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The Master of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences / Two Year Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program is offered in collaboration with University of North Carolina Medical Center, Duke University Hospital, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Mission Hospitals, Cone Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, BayCare, University Hospitals, Novant Health, Eskenazi Health, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. While everyone who is accepted into the program receives their Masters of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the residency component is divided across multiple medical center sites.

Our program combines classroom instruction with a two year residency in a health care setting.  Students will engage in a rigorous and in-depth study of leadership in health-system pharmacy administration and the principles of the medication use process.  Students will also work within multiple health systems and practice settings and network with leaders across those spaces.

Curriculum

The core curriculum consists of course work in advanced topics with human resource management, health-systems financial management, medication safety, and quality improvement, health-system pharmacy operations and much more.

Health-System Pharmacy Administration Master’s Degree

Courses are taught within the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education (PACE) through synchronous education.

Curriculum

Fall Year 1
Credit Hours
PACE 815 Evaluation Research and Project Design (McLaughlin) 3
PACE 833 Overview to Health Systems (Savage / Fortier) 3
PHRS 899 Seminar (Vest) 1
PHRS 991 Research in PACE 3
Cumulative Total 10

Spring Year 1
Credit Hours
PACE 820 Health-System Pharmacy Leadership (Granko / Eckel) 3
PACE 825 Foundational Practices of a Successful Health-System Department of Pharmacy (Petrovskis / Morbitzer / Forshay) 4
PHRS 899 Seminar (Vest) 1
PHRS 991 Research in PACE 3
Cumulative Total 21

Fall Year 2
Credit Hours
PACE 860 Advanced Hospital Pharmacy Operations (Eckel) 3
PHRS 899 Seminar (Vest) 1
PHRS 992 Thesis Substitute 3
Cumulative Total 28

Spring Year 2
Credit Hours
PACE 832 Financial Management of Health-System Pharmacy (Bush / Rhea) 3
PHRS 899 Seminar (Vest) 1
PHRS 992 Thesis Substitute 3
Grand Total 35

Course Descriptions

PACE 815 Evaluation Research and Project Design: This course provides formal instruction on critical components of evaluation research, study design, and data analyses that a Master in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in health system pharmacy administration graduate will need in the workplace.

PACE 820 Health-System Pharmacy Leadership: This course focuses on principles of leadership and strategies used by leaders, with an emphasis in health-system pharmacy. Active learning strategies are used to examine and model leadership principles.

PACE 825 Foundational Practices of a Successful Health-System Department of Pharmacy: This course focuses on the Foundational Practices of a Successful Health-System Department of Pharmacy. Topics covered include medication safety, pharmacy informatics, and human resources management.

PACE 832 Financial Management of Health-system Pharmacy: This course provides an overview of the current financial environment in the health care industry and is intended to familiarize students with general accounting principles and financial management skills required to lead and manage pharmacy services in a health care organization.

PACE 833 Overview to Health Systems: This course is designed to expose participants to real world issues facing health system pharmacy leaders and to teach participants to work through concepts, processes, and challenges that are and will be faced.

PACE 860 Advanced Hospital Pharmacy Operations: This course is intended to build on the basic principles of pharmacy operations learned through coursework and experience as professional students as well as work experience.

PHRS 899 Seminar: This course includes the entire MS group including first and second years and covers a range of topics such as Pharmacy Disaster Planning, Crucial Conversations, Pharmacy Financial Billing, and Human Resources. Class format consists of topical readings or assignments prior to a seminar presentation and discussion.

PHRS 991 Research in PACE: This is a variable credit course required for all Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate students by their second semester. Teaching/learning methods consist of a pharmaceutical sciences-based mentored research training experience involving independent work and research reports that must be filed at the end of the semester.

PHRS 992 Thesis Substitute: Prerequisite PHRS 991 or equivalent. Students register for thesis credits after successfully passing their comprehensive written examination. A minimum of 3 credit hours of thesis research and writing is required for Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate students.

