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The Pharmacy Administration Residency was established at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in 1959 and has achieved national recognition as one of the most successful administrative training programs in the country. The twenty-four month program offers an ASHP-accredited combined PGY1 and PGY2 Specialty Residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration (HSA) in addition to a Master of Science (MS) in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Residents also have the option to pursue a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) at The Ohio State University College of Public Health following completion of the MS degree.

The focus of the HSA residency is to produce leaders that are attuned to the challenges of providing health care and are able to direct the future of the profession. Residents gain experience in a wide range of pharmacy practice areas in order to provide them with the administrative and clinical skills needed to meet the demands of the changing health care environment while furthering the pharmacy profession. In order to accomplish this goal, the program is directed towards providing residents with the skills to:

  • Directly provide pharmaceutical care to the patient and assist members of the health care team
  • Understand the managerial, financial, and organizational components of health-system pharmacy
  • Design strategies to cope with changes in pharmacy practice and health care environments

Residency training is geared to complement and extend the knowledge gained in graduate study courses by providing a variety of experiences in administrative pharmacy activities.

During the first year of the residency program, majority of the didactic coursework is completed and residents complete four clinical and four longitudinal rotations. Residents will have their four clinical rotations in August, September, December and June. During the months of August and September, residents will also participate in the Internal Medicine Lecture Series, which complements their Internal Medicine rotation by providing topic-focused discussions and a case-based approach to teaching.

When classes are in session, residents will complete their four longitudinal rotations, which include two clinical and two administrative rotations. Residents will attend class in the mornings and return to the hospital in the afternoons for participation in rotations. Clinical longitudinal rotations include: anticoagulation clinic, lipid clinic, anti-arrhythmic clinic, heart failure clinic, outpatient oncology clinic, and palliative care clinic. Administrative longitudinal rotations include: central pharmacy operations, information technology, medication safety, drug information, sterile product management, purchasing and inventory, medication assistance, and technician management. These rotations serve to build administrative experiences throughout the year and further prepare residents for administrative rotations during their second year.

Residents will also be required to complete four clinical/operational audits during their first year of residency. Audit topics commonly involve evaluations on current processes and protocols. Project preceptors evaluate the residents' research and writing skills, and then provide feedback on each of the four audits in order to further develop and refine the residents' skills. A medication use evaluation (MUE) will also be completed during the first year of residency and will be presented at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Conference that year.

During the second year of the residency, the residents will be involved in full-time clinical and administrative rotations. In total, residents will complete one month of orientation, nine clinical rotations (six in year one, three in year two), ten administrative rotations (two in year one, eight in year two), and option of a project month or an elective rotation during the twenty-four month experience.

In addition to the assigned rotations during their second year, residents will be expected to complete a major research project under the supervision of faculty members from the College of Pharmacy and administrators from the Department of Pharmacy. Residents will also be expected to present this project at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference and submit their manuscripts for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Department of Pharmacy enjoys a long tradition of excellence in residency training and education. The goal is to provide a comprehensive experience for the resident so that he or she may assume a position of leadership in pharmacy. Over 200 individuals have graduated in its first 50 years of existence. Today these graduates hold prominent positions throughout the profession. We offer that legacy to those interested in the M.S. Residency Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Program Stipends:
First Year - $40,000
Second Year - $43,000

If you are applying for one of the Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency positions, once material is received from PhORCAS, Mr. Jay Mirtallo (mirtallo.1@osu.edu), Site Director at The Ohio State University, will contact you separately regarding application to the Graduate School.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Department of Pharmacy
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