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, 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.


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.


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 (Sheldon / Tryon) 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 (Kessler / Morbitzer / Forshay) 3
PHRS 899 Seminar 1
PHRS 991 Research in PACE 3
Cumulative Total 20

Fall Year 2
Credit Hours
PACE 860 Advanced Hospital Pharmacy Operations (Eckel) 3
PHRS 899 Seminar 1
PHRS 992 Thesis Substitute 3
Cumulative Total 27

Spring Year 2
Credit Hours
PACE 832 Financial Management of Health-System Pharmacy (Bush / Rhea) 3
PHRS 899 Seminar 1
PHRS 992 Thesis Substitute 3
PHYC 434 Teaching Assistant (UNC only) 0
Grand Total 34

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 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 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. Additional experiences may be acquired related to association management (NCAP) and regulatory governing organizations (NCBOP, NC Medicaid).

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.

John Kessler

John Kessler, Pharm.D., is the founder and chief clinical officer of SecondStory Health, LLC. He has more than 35 years of experience in safe medication systems design, adverse drug event reporting and errors analysis. He has chaired the United States Pharmacopoeia’s advisory panel on medication errors and he has served as an ex-officio member of the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention. He has consulted with healthcare organizations and regulatory authorities in the United States, South Africa, Brazil and the Middle East on medication safety.

Jacqui McLaughlin

(919) 966-4557

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.

Kathryn Morbitzer

(919) 966-9124

Kathryn Morbitzer, Pharm.D., M.S., is an assistant professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education and director of educational development 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.

Scott W. Savage

(984) 974-6642

Scott W. Savage, PharmD, MS, serves as the Regional Director of Pharmacy for UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, NC and Chatham Hospital located in Siler City, NC. Most recently he has been leading the UNC Health Care Shared Services Center (SSC) Pharmacy and its Retail, Medication Assistance Program, Supply Chain Management, Compounding, and Pharmacy Benefit Management operations. Additionally, he is an Executive Associate Dean representing the partnership between UNC Medical Center and UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy.


Christopher R. Fortier, Pharm.D., FASHP

Chief Pharmacy Officer
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

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.


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

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.


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

Mid-Atlantic Director of Field Pharmacy Services
Premier Inc.
Charlotte, NC

Robert P. Granko, PharmD, MBA, FASHP is the Mid-Atlantic Director of Field Pharmacy Services at Premier Inc.   Dr. Granko is the former Director of Pharmacy at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, NC, a 536-bed community teaching and flagship hospital for the Cone Health Network. Dr. Granko founded and directed the Cone Health Network Health-System Pharmacy Administration/MS PGY-2 Residency Program and maintains an academic appointment at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Granko is Director at large serving on the Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders Executive Committee for the 2018-2020 term and was recognized as an ASHP Fellow in 2018.   He is a past faculty member with the ASHP Managers Boot Camp and the past chair of the Section’s Advisory Group on Manager Development.  Dr. Granko has served as ASHP Delegate representing North Carolina and is a 2016 ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers Distinguished Service Awardee.

Dr. Granko has published several manuscripts and presented nationally and internationally on topics related to leadership development, clinician well-being and resilience, pharmacy operations management, and clinical benchmarking. His research interests include leadership, management and well-being.  Dr Granko received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Long Island University School of Pharmacy, his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy, and his Master’s in Business Administration from Pfeiffer University, School of Graduate Studies.

Cone Health

Brooke Baggett, Pharm.D. | Email:

Brooke is a current PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership resident at Cone Health. She moved to Greensboro after receiving her pharmacy doctorate from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. This year, Brooke is serving as chief resident for the residency program at Cone and is the resident manager of the controlled substances team. Her current professional interests include clinical management, leadership development, and medication diversion oversight. Brooke enjoys empowering and challenging her team, while also learning from the administrative rotations offered throughout the year. She is looking forward to completing her program at Cone and for continuing to be a part of the North Carolina Collaborative through the master’s program.

