Pharmacy Residency Program PGY1/PGY2/MS Pharmacy Administration Residency

PGY1/PGY2/MS Health-System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA) Program

Pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY-2 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 or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY-2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.


The Pharmacy Residency Program is a 24 month program, resulting in an MS degree in Pharmacy Leadership & Administration from University of Houston, as well as a Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) and Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY2) certificate, upon successful completion.



Each resident is expected to present a formal case, a journal review, or administrative topic review to the pharmacy staff every month.

Service Component

Each Pharmacy Administration resident is expected to staff every third weekend (year 1 and 2).


Each resident is expected to plan, design, and complete a major project with the guidance of a project mentor. One minor project, often a medication use evaluation (MUE) is also required.

Core Rotations

  • Administration
  • Automation/IT
  • Clinical Services
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources
  • Internal Medicine
  • Operations
  • P&T Formulary Management
  • Primary Care
  • Quality and Regulatory

Elective Rotations

Residents may repeat any core rotation in which they have a particular interest. Elective rotations may be from, but are not limited to:

  • Anticoagulation
  • Contract Management
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Inventory Management
  • Investigational Drugs
  • Medication Safety
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the program's admission requirements?

Individuals wishing to apply to the Harris Health Residency Program must:

  • Be a graduate of an ACPE­-accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Have a current valid pharmacy license in the state of Texas or be eligible for licensure
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Enroll in the Residency Matching Program
  • Submit application materials through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) System by December 31
  • All PGY1/PGY2/MS candidates must also complete the application process for the University of Houston (UH) Master's Program by January 5, 2018

What are the licensing requirements?

Applicants to the Harris Health System Pharmacy Residency Programs shall have either obtained a license to practice pharmacy in Texas, have reciprocated their license to practice pharmacy in Texas, or be in the process of obtaining their license to practice pharmacy in Texas as soon as possible.

Resident interns and resident pharmacists shall submit documentation of active licensure in the state of Texas [North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE)] to the Residency Program Director as soon as it is available and no later than September 1st.

Per ASHP requirements, a minimum of 2/3 of the residency must be completed as a licensed pharmacist, therefore resident interns/pharmacists who have failed to meet the licensure deadline (September 1st) due to failure of either the NAPLEX or Texas MPJE exam shall be dismissed from the residency program.

Can Harris Health sponsor applicants with visas?

Harris Health cannot sponsor student work visas.

Are applicants graduating in August considered?

Applicants must graduate in May from an ACPE­-accredited college of pharmacy.

What documents are required for program application?

Applications shall be deemed complete upon receipt of the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Interest
    • Describe your reasons for pursuing a PGY1/PGY2/MS Pharmacy Administration Residency. The letter should include details about your professional interests, achievements, and your five year goals as a pharmacist
  • Official Transcripts
    • Official transcripts related to pharmacy education are required
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • Reference writers must complete the standardized reference form in the PhORCAS system.
  • Completed application to the University of Houston College of Pharmacy MS Program

What is the official start date of the program?

The official start date of the program is July 1.

Can program extend beyond the 12 months of Residency Class?

Residents will not be allowed to extend the program with or without pay beyond the allotted 12 months of Resident year.

When is the application deadline?

All PHORCAS application documents must be received by December 31. All University of Houston application documents must be received by January 5, 2018. Early application to the program is highly recommended.

For additional information, please contact:

Goldina Erowele, PharmD, MBA
Residency Program Director
Director of Pharmacy Operations & Clinical Support Services
Office: 713­-873­-7090
Abel Davila, RPh, Ed.D
Residency Program Coordinator
Pharmacy Practice Advancement Manager
Office: 713­-634­-1523
Cindy Adibe, PharmD
PGY2 Pharmacy Administration Resident
Chief Pharmacy Resident
Office: 713­-592­-4934