  • In-depth knowledge, understanding, and application of core principles, content, and skills unique to health systems pharmacy administration: to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of health care and the principles and practice of pharmacy to advance human health and health systems.
  • Accessing and Analyzing Information: to identify, locate, critically evaluate, and process information to arrive at an informed opinion; identify the important information and be able to say “here is what we need to do about it”.
  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: to take an issue or a problem, learn about it, understand it, examine other ways of thinking about it, bring it all together and frame it, come up with creative solutions and new ideas (important characteristics of critical thinker: asks really good questions, is curious, approaches problems as learners not knowers).
  • Communication: to develop and express ideas and thoughts clearly and concisely in a way that fosters understanding, inspires, and creates focus; communicate effectively in written and oral form.
  • Collaboration and Influence: to work effectively with others and understand and respect differences; create networks and groups who work together toward a common goal.
  • Adaptability: to change (or be changed) to fit new surroundings and ideas; being willing and able to adapt your behavior (adaptability is a two part process that combines flexibility and versatility. Flexibility is your willingness to adapt-this is your attitude; versatility is your ability to adapt-this is your aptitude).
  • Initiative: to be self-directed, take initiative to seek out new opportunities, ideas, and strategies; and find creative solutions.
  • Curiosity and Inquisitiveness: to demonstrate a drive to learn and understand more in an effort to improve or make something better; the habit of curiosity is a constant wonder of how something might be improved or even reinvented and then coming up with creative solutions; curiosity enables life-long learning.
  • Professionalism: to uphold the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior and act appropriately, thoughtfully, and with integrity at all times.
  • Innovation: Ability to create and implement new technologies, services, programs, etc, to meet the pharmacy needs of today and tomorrows health systems.
  • Our approach to teaching and learning is student-centered – we will develop our graduate students to reach their full potential
  • To learn, one must do – immersive learning in the patient care and real-world setting is a primary laboratory for learning
  • The process of scientific inquiry, engagement, and discovery is critical to the development of our graduate students as problem solvers and critical thinkers – scholarship is central to our mission
  • We will expose our graduate students to a breadth of knowledge and experiences necessary to shape their development as pharmacist leaders in an evolving health system landscape
  • We will ensure a rigorous and intensive curriculum that deepens the graduate student’s understanding of the many facets of health-system pharmacy administration and challenges them to think critically and solve complex problems
  • We are flexible and responsive – continually positioning our graduate students to meet the emerging needs of society
  • We will continually innovate and evaluate, learning from our experiences and striving for continuous quality improvement and sustained innovation
  • We will develop and position our faculty to reach their full potential as educators and mentors
  • We will develop and nurture our students as critical thinkers, problems solvers, team players and professionals – entrusting them to a career of life-long learning and leadership
  • We will work collaboratively across all of the different partners, exposing our graduate students to the different systems, preceptors, and challenges that exist in them
  • We strive to enlighten, differentiate, and position our graduate students to bring about leadership for the betterment of health care delivery and a safe medication use system
  • Advances and innovations in technology will be interwoven, where appropriate, throughout our curriculum to enhance the learning experience

Class Lectures

Courses are taught within the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education (PACE) through synchronous education.  Class lectures are led by UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy faculty and other leaders in health-system pharmacy.

Students not based in Chapel Hill attend class lectures through a live interactive video conferencing network.

Supervised Project in Health-System Pharmacy

Students are encouraged to develop extensive skills and expertise in specific segments of pharmacy administration that are of personal interest. The chosen areas of interest will be emphasized throughout both the didactic and experiential portions of the program over the two years of study with the guidance of their mentor and academic and experiential program advisers. Students will take a minimum of four credit hours of Supervised Project in Health-System Pharmacy during their second year to accomplish the project objectives, which is a requirement for the master of science. This project will serve in lieu of a master’s thesis.

Practice and Administrative Residency Requirements

Students will participate in a two-year ASHP-accredited residency program to be completed simultaneously with coursework and related program requirements for the MS degree. Over the two-year duration of the program residents will complete the learning objectives of both PGY1 and PGY2 residency programs.

Rotations will include the essential elements for a pharmacy practice residency to ensure competence as a qualified caregiver is achieved, but elective rotations will be planned based on the experience, needs and preferences of the graduate student as well as the sponsoring organization.

Residency programs need to be ASHP-accredited and to include the following core training components:

  • Clinical Experience: Maintenance of clinical competence during the graduate experience is essential to meeting the competency expectations of the graduate students. Students and sponsoring organizations will have considerable flexibility in pursuing clinical experiences throughout the first and second years based on the needs and career aspirations of the graduate student.
  • Leadership and Administrative Experience: The majority of the second year will be dedicated to experiential learning and practical application of knowledge and experiences of the first year. During this year the graduate student develops expertise in departmental leadership and administration, quality improvement and patient safety, automation and informatics as it applies to pharmacy services, policy development, interdepartmental relationships and collaboration, human resource management, and current trends in the profession of pharmacy.

Final Written Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive examination will be administered to all students before the completion of the last semester of their program. The examination is intended to validate students’ ability to apply the knowledge and experience gained throughout the program in coursework and experiential components of their education and training.


Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are negotiated through the host site.


 

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Paul W. Bush, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS, FASHP

Vice President for Global Resource Development and Consulting
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
Bethesda, MD
PBush@ashp.org

Paul Bush is the Vice President for Global Resource Development and Consulting for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  He has held the positions of Chief Pharmacy Officer for Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC, Director of Pharmacy Services for Medical University of South Carolina, St. John Hospital and Medical Center and Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and was Corporate Director for Clinical Pharmacy Services for Horizon Health System.

Dr. Bush received his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Michigan and Pharm.D. and M.B.A. from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  He serves on the faculty of University of North Carolina Eschelman School of Pharmacy and Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  He previously served on the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina (1999-2009) and Wayne State University (1984-1999) and served as Clinical Associate Dean for Medical Center and Health Systems for the South Carolina College of Pharmacy.

He has served as presidential officer, board member and Chair of the Board of Directors of ASHP.  Dr. Bush is Past-Treasurer of the Michigan Pharmacists Association. He has served on the Michigan Society of Health System Pharmacists Board of Directors and held the position of President-elect.  Dr. Bush is Past-Chair of the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers, Past-Chair of the University HealthSystem Pharmacy Council and has served as a member of the ASHP House of Delegates, Commission on Credentialing, Commission on Goals, and the Practice Model Summit Advisory Committee.  He is a member of APhA and ACCP.

