PGY-1 and -2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency Program

Residency program director

Ashley Covert,

Ashley M. Covert, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
System Director, Pharmacy Supply Chain and Contracting
PGY-1/2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency Program Director

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Program description

The Dartmouth Health and Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (HSPAL) residency is a 24-month, full-time, postgraduate year one and two combined (PGY-1/2) training program. We designed our training program to develop knowledge and encourage clinical and operational leadership. You will refine clinical problem-solving skills, enhance leadership skills, build confidence, and work with other members of the healthcare team to deliver the highest standard of patient care. The primary objective of the program is to develop health system pharmacy administrators who are trained and prepared to immediately assume leadership positions within large integrated health systems.

For PGY-1 year program

For PGY-1 year program specifics, please review the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program webpage.

Required learning experiences (PGY-2)

  • Advanced operations
  • Advanced practice management
  • Ambulatory care management
  • Executive pharmacy
  • Infusion management
  • Pharmacy supply chain, contract management and 340B
  • Retail and specialty pharmacy
  • Staffing

Elective learning experience (PGY-2)

  • Advanced 340B
  • Advanced executive pharmacy
  • Advanced pharmacy informatics
  • Advanced pharmacy supply chain and contracting
  • Advanced sterile compounding
  • Investigational drug services
  • Medication safety

Other opportunities may be available based on individual interests.

Required longitudinal learning experiences (PGY-2)

  • Hospital pharmacy practice and interviewing
  • Medication use evaluation
  • Research project
  • Staffing

Master's degree

Residents are required to complete a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) through Colby Sawyer College. The resident will enroll in the MBA curriculum during both years of the program.

Longitudinal research project

Residents will complete one longitudinal research project during the residency year. The project may be research or quality improvement-based to support the development or enhancement of pharmacy services. Residents will present project results at the Eastern States Residency Conference and complete a written manuscript suitable for publication.

Additional activities

(1) ACPE-accredited continuing education presentations for pharmacists outside of the organization (For example, New Hampshire Society of Health System Pharmacists (NHSHP) or The New England Alliance for Health (NEAH) CE event)

(1) Medication Use Evaluation

(2) Journal clubs

(2) Case presentations

(2) In-service presentations


  • Residents will staff an average of 8 hours per week during the PGY-2 year
  • 1 hospital-observed holiday

APPE pharmacy student and PGY-1 pharmacy resident precepting

You may have the opportunity to co-precept APPE pharmacy student activities and PGY-1 pharmacy residents throughout the year based on personal interest and availability.


PGY-2 stipend: $53,000

  • Paid time off
  • Vacation days (10 days)
  • Interview days (5 days)
  • Institutional Holidays (5 days)

Professional travel

  • ASHP's Conference for Pharmacy Leaders
    • Poster presentation required
  • ASHP's Mid-Year Clinical Meeting and Vizient Consortium Pharmacy Network Meeting
    • Poster presentation suggested
    • Eastern States Regional Residency Program
      • Platform presentation required
    • New England Alliance for Health Continuing Education Event
      • CE presentation required

    How to apply

    Please submit all application materials via PhORCAS.
    Application deadline: January 2nd.

    • Matched candidates are strongly encouraged to complete New Hampshire licensure exam requirements before the start of residency.
    • Residents:
      • Are encouraged to be licensed within 30 days of the start of the PGY-1 program
      • Must be licensed within 90 days of the residency start date

    Application submission

    • Letter of intent
    • Curriculum vitae
    • College transcripts
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • PhORCAS Residency Program application
    • ASHP Residency Matching Program registration