The Specialty Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (SPAL) Residency is a new residency program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center beginning in the year of 2024. This 24-month program offers a combined PGY1 pharmacy and PGY2 Specialty Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (SPAL) with Master of Science (MS) in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.
The focus of the SPAL residency is to produce leaders who are equipped to meet the ongoing demands of a dynamic healthcare environment and can direct the future of the profession. Residents gain experience in a wide variety of clinical service lines toprovide them with the administrative and clinical skills necessary to positively impact patient care while advancing the pharmacy profession.
To accomplish this goal, the program is directed towards providing residents with the skills to:
Understand the managerial, financial, and organizational aspects of health-system pharmacy
Design strategies to effectively incorporate and expand pharmacy practice within the changing healthcare environment
Directly provide pharmaceutical care to patients and collaborate with other members of the healthcare team
Residency training is geared to complement and extend the knowledge gained in graduate study courses by providing a variety of experiences in administrative pharmacy activities.
As one of America’s top ranked academic medical centers, the mission of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) is to improve people’s lives through innovation in research, education, and patient care. OSUWMC is a 1,506 bed multi-hospital delivery system recognized in 2021 as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for excellence in ten specialties by US News and World Report based on quality, outcomes, and reputation.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Department of Pharmacy enjoys a long tradition of excellence in residency training and education. The goal is to provide a comprehensive experience for the resident so that they may assume a position of leadership in pharmacy. Over 350 leaders have graduated in its first 60 years of existence. Today these graduates continue to advance the profession of pharmacy in various avenues across the country. We offer this legacy to those interested in the MS Residency Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Master’s Program coursework
Didactic coursework will be spread evenly across both years to allow for completion of a PGY1 certificate the first year and focus on administrative rotations the second year. Residents will participate in rotations and complete virtual asynchronous and synchronous coursework throughout each semester.
Quality improvement projects
Residents will be required to complete one operational audit during their first administrative rotation of the PGY1 year. Audit topics commonly involve evaluations of current processes and protocols with an operational focus. A medication use evaluation will also be completed during the first year of residency and this will be presented at the Vizient Midyear Poster Session and the Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference (GLPRC).
During the second year, residents will manage pharmacists and technicians within specialty pharmacy service area with a goal of enhancing both managerial and decision-making skills.
Residents are expected to complete a major research project and formally present results at Residency Conference and/or Seminar. This project may also be the same project used to fulfill the requirement for the master’s degree. The resident must also submit a project manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Beyond the didactic coursework and rotation activities, residents also participate in journal clubs, attend and present continuing education at the Department of Pharmacy’s Resident Education Series and attend local and national meetings. During the first year, residents will rotate responsibility with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program on-call pager as well as primary code blue coverage. Additionally, all residents are required to volunteer at the Columbus Free Clinic for 12 hours throughout the year.
During the first year, residents complete month-long rotations, which include both administrative and clinical rotations. In total, residents will complete six weeks of orientation, at least twelve administrative rotations, eight clinical rotations and the option of an offsite/elective rotation during the twenty-four-month experience. During the second year, residents are encouraged to sit for the Board Certification exam.
Letter of intent
Three (3) letters of recommendation
Supplemental application (Ohio State University Graduate School Application)
About The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
As one of America’s top ranked academic medical centers, the mission of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) is to improve people’s lives through innovation in research, education, and patient care.
OSUWMC is a 1882 bed multihospital delivery system recognized in 2021 as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for excellence in ten specialties by US News and World Report based on quality, outcomes, and reputation. OSUWMC is home to more "Top Doctors" than any other central Ohio hospital.