Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership

We appreciate you taking the time to learn about our 2-year combined MS/Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency Program. We are excited about our program and hope you can observe the breadth of our experiences.

Our program is geared toward people who are interested in being leaders in a health-system pharmacy. Fundamental to this training, we believe it is important to balance clinical experiences with administrative.

Year One

Program Purpose 

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

The first year of the program is the same as our pharmacy practice residency. You will get strong training in all patient care areas, including pediatrics, medicine, surgery, critical care, oncology, and ambulatory care. Mixed into these rotations will be three administration experiences with our managers. This first year has prepared our residents to be successful in completion of the BCPS exam, a great tool for future administrators to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise in clinical pharmacy.

Year Two

Program Purpose 

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

The second year builds upon the success of the first and gives you exposure to our many managers and leaders in the department. You will get financial, medication safety, operational, and clinical management experiences, as well as time with our director and leadership team.

During both of these residency years, you will also be taking classes to fulfill your Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, the #1 school of pharmacy in the nation.

While these are two intense years of training, there are many reasons why UNC Medical Center is a great destination for you. Our residents come from all over the country, so we strive to create a family atmosphere within our department. There are other administrative residents at UNC Medical Center, so you can learn from them and they will become your best professional colleagues. In addition, our managers are some of the best you will find in the country. They have been trained at different programs, so each brings their own perspectives to solving the issues of the day.

Our Practice Model

Besides the people in our program, we have a great practice model for training in and delivering patient care. Our practice model received an ASHP Best Practice Award in Health-System Pharmacy in 2011. Since that time, we have received ASHP Best Practice Awards in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018!  We also won the 2017 ASHP Foundation Excellence in Medication Safety Award. We utilize the latest technology and our facilities have all been updated to meet our professional guidelines. It is a great place to be trained and to learn.

I have been involved in residency training at UNC for the last 20 years and helped to re-establish our administrative residency program in 2006. Not only do I precept rotations and mentor the residency research projects, but I also teach in the MS program at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Our goal in training you is to provide you with a translatable skill set so that no matter where your professional career takes you, you will be set-up for success. But no matter the location, you will always be a part of the Carolina family.

For more information contact:

Stephen EckelStephen F. Eckel, PharmD, MHA, BCPS
Director, 24-month HSPAL/MS Pharmacy Residency Program
Director of Pharmacy Innovation Services, UNC Medical Center
Associate Dean of Global Engagement, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy