PGY1 Pharmacy & PGY2 specialty Pharmacy Administration and Leadership with Masters

About the PGY1 Pharmacy & PGY2 Specialty Pharmacy Administration and Leadership with Masters


The Specialty Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (SPAL) Residency is a new residency program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center beginning in the year of 2024. This 24-month program offers a combined PGY1 pharmacy and PGY2 Specialty Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (SPAL) with Master of Science (MS) in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.

The focus of the SPAL residency is to produce leaders who are equipped to meet the ongoing demands of a dynamic healthcare environment and can direct the future of the profession. Residents gain experience in a wide variety of clinical service lines to provide them with the administrative and clinical skills necessary to positively impact patient care while advancing the pharmacy profession.

To accomplish this goal, the program is directed towards providing residents with the skills to:

  • Understand the managerial, financial, and organizational aspects of health-system pharmacy
  • Design strategies to effectively incorporate and expand pharmacy practice within the changing healthcare environment
  • Directly provide pharmaceutical care to patients and collaborate with other members of the healthcare team

Residency training is geared to complement and extend the knowledge gained in graduate study courses by providing a variety of experiences in administrative pharmacy activities.

Residency Sites

As one of America’s top ranked academic medical centers, the mission of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) is to improve people’s lives through innovation in research, education, and patient care.

OSUWMC is a 1,506 bed multi-hospital delivery system recognized in 2021 as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for excellence in ten specialties by US News and World Report based on quality, outcomes, and reputation.

Accredited by the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC), and Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) including certificates of distinction in HIV and Oncology. The Ohio State University Outpatient Pharmacy’s specialty pharmacy offers comprehensive services to patients receiving specialty medications.

Disease states we service, including, but not limited to:

  • Hemophilia blood products
  • Hepatitis C
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)
  • Asthma
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Hepatitis B.

Outpatient Pharmacy Locations

  • Outpatient Pharmacy – The James
  • Outpatient Pharmacy – Doan Hall
  • Outpatient Pharmacy – Outpatient Care Dublin
  • Outpatient Pharmacy – East Hospital
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Outpatient Pharmacy – New Albany

University Hospital (UH)

University Hospital (UH) is our flagship hospital with over 900 beds. UH is a major referral center for patients throughout Ohio and the Midwest, and is one of the busiest kidney and pancreas transplant centers in the world. UH is also an international center for neuromodulation research and neurological care. In addition, UH is a level 1 trauma center in addition to being the primary burn center for the region.

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

The OSUCCC – James strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care — a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of 51 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only a few centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials on novel anticancer drugs sponsored by the NCI. As the cancer program’s 356-bed adult patient-care component, The James is one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and has achieved Magnet® designation, the highest honor an organization can receive for quality patient care and professional nursing practice. With 21 floors and more than 1.1 million square feet, The James is a transformational facility that fosters collaboration and integration of cancer research and clinical cancer care.

The Ross Heart Hospital

The Ross Heart Hospital is a leader in cardiology and heart surgery and is the only nationally ranked heart hospital in the area. Each floor of the 150-bed hospital is dedicated to a specific service, which helps us provide specialized care for every patient. The Ross is one of the largest centers for the implantation of LVAD devices in the world in addition to providing heart and lung transplants.

The Department of Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy at The OSUWMC is one of the largest in the country.  With over 400 employees, and a practice model that includes both clinical pharmacy generalists and clinical pharmacy specialists, our goal is the provision of outstanding, state of the art care. We advise our staff on the best use of medications, develop safeguards for our patients to prevent medication errors and develop transformative pharmacy practice in health-systems.

We are guided in this mission by our strategic plan that focuses on five key priorities: optimizing our pharmacy information system, refining our practice model, enhancing our medication safety program, establishing the pharmacy as a workplace of choice in Central Ohio and refining our academic relationships and department scholarship. Training future generations of pharmacists is a vital part of our mission. Our pharmacists serve as preceptors for our residency programs while providing experiential training for Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students.

Our residency program has a 55-year tradition of excellence with our graduates being well-prepared to work at a high-level in a wide-variety of institutional and ambulatory patient care facilities. The Department of Pharmacy, in partnership with the Ohio State College of Pharmacy, strives to develop the skills of our residents and provide a residency program that is recognized nationally for the quality and excellence of its graduates.

