Program Director Contact Information

Sebastian Hamilton

Sebastian Hamilton, PharmD, MBA
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Director - PGY1/2 HSPAL + MS




We will be participating in PPS sessions this year. 


We are happy to offer in person interviews for the 2024-2025 recruitment cycle. We are also more than willing to accommodate virtual interviews at the preference of the candidate. 


 For general residency questions, please email


Please note there are two separate application components (HSPAL through BMC & MS through UNC) for the combined PGY1/2 HSPAL +MS program. Please ensure both components are completed by their respective deadlines. 


Program Description

The purpose of HSPAL + MS program in collaboration with the University Of North Carolina Eshelman School Of Pharmacy is to develop the next generation of pharmacy leaders; specifically as it relates to underrepresented minorities (URM) in pharmacy leadership roles. This program will expose the pharmacy resident to a solid clinical experience their first year, with then concentration with pharmacy operations and health-system system administrative leadership teams the second year. The resident will complete MS course work longitudinally via online courses at UNC. Learning from some of the best programs in the region, the resident will develop relevant clinical pharmacy competencies and work on pharmacy and health-system corporate/business strategy initiatives. 


A PGY2 health-system pharmacy administration and leadership residency builds upon PGY1 residency graduates' competence in the delivery of patient-centered care and in pharmacy operational services to prepare residents who can assume high level managerial, supervisory, and leadership responsibilities. Areas of competence emphasized during the program include: safe and effective medication-use systems, quality assurance and improvement, the management of human resources, the management of financial resources, use of technology, and advanced leadership. The residency lays the foundation for continued growth in management and leadership skills. Upon graduation, residents are prepared for a clinical or operational management/supervisory role in a variety of work settings.

Click here for a detailed outline of the program.

Program Outcomes

  1. Clinical and Operational Management (required)
  2. Quality, Safety and Process Improvement (required)
  3. Finance and Budgeting (required)
  4. Human Resource Management (required)
  5. Leadership (required)

Year 1 - Core Rotations (5 weeks)

  • Orientation
  • ICU
  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine Sub specialty (Cards, Renal, Geriatrics) 
  • Surgery
  • Practice Management
  • Ambulatory Care

Year 1 - Elective Rotations (Choice of 3)

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Neurocritical/Neurology
  • Complex Care Ambulatory Care
  • Hematology/Oncology - Inpatient
  • Hematology/Oncology - Outpatient 
  • Medication Safety 
  • Ambulatory pharmacy leadership
  • PGY1 Clinical Rotational experience with alternative focus
  • Repetition of any required rotation with alternative focus

Year 2 - Core Rotations (5 weeks)

  • Operations Management
  • Clinical Services Management
  • Health System Leadership
  • Supply Chain Management

Year 2 - Elective Rotations (Choice of 3)

  • Specialty Pharmacy Leadership
  • External Pharmacy Business Development
  • Ambulatory pharmacy leadership:
  • ACO
  • Managed care pharmacy:
    • Operational, clinical, etc. specific to insurance company managing covered lives, in multiple lines of business across multiple states.
  • Repetition of any required rotation with alternative focus

Longitudinal Responsibilities

Year 1/2

  • MS from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
    • The resident is required to complete  and graduate from UNC with their MS in order to graduate from residency. More information about the master's component is included on the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy's website
  • IHI quality improvement project supported by the scholarship committee
    • Receive an IHI Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety
    • Final manuscript submission
  • Drug use policy
  • Participation on residency subcommittees

Year 2 Only

  • BMC Newsletter
  • Pharmacy Informatics 
  • Medication Safe
  • Health-System Leadership
  • Management of Practice Area

Teaching Responsibilities

Year 1

  • 2 Resident case conferences
  • 1 Inter-professional in-service
  • 1 ACPE Continuing Education (CE) lecture
  • 2 Journal clubs/"Patient-Oriented Evidence that Matters" (POEM) presentations
  • Facilitate student topic discussions

Year 2

  • 1 ACPE Continuing Education (CE) lecture
  • Facilitate student topic discussions
  • Business case development and presentation

 Additional Opportunities

  • Resident Teaching Certificate
  • Resiliency Training
  • Monograph
  • Policy development or revisions
  • Manuscript development and submission
  • Chief Resident opportunity

Pharmacy Practice (Staffing) Responsibilities

  • Weekdays
    • One evening shift/week in a decentralized or operational role
  • Weekends
    • One weekend every 3 weeks in a mostly operational and order verification role
  • Holiday assignments
    • Two holidays (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Martin Luther King Day)


  • Estimated salary (not updated yet for the 24-25 year)
    • Year 1: $59,000
    • Year 2: $63,000
  • Vacation Time: 10 days
  • Office space with computer
  • Travel/CE allowance ($2,200/year): Eastern States Resident's Conference, ASHP Midyear Meeting, MaSHP Annual Meeting
  • $750 cafeteria allowance per academic year
  • $1000 move/licensure bonus
  • Lease guarantee available to minimize security deposit requirements
  • Insurance Benefits: health (100% employer payed option), dental, vision, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, life insurance

Application Process

  • Follow the steps on how to apply for our residency process here
  • In addition to applying to our program, you must also apply to the University of North Carolina Graduate School for their didactic component. Deadline to apply for this program is January 1st, 2024