PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration


Pharmacy Residency Program

Health-System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA) residents have the opportunity to gain experience and develop expertise in the provision of comprehensive pharmacy services including direct patient care services, leadership/administrative responsibilities, pharmacy operations, medication safety, quality improvement and scholarly endeavors. The first year of the program will primarily focus on direct patient care services with the goal to develop strong clinical and patient care skills. The second year will primarily focus on leadership and administrative skills.

Candidates accepted into the two-year Mission Hospital Pharmacy Administrative Residency are graduate students simultaneously enrolled in the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with specialization in Health-System Pharmacy Program at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. The Master of Science program is administered through the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

History and Goals

The Master of Science was offered previously at the University of North Carolina from 1969 to 1996. UNC began offering the master’s degree again in 2008, and has been proudly offered at Mission Hospital since July 2011. Mission Hospital residents have the unique opportunity to represent the large community hospital perspective within the UNC cohort. As part of Mission Health, the HSPA residents can also share the rural health and critical access hospital point of view.

HSPA residents from Mission Hospital will experience both the focus on population health associated with nonprofit community hospitals as well as the operational and clinical experiences associated with a large teaching hospital.

Mission Hospital HSPA residents will understand the continuum of care due to the strong relationship between the acute care and ambulatory care services. Learning experiences will primarily take place in the acute care setting with exposure to ambulatory care settings. Mission Hospital’s rich history in ambulatory care services provides opportunity for leadership training in these areas.

Program Overview

Residents can customize their experiences based on interests. Mission Health provides a spectrum of services for residents to participate:

  • Supply chain management through a centralized distribution facility, Ridgefield Processing Center
  • Clinical decision support and protocol development
  • Medication safety at both the hospital and system levels
  • RIVA IV robots, Pentapak® and Wet Cadet ® for drug repackaging
  • Acute care pharmacy operations from a large community hospital perspective and critical access hospital perspective
  • 340b drug management program
  • Ambulatory care pharmacy operations for clinics and retail settings
  • Clinical policy and practice management to optimize formulary and expand the integration of pharmacy services

HSPA residents will be fully immersed in the management team:

  • Develop personnel management skills through managing a small group of pharmacists and technicians
  • Responsible for pharmacy operations in dedicated pharmacy area(s)
  • Serve as a pharmacy manager on-call with the rest of the management team
  • Facilitation of local and system-level committees
  • Project development and implementation
  • Financial exposure throughout the revenue cycle and budget management

Click on the links below for more program details:

Benjamin Coles, PharmD, PGY2 HPSA Resident

Program Contacts

Residency Program Director: Katie Sheldon

PGY2 HSPA Resident: Benjamin Coles

*Please contact Benjamin Coles if you would like to meet with a program representative at ASHP Midyear.

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