of technology and automation systems that support pharmacy operations.

 

Rotation Structure

Required Longitudinal Rotations

  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Project
  • Staffing

Required and Elective Rotations

  • Orientation
  • Introduction to Foundations
  • Automation
  • Inventory and Support
  • Leadership
  • Analysis and Design
  • Distribution and Administration
  • Orders
  • Project Management
  • Information Security
  • Testing

 

Residency Completion

To complete the PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency, the resident must:

  1. Earn an “Achieved” status on at least 80% of the PGY2 Informatics Goals
  2. Successfully complete a research project with manuscript and/or poster
  3. Successfully complete a Grand Rounds presentation
  4. Complete 12 months of training including one learning experience in all core areas:
    1. Project
    2. Inpatient Staffing

 

How to Apply

The qualified applicant must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an accredited college of pharmacy and must be eligible for Indiana licensure. Completion of a prior ASHP accredited PGY1 residency is required. All offers are contingent upon a background check, reference check, and pre-placement health assessment, which includes a drug test. If selected for an on-site interview, a presentation and completion of clinical case will be required.

Deadline for PhORCAS Application: January 5
Application Requirements (Submitted via PhORCAS)

  • Letter of Intent
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official College Transcript

 

Contact Information

Lisa Starost, PharmD
Manager – Pharmacy Informatics
Information Services
Indiana University Health South Campus
1515 N. Senate Ave.|Indianapolis, IN 46202
317.963.5821
lstarost@iuhealth.org