PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Program

PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Program

HSPAL Residency Purpose

The HSPAL residency program builds on a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) education and is designed to develop residents into competent clinical pharmacists, eligible for board certification, as well as develop competence in high level managerial, supervisory, and leadership responsibilities.

Residency Description

The Cincinnati Children’s Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (HSPAL) Residency program is a 24-month post-doctor of pharmacy training program that satisfies the requirements of both a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY2 HSPAL Residency. In partnership with the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, residents will also complete a master of science in pharmacy leadership; refer to the UC Online Masters Programs page for more information on the MS in pharmacy leadership.

After completion of the PGY1 residency program, the PGY2 residency will focus on the following:

  • Pharmacy leadership
  • Advancing practice and improving care
  • Medication safety
  • Clinical and operational management
  • Home infusion and specialty pharmacy
  • Automation and pharmacy informatics
  • Finance and budgeting
  • Human resources management
  • Teaching, education and dissemination of knowledge

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center provides the ideal tertiary and ambulatory care settings to foster the development of a contemporary pediatric pharmacy practitioner and leader. The resident will participate in daily patient centered interdisciplinary rounds, attend pertinent committee meetings, participate in pharmacy and therapeutics, participate and lead performance improvement activities, and contribute to the teaching and leadership activities of the department. The resident will participate in all aspects of medication therapy management provided at the medical center.

The resident will complete a major residency project in the PGY1 and the PGY2 residency year. The projects must deal with a subject pertinent to pharmaceutical care services within the Medical Center. The projects must be of direct benefit to patient care. The resident is expected to complete the projects and submit written manuscripts in a format suitable for publication.

As part of the total educational experience, the resident will be required to staff the pharmacy every other weekend during their first year of residency and every third weekend their second year of residency.

This two-year residency begins June 26, 2023. The residency offers a stipend of $51,000 during the first year of residency and $56,000 during their second year of residency, paid vacation / holiday leave, full employee benefits and a MS degree paid in full by the institution.

Residency Structure:

The PGY1 portion of the residency program will follow Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, with two administrative elective opportunities—pharmacy operations and medication safety. The goal is to develop and train a competent clinical pharmacist that is eligible for board certification after completion of their PGY1, who is prepared for their PGY2 focused on administrative and leadership skills.

The PGY2 portion of the residency program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center allows the resident to further develop the skills learned during PGY1, but also begin honing their administrative and leadership skills. The PGY2 portion focuses on ten key rotation experiences with the remaining two electives available in a myriad of options. By the end of their PGY2, we expect the resident to be a competent clinical and organizational leader ready to begin shaping the future of pharmacy divisions.

PGY2 Rotation Summary:

Learning Experience   Duration  Designation
Hospital Executive Leadership   Four-weeks  Required
Pharmacy Divisional Leadership   Four-weeks  Required
Divisional Operations Leadership I   Four-weeks  Required
Divisional Operations Leadership II: Satellites   Four-weeks  Required
Pharmacy Finances   Four-weeks  Required
Specialty Pharmacy   Four-weeks  Required
Clinical Pharmacy Services   Four-weeks  Required
Outpatient Pharmacy Services   Four-weeks  Required
Supply Chain Management   Four-weeks  Required
Advanced Medication Safety   Four-weeks  Required
503b Compounding Leadership (STAQ)   Four-weeks  Elective
Home Care Pharmacy Services   Four-weeks  Elective
Liberty Campus Operations   Four-weeks  Elective
ASHP Technician Training Management Program   Four-weeks  Elective

Unique Program Experiences:

  • The resident will participate in the James M. Anderson Center for Health System Excellence program Intermediate Improvement Science Series (I²S²) which is an accredited course that supports the transformation of health systems and catalyzes the cultural shift necessary to be a leader in improving child health.
  • Allow residents to pursue non-traditional elective rotation opportunities at STAQ (503B compounder), and Apexus (340B prime vendor) if interested
  • Focused operational management area in PGY2 year to foster human resource, team leadership and managerial skills in a hands-on way
  • The University of Cincinnati’s MS program has a large cohort with other HSPAL programs to network with and learn from, and is conducted online
  • Robust pharmacy operations, formulary and automation committee involvement in PGY2 year
  • Executive hospital leadership exposure with vice president of patient services

Applications to this program are through ASHP PhORCAS.


Mark Thomas, MS, RPh
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Department of Pharmacy
3333 Burnet Avenue—MLC 1101
Cincinnati, OH 45229