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PGY2 Pharmacy Training


University Hospitals is one of the nation’s leading healthcare systems. It provides high-quality, patient-centered medical care at hundreds of locations throughout Northeast Ohio.

The system’s 1,032-bed tertiary medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, is an academic affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. This academic medical center includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, among the nation’s best children’s hospitals; UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center; and UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only hospital for women.

With more than 26,000 physicians and employees, our system is Northeast Ohio’s second-largest private-sector employer. UH performs more than 5.8 million outpatient procedures and nearly 62,000 inpatient discharges annually.

University Hospitals’ goal is to provide comprehensive primary and community-based care – the kind of healthcare people need most – as well as access to the highest-quality specialty care when necessary.

Pharmacy Residency

The UH Cleveland Medical Center postgraduate year two (PGY2) specialty residency in medication use safety and policy is a one-year postgraduate training program designed to transition PGY1 residency graduates from generalist practice to specialized practice that meets the needs of system wide management of the medication-use system at a large health system. This training focuses on integrating clinical, safety, policy, formulary, informatics, and drug distribution systems to optimize drug therapy for the University Hospitals Health System. Special focus is given to formulary management and medication safety, with aspects of quality improvement, analytics, informatics, accreditation, compliance, and administration. The resident will participate in system functions throughout the fifteen hospital health-system and locally at Cleveland Medical Center.

During the residency year, our resident will become an integral member of the system pharmacy department team, learning our systems and providing valuable new perspectives from their own experiences. Our team practices strong leadership and project management skills in our own day to day work; we hope to impart these valuable skills into our resident’s work practices. Our goal is to provide experience and learning such that the resident will be able to independently function as a System Pharmacy team member during their final/mastery month. Graduates of this residency program will be prepared to pursue a multitude of careers including Medication Safety, Medication Use Policy, Formulary Management, Drug Information. Throughout the residency experience, the resident will develop individual and professional skills that result in a highly marketable practitioner.

PGY2 Program Purpose

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Graduating PGY2 Specialty Residents will:

  • Participate in medication use safety improvement through involvement in the day-to-day operations in managing the system medication safety program
  • Review medication errors, participate in root cause analyses, and participate in the Medication Safety Committee
  • Participate in formulary and policy development through involvement in the day-to-day operations in managing system adult and system pediatric formulary programs
  • Participate in supply chain, drug shortage management, and drug contracting activities, as it relates to formulary management
  • Participate in pharmacy compliance/regulatory and accreditation activities, such as continuous readiness tracers
  • Present as a competent, confident and compassionate practitioner
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of the profession and continued personal growth
  • Create, promote and participate as a part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify opportunities for improvement within a practice and practice site
  • Provide education to professional and nonprofessional audiences, utilizing effective communication skills
  • Demonstrate a foundation of leadership skills in pharmacy practice

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