PGY2 program

Residency Program Director
  • Janinah Barreto, PharmD, MS, CPHIMS

    • Assistant Director, Oncology Informatics
Previous Year Residents
  • Brendan Begnoche

    Informatics Pharmacist, Nuvance, Danbury, CT
  • Craig Michael

    Clinical Applications Pharmacist, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Aaron Pavlik

    Principal Domain Specialist, Informatics Pharmacy, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Fei Wang

    Pharmacy Informatics Coordinator, Florida Hospital, Orlando
  • Dennison Lim

    Medication Management Informaticist- Mayo Clinic

About the PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency Program


PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in advanced or specialized practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge incorporating both into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in that practice area (when board certification for the practice area exists).

The purpose of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency is to equip a clinically trained pharmacist with the knowledge and skills to implement, support and maintain clinical information systems and automation used in one or more steps of the medication use process. The residency graduate will be capable of independently and collaboratively completing short- and long-term projects. The graduate will expertly represent clinical and automation requirements from a pharmacist’s perspective to technical, clinical, and administrative stakeholders for a given technology. The residency experience will provide a firm foundation for the graduate to pursue a leadership role in health care informatics as a long term goal.

DSC_8850Residency Sites

As one of America’s top ranked academic medical centers, the mission of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) is to improve people’s lives through innovation in research, education, and patient care. OSUWMC is a 1,506 bed multihospital delivery system recognized in 2018 as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for excellence in ten specialties by US News and World Report based on quality, outcomes, and reputation.

Read about the sites

University Hospital (UH)

University Hospital (UH) is our flagship hospital with over 900 beds. UH is a major referral center for patients throughout Ohio and the Midwest, and is one of the busiest kidney and pancreas transplant centers in the world. UH is also an international center for neuromodulation research and neurological care. In addition, UH is a level 1 trauma center in addition to being the primary burn center for the region.

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is one of the nation’s premier centers for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.OSUWMC features the world’s most advanced cancer and critical care hospital which opened in December of 2014. With the opening of the new hospital, our institution boasts an Emergency Department (ED) with over 100 beds and an area dedicated specifically to the care of cancer patients within the ED. Medical Intensive Care, Surgical Intensive Care, Neuro Intensive Care, and Cancer specific ICU patient care areas also exist within the new critical care tower.

The Ross Heart Hospital

The Ross Heart Hospital is a leader in cardiology and heart surgery and is the only nationally ranked heart hospital in the area. Each floor of the 150-bed hospital is dedicated to a specific service, which helps us provide specialized care for every patient. The Ross is one of the largest centers for the implantation of LVAD devices in the world in addition to providing heart and lung transplants.

University Hospitals East (UHE)

University Hospitals East (UHE) blends the friendly atmosphere of a community hospital with the advantages of being a part of a major academic medical center. Located on the eastern edge of downtown Columbus, University Hospital East offers renowned Ohio State services in orthopedic care, emergency services, cancer care, addiction services, ear, nose and throat care, heart care, radiology and imaging services, rehabilitation and wound healing.

Harding Hospital

In addition, the OSUWMC also boasts Harding Hospital, which offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient mental and behavioral health services in addition to Dodd Hall which is a nationally recognized and accredited rehabilitation program specializing in stroke, brain, and spinal cord rehabilitation.


The Department of Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy at The OSUWMC is one of the largest in the country.  With over 400 employees, and a practice model that includes both clinical pharmacy generalists and clinical pharmacy specialists, our goal is the provision of outstanding, state of the art care. We advise our staff on the best use of medications, develop safeguards for our patients to prevent medication errors and develop transformative pharmacy practice in health-systems.

We are guided in this mission by our strategic plan that focuses on five key priorities: become a practice model leader, optimizing efficiency and effectiveness, preventing patient harm by exceeding standards of medication safety, staff recognition, retention and engagement; and scholarship. Training future generations of pharmacists is a vital part of our mission. Our pharmacists serve as preceptors for our residency programs while providing experiential training for Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students.

Our residency program has a 55-year tradition of excellence with our graduates being well-prepared to work at a high-level in a wide-variety of institutional and ambulatory patient care facilities. The Department of Pharmacy, in partnership with the Ohio State College of Pharmacy, strives to develop the skills of our residents and provide a residency program that is recognized nationally for the quality and excellence of its graduates.

The Brain and Spine Hospital

The Brain and Spine Hospital opened in the Fall of 2016 and is a state-of-the-art facility for the advanced management, care and healing of patients with neurological disorders.The hospital consists of 87 private beds and specialized units for stroke and neurovascular, neurotrauma, epilipsy, spine, chronic pain, neuromodulaton, multiple sclerosis, congnitive and movement disorders, as well as an innovative new model for acute spinal cord injuries.

Key rotations/experiences

The PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center combines clinical, administrative, and project management experiences in the area of pharmacy informatics. The residency provides the essential skills and knowledge to contribute to a safe and efficient medication use process through the implementation of innovative technologies and application of sound pharmacy informatics principles.

The resident becomes a core member of the Pharmacy Informatics team through structured rotation experiences and projects. The resident will be encouraged to participate freely and seek opportunities in their areas of interest.

Core Learning Experiences:

  • Clinical Decision Support
  • Community Connect
  • Data Analytics and Reporting
  • Pharmacy Informatics Administration
  • Maintenance and Support
  • Medication Safety
  • Oncology and Investigational Informatics
  • Pediatrics (off-site)
  • Automation and Operations
  • Project Management
  • Retail Pharmacy Informatics
  • Additional opportunities based on interests/needs

The resident will also gather experience both leading and working on committees, as well as preparing and delivering one didactic lecture at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. The resident will also prepare and present at least one presentation to clinical pharmacy practitioners during their residency.

In addition, there will be one major longitudinal project for which the Pharmacy Informatics resident will be responsible for all aspects of the project. This project will be presented at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference and potentially at Epic’s Spring Pharmacy Advisory Council. The resident will also have the opportunity to attend ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.

At the conclusion of the program, the resident will be prepared to assume central roles in pharmacy leadership, information technology management and interdisciplinary teams. Knowledge and experience gained during the residency is designed to be portable and broadly applicable regardless of technology platform.


Simon Bae, PharmD
Clinical Applications Pharmacist

Janinah Barreto, PharmD, MS, CPHIMS
Assistant Director, Oncology Informatics

Andy Black, RPh, MISM
Assistant Director, Pharmacy Informatics

Kammy Cunningham, PharmD
Clinical Applications Pharmacist

Liz Hall-Link, PharmD
Retail Lead Informatics Pharmacist

John Mellett, PharmD, MBA
Clinical Applications Pharmacist

Joseph Melucci, RPh, MBA
Director, Pharmacy Informatics

Craig Michael, PharmD
Clinical Applications Pharmacist

Anuj Thirwani, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Clinical Applications Pharmacist

Selected Resident research

  • Active adverse drug event detection using an electronic trigger tool to evaluate patient clinical data – Lim D, Melucci J, Rizer M, Prier B, Weber R.
  • Development and implementation of an antimicrobial patient scoring system that assists the management of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia at a large academic medical center – Wang F, Prier B, Mellett J, Bauer K.
  • Development and implementation of an automated method for the detection of drug-related acute kidney injury in hospital inpatients. – Pavlik A, Melucci J, Gonsenhauser I, Mellett J, Prier B.

Benefits and Additional Requirements

Application Deadline: January 4, 2022

Start Date: July 1, 2022

Annual Salary – $48,500

Vacation Days –10 days

Staffing Requirement – 20 weekends per year

Completion of a Major Project


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