MS-PGY1 and PGY2 in Pharmacy Administration



Program Goal

The goal of the Master of Science in Health System Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacists for leadership positions in health care. In order to accomplish this goal, the program will provide students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to assume a variety of roles after graduation. Our graduates should be able to serve as competent leaders with a focus on improving patients’ health, healthcare delivery, and the profession of pharmacy. This will occur through both didactic education and experiential opportunities in class and in clinical and administrative practice.


Experiential Training

Experiential training consists of what most would consider the typical “residency” training component.  The residency is divided into a PGY1 and PGY2 residency years.  Each year will coincide with the didactic education component at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  

The PGY1 year is designed to develop the resident’s clinical knowledge.  The resident will participate in seven 6-week rotations, including an ASHP required Drug Information rotation.  The resident has his or her choice of four clinical rotations and a clinical management rotation.  The clinical management rotations serve as a hybrid for both clinical and management experiences. 

The PGY2 year is designed to build upon the clinical year and gain deeper knowledge in areas of administration and leadership.  Experiences are divided into 4 core rotations including financial management, operations, clinical services, and Director of Pharmacy.  There are several additional elective rotation options that can range from 2 weeks to 2 months in duration depending on the resident’s particular areas of interest.

In addition to rotations, the experiential training offers many other opportunities including, committee membership (hospital, local, and national levels), Leadership Seminar Series, CEO journal club, and longitudinal resident area management experience.


Didactic Education

Didactic education occurs during both the PGY1 and PGY2 years in collaboration with the UNC-Eshelman School of Pharmacy (Currently ranked 2nd in US News and World Report among schools of pharmacy).  The course work is designed to provide a solid foundation of administrative knowledge that can be directly applied to the real life world of health care and pharmacy management.  Course work is available through a highly advanced distance learning program that allows students to attend lecture in real time from the comfort of their own home or office.  The unique design of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Duke University Hospital, Mission Hospital, and UNC-Hospital cooperative program allows residents from all four sites to work collaboratively in their course work.  

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The Master of Science in Hospital Pharmacy was offered at the University of North Carolina from 1969 to 1996. After a brief hiatus the program has been recently reintroduced as of the Fall 2008. Graduates of the program will join over 200 alumni who have entered the workforce in many different roles. Their careers have taken them to numerous positions such as director of pharmacy, hospital executive, executive of informatics, and clinical leadership. The wide array of positions from alumni demonstrates the value of the broad set of tools gained by residents.

The program has now grown to include residency positions at four sites (Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Mission Hospital, Duke University Hospital, and University of North Carolina Hospital), which allows the administration residents to practice in different setting, while allowing collaboration in didactic education. The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center HSPA residency program accepted the first resident in 2009. See ‘Past Residents’ section for more information.





The PGY1 year offers a unique opportunity to gain additional experience in both clinical and administrative area.  The only required rotation is drug information, which is an ASHP accreditation requirement.  The following is a list of available rotations for the PG1 year: 

The PGY2 year focuses on the key components of health system pharmacy management.  The year is divided into core and elective rotations, which can be completed in 2 weeks to 2 months to allow residents to gain exposure in desired areas of interest.   

Ambulatory Care
Bone Marrow Transplant
Critical Care
Coronary Care Unit
Hematology Oncology
Infectious Diseases 
Internal Medicine
Medication Safety and Strategy
Pediatric Oncology
Solid Organ Transplant





Core rotations include:

Financial Management
Pharmacy Operations
Clinical Services
Director of Pharmacy


Elective rotations include:

Pediatric Pharmacy Services
Surgical Pharmacy Services
Emergency Department Pharmacy Services
Executive  Health System Administration
Pharmacy Informatics and Automation
Investigational Drug Services
Health Plan and Prescription Benefits Management
North Carolina Board of Pharmacy
North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP)
Academic Pharmacy Administration at UNC-Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy
GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Administration
Roche Pharmaceutical Administration
Targacept Pharmaceutical Administration


Goals and Competencies


The goal of the Master of Science in Health System Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacists for leadership positions in health care. In order to accomplish this goal, the program will provide students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to assume a variety of roles and responsibilities. Our graduates should be able to serve as vibrant, committed professionals with a focus on improving patients’ health, healthcare delivery and the profession of pharmacy. This will occur through both didactic education and experiential opportunities in class and in the workplace.

