Alert

Jennifer Cruz, PharmD, BCPS


Title

Clinical Specialist, Drug Information and Policy

Residency Associated Title and Involvement

Preceptor for Drug Information Rotation

Education

Undergraduate:  University of Delaware

School of Pharmacy:  Temple University School of Pharmacy

PGY1:  UNC Medical Center

PGY2:  Drug Information - Durham VA Medical Center

Rotation Title

Drug Information

Rotation Description:

The goal of the Drug Information Rotation is to provide experience and understanding of the philosophy and scope of a Drug Information Center (DIC), as well as develop competency in the use of drug information systems, application of the primary drug literature in responding to drug information requests, and effective oral and written communication skills.

The rotation depends on the level of the learner.  Possible experiences include:

Drug Information and Formulary Management (PGY1 Programs)
 
Service Area
The Drug Information Center responds to drug information requests within UNC Health Care System and the North Carolina community. Requestors may include health care professionals such as pharmacists, physicians, nurses, etc., as well as patients. The Drug Information Center is also responsible for developing materials to be used for formulary decision making within UNC Medical Center and UNC Health Care System. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. 
 Pharmacists’ Role
The main responsibilities of the Drug Information/Policy Pharmacy Specialists are:
  • Precepting DI learners
  • Overseeing the delivery of timely and accurate drug information responses
  • Participating in formulary management services
  • Coordinating creation and/or review of pharmacy and medication management policies and clinical guidelines
Introductory Drug Information Practice (PGY2 Health-System Medication-Use Management)
 
 
Overview
The Drug Information Center at UNC Hospitals responds to medication information requests from health care providers within the UNC Health System and the community. The Drug Information Rotation is a required, 1 month learning experience at the UNC Medical Center. This rotation is designed to allow the PGY-2 resident to gain knowledge and experience in the area of Drug Information Practice.
 
Learning Experience
The PGY-2 resident will be responsible for working as a member of the health care team. He or she will be expected to receive and appropriately respond to drug information requests throughout the scheduled experience. This includes:
·         Applying a systematic approach to requests in an accurate and timely manner
·         Using appropriate primary, secondary and tertiary references
·         Demonstrating the ability to evaluate and critically assess current drug information literature
·         Apply the information in a concise, accurate, logical and succinct manner
·         Communicating effectively with pharmacists, nurses, physicians, patients, and other requestors
·         Providing responses in a concise and accurate manner.
Advanced Drug Information Practice (PGY2 Health-System Medication-Use Management)
 
Overview
The Drug Information Center at UNC Hospitals responds to medication information requests from health care providers within the UNC Health Care System and the community. The Advanced Drug Information Rotation is a required, 1 month learning experience at the UNC Medical Center that builds upon the skills and knowledge gained during the introductory month. This rotation is designed to allow the PGY-2 resident to further refine his or her knowledge and experience in the area of Drug Information Practice.
 
Learning Experience
The PGY-2 resident will be responsible for working as a member of the health care team. He or she will be expected to take on a leadership role in the DI Center and ensure high-quality drug information responses are produced. He/she will serve as a mentor for PY4 and/or PGY1 learners, with responsibilities to include:
·         Applying a systematic approach to requests in an accurate and timely manner
·         Using appropriate primary, secondary and tertiary references
·         Demonstrating the ability to evaluate and critically assess current drug information literature
·         Apply the information in a concise, accurate, logical and succinct manner
·         Communicating effectively with pharmacists, nurses, physicians, patients, and other requestors
·         Providing responses in a concise and accurate manner
·         Participating in precepting activities such as oversight of learners’ drug information responses, delivery of feedback on formal projects (e.g. monograph) and overall performance during the month, in conjunction with the primary preceptor
·         Presenting topic discussions on introductory and advanced drug information topics
·         Becoming actively involved in relevant committee meetings.

For more information contact:

Kamakshi Rao

Kamakshi Rao, PharmD, BCOP, CPP, FASHP
Assistant Director for Education, Research, and Practice Training
Top