Duke University Hospital

Iliana Morataya, Pharm.D. | Email:

Iliana Morataya is originally from Kennesaw, Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Biology from Kennesaw State University and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. While completing her two-year residency, she will also complete her Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a focus on Health-System Pharmacy Administration through the University of North Carolina. Dr. Morataya’s practice areas of interest include administration, sterile compounding, and oncology. In addition to her administrative and academic responsibilities, Dr. Morataya staffs clinically in the pediatric division, serves on the Oncology Formulation Evaluation Team and serves as the Chair of the Formulary and Informatics Subcomittee. This year, her research will investigate patient access to high cost new and innovative therapies. In the future, she plans to attain a pharmacy leadership position that allows her to continue to build her clinical skills while precepting students and residents.

Massachusetts General Hospital

Felicia Britt, Pharm.D. | Email:

Felicia Britt is the current PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She will be completing the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with Specialization in Health-System Pharmacy Administration at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy next Spring. Her Master’s project is titled, “Limiting the Utilization of High Cost Medications in the Inpatient Setting by Developing Strategies to Maximize Reimbursement in the Outpatient Setting”. Felicia is originally from Star, North Carolina and completed her undergraduate and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been actively involved in professional organizations since pharmacy school and is currently involved on the national level with the American Society of Heath-System Pharmacy (ASHP) New Practitioners Forum, Vizient University Health-System Consortium Pharmacy Innovation and Engagement Committee (PIE), as well as the Pharmacy Administrative Residency Collaborative (PARC) where she serves as the Membership Co-Chair. Her professional interests include specialty pharmacy, transitions of care, and ambulatory care management 

University of North Carolina Medical Center

Ina Liu, Pharm.D. | Email:

Ina Liu is a PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration resident at UNC Medical Center. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate studies and then the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy for pharmacy school. During her PharmD studies, she served as the Outreach director for the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) which is a student run clinic for underserved patients. She also served as an administrative intern at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Home Care group where she worked on clinical projects for the specialty pharmacy. During her first year of residency, she served as chief resident and orientation chair and co-started a residency group focused on mental wellbeing and resiliency. Her master’s thesis centers around utilizing data analytics to predict and manage drug shortages. Her professional interests include population health, value-based care, ambulatory, and transitions of care. Her personal interests include cooking/exploring restaurants, art (music, painting, dance), and spending time with family and friends.

Gerald Offei-nkansah, Pharm.D., M.B.A. | Email:

I came to UNC from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy just over a year ago and have enjoyed my time in North Carolina. Central North Carolina shares many similarities with my hometown in Middle Tennessee which has made the transition easy.  I enjoy sharing time outdoors with friends and watching or participating in sports. Basketball season in Chapel Hill is a unique time that I’m glad I have the opportunity to experience. As my second year in the program moves on, I’m most grateful for the excellent mentorship I’ve been able to find within UNC leadership and the awesome support of my co-residents in the HSPA program who seemingly make all things possible. As I look for opportunities in the pharmacy supply chain, I can only hope to find individuals of such high caliber wherever I start my career.

Robert Rose, Pharm.D. | Email:

Robert Rose was born and raised in Newark, Ohio. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University (Go Polar Bears). His areas of interest in pharmacy administration include pharmacy operations, automation and pharmacy supply chain. His longitudinal research project is titled, “Implementation and Evaluation of an ABC Inventory Model in a Cancer Center Pharmacy at a Large Academic Medical Center”. Outside of the hospital, Robert enjoys spectating college sports, running and fishing.

