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MS-PGY1 and PGY2 in Pharmacy Administration



Program Goal

The goal of the 2-year Residency/Master of Science in Health System Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacists for leadership positions in healthcare. To accomplish this goal, the program will provide residents 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 UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.  

The PGY1 year is designed to develop the resident’s clinical knowledge.  The resident will participate in seven 6-week rotations.  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 Pharmacy Administration and Strategy.  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, longitudinal management experience, internship program mentoship. 


Didactic Education

Didactic education occurs during both the PGY1 and PGY2 years in collaboration with the UNC-Eshelman School of Pharmacy (Ranked the #1 School of Pharmacy in 2016 by US News and World Report).  The course work is designed to provide a solid foundation of administrative knowledge that can be directly applied to the real life world of healthcare and pharmacy management.  Coursework is available through a highly advanced distance learning program that allows students to attend lectures in real time from the comfort of their own home or office.  The unique design of the Wake Forest Baptist Health, Duke University Health Sytems, Mission Hospitals, UNC Hospitals, and Cone Health cooperative program allows residents from all five 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 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 five sites (Wake Forest Baptist Health, Mission Hospitals, Duke University Health System, UNC Hospitals, and Cone Health), which allows the administration residents to practice in different settings while allowing collaboration in didactic education. The Wake Forest Baptist HSPA Residency program accepted the first resident in 2009. See the ‘Past Residents’ section for more information.





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


Elective rotations include:

Executive  Health System Administration
Pharmacy Informatics and Automation
Pharmacy Purchasing & Supply Chain Management
Data Analysis and Presentation
Advanced Medication Strategy & Safety
Community Hospital Operations
Specialty & Retail Pharmacy Administration
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Management


Goals and Competencies


The goal of the 2-year Residency/Master of Science in Health System Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacists for leadership positions in healthcare.

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 healthcare environment in general
  • Be strategic thinkers and planners who see challenges as opportunities to contribute to improving healthcare 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 involvement 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 2-year residency.  A drug utilization evaluation is also required during the PGY1 year.  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 Team
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and subcommittees including:
    • Center for Antimicrobial Utilization, Stewardship, and Epidemiology (CAUSE)
    • Anticoagulation Subcommittee
    • Glucose Management Subcommittee
    • Medication Safety Subcommittee
  • Root Cause Analysis Team

At State and National Level

  • Southeastern Residency Conference
  • North Carolina Association of Pharmacists
  • American Society for Health-System Pharmacy
  • Vizient




PGY1 staffing requirement: every 3rd weekend plus one evening shift every 4 weeks

PGY2 staffing requirement: every 5th weekend plus one evening shift every 3 weeks


Summary of Benefits


Title:                                                  Pharmacy Administration Resident

Available Position(s):                    2

Application Due Date:                   January 1st
Estimated Stipend:                        PGY1 - $47,500    PGY2 - $51,800


Residency Program Director                         


Jennifer Tryon, PharmD, MS, FASHP
Associate Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer
Phone: 336-716-6267

Residency Coordinator                         


Beth Williams, PharmD
Assistant Director, Population Health Solutions
Phone: 336-713-3417


Current Residents            


PGY2:  Lauren Verbosky, PharmD

PGY2: Alex Raymond, PharmD

PGY1: Kelsey Lirette, PharmD

PGY1: Spencer Blohowiak, PharmD

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 / 2-Year Administrative Residency Program is offered in collaboration with Duke University Medical Center, Mission Hospital, UNC Hospitals, Cone Health, 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 Spencer Blohowiak.

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 (WFBH 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 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 Spencer Blohowiak.


Past Residents


2017:  Ali Lloyd Baker, PharmD, MS

           Pharmacy System Manager, Wake Forest Baptist Health 

2017: Mac Ovenell, PharmD, MS

          340B Program Coordinator, Kadlec

2016:     Amanda White, PharmD, MS

             Project Manager, Johns Hopkins Outpatient Pharmacy

2016:     Jerod Braschler, PharmD, MS

              Clinical Operations Manager, Mission Health System

2015:     Joanna Robinson, PharmD, MS

                Inpatient Operations Manager, University of Kansas Hospital


2014:     Mitchell Dorn, PharmD, MS

                Assistant Director of Pharmacy, OSU James Cancer Hospital


2013:     Gavin Magaha, PharmD, MS

                Manager, 340B Education and Compliance Support, Apexus


2012:     Joe Maki, PharmD, MS

              Senior Director, Pharmacy Procurement and Contracting, Novant Health  

2011:     Jason Chou, PharmD, MS

              Assistant Vice President of Pharmacy Services, Ochsner Health System

Quick Reference

MS Pharmacy Administration
Beth Williams, PharmD


Kelsey Lirette, PharmD

Spencer Blohowiak, PharmD

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