PGY1-PGY2 Residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration

The purpose of the ASHP accredited PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at Methodist University Hospital is to prepare the resident for a position in Health System Pharmacy Leadership. Program participants will:

  • Develop strong leadership abilities with emphasis on strategic planning and vision/goal setting
  • Develop strong management abilities with ability to lead a team, mentor and coach, and problem solve
  • Obtain experience in pharmacy operations, financial management, human resource management, medication safety and policy, regulatory readiness, pharmacy informatics and project management
  • Be capable of providing pharmaceutical care in multiple settings
  • Possess independent learning skills
  • Maintain professional ethics
  • Understand research methods and opportunities
  • Take personal responsibility for affecting change

The specific program for each resident varies based upon his or her goals, interests and previous experience. However, all residents are required to complete rotations in core subject areas considered to be essential to the pharmacy practitioner and leader.

Please refer to PGY1 program for PGY1 program rotation and requirements.

Core Educational Experiences:

  • Central Operations Management – 2 months
  • Clinical Services Management – 1 to 2 months
  • Hospital Pharmacy Leadership – 2 months
  • Outpatient Pharmacy/Home Infusion

Elective Experiences:

  • Clinical Coordinator (community)
  • Hospital Administration
  • Hosp Pharmacy Leadership (community)
  • Hosp Pharmacy Leadership (peds)
  • Medical Safety (peds)
  • Pharmacy Automations
  • Pharmacy Informatics

Core Longitudinal

  • Management of Pharmacy Area (October through June)
  • Residency Project (12 months)
  • Pharmacy Practice Staffing and On Call (12 months)
  • Committee Leadership – Product Standards Subcommittee of P&T
  • Committee Participation – System Pharmacy Operations Team (July through December), System Pharmacy Clinical Team (January through June)
  • Drug Policy (July through December)
  • Medication Safety (January through June)
  • Pharmacy Leadership (12 months)

Program Specific Staffing / On-Call Requirements:

The resident will be required to staff two (2) additional shifts every four (4) weeks throughout the residency year, excluding the orientation month.

The resident will be required to carry the clinical on-call pager from 5PM - 8AM on Monday - Sunday for approximately 5 weeks throughout the PGY1 residency year, excluding the orientation month.

The resident will be required to assume Administration-On-Call responsibilities approximately every 5-6 weeks throughout the PGY2 residency year. This normally does not require any additional time in the hospital outside of regular work hours.

Other Requirements:

  • Presentation of an ACPE Continuing Education Program
  • Provide one lecture in Pharm.D. management class
  • Lead 4 topic discussions for PGY1 residents
  • Complete 1 medication use evaluation (evaluation and implementation of recommendations)
  • Completion of major research project including presentation and preparation of manuscript
  • Completion of Leading the Quest Classes including Fundamentals of Leadership, Leading for Teamwork and Collaboration, Leading for Performance Excellence, Selecting and Retaining Top Talent, and Leading for Service Excellence – The Power of One

Optional MBA Program

The PGY1/PGY2 resident will have the option to enroll in the Master of Business Administration Program with a Concentration in Pharmacy Practice Management at the University of Memphis, in collaboration with the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, during the PGY2 year. This program is based online and can be completed at a pace the resident desires.


Approximately $44,500 for PGY2 residents.


Alison Apple, M.S.

System Director of Pharmacy
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Department of Pharmacy
Methodist University Hospital
1265 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 516-8295