Program Design

The OHSU Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program is a full-time, 24-month program that provides extensive training opportunities in all aspects of pharmacy administration, beginning on July 1st. Our first resident graduated in 2008, the program was surveyed by ASHP in June 2009, and the program received ASHP accreditation in the spring of 2010. As of 2012, we offer a combined two-year PGY1/PGY2 program paired with a Masters of Business Administration or Masters of Science in Healthcare Management. One residency position is available annually. The OHSU Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency is a structured two-year program designed to provide concentrated training in the administration of health-system pharmacy. During the first year, the resident will complete the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency prior to beginning the PGY2 administrative required rotations. The resident will obtain advanced clinical knowledge and expertise in pharmacy administrative, management, and leadership activities. 

Residents receive a list of goals and objectives at the beginning of each rotation. During the rotation and at the end of the experience, the resident meets with the preceptor to review their performance. A written report assessing the resident is prepared using the PharmAcademic evaluation system. On a quarterly basis, the Residency Program Director meets with the resident to evaluate their progress based on preceptor comments and resident self-evaluation. At this time or any time, the resident and program director adjust the resident's schedule as necessary. 

Service Requirement

Consistent with the ASHP residency standards, the OHSU residency experience is primarily a practical, rather than didactic or classroom experience. Practice skills are developed throughout the program in all aspects of pharmaceutical care. During the first two months of the residency year, residents will train in central pharmacy in distributive staff pharmacist roles. Next, residents will train in a clinical staffing area (internal medicine, critical care, cardiology, or surgery) as part of their first clinical rotation. After completing training, residents staff every other weekend in this area for the remainder of the residency year. Staffing responsibilities include patient care, distribution, and drug information. Residents are also required to work one major holiday (Christmas Day, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Day) and one minor holiday (President's Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day). 

All residents must be licensed in Oregon within the first two months of the residency program. If unable to meet licensure by this date, termination of the residency contract will occur. Even if licensure happens by October 1st, this would set a resident very behind in rotations and functioning as a pharmacist during the first quarter of their residency. Visit the Oregon Board of Pharmacy website for additional details.  

Teaching Opportunities

The PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Resident may choose to participate in the Citywide Pharmacy Residency Conference during their PGY1 year. The conference is held monthly at rotating sites in the Portland Metro area. This forum is a great way to identify professional mentors and network for job opportunities and practice innovation ideas. 

OHSU pharmacy residents, in cooperation with the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Pharmacy or the Pacific University School of Pharmacy, may also participate in classroom discussions, lectures, or labs, as well as precept Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiential students during final year rotations. 

Additional opportunities are available to residents seeking additional teaching responsibilities through the Oregon Residency Teaching Certificate Program. The elective teaching certificate program is offered as a joint program by OSU College of Pharmacy and Pacific University School of Pharmacy.