PGY1/2 HSPAL with Masters


Sharleen Gill

PGY2 HSPAL Resident


Year One Program

PGY1 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

Year Two Program

PGY2 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives for advanced practice areas. Residents who successfully complete PGY2 residency programs are prepared for advanced patient care or other specialized positions, and board certification in the advanced practice area, if available.


Overall Program Description

The PGY1/2 combined health-system pharmacy administration and leadership (HSPAL) residency is a two-year program, designed to train pharmacists who are interested in becoming well-rounded pharmacy leaders in all facets of the health system. Program graduates will possess the necessary skills to function as advanced pharmacy leaders in clinical, community, and academic settings. In year one, the pharmacy resident will develop a strong clinical foundation by gaining exposure to a wide breadth of clinical specialties and hospital operations. Please refer to the UCSF PGY1 Pharmacy website for additional details.

The PGY2 HSPAL residency builds upon PGY1 residency graduates’ competence in the delivery of patient-centered care and in pharmacy operational services to prepare 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 human resources, the management of financial resources, use of technology, and advanced leadership. The residency lays the foundation for continued growth in management and leadership skills. Upon graduation, residents are prepared for a clinical or operational management/supervisory role in a variety of work settings.

Master of Science Degree Description

In addition to the two-year combined health-system pharmacy administration and leadership training, program graduates can obtain a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership (MS-HAIL) offered by UCSF’s Graduate Division during the second year of post-graduate training. The program’s hybrid curriculum is designed to equip graduates with new knowledge and competencies needed to reshape the future of healthcare in an interdisciplinary setting. The 12-month program consists of three online or in-person courses per quarter, covering a variety of topics such as healthcare policy and economics, effective business practices, and management of social and human capital. Graduates will collaborate with interprofessional colleagues to implement an evidence-based capstone quality improvement project in an area of their choosing. Upon completion, graduates of this program will be prepared for management and leadership roles across the health-system. Please refer to the UCSF Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership Program website for additional details. 

Virtual Open House

An annual open house event is offered in the fall for interested applicants. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of current and former residents, preceptors and the Residency Program Director.


Thursday, November 16th, 2023 from 6-6:30PM (PST)

Thursday, December 14th, 2023 from 6-6:30PM (PST)


Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 93 4467 8596

Password: 797470



Learning Experiences


Rotation Schedule

Residents must complete 9 core rotations and 3 electives. Each rotation is 4 weeks in duration and longitudinal experiences span the residency year.

Sequencing of Learning Experiences

Learning experiences are sequenced such that the resident completes onsite core learning experiences prior to electives and teaching-focused learning experiences. Various electives are offered, including options to repeat core rotations with greater autonomy and more advanced learning opportunities towards the end of the residency year.

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Longitudinal Ambulatory Pharmacy Leadership
  • Longitudinal Leadership Development (includes ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy, Committee Leadership, Manager On Call & Lean Boot Camp)
  • Longitudinal Pharmacy Practice Management
  • Longitudinal Quality Improvement Project
  • Longitudinal Research Project
  • Longitudinal Operational Staffing

Core Rotations

  • Orientation
  • Advanced Clinical Leadership I
  • Advanced Clinical Leadership II
  • Advanced Pharmacy Operations I
  • Advanced Pharmacy Operations II
  • Business & Strategy
  • Executive Leadership
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Supply Chain Management

Elective Rotations

  • Health Systems Informatics
  • Informatics & Supply Chain Leadership - Vizient

  • Infusion Service Management

  • Other elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability. Examples include:

    • 340B Management

    • Apexus

    • Academic Leadership

    • Investigational Drug Service Management

    • Pediatric Hospital Leadership

    • Perioperative Management

    • Specialty Pharmacy


Longitudinal Operational Training

All residents receive comprehensive training in each of the operational areas during orientation, including formalized training in sterile compounding and aseptic technique. At the beginning of the residency year, residents are paired with an experienced preceptor who will oversee their operational staffing learning experience through the year and provide residents with summative feedback.