Dr. Bush was awarded the John W. Webb Lecture Award by Northeastern University and ASHP, an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Campbell University, the Distinguished Service Award by the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers and the NCAP Pharmacy Ambassador Award

He co-authored Managing and Leading – 44 Lessons Learned for Pharmacists, and chapters in Building a Successful Ambulatory Practice, Financial Management Basics for Health System Pharmacists, Handbook of Institutional Pharmacy Practice, and the Pharmacy Certified Technician Training Manual.


Stephen Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A.

Stephen Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A., is associate dean for global engagement and a clinical associate professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education. He is the division’s vice chair for graduate and postgraduate education. In addition, he is director of graduate studies overseeing the two-year Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in health-system pharmacy administration. This degree is hosted at multiple sites across North Carolina. At UNC Hospitals, he is associate director of pharmacy, where he leads and develops a dynamic group of patient-care providers, and director of pharmacy residency programs. He has worked with almost 200 residents over the years. Eckel is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist.

As an innovator and entrepreneur, Eckel spearheaded the development of UNC Pharmacy Grand Rounds with ASHP and launched ChemoGLO, LLC with Bill Zamboni, Pharm.D., Ph.D. He is the editor of the health-system edition of Pharmacy Times and a passionate supporter of the role of the pharmacist in patient care. He conducts and publishes his research and is frequently asked to speak around the world on these issues.

Eckel has been very active in the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists and current serves as president. He has also served many years in the American Pharmacists Association and ASHP House of Delegates. In 2012, he was presented with the APhA the Distinguished Achievement Award in Hospital and Institutional Practice, and in 2013, he was awarded the Excellence in Innovation award by the North Carolina Association of Pharmacist. He is a fellow of ASHP, APhA, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the National Academies of Practice in Pharmacy.


Elizabeth Forshay, RPh, MBA

Elizabeth Forshay is the System Executive Director | Enterprise Support Services Carolina Value UNC Health.  Her focus includes operational improvement, entity margin improvement, and throughput and capacity management improvement.

Prior to her current role, Elizabeth led financial and operational areas in the UNCH Department of Pharmacy.  Elizabeth earned her pharmacy degree from UNC Chapel Hill and her MBA from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.  She trained as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Kaizen Coach.

Elizabeth and her family live in Durham, North Carolina where Elizabeth volunteers her time as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Families Moving Forward, a homeless shelter for families in downtown Durham.


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Christopher R. Fortier, Pharm.D., FASHP

Chief Pharmacy Officer
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
cfortier@partners.org

Christopher Fortier is the Chief Pharmacy Officer at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.  Chris is the Chair of the Partners Healthcare Chief Pharmacy Officers Council and works to move pharmacy strategic initiatives forward at the Partners system-level.

Dr. Fortier received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut in 2003 and completed both a PGY-1 Practice Residency and a PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center.  Additionally, Chris serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.

In 2013 Dr. Fortier was recognized as a Fellow of ASHP and received the Tradition of Excellence Award from the University of Connecticut Alumni Association.  Additionally, in 2008 he received the ASHP New Practitioner Forum’s Distinguished Service Award.


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Robert P. Granko, Pharm.D., M.B.A., FASHP

System Director of Enterprise Pharmacy Pharmacy Innovation Alliance at Geisinger

rgranko@geisinger.edu

Robert Granko, B.S. Pharm., Pharm.D. , M.B.A., FASHP (Rgranko@geisinger.edu) is System Director of Enterprise Pharmacy, Pharmacy Innovation Alliance at Geisinger. His previous experience includes roles as Director, Field Pharmacy Services with Premier, Director of Pharmacy at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and has held multiple senior Pharmacy leadership positions at UNC Healthcare.

Dr. Granko earned his B.S. Pharm. from Long Island University School of Pharmacy, his Pharm.D. from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and his M.B.A. from Pfeiffer University, School of Graduate Studies. He maintains an academic appointment as Associate Professor of Clinical Education and serves as course director at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in the combined MS/Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Program.

Dr. Granko has been active in ASHP’s Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders since 2008, completing his term as Director-at-Large of the Section’s Executive Committee in 2020. Additionally, his service includes membership within the Section of Pharmacy Practice’s Advisory Groups on Emerging Leaders as well as Strategy and Industry Disruptors. He is past chair of the SAG on Manager Development, a participating content member for the Conference for Pharmacy Leaders Steering Committee, and a Pharmacy Forecast Survey Panel Member. He was past faculty with ASHP’s Managers Boot Camp and ASHP’s Australia Leadership Boot Camp for The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.

Dr. Granko has served as ASHP Delegate representing North Carolina and in 2011, he was part of a team awarded an American Society of Health – System Pharmacists Best Practices Award. In 2013, Dr. Granko and team were awarded the Leadership Excellence in Pharmacy Award (LEAP) Gold Award for research in clinical benchmarking.
In 2016, Dr. Granko was awarded the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers Distinguished Service Award and in 2018, he was recognized as an ASHP Fellow. In 2021, Dr. Granko successfully lead the NC Association of Pharmacists (NCAP) Fellow Practitioner Recognition Program Task Force. In 2022, Dr. Granko will begin his 2-year appointment to the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy Editorial Board as co-contributing editor for pharmacy leadership.

