PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership Residency; ASHP-accredited
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Kristi Gullickson, PharmD, MBA, FASHP, FMSHP, Director of Pharmacy 
PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership residency program director

Abbott Northwestern Hospital Pharmacy Department  
800 East 28th Street, Mail Route 11321 
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Phone: 612-863-4906 
Fax: 612-863-7134

PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership Residency; ASHP-accredited

Purpose Statement

PGY1 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

PGY2 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives for advanced practice areas. Residents who successfully compete PGY2 residency programs are prepared for advanced patient care or other specialized positions, and board certification in the advanced practice area, if available

Program Structure

The combined PGY1 Pharmacy/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership residency program focuses on development of both clinical (PGY1 year) and administrative (PGY2) acumen.

The first year focuses on optimizing patient-centered care by providing evidence-based medication therapy as an integral member of the healthcare team, demonstrating excellence in the provision of educational activities for health care professionals and health care professionals in training, developing project management skills in conducting quality/process improvement initiatives, and beginning to cultivate leadership and practice management skills.

The second year focuses on preparing residents to assume managerial, supervisory, and leadership responsibilities. Areas of competence emphasized during the program include safe and effective medication-use systems, quality assurance and improvement, the management of human resources, the management of financial resources, use of technology, and advanced leadership. The residency lays the foundation for continued growth in management and leadership skills. The resident serves as a member of the hospital site’s pharmacy management team, as well as the health system pharmacy enterprise leadership team.  Upon graduation, residents are prepared for a clinical or operational management/supervisory role in a variety of work settings.

Residents further develop their leadership acumen through completion of the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy and Pharmacy Leadership Certificate: Management Basics.

PGY1 Learning Experiences *

See here.

Additional required learning experiences:

  • Advanced Pharmacy Practice Management
  • Medication Safety & Quality (longitudinal)

PGY2 Required Learning Experiences*

  • Orientation & Training
  • Operations Management (8 weeks)
  • Site Director Leadership (8 weeks)
  • System Pharmacy Support Services
  • Clinical Management (8 weeks)
  • Staffing (longitudinal)
  • Project Management (longitudinal)
  • Medication Safety – Site and System (longitudinal)
  • Human Resources/Manager on Call (longitudinal)
  • Pharmacy Leadership Development (longitudinal)

PGY2 Elective Learning Experiences *

  • Hospital Enterprise Leadership
  • Regional Hospital Management
  • Health System Pharmacy Leadership
  • Advanced Operations
  • Advanced Clinical
  • Informatics
  • Clinical Specialist Leadership

*Learning experiences are 4 weeks in length unless otherwise noted


The PGY1 resident staffs a decentral practice area or central pharmacy every third weekend and one weekday evening every three weeks following completion of introductory training through the end of the residency year. Also, each resident will work three of six observed holidays. Decentral teams for weekend staffing experience include:

  • Neurology/Orthopedics/Rehabilitation/Spine
  • Oncology/Medical-Surgical
  • Renal/Medical-Surgical
  • Cardiology

The PGY2 resident staffs the central pharmacy or a decentral practice area (if applicable) on average every third weekend and works two of six observed holidays. The PGY2 resident also assumes manager on call responsibilities ~ every 6 weeks.

Positions, Stipend and Benefits

  • One new resident each year, two total between first and second year residents
  • Stipend: $50,000 (PGY1), $52,000 (PGY2)
  • Personal office space, laptop, telephone, and pager
  • Health, dental, and life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Financial support for approved national, state and local pharmacy meetings

Application process


  • Doctor of pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy or a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from NABP
  • Licensure as a Minnesota pharmacist no later than August 1
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. No sponsorship is available for this position.

Application materials

  • Enrollment in ASHP National Matching Service (match number 720463)
  • Submit all application materials through the ASHP PhORCAS system by 1/2/2024
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official college of pharmacy transcript
  • Letter of intent including one paragraph addressing the following question:
    • The ANW Pharmacy Department is committed to equity, inclusion, and a diverse workforce. Applicants come from many backgrounds and may have a variety of life experiences on their career path. We define life experiences as an experience that changes an individual and is associated with hardships, problems, risk taking, effort and/or originality whereby individuals stretch themselves to improve their character, talents and knowledge (ref: In your letter of intent, please use one paragraph to describe how your life experiences have shaped your journey to this point.
  • Letters of reference (3)

Previous Residents

  • Nicholas Senne, PharmD, DPLA – Pharmacist, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
  • Derek Vo, PharmD, BCPS, DPLA – Pharmacist & ED Team Captain, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
  • Kong Khang, PharmD, DPLA - Pharmacy Operations Manager, St. John's Hospital, M Health Fairview, Minneapolis, MN
  • Andrew Tarleton, PharmD, DPLA – Home Infusion Pharmacy Manager, Allina Health, Coon Rapids, MN
  • Kristine Almeida, PharmD, BSCP, DPLA – Pharmacy Manager, Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids, MN
  • Laura Vollmer, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, DPLA – Manager of Clinical Content, Health Catalyst, Minneapolis, MN