Pharmacy Residency Program - Post Graduate Year 2

The Pharmacy Residency Program is a 24-month program, resulting in an MS degree in Pharmacy Administration as well as a Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) and Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY2) certificate, upon successful completion. The purpose of Harris Health System's PGY2 Residency Program is to develop pharmacy leaders capable of practicing in a variety of patient care settings, providing the experience and confidence to effectively manage a health-system pharmacy.

The Harris Health System's Department of Pharmacy will train pharmacists to be adept and skilled in multiple areas of direct patient care, to exercise leadership in improving medication safety, and to use administrative skills for health system improvement. Residents will strengthen their commitment to the profession of pharmacy and in turn, train the next generation of healthcare leaders.

Core Rotations

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

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

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

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

Practice Management
Each resident shall be expected to:
• Provide coverage as Operations-On-Call every third month (year 2)
• Attend and participate in Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Medication Use Safety Committee
• Develop or revise Policy and Procedures

Service Component
Each PGY2 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. 

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)
• All candidates for the PGY2 Residency Program must enroll in the Resident Matching Program (RMP)
• All candidates for the PGY2 Residency Program must complete the application process and be accepted in The University of Houston's College of Pharmacy MS Program.
• Submit application materials through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) System.
• All candidates for the PGY2 Residency Program must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) by February 1, 2015.

Can Harris Health sponsor applicants with visas?
Harris Health cannot sponsor student work visas.

Are applicants graduating in August given consideration?
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:
See PGY1/PGY2 Checklist

Helpful Links
PGY1/PGY2 Application Checklist
University of Houston Masters in Pharmacy Administration Program

What is the official start date of the program?
The official start date of the program is July 1, 2016. 

When is the application deadline?
All application documents must be received by January 10, 2016. Early application to the program is highly recommended.

Whom do I contact if I have other questions about the program?
To receive more information on the Harris Health residency program, interested applicants should contact:

Shahana Quadri, PharmD, MS
PGY1 Residency Program Director
phone: 713-873-2752


Abel Davila, RPH, Ed.D
PGY1 Residency Program Coordinator
Phone: 713-634-1523

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