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Pharmacy Informatics Residency (PGY2)

Texas Children’s Hospital Pharmacy Department promotes the mission of the hospital of providing quality and cost-effective care. The mission of the pharmacy department is:

  • To excel in the provision of high quality, value-based patient care through safe and innovative medication use in alignment with Texas Children’s mission and values.
  • To advance the profession of pharmacy, foster an environment that values employee contributions, and support development through balance and accountability.
  • To have fun, recognize our accomplishments, and celebrate and share our successes.

Within the pharmacy department resides a specialized group of dedicated informatics professionals known as the Willow Team. The team is comprised of application architects, pharmacist informaticists, pharmacy technicians, systems analysts and business analysts. Members support over 25 different systems spanning over the entire organization from inpatient units and ambulatory clinics to retail and specialty pharmacy.


Purpose Statement

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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.


About The Residency Program

Texas Children’s Hospital Pharmacy Informatics Residency is a 12-month program, currently in ASHP candidate status, focused on patient safety through implementation of technology in medication management.

The program is designed to meet the pre-defined program goals and objectives and is tailored based on the resident interests and past experience. The training allows residents to gain experience and be prepared to enter practice positions in a variety of environments. They are equipped to be the pharmacy department’s source of informatics knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to serve health system information technology, automation and data management needs. Additionally, pharmacy informatics training enables graduates to participate in broader healthcare informatics initiatives or design innovative information technology and informatics solutions for healthcare. This program begins the first Monday in July.

Program Leadership

Residency Director: Jennifer Randazzo, RPh – jkrandaz@texaschildrens.org

Residency Coordinator: Gee Mathen – gxmathen@texaschildrens.org

Residency Coordinator Shawn Mathew, PharmD, BCPS - stmathew@texaschildrens.org


Learning Experiences

Required

  • Orientation – 1 month (July)
  • Fundamentals of Electronic Medical Record – 3 months (Aug-Oct)
  • Instrumentation and Automation – 2 months (Nov-Dec)
  • Clinical Decision Support – 3 months (Jan-March)
  • Data Analytics and Reporting – 3 months (April-June)
  • Longitudinal - 10 months (Sept-June)
    • Inventory Management and Database Maintenance
    • Customer Support and Service
    • Technology Implementation and Project Management
    • Informatics Committee Membership
    • Presentation

Technology Implementation and Project Management

  • Work with preceptor on an interdisciplinary project with the goal of creating a sustaining impact on the quality of care for patients at Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Present project to departments that are involved in the project
  • Resident will have the opportunity to work with many areas of hospital practice

Presentation

  • One 60-minute formal continuing education presentation
  • Two 30-minute lunch and learn presentations to pharmacy informatics team
  • Poster presentation of residency interdisciplinary or quality improvement project at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting

Customer Support and Service

Staffing

  • Two weekend shifts on Saturday and Sunday every 3 to 6 weeks as determined at the beginning of the residency year based on pharmacy departmental needs

Technical-On-Call

  • Resident will be responsible for after-hours week long on call 7 times during the year

Teaching Opportunities

  • Residents may take advantage of the opportunity to complete a teaching certificate offered through the University of Houston School of Pharmacy

Salary and Benefits

  • Stipend: $54,000
  • Insurance (medical, dental, vision, life)
  • 15 vacation days per year
  • Travel allowances for up to two professional meetings

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