Health System Administration

PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency combined with PGY1 and MS in Health-System Pharmacy Administration 2 year program

Program Overview 

The HSPA program at University of Utah Health develops clinically strong practitioners who choose to specialize in pharmacy administration roles, and become leaders in the profession. The PGY1 program provides a strong practice foundation with emphasis on clinical skill development. The PGY2 HSPA program provides a broad experience in the management of pharmacy services in an academic medical center including inpatient and ambulatory programs, as well as foundational skills in human resources, leadership, technology and informatics, operational management, finance, compliance, medication safety and quality. The MS program provides for the solid academic foundation to support the rotational experiences. Graduates of the program will be capable of assuming roles as clinical coordinators, team leaders, pharmacy supervisors or managers in a variety of pharmacy practice settings, including academic medical centers. These are the leaders that will be ultimately assuming senior pharmacy leader and director of pharmacy positions.

Program Purpose

Our PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

Program Educational Outcomes, Goals, and Objectives

The program uses the ASHP Outcomes, Goals and Objectives required for Health-System Pharmacy Administration. The program uses all required Outcomes, Goals and Objectives Other elective outcomes may be addressed as part of the resident's customizable plan.

The summary of the Outcomes, Goals and Objectives selected for the year are included as a print out from PharmAcademic for each resident after planning for the program year.

Program Requirements

The program is offered in 3 parts.

  1. See the Pharmacy Practice (PGY1) Residency description for detailed information for the first year of the program. Required 4 week rotations include: Orientation, Management, Drug Information, Acute Care-Internal Medicine, Adult Critical Care Selective, Transitions of Care Selective, and Primary Care. Residents have 4 weeks of project time spread out during the year. Residents may then choose electives (4 months) from a wide variety of electives in acute or ambulatory care, and specialty consult areas/ Residents in the HSPA program take Medication Safety as one of their electives their first year.
  2. The Master of Science in Health-System Pharmacy Administration is offered as a program of the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. The first year course work is pharmacy specific with courses in issues in health care leadership and ethics, finance and accounting, operations management, human resources, research seminar, and practical issues for health system leaders. The second year is mostly electives taking coursework with the masters in health care administration students and in other departments such as Family Medicine (department with masters in public health), Health Education, and Business. Data Analysis and Decision making is required this second year. Examples of elective courses include: Public Health Policy and Administration, Health Care Financial Management, Health System Administration, Quality Improvement, and Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research. Other electives are considered with the approval of the Graduate Programs Committee.
    Summary of academic program with curriculum. (see sidebar on HSPA residency site at
  3. Health-System Pharmacy Administration (PGY2) Residency
    Rotations are planned for each resident based on the program requirements, resident's previous experiences, resident's interests, and identified resident needs. A foundational set of experiences are required. The following summarizes the rotation experiences.
Rotation Primary Preceptor Suggested Duration

Foundational Required Experiences

Inpatient Pharmacy Operations (including informatics objectives) Kavish Choudhary 8 weeks
Inpatient Clinical Services Sonya Ruelle 4 weeks
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Operations Russell Ragsdale 8 weeks
Ambulatory Care Clinical Service Development Ben Berrett 4 weeks
Supply Chain Russell Findlay 4 weeks
Advanced Institutional Kavish Choudhary 4 weeks
Budgeting and Financial Services Linda Tyler 4 weeks
Capstone Linda Tyler 4 weeks or Longitudinal
Project Program Preceptors Longitudinal
Longitudinal Supervision (Residents supervise an area of the pharmacy during their second year. Examples of areas supervised include operating room areas and the Moran Eye Center pharmacy.) Kavish Choudhary Longitudinal
Staffing, Scheduling—Inpatient Ashley Bowden Longitudinal
Staffing, Scheduling—Outpatient, Discharge Services Derrick Shepherd Longitudinal
Note: Medication Safety: Residents are asked to take this as a rotation during their PGY1 year. If that did not occur, then residents are required to take this rotation in their PGY2 year. Shantel Mullin 4 weeks

Elective Experiences

Electives are arranged based on the resident's interests. This can included experiences in other areas as well as a longer duration in an already scheduled area. In addition, there are many electives for the resident to choose from to gain experience and enhance their interests. The follow are established electives.
Drug Policy Erin Fox 4 weeks
Home Infusion Services Jamie Doi Slade 2-4 weeks
Reporting and Analytics Linda Tyler, Antoine Clawson, Ian McDonald, Jia Milan 2-4 weeks
Specialty Pharmacy Lonnie Smith and Matthew Rim 4 weeks
Oncology Service Development Scott Silverstein 2-4 weeks
Investigational Drug Service Elyse McDonald 2-4 weeks
Informatics Dallas Moore 4 weeks
Other electives can be developed based on the resident’s interests.    

Other program requirements

Completion of Goals and Objectives: Residents are required to complete 85% of the goals and objectives as a requirement for completion in the program.

Project: Residents are required to complete a project and develop a manuscript for publication. The residency project can be coordinated with the project requirement of the masters program.

Required Presentations:

It is important that residents develop their presentations skills. All residents are required to do at least 4 presentations including an ACPE continuing education presentation and a presentation of their project at Mountain States Conference. The RPD will assign at least 2 other formal presentations that help the resident meet the program goals, develop the resident’s teaching and presentation skills, and build on the resident’s interests.

As part of the Master’s program, residents are required to do 2 presentations.

  • Project defense (fall of second year)
  • Project presentation (spring of second year)

Staffing requirements: Residents are scheduled an average of four staffing assignments per month. During the PGY1 year, residents are assigned to a clinical area and work many of their assignments in that area. In addition, residents have experience working in the central operations area. During the HSPA residency year, residents will be assigned staffing assignments in inpatient pharmacy areas and the ambulatory care areas such as the discharge program (about half of staffing hours are in each area).

Optional experience: Complete requirements for teaching certificate program. This can be completed over the two years.

Goals and objectives for each rotation: The goals and objectives are assigned for each learning experience. PharmAcademic is used as a tool for managing this process.

Rotation Descriptions: Rotation descriptions are available online on the website.


Candidates must graduate from an ACPE-accredited pharmacy program with a doctor of pharmacy degree (or equivalent combination of education and clinical experience) with a minimum GPA of 3.1 on a 4.0 scale. Residents must have completed an accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program. Applicants must be eligible for Utah licensure and are expected to obtain licensure as a pharmacist in Utah by September 30th of each program year. (The University of Utah Pharmacy residency programs do not sponsor visas.)

For more information contact

Linda Tyler, PharmD
Chief Pharmacy Officer
(801) 581-2732
50 N. Medical Drive, Room A-050
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

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Linda Tyler, PharmD
Chief Pharmacy Officer

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