Pain Management and Palliative Care Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy Services at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers will be recruiting applicants for a one-year PGY2 Pain Management and Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency.

General Description

The PGY2 Pain Management and Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency is designed to provide the resident with a wide array of experiences in pain and symptom management, while affording opportunities for collaboration with renowned clinicians and world class experts in research and education. The program is designed to provide a strong clinical foundation while developing analytical, leadership, teaching, and writing skills. It will also provide experiences in pain pharmacy, palliative care, hospice, and institutional policy around pain management. Upon completion of the program, the resident will be prepared to secure a specialized pharmacist position in pain management, palliative care, or hospice.


Recruitment for 2021-2022

Michigan Medicine will not be attending the ACCP Annual Meeting for recruitment or the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting for the showcase or Personal Placement Services. In lieu of this decision, we will be holding PGY2 program specific informational interviews. To sign up for a virtual interview for the PGY2 Pain Management and Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency program, please follow this link: . After signing up for a 30 minute interview slot, please provide a copy of your Curriculum Vitae to We look forward to speaking with you. Go Blue!

Program Description


The residency program in pain management and palliative care is designed to develop clinician expertise in pain and symptom management pharmacotherapy in order to practice in the inpatient, outpatient, or hospice setting as a clinical pharmacy specialist.


Program Structure


Required Clinical Rotations (one month unless otherwise noted)

  • Orientation (July)
  • Research (December)
  • Pain Management I and II
  • Adult Palliative Care I and II
  • Hospice I
  • Ambulatory Pain and Palliative Care (longitudinal or block as available)
  • Psychiatry
  • Staffing (longitudinal)


Elective Rotations

  • Adult Palliative Care III
  • Hospice II
  • Pediatric Palliative Care
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Inpatient Medical Oncology 


Additional Required Activities

  • Institutional Pain Management (longitudinal)
  • Research project (longitudinal)
  • Writing project (longitudinal)
  • ACPE-Accredited 1-hour CE Presentation
  • Teaching at College of Pharmacy
  • Professional and/or institutional committee involvement
  • Attendance at pharmacy meeting (plus poster)
  • Attendance at specialty meeting (not required, but highly encouraged)
  • Major topic discussions (longitudinal)
  • Attendance at Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows Seminar Series (longitudinal)


Other Learning Opportunities

  • Teaching certificate program (optional)
  • Online journal club through the Society of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacists



Approximately every 3rd weekend for no more than 15 weeks, 1 minor holiday and one major holiday block.


Research and Publications Opportunity

Through the research and writing requirements of the program, the resident has the potential to produce at least two manuscripts suitable for peer-reviewed publication by the completion of the residency. There may be additional opportunities depending on resident interest. Presentation to the interdisciplinary palliative care research group will also be available.


Teaching Opportunity

Residents receive a faculty appointment as Adjunct Clinical Instructor with the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy and have the option of completing a Teaching Certificate Program. Experience in rotation-related precepting and teaching of PharmD students and PGY1 residents is widely available. Opportunities to educate other disciplines (social work, medicine, nursing, etc.) may also be available depending on resident interest.


Resident Information

2020-21 Madison Irwin (Chief Resident)

2019-20 Kyle Quirk (James G Stevenson Excellence in Pharmacy Practice Awardee) - Palliative Care Pharmacist (First/Current - Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, James Cancer Hospital)


Resident Publications

3. Quirk K, Marks A, Wright J, Smith MA. Sublingual buprenorphine for pediatric cancer pain: a case report and review of the literature. J Pain Symptom Manage. In Press.

2. Quirk K, Smith MA. Acetaminophen in patients receiving strong opioids for cancer pain. J Pain Palliat Care. In Press.

1. Smith MA, Quirk KC, Saul DC, Rodgers PE, Silveira MJ. Comparing methadone rotation to consensus opinion. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020;59(1):116-120.


Residency Program Director Information

Michael A Smith, PharmD, BCPS
Program Director & Pain/Palliative Care Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Michigan Medicine, Department of Pharmacy Services
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
1500 East Medical Center Drive, B2D301/0008
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5008
Phone: 734-764-5374
Fax: 734-232-3222


Residency Coordinator Information

Jillian DiClemente, PharmD
Program Coordinator & Pain Management Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Michigan Medicine, Department of Pharmacy Services
University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
1500 East Medical Center Drive, B2D301
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5008




  Please check out the F.A.Q. for application deadlines and interview dates.