Learning Experiences

Learning Experiences

HSPA residency program includes the following core training components:

Clinical Experience – Maintenance of clinical competence during the residency program is essential to meeting the competency expectations of ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency programs. The first year of the residency focuses on this developing clinical competence and becoming comfortable practicing as a clinical pharmacist leading to the completion of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Certificate. Please refer to the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program page for detailed information on learning experiences for the PGY1 year.

Leadership/Administrative Experience – The majority of the second year is dedicated to experiential learning and practical application of knowledge and experiences from the first year. During this year, residents develop expertise in departmental leadership and administration, quality improvement and patient safety, automation and informatics as it applies to pharmacy services, policy development, interdepartmental relationships and collaboration, human resource management and current trends in the pharmacy profession. Additional experiences may be offered related to the resident’s interest.

Residency Rotations


Required Rotations

Internal Medicine I Critical Care*
Internal Medicine II Infectious Disease
Ambulatory Care** Drug Policy and Practice Management
Drug Distribution and Technology

Selective-Elective Rotations

Cardiology Pediatrics/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Transitions of Care Psychiatry

Elective Rotations

Drug Information Medication Safety
Oncology – Inpatient Oncology – Outpatient
Metabolic Support Medication Assistance Program
Pharmacogenomics Emergency Medicine

Longitudinal Rotations

Staffing (requirements below) PGY1 Research Project
External Factors on Pharmacy Practice

*Critical Care Opportunities: Neuro-trauma ICU, Medical-Surgical ICU
**Ambulatory practice locations: Mission Hospital Anticoagulation Clinic, Mission Hospital Advanced Cardiac Care Clinic, Mission Hospital Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Mission Hospital Outpatient Oncology/Infusion


Required Rotations (time-frame variable)

Finance/Supply Chain Management Pharmacy Operations and Technology
Clinical Services and Drug Policy Quality and Regulatory Oversight
Medication Safety Human Resources/Personnel Management
Population Health/Accountable Care Organization Pharmacist Scheduling and Manager On-Call

Elective Rotations

Outpatient Clinical Pharmacy Management Outpatient Infusion Center Management
Retail Pharmacy Services  Critical Access Hospital Management

Longitudinal Rotations

Staffing (requirements below) PGY2 Research Project/MS Thesis

Additional Requirements


  • PGY1 – every 3rd weekend and one evening shift every other week
  • PGY2 – every 4th weekend and one evening shift every other week

 Research Project

  • PGY1 – Medication Utilization Evaluation or research project
  • PGY2 – Master’s project
  • PGY1/PGY2 – Poster presentation at ASHP Midyear; project presentation at Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC)

 Administrative Responsibilities

  • PGY1 – Manage MERIT Pharmacy Intern program
  • PGY1 – Secretary of shared governance committee
  • PGY2 – Administrative Manager On-Call – every 4th week during PGY2 year (coincides with weekend staffing responsibility)
  • PGY2 – Manage a group of pharmacists and technicians
  • PGY2 – Manage the pharmacist work schedule
  • PGY2 – Chair of shared governance committee; chair of system operations committee

Professional Organization Meetings

  • PGY1 – NCAP Residency Showcase
  • PGY1/PGY2 – ASHP Leadership Conference (October)
  • PGY1/PGY2 – ASHP Midyear Conference

Pharmacist continuing education presentations – PGY1/PGY2

ACLS Training/Code Blue emergency participation – PGY1/PGY2

ABCCM volunteer experience – PGY1 (monthly)/PGY2 (as available)

Drug class monograph, Journal Club presentation, Protocol development – PGY1

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