Ambulatory Care Residency

The Post-Graduate Year-2 (PGY2) Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at The University of Kansas Health System is designed to provide PGY1 graduates the opportunity to accelerate growth beyond generalist practice and further the development of specialized practice care areas specific to the needs of ambulatory patients. We assume the resident has already achieved a basic level of competence commensurate with that of a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency. The PGY2 residency focuses on developing the knowledge, attitudes, training and skills necessary to cultivate pharmacists who are competent and compassionate practitioners who are prepared for a role as an ambulatory care pharmacist.

Graduates of the residency have the capability to design, implement and secure collaborative interdisciplinary practice agreements necessary for establishment and ongoing management of ambulatory practice. Graduates are empowered to treat and appropriately triage the most complex chronic and acute illnesses presented by ambulatory patients while providing care within the context of a long-term healthcare partnership with patients and healthcare providers that emphasize health improvement and disease prevention. Completion of the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency will provide the practitioner the advanced critical thinking skills and clinical knowledge necessary to practice as an ambulatory care pharmacotherapy expert, enhance ambulatory care services as a clinical coordinator, and/or share skills with others by serving as an adjunct faculty member. Moreover, program graduates will be primed for ambulatory practice leadership to serve as experts in prescribing medication.

Residency program purpose statement

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in the specialized practice area (when board certification for the practice area exists).

  • Length of program: 12 months starting in early July
  • Number of positions: 2

Current benefits

  • Annual salary: $48,000
  • Benefits include: PTO, paid holidays, health/dental/life/liability insurance
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Contact us

The University of Kansas Health System
4000 Cambridge St., Mailstop 4040
Kansas City, KS 66160

PGY2 Ambulatory Residency Director
Jennifer Loucks, PharmD, BCPS

The pharmacy practice residency learning experience

The PGY2 specialty residency in ambulatory care is tailored to the interests and career goals of each resident. A variety of practice settings are available.

Required rotations

Residents are required to complete rotations in at least 5 different clinics during their residency year. Residents must also meet the ASHP requirement to have exposure to patient care in at least 8 of 15 clinical areas as defined in the Required Competency Areas, Goals and Objectives for PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residencies.

Available specialty clinics

  • Advanced heart failure
  • Cystic fibrosis (pediatric and adult)
  • Hepatology
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Infertility
  • Irritable bowel disease (IBD)
  • Movement disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Primary care
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary (interstitial lung disease/pulmonary hypertension)
  • Rheumatology
  • Solid organ transplant (kidney, liver and/or heart transplant)

Additional rotation requirements

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Ambulatory leadership (administration) (4 weeks)
  • Research (2 weeks)
  • Advanced independent practice (2 weeks)
    • The advanced independent rractice (AIP) rotation is a 2-week experience in which the resident covers a service independently. The goal is for the resident to gain the confidence and experience of covering a service independently prior to enteringthe workforce. This is done once the resident has sufficient experience in an area of practice.

Elective rotations (additional opportunities may be available based on the resident schedule and interests)

  • Repeat of any required rotations
  • Inpatient hospital rotations as appropriate
  • Academia
  • Residency leadership
  • Emergency department

Staffing requirement

The PGY2 ambulatory care resident will work in The University of Kansas Health System outpatient pharmacies one of every 4 weekends (Saturday and Sunday).

Longitudinal experiences


  • Each resident will complete 2 research projects. The goal is to enhance the personal and professional growth of the resident while benefiting the pharmacy department through pharmacy practice.
  • Residents will present research findings within the health system and at regional and national meetings. Residents will also prepare a manuscript suitable to submit for publication.

Teaching and precepting

  • The resident will present two 1-hour seminars.
  • Residents have experiences precepting students and residents on rotation.
  • Residents are required to coordinate and present at least one class session for the ambulatory care elective at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
  • Residents have the option of presenting additional didactic lectures at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy as available.
  • Residents will prepare and present drug and/or disease-focused lectures to ambulatory, hospital, pharmacy and multidisciplinary staff
  • Residents have the option of completing a teaching certificate program through the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy

Application information



  • Graduation from an ACPE-accredited PharmD program
  • Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency before the beginning of the PGY2 residency year
  • Eligibility for licensure in Kansas


  • Application deadline: January 3, 2020
  • Must have a valid pharmacy license in the state of Kansas prior to August 15

Checklist for application

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  • Letter of Intent
    • Topics to consider: Why you want to pursue a residency and career in ambulatory care, why you have chosen The University of Kansas Health System and personal goals that the program would help accomplish
  • Completion of essay questions
    1. What do you hope to gain from completing this residency program?
    2. Have you ever felt like you were being asked to do work that was below your level of qualification? How did you handle this situation?
    3. How do you fit into your current residency program?
  • Curriculum vitae
  • College transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation and/or PhORCAS forms
  • PhORCAS residency program application
  • ASHP resident matching program registration
  • Application for Employment: Pharmacy Resident Job Posting

The program has had residents since 2017 and is undergoing accreditation. The program is currently under candidate status through ASHP.

National Matching Services (NMS) Code: 752665

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