Adrienne Simmons, Pharm.D. | Email:

Adrienne is originally from Rocky Mount, Virginia. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at the University of Virginia, she received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her professional interests include health policy, population health, clinical management, HIV, and mental health. Outside of pharmacy, she enjoys crafting, exploring new places, and kayaking with her family in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Danielle Baker, Pharm.D. | Email:

My name is Danielle Baker and I am a second year Health-System Pharmacy Administration resident. I grew up in a small farm town in New Castle, Indiana and completed my Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Cedarville University School of Pharmacy in Ohio. I enjoyed working for a consulting company during pharmacy school and gained a particular interest in value-based care, formulary management, P&T, and medication safety. After completing my first year at Wake Forest, my interests still remain in value-based care but have expanded to Population Health. I enjoy working with payer contracts and finding opportunities for pharmacists to make scalable impacts on performance metrics. This year I am also serving as the resident manager for the Pharmacy Care Clinic. Additionally, I am passionate about serving the underserved and have traveled to India and Honduras on medical mission trips.

Bailey Eason, Pharm.D. | Email:

Bailey was born in Charleston, South Carolina, but has moved several times spending the majority of her pre-college life split between Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Texas. If you were to ask her now, she would tell you “home” is West Lafayette, Indiana the city of her beloved Purdue University where she graduated from with her PharmD. She is currently in her 2nd year of the PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration residency program at Wake Forest Baptist Health (WFBH). In her second year, Bailey is serving longitudinally as the Chief Resident for her residency class and the Resident Manager of the OR pharmacy team while advancing her administrative skillset through the robust rotations WFBH offers. Her current professional interests include: clinical management, controlled substances management and diversion prevention, leadership development, and advancement of the role of pharmacist in patient care. Bailey is currently involved in Phi Delta Chi as the Great Lakes Regional Director of Collegiate Affairs, ASHP’s Legislative Affairs Advisory Group as part of the New Practitioners Forum, and the Pharmacy Practice Advancement committee of Vizient University Health-System Consortium. She is excited to spend another year with the pharmacy team at WFBH, and is grateful for another year of learning with her North Carolina Collaborative colleagues.

BayCare Health System

Pavi Kullar, Pharm.D. | Email:

Pavi Kullar is a current first year health-system pharmacy administration resident at St. Joseph’s Hospital of the BayCare Health System in Tampa, Florida. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan but raised in Ohio for the majority of his life. He completed his undergraduate degree, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, at The Ohio State University in 2015. He then would stay a Buckeye for four more years and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ohio State in 2019. His professional interests include finance, operations, and transitions of care. His personal interests include hockey, in which he had been a head coach for a youth ice hockey team in Columbus for four years, music, traveling, and eating.

Jose Tamayo, Pharm.D. | Email:

Jose Tamayo is a first year health-system pharmacy administration resident at BayCare Health System. He was born in Tampa, Florida at St. Joseph’s Hospital where he is currently completing his residency training at. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida’s Orlando campus in 2019 after earning a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2015. He considers Orlando his second home after living there for seven years while he earned his B.S. and Pharm.D. His professional interests include financial, clinical and operational management. Outside of pharmacy he enjoys traveling, music, and sports.

Cone Health

Joshua Tessin, Pharm.D. | Email:

Joshua Tessin, PharmD is one of two first year administration residents at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Tessin currently lives in Burlington, North Carolina with his wife and is working towards his Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.  His pharmacy interests include developing high-reliability pharmacy teams and continuous quality and process improvement using LEAN and Six Sigma methodologies. Dr. Tessin is certified as a Quality Process Analyst by the American Society of Quality and is planning to be examined for their Manager of Quality / Organizational Excellence certification in the future. In his free time, Dr. Tessin enjoys bowling, skeet shooting and chess.  He and his wife have a Pomeranian dog named Cooper. 

