Learning experiences

Required Learning Experiences (One month in duration, except as noted)
There are 12 required administrative learning experiences.
  • Residency Orientation
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Medication Safety
  • Drug Information
  • Informatics


  • Financial Management


  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Human Resources
  • Advanced Pharmacy Operations
  • Specialty Pharmacy Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • System Medication Safety
  • Community Hospital Pharmacy Leadership

There are five required direct patient care experiences in PGY1

  • Foundations in Direct Patient Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Critical Care

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences 

  • PGY1/2: Longitudinal Intern Management (One year)
  • PGY2: 
    • Longitudinal Financial Management (Five months)
    • Longitudinal Management (Six months)
    • Advanced Clinical Training and Triage (One year)
    • Staffing (One year)

Elective Learning Experiences (One month in duration, except as noted)

There are a total of 5-6 elective learning experiences:

  • PGY1: Clinical Elective
  • PGY1: Clinical Elective
  • PGY2: Admin Elective
  • PGY2: Admin Elective
  • PGY2: Admin Elective (Six weeks in duration or split into two electives at three weeks each)

Elective learning experiences may be selected from, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Ambulatory Care
  • BMT
  • Continuity of Care
  • Critical Care (Advanced)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Nutritional Support at MDACC
  • Oncology-Ambulatory Care
  • Oncology-Inpatient
  • Pain Management
  • Psychiatry
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Academia
  • Advance Pharmacy Operations II
  • Executive Hospital Operations Leadership
  • Informatics (System)
  • System Supply Chain Management

In addition, elective learning experiences can be advanced versions of currently required learning experiences or outside practice sites based on contract capability. 

Leadership Responsibilities
The first year HSPAL residents have coordination responsibilities. These responsibilities include: 

  • Coordinate the department’s National Health-System Pharmacy Week activities including department gifts, meals, and hospital programming
  •  Help organize portions of the residency on-site interviews for residency applicants including the case presentation portion
  • Assist with planning the dinners for the resident candidates that interview
  • Coordinate the speaker schedule for the Residency Roundtable
  • Assist with planning the orientation and on-boarding activities for the next administrative resident(s), including materials deemed helpful to starting the program
  • Organize the presentation to the residency council on suggested improvements for the residency program (2nd year combined with 1st year resident(s) addition)
  • Coordinate the pharmacy intern program including but not limited to performing intern performance appraisals, scheduling meetings with the interns, identifying and creating learning opportunities, intern retreat/graduation (2nd year) and providing an agenda for each meeting
  • Lead Pharmacy Representation during Nursing Magnet (PGY1 Year)
  • Coordinate Administrative Professionals Day (last week of April)

  • Staffing every third weekend in operational/clinical pharmacist roles
  • Staffing one weekday evening shift every two weeks averaged over a four-week period starting in the second year
  • Additional responsibilities as part of pharmacy manager on-call program during the second half of the first year and all of second year
  • Residents will work one major and one minor holiday per year

Presentation Opportunities

  • Multidisciplinary meeting presentations
  • Poster presentations at Vizient Pharmacy Network Meeting
  • Platform presentation at Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference
  • Platform presentation at and Alcalde Southwest Leadership Conference
  • Two - one hour ACPE-accredited continuing education programs
  • Management Case Study at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Platform presentation at Houston Methodist Research Symposium

Research Experience

  • Major research project with guidance of a preceptor and the Pharmacy Research Committee during the first year
  • Major thesis project with guidance from a preceptor, the Pharmacy Research Committee, and The University of Houston during the second year
  • Medication use evaluation or quality analysis of existing protocols
Professional Meetings
  • ASHP Conference for Pharmacy Leaders
  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Alcalde Leadership Conference
  • Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference