PGY1 Pharmacy & PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (HSPAL)

The combined PGY1 & PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency Program is a two-year residency established to provide specialty training for residents interested in health-system pharmacy administration and leadership. As a PGY1, the pharmacy resident will complete the requirements of the PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Rush University Medical Center. Experiences are tailored to the individual resident's background and interest areas. As a PGY2, the pharmacy resident will be exposed to a variety of practice areas including Inpatient Clinical Pharmacy Services, Inpatient Pharmacy Operations, Medication Safety and Pharmacy Leadership.

PGY2 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives for advanced practice areas. Residents who successfully complete PGY2 residency programs are prepared for advanced patient care or other specialized positions, and board certification in the advanced practice area, if available.

The primary goal of the program is to graduate compassionate pharmacy leaders who excel as both clinicians and leaders in an academic medical setting. This overarching goal is completed through exposure to a variety of opportunities where the resident will serve as a leader by participating in various administrative projects and rotations. The resident will have opportunities to develop skills in project management and department leadership through both hospital and system-wide pharmacy projects. The resident will have an opportunity to enhance teaching abilities through didactic lectures to other disciplines in the medical center as well as at colleges of pharmacy, self and peer evaluation and being a preceptor to first year pharmacy residents and Doctor of Pharmacy Students. The program will also develop research skills through completion of a longitudinal research project and manuscript.


Administration experience

The PGY1&PGY2 resident will have the opportunity to participate in organizational leadership in an academic teaching environment. The resident’s foundation in pharmacy leadership will be developed through leadership in a pharmacy department that manages a 32-million-dollar annual drug budget with nearly 4 million inpatient doses dispensed annually. Rush University Medical Center encompasses a 664-bed hospital serving both adults and children. As a PGY2, the HSPAL resident will have the opportunity to manage a system-wide project.

Research experience

The PGY2 resident will be expected to complete a longitudinal leadership project suitable for publication in collaboration with an experienced preceptor. The project will be a department or Hospital Quality Improvement/Performance Improvement initiative. The project will be presented at a regional residency conference and/or other pharmacy conference.

Teaching experience

The PGY2 resident will serve as a preceptor for Doctor of Pharmacy students from local colleges of pharmacy. The resident will also lead organized group discussions with pharmacy students and PGY1 residents. There may be opportunities to lecture at local colleges of pharmacy.

Staffing experience

The PGY2 resident will be responsible for staffing every fourth weekend and assigned holidays as the pharmacist-in-charge.

Pharmacy administrator on call

The PGY2 resident will be expected to rotate through covering the pharmacy administrator on call pager Monday-Friday. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, participating in Hospital Incident Command, reviewing non-formulary medication requests, managing operational/staffing efficiencies and regulatory compliance monitoring.


Required rotations
  • Inpatient Clinical Pharmacy Services (8 weeks)
  • Inpatient Pharmacy Operations (8 weeks)
  • Medication Safety (4 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Leadership (4 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Residency Recruitment (4 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Management and Informatics (4 weeks)
  • Area/Program Leadership (4 weeks)
Elective rotations
  • Pharmacy Informatics (4 weeks)
  • Sterile Products (2-4 weeks)
  • Other elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability (off-site rotations may be available) *

*Additional financial support (e.g., mileage reimbursement, parking fees, tolls) is not provided for offsite rotations

Longitudinal experiences
  • Teaching Opportunities:
    • Didactic lectures
    • Precepting IPPE/APPE students and PGY1 residents
    • Pharmacy Grand Rounds (2 times per year)
  • Policy/Leadership:
    • Committee Membership
    • Policy & Procedure development or update
    • Medication Utilization Evaluation
    • Pharmacy Internship Program Oversight
    • Pharmacy Leadership Book Club
  • Research/Quality:
    • One formal project with manuscript of publishable quality
    • Platform presentation of research at the Illinois Pharmacy Residency Conference
  • Pharmacy Services:
    • Weekend/Holiday Staffing: every 4th weekend as Pharmacist in Charge and assigned holidays
    • Pharmacy Administrator on Call (Monday-Friday) rotating with other managers

Salary and benefits for the Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency

The PGY1 Pharmacy & PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (HSPAL) will be paid approximately $50,336 during the PGY1 year and $52,707 during the PGY2 year.

In addition to the salary, Rush will cover continuing education opportunities up to $1,000 each calendar year for residents. Rush also offers generous benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance.

How to apply

Interested candidates should apply for the PGY1 Pharmacy & PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (HSPAL) program through the following channels:

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept any international applicants at this time.

Contact us

If you have questions about the program not covered on this page, in our manual or in our brochure, please contact:

Sara Wilke, PharmD, MBA
PGY1 Pharmacy & PGY2 HSPAL Program Director
(312) 942-9776