A graduate from the program will:

  • Be able to envision, plan, implement, coordinate and monitor pharmaceutical care and operational services
  • Be effective stewards of human resources including recruitment, mentoring, evaluating and leading professionals and technical support staff
  • Be adaptive to changes and demands for health system pharmacy practice and the health care environment in general;
  • Be strategic thinkers and planners who see challenges as opportunities to contribute to improving health care delivery
  • Be consistently ethical and professional in their practice
  • Be clinically competent in the practice of pharmacy
  • Understand and assume the managerial and financial responsibilities in health system pharmacies
  • Have a vision for the future practice of pharmacy and possess the tools to realize that vision.


Projects and Involvement


In addition to didactic and experiential training, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center offers limitless opportunities for projects and involvements that will enrich the residency experience.   As part of the degree requirement, all residents will be required to complete an implementation research project over the course of the two year residency.  A drug utilization evaluation is also required during the PGY1 year.  During the PGY2 focus on administration will include budgeting, lectures, schedule development, and administrator on call.

Membership to different committees and organizations is also available for administration residents based on their particular interests.  Examples include:

At Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

  • Department of Pharmacy Leadership Committee
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Center for Antimicrobial Utilization, Stewardship and Epidemiology (CAUSE)
  • Pharmacy Decision Support Committee
  • Anticoagulation Committee
  • Root Cause Analysis Team

At State and National Level

  • South Eastern Residency Conference
  • North Carolina Association of Pharmacists
  • University HealthSystem Consortium
  • American Society for Health-System Pharmacy




PGY1 staffing requirement: every 3rd weekend plus one evening shift every 3 weeks

PGY2 staffing requirement: every 3rd weekend


Summary of Benefits


Title:                                                  Pharmacy Administration Resident

Available Position(s):                    2

Application Due Date:                   January 1st
Estimated Stipend:                        PGY1 - $45,150    PGY2 - $48,850


Interim Program Director                         


Beth Williams, PharmD
Interim Director of Pharmacy
Assistant Director, Population Health Solutions
Phone: 336-713-3494

Current Residents            

PGY2:  Jerod Braschler, PharmD
Phone:  336-713-5127

PGY2:  Amanda White, PharmD
Phone: 336-713-5127

PGY1:  Ali Baker, PharmD
Phone: 336-713-6816

PGY1: Mac Ovenell, PharmD
Phone: 336-713-6816

In addition to a highly competitive stipend and paid tuition to a highly respected university, the Department of Pharmacy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center offers many additional benefits for their administration resident including:

  • Registration to local and national meetings
  • Paid travel expenses including ASHP midyear, SERC, ASHP Leadership Conference, and several others
  • 25 Paid Time Off Days/Year, and full library access to both UNC and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Optional medical, vision, and dental insurance


Application Process


The Masters of Science Degree in Health-System Pharmacy / Two Year Administrative Residency Program is offered in collaboration with Duke University Medical Center, Mission Hospital, University of North Carolina Hospitals, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  While everyone who is accepted into the program will receive their Masters of Science Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the residency component is divided across multiple medical center sites. 

Interested applicants will need to apply to the University of North Carolina Graduate School for their didactic component and to EACH site of interest.  It is highly recommended to apply to all four sites in order to compare and contrast practice settings. 

WFBH utilizes the ASHP supported application portal PhORCAS for resident application submissions. Through the PhORCAS site, and as part of the application packet, the following documents are required: 

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Copy of college transcript(s)

DEADLINE for application submissions for the program is January 1st. 
If you have further questions, please email Jerod Braschler at

PhORCAS application portal:

Application to the UNC Graduate School consists of:

  • Completion of a Graduate School application for admission (see link below)
  • A non-refundable $85 application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Academic transcripts for each school attended
  • Statement of purpose

The application can be found at this website:

Please note:

  • Both components of the application (WFBMC and UNC Graduate School) must be submitted in order complete the application process.
  • Only one graduate school application is required, even if you are applying to more than one program.
  • We participate in “the Match” so applicants must be registered in order to be considered for this residency.


Interviews will take place from late January through the end of February. We will begin notifying for interviews sometime in mid-January.  

If you have any questions, please email Jerod Braschler at


Past Residents


2015:     Joanna Robinson, PharmD, MS

                Inpatient Operations Manager, University of Kansas Hospital


2014:     Mitchell Dorn, PharmD, MS

                Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Mount Sinai Hospital


2013:     Gavin Magaha, PharmD, MS

                Pharmacy Manager, Medication Control and Compliance, Wake Forest
                Baptist Health


2012:     Joe Maki, PharmD, MS

                Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Wake Forest Baptist Health


2011:     Jason Chou, PharmD, MS

                Director of Pharmacy, Ochsner Health System













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MS Pharmacy Administration
Beth Williams, PharmD


Amanda White, PharmD


Jerod Braschler, PharmD


Ali Baker, PharmD


Mac Ovenell, PharmD


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