University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Medicine

General Internal Medicine Research

Bio for Amanda G Kennedy
Amanda G Kennedy

Amanda G Kennedy

Associate Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine
Department of Medicine

Contact Information
Office Location:
89 Beaumont Avenue, Given Courtyard S4


2007 Graduate Certificate in Human Factors, Key Centre for Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia (online)
2000 Doctor of Pharmacy, magna cum laude - Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts

Academic Interests

Patient and Medication Safety Research


Health Services Research
Academic Detailing

Academic Appointments

2012-present Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Vermont
2003-present Director, Vermont Academic Detailing Program, University of Vermont Office of Primary Care
2003-2011 Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Vermont
2006-2007 Executive Fellow in Patient Safety, Williamson Institute for Healthcare Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
2001-2003 Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Vermont
2000-2001 Pharmacy Practice (PGY1) Resident, ASHP Accredited, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vermon

Research Grants

(Kennedy) Vermont Academic Detailing Program (ongoing), Vermont Department of Health This program develops and delivers Academic Detailing to providers and practices in Vermont.
(Kennedy) Medication Management Pilot Study (January 2012-June 2014), Vermont Department of Health This grant will support the UVM Office of Primary Care to conduct a population-based medication management pilot study in collaboration with selected primary care practices and pharmacists over a two year period. The broad goal of this pilot study is to improve care for Vermonters, specifically around optimizing medication regimens in primary care settings. To support this goal, the pilot will describe and evaluate varying models for pharmacist collaboration with primary care practices. Health information technology, including population-based mediation reports from primary care practices’ electronic health records, will serve as a tool for the pharmacist collaborations, where available. This pilot study will be collaborative between pharmacists and primary care practices and supported by a broad foundation of stakeholders, utilizing the expertise and opinions of the Vermont Blueprint for Health and Vermont Academic Detailing Program Advisors.
(MacLean) Narcotics Quality Improvement Project (January 2012-December 2012), Vermont Department of Health This Grant will support the UVM Office of Primary Care to develop an approach for improving the process of narcotic prescribing in Vermont primary care practices. A quality improvement approach will be utilized to implement a prescribing system in the participating primary care offices with the collaboration of the Agency for Drug Abuse Programs of the Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System. The goal is to provide an office systems framework for best practice narcotic prescribing.
(Pinckney) Program in Wise Prescribing (September 2006-August 2008), Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Education Program This research plan will use actors playing the part of drug company representatives as a teaching tool for prescribers in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and New York
R04RH05814A0 (Kennedy) Evaluation of an Outpatient Modified Prescription Form (September 2005-August 2006), Health Resources and Services Administration This research plan will evaluate a modified paper prescription form that may be implemented in rural primary care settings cheaply and quickly with the goal of outpatient prescription error reduction. The specific aims of this project are to determine if a modified paper prescription form decreases overall prescribing errors compared to a standard paper prescription form, to determine if a modified paper prescription form decreases omission errors compared to a standard paper prescription form, and to determine prescriber satisfaction with the modified prescription form.
1K08HS13891 (Kennedy) Outpatient Prescription Errors (September 2003-September 2008), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality The major goals of this project are to develop and evaluate a novel reporting system in physicians’ offices for detecting prescription errors, to develop and evaluate a novel improvement system in currently operating community pharmacies to increase prescription error reporting by pharmacists, and to analyze reports of outpatient prescription errors and understand their root causes.

Awards and Honors

2011 Pharmacist of the Year
2002 Winner, Best Student, Resident, Fellow Paper Award, ACCP Spring Meeting
2000 APhA-ASP Mortar and Pestle Professionalism Award
2000 SmithKline Beecham Patient Care Award
1999 Rho Chi Honor Society, Northeastern University


Kennedy AG, Chen H, Corriveau M, MacLean CD. Improving Population Management through Pharmacist-Primary Care Integration: A pilot study. Population Health Management. In press
Kennedy AG, Possidente CJ, Pinckney, RG. Awareness and Perceptions of Vermont's Prescribed Product Gift Ban and Disclosure Law by Prescribers and Pharmacists. J Pharm Pract. 2012 Aug 10. PMID: 22885841
Kennedy AG, Littenberg B, Callas PW, Carney JK. Evaluation of a modified prescription form to address prescribing errors. Am J Health Syst. Pharm. 2011;68:151-7.

Pinckney RG, Helminski AS, Kennedy AG, MacLean CD, Hurowitz L, Cote E. The Effect of Medication Samples on Self=reported Prescribing Practices: A statewide, cross-sectional survey. J Gen Intern Med. 2010;Aug 31.

Kennedy AG, Senders JW, Sellen K, Littenberg B, Callas PW, Carney JK. Perception of drug-name legibility by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2009;66(9);794-5.

Kennedy AG, Littenberg B, Senders JW. Using nurses and office staff to report prescribing errors in primary care. Int J Qual Health Care 2008 Aug;20(4):238-45. Epub 2008 Apr 22. PMID: 18430748
MacLean CD, Kennedy AG, Littenberg B. Limitations of diabetes pharmacotherapy: results from the Vermont Diabetes Information System study. BMC Family Practice 2006;7:50 (15 Aug 2006) PMID: 16911789
Kennedy AG, Littenberg B. A Modified Outpatient Prescription Form to Reduce Prescription Errors. Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2004;30:480-487. PMID: 15469125
Kennedy AG, MacLean, CD, Littenberg B, Ades PA, Pinckney RG. The challenge of achieving national cholesterol goals in patients with diabetes. Diabetes Care 2005;28:1029-34. PMID: 15855562
Kennedy AG, Littenberg B. Medication error reporting by community pharmacists. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2004;44:434-8.
Kennedy AG, Littenberg B. A dictation system for reporting prescription errors in community pharmacies. Int J Pharm Pract. 2004;12:13-19.
Kennedy AG, MacLean CD. Clinical Inertia: Repeated ommision errors in a medication plan. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2004;61:401-4.