Program overview

The UCHealth PGY1/2 HSPAL residency program is designed to develop clinically strong practitioners who choose to specialize in pharmacy administration and become leaders in healthcare. The PGY1 program provides a strong practice foundation with an emphasis on clinical skill development. Requirements for the PGY1 year will be the same requirements for our PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at the University of Colorado Hospital. More information on the PGY1 program can be found here.

The PGY2 year provides a comprehensive experience in the management of pharmacy services in an academic medical center. These experiences include both operational and clinical management within inpatient and ambulatory pharmacy settings, automation and informatics, finance, regulatory compliance, supply chain, and medication safety and quality. Throughout the year, PGY2 residents will gain the necessary foundational skills in human resources and leadership required to be an effective leader within healthcare..

Residents will have the opportunity to be enrolled in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program through the University of Colorado Denver School of Business. Graduates of the PGY1/2 HSPAL program will be capable of assuming roles as clinical coordinators, team leaders, and pharmacy supervisors or managers in a variety of pharmacy practice and healthcare settings. PGY1/2 HSPAL graduates will have the training and skillset to become executive pharmacy and healthcare leaders.


The PGY1/2 HSPAL Residency is seeking accreditation through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The program is in pre-candidate status and will move to candidate status in the 2023-2024 academic year and will undergo accreditation during that time.

PGY2 learning experiences

Core Learning ExperiencesLongitudinal Learning ExperiencesElective Experiences
Inpatient Pharmacy Operations
Inpatient Clinical Pharmacy Services
Procurement/Supply Chain Management
Medication Safety/Quality
Ambulatory Pharmacy Operations
Pharmacy Informatics
Budgeting and Financial Services
Inpatient Staffing
Leader on Call
Medication Use Policy
Leadership Development
Pharmacy Contracting
Executive Pharmacy Leadership
Pharmacy Data Analytics
Specialty Pharmacy
Ambulatory Oncology Pharmacy Practice
Regulatory Compliance
Community Hospital Pharmacy Leadership
Academic Administration

PGY1/2 Program outline

  • Program length: 24 months
  • Number of positions: 1
  • Start date: July 1, 2023
  • Stipend: $62,700 (PGY1) / $65,558 (PGY2)

PGY2 requirements

  • Major research project
  • Medication use evaluation
  • Formulary management project
  • Attendance to and participation in the following meetings and events:
    • Vizient Poster Presentation
    • ASHP Residency Showcase

Teaching and education

Residents are expected to provide education to the pharmacy staff and other healthcare providers as assigned by individual preceptors. Additionally, each resident may be involved with teaching exercises at the School of Pharmacy. Residents may be required to assist in the precepting of PharmD students on clerkship. The resident may attend other seminars as scheduling permits. As part of this teaching obligation, residents will be given the title of Clinical Instructor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

PGY2 service to the institution

During the PGY2 year, staffing is required in the inpatient central pharmacy (every fourth weekend). Residents are required to work one minor holiday (Labor Day/Memorial Day) and one major holiday (Christmas/Thanksgiving/New Year’s). Residents may work flex hours for pay in addition to their service obligations.


Benefits include healthcare coverage, paid time off (including meetings and sick days), and a travel stipend.


The program will accept all applications through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) and participate in the National Match.

The below are required as part of the application process. Residents must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (ACPE accredited) and have obtained licensure as a pharmacist in Colorado.

The application deadline is 12/26/2022. Please contact the residency program director at [email protected] for additional questions.

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Academic transcripts
  • Three professional recommendations

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