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Pharmacy Residency Program: Pharmacy Informatics



Program Type: Two year residency (PGY1 and PGY2); ASHP accredited
ASHP Match Number: 153720

Purpose:  PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs 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.

Program Overview and Objectives of the Program: 
This two-year residency training program in Pharmacy Informatics is defined as an organized, directed postgraduate program of practical experience in pharmacy clinical practice and informatics. The residency is designed to develop expert skills and competencies in pharmacy practice and informatics. Program Overview: The primary objective of the program is to prepare pharmacists to assume informatics positions in healthcare-related informatics fields. The PGY1 year will be structured as a Pharmacy residency with focus in pharmacy informatics and the PGY2 year will be structured as a specialty in pharmacy informatics. Participants will gain the tools and knowledge to understand and analyze the changing nature of today's complex medical delivery systems, plus the resources and practical understanding to anticipate and respond to those changes. Pharmacists completing the two-year PGY1/PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency Program will be equipped with the clinical skills and technical knowledge to obtain informatics pharmacist positions in health care facilities and the health information technology industry. They are proficient in safe and effective medication-use systems, quality assurance, the management of human resources, the management of financial resources, use of technology, and advanced leadership.

Training Experience:

  • Opportunity to provide pharmaceutical care to patients in multiple settings and develop independent learning skills
  • Provide effective drug education to others, understand research methods and opportunities, and recognize the principles and application of drug use control
  • Assume personal responsibility for effecting change in clinical practice
  • Interdisciplinary problem solving and decision making skills
  • Knowledge and expertise in managing cost-effective utilization of technology and clinical applications through the application of economic principles
  • Strategies in the prevention of medication errors and adverse events
  • Knowledge to identify, analyze, and evaluate technology trends
  • Application of technology and clinical informatics
  • Role of pharmacy in conducting and supporting information technology
  • Integration of technology with pharmacy practice in order to provide clinically focused, safe, and efficient patient care
  • Integration of information technology across the organization


  • Core and Elective rotations for the PGY1 year:
    Rotations consistent with PGY1 Pharmacy requirements (see PGY1 Pharmacy webpage). Note: Pharmacy Informatics residents, during the PGY1 year, will complete a required rotation for Epic Willow Inpatient Certification.

  • Required Pharmacy Informatics (PGY2) rotations – 1 month unless otherwise noted:
    Alternate Informatics Site
    Clinical Informatics (2 months)
    Introduction to Clinical systems and Governance processes
    Pharmacy Automation and Technology
    Pharmacy Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
    Program Orientation (1 day)
    System Change Management

  • Required Longitudinal Pharmacy Informatics (PGY2) rotations – 12 months
    unless otherwise noted:

    CIS (Clinical Informatics Subcommittee) an TRAP (Triage Review
    and Prioritization)
    Educational experiences
    Medication Safety (Adults) (Extended, 3 month)
    Residency Project

  • Elective Pharmacy Informatics (PGY2) rotations *- 1 month unless otherwise noted:
    Ambulatory Informatics
    Ambulatory Informatics – Data Analytics
    Oncology Clinical Decision Support
    Order Set Management and Build
    Outcomes and Analytics Elective
    Residency Project (1-month elective)

*Resident may repeat any required rotation as an elective rotation for additional experience.  A separate elective rotation description will be created if the resident chooses to repeat an experience.




Application Deadline: January 1

Program Director

Alix Dabb, PharmD. 

Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Oncology Clinical Decision Support
Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, 2001
Residency in Pediatric Pharmacotherapy, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy/Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper Hospital University Medical Center
Residency in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital




Alix Dabb, Pharm.D
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Location: 600 North Wolfe Street/Carnegie 180
Baltimore, MD 21287
Office: 443-287-0559