Pharmacy Informatics Specialty Residency
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Program Goals
Develop an understanding of maintenance and support infrastructure required for pharmacy automation
Develop and maintain a process for evaluating and implementing novel as well as existing technologies
Develop an understanding of legal and regulatory procedures related to pharmacy automation
Understand technology and resource requirements to develop, implement, and manage new pharmacy applications

Purpose Statement
The pharmacy informatics specialty residency is a 1-year program designed to foster knowledge and appreciation for the potential advantages and limitations of new technology used to gather and disseminate information within the practice of pharmacy in a vertically and horizontally integrated health care system.

Residents completing the program will gain experience with implementing pharmacy management objectives, drug-use policies, investigational services, pharmacy operations, clinical and decentralized pharmacy services, and meeting financial goals through the use of technology.

A brief, structured approach will be provided to familiarize residents with departmental procedures; introduce them to department management, administration, and support activities.

Stipend and Benefits
A yearly stipend is paid to all residents, and a health insurance plan is provided. Residents receive two weeks of paid vacation and uninterrupted stipend during minor illness. Travel assistance is provided for continuing education events and other professional activities.

Applicants should submit the following materials to the pharmacy residency coordinator: 

 A current resume or curriculum vitae.
 An application form
 A list of professional references (including at least one from the applicant’s most recent pharmacy degree program) with addresses and telephone numbers; applicants should also have three professional letters of reference or reference forms submitted directly.
Transcripts of all pharmacy related education (copies of official transcripts are acceptable). 
 A cover letter indicating career goals, why advanced training is desired, and aspects of prior training that demonstrate preparation.

Typically, transcripts and references take longer to be completed than other application items. Applicants, therefore, are encouraged to initiate these first. Statements of grade point averages will be accepted conditionally to begin the file review, provided that transcripts follow. An on-site interview at the applicant’s expense is required. All interviews are by invitation.

As Sentara Healthcare is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, ethnic origin, or disability.

Applicants must be a Doctor of Pharmacy degree graduate of an accredited school or college of pharmacy, have completed a pharmacy practice residency or possess equivalent years clinical experience in pharmacy and the information technology field, and be eligible for pharmacist licensure in Virginia. If accepted into the program, the individual must obtain a valid license to practice pharmacy in the State of Virginia. The successful applicant must possess exceptional knowledge, communication skills, and leadership qualities.

Rotations Available

Core Rotations

Project Management - Longitudinal
Infrastructure -5 Weeks
Clinical Documentation - 5 Weeks
Clinical Alerting - 5 Weeks
Databases and Applications - 5 Weeks
Interfaces - 5 Weeks

IT Security-  5 Weeks
End User Education/Training - 5 Weeks
Exchange Rotation - 5 Weeks
Automated Dispensing Devices - 5 Weeks
Managed Care - 5 Weeks

Call Rotation – One week of call approximately every two months. Subject to change.

Send application materials and direct requests for more information to:

Raymond C. Chan, PharmD
Informatics Residency Director
Pharmacy IS Specialist
Sentara Independence
800 Independence Blvd, Suite 400
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Phone: (757) 252-0207
Fax: (757) 963-8410

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