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Medication Use Safety

BJC Healthcare Center for Clinical Excellence
St. Louic College of Pharmacy

St. Louis College of Pharmacy
St. Louis, MO
Residency Period:
Available Positions: 1

Program Goals

  • Prepare the candidate to assume a leadership role in devising and implementing process improvements that improve patient care safety.
  • Serve as an authoritative resource on the safe use of medications.
  • Participate in the development and oversight of medication-related decision support.
  • Demonstrate excellence in the provision of training and educational activities for health care professionals and health care professionals-in-training.
  • Complete formal training in facilitating change, meeting leadership, and Lean strategies.
  • Contribute to pharmacy knowledge in medication use safety.
  • Evaluate and improve the medication-use process.
  • Residents completing this program will be positioned well to function as a Medication Safety Coordinator in an academic, community, or heath-system setting.

Training Sites

BJC HealthCare Center for Clinical Excellence
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Missouri Baptist Hospital
St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Residency Activities

The Medication Use Safety Pharmacy Residency Program is designed to develop individuals to serve as organizational leaders in the achievement of medication-use safety. It is co-sponsored by the BJC HealthCare Center for Clinical Excellence and St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

The Center for Clinical Excellence is BJC HealthCare’s trusted agent and advisor in enabling rapid deployment of internal and external best practices across the 12-hospital organization in the interest of clinical excellence. Our goal is to establish BJC as the benchmark in integrating transformational tools with clinical expertise for evidence-based results. The Center for Clinical Excellence houses thought leaders in the areas of medicine, pharmacy, nursing, healthcare informatics, clinical epidemiology, data analysis, project management, and transformational support. In addition, we are the repository for the electronic medical record for each hospital.

Through this unique program, the resident will gain experience in various methodologies used to measure medication-use safety, participate in the application of technologies that improve the medication-use process, learn and apply methods to promote a culture of safety, analyze complex systems to identify and correct system flaws, develop effective communication techniques, and understand the many human-factors that impact the safety of patient care.

The resident will receive training in evidence-based medicine, epidemiology, change management, LEAN, Six Sigma, and leadership skills. That training will be used to devise and implement process improvements that enhance medication use safety and promote a culture of safety. Leadership responsibility for ADE surveillance and a system preventable harm task force will be assigned to the resident.

Additional opportunities include Computerized Prescriber Order Entry (CPOE) implementation and clinical decision support design. The resident will have broad access to BJC system data. A research project, with the goal of publication, will be completed during the residency year. The resident receives a faculty appointment at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and completes an ACPE-accredited teaching certificate program. Teaching opportunities include classroom presentations, small group case discussions, and clerkship precepting.


Applicants must be self-directed individuals with excellent interpersonal skills who hold a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The successful applicant will possess these core values: a desire to make a difference, a commitment to excellence, demonstrated professionalism, and a spirit of inquiry. Current enrollment or prior completion of residency training is required for those individuals applying to this PGY2 residency program.

Application Procedure

St. Louis College of Pharmacy and affiliated residency programs will be utilizing ASHP’s PhORCAS system to manage resident applications.  Details, additional requirements, and a link to the PhORCAS system can be found here.

Program Director

Paul E. Milligan, Pharm D
Senior Clinical Lead
Center for Clinical Excellence
8300 Eager Road, Suite 400A
St. Louis, Missouri 63144