We are the nation's largest member-owned health care performance improvement company, and pharmacy is a big piece of what we do. Residents completing this elective learning experience (the ‘guest resident’) have the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of Vizient and how Vizient impacts members across the country. The guest resident will also interact with Vizient senior leadership and become a valued member of the Vizient Pharmacy Solutions team.

The areas of focus of the guest resident rotation include:

  • Introduction to Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) – required
  • Analytics and informatics – required
  • National contracting
  • Clinical resources

Application requirements include:

  • Program location: 290 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Irving, TX 75062
  • Duration: 3-4 weeks
  • Number of positions: Approximately one per month, pending availability
  • Application deadline: June 14, 2019, for the 2019-2020 residency year

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Dan oversees pharmacy contract analytics, a dedicated pharmacy field team, contracting and clinical solutions while setting the strategic direction to ensure that members maximize the value they can obtain from the industry’s leading GPO pharmacy program. Dan began his pharmacy career as a client account executive managing formularies and clinical analytics for large managed care plans. Dan has a diverse background in the pharmaceutical industry with experience in retail, hospital, specialty, pharmacy benefits management, supply chain management and mail order. One concept has rung true throughout Dan’s career: understanding and being able to manipulate “big data” is the key to building calculated savings opportunities in a health care industry that is subject to consistently increasing expenses. Dan is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and earned his doctorate in pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in St. Louis, Missouri.
Jered’s team manages the Vizient PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency Program and advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Jered also leads the analytic aspects of our industry-leading Pharmacy Program: Pharmacy Price Verification and Pharmacy Value Tracker; product delivery of PharmaLYNX, SI-Rx, and Vizient Savings Actualyzer™ — Pharmacy; pharmacy reports; and responses to pharmacy-related requests for proposal and cost studies. He has 20 years of experience as a licensed pharmacist; before coming to Vizient, he spent time in consulting and in leadership positions in acute care. Jered holds a doctorate in pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and a certificate in data and analytics from Cornell University.
Bryan is an informatics-trained pharmacist who oversees the pharmacy analytics team as well as the residency and all student training experiences. Before joining Vizient as our first PGY2 pharmacy informatics resident, he completed a nontraditional PGY1 pharmacy residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and has also held various leadership roles within the field of pharmacy informatics. Additionally, he has continued to advocate for the advancement pharmacy practice through ASHP and local organizations. He received his doctorate in pharmacy degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
Carina specializes in oncology and has experience in the hematology/oncology in the acute care hospital setting as well as in outpatient chemotherapy infusion centers including the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Throughout her career she has continued to expand her role from clinical pharmacist to clinical coordinator and co-director of a hematology/oncology specialty residency. Carina holds a doctorate in pharmacy from Roseman University School of Pharmacy, and is a board-certified oncology pharmacist.
Azra is responsible for three main areas of the Vizient Pharmacy Program: brand/specialty contracting, network contracting, and fee-for-service supplier programs. Azra collected more than 15 years of health care experience in retail, hospital, academic and specialty settings before entering the sourcing field in 2005. Since 2012, she has worked in the specialty pharmacy industry and also with private equity groups to support both operations and value-based investment opportunities. She holds a doctorate in pharmacy from Midwestern University and master’s degree in business administration from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
Kristi is primarily responsible for helping Vizient members develop and implement antimicrobial stewardship programs and monitoring trends in prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. Kristi has over a decade of experience as an infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist and is recognized as a national expert on antimicrobial stewardship. She has produced more than 40 peer-reviewed posters and publications. Kristi received her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed a pharmacy practice residency at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Florida. She is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist.
Kevin has worked at for group purchasing organizations in several analytical roles since 2009, and is currently responsible for the Vizient Pharmacy Value Tracker, Drug Budget Forecast and custom reporting. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s in business administration from Webster University.
Richard has 14 years’ experience in health care as an emergency medical technician and operating room nurse. His previous roles in the Vizient family of companies have included medical-surgical content specialist and master data management specialist.
Arati works closely with stakeholders to identify and implement opportunities by benchmarking of utilization and outcomes with the goal of reducing variations in care. Arati began at Vizient as a clinical informaticist, in which role she worked with organizations to identify potential areas of opportunity to improve utilization and outcomes. Arati has also served as clinical coordinator of drug policy and clinical resource management. Arati holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems from DePaul University and a doctorate in pharmacy from Midwestern University. She completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Rush University Medical Center in 2012.
Saloni’s primary role involves supporting analytics across the Vizient data offerings with a focus on the clinical, operational and ambulatory suite of products. She and her team collaborate closely with the Advisory Services and Performance Improvement groups on engagements to reduce costs and variation in care and improve quality. Saloni received her doctorate in pharmacy and master’s of public administration degrees from Drake University and began her career at Vizient as a fellow in 2008.
Stacy is responsible for the oversight and development of clinical resources and communications for the Vizient pharmacy membership. Stacy has more than a decade of experience as a drug information specialist in group purchasing organizations. She also has drug information experience in the academic, industry and acute care settings. She holds a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed a specialized drug information residency at Purdue University/Eli Lilly/IU Health. She is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist.
Ginger has provided her client base with comprehensive clinical and financial stewardship opportunities that deliver sustainable value. She brings a depth of senior management experience in standardizing formularies, services and processes across organizations. Ginger’s skill set includes experience in strategic sourcing; 340B; system organization leadership; technology implementation; computerized physician order entry; standardization of services between facilities, including sourcing and formulary management; interim leadership; retail and specialty pharmacy; development of residency programs; and development, implementation and expansion of new and existing pharmacy services. She received her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her master’s in business administration with a specialty in health care administration at the New England College, and completed a pharmacy practice residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
  • Jade Vitug, PharmD (current)
    As the current PGY2 pharmacy informatics resident, Jade is excited to learn about and contribute to the operations of the pharmacy team. In addition to pharmacy informatics, her professional interests include pharmacy analytics, outcomes research, diabetes, oncology, cardiology, and underserved patient populations. She received her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco and completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California. Jade is originally from the tropical island of Guam. In her free time, she enjoys trying new food and beer, binge-watching shows on Netflix, traveling, playing video games and watching cute animals on the internet.
  • Cassandra Miller, PharmD (2017-2018)
    Cassandra currently works as a system clinical pharmacist focusing on clinical benchmarking and utilization management initiatives for the UNC Health Care System in North Carolina. Her past training experience focused on population health in a managed Medicaid and Medicare patient population. Cassandra received doctorate in pharmacy and master’s of science in health informatics from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.
  • Bryan Shaw, PharmD (2016-2017)

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