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

The Master of Science and PGY1/PGY2 Residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership grants the successful graduate a Master of Science degree in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University and a PGY1/PGY2 Residency Certificate in Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership from Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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. Additionally, new FDA approvals of therapies to treat rare diseases in pediatrics are becoming increasingly common. Managers benefit from training in pediatric environments, where they will learn not only fundamental management skills which can be acquired in any setting, but also the pediatric-specific issues that make this environment both challenging and rewarding.

Established in 2002, the ASHP-accredited PGY1/PGY2 residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership builds upon Doctor of Pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions. It prepares residents who can assume high level managerial, supervisory, and leadership responsibilities. Areas of competence emphasized during the program include safe and effective medication-use systems, quality assurance and improvement, the management of financial resources, use of technology, and advanced leadership. The residency lays the foundation for continued growth in management and leadership skills. 

Through extensive clinical, didactic and leadership experiences, graduates of this residency program will be well prepared for a clinical or operational management/supervisory role in a variety of work settings. Alumni of the program have been recruited and accepted positions in adult health-systems, consulting, pediatrics, and more. The program begins mid-June and ends approximately two years later on June 30. 

Our program is anchored by the One Team Values of Nationwide Children’s and personification of these values in those we recruit:

  • Do the right thing
  • Create a safe day everyday
  • Promote health and well-being
  • Be agile and innovative
  • Get results

We look for emerging leaders who will do the right thing, even when it is not in their best interest; leaders who place patient and medication safety as the top priority every day and understand that building solid clinical skills is essential. We believe that agility and innovation are key to creating best outcomes for our kids in the future and hope to attract candidates who strive to make today’s innovations tomorrow’s operations. Finally, successful candidates must show initiative and be driven. Our program is rigorous, but also very rewarding. We look for candidates who will embrace the challenge and push us (preceptors and program directors) to be our best as well.

What You Need to Know

Program Objectives

  • Practice effective human resource management principles commonly encountered in health-system pharmacy, including recruitment, hiring, termination, disciplinary action, staff development, talent management, conflict resolution and team building
  • Utilize quality improvement methodology to optimize operations, clinical services and safe use of medications
  • Support professional, legal, and accreditation standards affecting health-system pharmacy practice
  • Develop financial acumen necessary to manage a complex pharmacy enterprise
  • 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

Rotations & Experiences

Throughout the 24 months, residents will complete clinical and administrative rotations as well as complete MS course work at The Ohio State University. 

Clinical General Care Rotations: (4 Required)

  • General Pediatrics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neurosciences/Complex Care
  • Pulmonary
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Clinical Management (required)

Clinical Intensive Care Rotations: (2 Required)

  • Cardiothoracic Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Intensive Care

Clinical Elective Rotations: (2 Required)

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • BMT
  • Endocrinology/Nephrology/Rheumatology/Genetics
  • Neurology/Complex Care
  • Nutrition Support
  • Poison Center
  • Psychiatry
  • Research
  • Surgery
  • ICU/Staffing Rotation
  • Any clinical rotation listed above (option to repeat)

Ambulatory Clinic Longitudinal Rotation: (1 Required in 1 or 2 Clinics)

  • South High Med-Peds
  • Primary Pediatrics Clinic
  • HIV/AIDS Clinic
  • Complex Care Clinic
  • Cystic Fibrosis Clinic

Required Administrative Rotations:

  • Inpatient Operations
  • Ambulatory Operations
  • Financial/Budget Management
  • Ambulatory Management
  • Pharmacy Leadership and Management
  • Informatics
  • Pharmacy Supply Chain
  • Medication Safety
  • Clinical Management

Required Longitudinal Administrative Rotations:

  • On-Call
  • Intern Management
  • Pharmacy Service Area Management

Elective Administrative Rotations (1 Required)

  • Specialty Pharmacy Services
  • Home Infusion Services
  • Medication Use and Formulary Management
  • Investigational Drug Services
  • Population Health

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 clinical and operations audits
  • Journal Clubs, Leadership Presentations and Seminars to pharmacy staff and students
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee drug monographs
  • Quality and Residency Improvement projects
  • Poster or platform presentations at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Completion of a Teaching Certificate (optional) 


Successful candidates will be graduates of accredited pharmacy programs and eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in the state of Ohio.

Successful candidates will also have a minimum of 3.0 GPA.

The residency begins mid-June and ends approximately two years later on June 30.

Staffing Requirements

Residents will staff in the inpatient pharmacy every third weekend for 75% of the residency and every other weekend for the remaining 25% of the residency.*

Administrative on-call every sixth week.

* Subject to change based on departmental needs and resources.

Preceptors, Residents & Alumni

Nationwide Children's Hospital has possessed a rich tradition of producing leaders in clinical and administrative pharmacy practice since it first offered an ASHP-Accredited Residency in Hospital Pharmacy in 1976.

Salary & Benefits

  • Stipend
    • Year one: $48,000
    • Year two: $50,000
  • Tuition expenses for the MS program paid by Nationwide Children’s
  • Insurance (medical, dental, vision, life)
  • Ten days paid vacation per year
  • Travel allowance for required conferences
  • Two years paid membership to a professional pharmacy organization
  • Access to an extensive library of journals and textbooks

Application & Selection

Interested candidates should submit the following items via PhORCAS to the program director no later than January 1:

  • Letter of intent – one page letter explaining why the candidate is interested in the position and what qualifications they have that are not fully captured within the remaining application packet
  • Curriculum vitae
  • College transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation

You must also apply to The Ohio State University Graduate School via the link below.

Access The Ohio State University Graduate School Application Information

An on-site interview is required. Admission to this program is contingent upon acceptance into the Masters Degree program.

If you have any questions, please contact Chet Kaczor.

Phone: (614) 722-2180