Pgy 2 Program
Medication Safety

Residency Program Director
  • Joe Melucci, RPh, MBA

    • PGY2 Medication Use Safety Residency Program Director The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    • Medication Safety Officer
    • BS Pharmacy- The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
    • MBA- The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

About the PGY2 Medication Safety Residency Program


Completion of the PGY2 medication safety residency will provide the skills and experience necessary to develop a future leader in the field.

Residency Sites


As one of America’s top ranked academic medical centers, the mission of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) is to improve people’s lives through innovation in research, education and patient care. OSUWMC is a 1350 bed multihospital delivery system recognized in 2015 as one of “Americas Best Hospitals” for excellence in ten specialties by US News and World Report based on quality, outcomes, and reputation.

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University Hospital (UH)

University Hospital (UH) is our flagship hospital with over 900 beds. UH is a major referral center for patients throughout Ohio and the Midwest, and is one of the busiest kidney and pancreas transplant centers in the world. UH is also an international center for neuromodulation research and neurological care. In addition, UH is a level 1 trauma center in addition to being the American Burn Associated verified adult burn center for the region.

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is one of the nation’s premier centers for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. OSUWMC features the world’s most advanced cancer and critical care hospital which opened in December of 2014.

With the opening of the new hospital, our institution boasts an Emergency Department (ED) with over 100 beds and an area dedicated specifically to the care of cancer patients within the ED. Medical Intensive Care, Surgical Intensive Care, Neuro Intensive Care, and Cancer specific ICU patient care areas also exist within the new critical care tower. Between UH and the new ICUs within the James Cancer Hospital, the Medical Center has 4 Medical ICU services, 3 Surgical ICU services, and 1 Neurocritical Care service totaling over 100 ICU beds.

The Ross Heart Hospital

The Ross Heart Hospital is a leader in cardiology and heart surgery and is the only nationally ranked heart hospital in the area. Each floor of the 172-bed hospital is dedicated to a specific service, which helps us provide specialized care for every patient. The Ross is one of the largest centers for the implantation of LVAD devices in the world in addition to providing heart and lung transplants.

University Hospitals East (UHE)

University Hospitals East (UHE) blends the friendly atmosphere of a community hospital with the advantages of being a part of a major academic medical center. Located on the eastern edge of downtown Columbus, University Hospital East offers renowned Ohio State services in orthopedic care, emergency services, cancer care, addiction services, ear, nose and throat care, heart care, radiology and imaging services, rehabilitation and wound healing. University Hospital East has a 19 bed mixed medical/surgical ICU.

The Brain and Spine Hospital

The Brain and Spine Hospital will open in Fall 2016 and be a state-of-the-art facility for the advanced management, care and healing of patients with neurological disorders.The hospital will consist of 87 private beds and specialized units for stroke and neurovascular, neurotrauma, epilipsy, spine, chronic pain, neuromodulaton, multiple sclerosis, congnitive and movement disorders, as well as an innovative new model for acute spinal cord injuries.

The Department of Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy at The OSUWMC is one of the largest in the country. With over 400 employees, and a practice model that includes both clinical pharmacy generalists and clinical pharmacy specialists, our goal is the provision of outstanding, state of the art care. We advise our staff on the best use of medications, develop safeguards for our patients to prevent medication errors and develop transformative pharmacy practice in health-systems. We are guided in this mission by our strategic plan that focuses on five key priorities: optimizing our pharmacy information system, refining our practice model, enhancing our medication safety program, establishing the pharmacy as a workplace of choice in Central Ohio and refining our academic relationships and department scholarship.

Training future generations of pharmacists is a vital part of our mission. Our pharmacists serve as preceptors for our residency programs while providing experiential training for Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students. Our residency program has a 55-year tradition of excellence with our graduates being well-prepared to work at a high-level in a wide-variety of institutional and ambulatory patient care facilities.

The Department of Pharmacy, in partnership with the Ohio State College of Pharmacy, strives to develop the skills of our residents and provide a residency program that is recognized nationally for the quality and excellence of its graduates.

Key Rotations / Experiences

Rotational experiences for the medication safety residency are designed to provide the resident with a broad exposure to pharmacy services and patient populations.  One of the most notable features of the residency at the OSUWMC is the wide variety of practice settings to which medication safety principles are applied.  The residency is based at University Hospital.  This is where the foundations of medication safety will be first taught and applied.

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A rotation in the comprehensive cancer center provides experience with medication safety as it relates to chemotherapy and other hazardous medications.  The community hospital setting at University Hospital East exposes the resident to yet another practice setting with a different culture and structure for enacting positive change.  A vulnerable population exists in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where unique medication safety challenges are observed.  The NICU is operated by Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  Working with the medication safety pharmacists from NCH enhances the NICU rotation.

The core medication safety rotations are enriched by rotations in informatics, system quality, critical care and the Institute for Safe Medication Practice.  The rotation arrangements at ISMP have not been finalized yet, but assurances of participation have been communicated.  A stipend for food and lodging is provided for this month-long off-site experience in Horsham, PA.

The critical care rotation provides hands-on clinical experience with specialty practice pharmacists.  This patient-care rotation is designed to sharpen clinical skills through daily rounding with the critical care team.

The medications safety program extends beyond the pharmacy department and contributes to system-wide safety initiatives.  Under the leadership of the Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer, improvement opportunities are identified and solved by the System Quality and Patient Safety Department.  Understanding how medications safety fits into the overall quality and safety structure of a large academic medical center will be best understood by directly experiencing a rotation in this area.

Since technology is intertwined is all aspects of the medication use process, a rotation in the pharmacy informatics is essential.  This experience reveals the benefits and pitfalls of technology as it relates to medication safety.

Other key experiences during the residency will include the completion of a major research project. The resident will also have the opportunity to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in addition to presenting a finalized research project at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference.

Key Preceptors

Joe Melucci, RPh, MBA
Medication Safety Officer

Han Feng, PharmD, BCPS
Medication Safety

Kim Cremers, PharmD
Medication Safety

Beth Prier, PharmD, MS
Associate Director of Pharmacy / Informatics

Claire Murphy, PharmD, BCPS
Critical Care

Anne Van Buren, MPH
Quality & Operations Improvement

ISMP Preceptor – to be determined

Benefits and Additional Requirements

Application Deadline:  January 6, 2017

Start Date: July 1, 2017

Annual Salary- $47,500

Vacation Days- 10 days

Staffing Requirement- 20 weekends per year

Completion of a Major Research Project


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