He has authored over 30 publications and has been invited to present nationally and internationally on topics related to leadership development, clinician well-being and resilience, operations management, finance, benchmarking, and data and analytics.


Jacqui McLaughlin, Ph.D., M.S.

jacqui_mclaughlin@unc.edu

Jacqui McLaughlin, Ph.D., received her undergraduate degree in biological engineering from North Carolina State University, her master of science in biomedical engineering from the University of Memphis/University of Tennessee, and her doctorate in educational research and policy analysis from North Carolina State University. She spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow with the Office of Strategic Planning and Assessment (OSPA) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and currently serves the school as an associate professor in the division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education and as the director of CIPhER. Dr. McLaughlin has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles about higher education, is on the editorial board for the journals Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning and Education in the Health Professions, and serves as associate editor for BMJ Medical Education. Her published research spans a wide range of education topics, including admissions, flipped classrooms, experiential education, student organizations, diversity, graduate training, cognitive apprenticeship, and research methodology.


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Kathryn Morbitzer, Pharm.D., M.S.

morbitze@email.unc.edu

Kathryn Morbitzer, Pharm.D., M.S., is an assistant professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education and assistant director in CIPhER at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Wayne State University and her Master’s in biomedical and health informatics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the Medical University of South Carolina and an academic research fellowship at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Currently, her research focuses on optimization of the medication use process and admission/residency predictive modeling.


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Mary G. Petrovskis, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS

Mary.Petrovskis@unchealth.unc.edu

Mary G. Petrovskis, PharmD, MS, BCPS, is the Director of Operations at UNC Rex Healthcare. She also serves as Assistant Professor of Clinical Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2016 at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. She completed a two-year residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration at the UNC Medical Center and her Master of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in health-system pharmacy administration from UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2018. Mary values involvement in state and national professional organizations and serves on committees within ASHP and Vizient, Inc. Her professional interests include practice management, data analytics, automation and the integration of education and research into practice.


Gene Rhea, Pharm.D., M.H.A.

Gene Rhea, PharmD, MHA serves as the Associate Chief Pharmacy Officer for Retail and Specialty Pharmacy Services for Duke University Hospital where he oversees multiple retail and specialty pharmacy operations as well as a robust patient assistance and prior authorization program. Dr. Rhea received his Bachelors in Chemistry from DePauw University, his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University and his MHA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Most recently he had also served as the Director of Pharmacy Finance, Business Intelligence and Analytics at Duke where his work specialized in financial analysis and planning as well as revenue cycle management. He is also Chair of the 340B Oversight Committee and coordinates program operations and compliance activities.


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Scott W. Savage, Pharm.D., M.S.

Scott.Savage@unc.edu

Scott W. Savage, PharmD, MS received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Masters degree with a PGY2 residency certificate in Health System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University Medical Center and The OSU College of Pharmacy.

Currently, Scott serves as the Executive Vice Dean-Chief Operating Officer for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Chief Financial Officer for the Eshelman Institute for Innovation.  Prior to joining the School, he served in a myriad of leadership positions for UNC Pharmacy Services within UNC Health Care System.  Most recently as the Regional Director of Pharmacy for UNC Medical Center, its associated campuses in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, NC, and Chatham Hospital located in Siler City, NC.  He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Education within the Practice Advancement and Clinical Education division of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and serves as a course coordinator within the MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences in Health System Pharmacy Administration.

Prior to joining UNC, Scott served in leadership and management roles in other academic medical centers and a community based hospital.   He is an active member of AACP, NCPA, ASHP, ASPL and AMCP.  He enjoys developing and implementing new approaches to integrating pharmacy services in all facets of patient care.  Additionally, he enjoys time at home with his family, UNC and Ohio State sports, running, and advocacy for individuals living in recovery from addiction.

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Tyler.Vest@duke.edu

Tyler A. Vest, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCSCP, is the Pharmacy Manager of Automation, Medication Distribution, and Controlled Substances at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. He is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Tyler received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy and his Master of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He completed his PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at the University of North Carolina Medical Center. Tyler’s professional interests include acute care operations, leadership development, oncology, pharmacy practice and pharmacy technician advancement, distribution models, productivity and monitoring, and the medication-use process.

BayCare Health System – Benjamin Philip

Ben serves as the Regional Director of Pharmaceutical Services for the BayCare Health System in Tampa, Florida as well as the Residency Program Director for the BayCare Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership program.  Dr. Philip is responsible for the oversight of 10 hospitals in Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties as well as overseeing the Medication Safety and Controlled Substance Surveillance programs across the Health System.  Dr. Philip has been active in the Southwest Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists and has served as a past President as well as a Board Director.

Dr. Philip received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Texas Southern University.  He also completed a combined PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center along with a Master of Science degree in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University.

Boston Medical Center – Sebastian Hamilton

Dr. Sebastian Hamilton is the Chief Pharmacy Officer of Operations and Community & Ambulatory Partnerships for the outpatient pharmacy division at Boston Medical Center (BMC). Leading a highly motivated pharmacy team of over 250, 1.5M prescriptions a year are filled from three locations (soon to be 4) on the BMC campus, seven community health centers, and BMC’s mail order pharmacy securing over $600 MM in topline revenue for BMC a safety net hospital in FY22’.

