Pharmacy Informatics

Christopher R. Zimmerman, PharmD, BCPS

Residency Program Director:
Christopher R. Zimmerman, PharmD, BCPS

The Department of Pharmacy Services at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers is recruiting applicants for an ASHP accredited PGY2 Residency in Pharmacy Informatics.

The PGY-2 informatics specialty residency is a structured one-year program designed to provide concentrated training in informatics, health information technology and automation.

Informatics and Technology Practice

The resident will be exposed to many areas of informatics and technology including technology essentials, medication safety, data warehousing and mining, project management, vendor relations, electronic health record optimization and maintenance, clinical decision support, integration of systems, innovation in technology, clinical monitoring and scoring systems, surveillance/predictive analytics and research.

Program Purpose

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 specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and 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 the specialized practice area (when board certification for the practice area exists).

This residency program is designed to prepare residents to become successful pharmacy leaders by providing a wide array of experiences with leaders in pharmacy administration, renowned clinicians, and world class experts in research, education, and population health. Upon completion of the program, residents will be prepared to accept leadership positions in settings throughout the health care enterprise.

The informatics specialty residency at Michigan Medicine is an ASHP-accredited PGY2, one-year program designed to provide concentrated training in clinical informatics, health information technology and automation. Based on the resident's background and available projects, s/he will have the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of healthcare informatics domains including technology essentials, medication safety, data warehousing and mining, data visualization, project management, vendor relations, clinical information systems (EHR/CPOE), clinical decision support, integration of systems, innovation in technology, clinical monitoring and scoring systems, surveillance/predictive analytics and research.

Program Structure

Required Rotations

  • Medication Use Technology: Operations and Automation Focused (one month)
  • Information Science and Foundations of Informatics (one month)
  • EHR Medication Use Informatics/Technology (2 months)
  • EHR Clinical Decision Support (1 month)
  • Medication Safety - Informatics/Technology (one month)
  • Pharmacy Analytics, Quality, Regulatory, & Safety (one month)
  • Informatics Health-System Administration and Leadership (one month)

Elective Rotations

  • Vendor Experience (McCreadie Group)

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Proficiency in Epic Inpatient Willow (start in July and required completion by September)
  • Planning and implementation of major pharmacy informatics/IT project* (start in July)
  • Medication use informatics and technology with medication safety oriented project (start first/2nd quarter)
  • Other: Informatics-related project/optimization work based on existing or planned projects 

*Subject to availability of projects prior to start of residency

Example Schedule


Staffing Responsibility

  • every other third weekend in a general staff pharmacist role

On Call Responsibility 

  • N/A

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 end of the residency.  The resident will also present his/her research protocol and results to pharmacy staff and faculty and at the Great Lakes Regional Residency Conference in April.   Additionally, the resident will also present an ACPE Continuing Education seminar based on his/her writing project in the Winter to pharmacy staff and faculty.

Teaching Opportunity

  • Residents will receive a faculty appointment as Adjunct Clinical Instructor at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. Experience in rotation-related precepting and in the teaching of Pharm.D. students and PGY1 residents is available.   In addition, the Resident will gain experience in didactic teaching of second-year Pharm.D. students at the College of Pharmacy.


  • Mohammad Ateya, PharmD, MS
  • Bruce Chaffee, PharmD, FASHP
  • Scott Ciarkowski, PharmD, MBA
  • Allen Flynn, PharmD, CPHIMS
  • Barb Higgins, PharmD
  • Scott McCreadie, PharmD
  • Heather Somand, PharmD
  • Chris Zimmerman, PharmD, BCPS

Program Assessment Strategy

  • The program is structured in accordance with the ASHP Accreditation Standards and ASHP Educational Outcomes, Goals, and Objectives for PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency and utilizes the Residency Learning System model. This program has a four-part assessment strategy of learning experiences: resident evaluation of learning experience, resident evaluation of preceptor, resident self-evaluation, and preceptor evaluation of the resident’s performance during the learning experience.

Residency Director Information

Christopher Zimmerman, Pharm.D., BCPS

Coordinator, Electronic Health Record (EHR) Clinical Decision Support

Michigan Medicine

Health Information Technology & Services

24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr.

Lobby H, Level 1, Suite 3000




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