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Humana’s postgraduate year one (PGY1) managed care pharmacy residency program

Learn more about joining Humana’s PGY1 managed care pharmacy residency program and how you can become part of the next generation of pharmacy leaders. Through systematic training, our pharmacy residents enhance their clinical and business acumen while seeing the whole picture of the populations we serve. Join a team passionate about making a positive impact on quality, adherence and access to therapy.

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Managed care pharmacy residency program

The residency program allows pharmacy residents to collaborate and make contributions within multi-disciplinary teams to support Humana Medicare, Medicaid and commercial members in achieving their best health. The program structure provides learning opportunities in formulary, drug utilization and trend management, with application of best clinical practices supported by analytics to provide pharmaceutical care at a population health level. You will gain experience in an integrated health plan and pharmacy benefit management setting preparing you for a successful career as a managed care pharmacist.

Hear from leaders about different parts of the program, the impact it has for Humana and most importantly the opportunity it can bring to participants.

Program purpose

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions. Pharmacy residents who complete the PGY1 programs are eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. A managed care pharmacy residency will provide systematic training to pharmacists so they can achieve professional competence in the delivery of patient care and managed care practice.

Humana is such a special place, and there are so many programs that I'm proud of as I look back on my career and what's happened in our company. One of the programs I'm most proud of is our Humana pharmacy residency program. We recognized that we had a need to help develop and advance our pharmacy benefit manager and mail order pharmacy. We also recognized that the opportunity for pharmacists to make a difference in the delivery of care to our members was so impactful. The Humana residency program is very valuable, and you will truly come out of this residency being a well-rounded managed care pharmacist. I tell new residents to think of every day as an interview and so, at the end of the residency, there's so much advantage in the network that you build of other pharmacists who want to support you in your career here. The residency program is a training program that bridges education with career experience. It's a 12-month program and so, the residents have the opportunity to come in and work in different areas of the organization and grow themselves. There are so many opportunities here. It's endless. You could come here and likely work in every area of pharmacy or across healthcare services. I could have virtually seven to eight different pharmacy careers that were really unrelated to each other all under the same umbrella of Humana. The residency program offers really a unique value. Residents get the opportunity to come in and navigate through the entire enterprise as it relates to pharmacy and learn how they fit within the much bigger picture of focused training. We've got a tremendous number of examples of past residents who are in leadership roles today. We can easily place those folks in different segments of the business because of their residency experience and the foundation that they had built. Humana is always forward-thinking. We're always steps ahead. One great example is the focus on consumer experience. What I love about working at Humana really is the associate-centric attitude that our leadership takes, not only from our benefits, but also the ability to pursue new and different opportunities that challenge me across my career in my lifetime. I love how we make our associates a priority and believe that the associate is the key reason in which we deliver results. When I first came to Humana, one of the things that drove me here was that I can directly influence an individual person's care all the way to a population of people's care. At Humana, I have a really great job because I get to live in the space between pharmacy and innovation across healthcare services. We're looking at new ways to collaborate and to integrate our clinical services. What I love about working at Humana is the opportunity to really go beyond what is strictly specific to my job, and it's allowed me the opportunity to grow beyond being just kind of pigeonholed in a specific area in pharmacy. It opens up just a lot more opportunities. We now have a number of our residents who are leading material parts of our business, and there's no prouder moment than to see people grow and to see their careers advance.

Program highlights

  • As a residency program participant, you will enjoy all of the benefits provided to Humana associates, including:
    • Competitive compensation
    • Medical insurance
    • 401(k)
    • Paid vacation/holidays
    • Paid volunteer days
    • No evening/weekend staffing requirements
  • The program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in partnership with the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP).

Learning Experiences:

  • Clinical policy and formulary management – Participate in 4 key areas of focus:
    1. Formulary strategy
    2. Policy development
    3. Drug pipeline and trend management
    4. Formulary management
  • Specialty pharmacy – Participate in a comprehensive approach to managing specialty drugs within a managed care environment, including utilization management and clinical programs.
  • Clinical operations – Participate in reviewing prior authorization requests and nonformulary exception requests and/or appeals. Gain experience with the application of Lean Six Sigma to support clinical processes.
  • Patient safety programs – Participate in clinical programs to improve medication usage and safety, and associated HEDIS and CMS Star ratings.
  • Medication Therapy Management (MTM) and Strategy – Perform complete medication reviews on Humana members with chronic conditions to improve therapeutic outcomes and reduce the risk of adverse events. Participate in strategy and design for new clinical programs that support MTM.
  • Teaching Certificate – Complete the online teaching certificate course ASHP to develop practice-related educational skills including preceptorship of advanced practice pharmacy experience students. Document teaching experiences, develop a teaching philosophy and demonstrate growth in teaching/feedback within a customized teaching portfolio.
  • Research project – Complete a research project to present as a poster at a national pharmacist meeting. Prepare a manuscript that may be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for consideration for publication.
  • Professional and Leadership Development – Further your leadership skills in hands-on classes and other professional development opportunities. Focus includes furthering skills in self-awareness and emotional intelligence, handling conflict and approaching difficult conversations.

Residency showcase locations

  • AMCP Nexus
  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting

How to apply

The 12-month program begins in July. Apply through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) by Dec. 31.

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Applicants must include the following information:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • 3 professional letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript from an ACPE accredited school of pharmacy; separate undergraduate transcripts not required but may be submitted
  • Letter of intent, 500 words or less, explaining "why you are pursuing a managed care pharmacy residency and what you hope to gain from Humana’s program?"

Candidates must be licensed or eligible for licensure in state or jurisdiction in which the residency program is conducted. Select candidates will participate in on-site and/or virtual interviews.

Program location: Louisville, Kentucky

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Contact the residency program director

Debbie Meyer, B.Sc. Pharmacy