PGY1/PGY2 Administration Residency :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Master of Science and PGY1/PGY2 Residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration

Jenna Merandi, PharmD, MS
Medication Safety Coordinator
Program Director, MS/PGY1/PGY2 Residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration
(614) 722-2092
*ASHP Accredited

ASHP recognizes the need for generalist, clinical practitioner, specialized practitioner, and manager/supervisor skill sets. The vast majority of residency programs in existence focus on the clinical/specialized practitioner.

Pediatric drug distribution is a specialized area of practice that has all of the challenges of adult drug distribution plus numerous other intricacies. Newly licensed and experienced pharmacists must undergo significant training before they are ready to practice independently in the pediatric setting. Managers may also benefit from training in pediatric environments, where they will learn not only basic management skills, but also the pediatric-specific issues that make this environment both challenging and rewarding.

This program grants the successful graduate a Master of Science degree from The Ohio State University and a PGY1/PGY2 Residency Certificate in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  The program offers an optional opportunity to complete a Master of Health Administration degree by extending the duration of the residency. The residency has full ASHP-accreditation.

Program Objectives

  • Practice effective human resource management principals commonly encountered in health-system pharmacy, including recruitment, hiring, termination, disciplinary action, staff development, conflict resolution and team building
  • Use a step-wise approach to performance improvement
  • Support professional, legal, and accreditation standards affecting health-system pharmacy practice
  • Work in an environment which supports a diverse pharmacy practice model
  • Understand the physiological and developmental changes that occur from birth through adolescence and how those factors may affect pharmacotherapy decisions
  • Identify and learn to anticipate unique pediatric drug distribution situations
  • Learn and use pediatric medication safety strategies

Purpose Statement

This ASHP-accredited PGY1/PGY2 residency provides the resident with opportunities to become a competent pharmacy clinician while building strong leadership skills in diverse practice environments. The PGY1 component of the residency is fulfilled over 24 months through various administrative and clinical experiences. The clinical experiences include inpatient direct patient care rotations, two longitudinal ambulatory care rotations, and an inpatient pharmacy practice (staffing) component. The PGY2 component focuses on developing essential leadership and management skills through practical health-system pharmacy experiences. The resident will also have three electives which he/she may choose as needed.

The program also grants the successful candidate the Master’s Degree in Health-System Pharmacy Administration. The didactic course work is completed through The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy primarily during the first year of the residency. Through extensive clinical, didactic, and leadership experiences, graduates of this residency program will be well prepared to lead pharmacy administrative and clinical services in diverse settings.


To accomplish these objectives, in year one the resident will complete MS course work at The Ohio State University, a longitudinal medication safety rotation, a longitudinal human resource rotation, and two operational audits in addition to direct patient care rotations.During year two the principles learned will be applied to practical experiences.

Year 1

  • Distributive pharmacy practice—one month training, one month practicing

  • Pharmacy operations audits

  • Drug use evaluation

  • One clinical rotation

  • Three longitudinal rotations are required from the following areas:

    • Medication Safety

    • Human Resources

    • Ambulatory Care - which is ½ day per week, in one of the following areas:

      • HIV Clinic

      • Primary Care

      • Pulmonary

      • Asthma Clinic

      • Complex Care

Year 2 - The resident completes twelve one-month rotations:

  • Six required administrative rotations

    • Strategic Planning & Leadership

    • Contract Management & Purchasing

    • Financial Planning/Budgeting

    • Human Resource Management

    • Medication Safety

    • Operations Management

    • Pharmacy Informatics 

  • Three required clinical rotations (the resident is not limited to these clinical rotations):

    • Cardiology

    • General Pediatrics

    • Hematology/Oncology

    • Infectious Diseases

    • Neonatal Intensive Care

    • Nutrition Support

    • Pediatric Intensive Care

    • Cardiothoracic Intensive Care

    • Pulmonary Medicine

    • Adult Medicine (at The Ohio State University Medical Center)

  • Elective Rotations (to complete the required 12 rotations)

    • Clinical pediatric rotations

    • External rotations (maximum of two months off-site)

    • Emergency Department

    • Other rotations may be developed based upon the resident’s interests

In addition to the rotations, the resident will be expected to complete the various projects including, but not limited to:

  • Master’s project with a publishable manuscript

  • A project to be presented at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference or a national pharmacy meeting with a publishable manuscript

  • Pharmacy operations audits

  • Journal Clubs

  • Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee drug monographs

  • Performance Improvement projects

  • Residency Advisory Council

  • Poster or platform presentations at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting

  • Completion of a Teaching Certificate

  • Longitudinal management of pharmacy interns 

Residency Requirements

Successful candidates will be graduates of accredited pharmacy programs and eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in the state of Ohio. The residency begins on July 1 and ends two years later on June 30.

Staffing Requirements

Year 1: Every other weekend
Year 2: Every fourth weekend/Administrative on-call every fourth week

The staffing requirement is subject to change based on departmental needs and resources. 


  • Stipend: Year 1 $48,000 and Year 2 $50,000

  • Tuition expenses for the MS program paid by Nationwide Children’s 

  • Insurance (medical, dental, vision, life)

  • 13 days paid vacation per year

  • Travel allowance for the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, the ASHP Leadership Conference and the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference

  • One year paid membership to a professional pharmacy organization

  • Access to an extensive library of journals and textbooks


If you are applying for one of the Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency positions, you must also apply to The Ohio State University Graduate School. Detailed instructions on applying to the MS in Health System Pharmacy program are provided on the MS in Health-System Pharmacy Administration with Combined Residency website.

Please contact:

Mr. Jay Mirtallo
Director, MS in Health System Pharmacy at The Ohio State University
College of Pharmacy
500 W. 12th Avenue, 138A
Lloyd M. Parks Hall
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: (614) 292-6415

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000