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. As a PGY1, the pharmacy resident will complete all the requirements of the PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Rush University Medical Center. Experiences are tailored to the individual resident's background and interests. As a PGY2, the pharmacy resident will be exposed to a variety of practice areas including Clinical Pharmacy Services and Formulary Management, Inpatient Pharmacy Operations, Medication Safety and Pharmacy and Hospital Administration. The PGY2 programs at Rush include critical care, emergency medicine, hematology/oncology, internal medicine, pediatrics, and solid organ transplant.

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

The mission of the Rush PGY1 Pharmacy & PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (HSPAL) is to graduate compassionate pharmacy leaders who excel as both clinicians and leaders. The Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency at Rush University Medical Center will provide the resident with a well-rounded experience and is designed to develop the resident's leadership expertise in managing a pharmacy department through a variety of core and elective rotations. Additionally, residents will have opportunities to gain experience in teaching, research and quality improvement.


Administration experience

The PGY2 HSPAL 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 almost 4 million inpatient doses dispensed annually. Rush University Medical Center encompasses a 664-bed hospital serving both adults and children. Additionally, the 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, 1 major and 1 minor holiday 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 monitoring.


Required rotations
  • Clinical operations/formulary management
  • Inpatient pharmacy operations
  • Medication safety
  • Pharmacy leadership
  • Pharmacy residency recruitment
  • Practice management
Elective rotations
  • Ambulatory/retail operations
  • Hospital operations
  • Outpatient oncology administration
  • Pharmacy informatics
  • Sterile products
Longitudinal rotations
  • Weekend/holiday staffing as pharmacist in charge
  • Pharmacy administrator on-call
  • Grand rounds

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