Health System Pharmacy Administration/MS (PGY1/PGY2)

The University of Kansas Health System offers a twenty-five month post-PharmD training program specializing in Health-System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA). The first year focusing on pharmacy practice is described as “an organized, directed, postgraduate training program that centers on development of the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to pursue rational drug therapy.” The second year will build off clinical and leadership skills developed in year one, focusing on patient-centered specialty training in health-system pharmacy administration.

Residency Program Purpose Statement:

To provide postgraduate training in the provision of direct patient care to multiple patient populations. Residents will develop effective written and verbal communication skills in order to provide education to, and interaction with, patients, students, and a multi-disciplinary team of health care providers. To help develop leadership skills, in preparation for their own clinical pharmacy practice, the resident will demonstrate and continue to develop their leadership skills through professionalism and focusing on quality improvement.

The purpose of the residency is to provide educational and training experiences for pharmacists in the fundamentals of exemplary contemporary pharmacy practice in an integrated health care system. Through various clinical, practice management and pharmaceutical practice training segments, the residency instills a philosophy of practice that embraces the concept that pharmacists must be accountable for optimum drug therapy outcomes and act as leaders in advancing care of patients.

Length of Program:  25 months (approx. June - July)

Number of Positions:  3

Residents will receive a Master’s of Science in Pharmacy Practice from the University of Kansas.  A minimum of thirty hours of coursework are required to be completed during the two year residency. Classes are taught through the Health Policy and Management Department, College of Business, College of Pharmacy, and by administrators in the pharmacy department. The majority of classes are offered during the evenings as to not interfere with clinical rotations. Graduate student tuition is paid for by The University of Kansas Health System.

Current Benefits

HSPA Residency Director

Samaneh Wilkinson, MS, PharmD

HSPA Residency Practice Residency Coordinators

Annie Shelton, PharmD, MHA

Contact Information

The University of Kansas Health System, Department of Pharmacy
3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Mail Stop 4040, Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-2820
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Year 1 (months of rotation)

  • Orientation - Hospital and Pharmacy (1)
  • Central and Transitions of Care Staffing and Training (1)
  • Acute Care (1)
  • Specialty Care (1.5)
  • Critical Care (1.5)
  • Clinical Research and Staffing (December)
  • Advanced Independent Practice (1.5)
  • Practice Management (1.5)
  • Medication Safety & Formulary Management (1)
  • Electives (1.5)

Year 2 (months of rotation)

  • Longitudinal Track Management Orientation (1)
  • Introduction to Pharmacy Management (1)
  • Operations and Distribution Systems (1.5)
  • Pharmacy Informatics (1.5)
  • Research/Elective (1)
  • Pharmacy Enterprise Leadership (1.5)
  • Ambulatory and Specialty Management (2)
  • Supply Chain and Finance (1)
  • Cancer Care and Investigational Drug Services (1.5)

Practice Foundation Skills

  • June to Mid-July: Hospital and Pharmacy Department orientation and training
  • Mid-July to Mid-August: Central staffing and transitions of care staffing training
  • Mid-August: Beginning of clinical rotation on selected clinical team

Acute Care

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Department

Specialty Care

  • Adult Hematology/Oncology
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Pediatrics
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Rehabilitation Services

Critical Care

  • Surgical ICU (Level 1 Trauma Center)
  • Medical ICU
  • Cardiovascular ICU
  • Transplant ICU
  • Neurosurgical ICU
  • Neonatal ICU

Elective Rotations*

  • Academia
  • Investigational Drug Services
  • Outpatient Pharmacy
  • Poison Control Center
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Sterile Products
  • Medication Safety
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Ambulatory Care

*Rotations from other categories can be chosen as electives. The resident is responsible for initiating contact and setting up goals for any off-site rotations.

Chief Resident (longitudinal)

  • Coordination of duties within the residency program 
  • Facilitation of projects in cooperation with the administrative team

Application Information



Application deadline:  January 5th

Must have a valid pharmacy license in the state of Kansas prior to residency start date or July 1st at latest

Checklist for Application

  • Photo
  • Letter of Intent
    • Topics you may want to consider: why you want to pursue this particular residency, why you have chosen the University of Kansas program, and personal goals that you feel the program would help you accomplish
  • Completion of the following essay questions:
  1.  It is important to our program that residents discover and capitalize on their strengths throughout the year. Please purchase Buckingham’s Now Discover Your Strengths or Rath’s Strengthsfinder 2.0 and determine your top 5 strengths. Upon completion, list your strengths and comment on the results. Are they accurate? Are there any surprises?
  2. Describe your ideal day as a resident.
  3. Do you feel that you are generally superior to your co-workers or your classmates? Please explain.
  4. Think of someone really close to you (parent, sibling, spouse), what three words or phrases would they use to describe you?

Important dates after completion of match process

June: Annual Resident's Meet & Greet and Residency Orientation

National Matching Services (NMS) Code: 180718

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