Program History

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Department of Pharmacy enjoys a long tradition of excellence in residency training and education. The goal is to provide a comprehensive experience for the resident so that they may assume a position of leadership in pharmacy. Over 350 leaders have graduated in its first 60 years of existence.

Today these graduates continue to advance the profession of pharmacy in various avenues across the country. We offer this legacy to those interested in the MS Residency Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Master’s Program Coursework
Didactic coursework will be spread evenly across both years to allow for completion of a PGY1 certificate the first year and focus on administrative rotations the second year. Residents will participate in rotations and complete virtual asynchronous and synchronous coursework throughout each semester.

Quality Improvement Projects
Residents will be required to complete one operational audit during their first administrative rotation of the PGY1 year. Audit topics commonly involve evaluations of current processes and protocols with an operational focus. A medication use evaluation will also be completed during the first year of residency and this will be presented at the Vizient Midyear Poster Session and the Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference (GLPRC).

Longitudinal Management
During the second year, residents will manage pharmacists and technicians within specialty pharmacy service area with a goal of enhancing both managerial and decision-making skills.

Residents are expected to complete a major research project and formally present results at Residency Conference and/or Seminar. This project may also be the same project used to fulfill the requirement for the master’s degree. The resident must also submit a project manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Additional Experiences
Beyond the didactic coursework and rotation activities, residents also participate in journal clubs, attend and present continuing education at the Department of Pharmacy’s Resident Education Series and attend local and national meetings. During the first year, residents will rotate responsibility with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program on-call pager as well as primary code blue coverage. Additionally, all residents are required to volunteer at the Columbus Free Clinic for 12 hours throughout the year.

Rotation Experiences
During the first year, residents complete month-long rotations, which include both administrative and clinical rotations. In total, residents will complete six weeks of orientation, at least twelve administrative rotations, eight clinical rotations and the option of an offsite/elective rotation during the twenty-four-month experience. During the second year, residents are encouraged to sit for the Board Certification exam.

Learning experiences

PGY1 Learning Experiences:

Required Rotations

  • Medication Safety
  • Inpatient Administration
  • Specialty Pharmacy Operations & Accreditation
  • Ambulatory Care (with a specialty pharmacy focus; may range from clinic-based to call-center based)
    • IBD, rheumatology, neurology, HIV/ID
  • Internal Medicine
  • ICU – preferably cardiac
  • Medication Safety
  • Orientation
  • Operational & Clinical Staffing (longitudinal)
  • Inpatient Oncology
  • Solid Organ Transplant

*2/3 of PGY1 are required to be spent in patient care rotations

PGY2 Learning Experiences:

  • Specialty Pharmacy Administration
  • Health-system Pharmacy Administration & Leadership (Chief Pharmacy Officer)
  • Infusion Management (Non-Onc/Onc)
  • Patient Care Management (Oncology)
  • Ambulatory Care Management
  • Informatics
  • Finance
  • Electives: Advanced Medication Safety, OSU Health Plan (Managed Care Rotation), Nationwide Children’s Hospital Pediatric Specialty Pharmacy, Apexus 340B Operations

Key Preceptors

Residents will have the opportunity to interact and learn from highly trained preceptors in many different practice areas across the pharmacy enterprise.


Anneliesa Henslee, PharmD, MS
Associate Director, Specialty and Retail Pharmacy Services

Amanda Hafford, PharmD, MS
Associate Director, Acute Care Services

Trisha Jordan, Pharm D, MS
Chief Pharmacy Officer, OSUWMC
Assistant Dean, OSU College of Pharmacy

Benefits and Additional Requirements

Start Date: June 20

Annual Salary:
PGY1: $53,000
PGY2: $54,000

Vacation Days: 10 days per year
Business Days: 5 days

Staffing Requirements:
PGY1: 24 weekends
PGY2: 20 weekends
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how to apply

Application Process through PhORCAS:

We welcome applications from non-U.S. citizens who have a “green card” (permanent resident status) or a current visa valid through the entire duration of the residency program. The Ohio State University pharmacy residency programs are NOT able to sponsor visas for pharmacy residents (PGY1 or PGY2).

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Supplemental Requirements:

Application Deadline: January 3, 2024


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