PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership Residency

Purpose Statement

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 complete PGY2 residency programs are prepared for advanced patient care or other specialized positions and board certification in the advanced practice area, if available.

Required Learning Experiences 

  • Orientation and pharmacy services training (four to six weeks)
  • Four to six weeks of orientation and pharmacy services training
  • Longitudinal rotations and experiences designed to provide comprehensive experience in:
    • Clinical management
    • Operations management
    • Department, hospital and system leadership
  • Resident will plan, design and implement one major residency project
  • The resident serves as a member of the hospital site pharmacy management team, as well as the health system pharmacy enterprise leadership team


The PGY2 resident staffs as a central pharmacist, which provides the opportunity to master practice skills and to increase confidence in accepting total responsibility for safe and effective pharmacy care. This is scheduled for every fourth weekend. The PGY2 resident may participate in the manager on-call program. Residents may also pick up shifts as a casual pharmacist once the staffing requirement has been satisfied (in accordance with the ASHP Duty Hour Policy).

Additional Opportunities 

  • Active participation in the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, with the option to pursue a teaching certificate
  • Journal club and in-service presentations
  • Involvement in drug-policy initiatives
  • Projects specific to each rotation
  • Formulary management
  • Co-Chair hospital’s Nursing-Pharmacy Committee
  • ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy
  • ASHP Compounded Sterile Preparations Certificate for Pharmacists
  • Four-week rotation with Allina System Pharmacy Office
  • Regional hospital pharmacy leadership elective


  • ASHP Conference for Pharmacy Leaders (option to attend Manager’s Boot Camp)
  • MSHP Midyear and Annual Meetings
  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Midwest or North Star Pharmacy Residents Conference

Professional Development

We strive to provide a positive team atmosphere where residents can learn and grow. Residents collaborate daily with experienced pharmacist preceptors, as well as other members of the healthcare team. Formative informal feedback is delivered in a transparent, respectful environment. The PharmAcademic evaluation system is used to document progress on ASHP Competency Areas, Goals and Objectives and provide more formal, written feedback throughout the year. The resident will also practice self-evaluation skills, which are essential to lifelong learning. Finally, residents will have quarterly 1:1 meetings with the residency program director. Development plans are reviewed, with a priority placed on the balance between resident centered education; progress towards required goals and objectives; and service to our patients, department and hospital.

Application Process


  • Pharmacist licensure (or eligibility) in Minnesota - this includes graduates or candidates for graduation from an ACPE accredited degree program (or one in the process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the NABP.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. No sponsorship is available for this position.
  • Starting January 1, 2022, all United Hospital staff and volunteers are required to be vaccinated against influenza and Covid-19, with limited exceptions.
  • Completion of an accredited PGY1 residency

Application Materials

  • Enrollment in ASHP Resident Matching Program with the National Matching Service (United Hospital match code 175313)
  • Application and the following materials must be submitted via PhORCAS by January 3: 
    • Official transcripts from your college of pharmacy/all pharmacy related coursework 
    • Letter of intent 
    • Curriculum vitae 
    • PhORCAS standardized reference forms by three references 

For any questions or more information, please contact:

Sue Haight, PharmD, MS
Pharmacy Residency (PGY2) HSPAL Director
United Hospital Department of Pharmacy
Mail Route 60207
333 North Smith Avenue
St Paul MN 55102