Jefferson University Hospitals

PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Drug Information

The Drug Information residency program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals was established in 1982. This specialized residency program was the second to be accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).

The objective of this PGY2 Drug Information Pharmacy Residency is to provide an intensive training experience in provision of evidence-based medical information, medication policy development, and medication safety.

Jefferson's Drug Information Center responds to approximately 150 calls per month from healthcare professionals within the Jefferson Health System.

The drug information staff, including residents, coordinate activities of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee and its subcommittees, facilitate the development of medication use policies, precept pharmacy residents and students, educate pharmacy and medical staff, and oversee the formulary management process. The Center staff review and respond to adverse drug events (ADEs) reported to the hospital.

The resident’s activities encompass medical information, clinical, and administrative responsibilities.  The resident will have the opportunity to:

  • Respond to drug information requests from healthcare professionals
  • Assist in coordination of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee and its Subcommittees
  • Serve as recording secretary of the P&T Committee
  • Develop skills in communicating information in an interdisciplinary setting
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate medication use policies
  • Develop, conduct, and present a drug usage evaluation
  • Conduct a residency project
  • Contribute to the clinical services of the department (eg, perform pharmacokinetic consults and antibiotic approvals)
  • Lecture at the Jefferson College of Pharmacy (JCP) at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Serve as a preceptor to Doctor of Pharmacy students from JCP and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP)
  • Prepare and present an ACPE-accredited continuing education program
  • Investigate and document medication related events
  • Participate in adverse drug event tracking, evaluating and reporting
  • Prepare written medical information and edit material prepared by others
  • Practice in the Investigational Drug Service Pharmacy
  • Participate in pharmacoeconomic assessments
  • Participate in The Joint Commission continual survey readiness process
  • Evaluate promotional materials from pharmaceutical manufacturers

This PGY2 pharmacy residency is geared toward those individuals interested in pursuing careers in medical information, medication policy development, medication safety, outcomes research and pharmacoeconomics.

Apply online via the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

Thank you for your interest in the PGY2 Drug Information Pharmacy Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. The residency offers a special opportunity to train with an experienced and recognized staff of drug information specialists. The information on the website is intended to furnish a general description of our department and our program. lf you desire further information, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have or put you in contact with some of our current or former residents.

The Residency in Drug Information was developed in 1982 to offer an intensive training experience in provision of evidence-based medical information, medication policy development, and medication safety. The residency has been accredited by ASHP since 1985. Our alumni hold major positions within academic, industry and institutional settings. Additionally, several of our alumni are enjoying successful careers in various areas of medical writing and marketing.

The residency is flexible, permitting us to individualize the emphasis to meet the desires of the resident. Activities of the resident encompass medical information, clinical and administrative responsibilities.

The resident will have the opportunity to:

  • Respond to drug information requests from healthcare professionals
  • Assist in coordination of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee and its Subcommittees
  • Serve as recording secretary of the P&T Committee
  • Develop skills in communicating information in an interdisciplinary setting
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate medication use policies
  • Develop, conduct, and present a drug usage evaluation
  • Conduct a residency project
  • Contribute to the clinical services of the department (e.g., perform pharmacokinetic consults and antibiotic approvals)
  • Lecture at the Jefferson College of Pharmacy (JCP) at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Serve as a preceptor to Doctor of Pharmacy students from JCP and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP)
  • Prepare and present an ACPE-accredited continuing education program
  • Investigate and document medication related events
  • Participate in adverse drug event tracking, evaluating and reporting
  • Prepare written medical information and edit material prepared by others
  • Practice in the Investigational Drug Service Pharmacy
  • Participate in pharmacoeconomic assessments
  • Participate in The Joint Commission continual survey readiness process
  • Evaluates promotional materials from pharmaceutical manufacturers

The amount of time spent in each of these areas is dependent upon the resident's individual interests. The resident is also encouraged to suggest other experiences. There is a required service component that extends the residency commitment beyond the forty-hour week. Much of the staffing experience is spent serving as pharmacist-in-charge with the residents primarily performing administrative functions and clinical services provided by the department.

The Residency will begin on or about July 1. As an accredited PGY2 program, the Residency is listed with the ASHP Residency Matching Program. We request your completed application by December 29, 2017.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about the Residency in Drug Information. We look forward to speaking with you and will supply any additional information you may require.

Sincerely,

Ellena Anagnostis, MS, PharmD, BCPS
Program Director, Drug Information Pharmacy Residency
Ellena.Anagnostis@jefferson.edu
(215) 955-9029

Want to learn more about the Jefferson Drug Information Residency Program? Please contact:

Ellena Anagnostis, MS, PharmD, BCPS
Director, Drug Information Pharmacy Residency
Drug Information Specialist

(215) 955-9029
Ellena.Anagnostis@jefferson.edu

Via Mail:
Residency Program Director
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Gibbon Building, Suite 22ó0
111 South 11th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5098

Do I need to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting?

Attendance at the ASHP Midyear Meeting is not required. However, Pharmacy Staff will be available at the meeting to answer questions and provide additional information about the program. Whether or not you attend the Midyear, do not hesitate to contact the program director for more information.

