PGY2 Health System Administration and Leadership Pharmacy Residency Program
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PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency Program

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The PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center builds upon the knowledge residents obtained during PGY1. This program shapes residents in the delivery of patient-centered care and in-pharmacy operational services to prepare them to assume high-level managerial, supervisory and leadership responsibilities.

The expectation is that within 15 years of successful pharmacy administration practice, the residency graduate should be ready to assume directorship of a large hospital or health system pharmacy.

Areas of competence emphasized during the program include:

  • Safe and effective medication use systems
  • Quality assurance
  • Management of human resources
  • Management of financial resources
  • Use of technology
  • Advanced leadership

Upon graduation, residents are prepared for a clinical or operational management/supervisory role in a variety of work settings including small to mid-size hospitals, large health systems, and pharmacy benefit management organizations.

Program Details

ASHP Program Code: 67011 | NMS Code: 797863

Program and Resident Goals

Program and Resident Goals

  • Utilize knowledge and skills to provide leadership to multiple areas of practice.
  • Exercise skill in the development of policies and procedures that affect pharmacy services and the provision of patient care.
  • Develop skills in working with health system and pharmacy information systems to develop and guide practice decisions.
  • Develop effective teaching techniques in multiple settings.
  • Refine and further develop data management and assessment skills.
  • Develop leadership skills in pharmacy practice and the profession.

Rotations and Experiences

Rotations and Experiences


  • Orientation – up to six weeks (if/as needed)
  • Clinical Management – Acute Care
  • Acute Care Operations 1
  • Automated Systems
  • Compliance/Regulatory/Business Development
  • Administrative Leadership – Acute Care
  • Administrative Leadership – Non-acute Care

Elective Options:

  • Regional Services
  • Retail/Community Pharmacy
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Long-Term Care Pharmacy
  • Home Infusion
  • Clinical Management – Oncology
  • Clinical Management – Behavioral Health
  • Acute Care Operations 2
  • Clinical Acute Care – Direct Patient Care
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Health Plan Administration
  • Ambulatory Care Program Management

Application Process

Qualifications and requirements for candidacy:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program
  • Licensed or eligible to apply for a license to practice pharmacy in the state of South Dakota
  • Participation in the ASHP Residency Matching Program (“The Match”)
  • A copy of transcripts: Undergraduate or non-pharmacy transcripts are not required. Only pharmacy school-related coursework must be submitted.
  • Three professional references using the Standardized Reference Template in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS)
  • Copy of curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent describing reasons for seeking residency
  • Completed application submitted in PhORCAS on or before deadline January 9, 2022

For additional information, please contact:

Tom Johnson, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCCCP, FASHP, FCCM
Assistant Vice President of Hospital Pharmacy
PGY2 Health System Administration & Leadership Residency Program Director

PhORCAS Application Site

Visit the PhORCAS site (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service) to submit application information.

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