APhA Executive Postgraduate Training Program
The APhA Executive Postgraduate Training Program includes four residency positions and one fellowship position. The program is designed to challenge motivated individuals who have ambitions to contribute towards advancement of the pharmacy profession. The residents and fellow work on high impact projects, representing APhA's members and developing their leadership skills alongside many pharmacy leaders during their one-year term with the association.
Postgraduate Training Programs: Executive Residency and Fellowship
The APhA Executive Postgraduate Training Program provides pharmacists with training and experience in foundational association management at a national level to support APhA’s vision, mission, and reputation as the leading professional organization representing pharmacists in all practice settings. Residents contribute to APhA’s strategic priorities and operations through collaborations with staff teams across the organization, developing lifelong skills to advance the profession of pharmacy.
This rigorous experience provides the opportunity to meet, interact with, and learn from well-respected and highly regarded professionals who are passionate about bold and transformational progress for the profession. Aspiring pharmacy leaders are encouraged to apply if they are motivated to implement innovative ideas, have a will to inspire change, and a desire to collaborate with members to advance the profession.
Positions within the program are 12-month paid opportunities that will take place at the historic APhA Headquarters located on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Executive Fellowship, APhA Foundation
The APhA Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the mission of improving health by inspiring philanthropy, research, and innovation that advances pharmacists’ patient care services. The APhA Fellow is responsible for training individuals for leadership positions within the profession, completing a Certificate in Association Management through the American Society of Association Executives, interacting with senior staff, attending board meetings, and collaborating with Foundation staff to oversee Incentive Grants, Scholarships, and Pinnacle Awards.
Executive Residency, Board of Pharmacy Specialties
The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) learning experience provides a unique opportunity for residents to gain insight into the purpose, impact, and value of certification. Residents will be exposed to high-priority issues within the professional pharmacy landscape from the perspective of a certification agency, with a focus on specialization and advanced practice in the U.S. and around the globe. While integrated as a collaborative member on the Professional Affairs, Communications and Engagement (PACE) team, residents will engage internally with the other BPS teams (e.g., operations and logistics; psychometrics, testing, and research; and quality assurance) and externally with volunteer leaders, subject matter experts, and other stakeholders. Residents will enhance knowledge and skills in communications and project management by engaging in topic discussions, participating in meetings, and contributing to strategic goals and initiatives.
Executive Residency, Education
The Education department is responsible for providing informative continuing education for a variety of pharmacists in all practice settings. Residents in this department are involved in the education development process from start to finish, including content creation, copyediting, instructional design, communication with subject matter experts (SMEs), and post-publication marketing. Residents will continuously interface with various SMEs in a variety of areas to help provide materials and training for all APhA members. The resident will strengthen skills in project management and adult learning by creating their own education projects.
Executive Residency, Pharmacy Practice & Government Affairs
The Pharmacy Practice and Government Affairs department is responsible for developing and implementing APhA’s strategies to advance pharmacy practice, advocacy, and government affairs. Residents can expect to enhance project management skills by creating resources for members and others in the profession, engaging subject matter experts for practice and science issues, and leading strategic initiatives to position pharmacists as patient providers. Residents in this department are involved in various projects, such as developing pharmacy practice materials, COVID-19 pharmacist resources, advocacy efforts, pharmacy legislation and regulation comments, and more. The Pharmacy Practice department also encompasses the APhA Academies—connecting residents to various APhA member committees and SIGs.
- Competitive stipend consistent with that of other pharmacy residencies and fellowships
- Social Security withholdings through payroll deductions
- Health and dental insurance (family coverage may be obtained)
- Group term life insurance and long-term disability insurance
- Ten days personal leave during the 1-year period
The APhA Staff will select residents based on the following qualifications:
- The applicant must be a graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited college or school of pharmacy.
- The applicant must be recommended by present or former employers, preceptors, college faculty, or dean.
How to apply
The application process for the 2024-2025 APhA Executive Postgraduate Training Program is now open. Applications are due on December 31, 2023, at 11:59 pm (PST).
