Residency Programs: Medication Use Safety and Policy Pharmacy Residency (PGY-2)
With an emphasis in Informatics and Patient/Medication Safety
The specialized residency in medication use safety and policy was created to develop
an expert level of competency in the practical application of comprehensive medication
use safety. The program is managed under the guidelines established by the
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and is ASHP accredited.
Comprehensive activities are managed by the
Division of Therapeutic Policy Management (TPM) within the Pharmacy department.
Responsibilities of the Division include formulary management through the P&T Committee
and its various subcommittees, medication use evaluation, cost-avoidance and regulatory
compliance, adverse drug reaction reporting and administration of the Drug Information
Medication and patient safety is emphasized as TPM works closely with the multidisciplinary
Medication Safety Team. The TPM Division coordinates the hospital's adverse drug
reaction program and is involved in the medication error reporting process. Opportunities
to participate in root cause analysis for patient safety are available.
The Drug Information Service serves health care professionals and consumers in North
Florida and South Georgia. The service is a training site for doctor of pharmacy
students from the state's colleges of pharmacy as well as PGY-1 residents. Emphasis
is placed on developing skills in literature evaluation and appropriate application
of biostatistics. Interactive teaching experiences are available during the student
rotation, and through participation in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy's
evidence based medicine classes. Opportunities to complete a teaching certificate
The Division of Therapeutic Policy Management prepares and publishes official publications
of the P&T Committee, including the Drug Update newsletter and the annual UF
Health Jacksonville Formulary of Approved Drugs. The Division maintains a close
relationship with the Division of Clinical Research, which is responsible for research
management, investigational drug control and protocol management.
UF Health Jacksonville places a high value on use of technology to improve patient
safety, as seen through our electronic health record, smart pump technologies and
bedside bar code scanning. Thus, multiple informatics experiences are available.
An informatics experience is incorporated in the PGY-2 residency because an understanding
of the capabilities of information technology is an essential component of safe,
efficient patient care.
Amy Birch, Pharm.D.
Twelve months, beginning in July
- 7 days of personal leave
- 5 paid holidays
- Professional time for conferences, research and interviews
- Health insurance
- Dental coverage
- Life insurance
- Educational and professional travel allowances
- Dedicated office space
Eligibility requirements for the residency program include the following:
- Graduate from an ACPE-accredited college or school of pharmacy with a Doctor of
- Completion of an ASHP-accredited Pharmacy (PGY-1) Residency
- Eligible for licensure in the State of Florida – all residents must take their exams
prior to the start of the residency
- On-site interview
- For non-resident alien applicants, authorization for employment that is valid through
the residency period is required
- Letter of intent
- Current curriculum vitae
Letters of recommendation
from three (3) professional sources
- Official transcript of applicant’s pharmacy coursework and grades
The application deadline is January 5th.
Application materials should be submitted through PhORCAS.
UF Health Jacksonville
Department of Pharmacy
655 West 8th Street, C-89
Jacksonville, FL 32209
Phone: (904) 244-4157
Fax: (904) 244-4272
After the application is complete and reviewed, the residency selection committee will notify selected applicants to arrange
an onsite interview.