PGY-1/PGY-2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (HSPAL) Pharmacy Residency

UT Southwestern offers a PGY-1/PGY-2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership residency experience in an exciting and expanding health care system.

Throughout the program, residents will constantly be involved in administrative functions within the department.

Pre-ASHP Midyear Information Sessions

Thank you for your interest. We will be completing information sessions for prospective applicants. These sessions will provide opportunities to learn about the program and meet with UT Southwestern leadership. Three dates are being offered: October 25, November 11, and December 1 from 6-7 p.m. CT.

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Interview Sessions

UT Southwestern HSPAL program will offer 30-minute time slots for prospective students to connect with our program leadership and ask questions before our application deadline. Sign up via the link below; please only sign up for one time slot. Following sign-up, a Teams meeting link will be sent to the email provided. Interviews will take place December 6 – December 9 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. CT (Tuesday, December 7, will be 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. CT).

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The first year’s rotations focus on the completion of clinical requirements in addition to two required administrative rotations in:

  • Internal medicine
  • Critical care
  • Infectious disease
  • Cardiology
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Inpatient Operations I
  • Finance/Budgeting I
  • Two elective clinical rotations

Elective Learning Experiences

Include but not limited to:

  • Advanced Critical Care
  • Advanced Infectious Disease/Consult
  • Advanced Internal Medicine/Geriatrics
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • NeuroCritical Care
  • Surgical Critical Care and Nutrition Support Services

The second year has a focus on administrative topics in:

  • Inpatient Operations II
  • Ambulatory Services Management
  • Clinical Pharmacy Services Management
  • Oncology Operations
  • Finance/Budgeting II
  • Quality/Medication Safety Management
  • Executive Pharmacy Leadership
  • Pharmacy Informatics & Data Management
  • External rotation experiences (Vizient, 340B, ASHP, Academia, etc.)

M.B.A. Program

Throughout the 24 months, residents will complete an M.B.A. degree through our partnership with UT Dallas. Most classes are online with periodic weekend attendance required.

The resident’s second-year research project will count toward completion of the M.B.A.’s capstone course.

Future Leaders

The program’s purpose is to develop and prepare the residents for a variety of administrative positions and to be future leaders within the profession of pharmacy.

Program Structure

Requirements of the program consist of the following core learning experiences:

  • Orientation (July)
  • Project/Research (December)
  • M.B.A. requirements throughout two years
  • Required rotations: see above

*All rotations are 1 month each

Longitudinal Expectations

  • Staff every third weekend
    • First-year: Central Operations (Central Pharmacy and/or Sterile Compounding)
    • Second-year: Optional central operations or decentralized operations (e.g. internal medicine, critical care, emergency medicine, etc.)
  • Code Blue and Code Stroke response
  • Major research project (one each resident year)
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Precept PGY-1 residents and students during the second year
  • Teaching Certificate
  • Human Resource Management and Leadership (second year)

Program Expectations

  • Completion of an M.B.A. program
  • ACPE-accredited CE presentation
  • Present major research project at a regional or national meeting
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Drug monograph

Current Resident

Daniel Berger, Pharm.D.

Dr. Daniel Berger is the inaugural Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (HSPAL) resident at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is from St. Charles, Missouri, and completed pharmacy pre-requisites at the University of Kentucky. Daniel graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2021.

Daniel pursued UTSW because he wanted to pave his own path. Being a new program, UTSW offers the flexibility to align Daniel’s rotations and projects around his interests. As UTSW expands, the program offers many opportunities for Daniel to work on high impact projects.

His career interests include inpatient pharmacy operations, health-system level leadership, pharmacy automation and technology, and the advancement of pharmacy practice. He is involved in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists HSPAL Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders and the Vizient Practice Advancement Committee.

He enjoys hiking and camping, playing Frisbee with his Golden Doodle Gus, and cheering on the St. Louis Blues and Cardinals.