New pharmacy residency program first of its kind in Georgia

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Pharmacy residents interested in leadership positions will have a new pathway beginning July 2021.

That’s when Augusta University will begin offering a two-year Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency.

The post-graduate training program is designed for the PGY1 and PGY2 years to flow seamlessly together.  During the first year, the resident will undergo comprehensive training with a focus in clinical practice.  During the second year, the resident will work collaboratively with pharmacy leadership in operational efficiency, regulatory compliance, delivery of patient care, fiscal stewardship, and many other exciting opportunities.

Residents supplement their clinical and administrative learning by completing an MBA through the Hull College of Business at Augusta University.

It is the only program of its kind in Georgia, said Joshua Wyche, director of Pharmacy for Ambulatory Services.

“This will be the first two-year Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency program in the state of Georgia,” he said.

The program includes competency areas in medication-use systems, quality assurance, human resources, finance, technology and leadership. Residents will also spend time with AU Health senior executive leadership, including CEO Katrina Keefer and Tim Gaillard, Chief Operating Officer.

This will give residents a deeper understanding about how pharmacy leadership works within the greater health system, said resident program director Richard Burrell.

Upon completion of the Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency, the resident will have developed significant professional skills and will be prepared to assume clinical and/or operational management positions in a hospital or health system.

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