Staffing Areas

Comprehensive operational and clinical staffing occurs longitudinally and takes place approximately every third weekend spanning throughout the residency year for a total of 17 weekends, in addition to one major holiday and two minor holidays.


Project Selection

The Residency Program Director collects project proposal submissions from clinical pharmacists for consideration as a resident research project on an annual basis in the Spring. Projects are reviewed for feasibility, appropriateness of timeline, potential value that may focus on clinical pharmacist services, quality improvement initiatives such as drug safety, optimal medication use, cost-effective drug use, and efficient, safe and effective medication preparation, delivery and administration. The Residency Program Director will reach out to the residents in early summer to start discussion of project selection.

Research Training

PGY2 residents participate in the UCSF Research Certificate Program and will gain skills in: adhering to a research timeline, creating an appropriate study design and methodology, completing data collection and analysis and summarizing research findings. Residents are enrolled in the Designing Clinical Research course that is part of the Summer Clinical Research Workshop. This interprofessional curriculum within the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics guides residents through modification of their research proposal and creation of a version suitable for submission to the UCSF Institutional Review Board. For projects requiring more advanced statistics, residents also receive support to work with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) in order to complete analysis.

Residents will participate in a research certificate whereby they attend structured research sessions throughout the year in guiding the successful completion of the research project.

Poster & Platform Presentations

All projects are of a scope suitable for publication. Projects are presented as posters at the UCSF Department of Clinical Pharmacy Spring Research Poster Session. They are also presented as posters at the Vizient residency session that precedes the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. The final presentation occurs in spring as a platform presentation at the  UC Collaborative Conference in California. Final research project write up should be in a format suitable journal submission.


Teaching Instruction

Teaching is a focus of the residency at UCSF, and residents receive a Teaching Certificate upon program completion if they complete the required elements of the program. The certificate recognizes the significant contributions and skills that are attained during the residency year. Residents receive training in teaching methodology, precepting and small group conference facilitation through a variety of educational seminars that are planned during the year.

Teaching Experiences

Teaching opportunities may include the following:

  • Precepting of PGY1, APPE, and IPPE students on clinical rotations and project-based work
  • Large group teaching

Salary & Benefits


PGY1/2 Combined - $61,267 annually, paid biweekly (Year One)

PGY2 HSPAL - $63,525 annually, paid biweekly (Year Two)


Medical/Dental/Vision Plan and Professional Liability Insurance

Vacation / Professional / Sick leave

All residents will participate in the UCSF Health Paid Time Off (PTO) program. Residents accrue PTO and Extended Sick Time (EST) based on the appointment type, number of hours on pay status, and years of qualifying service. Residents will earn approximately 21 days of PTO per year and approximately six days of EST. Additionally, residents receive 10 days of paid professional leave which may be used to attend professional meetings or professional job interviews.

Travel Stipend

All residents are provided with a stipend to support travel, lodging, and registration fees for the purposes of professional conferences. The amount of the travel stipend is determined each year and may not cover all travel expenses.

Additional Benefits

Residents will be provided with a UCSF white coat, scrubs, personal pager, iPad and access to the resident office workspace. Meal cards are provided with a value determined by the number of staffing hours assigned.


General Information


Year One - June 24, 2024 to June 30, 2025 (53 weeks)

Year Two - July 7, 2025 to July 10, 2026 (53 weeks)

Positions Available

PGY1/2 Combined HSPAL (NMS 307041) - 1 position


The Residency Program Director, Program Coordinator and residents recruit potential residency applicants at the following events:

  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting
    • Residency Showcase
    • Personnel Placement Services (PPS)
      • Applicants are encouraged to participate in PPS if possible


Requirements for Admission

Year One Program

Applicants must be graduates or candidates for graduation of an accredited pharmacy degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation), or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Applicants must be licensed or will be eligible for both intern and pharmacist licensure in California by the start of the residency program. 

