PGY2 Medication-Use Safety & Policy

Program Purpose 

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Additional Description

This PGY2 specialty residency-training program in Medication-Use Safety and Policy (previously health-system medication-use management) is a one-year training program that provides practical experience in behind-the scenes management of the medication-use system. This training focuses on integrating clinical, safety, policy, informatics, and drug distribution systems to optimize drug therapy for the entire UNC Health System, including 15+ hospitals, hundreds of clinics, and several infusion centers.   

This specialized residency provides an intense core training experience in essential aspects of drug information, formulary management, and medication safety, while also incorporating aspects of informatics, analytics, quality improvement, accreditation and compliance, and leadership.

Throughout the residency year, the resident integrates himself/herself as a valuable member of the department of pharmacy and medication-use systems. The multitude of experiences culminate in the final Mastery Month rotation, where the resident functions independently as an additional member of the Medication-Use Policy and Analytics team. Upon completion of this program, the resident will be prepared to enter a variety of potential career fields including Drug Information, Formulary Management, Medication Safety, and Medication-Use Policy.

For more information contact:

Gregory Heindel, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Director, Medication-Use Safety and Policy
Lead Pharmacist, Medication Management and Optimization