Dr. Hamilton is charged with furthering the pharmacy’s growth and success. This entails continuing to grow prescription capture, specialty, consolidation of the pharmacy’s processing and filling among pharmacies, leveraging automated solutions where applicable, operating a mail order pharmacy to allow increased capacity at the BMC campus located pharmacies, partnering with community health centers to provide BMC branded patient centered services, as well as keeping the pharmacy team engaged and motivated.

Appointed by Governor Baker, Dr. Hamilton currently serves on the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy where he is the current sitting President for 2022. Dr. Hamilton also serves on several of the National Association Board of Pharmacy (NABP) Task Forces.

Dr. Hamilton is also a Board Trustee for Codman Academy Charter Public School whose mission is to provide an outstanding, transformative education to prepare students for success in college, further education, and beyond.

Dr. Hamilton is proud to have served our veterans by working for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for 15 years.

Dr. Hamilton was born in Harlem, NY, and raised in The Bronx, NY. He received his BS in Pharmacy from Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, his MBA in Health Care Administration from Wilmington University, and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida (GO GATORS!).

Cone Health – Kevin Hansen

Dr. Kevin Hansen is assistant director of pharmacy at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. He also serves as the residency program director for the health-system pharmacy administration residency program. In addition, Dr. Hansen serves as adjunct faculty for the University of North Carolina (UNC) Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill. Dr. Hansen earned his doctor of pharmacy degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania, and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1/PGY2/MS health-system pharmacy administration residency at UNC Medical Center. He also received a Master of Science degree in pharmaceutical sciences from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Within Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Dr. Hansen is involved in several committees and initiatives related to his practice interests of pharmaceutical compounding, handling hazardous drugs, medication and compounding safety, drug shortage management, and pharmacy perioperative services. He has taken a lead role in developing multidisciplinary teams, such as the Pharmaceutical Compounding Advisory Council and the Hazardous Drug Committee. He also provides pharmaceutical compounding guidance and standardization across Cone Health, a 6-hospital health system.

Duke University Health System – Kuldip Patel

Kuldip R. Patel received his Bachelor of Sciences in the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. He worked at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as a Clinical Pharmacist to care for step-down cardiac surgery patients immediately upon graduation in 2001. After completing a two-year ASHP accredited Pharmacy Practice Management residency at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), in Charleston, SC, Kuldip joined the Hospital Corporations of America (HCA) at Centennial Medical Center as the Assistant Director of Pharmacy. In 2006, Kuldip joined Orlando Regional Medical Center (Orlando Health) as the Pharmacy Operations Coordinator.  He currently serves as an Associate Chief Pharmacy Officer at Duke University Hospital and has been in this role since 2010. More recently, Kuldip has been appointed as the Chief Pharmacy Officer and Director of the Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency Program Director.

Kuldip has been an active member of ASHP’s Pharmacy Practice Leadership (PPL) network.  He is has been involved in the Section Advisory Group (SAG) on Financial Management and Reimbursement, SAG on Quality and Compliance, and has served as Chair of the SAG on Managing the Pharmacy Enterprise. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Education Steering Committee with ASHP. Locally, Kuldip has been a member of NCAP and has lead activities in different capacities since 2014.

Kuldip also serves with the United States Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention to serve as a Compounding Expert Panel member of the Microbiology Committee. He has authored articles in peer reviewed journals as well as written chapters in textbooks used to train Pharmacy Technicians (Pharmacy Certified Technician Training Manual) and Pharmacy Leaders (Managing and Leading: 44 Lessons Learned for Pharmacists). While working for HCA, Kuldip served as an Associate Professor at The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy.  He joined the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) as an Associate Faculty member during his time in Orlando, FL.  Currently, Kuldip serves as an instructor at The University of North Carolina’s (UNC) health system pharmacy administration Master of Sciences program and a preceptor for Campbell University College of Pharmacy students.

Eskenazi Health – Christopher Wickesberg

Christopher Wickesberg, PharmD, MBA, BCPS is the Director of Pharmacy at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, Indiana and the Residency Program Director for the Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership residency program.  During his 20-year tenure with the organization, Christopher has served in a variety of roles, including Pharmacy Manager – Inpatient Services, and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Pulmonary/Critical Care.  In his current role, he has oversight of the Eskenazi Health pharmacy enterprise, including acute care, ambulatory care, retail, and pharmacy business services.

Christopher obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University College of Pharmacy, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Quantic School of Business and Technology.  He is active in local and national pharmacy organizations, and has strong interests in care of the underserved, the business of pharmacy, and professional advocacy.

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania – Alison Apple

Alison Apple oversees all of the inpatient pharmacy services at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and serves as the PGY1/PGY2 Health-system pharmacy administration residency program director. She received her BS in pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island and her MS in pharmacy at the University of North Carolina where she also completed a residency in hospital pharmacy. Most of Alison’s career was spent in Memphis, TN at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare serving in many roles over the years including Director of Pharmacy, Administrator for the Cancer Center, Administrative Director of Clinical Services, Transplant Program Administrator and System Director of Pharmacy. She was an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and served as a residency program director for a PGY1/PGY2 Health-system pharmacy administration program for fifteen years.

