Program Overview

The PGY1/PGY2 Combined  Health System Pharmacy Administration at Regional  One Health is a new residency accredited in 2018 by the American Society of Health- System Pharmacists.  The 24-month program (2,080 hour minimum) is composed of advanced pharmacy experiences during the PGY1 program followed by administrative experiences in Healthsystem administration during the PGY2 program.  The resident adheres to the expectations of the PGY1 program during year one and is awarded an ASHP accredited PGY1 residency certificate at the end of the first year. During the second year, the resident completes the requirements of the PGY2-Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency program and receives a PGY2 certificate at the end of that year.    The program both establishes the framework and expectations for training pharmacists to achieve professional competence in the delivery of patient-centered care and pharmacy services and  builds upon PGY1 residency graduates’ competence in the delivery of patient-centered care and in pharmacy operational services to prepare residents who can assume high level managerial, supervisory, and leadership responsibilities. Completion of an MBA is encouraged during the two year program.

Experiences are offered that develop competence in safe and effective medication-use systems, quality assurance, management of human resources, management of financial resources, use of technology, and advanced pharmacy leadership. The second year experiences include

  • Medication Safety
  • Medication Use Policy
  • Acute Care Operations
  • Information Technology
  • Clinical Management
  • Health System Pharmacy Financial Performance
  • Management of Pharmacy Human Resources
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Technology and Automated Systems
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • 340B Optimization

During each experience, the resident has hand-on experience in all areas and within the organization’s structure. The resident must complete an MUE and a self-directed research project that will likely have an administrative focus. The scope, magnitude and type of the project may vary widely but must be completed in  a manner suitable for presentation and a manuscript is required. The resident presents the research project at the regional residency conference in the spring.

The residents participate in the University of Tennessee Teaching and Learning Certificate Program. This program and other educational components of the residency program enables the resident to develop teaching and training skills by participating in education programs for patients, pharmacy students, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health practitioners.

NSM code 233441

Application Requirements

Applicants for the PGY1/PGY2 Combined Health System Administration Residency should hold a Doctor of Pharmacy, have a GPA of greater than or equal to 3.2, and must be licensed in the State of Tennessee no later than August 1 of the residency year or by September 15 on retake.  Applications are to be submitted through Phorcas.  A limited number of on-site interviews are offered; all candidates are considered. Class rank should be uploaded by applicant into Phorcas supplemental section. Three references, with at least two from rotation preceptors, using Phorcas are required and must comment on the following: ability to organize and manage time,  clinical problem solving skills, independence and resourcefulness, willingness to accept constructive criticism, and professionalism. The other reference must comment on the following characteristics: administration skills, work experience, leadership, etc. Deadline for application is January 1. The program participates in the Phase II match.