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 PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency Overview

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The pharmacy informatics residency at Marshfield Clinic encompasses the intersection of technology and information with all aspects of the medication system including safe prescribing, dispensing, administration, monitoring, clinical decision support and education regarding medication use.

Marshfield Clinic is a large group practice actively involved in the development, commercialization, and deployment of Clinical IT Solutions. Marshfield Clinic has always been a leader in Health Informatics, with systems like CPOE to assist in efficient and accurate medication ordering and a comprehensive combined electronic medical record. The pharmacy department has also recently installed two new software systems, one in the outpatient pharmacy arena and one in the sterile product areas.

The pharmacy informatics residency is designed to equip the resident with the necessary tools and experiences to achieve a position in Clinical Informatics 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 clinical pharmacy informaticist specialized in ambulatory clinical practice.

To prepare the resident to independently act as a leader and pioneer in pharmacy informatics with specialized expertise in: 

  • patient safety within the medication use system
  • clinical informatics with a focus on clinical decision support
  • technology and automation assessment, implementation, and work flow integration with a focus on clinical decision support

Program’s Educational Outcomes

  • Evaluate opportunities for improving patient outcomes through the application of pharmacy informatics principles, standards, and best practices
  • Foster effective decision support for members of interdisciplinary health care teams
  • Ensure accuracy of documentation and communication of medication orders by utilizing a standard messaging vehicle, standard vocabularies, and clinically validated data
  • Promote the safe and effective utilization of technology and automation systems for pharmacy operations
  • Execute a project life cycle for a significant pharmacy information technology or automation initiative
  • Function as a leader in the field of pharmacy informatics
  • Conduct pharmacy informatics 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.

Rotations 

  • Introduction to Pharmacy Informatics
  • Clinical Medication Management Systems
  • Data Reporting and Data Management
  • System Level Medication Distribution and Inventory Control
  • Clinical Decision Support
  • Drug information Vendor Analysis
  • System Package Support
  • Evidence-Based Data Source Validation
  • Project Life Cycle
  • Patient Safety and Informatics
  • Ambulatory Clinical Office Setting Medication Order Entry, Administration and Documentation
  • Interoperability and Code Sets

Longitudinal Experiences

Research

Service Development, Leadership and Committee Involvement

ASHP Accreditation 

  • Our program enrolled our first resident in 2012-2013
  • We are pursuing ASHP Accreditation
  • Our program had our first ASHP Accreditation site visit in May 2014

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

Pharmacy PGY-2 Interim Residency Program Director

Luanne Sojka, PharmD, BCPS
Marshfield Medical Center
1000 North Oak Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449
1-800-782-8581, ext 19758 or 715-221-9758
Fax: 715-221-7880
E-mail: malsin.luanne@marshfieldclinic.org

Pharmacy Administrative Assistant

Becky Curtis
Marshfield Medical Center
1000 North Oak Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449
Phone: 1-800-782-8581, ext 19813 or 715-221-9813
Fax: 715-221-7880
curtis.rebecca@marshfieldclinic.org

Pharmacy Year Two Residency