Join the best and brightest who have gained both the knowledge and practical skills necessary to leverage the power of data in the medication use process. This residency offers experiences across the Vizient enterprise, giving you the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of the use of informatics in making decisions. A variety of experiences in leadership, advanced programming and database management will propel you toward becoming a leader in the informatics realm.
We are the nation's largest member-owned health care performance improvement company, and data analytics and informatics provide the backbone for everything we do. The pharmacy analytics team continually pushes the envelope to provide our members meaningful and actionable data to support their efforts to drive cost-effective care and improve clinical outcomes. As the pharmacy informatics resident, you're integral to advancing the data platforms our members use to optimize their pharmacy performance.
You'll finish the residency with:
- A more expansive view of how informatics enables you to leverage data effectively in the evolving medication use process
- A comprehensive understanding of the use of informatics from a clinical perspective
- An informatics leadership perspective in areas such as advanced programming and database management
- Program location: 290 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Irving, TX 75062
- Duration: 12 months
- Number of positions: 1
- Application deadline: Jan. 6, 2020, at 11 p.m. CT
- Start date: July 6, 2020
- Estimated stipend: $60,000
Why join our residency program?
- Travel expenses are reimbursed for meetings and rotation activities approved by the residency program director. Occasional travel for residency purposes may be required. Professional meetings may include the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and Vizient University Health System Consortium.
Holidays and paid time off (PTO)
- The PGY2 resident is allotted 14 total days of paid time off for personal vacation, holidays and sick leave. (Attendance at professional meetings is not considered PTO.)
- Holidays on which the office is closed: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Day.
Health care and 401K
- Residents are eligible for a benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance from their first day of employment. Employees are also eligible to participate in a Health Savings Account and 401(k) savings plan.
Office space and amenities
- The PGY2 pharmacy informatics resident is assigned a personal desk space, laptop computer with docking station, double monitors, file storage and office supplies. The resident also has access to printing, copying, faxing and scanning facilities.
Other benefits include access to learning and development programs and the employee discount program.
- Orientation: The resident will be introduced to Vizient and the pharmacy solutions team, get an overview of pharmacy systems and processes, begin to understand the preliminary workings of informatics within our team, learn about the role of the informatics and analytics team within the group purchasing organization (GPO) business and understand the data and informatics footprint throughout the greater pharmacy team and across the organization and member organizations.
- Forecast Analytics I & II: The resident will learn about the methodology and aggregation of data used in the Vizient Drug Price Forecast.
- Pharmacy sourcing and program services: With the sourcing department, the resident will learn about the development of contracting and supply chain agreements and the use of sophisticated data analytics to develop innovative strategies.
- Clinical applications 1: Clinical informatics: The resident will mine clinical databases and generate reports in order to benchmark cost-effective and clinically appropriate utilization of medications and related outcomes.
- Clinical applications 2: Clinical reporting: The clinical reporting rotation expands the resident’s clinical database skills. The resident will learn about the process of data aggregation, validation and analysis to identify trends in pharmacotherapy and metric tracking to support the Vizient Center for Pharmacy Practice Excellence.
Core longitudinal rotations
- Health system and operational informatics: The resident will understand the technologies used within health systems and experience informatics within a direct patient care environment.
- Advisory consulting: The resident will learn about the process of data evaluation, assessment, recommendation, development and implementation of health system advisory consulting to provide opportunities to improving quality, increase financial savings or both.
- Residency project: With the assistance of co-authors, the resident will complete a longitudinal research project in an area of interest.
- Administrative analytics: The resident will be introduced to the business tools available for daily managerial and administrative responsibilities and aspects of pharmacy leadership in a group purchasing organization. This rotation will expand the resident's understanding of how to apply management principles in a supply chain setting.
- Analytic resource development: The resident will learn about the planning, development and release of a new or revised analytics tool within the pharmacy analytics team. This rotation expands on the fundamental skills outlined in the introductory analytics rotation.
- Clinical analytics and data science: The resident will work with the Center for Advanced Analytics and Informatics team to learn how to incorporate data science, interoperability, and informatics to improve quality and efficiency of care.
- Drug information: The resident will expand their skills in how to integrate evidence based medicine into clinical decisions
- Informatics project management: The resident will participate in evaluating project ideas and determining risk and scope throughout the project lifecycle: development, roll-out, quality assurance and feedback.
- Executive pharmacy leadership: The resident will be learn how informatics and analytics are embedded into business and strategy and will be positioned to function as a leader not only within informatics but also in the wider pharmacy and health care settings.
- The PGY2 resident will precept students during their pharmacy informatics rotations as well as summer interns.
- Vizient takes 10 to 12 pharmacy students yearly on advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) rotations from three local colleges of pharmacy. Additionally, four pharmacy internship positions are available during the summer.
- The resident has the option to earn a teaching certificate from one of two local colleges of pharmacy and may customize the experience depending on prior teaching certificates earned. Activities may include educational workshops, preparing teaching materials, facilitating group discussions, delivering lectures and teaching an elective course.
- Graduation from a pharmacy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
- Completion of online application
- Completion (or pending completion) of a PGY1 pharmacy residency accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) or equivalent experience
- Active pharmacy licensure or eligibility for licensure in the state of Texas
Preliminary applicant interviews will be held at the ASHP Personal Placement Service (PPS) Vizient booth during the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December. Alternative accommodations can be made as needed. Applicants should register and request an interview through the ASHP PPS website. PPS or Midyear-related interviews are not required for consideration but are strongly recommended.
The Vizient PGY2 pharmacy informatics residency does not use the ASHP PhORCAS application. Applicants for the Vizient residency must supply:
- Curriculum vitae
- Letter of intent
- Three letters of recommendation
The application deadline is Jan. 6, 2020, at 11 p.m. CT.
Meet our preceptors and program leadership
- Larry Huang, PharmD (current)
As the current PGY2 pharmacy informatics resident, Larry is excited to learn about and contribute to the operations of the pharmacy team. In addition to pharmacy informatics, his professional interests include pharmacy analytics, statistics, and infectious diseases. He received his doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin and completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Indiana University Health, Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. In his free time, Larry enjoys working out at the gym, cooking, hiking and exploring new restaurants.
- Jade Vitug, PharmD (2018-2019
After completing the PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency at Vizient, Jade stayed on with the company as a Senior Portfolio Executive. In her current role, Jade manages national contracts for branded pharmaceutical products. She received her doctorate in pharmacy (PharmD) 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.
- Cassandra Miller, PharmD (2017-2018)
Cassandra currently works at Banner Health as a medication use practice specialist. After completing the PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency at Vizient, she worked 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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