Managed Care Pharmacy Practice Residency

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington in Seattle offers a postgraduate year one (PGY1) Managed Care Pharmacy Practice Residency. Our residency program offers training opportunities in a variety of practice settings and provides residents an opportunity to gain valuable clinical and administrative experience in a managed care environment.

Practice areas include: pharmacy administration, health plan operations, primary care, and specialty care. Residents have a unique opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in the development and implementation of medication use management initiatives, formulary development and management, management of high-cost specialty medications, and drug use policy development.

Clinical pharmacy experiences are available in centralized and decentralized services in a wide range of areas, including: clinical pharmacy care center, family medicine, internal medicine, oncology, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, anticoagulation, hepatitis C, nephrology, and pain management. Past residents have moved on to successful careers in a variety of practice settings.

Accreditation: American Society of Health System Pharmacy & Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy

Number of Available Positions: 2
Application Deadline: Dec. 29, 2017
Onsite Interview Required: Yes
Start Date:June 25, 2018
End Date: June 28, 2019

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington, based in Seattle, Wash., is a nonprofit, integrated, managed care system.  Our health plans provide medical and pharmacy benefits to approximately 600,000 residents in Washington state.

About the Residency

Founded in 1983, the Pharmacy Residency Program offers a series of core, required learning experiences that allow the resident to gain experience in population-based care. Residents also have the opportunity to develop and implement clinical practice guidelines, ensure quality and safety of medication use, and create patient-specific pharmaceutical care plans.

Our program strives to develop clinically adept, managed care pharmacists with strong leadership qualities who can manage projects, communicate effectively, and critically analyze data.

Stipend and Benefits

  • Estimated stipend: $54,800
  • Full medical and dental coverage (optional; cost varies depending on plans chosen)
  • 10 days of vacation
  • Educational leave and travel allowance for select professional conferences

Application Requirements

Applicants must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and be eligible for licensure in the State of Washington (will need to complete pharmacist licensure by Sept. 30, 2017). Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Applicants must complete an online application.

In addition, a resume, letter of intent, all pharmacy school transcripts, and three letters of reference are required by application deadline of Jan. 6, 2017.

Learning Experience

Core Learning ExperiencesChronic Disease Program Development (1 required for Core)Elective Learning Experiences
Orientation, professional developmentOncology-hematologySpecialty medication pharmacy services
Pharmacy benefit managerCardiovascular diseaseSpecialty clinical programs & strategies
Partnership & oversightRespiratory/pulmonary diseaseEmployer group reporting & performance
Benefit designMultiple sclerosisNetwork provider programs (reporting, quality incentives, counter detailing)
Formulary management & drug informationDiabetesPharmacy purchasing/drug contracting
Written communications skills (newsletter)Hep CClinical operations
Medication therapy management (MTM)HIVAnalytics/outcome reporting
Medication quality improvementMedication reconciliationLeadership/special projects
Medication use and trend management HP compliance/operations
Direct patient care  
Clinical coverage determinations  
Medication safety improvement  
Project management-residency project