Pharmacy Informatics Residency Program

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

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  • 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

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Why join our residency program?

Travel

  • 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.

Core rotations
  • 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. 
Elective rotations
  • 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.

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Meet our preceptors and program leadership

Bryan, residency program director, is an informatics-trained pharmacist who oversees the pharmacy analytics team and supervises 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 of pharmacy practice through ASHP and local organizations. He received his doctorate in pharmacy (PharmD) degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
Amanda, residency program coordinator, currently oversees Pharmacy Price Verification and the Pediatric Drug Shortages Project —a year-long collaborative project between Vizient and the Children's Hospital Association (CHA), dedicated to investigating the impact of drug shortages on pediatric hospitals. After completing a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, NM, Amanda co-founded an Emergency Medicine Pharmacist (EMP) program for Texas Health HEB Hospital in Bedford, TX, where she served as an EMP until coming to Vizient. Amanda is BCPS certified and received her doctorate in pharmacy (PharmD) from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy.
Carina, residency program coordinator, specializes in oncology and is responsible for creating and maintaining resources for the Vizient membership related to hematology/oncology and high-cost drugs. Carina has longstanding experience in hematology/oncology in the acute care hospital setting as well as in outpatient chemotherapy infusion centers mostly at 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 (PharmD) from Roseman University School of Pharmacy and is a board-certified oncology pharmacist.
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 (PharmD) from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in St. Louis, Missouri.
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 (PharmD) from Midwestern University. She completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Rush University Medical Center in 2012.
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 (PharmD) from Midwestern University and master’s degree in business administration from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
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 (PharmD) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her master’s in business administration (MBA) with a specialty in health care administration at the New England College, and completed a pharmacy practice residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Gretchen provides support and direction to the Vizient Pharmacy Advisory Services team and brings more than 20 years of experience in healthcare. Prior to joining Vizient, Gretchen served as a Director of Clinical Pharmacy, Residency Program Director and Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at a large tertiary care academic medical center in Pennsylvania as well as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist for a clinical drug information provider.  She also provided consultant pharmacist services to a Wisconsin skilled nursing facility. Gretchen's areas of expertise and professional skills include: clinical pharmacy services; pediatric pharmacotherapy; medication quality and safety; medication cost avoidance strategies; drug shortage and formulary management; medication use policy; clinical research and pharmacy informatics with a focus on pediatrics. Gretchen received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, completed an ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at Meriter Hospital in Madison, WI and an ASHP-accredited Pediatric Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy.
Jaie manages a team of data scientists, clinical subject experts, and programmers all working together to deliver high quality clinical data insights to hundreds of hospitals across the country. He has always had a thirst to understand the hows and whys of everything as well as a passion for science, healthcare and information technology. Jaie received his doctorate in pharmacy (PharmD) from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and masters in health management and informatics from the University of Missouri.
Jered's team is responsible for several aspects of our industry-leading Pharmacy Program including: Pharmacy Price Verification, Failure to Supply, Rx RFP response and cost studies, Pharmacy Value Tracker, Pharmacy Reports, Vizient Fee-For-Service Pharmacy Analytics, Vizient’s PGY2 pharmacy residency program and Vizient's advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Jered has over 20 years of licensed pharmacist experience with over 11 years among the GPO business. His professional contributions include multiple publications and many years as an active and involved member of several professional pharmacy organizations. Jered received his doctorate in pharmacy (PharmD) from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and a certificate in data and analytics through Cornell University. In his spare time, Jered enjoys eating junior whoppers.
Jonathan is responsible for the BJH pharmacy supply chain (e.g. procurement, distribution, repackaging, pharmaceutical inventory management, and diversion control) and business/revenue cycle functions. He currently serves as Chair of the Vizient Pharmacy Supply Chain Optimization Committee. Jonathan is a graduate from St. Louis College of Pharmacy where he received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degrees. He also received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
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 (MBA) 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.
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 (PharmD) and master's of public administration (MPA) degrees from Drake University and began her career at Vizient as a fellow in 2008.
Sara is a pharmacist with the Clinical Data Applications and Insights team who develops clinical analytics and insights for internal Vizient teams and member hospitals. Before joining Vizient, she worked as a clinical pharmacy specialist in critical care and as a clinical coordinator with experience in drug utilization and formulary management, medication safety and drug shortages. Sara received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy, and completed PGY1 pharmacy practice and PGY2 critical care specialty residency training at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. She maintains board certification in pharmacotherapy and critical care pharmacy.
Shannon is a physician informaticist at Vizient, where he leads work on data warehousing, interoperability and informatics. Prior to Vizient, he was Chief Analytics Officer for both an academic medical center and an early stage healthcare IT company. Shannon has served on multiple advisory boards related to quality measurement and healthcare IT, including chair roles for multiple technical expert panels. He received his doctorate in medicine (MD) from Rush Medical College, completed an internal medicine internship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, was a Robert Woods Johnson Fellow in public health informatics and received his doctorate in philosophy (PhD) in biomedical informatics from the University of Utah.
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 (PharmD) 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.
  • 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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