What are the requirements for application to the Drug Information Residency Program?

  • Apply online via the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).
    • Letter of Intent
    • Official Transcripts
    • Curriculum Vitae
  • PharmD from an accredited school of Pharmacy
  • Licensure within the state of Pennsylvania by September 1st
  • Successful completion of an accredited PGY1 Residency or the equivalent
  • Registration with the ASHP Residency Match Program

When Are Applications Due?

Completed applications are due by December 29, 2017. Interviews will be conducted, with selected applicants, in January after all applications are reviewed.

How Many Drug Information Residency Positions are Available?

There is one Drug Information Pharmacy Resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

When Does the Residency Start?

The residency begins on or around July 1

What Kind of Experiences Can I Expect to Have as a Drug Information Resident?

  • Respond to drug information requests from healthcare professionals
  • Assist in coordination of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee and its Subcommittees
  • Serve as recording secretary of the P&T Committee
  • Develop skills in communicating information in an interdisciplinary setting
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate medication use policies
  • Develop, conduct, and present a drug usage evaluation
  • Conduct a residency project
  • Contribute to the clinical services of the department (e.g., perform pharmacokinetic consults and antibiotic approvals)
  • Lecture at the Jefferson College of Pharmacy (JCP) at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Serve as a preceptor to Doctor of Pharmacy students from JCP and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP)
  • Prepare and present an ACPE-accredited continuing education program
  • Investigate and document medication related events
  • Participate in adverse drug event tracking, evaluating and reporting
  • Prepare written medical information and edit material prepared by others
  • Practice in the Investigational Drug Service Pharmacy
  • Participate in pharmacoeconomic assessments
  • Participate in The Joint Commission continual survey readiness process
  • Evaluate promotional materials from pharmaceutical manufacturers

What Teaching Opportunities Exist?

The Pharmacy Department is committed to providing numerous educational programs for a variety of healthcare professionals. By participating in opportunities that exist at the Jefferson College of Pharmacy (JCP) and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP), the residents are able to develop a broad range of teaching skills. These opportunities include presenting formal didactic lectures to pharmacy students; precepting undergraduate pharmacy students from JCP and PCP; and serving as an instructor in a classroom setting for students at JCP. In addition, residents are required to prepare and present an ACPE-accredited continuing education program and present a platform presentation at the Eastern States Conference for Preceptors and Residents.

What is the Staffing Requirement of the Residency?

Currently, the resident’s staffing commitment consists of one evening every other week, approximately every 4th weekend, and one major holiday per year.

How is the Residency Coordinated?

A Residency Advisory Committee, including staff members who are former residents, provides overall direction for the program. The Residency Program Director administers the Drug Information Residency and assures that each resident receives optimal exposure to various areas of drug information practice.

To obtain more information about the Drug Information Residency, interested applicants are encouraged to contact the program director.

What is the Stipend & What Benefits are Offered?

The stipend for the upcoming year is expected to be approximately $57,000, paid bi-weekly over a period of 26 pay periods. An excellent benefits package is also included: health insurance, vacation, days off for weekends and holidays worked, and holidays, meal allowance, and discounts on public parking and public transportation, lab coats and travel reimbursement.

Is Workspace Provided to the Resident?

Yes, the resident is provided with a desk equipped with a personal computer. On the PC, the resident is able to gain access to the hospital network including patient profiles, laboratory data, Medline®, UpToDate®, Lexicomp®, email and standard office applications (Microsoft Office®).  The resident is also provided an iPad for use during the residency year.

Is licensure in Pennsylvania required?

Yes, residents are expected to become licensed in Pennsylvania by September 1, 2018. Licensure permits the resident to accept full responsibility and accountability for the care of patients, an essential outcome of residency training. Delays in becoming licensed in Pennsylvania jeopardize the resident's ability to meet the residency program outcomes.

Please note: The Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy requires completion of at least 1,500 intern hours of which a maximum of 1,000 intern hours may be earned through an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy's academic program. At least 500 intern hours must be earned outside of school and in a licensed pharmacy. The Board may accept the full-time practice of pharmacy for one year in another U.S. state or the completion of a one-year pharmacy residency program in lieu of required intern hours. We encourage you to review your own state's rules regarding the registration, reporting, and transfer of intern hours as well as Pennsylvania licensure requirements (www.dos.pa.gov/pharm). Please do not hesitate to discuss any questions you have regarding licensure with individual program directors.

Meet Our PGY2 Drug Information Pharmacy Resident

Morlino

Anna Marie (Annie) Morlino, PharmD, successfully completed this residency in June of 2017. She completed her undergraduate education at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ and her pharmacy education at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Subsequently, she spent her PGY1 Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  Annie enjoys football season “GO EAGLES!” reading books, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.  “Jefferson was a perfect fit for me to complete my PGY1 and PGY2 because it provides endless amounts of opportunities to work closely with renowned practitioners. Furthermore, the hospital has cultivated a close-knit, family-like feel that makes the environment ideal for learning and a pleasant place to work.”  Annie chose to remain at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after completing her residency and is practicing as a Drug Information specialist. A few of her responsibilities will be to continue to contribute to medication use policy development, support the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and provide medical information for the facility.