Amy Cho Thompson, Pharm.D., M.B.A. | Email:

Amy Thompson received her Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Wingate University. She currently serves as one of the first-year health-system pharmacy administration and leadership residents at Cone Health in Greensboro, North Carolina and is working towards a Master of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. In keeping with Cone Health’s focus on clinical development in the first year of residency, Amy is investigating the impact of a pharmacist-led PrEP clinic for the prevention of HIV in high risk patients. Her practice interests include pharmacy operations, process improvement, pediatrics, and the management of chronic infectious disease. In the future, Amy plans to pursue board certification in pharmacotherapy, expand her active involvement in state and national pharmacy organizations, and continue to support colleagues on the front lines of patient-centered medication management. In her free time, Amy enjoys traveling with her two French bulldogs, Mini and Reggie.

Duke University Hospital

John Awad, Pharm.D. | Email:

John Awad is originally from Uncasville, Connecticut. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy Studies and Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut. While completing his two-year residency, he will be working towards his Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a focus on Health-System Pharmacy Administration. Dr. Awad’s practice areas of interest include health care operations, informatics, clinical management, supply chain, finance, and transitions of care. In addition to his clinical and academic responsibilities, Dr. Awad serves on the Primary Care Formulation Evaluation Team. This year, his research will focus on health policy and workforce development. In the future, he plans to achieve board certification in pharmacotherapy, precept pharmacy students, and attain a pharmacy leadership position within a large and innovative health-system.

Massachusetts General Hospital

Blake Barlow, Pharm.D., M.B.A. | Email:

Blake is a current PGY-1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA) resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, MA. He is a recent graduate from the University of Kentucky where he received both his Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration degrees. Blake is originally from Erlanger, KY and prior to pharmacy school completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. Blake’s practice interests include inpatient operations, practice advancement, clinical management, and data visualization and analytics. He currently serves on the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders’ Advisory Group on New and Emerging Leaders and on the Vizient Consortium Pharmacy Network’s Quality, Safety, and Compliance committee. Blake is honored to begin his residency career at MGH and to become part of such a strong UNC MS HSPA cohort.

Mission Hospital

Jimmy Godwin, Pharm.D. | Email:

Jimmy Godwin is a native of Atlanta, GA.  He attended Georgia State University for undergraduate studies, and completed his PharmD at Mercer University in Atlanta.  Jimmy currently lives in Asheville, NC where he completed his PGY1 Acute Care residency at Mission Hospital.  He is currently completing his PGY2 HSPAL residency at Mission, while attending the MS program and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  Jimmy enjoys exploring the mountains of Western North Carolina and experiencing all of the great restaurants and activities that Asheville offers.

Robert Steven Richardson, Pharm.D. | Email:

Robert Steven Richardson is the current PGY1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration resident at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. Steven was born and raised in Dublin, Ohio and learned from an early age he bled scarlet and gray. Steven discovered is interest in leadership at an early age when he earned his Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts of America in 2007. He attended The Ohio State University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry in 2015. He would then remain in Columbus for an additional 4 earning his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2019. During his time at the College of Pharmacy, Steven was elected Class President for 3 terms and was an active member in AMCP, Kappa Psi, and ASHP-SSHP. His clinical and leadership interests include emergency medicine, pediatrics, and pharmacy operations. In his free time, Steven enjoys four-wheeling, hiking, boating, and camping at Indian Lake with his family. 

University of North Carolina Medical Center

Judith Lovince, Pharm.D. | Email:

Judith Lovince is a PGY1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership resident at UNC Medical Center and a MS 2021 candidate at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.  She attended Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University  for her undergraduate studies and pharmacy school. Judith held many leadership positions throughout pharmacy school including serving as the Chair of ASHP’s Pharmacy Student Forum Executive Committee and as president of the FAMU-Chapter of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Her passion for leadership began with her experience as an administrative intern at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City where she worked on a quality improvement project for reducing the verbal orders within the hospital and was given the opportunity to present her findings to department leadership and C-Suite executives. During her first year of residency, Judith’s longitudinal leadership roles involve recruitment chief and serving within the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee as well as the Pharmacy Informatics Committee. Dr. Lovince continues to maintain her organizational involvement through ASHP’s New Practitioners Forum within the Membership and Outreach Advisory Group as well as through the Vizient  Pharmacy Network within the Supply Chain Optimization Committee and 340B Taskforce workgroup. Her master’s thesis involves evaluating the impact of a Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN) collaboration between UNC entities and community pharmacies.  Her professional interests include 340B, transitions of care, and medication assistance programs. Her personal hobbies are focused on volunteering in the community through church and sorority activities. She enjoys music, good food, wine, and art.

