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Drug Information Residency

A Residency that Emphasizes Evidence-based Practice

The Drug Information Residency provides an intensive, rewarding experience in drug information practice while providing residents the flexibility to pursue individual interest areas and gain exposure to many practice settings through the Center for Drug Information and Evidence-Based Practice at Creighton University. This is a dynamic one-year residency program (PGY1 or PGY2).

Residency Experiences

The Drug Information Residency does not have blocked rotations but has a variety of experiences that occur throughout the 12-month period (July 1–June 30) of the program.

Drug Information Consultation Service 

The resident will become a competent practitioner in the area of drug information clinical practice by participating in the day-to-day operations and management of the drug information consultation service. This is a core competency that is emphasized throughout the duration of the program.  

The resident will provide evidence-based drug information consultations to healthcare professionals, working independently or collaboratively with Doctor of Pharmacy rotation students.  

This experience requires the resident to become proficient in evaluating and synthesizing large bodies of medical literature, complex medical decision making, and making clinical recommendations.  

A thorough understanding and skill in literature evaluation and evidence-based practice principles is required for this experience. 

Medication Policy / Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Support

The resident will play a key role in pharmacy and therapeutics committee support with affiliated institutions and other organizations. The resident will work independently and collaboratively with Doctor of Pharmacy rotation students to develop and present formulary monographs, therapeutic class reviews, and other medical policy activities. 

Teaching and Education 

Teaching is a core component of the residency.  

The resident will:  

  • receive an academic appointment as Instructor of Pharmacy Practice.  
  • provide extensive advanced experiential training to Doctor of Pharmacy students during their required drug information rotation.  
  • have opportunities to teach in a didactic setting in for the course Literature Evaluation & Evidence-Based Practice and other courses. 


The resident will work collaboratively on research projects conducted through the Center for Drug Information and Evidence-Based Practice.  

A variety of research opportunities are available in the areas of clinical practice in drug information, scholarship of teaching and learning, meta-analysis and systematic reviews, and others.  

The resident will complete a minimum of one research project suitable for publication during the residency period.

Residency Location

The Drug Information Residency program is housed in the Center for Drug Information and Evidence-Based Practice at Creighton University. 

This facility is located next to the school’s Dispensing and Patient Care Lab and Center for Medication Therapy Management. 

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Teaching Programs and Certificates

Residents must complete the following two certificate programs at Creighton: 

Teaching Certificate 

The teaching certificate is a longitudinal program to help develop foundational skills in curriculum development and teaching. 

Evidence-Based Practice Certificate 

The evidence-based practice certificate is intended to provide the foundational knowledge for evidence-based medical decision-making, including modules covering biostatistics, hypothesis testing, research design, developing a research protocol, and conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis. 

A variety of other opportunities are available throughout the residency year such as seminars on grant writing, leadership, research design, and others. Participation in these programs will be dependent on the interests of the resident and availability. 

Drug Information Residency Qualifications and Application Requirements 


The resident should hold a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited U.S. pharmacy program before the start of the residency and be eligible for licensure in Nebraska. Previous pharmacy work experience or a residency in pharmacy practice is preferred, but not required. Demonstrated ability to communicate proficiently in writing and verbally is preferred. 

How to Apply 

Submit by email or regular mail a letter of intent, CV, three (3) letters of recommendation and Doctor of Pharmacy program transcripts to: 

Darren J. Hein, PharmD
Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Center for Drug Information &
Evidence-Based Practice 
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions 
Creighton University 
2500 California Plaza 
Omaha, NE 68178 

*Applications submitted by February 1 will be given priority review and consideration for a remote interview. Applications submitted after February 1 will be considered on a rolling basis.

This residency is not accredited by an accrediting body. This is by choice of the program directors. The residency generally follows the definitions and guidelines set forth by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and would likely be accredited if accreditation was sought. However, at present time, the program directors have opted not to pursue accreditation.

  • Darren J. Hein, PharmD, Director, Post-Graduate Program; Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice 
  • Shana Castillo, PharmD, MBA, Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice 

The Drug Information Residency provides a stipend of $45,000 annually plus health benefits.

Contact Us

Darren J. Hein, PharmD 
Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice 
Center for Drug Information and Evidence-Based Practice 
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions