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 PGY-2 Pharmacy Medication-Use Safety and Policy Overview

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The medication-use safety and policy residency at Marshfield Clinic Health System will support a resident in the transition from generalist practice to a specialized role as an organizational leader in the achievement of medication-use safety.  Graduates of the program are provided with fundamental skills required to lead multidisciplinary teams whose function is to vision a safe medication-use system for the organization, identify needed improvements in the present system, plan for and implement needed changes, and assess the change achieved.

The medication-use safety and policy residency is designed to equip the resident with the necessary tools and experiences to achieve a position in medication-use safety at the completion of the program.  The resident will have a variety of project opportunities, and thus the program may be tailored to the resident’s interests and current needs of the clinical pharmacy services department, information systems, and the institute of quality, innovation, and patient safety (IQIPS). The goals, project opportunities and resident responsibilities are outlined below.

Program Purpose: 

To prepare the resident to be a medication-use safety and policy pharmacist. 

To prepare the resident to independently act as a leader and pioneer in pharmacy medication–use safety specialized expertise in:

  • Knowledge of decision-support
  • Principles of human error and human factors engineering
  • Medication-use safety nomenclature
  • Culture of safety
  • Design and delivery of education and training

Program’s Educational Outcomes

  • Function as an effective leader for medication-use safety.
  • Serve as an authoritative resource on medication-use safety for the organization.
  • Develop a vision of an ideal safe medication-use system for the organization.
  • Represent the medication-use safety perspective to the organization's design of its technology and automation systems.
  • Conduct planning for pursuit of the organization's vision of a safe medication-use system.
  • Collect medication-use data and use appropriate data analysis techniques to identify needed improvements in the medication-use systems.
  • Manage changes in the medication use system.
  • Conduct medication-use safety research.

Program Structure 

The program consists of a series of educational rotations and a number of longitudinal experiences. The Pharmacy Residency Program Curriculum has been developed with the goal of fulfilling the required educational outcomes listed above.

Educational Rotations 

  • Orientation/Training
  • Event Investigation and Root Cause Analysis
  • Drug Information
  • Drug Shortages
  • Medication-Use Safety Leadership I
  • Medication-Use Safety Leadership II
  • Medication-Use System
  • Technology and Automation
  • Data and Data Management
  • Internal Medicine

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Medication-Use Safety Research
  • Presentations/ACPE/CPE
  • Service Development and Committees
  • Pharmacy Quality and Safety Policy
  • Drug Shortages and Supply Interruptions

ASHP Accreditation 

  • Our first resident in 2018--2019
  • We are pursuing ASHP Accreditation

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.

Pharmacy PGY-2 Medication-Use Safety and Policy Residency Program Director

Luanne Sojka, PharmD, BCPS
Marshfield Clinic Health System
1000 North Oak Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449
1-800-782-8581, ext 19758 or 715-221-9758
Fax: 715-221-7880

Pharmacy Year Two Residency