Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership PGY1/PGY2

PGY1 Pharmacy & PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership with Masters (ASHP accredited)

Residency Purpose Statement

The purpose of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

The purpose of the PGY2 Pharmacy Residency is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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.


Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers a combined PGY1 Pharmacy Practice / PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership residency. The program will offer comprehensive experience in a variety of pharmacy practice and health system pharmacy administration areas. The purpose of this program is to transition the new practitioner through a pharmacy practice PGY1 generalist program followed by a PGY2 specialized practice that meets the needs of the health system pharmacy practice resident in developing administrative practice skills.

Program Overview

Graduates will be equipped to assume leadership positions in various facets of health system pharmacy administrative and leadership practice, including gaining expertise in health system pharmacy operations and using business tools and knowledge to understand and plan for the continual transitions happening in today’s health care system.  Other experiences in staff management, making complex financial and organizational decisions, and techniques for functioning in a fast paced environment will be provided. Graduates will gain experience in development of return on investment presentations for new programs, development of analytics capability, and possess the experience to lead practice change in the health system.

Masters Training

At Vanderbilt, we see value in masters-level training in business functions for HSPAL residents if the candidate does not already have this training. The program will partner with Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management to support candidate training through the Master of Management in Healthcare (MMHC) program. This 13-month program will begin in the fall of the candidate's PGY1 residency year. Additional information about the program can be found here.


Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management


All rotations are four weeks in duration. One 4 week block will be designated as a transitional period dedicated to project time and meeting attendance, and another 4 week block will be designated for orientation during the PGY1 year. The resident schedule is flexible in order to allow the resident to meet his/her career goals and interests.



Core Rotations (5 months) Core Rotations (6 months)
   Orientation    Business Operations
   Administration (2 months)    Health-System Administration
   Internal Medicine    Inpatient Operations
   Practice Management (Midyear/Project)    Medication Safety
Selective Rotations (2 months)*    Compliance Administration
   Cardiology    Practice Management (Midyear/Project)
   Medical ICU Elective Rotations (5 months)
   Nutrition    Ambulatory Operations
   Neuro ICU    Clinical Management
   Trauma ICU    Informatics
Elective Rotations (5 months)*    Pharmacy Value Optimization
   Emergency Medicine    Population Health
   General Pediatrics    Residency Program Coordination
   Geriatrics    Retail Pharmacy Operations
   HIV Outpatient    Specialty Pharmacy Operations
   Infectious Disease    Sterile Products Operations
   Internal Medicine (non-teaching)  
   Malignant Hematology  
   Medical Oncology  
   Medication Safety  
   Neonatal ICU  
   Pediatric Hematology/Oncology  
   Pediatric ICU  
   Solid Organ Transplant  
   Stem Cell Transplant  
*two-thirds of the rotations in the PGY1 year
 must be in direct patient care

Longitudinal Experiences

The resident will complete a guided hospital practice experience on weekends and selected holidays during the PGY1 and PGY2 years. During the PGY2 year the resident will complete an administrative hospital practice experience while functioning as the lead pharmacist. Residents are expected to participate in development and delivery of staff and student education efforts, as well as conduct two longitudinal research projects suitable for presentation/publication.

Applicants with and without graduate training in management or health systems administration will be considered for this program. The RPD will work with the resident to determine options for completing academic graduate management training during the program if desired.



Hospital Pharmacy Practice Staffing Hospital Pharmacy Practice Staffing
Journal Club (x2) Quality Improvement Project
Case Conference (x2) Therapeutic Exchange (TE)
Quality Improvement (QI) Project Medication Use Evaluation (MUE)
Therapeutic Exchange (TE) Research Project
Medication Use Evaluation (MUE) Involvement on Medication Use Committee
Research Project Leadership Experience (Frontline Supervisor)
Teaching Certificate (Optional) MMHC Program (if applicable)
Coordination of InPharmation  
Code Response  
Drug Monograph  
MMHC Program (if applicable)  

Additional Information

HR Benefits      Vanderbilt Community     Nashville!

Application Information

Number of positions: One
Estimated residency start date: June 19, 2023
Estimated stipend - $54,101

Application Requirements

Doctor of Pharmacy degree, licensure in Tennessee, CV,
letter of intent, 3 letters of recommendation, and transcripts for pharmacy coursework

The HSPAL program also requires the completion of a supplemental essay question.
In 250 words or less, please describe your most impactful leadership experience
and a lesson you learned from that experience.

Submit application in PhORCAS application portal by December 31, 2022

Contact Information

Mark Sullivan, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FASHP
Telephone: 615.322.2374
Vanderbilt University Medical Center  |  Department of Pharmaceutical Services
1211 Medical Center Drive, B 131 VUH  |  Nashville, TN 37232-7610

Institutional Information

Private non-profit hospital/clinic | Teaching/Tertiary Model | Total Beds 1622
Professional Staff 372 | Non-professional staff 450