Alison has been very active with residency accreditation over the past fifteen years including serving on the American Society of Health-system Pharmacy Commission on Credentialing as Chair and as a Lead Surveyor in both domestic and international residency accreditation.

In 2012 Alison was the first recipient of the Fred M. Eckel Pharmacy Leadership Award from the University of North Carolina Hospitals and Clinics.

Massachusetts General Hospital – Chris Fortier

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Christopher Fortier is the Chief Pharmacy Officer at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.  Chris is the Chair of the Partners Healthcare Chief Pharmacy Officers Council and works to move pharmacy strategic initiatives forward at the Partners system-level.

Dr. Fortier received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut in 2003 and completed both a PGY-1 Practice Residency and a PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center.  Additionally, Chris serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.

In 2013 Dr. Fortier was recognized as a Fellow of ASHP and received the Tradition of Excellence Award from the University of Connecticut Alumni Association.  Additionally, in 2008 he received the ASHP New Practitioner Forum’s Distinguished Service Award.

Mission Health – Joseph Bonkowski

Joe Bonkowski, Pharm.D., MHA, M.S., is the Director of Pharmacy for Mission Hospital, the flagship medical center of the North Carolina Division of HCA Healthcare, formerly known as Mission Health.  In this role, he provides leadership to all pharmacy services that report up through the hospital including acute care, infusion services and ambulatory care.  Joe also serves as the program director for the pharmacy leadership two year residency.

Prior to joining Mission Hospital, Joe led pharmacy services at Wake Forest Baptist Health in pediatrics, oncology and investigational drug services.   Joe completed a pharmacy leadership residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with combined Masters Degrees in Health Administration and Health System Pharmacy Administration after receiving his pharmacy degree at University of Wisconsin Madison.

Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center – Mike Melroy

Mike has been with Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center since March of 2020 and is currently the System Director of Pharmacy and HSPAL Residency Program Director.  Prior to that, he held multiple pharmacy leadership positions at Novant Health and Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, GA.  Mike has been actively involved in residency training for more than 23 years and has been a member of the accrediting body for residency programs, the ASHP Commission on Credentialing.  Mike is a graduate of the University of Georgia and completed a pharmacy practice residency at the James A. Haley VA in Tampa, Fl.  He received his MHA from Pfeiffer University and is a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  He is a past president of the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists, where he also served as Chairman of the Board.  Mike is also a member of the Health System Executive Committee for the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

Novant Health  – Joe Maki

Joe Maki, Pharm.D., M.S., is Vice President of Pharmacy at Novant Health. He is responsible for leadership of ambulatory and pharmacy business operations across the 17-hospital system based primarily in North Carolina.  His focus is on expanding and optimizing current pharmacy business lines while setting the organization up to be successful in a value-based world through better alignment and partnership across the continuum. Joe has been program director for the HSPAL Residency at Novant Health since 2019 and was instrumental in the launch of the two-year combined residency/masters program in 2018.

Prior to Novant Health, Joe worked in a variety of roles at Wake Forest Baptist Health including Director of Pharmacy at Lexington Medical Center and Assistant Director of Acute Clinical Operations at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He graduated with his doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed residency training in pharmacy administration and leadership at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with an MS through UNC-Chapel Hill.

UNC Health – Stephen Eckel

Stephen Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A., is associate dean for global engagement and a clinical associate professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education. He is the division’s vice chair for graduate and postgraduate education. In addition, he is director of graduate studies overseeing the two-year Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in health-system pharmacy administration. This degree is hosted at multiple sites across North Carolina. At UNC Hospitals, he is associate director of pharmacy, where he leads and develops a dynamic group of patient-care providers, and director of pharmacy residency programs. He has worked with almost 200 residents over the years. Eckel is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist.

As an innovator and entrepreneur, Eckel launched ChemoGLO, LLC with Bill Zamboni, Pharm.D., Ph.D. He is the editor of the health-system edition of Pharmacy Times and a passionate supporter of the role of the pharmacist in patient care. He conducts and publishes his research and is frequently asked to speak around the world on these issues.

Eckel has been very active in the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists and served as a past president. He has also served many years in the American Pharmacists Association and ASHP House of Delegates. In 2012, he was presented with the APhA the Distinguished Achievement Award in Hospital and Institutional Practice, and in 2013, he was awarded the Excellence in Innovation award by the North Carolina Association of Pharmacist. He is a fellow of ASHP, APhA, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the National Academies of Practice in Pharmacy.

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Health – Katherine D. Mieure

Katherine “Katie” Mieure is currently serving as the AVP for Pharmacy Services and Director of Graduate Pharmacy Education at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist where she is responsible for operations and clinical pharmacy services for five hospitals.

Katie has a passion for pharmacy practice advancement and comprehensive programs for graduate pharmacy education. She works to expand pharmacy driven programs that deliver evidence-based patient care to optimize medication-related outcomes. Over the years, Katie has facilitated efforts to maximize the use of pharmacy automation and technology to close gaps in the medication use process to improve efficiencies, safety, and regulatory compliance. She has also been committed to creating pharmacy student and resident training opportunities that develop well rounded clinicians, educators, researchers and practice leaders.

