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Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Pharmacy Residency

Program Purpose Statement

The Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (HSPAL) Residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) is a 24-month post-Doctor of Pharmacy training program that fulfills the requirements of both a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and a PGY2 HSPAL Residency. HSPAL residents will further cultivate their leadership and administrative skills by completing a two-year Masters of Science (MS) degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from the University of North Carolina (UNC), Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

PGY1 Year

During the resident’s PGY1 year he/she will be part of the HUP PGY1 cohort to develop a solid clinical foundation.

PGY2 Year

In the second year of the program, the HSPAL resident will build upon the PGY1 residency graduates’ competence in the delivery of patient-centered care and in pharmacy operational services to prepare residents to assume high level managerial, supervisory, and leadership responsibilities. Areas of competence emphasized during the program include advanced leadership, safe and effective medication-use systems, quality assurance and improvement, the management of human resources, the management of financial resources, and use of technology. Upon graduation, residents will be prepared for a clinical or operational management/supervisory role within the pharmacy enterprise in a large academic medical center. This program is in candidate status in its’ second year of residents. 

Learning Experiences


  • Detailed in the HUP PGY Pharmacy Residency Program Description


Required core learning experiences

  • Health-System Pharmacy Leadership Orientation (one month)
  • Clinical Pharmacy Leadership (two months)
  • Operations Leadership (two months)
  • Ambulatory Pharmacy Leadership (two months)

Required core longitudinal learning experiences

  • Staffing Leadership and Manager on Call (12 months)
  • Project (12 months)
  • Management of a pharmacy area (10 months)
  • Leadership Development (six months)
  • Finance and supply chain management (six months)
  • Medication Use Policy (four months)
  • Medication safety (four months)
  • Pharmacy Informatics (four months)
  • Grand Rounds (approximately two months)

Elective learning experiences

  • Repeat of any core learning experience with advanced focus in a particular area of interest
  • Home Infusion Pharmacy Leadership

Masters Education

We are proud to have partnered with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy to provide our HSPAL residents with a world class didactic education to complement their onsite residency training. Administration residents at HUP will be part of the UNC master’s cohort which includes administration residents from across a variety of practice sites including University of North Carolina Hospitals (UNCH), Duke University Health-System (DUHS), Wake Forest Baptist Health (WFBH), Mission Hospitals (MH), Moses Cone Health (MC), BayCare Health-System, and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Residents will be able to remotely attend and participate in class on site from HUP.


The master’s degree curriculum will be completed longitudinally over the two-year residency. The master’s degree will culminate with a thesis substitute, which consists of a supervised project in health-system pharmacy administration that has direct implications to HUP and the department. More information about the master’s component is included on the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s website.

Requirements for Acceptance

  • The applicant must participate in the National Matching Services (MATCH)
  • Online application through Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) must include:
    • Letter of intent
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Official transcript from all colleges of pharmacy attended
    • The applicant must possess a PharmD degree from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited college of pharmacy

Application Process

Residency candidates should submit all requirements for acceptance through the PhORCAS website. Once submitted, applications will be reviewed and candidates will be selected for interviews. After the interviews are completed, rank lists are submitted to the American Health-System of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP) via the National Matching Service MATCH will provide the. National Match Code: 269341 For the UNC Masters of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in Health-System Pharmacy Administration interested applicants will need to apply to the University of North Carolina Graduate School for their didactic component.


The deadline to apply for the 2021-2023 residency class is January 4th , 2021.

Past Residents

Christopher Goncalo, PharmD., BCPS
Manager, Medication Use Systems
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Program Director

Alison Apple, RPh, MS
Director, Inpatient Pharmacy
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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