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Pharmacy Residency
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Medication-Use Safety and Policy Pharmacy Residency

The University of Kansas Health System medication-use safety and policy residency program, formerly the drug information residency program, was established in 1994 and allows the resident to play an integral role in ensuring the appropriate, safe and cost-effective use of medications for health system patients. The health system is part of the region's premier academic medical center, including a 910-bed teaching hospital that has been ranked every year since 2007 among U.S. News & World Report's 50 best hospitals.

The resident will receive advanced training in safe medication-use practices and process improvement as a member of an interdisciplinary team focusing on patient safety within the health system. They will gain experience in various methodologies used to measure medication-use safety, the application of technologies that improve the medication-use process, analysis of complex systems to identify and correct system flaws, understanding human factors that impact the safety of patient care and the promotion of a culture of safety. Responsibilities include medication event review as well as adverse drug reaction and product problem monitoring and reporting.

The resident will contribute to the optimization of medication management through the provision of evidence-based evaluation of the medical literature. This will include the preparation and presentation of materials to support the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee in medication-use policy and formulary management considerations. These functions, along with the opportunity to respond to drug information requests from various healthcare professionals, will facilitate the development of clinical problem solving, professional communication and project management skills.

The residency offers exposure to areas of pharmacy critical to implementation of formulary management and medication safety initiatives. Exposure to pharmacy informatics may include analysis of pharmacy workflow as it relates to the electronic health record (EHR) and computerized physician order entry (CPOE), validation of drug libraries and order sets, analysis of drug-use reports in the EHR and smart pump data. Exposure to pharmacy operations may include evaluation of pharmacist and technician workflows and provide an understanding of medication storage management and efficient distribution throughout the health system. Exposure to supply chain activities will allow the resident to gain an understanding of how medications are purchased and learn strategies to identify and manage drug shortages.

The resident will gain experience in medical writing and editing. There will also be a focus on academia with exposure to didactic and experiential teaching for students, PGY1 residents and pharmacy staff. Participation in our teaching certificate program is recommended if not previously completed.

Residency program purpose statement

Postgraduate year 2 (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 or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

  • Length of program: 12 months starting in early July
  • Number of positions: 1

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
Jennifer Dill

PGY2 Medication-use safety and policy residency program director

Jennifer L. Dill, PharmD

Meet our resident

Whitney Hessel

Whitney Hessel, PGY2: Medication-use safety and policy

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Pharmacy school: Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

PGY1: Truman Medical Center

Clinical interests: Medication safety, medication-use policy/management, leadership development and ambulatory care practice

Hobbies: Exploring small towns and new coffee places, reading, dance parties with my son and watching the Royals/Chiefs

Research project: Evaluation of Medication Override Practices at a Large, Academic Health System

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: The University of Kansas Health System offers the only medication-use safety and policy residency in the area. After interviewing with the residency program directors and the pharmacy team, I knew The University of Kansas Health System and this PGY2 experience was where I needed to be. This is a unique residency opportunity that will allow me to develop exceptional problem-solving skills and project management skills that will contribute to my overall growth as a pharmacy leader. I look forward to receiving advanced training in safe medication-use practices and process improvement at a premier academic medical institution.

The medication-use safety and policy residency learning experience

The PGY2 medication-use safety and policy residency program is tailored to the interests and career goals of each resident.

Required rotations

  • Orientation (1-4 weeks)
  • Medication-use management and policy (longitudinal)
  • Medication safety (longitudinal)
  • Teaching, research and publications (longitudinal)
  • Practice management (longitudinal)
  • Quality, risk and regulatory (4 weeks)

Staffing requirement

The PGY2 medication-use safety and policy resident will staff every 4th weekend and 1 weekday shift every 2 weeks. The clinical experience and interest of the resident will be considered in determining staffing area.

Application information


  1. PhORCAS residency program application

    • Letter of intent
    • Curriculum vitae
    • College transcripts
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Supplemental materials
      • Essay questions as outlined in the ASHP residency listing
      • Example of a project completed on a rotation (PowerPoint, poster, etc.)

ASHP resident matching program registration deadlines

  • Application deadline: January 3
  • Must have a valid pharmacy license in the state of Kansas by the third week in July

National Matching Services (NMS) Code: 531577

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