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About the Program

The Medication-Use Safety & Policy (MUSP) residency at UK HealthCare is an ASHP-accredited PGY2 residency designed to train pharmacists to become experts in medication safety and medication utilization within health systems. This one-year residency program allows the resident to learn and apply medication safety concepts and best practices throughout the medication-use system to improve the quality of patient care.

The resident will participate in and lead interdisciplinary committees and projects, with areas of emphasis, including pharmacy operations, automation/informatics, formulary management/utilization, accreditation, and medication error prevention, detection, and investigation. Residents continue their clinical growth by completing one direct patient care rotation, providing longitudinal staffing, and have the option of participating in the in-house on-call program. Residents will also gain experience in teaching, precepting, and research through engagement with the UK College of Pharmacy, completing a research project, and presenting at a professional conference. Graduates of the Medication-Use Safety & Policy residency program will become experts at identifying, evaluating, and preventing medication-use issues and advocates for safe medication-use processes within health systems.

Program Director

Liz Hess, PharmD, MS, FISMP, CPPS Pharmacy Program Coordinator, Medication Use Safety & Quality

Location Detail
Medication Safety, Utilization & Value 800 Rose Street, Room H112 Lexington, KY 40536

Quick Facts

DeadlineAll positions for the 2022-23 academic year have been filled

Starting Date:  July 1

Number of Positions: 1

Eligibility Criteria:  Doctor of Pharmacy degree, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency or equivalent, Licensure (or eligibility for licensure) in the state of Kentucky

Application Requirements

  • CV
  • Letter of Intent
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Complete PhORCAS Application

Core Rotations

  • Orientation
  • Direct patient care (e.g., internal medicine)
  • Medication Safety
  • Advanced Medication Safety
  • Drug Information & Medication-Use Policy
  • Medication Outcomes & Data Analytics
  • Pharmacy Operations & Automation
  • Capstone

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Medication-Use Safety Technology
  • Leadership
  • Medication Safety & Incident Investigation
  • Formulary Management
  • On-Call
  • Pharmacy Staffing
  • Research
  • Precepting and Teaching Skills

Elective Rotations

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Glycemic Control Stewardship
  • Opioid Stewardship
  • Ambulatory Specialty Pharmacy/Infusion Pharmacy Services
  • Advanced Medication Use Safety and Technology
  • Antithrombosis Stewardship
  • Administration

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.