PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency
The PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency Program with Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) is designed to provide the resident with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be a leader in pharmacy informatics and health information technology. The flexibility and wide variety of opportunities allow for the program to be individually tailored to the interests of the resident. Rotation opportunities include clinical informatics, vendor relations, pharmacy automation, health system informatics and administration, supply chain operations, evidence-based medicine, patient safety, quality, and regulatory operations.
Upon completion of the residency, the resident will be proficient in pharmacy informatics at a multi-facility health care system.
In addition to learning about informatics, the resident has opportunities to be involved with teaching through our affiliation with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Pharmacy. The resident can earn a teaching certificate through SIUE, and will receive an adjunct clinical faculty appointment with the school.
The PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency Program at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s has received full accreditation by ASHP. The residency is based out of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Illinois, which is located about 20 miles east of St. Louis. HSHS St. Elizabeth’s is part of a multi-institutional health care system that sponsors 14 hospitals in 13 communities across Illinois and Wisconsin.
Recognized as one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is a leader in cardiac care and is accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Our hospital provides care to the St. Louis metropolitan area, Southern Illinois region, and Scott Air Force Base, and is also a training site for the St. Louis University Family Medicine Residency Program and SIUE School of Pharmacy APPE Program. In 2017, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s will be moving to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in O’Fallon, Illinois.
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The HSHS PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency Program participates in the Residency Showcase and Personnel Placement Service (PPS) at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule an interview during PPS or visit with the Residency Program Director at the booth for HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Illinois.
- Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited pharmacy academic program
- Licensed pharmacist, or be eligible for licensure, in the state of Illinois by September 1st
- Graduate of an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program
Required application materials listed below are to be uploaded into the PhORCAS application portal.
- Curriculum vitae
- Letter of intent
- Official college transcript(s)
- Three letters of recommendation accompanied by the ASHP Standardized Reference Form through PhORCAS
Visit our page on the ASHP site directory for more information.
*Please note that this position will not provide visa sponsorship.
Meet Our PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Resident
Brian Le, PharmD
Hometown: Houston, TX
Coming to HSHS from the Lone Star State of Texas, Brian brings his experiences from his PGY-1 residency training at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy.
Why did you choose HSHS for a PGY-2 in pharmacy informatics?
When I was looking for PGY-2 pharmacy informatics programs, there were very specific criteria that I was looking for in an ideal program. HSHS had all of those components: new EHR conversion and implementation, Epic certification, wide variety of available technology, and a multi-facility health system. It was an easy sell at that point. I also liked that the program has a rotation in vendor informatics, which I found to be unique among the programs I looked at.
What is the one question that you were asked most by students and other people when you tell them you are specializing in informatics?
“Do you have computer programming experience?” I have next to no computer programming experience. Simply put, informatics doesn’t need it to be successful.
What kind of things do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Having never moved out of the Texas borders, I have been enjoying exploring the Midwest. There are so many things to see and do in this area that it might take me an entire year to see it all: great restaurants, beautiful parks and museums, historic landmarks, etc.
Meet Our Preceptors
Joshua Schmees, PharmD
HSHS Pharmacy Informaticist
PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency Program Director
Maggie Wong, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy Analyst | Epic Willow Inpatient
PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency Program Coordinator
Michelle M. Smith, PharmD, FACHE
HSHS Chief Performance Improvement Officer – IT
Melissa Smith, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy Analyst | Epic Beacon
Michael Murbarger, RPh
HSHS System Director of Clinical Contracts
Christine Cinciripini, RN, MSN, CPHQ
Performance Improvement / Evidence-based Medicine Order Set Coordinator
For more information, please contact the Residency Program Director:
Joshua Schmees, PharmD
HSHS Pharmacy Informaticist
Pharmacy Informatics Residency Program Director
(618) 234-2120 ext. 2239