Pain Management and Palliative Care Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy Services at Michigan Medicine is recruiting applicants for a one-year PGY2 Residency in Pain Management and Palliative Care.

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.

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 Rotations (one month unless otherwise noted)

  • Orientation/Staffing (July)
  • Research (December)
  • Pain Management I and II
  • Adult Palliative Care Consult I and II
  • Hospice
  • Outpatient pain or palliative care clinic (longitudinal or block as available)
  • Psychiatry

Elective Rotations

  • Pain Management III
  • Adult Palliative Care Consult III
  • Pediatric Palliative Care Consult
  • Pediatric Pain
  • Acute Pain
  • Diversion Prevention Team (one weak, shadow)
  • Oncology
  • Critical Care
  • Addiction Medicine

Additional Required Activities

  • Institutional Opioid and Pain Management Strategy (longitudinal)
  • Research project
  • Writing project
  • ACPE-Accredited 1-hour CE Presentation
  • Teaching at College of Pharmacy
  • Professional and/or institutional committee involvement
  • Attendance at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (plus poster)
  • Attendance at specialty meeting
  • Major topic discussions (longitudinal)
  • Attendance at Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows Seminar Series (longitudinal)

Other Learning Opportunities

  • Teaching certificate program
  • 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. 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.

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.