This PGY-2 specialty residency training program is a one-year training program intended to provide the resident with practical experience with behind-the scenes management of the medication-use system with a specific focus on integrating clinical, safety, informatics, policy, and drug distribution systems to optimize drug therapy with the unique opportunity of incorporating a healthcare system focus.
This specialized residency will provide an intensive core training experience in core aspects of drug information, drug policy, and medication safety while also incorporating aspects of informatics and administration. Upon completion of this program, the resident will be prepared to enter a variety of positions related to medication-use policy and safety.
The core learning experiences of this residency training may include, but are not limited to, the following activities:
- Provision of medication-related information to health care professionals as well as clinical guideline and policy management through involvement in the day-to-day operations of the Drug Information Center
- A longitudinal formulary management experience consisting of participation in P&T activities and co-chairing a P&T Subcommittee
- Exposure to supply chain and shortage management as it relates to formulary management
- Medication error review and longitudinal involvement in the Medication Safety Committee
- Development/maintenance of clinical drug libraries for infusion pumps
- Involvement in pharmacy compliance/regulatory and accreditation activities as appropriate
Ashley L. Pappas, PharmD, MHA
Assistant Director, Medication Use Policy and Analytics
Department of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina Medical Center
101 Manning Drive, CB 7600
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
What are the core components of this residency program?
The main focus of this program is on Drug Information, Formulary Management, and Medication Safety. Additional learning experiences are available and may be customized to the interests of the resident.
What types of positions will the resident be qualified for after completing the residency?
The type of position that residency graduates may take on could vary based on the interests and experiences completed during the year. This program will prepare the resident for a variety of potential career fields including:
- Drug Information
- Formulary Management
- Medication Safety
- Medication Use-Policy
Will the Health-System Medication-Use Management resident participate in rounding activities?
Typically no. If the resident has an interest in an elective rotation involving additional rounding opportunities for a particular clinical service the Residency Program Director will take the request under consideration based on resident progress and availability of rotations.
What skills are important for the Health-System Medication-Use Management resident to possess?
- Critical thinking
- Project/time management
- Literature evaluation
What teaching opportunities are available?
In addition to the teaching opportunities open to all UNC residents, such as the Teaching Certificate Program, there will be opportunities for completing didactic lectures focusing on Drug Information and Medication Safety topics. The resident will also mentor students on rotation in the Drug Information Center.
What are the staffing requirements for the Health-System Medication-Use Management resident?
Residents will receive training and orientation to the department's services during their first few weeks of the program. Over the course of the residency year, residents must complete an average of 400 hours of staffing. Pharmacy practice responsibilities include staffing in decentralized or central pharmacist positions. Activities include, but are not limited to, verifying patient-specific orders and medications, providing pharmacokinetic consults when requested, answering in-depth drug information questions, attending all adult codes as the pharmacy member of the code team, providing patient education and solving pharmacotherapy situations as they may arise. This commitment is fulfilled by staffing every third weekend and for three concentrated week-long blocks distributed over the course of the year. Additionally, residents are also responsible for staffing during one of three major holiday blocks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s) and one of two minor holidays (Labor Day or Memorial Day). These requirements may be changed annually based on the needs of the department.