Conor Myers. Pharm.D. | Email:

Conor Myers is a PGY-1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership resident at UNC Medical Center. He attended the University of South Carolina for both undergraduate and pharmacy school. During his PharmD studies he served as the Student Government Association president and was involved in ASHP through the pharmacy student forum. Additionally, he worked as an intern at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia, SC. His master’s thesis involves designing, implementing, and evaluating a dynamic cartfill process in an effort to decrease drug waste at UNC Medical Center. His professional interests include medication safety, pharmacy operations, and clinical management. His personal interests include exploring the Chapel Hill and surrounding area (mostly for restaurants and breweries), golf, and New England sports.

Autumn Petersen, Pharm.D., M.P.H. | Email:

Autumn Petersen is a PGY1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership resident at UNC Medical Center. She attended the University of Iowa and received her Bachelors in Microbiology, Masters of Public Health, and Doctorate of Pharmacy. During her time in pharmacy school, she served as the University of Iowa American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) chapter President, the APhA-ASP Regional Member-at-large, and as a member of the APhA-ASP National Awards Standing Committee. She was a member of her class executive board, active within the Iowa Pharmacy Association, and served as a community pharmacy intern at Towncrest Pharmacy as well as an inpatient hospital clinical intern at Froedtert Hospital. During her first year of residency, she is serving on the ASHP Legislative Affairs New Practitioner Forum, as an APhA-ASP New Practitioner Mentor, and is on the VIzient Pharmacy Practice Advancement Committee. Her master’s thesis focuses on development of a system-wide operational workload productivity model. Her current professional interests are focused around operations, pharmacy automation, and population-health. Her personal interests include trying new restaurants, dancing, and running.

Charlie Summerlin, Pharm.D. | Email:

Charlie Summerlin is a PGY1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership resident at UNC Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a student pharmacist, Charlie found a passion for leadership through local, regional, and national involvement in the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists. He has over 13 years of experience in community and health-system pharmacy practice, including completion of an administrative-based internship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and a student exchange program in the United Kingdom. He also previously served as an intern for the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. For his master’s thesis, Charlie is working to develop a clinical pharmacist practitioner (CPP) outcomes model. His current professional interests include ambulatory care, specialty pharmacy, and clinical management. In his free time, Charlie enjoys exploring restaurants and breweries, traveling, and cheering on the Tar Heels. 

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Joseph Bredeck, Pharm.D. | Email:>

My name is Joseph Bredeck, and I am a first year Health System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership resident. I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and completed my Doctor of Pharmacy education at University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy in Kansas City, Missouri. During pharmacy school, I worked as a clinical pharmacy intern and administrative intern at The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas. I gained interest in operations, automation and clinical services management during my pharmacy education and internship. I am excited to gain more clinical experience in a variety of patient populations during the first year of residency. I am also looking forward to introductory experiences in various administrative areas.

William Kyle Cornell, Pharm.D., M.B.A. | Email:

My name is Kyle Cornell and I am PGY1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership resident at Wake Forest Baptist Health. I grew up in Mt. Washington, Kentucky before moving to Lexington to attend the University of Kentucky.  During my time at UK I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, a Master’s in Business Administration, and my Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  I chose to pursue a career administration in order to advocate for the expansion of pharmacists’ roles in clinical practice while still having the ability to impact patient care on a daily basis. I want to do so by combining my various interests in acute care services, ambulatory care, technology, and digital health.