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

Masters of Science Degree

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

  • Annual Salary: $48,000 
  • Other benefits include: PTO, paid holidays, health/dental/life/liability insurance 
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Contact Us

The University of Kansas Health System
Department of Pharmacy
3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Mail Stop 4040
Kansas City, KS 66160

HSPA Residency Director

Samaneh Wilkinson, MS, PharmD 

HSPA Residency Practice Residency Coordinators
Annie Shelton, PharmD, MHA 

Phone: 913-588-2820

Application information, deadlines and National Matching Service code

The Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency Learning Experience

Year 1 (weeks of rotation)
  • Orientation - Hospital and Pharmacy (5)
  • Central and Transitions of Care Staffing and Training (3)
  • Acute Care (5)
  • Ambulatory Care (5)
  • Critical Care (6)
  • Advanced Independent Practice (6)
  • Personal Leadership and Management Essentials (2)
  • Intro to Management (4)
  • Medication Safety & Formulary Management (6)
  • Expansion Rotation (4)
  • Longitudinal Rotation Orientation (3)
Year 2 (weeks of rotation)
  • Longitudinal Track Management Orientation (4)
  • Inpatient Clinical Management (6)
  • Operations and Distribution Systems (6)
  • Pharmacy Informatics (6)
  • Pharmacy Enterprise Leadership (6)
  • Ambulatory and Specialty Management (6)
  • Supply Chain and Finance (6)
  • Cancer Care and Investigational Drug Services (6)
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 
Ambulatory Care 
  • Heart Failure
  • HIV
  • Hepatology
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cystic Fibrosis 
Critical Care 
  • Surgical ICU (Level 1 Trauma Center) 
  • Medical ICU 
  • Cardiovascular ICU 
  • Transplant ICU 
  • Neurosurgical ICU 
  • Neonatal ICU 

Expansion Rotation

  • An expansion of the residents’ interests in a select area •
  • Program leaders work with residents to design experience

Chief Resident (longitudinal)

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

*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.

Key Preceptors

  • Rick Couldry – Vice President of Pharmacy and Ancillary Services
  • Samaneh Wilkinson – Director of Ambulatory Services
  • Chris Bell – Director of Inpatient Operations
  • Kat Miller – Director of Inpatient Clinical Services
  • Leigh Anne Scott – Director of Cancer Care
  • Korby Lathrop – Associate Director of Informatics
  • Chris Loucks – Associate Director of Supply Chain

Application Information 



Application deadline: January 5

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? 
  • Example of a project completed on a rotation (power-point, poster, document) 
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • College Transcripts 
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • PHORCAS Residency Program Application
  • ASHP Resident Matching Program registration 
Important dates after completion of match process 
  • June: Annual Resident's Meet & Greet and Residency Orientation 
National Matching Services (NMS) Code: 180718