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Drug Information Practice

Kelli Garrison, PharmD, BCPS
Manager, Medication Use Policy & Informatics
Residency Program Director

The Residency Experience
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The Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center is a tertiary teaching hospital that serves the colleges of medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health, and pharmacy. The Medication Policy and Informatics division of the Department of Pharmacy Services incorporates 3 separate work groups including Drug Information Services, Information Systems, and Outcomes Management. For this residency program, the resident will participate in all three areas with the main focus on the Drug Information Service. 

The goal of the Drug Information Service is to provide accurate, unbiased drug information that is directly applicable to patient care.  The service participates in formulary management in collaboration with the pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. It also provides a call center for healthcare professionals and consumers. The Drug Information Center is staffed by drug information specialists, residents, and students, and answers approximately 1700 requests per year.  In addition to over 350 major medical reference texts, available drug information resources include MICROMEDEX® Healthcare Series, Facts and Comparisons Online 4.0, and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts. Access to computerized databases and on-line literature searching is also available within the Drug Information Center. The MUSC Library, located nearby within the Medical Center complex, provides access to over 74,000 books including 735 e-books, over 15,000 e-journals and 70 print-only subscriptions, and 100 databases including MEDLINE, CINAHL, and PsycINFO.


The Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Drug Information Residency Program is designed to develop accountability; practice patterns; habits; and expert knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities in the respective advanced area of pharmacy practice. The Drug Information Residency Program builds upon the broad-based competencies achieved in a PGY1 residency, deepening the resident’s ability to provide care in the most complex of cases or in the support of care through practice leadership. Therefore, Drug Information Programs provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and transforming both into improved medication therapy for patients. 

This specialty residency is designed to develop practitioners who possess an expert level of competency in drug information practice. The program allows sufficient flexibility to adapt to the individual needs of the resident, while ensuring that all ASHP standards for drug information specialized residency training are met. Upon completion of this program, the resident will be prepared to enter a variety of positions related to drug information practice. A resident who successfully completes an accredited PGY2 Drug Information Pharmacy Residency should possess the skills needed to excel in the following positions: clinical specialist in Drug Information, Drug Information faculty member, director of Drug Information Services, or similar area, medical writer or editor,
or medical science liaison.  Additionally, upon completion of the PGY2 program, the resident should possess competencies that enable attainment of board certification, ie, BCPS.


  • Demonstrate excellence in the provision of education, training, and evidence-based information for health care professionals and health care professionals in training.
  • Contribute to the management of the organization’s medication-use policies or processes.
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills.
  • Conduct drug information practice-related projects.
  • Contribute to the management of the organization’s budget.
  • Contribute to the management of the organization’s medication-use process.
  • Contribute to the management of a drug information center/service.
  • Demonstrate excellence in the provision of evidence-based information and education for the public.
  • Demonstrate skills required to function in an academic setting.
  • Contribute to the organization’s decisions for the selection of medication-related devices.

The Residency Experience

Activities will include providing drug information services to health professionals throughout the region and to approximately 100 hospital pharmacy departments throughout the United States and Canada associated with a national hospital pharmacy management corporation. Other activities include preparation of scientifically based, unbiased drug evaluations for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, management of the hospital formulary system, participation in ongoing medication use evaluations, and preparation of drug therapy newsletters. The resident will also participate in computer-assisted drug information services, adverse reaction surveillance, and administrative and management activities of drug information services; assist with the maintenance of the information systems (ie, order entry system, computerized physician order entry, bar code medication scanning, electronic MARs); and provide educational programs for the hospital staff and students at the Medical University.

In addition to drug information activities, the resident is required to complete at least 2 elective learning experiences, to present one formal seminar, and to participate in the department's ongoing clinical service programs. All residents have access to the Department's computer network, which includes word processing, database, spreadsheet and other software. The resident will also complete a residency service project. The objectives of the residency service project are to develop the resident's skills in problem identification, investigation, and resolution; to promote the resident's ability to contribute to the literature; to increase the resident's interaction with other professionals; and to assist in the scholarly development of drug information practice. Projects are selected by mutual agreement of the resident and the program director. It is strongly encouraged that the resident participates in either 1) independent activity under the preceptorship of a College of Pharmacy faculty member, or 2) collaborative activity with a faculty member on a project already in progress. On successful completion of the program, the resident will receive a Certificate of Residency in Drug Information Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Learning Experiences:

A PGY1/PGY2 (24-month) experience is available in addition to the PGY2 residency.  This experience includes the required PGY1 rotations and activities with all electives in drug information or other related practice sites.  This opportunity is available with an automatic early match to the PGY2 program.

Learning ExperiencesRequired
1 month
if new to the
residency program
Drug Information
11-12 months
Drug Information - Teaching1-3 months
Medication Safety
4-6 weeks
Outcomes Management
1 month
required if the resident did
not complete the Outcomes
rotation in the PGY1 year
4-6 weeks
Clinic Experience 
half day per week 
Teaching assistant with drug information
courses at the College of Pharmacy
1-2 Semesters


















Kelli L. Garrison, PharmD, BCPS
Manager, Medication Use Policy & Informatics
Assistant Professor
Holly Griffin, PharmD
Clinical Specialist, Information Systems
Lynn Uber, PharmD
Clinical Professor
Clinical Specialist
Coordinator, Outcomes Management
James P. New, PharmD
Clinical Specialist, Drug Information
Jason Cooper, PharmD
Clinical Specialist, Drug Information
Assistant Professor
Maureen Sheakley, PharmD
Coordinator, Medication Safety
Margaret Wheat, RPh
Coordinator, Information Systems
Jeff Brittain, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Drug Policy/Informatics
Chris Wisniewski, PharmD
Clinical Specialist, Drug Information
Assistant Professor
Brett C. Wood, RPh
Clinical Pharmacist, Drug Policy/Informatics

On-site Interviews Will Be Required

Starting in 2012 the MUSC Pharmacy Program will be using the PhORCAS Application System through ASHP.  Please submit all application materials through the applicant portal on ASHP's website.  The deadline for receipt of a complete application packet is December 31st.  Applicants can begin submitting materials through PhORCAS on November 19.  Complete applications include the following:

  • Letter of intent (uploaded with application)
  • Curriculum vitae (uploaded with application)
  • Three letters of reference completed by health professionals who can attest to the applicant’s practice abilities and aptitudes (uploaded directly from the authors beginning on November 19)
  • At least one letter must be from an immediate supervisor (if applicable - for PGY1 only)
  • At least one letter must be from a clinical preceptor
  • Official transcripts of all professional pharmacy education
  • Class rank (in a sealed envelope from Dean's Office)
  • List of Rotations completed.

The application, letter of intent and curriculum vitae should be submitted via the PhORCAS applicant portal.  Letters of reference should also be submitted via PhORCAS Reference Portal using the ASHP Reference Template no later than December 31 directly from the authors.  For further information, please see application information.

For further information contact:
Residency Program Director
Kelli L. Garrison, PharmD, BCPS
Manager, Medication Use Policy & Informatics
Phone: (843) 792-4682
Fax: (843) 792-5532

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