PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration


The PGY1/PGY2 Residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration is a 24-month program that is a candidate for accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The program is designed to train highly motivated and qualified pharmacists to manage and lead pharmacy services in an acute, tertiary care facility and assume a leadership position in health-system pharmacy.

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About the Program: 

The first year of residency aligns directly with the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy/Banner – University Medical Center Tucson PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. Please refer to the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice page for complete details. The focus of the first year is clinical pharmacy training in the acute care setting, with introductory experiences to pharmacy and hospital leadership teams.

In the second year, residents receive the fundamental learning experiences necessary for clinical and operational management as well as training and experience in teaching students and residents. Administrative experiences include: fiscal planning and budgeting, human resource management, medication safety, drug information and utilization, supervision of pharmacy operations, clinical pharmacy leadership, information systems, quality assurance, regulation and compliance, and other administrative activities. Rotation schedules can be adapted to fit the interests and career goals of the resident. Teaching opportunities include small group discussion facilitation and didactic lectures at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy.

Learning Experiences

PGY2 Year

• Health System Pharmacy Leadership

• Health System Pharmacy Finance

• Medication Safety, Policy, and Regulation

• Acute Care Pharmacy Operations

• Clinical Pharmacy Management

• Human Resources

• Pharmacy Information Technology


PGY2 Year

• Specialty Pharmacy Management

• Retail Pharmacy Management

• Corporate Health System Pharmacy Administration

• Investigational Drugs

• Ambulatory Care Pharmacy

• Academia

• Clinical Pharmacy and Patient Care experiences, as appropriate


PGY2 Year

• Weekend Operational Staffing

• On-Call Pager Rotation

• Teaching and Precepting

• Pharmacy Leadership Discussion and Journal Club

Academic Responsibilities: 

Academic responsibilities will include assisting in training pharmacy students during clerkship rotations and participating in clinical faculty research.

The resident will complete at least one, major residency project with the primary objective of developing the resident’s skills in problem identification, investigation, and resolution. The project will contribute in a significant way to the department/organization and will be approved by the residency program director/preceptor before research is initiated. The results will be presented at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows and Preceptors or another conference at the discretion of the residency program director. After completion of data collection, the resident will be responsible for submitting a manuscript suitable for submission for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The resident may also be offered opportunities to co-author case reports and review articles with the residency program director and/or other faculty members.

Weekend Staffing/On-call Responsibilities: 

The resident is required to staff every third weekend (on average) during the two years of the program. Weekend staffing shifts will vary between clinical staffing duties and operational duties in the first year and operational duties in the second year. Clinical staffing consists of adult parenteral nutrition monitoring, pharmacokinetic monitoring, anticoagulation monitoring and education, and other duties as deemed necessary. Operational staffing will include performing centralized pharmacy order review, assisting in Code Blue response, answering drug information questions, and other duties as deemed necessary.

The resident is responsible for coverage of the three rotating on-call pagers. While covering the 24-hour on-call pager, the resident may receive questions regarding drug information, parenteral nutrition, and post-discharge medication counseling. The resident is expected to answer calls in a timely manner, but is not required to stay in the hospital overnight.

During the second year, the resident is responsible for post-discharge medication counseling on-call duties. These on-call duties are shared among the pharmacy leadership team.

Benefits and Financial Provisions: 

The salary for this program is competitive with similar residency programs nationwide. The resident is entitled to all benefits provided to full time University of Arizona appointed personnel. Funds may be provided to help offset travel expenses to selected state and national meetings.

Salary: $47,659 (year one), $48,495 (year two)

Application Process: 

The University of Arizona Residency Programs participate in the ASHP-associated Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) for applications and the National Matching Service (NMS) for the residency matching process.

Please submit the following REQUIRED documents through the PhORCAS system by JANUARY 3rd, 2018:

• Letter of Intent

• Curriculum Vitae

• Pharmacy School Transcripts

• Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

ASHP Code: 81026

NMS Match Code: 223341

On-site interviews for invited applicants will occur in late January through February.

Contact Information: 

For additional information about the PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program, please contact:

Kurt Weibel, PharmD, MS

Director of Pharmacy 

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson

1501 N. Campbell Ave.

Pharmacy Services

Tucson, AZ 85724

Phone: (520) 694-6061

Fax: (520) 694-5164