The PGY2 HSPAL residency program at United Hospital, part of Allina Health builds upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency training to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals and objectives for advanced practice areas. Residents who successfully complete PGY2 residency programs are prepared for advanced patient care or other specialized positions and board certification in the advanced practice area, if available.
Required Learning Experiences
Orientation and pharmacy services training (four to six weeks)
Four to six weeks of orientation and pharmacy services training
Longitudinal rotations and experiences designed to provide comprehensive experience in:
Department, hospital and system leadership
Resident will plan, design and implement one major residency project
The resident serves as a member of the hospital site pharmacy management team, as well as the health system pharmacy enterprise leadership team
The PGY2 resident staffs as a central pharmacist, which provides the opportunity to master practice skills and to increase confidence in accepting total responsibility for safe and effective pharmacy care. This is scheduled for every fourth weekend. The PGY2 resident may participate in the manager on-call program. Residents may also pick up shifts as a casual pharmacist once the staffing requirement has been satisfied (in accordance with the ASHP Duty Hour Policy).
Active participation in the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
Teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, with the option to pursue a teaching certificate
Journal club and in-service presentations
Involvement in drug-policy initiatives
Projects specific to each rotation
Co-Chair hospital’s Nursing-Pharmacy Committee
ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy
ASHP Compounded Sterile Preparations Certificate for Pharmacists
Four-week rotation with Allina System Pharmacy Office
Regional hospital pharmacy leadership elective
ASHP Conference for Pharmacy Leaders (option to attend Manager’s Boot Camp)
MSHP Midyear and Annual Meetings
ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
Midwest or North Star Pharmacy Residents Conference
We strive to provide a positive team atmosphere where residents can learn and grow. Residents collaborate daily with experienced pharmacist preceptors, as well as other members of the healthcare team. Formative informal feedback is delivered in a transparent, respectful environment. The PharmAcademic evaluation system is used to document progress on ASHP Competency Areas, Goals and Objectives and provide more formal, written feedback throughout the year. The resident will also practice self-evaluation skills, which are essential to lifelong learning. Finally, residents will have quarterly 1:1 meetings with the residency program director. Development plans are reviewed, with a priority placed on the balance between resident centered education; progress towards required goals and objectives; and service to our patients, department and hospital.
Pharmacist licensure (or eligibility) in Minnesota - this includes graduates or candidates for graduation from an ACPE accredited degree program (or one in the process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the NABP.
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. No sponsorship is available for this position.
Completion of an accredited PGY1 residency
Enrollment in ASHP Resident Matching Program with the National Matching Service (United Hospital match code 175313)
Application and the following materials must be submitted via PhORCAS by January 3:
Official transcripts from your college of pharmacy/all pharmacy related coursework
Letter of intent
PhORCAS standardized reference forms by three references
United Hospital’s pharmacy department is proud of its history developing proficient, independent general practitioners capable of practicing at the top of their licenses. Residency training has been a department priority since 1977. We provide a friendly, collaborative and diverse atmosphere in which our residents can discover and grow their pharmacy skills. As a result of this training, most of our residents go on to match in PGY2 programs, achieve specialized board certifications, or take clinical or management level positions.
United Hospital’s overall program goals include: • Development of comprehensive, patient-centered pharmaceutical care skills • Fostering collaboration with other health care providers to achieve positive patient outcomes • Expansion of critical thinking, communication and leadership skills • Cultivation of self-evaluation and self-learning skills • Appreciation of the inter-relationship of clinical, technology and distribution systems to provide effective and safe pharmacy services • Honing advanced leadership and management skills in all aspects of health system pharmacy (PGY2)
About United Pharmacy
The department is comprised of over 50 pharmacists, most of whom have completed residency or fellowship training and maintain specialized board certifications. Clinical work is supported by over 30 pharmacy technicians and administrative support staff. Up to 18 pharmacy student interns contribute to the success of our department. The pharmacy leadership team is comprised of one pharmacy director, two clinical pharmacy managers, and one pharmacy operations manager. Pharmacy leaders and staff are actively engaged in both site and system committees, as well as local and national professional organizations.
Inpatient pharmacy is open 24/7 and has 16 hours of dedicated decentralized clinical coverage each day. The department operates 2 satellite pharmacies to support a robust surgery program and the Allina Health Cancer Institute. Clinical pharmacy services are complemented by an automated dispensing cabinet system (Omnicell); an Epic electronic medical record; and safety enhancements including medication carousel technology and bedside barcoding.
Additionally, our department prides itself on being representative of the communities we serve. Many of our staff have close ties to St Paul and the surrounding area. We have a noteworthy history of career development, with most of our pharmacists being former technicians, interns or residents at United.
About United Hospital
United Hospital is a 546-bed acute care regional medical center. It is the largest hospital in the Twin Cities east metro area, located in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. United provides a full range of health care and is recognized nationally and locally for its expertise and care. United Hospital consistently rates as high performing in the following specialties: colon and lung cancer surgery, heart attack and heart failure, diabetes, maternity care, kidney failure, hip and knee replacements, stroke and pneumonia.
Allina Health is a nonprofit health system that cares for individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Our compassionate and expert team provides care for people at every stage of life. In 2021, more than 16.7 million people received health care services at Allina Health. Allina Health is composed of 12 hospital campuses, 65 primary care clinics, and 14 urgent care centers.