Year Two Program

Applicants must be graduates or candidates for graduation of an accredited pharmacy degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation), or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).The applicant must be completing or have completed, an ASHP-accredited or candidate-status PGY1 residency. Applicants must be licensed or eligible for both intern and pharmacist licensure in California by the start of the residency program. 

Non-US and US Citizens from Foreign Schools of Pharmacy

Non-US citizens must be eligible to work and live in the US by obtaining an appropriate visa and must be eligible to work as a licensed pharmacist in California. We do not sponsor visas for foreign pharmacy residency applicants. Non-US and US citizens who graduate from a foreign school of pharmacy must first be certified by examination before the process of licensure in the US can begin. The Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee ™ (FPGEC®) certificate program operates under the auspices of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy®. The NABP® provides the FPGEC Certification Program as a means of documenting the educational equivalency of a candidate's foreign education, as well as the license and or registration to practice pharmacy. More information about this entire process is provided in these NABP® links:

How to Apply

  1. Match: All applicants must register for The Match – ASHP Resident Matching Program.
  2. PhORCAS: Applications will be accepted through PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service), a web-based pharmacy residency application system. Applications are due by January 2, 2024 at 8:59pm PST.
  3. Cover Letter: A cover letter describing the elements of the program that most interest you and how each element relates to your personal goals is required.
  4. Letters of Recommendation: We request a minimum of one (two is preferred) of your three references should come from a preceptor who you have worked with in a clinical setting, related to an APPE in acute or ambulatory care. The clinical preceptor should be able to comment on your scope of responsibility, total patient load, level of autonomy, clinical abilities, and organizational and time management skills. All 3-reference writers should use the standard PhORCAS template to submit their candidate recommendation. An uploaded letter of recommendation is optional and not required.
  5. Supplemental Application Materials: A response to the following essay statement is required for acceptance. The essay response should be no longer than one page in length. An application will not be reviewed if this statement is missing. Please note that the essay is separate from your cover letter. (NOTE: The essay response should be uploaded in the Supplemental Information section in PhORCAS. Space is limited to a max of 5 MB and must be provided in the following format: .pdf, .doc, .txt, .rtf.)

Reflect on a challenging situation at any point in your life (personal or professional) that required you to question your values or assumptions. How did you deal with the situation? What did you learn from the experience?


Application Reviews

Each applicant packet is screened and scored by members of the Management Team. Screeners assess the following: communication skills, clinical experience (breadth, performance, scope of activity), personal/environmental factors (maturity, confidence, motivation, and adaptability), and work experience, aggregate letters of recommendation, leadership/initiative, teaching (interest and/or experience), research (interest and/or experience), extracurricular involvement and academic performance. The screening score is used to determine if an on-site interview will be extended.

Virtual Interviews

PGY1/2 Combined HSPAL Program

All interviews will be conducted in person. The interview process consists of two 30-minute panel interviews, and a personal interview with the PGY1 Residency Program Director. Additionally, candidates will interview with a panel of pharmacy leaders and the PGY2 HSPAL Residency Program Director. Applicants are asked to prepare in advance a 10-minute presentation on a topic of their choice (not related to pharmacy or healthcare).

Interview Dates:

  • Monday, February 5, 2024
  • Tuesday, February 6, 2024


Ashley Thompson, PharmD, BCCCP

Residency Program Director, PGY2 HSPAL
Director of Pharmacy, Clinical Services
Critical Care Pharmacist, UCSF Medical Center
Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Pharmacy

Education and post-graduate training

Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Southern California
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice, University of San Francisco Medical Center


513 Parnassus Ave, S840
San Francisco CA 94143
Office: 415-353-8827
Email: [email protected]

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Kelsey Waier, PharmD

Residency Program Coordinator, PGY2 HSPAL
Director, Pharmacy Operations
Pharmaceutical Services Department

Education and post-graduate training

Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin
PGY1 Pharmacy, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
PGY2 HSPAL, Northwestern Memorial Hospital


UCSF UC Hall Box 0622
533 Parnassus Ave
San Francisco CA 94143
tel: 415-290-1862
Email: [email protected]

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers