Residency Programs

Drug Information Residency


The Samford University Global Drug Information Center offers a one year specialized residency in Drug Information. The residency is a structured education and training experience that is designed to offer comprehensive and intensive training in all aspects of drug information services (e.g., literature searching and evaluation, formulary management, policy and procedure design, newsletter preparation). The residency objectives are those developed by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.


The Drug Information Resident applicant must have received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a School of Pharmacy accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE) before beginning the residency program. The candidate must have a U.S. pharmacy license. Completion of a generalized Pharmacy Practice Residency before starting the Drug Information Specialized Residency is desired but not required.


The resident will receive balanced instruction to improve verbal and written communication plus decision-making and problem solving skills essential for drug information practice. Activities to enhance these skills include service (drug information, administration, clinical, managed care), clinical, research (project appropriate for publication), and teaching didactic/experiential courses to entry level Pharm.D. students. Elective rotations are available. Rotations are tailored to the interests of the resident.


Candidates should submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, application form, and two letters of recommendation (reference form) by January 17, 2014 to:


 Peter J. Hughes, Pharm.D., BCPS,
Residency Director, Assistant Professor and Drug Information Specialist
McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229-7027
Phone: (205) 726-2519 Fax: (205) 726-4012


The resident activities can be divided into three (3) categories:

  1. Service
  2. Education
  3. Research

The above activities will be accomplished through goals and objectives that are set forth by the Residency Director and the Resident at the beginning of the residency program. The current status of the activities towards the completion of the residency goals will be documented by the resident through the use of a Residency Portfolio. The Residency Director is required to review the portfolio with the resident on an "at-least" quarterly basis to determine the progress and development of the resident.


Assist the Drug Information faculty in successfully accomplishing the commitments and responsibilities of the SUGDIS:


  1. Respond to drug information requests from health care professionals
  2. Participate in formulary development, evaluation, and maintenance
  3. Assume the responsibility of Assistant Editor of quarterly newsletter publication Pharmacy Precis
  4. Assist in preparing the weekly newsletter publications CLIPs (Current Literature and Information for Pharmacists) and New Drug FAX Sheet
  5. Share the on-call service responsibility with the Drug Information faculty
  6. Provide committee support (e.g., P&T)
  7. Assist with the Antibiotic Management Programs


  1. Precept Pharm.D. students enrolled in required Drug Information Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE).
  2. Present selected lectures and assist with the laboratory component of the following courses:
    1. PHRX 307 - Basics of Drug Information course and laboratory (1st year students)
    2. PHRX 500 Introduction to Capstone (3rd year students)
    3. PHRX 527 - Drug Literature Evaluation (3rd year students)

Also, the drug information resident (in addition to the drug information faculty) will be responsible for facilitating students progression in the completion of individual and group drug information course projects. 


  1. Conduct a research project suitable for publication and presentation at a Scientific or Professional meeting
  2. Present the research project at the following professional meetings:
    1. Southeastern Residency Conference (Late Spring)
    2. One (or more if permitted) of the following pharmacy-related meetings (if time permits):
      1. ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
      2. ASHP Annual Meeting
      3. ACCP Meeting
      4. Managed Care-related meeting
      5. State or local pharmacy organization meeting


  1. Resident Stipend: $45,000 / 12 months.
  2. Vacation/Sick/Professional Leave: A total of fifteen (15) working days for personal time-off, sick leave, and attendance at professional meetings or interviewing with prospective employers. The department and center will fund attendance to selected profession meeting(s).
  3. Holidays: Days listed in University academic calendar (selected days subject to service requirements)
  4. Parking: FREE and convenient

Samford University is an Equal Opportunity Institution that complies with applicable law prohibiting discrimination in its educational and employment policies and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or national or ethnic origin.

Updated Dec 5, 2013