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PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration

Ascension Wisconsin's PGY2 in Health System Pharmacy Administration is a multi-health system residency including the following legacy health ministries:


This PGY2 in Health System Pharmacy Administration builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in advanced or specialized practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy.

Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in that practice area (when board certification for the practice area exists). Graduates of the Ascension Wisconsin PGY2 in Health System Pharmacy Administration are well positioned for a wide range of leadership careers, including lead, supervisor, manager, director or equivalent.


The PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration program is a minimum of 12 months with the first six weeks focusing on hospital, pharmacy and technology orientation.

Rotations generally include four weeks of concentrated training, followed by longitudinal exposure and are designed to integrate both local and system-level training. Longitudinal experiences may be six or twelve months in total duration. Time for clinical electives is offered throughout the year to further develop the resident's direct patient-care skills.

Each resident is asked to complete a project that helps contribute to the body of knowledge in pharmacy practice. The scope of the PGY2 project will be applicable to pharmacy practice at the health-system level. The resident will present the final research at the Great Lakes Regional Residency Conference, or equivalent meeting, and prepare a final written manuscript.

The resident is required to complete orientation, each core rotations, concentrated rotation and longitudinal rotation. Elective rotations and experiences are tailored to the resident's abilities and interests.


The PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration residency program has set expectations, including required rotations and elective opportunities.

These are the expectations that are to be completed during the residency year:

  • Licensure in the State of Wisconsin within 30 days of starting the program
  • Completion of six-week orientation period
  • Active participation in the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW) and Pharmacy Advancement Leadership Team (PALT)
  • Completion of year-long residency project and presentation at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference, or equivalent conference
  • Successful written manuscript of PALT or year-long project
  • Attendance and preparation of minutes at a minimum of 80 percent of the state-wide Pharmacy Leadership Council meetings
  • Attendance at a minimum of 75 percent of regional and statewide Ascension Wisconsin Leadership Development and Formation Retreats
  • Completion of rotation evaluations within seven days of rotation completion
  • Participation in precepting/mentoring Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Residents, Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students
  • Staffing every third weekend as well as up to two holidays
  • Tracking of duty hours
  • Participation in new resident recruitment
  • Abide by all policies and procedures of Ascension

Required Rotations

4 Weeks

  • Business Plan Development
  • Medication Safety
  • Pharmacy Finance: Operating
  • Pharmacy Operations
  • Quality and Regulatory Management
  • Supply Chain

4-6 Weeks

  • Pharmacy Information Systems for Health System

6 Weeks

  • Orientation


  • Leadership and Staffing
  • Project Management

Elective Rotations

4 Weeks

  • Direct Patient Care – Advanced Internal Medicine
  • Direct Patient Care – Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Clinical Management: Health System


  • Academic Health Sciences
    Sponsored by the Medical College of Wisconsin

Additional Information

Number of Positions

One PGY2 Pharmacy Resident


Approximately $58,000


To apply to the Pharmacy Residency Program for PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration, please read the application requirements and follow the application process.

Application Requirements (via PhORCAS)

  • Letter of Intent
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae with list of all APPE rotations and preceptors
  • School/College of Pharmacy Transcripts
    Students applying from a School or College of Pharmacy which grants pass/fail grades must submit an official document (signed, hard copy) from their respective Dean or Assistant Dean of Pharmacy stating the student’s rank within the pharmacy class.


All application materials must be completed and submitted via PhORCAS no later than Jan. 8, 2018 at 11:59 pm CST.


Rida Abbasi, PharmD

University of Wisconsin – Madison
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - St. Francis (PGY1)

Phone: 414-324-9894

Contact Us

For more information about the PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration residency program with Ascension Wisconsin, please contact:

Brook S. DesRivieres, PharmD, MS
Residency Program Director
Regional Director of Pharmacy
Phone: 715-355-9524

Diane M. Erdman, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, CPPS, BCACP
Residency Program Coordinator
Phone: 414-447-2034

Pharmacy Residency Programs