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Pharmacy Residency Program: Medication Systems and Operations / M.S. or M.B.A.

Program Type: ASHP pre-accredited two-year residency (PGY1 and PGY2)
ASHP Match Number: 237446

Purpose: This specialty residency training program in medication systems and operations is an organized, directed postgraduate program of practical experience in pharmacy operations. The residency is designed to develop expert skills in effectively managing and overseeing the distributive, technical, and clinical aspects of the supply chain and medication use system in order to produce qualified residents capable of performing the pharmacy operations management leadership role, such as a manager or assistant director, within a health-system pharmacy.

Program Overview: Graduates of the program will have competencies in navigating the rapidly changing health-system pharmacy environment, in regard to technology and automation, the pharmaceutical needs of high-acuity patients and the demands of regulation. Participants will be expected to be a leader capable of minimizing the gap between clinical and operational aspects of health-system pharmacy. In addition to advanced training in medications systems and pharmacy operations across Johns Hopkins Medicine, this program offers robust PGY1 clinical experiences, and is combined with a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A) with an emphasis in Health Care Management (54 credit hours) or a Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Care Management (36 credits hours) from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

Training Experience:

  • Effective implementation and optimization of automation technology within a pharmacy practice to provide clinically focused, safe, and efficient patient care
  • Understand and apply regulatory standards to develop sterile and non sterile compounding strategies
  • Incorporate budgeting and supply chain management to influence cost-effective drug utilization
  • Strategies in the prevention of medication errors and adverse events
  • Develop proficiency in the application of various techniques such as Lean, Six Sigma, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis and process redesign
  • Leadership and administrative skills to provide oversight and coordination of employees and the drug distribution process
  • Human resource management and employee engagement skills through hands-on experience

Academic Experience: The M.S./MBA programs are comprised of core and elective courses. The core classes focus on business and accounting principles. These courses, along with the general elective courses, are comprised of all specialties within the school of business and offer a very heterogeneous classmate mix. The elective health-care courses are specifically designed for medical professionals including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, senior health care administrators, and medical practice managers. Residents have the opportunity to practically apply the skills and knowledge obtained in the classroom setting directly to pharmacy practice through rotation experiences and resident projects.

Residency Rotation:

Core rotations

  • Asset Management / Budgeting [Ashby/Lind] – Longitudinal 
  • Central Pharmacy Drug Distribution Systems [Rodriguez] 
  • Central Pharmacy Operations and Technology [Stimler] 
  • Compliance, Quality Improvement and Regulatory Affairs [Smith]
  • Controlled Substances Distribution [Flax] 
  • Decentralized Pharmacy Operations: [Lewin, Brown, Almuete, Veltri] 
  • Human Resources Management [Rodriguez] – Longitudinal 
  • Medication Safety [Duncan] 
  • Pharmacy Automation, Technology and Informatics [Gill/Ebeid] 
  • Sterile Products Area Operations [Rodriguez] 
  • Supply Chain Management [Geize] 


Elective rotations

  • Ambulatory Care and Transitions Operations [O’Rangers] 
  • Clinical Decentralized Pharmacy Operations [Nesbit] 
  • Education/Training and Personnel Development [Walker] 
  • Emergency Preparedness / Disaster Response [Murtaza] – Longitudinal
  • Home Care / Home Infusion Services [Gavgani, Choy, Grimes, Tran] 
  • Investigational Drug Service [Mighty] 
  • Outpatient Pharmacy Operations [Carter-Radden] 
  • Pharmacy Operations/Personnel Management (Bayview Campus) [Vasquez] 
  • Pharmacy Operations/Personnel Management (Howard County) [John] 
  • Pharmacy Operations/Personnel Management (Sibley Memorial) [Neufer] 
  • Pharmacy Operations/Personnel Management (Suburban Hospital) [Raynor]

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Full funding/support for the M.S./MBA in Health Care Management in partnership with The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

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Application Information:

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  • Please read below for additional instructions for application to the residency/M.S./M.B.A program:

Special Requirements for Application: Doctorate of Pharmacy degree or equivalent experience. Eligibility for licensure in Maryland. Application material should include a curriculum vitae documenting: (a) education, (b) work experience, (c) rotations, (d) community service, (e) association involvement, (f) leadership, (g) awards/honors, (h) presentations and publications, (i) letter of intent, (j) three references and your (k) College of Pharmacy transcript. Participation in the ASHP Matching program as a PGY-1 candidate. Participation in Personnel Placement Service at the Midyear Clinical Meeting is recommended. Application to the M.B.A. or M.S. program is completed after the match. GMAT or GRE is not necessary.  Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Additional M.B.A. or M.S. program information can be found at the Johns Hopkins University: Carey Business School.

Program Director

Denise Rodriguez

Denise Rodriguez, R.Ph., M.B.A.

Title: Division Director, Central Pharmacy
Education: B.S. Pharmacy, Texas Southern University
Masters in Business Administration, The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School


Denise Rodriguez, R.Ph., M.B.A.
Division Director
Location: Division Director
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 North Wolfe St./Carnegie 180
Baltimore, MD 21287-6180
Phone: 410-614-6962 (Office)