National Match Code: 689877

PGY2 Medication-Use Safety and Policy Program Director
Kristin Hanson, BS Pharm, MS
Medication Safety Officer
Telephone: 414-805-2991
Fax: 414-805-9283

PGY2 Medication-Use Safety and Policy Program Coordinator
Mary Frances Picone, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Center for Medication Utilization
Phone: 414-805-5705

Duration/Type: 12-month residency
Number of Positions: 1
Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2019
Starting Date: July 2020
Stipend: $49,920
Interview Required: Yes


The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Medication Utilization (CMU) promotes the safe, effective, and fiscally responsible use of medications across the Froedtert & MCW health network. The PGY2 Medication-Use Safety and Policy resident is an integral part of the CMU team and Department of Pharmacy. The resident assists in driving many of the medication-use initiatives and policies across the organization.

The Froedtert Hospital PGY2 Medication-Use Safety and Policy Residency is a 12-month program that helps develop advanced skills in formulary management, drug information, medication safety, and medication-use policy within an academic health system. The residency is designed to prepare the resident to practice in a variety of health care settings including health-system pharmacy, academia, industry, population health, or managed care. The program provides comprehensive training and leadership opportunities in medication utilization, formulary management, didactic and experiential teaching, medication safety, medication-use policy, budgeting, analytics, informatics, pharmacy operations and shortages, medical writing, research, and scholarly publication.

The PGY2 Medication-Use Safety and Policy Resident will play a vital role in the following:

  • Health-system formulary management
  • Integration of evidence-based medicine into health-system practice
  • Development of medication-use policy and procedures
  • Smart pump programming and analytics
  • Review and investigation of medication event reports
  • Prospective assessment of risk points in the medication use process
  • Promotion of a culture of safety across the health system
  • Performance improvement and value-based care initiatives
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Pharmacy and hospital committees
  • Optimization of medication-use practice resources
  • Education of pharmacy residents and students
  • Scholarly projects and publications
  • Involvement in professional organizations at a state and national level

Requirements for Acceptance

  • Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program.
  • Eligibility for licensure in the state of Wisconsin by September.
  • Applicants are required to submit a program application through PhORCAS. Please follow the application instructions.
  • A total of 2 original writing projects completed during the PGY1 residency year should be condensed into a single file and uploaded in the Supplemental Documents section of PhORCAS. Examples of supplemental writing materials include monographs, medication use evaluations, guidelines, protocols, formal drug information questions, or newsletter articles.
  • A 20-minute presentation is required as part of the interview process.

Learning Experiences

Required Rotations

  • Training (residents new to Froedtert Hospital)
  • Drug Information
  • Advanced Drug Information
  • Medication Safety
  • Advanced Medication Safety
  • Formulary Management
  • Pharmacy Operations and Shortages
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Data Analytics
  • Medical Writing and Publication
  • Precepting
  • Medication-Use Policy Operations (longitudinal in 2 separate quarters)
  • Safety and Leadership (longitudinal in 2 separate quarters)
  • Research Project (longitudinal)
  • Acute Care Clinical Practice (longitudinal)

Elective Rotations

  • Academia
  • Advanced Formulary Management
  • Advanced Medical Writing
  • Advanced Operations and Technology
  • Clinical Stewardship (oncology, anticoagulation, antimicrobial, pain)
  • Investigational Drug Services and Clinical Trial Design
  • Organizational Quality and Safety
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Smart Pump Analytics
  • Capstone (mastery month focused in the area where resident has accepted a position; last rotation of the year)
  • Offsite opportunities (as available)

Past PGY2 Drug Information Residents

  • 2018 – 2019: Brittany Lee Karas, PharmD, is a drug information clinical pharmacist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill.
  • 2016 – 2017: Daniel Kapp, PharmD, BCPS, is a drug information pharmacist at University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (UW Health) in Madison, Wis.
  • 2015 – 2016: Renee Pitt, PharmD, BCPS, is a drug information specialist at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 2014 – 2015: Alison Van Rossum, PharmD, BCPS, is a medication use clinical pharmacy specialist at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • 2013 – 2014: Rena Gosser, PharmD, BCPS, is a medication optimization pharmacist at University of Washington Medicine in Seattle, Wash.

Past PGY2 Medication-Use Safety Residents

  • 2017 – 2018: Taylor Mancuso, PharmD, is a medication utilization pharmacist at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wis.
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