Drug Information Residency

Drug Information Residency

About the Residency Program

The Center for Drug Information & Evidence-Based Practice at Creighton University offers a dynamic 1-year residency program (PGY1 or PGY2) in drug information with an emphasis in evidence-based practice. The program offers an intensive, rewarding experience in drug information practice that will develop skills and expertise that is suitable for a career path in a variety of settings. While providing an intensive experience in drug information practice, the residency is flexible enough to allow pursuit of individual interest areas. Residents are encouraged to explore areas of interest and gain exposure to a variety of practice settings.

Residency Site

The residency program is housed in the Center for Drug Information & Evidence-Based Practice at Creighton University. This facility is a 2000-sq.-ft. office space located within the Health Sciences Library.

Affiliated Sites/Organizations

CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center University Campus, CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center Immanuel and CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center Bergan Mercy. 

Duration

12 months (July 1 to June 30).

Accreditation

This residency is not accredited by an accrediting body. This is by choice of the program directors. The residency generally follows the definitions and guidelines set forth by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and would likely be accredited if accreditation was sought. However, at present time, the program directors have opted not to pursue accreditation.

Stipend/Benefits

$45,000 annually plus health benefits.

Academic Appointment

Instructor of Pharmacy Practice. 

Resident Qualifications

The resident should hold a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited U.S. pharmacy program before the start of the residency and be eligible for licensure in Nebraska. Previous pharmacy work experience or a residency in pharmacy practice is preferred, but not required. Demonstrated ability to communicate proficiently in writing and verbally is preferred.

Residency Experiences

The Drug Information Residency programs does not have blocked “rotations,” but does have a variety of experiences than occur throughout the 12 month period of the program.

1. Drug Information Consultation Service. The resident will become a competent practitioner in the area of drug information clinical practice by participating in the day-to-day operations and management of the drug information consultation service. This is a core competency that is emphasized throughout the duration of the program. The resident will provide evidence-based drug information consultations to health care professionals, working independently or collaboratively with Doctor of Pharmacy rotation students. This experience requires the resident to become proficient in evaluating and synthesizing large bodies of medical literature, complex medical decision making, and making clinical recommendations. A thorough understanding and skill in literature evaluation and evidence-based practice principles is required for this experience.

2. Medication Policy / Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee Support. The resident will play a key role in pharmacy and therapeutics committee support with affiliated institutions and other organizations. The resident will work independently and collaboratively with Doctor of Pharmacy rotation students to develop and present formulary monographs, therapeutic class reviews, and other medical policy activities.

3. Teaching & Education. Teaching is a core component of the residency. The resident will receive an academic appointment as Instructor of Pharmacy Practice. The resident will provide extensive advanced experiential training to Doctor of Pharmacy students during their required drug information rotation. The resident will have opportunities to teach in a didactic setting in for the course Literature Evaluation & Evidence-Based Practice and other courses.

4. Research. The resident will work collaboratively on research projects conducted through the Center for Drug Information & Evidence-Based Practice. A variety of research opportunities are available in the areas of clinical practice in drug information, scholarship of teaching and learning, meta-analysis and systematic reviews, and others. The resident will complete a minimum of one research project suitable for publication during the residency period.

Training Programs / Certificates

1. Teaching Certificate. The resident will participate in the required teaching certificate program offered at Creighton University. This longitudinal program will help develop foundational skills in curriculum development and teaching.

2. Evidence-Based Practice Certificate. The fellow will complete the required evidence-based practice certificate through the Center for Drug Information & Evidence-Based Practice. The program is intended to provide the foundational knowledge for evidence-based medical decision making including modules covering biostatistics, hypothesis testing, research design, developing a research protocol, and conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis.

3. Other. A variety of other opportunities are available throughout the residency year. Seminars on grant writing, leadership, research design, and others are available. Participation in these programs will be dependent on the interests of the resident and availability.

How to Apply

Submit by email or regular mail a letter of intent, CV, three (3) letters of recommendation and Doctor of Pharmacy program transcripts to:

Darren J. Hein, PharmD
Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Center for Drug Information & Evidence-Based Practice
School of Pharmacy & Health Professions
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
Email: darrenhein [at] creighton [dot] edu