Health-System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA) residents have the opportunity to gain experience and develop expertise in the provision of comprehensive pharmacy services including direct patient care services, leadership/administrative responsibilities, pharmacy operations, medication safety, quality improvement and scholarly endeavors. The first year of the program will primarily focus on direct patient care services with the goal to develop strong clinical and patient care skills. The second year will primarily focus on leadership and administrative skills.
Candidates accepted into the two-year Mission Hospital Pharmacy Administrative Residency are graduate students simultaneously enrolled in the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with specialization in Health-System Pharmacy Program at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. The Master of Science program is administered through the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
History and Goals
The Master of Science was offered previously at the University of North Carolina from 1969 to 1996. UNC began offering the master’s degree again in 2008, and it is proudly offered at Mission Hospital as of July 2011. Mission Hospital residents have the unique opportunity to represent the large community hospital perspective within the UNC cohort. As part of Mission Health, the HSPA residents can also share the rural health and critical access hospital point of view.
HSPA residents from Mission Hospital will experience both the focus on population health associated with nonprofit community hospitals as well as the operational and clinical experiences associated with a large teaching hospital.
Mission Hospital HSPA residents will understand the continuum of care due to the strong relationship between the acute care and ambulatory care services. Learning experiences will primarily take place in the acute care setting and will also occur in ambulatory care settings.
Residents can customize their experiences based on interests. Mission Health provides a spectrum of services for residents to participate:
Supply chain management through our centralized distribution facility, Ridgefield Processing Center
Clinical decision support and product development with our pharmacy informatics team
Medication safety at both the hospital and system levels
RIVA IV robots, Pentapak® and Wet Cadet ® for drug repackaging
Acute care pharmacy operations from a large community hospital perspective and critical access hospital perspective
340b drug management program
Ambulatory care pharmacy operations for clinics and retail settings
Clinical policy and practice management to optimize formulary and expand the integration of pharmacy services
HSPA residents will be fully immersed in the management team:
Develop personnel management skills through managing a small group of pharmacists and technicians
Serve as a pharmacy manager on-call with the rest of the management team
Participation in committees
Project development and implementation
Financial exposure throughout the revenue cycle and budget management
Qualifications and Application Process
The Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with specialization in Health-System Pharmacy Program/Two Year Administrative Residency Program is offered in collaboration with Duke University Medical Center, University of North Carolina Hospitals and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. While everyone who is accepted into the program receives their Masters of Science Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the residency component is divided across multiple North Carolina hospitals.
Interested applicants need to apply both to the University of North Carolina Graduate School for the didactic component and to EACH site of interest. Applicants need only to apply to their residency site of interest; however, we highly recommend considering all four sites in order to compare and contrast practice settings.
Mission Hospital Application (National Matching Service #197918):
We are using the ASHP-supported application portal, PhORCAS for resident application submissions. *Application deadline for Mission Hospitals is January 5, 2018*
Through the PhORCAS site, and as part of our application packet, we require the following documents:
Letter of intent
3 letters of recommendation using the standardized form on PhORCAS
Eligibility for NC licensure. NC licensure by July 1 is strongly encouraged.
Mission Hospital does not sponsor H1B or other visas
UNC Graduate School Application
Complete a graduate school application for admission
Review the graduate school information
The application information is as follows: Level of Study: Graduate; New Degree Seeking Applicant b. Major: Pharmaceutical Sciences c. Degree: Master of Science d. Area of Interest of Specialization: Practice Advancement and Clinical Education e. Select term of entry
Fill out the applicant information
Fill out educational background
Upload your UNOFFICIAL transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
Upload a Statement of Purpose
Upload a copy of your CV/resume
Submit the application and the nonrefundable $85 application fee
Provide three letters of recommendation. These can be identical to those provided for the residency program application. Provide these through the “Recommendations” link on the online application under “Important Links.”
Have your graduate and undergraduate school submit to PhORCAS and OFFICIAL academic transcript for each school attended. The graduate school will request an OFFICIAL transcript after acceptance into the program only.
*GRE test scores will be waived if the applicant receives a doctor of pharmacy. If not receiving this degree, current GRE scores (no more than five years old) are required.
About Mission Hospital
Pharmacy Residency Program
Mission Hospital is the flagship hospital in a multi-hospital health system located in Asheville, North Carolina. Mission Hospital has trained pharmacy residents since 1994. Our residency programs have expanded over the years to provide training in both ambulatory and acute care settings.
All Mission Hospital residency program guidelines develop the following attributes:
-strong clinical foundation
-sense of responsibility for their patients and community
-innovative thinking to contribute to the profession
-ability to practice in a variety of patient care environments from rural health to large hospitals.
Department of Pharmacy Overview – Mission Health
The Department of Pharmacy supports the organization’s BIG(GER) Aim: to get each patient to the desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and with an exceptional experience for the patient and family. Additionally, the department embraces education as evidenced by a long history of pharmacy residency training and a partnership with the University of North Carolina (UNC) Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC). Mission Hospital serves as the p...rimary experiential learning and training site for all Asheville-based UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy students.