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PGY1/PGY2 Health-System

Pharmacy Administration Residency


The PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program at VCU Health System is designed to develop pharmacy leaders by providing the clinical and administrative skills necessary to lead a health-system pharmacy. Upon completion of this two-year, combined residency program, the resident will be prepared to manage processes for the provision of pharmaceutical care, justify the necessity of service modifications, self-monitor and self-direct oneís learning and performance, possess advanced knowledge of health-system organizationís structure in relation to the provision of pharmaceutical care, and function effectively as a member of the health-system leadership team.

This residency program offers the resident the opportunity to concurrently apply for and complete the
Master of Science in Health Administration degree program at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Applicants must be a Doctor of Pharmacy graduates from an ACPE-accredited school or college of pharmacy; be licensed or eligible for pharmacist licensure in Virginia; and possess requisite patient care training or experience. Pharmacy residents must acquire and maintain a valid license to practice pharmacy in Virginia. The successful applicant must possess exceptional knowledge, communication skills, and leadership qualities.

Residency Goals

  • To develop skills and competency in the pharmacy practice areas of acute patient care, drug information and drug use policy development, and health-system pharmacy management (including inpatient and outpatient operations).
  • To develop competency in managerial, financial, and organizational components of health-system pharmacy.
  • To develop effective organizational, integrative, and analytical skills that will assist the resident in developing new and optimizing existing pharmacy services.
  • To develop sufficient knowledge and expertise in pharmacy and health-system compliance with legal, regulatory, safety, and accreditation requirements.

Program Structure and Training Sites

The PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration resident will gain a broad range of experiences within VCUHS. The resident will also have the option to train at the Healthcare Corporation of America (HCA) Capital Division office located in Richmond, VA.


The PGY1 year of the program is similar to the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and consists of required and elective rotations. The rotations are generally five weeks in duration. The elective rotations are based on the resident’s professional interests. The operations/staffing experience is a longitudinal rotation.

Required Rotations (5)

Internal Medicine
Critical Care
Drug Information and Drug Policy Development
Staffing/Operations (longitudinal, every other weekend)

Selective Rotations (1 - dependent on previous APPE rotation experience)

Pediatrics (Pediatric ICU, Pediatric Oncology, or Neonatal ICU)
Psychiatry (adult or adolescent)

Elective Rotations (3)

Introduction to Ambulatory Operations
Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Bone Marrow Transplant
Cardiac Surgery ICU
Coronary Care ICU
Emergency Medicine
Neuroscience ICU
Oncology (Adult or Pediatric)
Solid Organ Transplant
Surgery/Trauma ICU
Psychiatry (Adult or Pediatric)

The PGY2 year of the program will focus on Health-System Pharmacy Administration. This portion of the program is comprised of required and elective rotations. The rotations are generally five weeks in duration. The elective rotations are based on the residentís professional interests.

Required Rotations (7)

Clinical Services Management (5 weeks)
Finance (longitudinal, 12 weeks)
Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Management (5 weeks)
Human Resources (longitudinal, 12 weeks)
Inpatient Operations Management (5 weeks)
Supply Chain Management (5 weeks)
Staffing/Operations (longitudinal, every 3rd weekend)

Elective Rotations (5)

Academic Leadership (longitudinal, 8 weeks)
Ambulatory Operations Management (5 weeks)
Corporate Health-System Pharmacy Management (5 weeks)
Specialty Pharmacy (5 weeks)
Medication Safety (5 weeks)
Informatics (5 weeks)
Other rotation options, such as advanced versions of required PGY1 or PGY2 rotations, may be available depending on the resident’s interest


Residency Responsibilities

The residency program complements and enhances the background and career goals of the candidate. In general, the resident’s responsibilities are:

  • Patient care: The resident will directly provide pharmaceutical care to the patient and assist members of the health care team.
  • Management of medication use systems: The resident will work on various projects and quality improvement initiatives during their experiential training.
  • Development of communication and decision-making skills: The resident will participate in and may serve on various committees; implement services or programs in the health-system; participate in administrative on-call (during the PGY 2 year); and apply the principles of human resource management.
  • Research: The resident will be responsible for the development and successful completion of a major project during each year of the two-year residency program.
  • Teaching: The resident is given an academic faculty appointment as a Clinical Instructor in the VCU School of Pharmacy and have opportunities to provide didactic instruction (e.g., lectures, team-based learning sessions, case conferences) and experiential training (e.g., APPEs) for Doctor of Pharmacy students from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. Residents may participate in an elective teaching and learning certificate program.

