Program coordinator: Arpit Mehta, PharmD, MPH, MHA, CPEL
The Health-System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership (HSPAL) Program was established in 2012 by an experienced leadership team and was most recently re-accredited by ASHP in 2021. The Program is combined with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and provides opportunities for the resident to develop leadership and expert pharmacy management skills in a variety of settings. The two-year pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency in health system pharmacy administration should possess competencies that qualify them for administrative pharmacist roles and or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in pharmacotherapy.
Residents in this program are integrally involved in daily leadership activities, gaining hands-on experience in preparation to assume leadership roles upon graduation, either in traditional clinical or operational leadership paths or in less traditional career paths in a variety of leadership and corporate roles. The program allows for flexibility and customization to match the evolving career aspirations of the residents. Upon graduation, each resident will receive a PGY1 Pharmacy and PGY2 HSPAL certificate as well as the MPH degree.
The PGY1 residents are enrolled in administration track of our PGY1 Pharmacy Residency - acute care setting program for their first year. A teaching certificate program with an affiliated university is offered as an elective longitudinal experience. Rotations for the PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency include:
Orientation (6 weeks)
Cardiac Service Line (CCU or CTICU) (1 month)
Surgical Service Line (TICU, Neuro-ICU, or CTICU) (1 month)
Intensive Care Service Line (MICU, CTICU, or TICU) (1 month)
Transitions of Care Service Line (Internal medicine, Heart failure, or Abdominal transplant) (1 month)
Infectious Diseases (1 month)
Internal Medicine (1 month)
Administration (clinical or practice management) (1 month)
About PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership/MPH; Allegheny General Hospital
Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) is an academic medical center serving Pittsburgh and the surrounding five-state area. The hospital annually admits more than 24,000 patients, and has nearly 800 physicians and approximately 5,000 employees that share AGH's commitment to excellence in patient care, medical education and research. AGH is the flagship tertiary care hospital in the Allegheny Health Network (AHN).
The AGH Department of Pharmacy provides on-site outpatient pharmacy services and 24-hour inpatient comprehensive pharmacy services utilizing a decentralized, computerized unit-dose drug distribution system and intravenous admixture programs in a recently remodeled pharmacy. Other pharmacy services include drug information, computerized inventory control and procurement systems, integrated drug use review, and quality improvement.
The AGH Pharmacy Residency Programs consists of 20 residents within nine-different residency programs. PGY1 programs include Acute Care and Ambulatory Focused residencies. PGY2 programs include Ambulatory Care, Cardiology, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Oncology residencies. A combined PGY1-PGY2 Health-System Ph...armacy Administration Residency Program with MPH at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health is also available. Residents receive a stipend of $48,400 for PGY1 and $52,000 for PGY2 with medical, prescription, dental, vision, disability, and life-insurance benefits. Thirteen paid days off are provided during the residency year outside of days to attend approved conferences.