As part of the process, applicants will be asked to rank their preferred residency type (Board of Pharmacy Specialties, Education, APhA Foundation, Pharmacy Practice and Government Affairs). Also, electronically submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV) via the application form. At a minimum, the following should be included in the applicant’s CV and/or cover letter:
- Contact information: Name, address, phone number, and email address
- Education and training: Institutions, locations, years attended, dates of graduation, type of training or major subject, degrees, and certificates
- Professional and related experience: Institution or organization, location, dates, type of work, and position title
- Organizational memberships (including positions held and activities): Professional, honorary, service, and social
- Honors or awards received
- Personal objectives: Brief description of future goals and aspirations, and why the APhA Executive Postgraduate Training Program will be of value
The application also requires two letters of recommendation from any of the following: a present or former employer, preceptor, college faculty, or dean, which must be submitted directly within the application portal.
For more information and questions, please contact APhA Residency Program Director Tom English at email@example.com.
2023-2024 APhA Executive Postgraduate Training Program cohort shares their experiences:
Olunife Akinmolayan, Executive Resident, Pharmacy Practice & Government Affairs
Any opportunity to serve the pharmacy profession can never be taken for granted. I’m grateful for this experience, which has allowed me to grow mentally, professionally, and personally. Within this role, I have been blessed with character-building challenges, unique opportunities to amplify the necessity of pharmacist services, and received high-caliber mentorship. With an unmatched location on the National Mall, APhA is well-positioned to serve as the voice for pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians in all practice settings. This platform has fueled my passion to influence, impact, and inspire the profession. It is my hope that the values gained from this residency will endure for years to come.
Emily Albers, Executive Fellow, APhA Foundation
As Executive Fellow in Association Management and Leadership with the APhA Foundation, I have become a stronger advocate and pharmacy professional. I work with a multitude of pharmacy professionals and external stakeholders, and I am refining my communication skills every day. I have been able to take ownership of Foundation programming and help coordinate national projects, scholarships, and awards. The Fellowship gives me the opportunity to work on innovative pharmacy initiatives and help highlight the impact of pharmacies on patient-centered care. As someone interested in a long-term career in association management, the Fellowship provides me with the skills, opportunities, and connections to flourish in the world of pharmacy organizations.
Maya Harris, Executive Resident, Education
My experience with the APhA Education Department has been incredibly valuable. It has provided me with the unique opportunity to collaborate extensively with distinguished subject matter experts from diverse areas within pharmacy. I have also had the chance to contribute to the development of educational materials that showcase innovative approaches in advancing the profession. Alongside my passion for serving underserved communities, this residency has introduced me to pharmacy leaders working toward health equity. I couldn't have asked for a better place to make a meaningful impact.
Sean Kim, Executive Resident, Education
Working in the APhA Education Department has been a rewarding journey since my graduation from pharmacy school, as my passion aligns with the association’s vision to support the optimization of medication use and health for all. In this role, I am fortunate to collaborate with numerous subject matter experts, ensuring that our members receive up-to-date emerging data to achieve the best patient health care outcomes. This residency has also provided me with opportunities to learn how to create effective educational content and consider various perspectives as a learner, faculty member, and facilitator. I am confident that this year-long journey has set me up for the future, and has become the foundation to pay it forward.
Ron Levinson, Executive Resident, Pharmacy Practice & Government Affairs
I pursued the Executive Residency in Pharmacy Practice & Government Affairs because I have always been passionate about the ways we as pharmacists can advance the profession of pharmacy. Within the Pharmacy Practice Department, I work to develop strategies to advance pharmacists’ scope of practice and produce resources for members to engage with. I also collaborate with state and national pharmacy and health care associations on important topics to expand access to patients. This residency has allowed me the opportunity to meet so many stakeholders and key drivers of pharmacy advancement, which I will treasure for years to come.
Parth Patel, Executive Resident, Board of Pharmacy Specialties
The residency has afforded a unique opportunity to dedicate full attention to my professional development. Engaging in a diverse array of projects, I have honed my abilities in effective communication, streamlined operational management, and fostered meaningful connections with stakeholders. Simultaneously, I have had the privilege of expanding my professional network. Working within the PACE team at BPS, I have had the chance to delve deep into the realms of strategic planning. This residency program has provided unfettered access to a cohort of accomplished mentors who are at the forefront of the pharmacy field. Their guidance has been instrumental in shaping my growth during the early stages of my career, and it has empowered me to be an advocate for, and contributor to, the advancement of our profession.