Our program

Join the best and brightest who have gained the skills necessary to leverage the power of data and lead in an everchanging healthcare climate, fueling enhanced and sustainable solutions across the profession.

This Program offers experiences across the Vizient enterprise, giving you the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the use of informatics, analytics and leadership in decision-making. Experiences in leadership, advanced programming, and database management will help you become a thought leader in the informatics and pharmacy leadership.

The Vizient pharmacy analytics and informatics team continually pushes the envelope to provide our members actionable data to support their efforts to drive cost-effective care and improve clinical outcomes. As the Pharmacy Informatics and Supply Chain Leadership (PISCL) resident, you're integral to this work. This residency will prepare you to:

  • Engage and network with experienced preceptors and mentors with diverse backgrounds from health care to analytics, as well as leaders from Vizient member institutions.
  • Become a leader in the informatics arena and prepare you to succeed in a range of pharmacy-related roles.
  • Leverage data and analytics effectively in an evolving global pharmaceutical supply chain and clinical environment to help drive improved clinical outcomes.

Eligibility requirements

  • 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)
  • Equivalent experience will be considered in the application process. If a candidate is selected under this criteria they will be classified as a Fellow.
  • Active pharmacy licensure or eligibility for licensure in the state of Texas

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Application process

Preliminary applicant interviews will be held virtually through the ASHP Personal Placement Service (PPS) during the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December. Due to changes in the format of the Midyear, specifics are subject to ASHP’s decision making.

Our Program does not use the ASHP PhORCAS application, therefore applicants must supply:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
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Program overview

  • Program location: 290 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Irving, TX 75062
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Number of positions: 2
  • Start date: July 5, 2023
  • Estimated stipend: $70,000

The application deadline for our 2023-2024 Program cycle is Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. CST

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Why join our program

Travel
  • Occasional travel for residency purposes may be required.
  • Travel expenses are reimbursed for meetings and rotation activities approved by the residency program director.
  • Professional meetings may include the Vizient Summit, American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting, and Vizient University Health System Consortium.
Holidays and paid time off (PTO)
  • The PISCL trainee is allotted 14 total days of PTO 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
  • PISCL trainees 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 PISCL trainee is assigned a personal desk space, laptop computer with docking station, double monitors, file storage and office supplies.
  • The trainee 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 analytics and informatics within our team, learn about the role of the informatics and analytics team, receive an introduction to the group purchasing organization (GPO) business and understand the data and informatics footprint throughout the greater pharmacy team, across the organization, and member organizations.
  • Forecast Analytics: The resident will learn about the methodology and aggregation of data used in the Vizient Pharmacy Market Outlook and related analysis.
  • 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 informatics: The resident will mine clinical databases and generate reports to benchmark cost-effective and clinically appropriate utilization of medications and related outcomes.
  • Pharmacy Networks: The resident will learn about the process of data evaluation, assessment, recommendation, development and implementation of best practices across health systems collaborating together. These aggregate networks provide opportunities to improve quality, optimize efficiencies, reduce costs, improve collaboration between pharmacists and clinical teams, and avoid unnecessary waste.

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.
  • Residency project: With the assistance of co-authors, the resident will complete a longitudinal research project in an area of interest.
  • APPE precepting lead resident: see precepting section above
  • Longitudinal committee assignments: Each resident will be provided the option of several committees to join, both internally and externally. Each assignment will be approximately 6 months in duration, with at least two committees assigned per residency year.

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 basedevidence-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 welcomes approximately 25 pharmacy students annually on advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) rotations from twelve colleges of pharmacy across the nation. Additionally, there are approximately 4 pharmacy internship positions throughout 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.

Leadership and preceptors

Bryan Shaw
Bryan Shaw, PharmD, DPLA, Senior Director, Pharmacy Analytics and Informatics

Bryan, our PISCL fellowship and residency program director, is an informatics-trained pharmacist who oversees the pharmacy analytics and informatics 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.

 

 

Larry Huang
Larry Huang, PharmD, Director, Pharmacy Analytics & Informatics

Larry, our PISCL fellowship and residency program coordinator, is from Austin, TX and completed his Doctorate in Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin. Afterwards, he finished a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Indiana University Health and a PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency at Vizient. He stayed with the Vizient Pharmacy Analytics and Informatics team after completion. Currently, he coordinates the Pharmacy Price Verification program, assists in various analytics initiatives, and is the residency and fellowship coordinator. In his free time, Larry enjoys working out at the gym, cooking, trying new coffee shops and eating patty melts.

 

 

Preceptors

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Current residents

Purvi Patel, PharmD, PISCL Fellow

Purvi is a Dallas local and completed her PharmD from Texas Tech School of Pharmacy. She is thrilled to return to Vizient after completing a rotation at the company as a student. Her interest in informatics started when she was a student and was given opportunities to work with databanks and learn analytical skills through preceptors. In her free time, she enjoys going for walks with her dog, traveling, and binge watching tv shows.

Brian Ortega, PharmD, PISCL PGY2 Resident

Brian is originally from Phoenix Arizona and completed his Doctorate in Pharmacy at the University of Utah. He went on to complete an inpatient PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston Texas. His experience with the informatics team at UTMB pushed him to pursue a PGY-2 at Vizient and is excited to be part of the Vizient team. During his spare time, he enjoys watching sports (Basketball and soccer) and staying active by visiting national parks and road cycling.

Aashish is excited to return to Vizient as a PISCL PGY2 resident after previously completing a rotation at the company as a pharmacy student. Aashish is originally from Austin, TX and completed his Doctorate in Pharmacy at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis. Afterwards, he went on to complete a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Tabula Rasa HealthCare in Moorestown, NJ. In his free time, Aashish enjoys playing tennis, working out, and exploring local spots to eat and drink. After graduating the PISCL program, Aashish stayed on with the company as an Analytics Program Manager.

Past residents

Our past residents continue to build on their expertise at leading health care organizations across the nation, including Vizient. Learn more about our past residents by downloading a full list.

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