Following completion of her PharmD degree at Drake University College of Pharmacy, she completed ASHP-accredited residencies in Pharmacy Practice and Critical Care at the University of Kentucky Hospital. Katie is a graduate of ASHP Foundation’s Pharmacy Leadership Academy.

University Hospitals – Jacalyn Rogers

Jacalyn Rogers, PharmD, MS, CHM, BCPS is the current Senior Director for the Academic Market at University Hospitals.  As Senior Director she has oversight over pharmacy clinical services and operations for Cleveland Medical Center, Seidman Cancer Center, and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.  She has been the Director of Pharmacy at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital since 2017.  In this role, she has been able to develop decentralized clinical services, a retail pharmacy operation, and ensure safety and effective practices in this space.  Dr. Rogers is active in ASHP’s Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders Section Advisory Group on Leadership Development from 2014-2019 and was active on SSPL’s Educational Steering Committee since 2019.  She has served as Director-at-Large for The Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists from 2016-2020, and is currently the Ohio Delegate for ASHP.  She also been involved on the Premier Pediatric Executive Committee and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. Rogers attended Northeast Ohio Medical University for her Doctorate in Pharmacy and completed a two-year Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital earning a Master’s in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University.  Dr. Rogers has also completed coursework earning a Certificate in Health – Care Management from the University of Akron.

Dr. Rogers holds an academic appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor with numerous Ohio Colleges and precepts learners from across Ohio.  Dr. Rogers’ areas of interest and publication are in medication safety and transitions-of-care.

BayCare Health System

Alexis Hayes-PorterAlexis Hayes-Porter, Pharm.D. | Email: Alexis.Hayes@baycare.org

Alexis Hayes-Porter is a current first-year health-system pharmacy administration resident at St. Joseph’s Hospital of the BayCare Health System in Tampa, Florida. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma and Doctor of Pharmacy at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy in Glendale, Arizona. Dr. Hayes-Porter currently lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband and two dogs and is working towards her Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include pharmacy operations, process improvement, implementation science and medication safety. Outside of pharmacy she enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, watching baseball and paddle boarding.

 

 

Justin JimmyJustin Jimmy, Pharm.D. | Email: Justin.Jimmy@baycare.org

Justin Jimmy is a first-year health-system pharmacy administration resident at St. Joseph’s Hospital (BayCare Health System) in Tampa, Florida. He completed his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He completed his pharmacy internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Dr. Jimmy currently lives in Tampa, Florida and is working towards his Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. His professional interests include pharmacy operations, data analytics, automation, and supply chain management. Outside of pharmacy he enjoys spending time with family, running, and biking. In the future, he plans to advocate for the profession of pharmacy in bridging the gap between technology and optimal clinical outcomes.

 

 

Cone Health

Mimi L. PhamMimi L. Pham, Pharm.D., M.B.A. | Email: Mimi.Pham@conehealth.com

Mimi L. Pham, Pharm.D., M.B.A. is a PGY1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Resident at Cone Health in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mimi is originally from Oakland, California, and prior to pharmacy school, completed her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, North Carolina. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration degrees from High Point University and will be completing her Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in health-system pharmacy administration at the University of North Carolina, Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Spring of 2022. At Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Mimi had the opportunity to work on various rotation projects, including, standardizing pyxis stock and modifying medication due times to optimize pharmacy workflow. Mimi’s career interests include operations, sterile products, quality and process improvement. Outside of pharmacy, Mimi enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, baking, and spending time with her family.

 

Yujing SteenwykYujing Steenwyk, Pharm.D. | Email: Jing.Steenwyk@conehealth.com

Jing is a PGY1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership resident at Cone Health in Greensboro, North Carolina. Born and raised in Tianjin, China, Jing moved to Oxford, Mississippi before high school and has loved being an Oxonian for the past twelve years. She received her Pharm.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, where she also completed undergraduate training with a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her interest areas include process improvement with Lean methodology, clinical management, and medication safety. Her professional involvement include serving as a member of the ACCP Clinical Administration PRN Student and Resident Committee. Outside of pharmacy, she enjoys trying new Instant Pot recipes, playing with her dog Tofu, and exploring breweries with her husband Tim.

 

 

Duke University Hospital

Tyler MerrittTyler Merritt, Pharm.D. | Email: Tyler.Merritt@duke.edu

Tyler Merritt is originally from McMinnville, Tennessee. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tennessee Technological University and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Belmont University College of Pharmacy. While completing his two-year residency, he will also complete his Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a focus on Health-System Pharmacy Administration through the University of North Carolina. His clinical practice interests include cardiology and oncology, while his administrative interests include management of clinical operations and development of process improvements. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Merritt serves on the Primary Care Formulary Evaluation Team and participates in the teaching certificate program. This year, his research will evaluate the use of urea for the acute, inpatient management of hyponatremia. In the future, Dr. Merritt plans to attain a pharmacy leadership position that allows him to continue to build his clinical skills while precepting students and residents.

