PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership


All positions have been filled through early commitment for the class of 2022-2023.


The UCSF PGY2 residency program in health-system pharmacy administration and leadership is designed to train a 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 leader in clinical, community, and academic settings.


We are recruiting for our inaugural PGY2 HSPAL Resident. The HSPAL residency is a one-year specialty residency that allows the resident to practice in a multi-campus university-affiliated academic teaching hospital, health system. UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, part of UCSF Health, are recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the sixth-best hospital in the nation and number one in the West Coast. Additional off-site rotation experiences are available based on resident interest.

The focus of the HSPAL pharmacy residency is to cultivate their leadership and administrative skills expertise managing a by a variety of health care settings, where the resident will serve as a key member of the administration team. Teaching is also an integral component of the program as UCSF Medical Center is closely affiliated with the UCSF School of Pharmacy (SOP). UCSF Health is committed to providing excellent training experiences that supports the resident's clinical, academic and professional interests. 

Learning Experiences


Rotation Schedule

Residents must complete 9 core rotations and 3 electives. Longitudinal learning experiences include ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy, Pharmacy Manager/Admin On-Call, Research Project, Staffing, Teaching, Lunch and Learn Leadership Development, and Lean Boot Camp.

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 repeating one of the core rotations with greater autonomy and more advanced learning opportunities towards the end of the residency year.

Anticipated Core Rotations

  • Advanced Pharmacy Operations I
  • Advanced Clinical Leadership I
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Finance Management
  • Executive Leadership
  • Inpatient Pharmacy Operations (Multicampus Training)
  • Advanced Pharmacy Operations II
  • Advanced Clinical Leadership II 
  • Regulatory & Compliance 

Anticipated Electives

  • Elective Clinical Rotations

  • 340B

  • Health System Informatics

  • Ambulatory Pharmacy Leadership

  • Infusion Service Management

  • Advanced Regulatory & Compliance

  • Academic Leadership

  • Supply Chain Management

  • Investigational Drug Service Management

  • Pediatric Hospital Leadership 


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


$63,525 annually, paid biweekly


Medical/Dental/Vision Plan and Professional Liability Insurance

Vacation / Professional / Sick leave

All residents will receive 10 days of paid vacation, and 10 days of paid professional leave. Professional leave may be used to attend professional meetings, and for post-graduate or professional job interviews. Additionally, all residents will receive up to 12 days of paid sick leave per academic year.

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

**The PGY2 HSPAL program has early committed its position for the class of 2022-2023.**


July 5, 2022 to July 14, 2023

Positions Available

PGY2 HSPAL Pharmacy (NMS 648163) – 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

Applicants must be eligible for licensure in California, posses a PharmD degree, completed or in the process of completing a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program that is ASHP accredited, or in the process of accreditation (i.e. candidate or preliminary accreditation status).

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: nabp.pharmacy.

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. The application deadline is December 28th, 2021.
  3. Cover Letter: A cover letter describing why you decided to pursue a health-system administration and leadership pharmacy, how a residency at UCSF will aid in your career, elements of the program that most interest you and how each element relates to your personal goals.
  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 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 and comment on a minimum of 7 of the 13 listed candidate characteristics.


Application Reviews

Each PGY2 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

The interview process consists of panel interviews with program preceptors, a personal interview with a pharmacy administrator and a personal interview with the Residency Program Director. Applicants are also asked to present a 30-min Powerpoint presentation. 

PGY2 HSPAL interviews will be held virtually. Dates will be posted soon! 


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 Avenue, S840, San Francisco, California 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