Pharmacy Informatics Specialty Residency (PGY2)

Program Outcomes

Outcome R1: Evaluate opportunities for improving patient outcomes through the application of pharmacy informatics principles, standards and best practices.

Outcome R2: Foster effective decision support for members of interdisciplinary health care teams.

Outcome R3: Ensure accuracy of documentation and communication of medication orders by utilizing a standard messaging vehicle, standard vocabularies and clinically validated data.

Outcome R4: Promote the safe and effective utilization of technology and automation systems for pharmacy operations.

Outcome R5: Execute a project life cycle for a significant pharmacy information technology or automation initiative.

Outcome R6: Function as a leader in the field of pharmacy informatics.  

Purpose Statement

The informatics residency (PGY2) is a 12-month 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.


PhORCAS application preferred:

If unable to participate in PhORCAS, complete application in the Residency Manual

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 (PGY1) 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