 

Massachusetts General Hospital

Antonia AkrapAntonia Akrap, Pharm.D. |Email: aakrap@mgh.harvard.edu

Dr. Akrap is from Saint Louis, Missouri. She obtained both her undergraduate and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Kansas. In addition, she will be completing a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in Health-System Pharmacy Administration through the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Her practice interests include supply chain management, clinical management, and advocacy. She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and exploring Boston. Dr. Akrap will be continuing as a PGY-2 in Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership after the completion of the residency year.

 

 

Mission Hospital

Joe McDonaldJoseph Patrick McDonald, Pharm.D. | Email: Joseph.McDonald3@HCAHealthcare.com

Joe McDonald is the current PGY1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership resident at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. He attended the University of Virginia earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 2016 and then attended Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned a Doctor of Pharmacy in 2020. During his time in pharmacy school, Joe held the positions of Social Chair and Philanthropy Chair of his class as well as being an active member of APhA and IPhO. In addition to his clinical rotations and staffing in the core pharmacy, he helps manage the MERIT intern program, and sits on the Mission Hospital Pharmacy Advisory Committee. His areas of interest include pharmacy operation and diabetes care. This year, his research project involves assessing the financial sustainability of pharmacy-led continuous glucose monitoring clinics in primary care settings and his capstone project involves the incorporation of a new electronic medication request queue into the EMR. His future career aspirations involve a pharmacy operations manager position, and possibly a pharmacy director role.

 

University of North Carolina Medical Center

Austin GardnerAustin Gardner, Pharm.D. | Email: Austin.Gardner@unchealth.unc.edu

Austin Gardner is originally from Morristown, TN. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from East Tennessee State University, his Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Louisiana State University, and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from East Tennessee State University. Austin is the current PGY1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership resident at UNC Medical Center and is completing his Master of Sciences with specialization in Health-System Pharmacy Administration at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. His Master’s project is titled “Implementation and Assessment of Telepharmacy Services for Pediatric Patients”. He has been involved in professional organizations since pharmacy school and is currently involved on a national level with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacy (ASHP) New Practitioners Forum, specifically serving on the Legislative Affairs advisory group and Vizient’s Business of Pharmacy Enterprise Committee. His professional interests include finance, supply chain, and executive/enterprise leadership. Outside of the hospital, Austin enjoys watching college sports, playing golf and riding his peloton.

 

Connor McKayConnor McKay, Pharm.D. | Email: Connor.McKay@unchealth.unc.edu                  

Connor McKay is a PGY1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership resident at UNC Medical Center. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University for his undergraduate studies and then Shenandoah University for pharmacy school. During his PharmD studies, he served as both class president and chapter president of the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists. He also served as an administrative intern at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services where he worked on IPPS/OPPS rulemaking and coordinating meetings with external stakeholders. His master’s thesis is focused on the implementation of Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner (CPP) clinical outcomes measures. His professional interests include value-based care, pharmacy operations, and finance. In his free time, Connor enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching his hometown team (Glasgow Rangers), and reading.

 

Greg NorstenGreg Norsten, Pharm.D. | Email: Gregory.Norsten@unchealth.unc.edu

Greg Norsten is a PGY1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership resident at UNC Health. He attended the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities for his undergraduate studies, and then the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy for pharmacy school. During his PharmD studies, he served as the treasurer for the Wisconsin Society of Pharmacy Students, an umbrella professional organization at the school, and the vice-president of the Industry Pharmacists Organization. His longitudinal research project is titled, ” Leveraging Patient Volume and Drug Shortage Modeling to Develop a Proactive and Innovative Pharmacy Supply Chain Management Strategy.” In his free time, he enjoys board games with friends, being outdoors, and sports.

 

 

Jennifer SatoJennifer Sato, Pharm.D. | Email: Jennifer.Sato2@unchealth.unc.edu

Jennifer Sato is a PGY1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership resident at UNC Medical Center. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate studies and received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. During her PharmD studies, she was involved in policy and advocacy through APhA-ASP and the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists, as well as global health through PharmAlliance – a partnership between the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University College London (UK), and Monash University (Australia). She served on the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Advancement of Pharmacy Practice Advisory Group and currently serves on the ASHP New Practitioners Forum Legislative Affairs Advisory Group. Her Master’s thesis is on developing the framework for a system-wide centralized refill and electronic prior authorization program. Her professional interests include ambulatory care, specialty pharmacy, clinical management, and global health.

 

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Heather DaltonHeather Dalton, Pharm.D. | Email: hdalton@wakehealth.edu

Heather is a first year PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Resident at Wake Forest Baptist Health from Cedarburg, Wisconsin. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her professional interests include leadership development, operations, ambulatory care, and professional association leadership. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, photography, dance, and exploring the restaurant scene in Winston-Salem.

 

 

 

Keith KeddingtonKeith Keddington, Pharm.D. | Email: kkedding@wakehealth.edu

Keith is one of the first year PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residents at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem. He is a Salt Lake City native and  received BS/BA degrees and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Utah. Keith enjoys hiking, golf, skiing, beach trips, and anything outdoors. He has loved getting to know North Carolina with his small family. Keith’s professional interests include ambulatory care, population health, 340B and pharmacy advocacy.

 

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