Pharmacy Informatics Residency

The pharmacy informatics residency at the UW Hospitals and Clinics is designed to provide training in the management of medication-use systems. The focus of the residency is to equip the resident with the relevant knowledge and concepts of information technology to enable them to function as an independent member of an informatics project team.

The residency offers options to complete the residency as a PGY2 standalone residency or as a PGY1 and PGY2 combined residency with the first year focusing on clinical pharmacist training and the second year focusing on informatics.

A PGY1 pharmacy practice residency with an informatics focus at UW Health integrates the development of both clinical and informatics skills with innovation and leadership to provide the opportunity for residents to develop into a well-rounded clinical pharmacist, while tailoring to the interest of the resident to pursue further specialization in informatics. Graduates of this residency go on to pursue further training in pharmacy informatics.

The PGY2 Informatics Residency is uniquely positioned to prepare residents for making significant contributions in the health informatics field. The resident trains with the support of UW Health’s dedicated informatics pharmacy team and will help maximize the department’s state and national contributions in informatics to improve patient care. With our proximity to a major EHR vendor, there are also unique opportunities for the resident to gain industry experience through certification and elect on-site rotations.

By the end of the pharmacy informatics residency, the residents will develop as experts in emerging technologies and health information systems with an emphasis on clinical applications and impact on patient care, act independently as leaders and pioneers in pharmacy informatics, collaborate effectively with all members of the patient care team, and be well-positioned to accept an advanced position as an informatics pharmacist or become a member of the pharmacy leadership team supporting information technology.

About the Pharmacy Informatics Residency

The informatics resident will participate as a member of an interdisciplinary informatics team at an academic medical center. The resident will gain experiences in all aspects of information technology within the health system, including:

  • Informatics Team Management
  • Clinical Decision Support
  • Electronic Health Record Management
  • Analytics/Reporting
  • Inpatient Pharmacy Operations
  • Ambulatory Pharmacy Operations
  • Medication Safety
  • Supply Chain Management

Teaching Opportunities

Teaching opportunities are available at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy as part of the Informatics Track for pharmacy students. Additionally, the resident will have the opportunity to become certified in Epic’s pharmacy application (Willow) and complete an industry rotation with Epic pharmacists.

Program Contacts – Meet our preceptors

  • Jack Temple, PharmD, MS, Residency Program Director (JTemple@uwhealth.org)
  • Sara Pivovar, PharmD, Manager of Information Technology (SPivovar@uwhealth.org)
  • Julie Pawola, PharmD, Residency Program Coordinator (JPawola@uwhealth.org)

Current Resident – Meet our resident

  • Xin (Cindy) Shu, PharmD, PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics Resident (XShu@uwhealth.org)