Informatics (PGY2)



The one year pharmacy informatics residency started in July 2006 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Pharmaco-informatics encompasses the intersection of technology and information with all aspects of the medication system including prescribing, dispensing, administration, monitoring, clinical decision support and education regarding medication use. Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers a one-year PGY2 residency in Pharmacy Informatics.

VUMC Pharmacy Background & Capabilities

VUMC is a leader in health informatics with CPOE to assist in efficient and accurate medication ordering. The Department of Pharmacy has been recognized by ASHP with a Best Practice Award in 2002 and by the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group in 2004. These awards recognize the work done at Vanderbilt on CPOE and its integration with the Pharmacy System. The department also developed a Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS) to enhance the interface between the CPOE and pharmacy to improve safety in the medication use process. The CDSS provides prescribing assistance, educates physicians on the formulary, restricts the use of certain medications with guidelines, and provides pediatric and chemotherapy dose range checks. In 2005 the Department of Pharmacy installed a pharmacy system with more advanced capabilities. These systems and the expert development staff provide a great learning environment.

Vendor Opportunities and Integration with Residency

Many VUMC informatics systems are McKesson products, and VUMC engages in product research and development efforts with the vendor, which often provide opportunities for challenging residency projects during the vendor experience component of the program. The vendor, Vanderbilt and the resident will define collaborative projects and the document this work. The Vendor experience offers the resident the opportunity to learn informatics from an industry perspective, which will better prepare the resident for future employment opportunities.

Residency Plan

The residency is designed to equip the resident with the necessary tools and experiences to achieve a position in pharmaco-informatics at the completion of the program. The resident will have a variety of project opportunities, and thus the program may be tailored to the resident's interests and current needs of the Department of Pharmaceutical Services. The resident will also have responsibilities which are consistent with guidelines from ASHP.

Goals of Residency

  • Understand the role of informatics in improving patient safety
  • Evaluate technology integration in clinical practice
  • Assess the impact of informatics systems on clinician work-flow
  • Assist in the development of a business plan regarding informatics initiatives
  • Communicate effectively and professionally: written and verbal
  • Participate in project design and implementation
  • Exhibit proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Devlope leadership in the development and maintenance of informatics systems
  • Understand the relationship between users and vendors of software products
  • Understand the process of research, development and implementation of vendor products


One Therapeutic Exchange conference during the year (must be available for CE credit). Two case or topic presentations during the year.


The resident will assist with precepting Doctor of Pharmacy candidates and PGY-1 residents from our own institution with informatics related projects.


One informatics longitudinal residency project to be completed.


The resident will be expected to attend the ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting and the Southeastern Residency Conference (or an equivalent meeting). If the resident is required to present other work completed, attendance at other meetings may be necessary.

Staffing/On Call

The 2016/2017 residency year includes every 4th weekend staffing in an operational role with some clinical backup. Some rotational on-call is required to support clinical systems. Holiday staffing schedule will be discussed at the interview.

Program Details

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Informatics Residency Manual

Current Informatics Resident


Residency Graduates

Frequently Asked Questions


The Vanderbilt Community


Application Information 
Number of Positions: One Residency starting date: July 3
Estimated stipend - approx. $60,593*

*info has not been verified

Requirements: Doctor of Pharmacy degree,
completion of accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency, licensure in Tennessee,
CV, Letter of Intent, 3 letters of recommendation, pharmacy school transcripts
Onsite interview will have a 20 minute presentation

Submit application to PhORCAS application portal by Jan 1 deadline

Contact information
Phillip W. Stewart, DPh Residency Program Director
Office: 615.936.2930
Edward Woo, PharmD, Residency Coordinator

HealthIT @VUMC | Department of Pharmaceutical Services
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
3401 West End Avenue Suite 630 | Nashville, TN 37203

Institutional Information
Private nonprofit hospital/clinic | Teaching/Tertiary Model
Professional Staff = 150 | Non-professional staff = 220
Total Beds = 1065 | Average Daily Census = 877