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PGY2 Medication - Use Safety & Policy Oakland Regional Offices, California

The Kaiser Permanente Northern California specialty residency program is an ASHP Accredited Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY-2) in Medication-Use Safety and Policy (MUSP). This program is based in Northern California (NCAL) at the Regional Offices in Oakland, with projects and assignments that include National, NCAL, and local medical center scope. This program provides residents with extensive training and work experience that contributes to their overall development as pharmacists and leaders in the fields of medication safety, evidence-based medicine, and policy management.

The PGY2 MUSP resident is an integral member of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Pharmacy Quality & Medication Safety (PQMS) Team. Activities include ongoing identification of medication-use safety risks and the implementation of risk reduction strategies and identified best practices (e.g., ISMP Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices). The identification of risk may include proactive risk assessments (e.g., Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) and retrospective assessments after an error has been identified (e.g., Root Cause Analysis). In addition to reviewing medication events, including medication errors, near miss events, and adverse drug reactions, residents will also engage in data analysis of aggregate regional or national data to identify trends and potential improvement opportunities. Residents will also participate in multidisciplinary committees/workgroups, policy development (e.g., High Alert Medication Policy).

The resident will be involved in efforts to promote a Culture of Safety, including Just Culture, Surveys on Patient Safety Culture, High Reliability Organization (HRO) efforts and performance improvement activities. They will also be afforded opportunities to provide educational training, including a formal lecture at a local school of pharmacy and precepting learning experiences for interns and PGY1 residents.

Pharmacy Services

Kaiser Permanente serves over 12 million members nationwide with 4.4 million members in Northern California alone. The Northern California Regional offices are in Oakland, California. We provide support for health care professionals spanning 21 medical centers and 178 pharmacies.

Oakland At A Glance

Learning Experiences

Core Experience

  • Orientation (program, systems & operations)
  • Risk Management
  • Pharmacy Regulatory Compliance
  • Data Management
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Drug Information (drug inquiry and shortages, recalls & medication safety alerts management)
  • Drug Use Management
  • Emerging Therapeutics Medication-Use Evaluation

Elective Experience

  • Regional Pharmacy Continuum of Care
  • Data Management – Advanced (including opportunities to learn skills in SQL coding)
  • Additional elective experiences may be available based on preceptor availability and resident’s interest

Longitudinal Experience

  • Medication-Use Safety (Longitudinal)
  • Operational Service (Longitudinal)
  • Pharmacy Administration (Longitudinal)
  • Policy Management (Longitudinal)
  • Residency Research Project (Longitudinal)

Requirements for Acceptance

  • Must be a graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited (or one in the ACPE candidate status) college or school of pharmacy.
  • Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program or one in the ASHP-accreditation candidate status prior to start date.
  • Must be an active and in good-standing licensed pharmacist in the state of California or be able to obtain licensure on or before October 1st of the residency year.
  • Online application received in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) before the due date.
  • Application Service (PhORCAS) before the due date.
  • Candidates must register and participate in the National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS) ASHP Matching Program 
  • Program NMS Code: 757477
  • ASHP Program Code: 92162

Application Requirements

Program-Specific Application Materials to be Uploaded into PhORCAS

  • Statement of Interest/Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Pharmacy School transcript
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2024

Interview Details

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Current Pay Rate

$34.32 per hour

Contact Information

Laura Morodomi, PharmD, CPPS 
Regional Project Manager
Residency Program Director

1800 Harrison Street
Pharmacy Operations (13th Floor)
Oakland, California 94612
United States
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(209) 986-5168

Kathy Garrison, PharmD, BCPS
Regional Project Manager
Residency Program Coordinator

1800 Harrison Street
Pharmacy Operations (13th Floor)
Oakland, California 94612
United States
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(916) 204-6174

Lena Chaitesipaseut, PharmD, MBA
PGY2 Medication-Use Safety & Policy Resident
Pharmacy Resident

1800 Harrison Street
Oakland, California 94612
United States
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(510) 673-2270

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