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National Match Code: 745674

PGY2 Informatics Program Director
Jill M Zimmerman, MS, PharmD
Telephone: 414-777-3299

PGY2 Informatics Program Coordinator
Brian Dekarske, PharmD

Duration/Type: 12-month residency
Number of Positions: 1
Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2021
Starting Date: July 2022
Stipend: $49,920

Residency Manual

The  purpose of this PGY2 pharmacy residency program is to 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.


The PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics program will prepare residents to assume the role of a pharmacy informaticist. Projects and longitudinal activities will relate to the resident’s interest in pharmacy informatics and technology. The resident will be exposed to electronic health record management (inpatient, ambulatory and oncology), automation and operational administration, medication management and smart pump analytics, medication safety applied to technology, design and human factors, clinical decision support, operational reporting and analytics, and informatics administration.

Residents will:

  • Complete a certification for Epic Willow Inpatient.
  • Have exposure to multiple informatics teams.
  • Have opportunities to precept residents and APPE students on pharmacy informatics rotation.
  • Be encouraged to pursue external publications and presentations.

Upon graduation, residents are prepared for roles in a variety of health care related informatics disciplines. Our pharmacy informatics team supports medication use throughout a regional health network composed of an academic medical center, two community hospitals and an extensive network of primary and specialty care health centers and clinics. The team has significant experience and expertise in health information technology, electronic health record management and clinical decision support.

Requirements for Acceptance

  • Completion of PGY1 pharmacy residency
  • Applicants are required to submit a program application through PhORCAS. Please follow the application instructions.

Learning Experiences

Required Rotations

  • Automation and Operational Administration — 4 weeks
  • Capstone — 4 weeks
  • Clinical Decision Support — 4 weeks
  • Electronic Health Records (Ambulatory) — 4 weeks
  • Electronic Health Records (Inpatient) — 4 weeks
  • Electronic Health Records (Oncology) — 4 weeks
  • Informatics Administration — 4 weeks
  • Informatics On-Call and End-User Support — longitudinal (6 months total in second half of residency year)
  • Longitudinal Research Project (year-long)
  • Medication Management and Smart Pump Analytics — 3 weeks
  • Medication Safety Applied to Technology — 3 weeks
  • Orientation — 4 weeks
  • Staffing and Electronic Health Record Optimization — longitudinal, year-long

Elective Rotations

  • Analytics — 2 weeks
  • Design and Human Factors — 1 week
  • Operational Reporting — 2 weeks

Requirements and Expectations

The following are some of the requirements and expectations of participants in the PGY2 Informatics Pharmacy Residency at Froedtert Hospital:

  1. Professional Organization Membership
    • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
  2. Conferences
    • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
    • Epic Expert Group Meeting — required
    • Epic User Group Meeting — optional
    • Milwaukee Residency Conferences (six/year)
    • Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference — optional
    • PSW Annual Meeting — optional
  3. Formal Presentations
    • Vizient Resident Poster Presentation
    • Epic User or Expert Group Meeting — recommended
    • GLPRC PowerPoint Presentation — optional
    • PSW Poster Presentation — optional
  4. Pharmacy Staffing
    • Approximately seven weeks of 10-hour shifts throughout the year (Monday – Friday, 10-hour shifts in decentral areas)
    • Approximately 10 weekends throughout the year (Saturday – Sunday, 10-hour shifts in decentral areas)
    • Two 10-hour holidays based on staffing needs
  5. Departmental Meetings
    • Various routine informatics team meetings
    • Weekly resident discussions
    • Rotation-specific meetings as appropriate
  6. Licensure
    • Licensed as a pharmacist in the state of Wisconsin is required by 90 days of the residency start date
    • Certified in Epic Willow Inpatient by 90 days of the residency start date
  7. Other
    • Minimum eight hours/day (Monday – Friday)
    • Assist and support department in additional ways as needed
    • Complete assignments and evaluations on a timely basis
    • Participate in recruitment for incoming residency class
    • Precept students/PGY1 residents on an ad-hoc basis