Program Leadership

Program Director

Rodney L. Stiltner, PharmD, MS
Director, Department of Pharmacy Services
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy
     PharmD, Mercer University
     MS, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics
     Residency in Pharmacy Practice, Charleston Area Medical Center, West Virginia
     Residency in Management Pharmacy Practice, University of Wisconsin Medical Center Hospitals and Clinics

Coordinator, Pharmacy Residency Programs

Craig Kirkwood, PharmD
Assistant Director, Pharmacotherapy Services
Associate Professor of Pharmacy
     BS, University of Buffalo
     PharmD, University of Buffalo
     Residency in Hospital Pharmacy, Buffalo General Hospital
     Residency in Drug Information, North Carolina Memorial Hospital at University of North Carolina


Application Process

Application is made through the PhORCAS process. The application deadline is January 2, 2018. For application instructions, please visit the Application Process section of this website.

Required Characteristics to be Evaluated by Your Reference Writers:

1. Ability to organize and manage time

2. Dependability

3. Ability to work with peers and communicate

4. Willingness to accept constructive criticism

5. Emotional stability and maturity


Number of Positions


Salary and Benefits

The salary for PGY1 pharmacy resident at VCU Health System is $47,476.
The salary for PGY2 pharmacy residents at VCU Health System is $49,816.

Duration of Appointment

The pharmacy resident's contract at VCU Health System will begin on July 1 of the program year. The pharmacy residency will be completed on June 30 of the subsequent year.

Vacation and Holiday Leave

Two weeks (10 days) are granted for paid vacation or personal leave. This may be taken during rotations throughout the year. At least 10 days of paid holiday leave are provided during the year. Discretionary leave (personal or vacation leave) is pre-approved by the resident's rotation preceptor, the residency program director, and the residency programs coordinator. In general, the resident will be absent no more than five days during any rotation.

Sick and Family Leave

Two weeks (10 days) of paid sick leave and one week (5 days) of family leave are provided as baseline leave. When either sick or family baseline leave is exhausted, extended sick/family leave is available for an additional 17 days. After complete use of extended sick/family leave, unpaid leave is utilized and the need to extend the residency is considered.

Educational and Professional Leave

Educational leave is provided for attendance at a national professional meeting (up to 5 days) and the regional residency conference (up to 3 days). The national meeting may include the ASHP Leadership Conference or the UHC Annual Conference during the PGY1 year, and the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting during PGY2 year. Financial assistance is provided in the form of a stipend toward travel, meals and lodging expenses at the national and regional meetings. Professional leave (up to 5 days) is granted for interviews without the use of vacation days. Professional leave may be used for attendance at a professional meeting, in lieu of interviews, upon the permission of the program director.

Health Benefits

The VCU Health System provides a health insurance policy, to each pharmacy resident. Coverage includes outpatient physician visits and laboratory tests. Prescription, dental, vision, and family coverage are available through payroll deduction with the respective co-pay and vary with the level of coverage desired.

Liability Insurance

VCU Health System is self-insured and provides professional liability (malpractice) insurance, subject to policy limits, for each pharmacy resident. Insurance covers professional service when on-duty within the institution. It does not cover professional services (e.g., moonlighting or consulting activities) provided at other facilities or institutions. This malpractice insurance will cover all acts of alleged medical negligence while a resident is at VCU Health System. Residents may choose to enhance the professional liability insurance with a personal liability policy.

Moonlighting and Optional Staffing

Residents are permitted to seek additional, paid staffing as a pharmacist upon approval of their program director. For convenience, the staffing usually occurs within VCU Health System. Moonlighting, in general, will not extend to greater than eight hours weekly. Additional staffing which conflicts with residency requirements is not permitted.

Office Space and Resources

The Department of Pharmacy Services provides office space for all residents in the Main Hospital. Residents access patient information and drug information throughout VCUHS and at home via the VCUHS Cerner Information System.

Health and Recreation Facilities

Residents have access to VCU recreational facilities, including exercise equipment, weight rooms, aerobic activities, basketball courts and swimming pools, at a reduced membership fee.


Parking is provided on the VCU Medical Center campus through payroll deduction at the reduced, housestaff rate.