PGY2 program

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

    • Assistant Director, Oncology Informatics
Previous Year Residents
  • Hina Afaq, PharmD, BCPS

    Ambulatory Care Informatics Specialist - University of Texas Medical Branch Health
  • Heather Seo, PharmD

  • 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 Program Purpose: PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives for advanced practice areas. Residents who successfully complete PGY2 residency programs are prepared for advanced patient care, or other specialized positions, and board certification in the advanced practice area, if available.

The PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency draws upon the clinical foundation of entering residents, including general competencies for managing medication-use processes and support of optimal medication therapy outcomes. The residency trains individuals who can lead the evolution of organizations’ medication-use processes by applying Pharmacy Informatics principles, standards, and best practices. Graduates are adept in the language and concepts of information technology, equipping them to function in an interprofessional environment.

The PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics residency at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) is a hospital based, 52-week residency program which combines clinical, managerial, and project-management experiences involving pharmacy informatics. The core objective of the program is to provide intensive training in clinical informatics, automation and technology, interdisciplinary collaboration, and clinical decision support as it relates to the medication-use system. At the conclusion of the program, residents will be well prepared to assume crucial roles in pharmacy informatics leadership, management, and interdisciplinary teams.

Residency 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 OSUCCC – James strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care — a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of 51 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only a few centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials on novel anticancer drugs sponsored by the NCI. As the cancer program’s 356-bed adult patient-care component, The James is one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and has achieved Magnet® designation, the highest honor an organization can receive for quality patient care and professional nursing practice. With 21 floors and more than 1.1 million square feet, The James is a transformational facility that fosters collaboration and integration of cancer research and clinical cancer care.

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 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:
Four to five-week experiences (except where noted)

  • Orientation
  • Pharmacy Operations and EHR Fundamentals (3-4 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Automation (3-4 weeks)
  • Clinical Decision Support
  • Finance: 340B and Hospital Billing
  • Data Analytics and Reporting
  • Pharmacy Informatics and Medication Safety Administration
  • Oncology and Investigational Informatics

Longitudinal Learning Experiences:
September thru May each (except where noted)

  • Pharmacy Informatics Team Onboarding (12-week rotation)
  • Pharmacy Staffing (August thru June)
  • Practice Management & Professional Development (August thru June)
  • Maintenance and Support
  • Project Management (4 hours per week is dedicated to project management)

Elective Learning Experiences:
Four to five-week experiences

  • Beacon
  • Retail Pharmacy Informatics
  • Pediatrics (off-site at Nationwide Children’s Hospital)

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.

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 a 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

Andy Black, RPh, MISM
Pharmacy Manager, Informatics

Kammy Cunningham, PharmD
Clinical Applications Pharmacist

Liz Hall-Link, PharmD
Pharmacy Manager-Informatics

Emily Konerman, PharmD
Clinical Applications Pharmacist Lead

John Mellett, PharmD, MBA
Clinical Applications Pharmacist Lead

Joseph Melucci, RPh, MBA
Director, Pharmacy Informatics

Craig Michael, PharmD
Clinical Applications Pharmacist

Rupal Parbhoo, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Clinical Applications Pharmacist Lead

Anuj Thirwani, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Clinical Applications Pharmacist Lead

Keith Young, PharmD, MS
Clinical Applications Pharmacist

David Wai, PharmD, MS, CPHIMS
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 8, 2024

Required Supplemental Material:

Supplemental Application

We welcome applications from non-U.S. citizens who have a “green card” (permanent resident status) or a current visa valid through the entire duration of the residency program. The Ohio State University pharmacy residency programs are NOT able to sponsor visas for pharmacy residents (PGY1 or PGY2).

Start Date: July 1, 2023

Annual Salary – $54,000

Vacation Days –10 days

Staffing Requirement – 20 weekends per year

Completion of a Major Project


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