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Pharmacy Residency
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Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency

The University of Kansas Health System offers a 25-month post-PharmD training program specializing in health system pharmacy administration and leadership (HSPAL). The first year, focusing on pharmacy practice is an organized, directed, postgraduate training program that centers on development of the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to pursue rational drug therapy. The second year will build on clinical and leadership skills developed in year 1, focusing on patient-centered specialty training in health system pharmacy administration.

This program is designed for first- and second-year postgraduates (PGY1 and PGY2).

Residency program purpose statement

The residency is designed to provide postgraduate training in the provision of direct patient care to multiple patient populations. Residents will develop effective written and verbal communication skills to provide education to, and interact with, patients, students and a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers. To help develop leadership skills, in preparation for their own clinical pharmacy practices, the residents will demonstrate and continue to develop their leadership skills through professionalism and a focus on quality improvement.

The purpose of the residency is to provide educational and training experiences for pharmacists in the fundamentals of exemplary contemporary pharmacy practice in an integrated healthcare system. Through various clinical, practice management and pharmaceutical practice training segments, the residency instills a philosophy of practice that embraces the concept that pharmacists must be accountable for optimum drug therapy outcomes and act as leaders in advancing care of patients.

  • Length of program: 25 months (approximately June-July)
  • Number of positions: 3

Academic degree

Residents will receive a Master of Science in pharmacy practice from the University of Kansas. A minimum of 30 hours of coursework is required to be completed during the 2-year residency. Classes are taught through the Health Policy and Management Department, College of Business, College of Pharmacy, and by administrators in the pharmacy department. The majority of classes take place during the evenings to avoid interference with clinical rotations. Graduate student tuition is paid for by The University of Kansas Health System.

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

Phone: 913-588-2820

Samaneh Wilkinson

HSPAL residency director

Samaneh Wilkinson, MS, PharmD

Annie Shelton

HSPAL residency coordinator

Annie Shelton, PharmD, MHA

Meet our residents

Christopher Duphran

Christopher Duphren, PGY1 and 2: Health system pharmacy administration and leadership

Hometown: Port St. Lucie, Florida

Pharmacy school: University of Florida College of Pharmacy – Gainesville Campus

Practice interests: Critical care, ambulatory care, clinical management

Hobbies: Dancing

Research project: Incorporating Clinical Pharmacists in a Value-Based Benefit Program

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: The University of Kansas Health System's rich history of developing pharmacy leaders piqued my interest initially. I ultimately chose this program because of the dedication of the pharmacy residency program directors, coordinators and preceptors to provide tailored mentorship to residents while expecting them to contribute to the health system in meaningful ways. The strong chemistry among the residents I had the pleasure to meet also contributed to my desire to be a part of this program.

Emily Mueller

Emily Mueller, PGY1 and 2: Health system pharmacy administration and leadership

Hometown: St. Charles, Missouri

Pharmacy school: University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy

Practice interests: Clinical management, emergency medicine, pain management, drug information

Hobbies: Traveling, reading, trying new restaurants, cooking, exploring Kansas City, rooting for the Cardinals and the Blues

Research project: Impact of Transitions of Care Pharmacist Interaction on 30-Day Readmission Rates in High-Risk Patients

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: I chose The University of Kansas Health System because I felt an immediate connection with so many of the people I interviewed with. I knew I would be getting the best experience in pharmacy practice. The University of Kansas Health System has the experiences that I know will help shape me into a strong pharmacist and leader.

Faria Munir

Faria Munir, PGY1 and 2: Health system pharmacy administration and leadership

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Pharmacy school: The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy

Practice interests: Clinical management, inpatient operations, medication safety

Hobbies: Food blogging, traveling, watching reality TV

Research project: The Impact of the Training Within Industry (TWI) Method of Job Instruction Within Pharmacy

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: Because of the reputation of the pharmacy administration program and the supportive culture of the pharmacy department. I knew I would get a diverse range of experiences during my residency here, and I wanted to work for a health system that was innovative and on the leading edge of pharmacy practice.

Erika Sieber

Erika Sieber, PGY1 and 2: Health system pharmacy administration and leadership

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia

Pharmacy school: University of Florida College of Pharmacy – Orlando Campus

Practice interests: Operations, informatics and medication safety

Hobbies: Traveling, exploring new restaurants and breweries, listening to true crime podcasts and watching all things Auburn Athletics (War Eagle!)

Research project: Optimizing Medication Alerts Through Implementation of a Medication Alerts Review Committee

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: I chose The University of Kansas Health System for its strong clinical training while getting to work with and learn from some of the field's greatest leaders. I knew this program would provide me with the wide range of experiences to become a strong pharmacy leader, and everyone I met made me feel like part of the family.

Shannon Stittsworth

Shannon Stittsworth, PGY1 and 2: Health system pharmacy administration and leadership

Hometown: Wheeling, Illinois

Pharmacy school: University of Florida College of Pharmacy – Jacksonville Campus

Practice interests: Cancer care management, clinical management, medication safety, leadership development

Hobbies: Exploring new restaurants, coffee shops and breweries, reading, traveling and watching sports (Go Gators!)

Research project: Mission Impossible: Medication Returns in a Heavy Decentralized Pharmacy Department

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: The breadth of opportunities at the health system are what first piqued my interest, but it was the people and culture that hooked me. I knew that I would get a well-rounded learning experience and that it would be with people that truly valued teaching, mentorship and growth. At the end of my interview day, I didn't want to leave and that's when I knew I had found the perfect fit.

Brittanie Wieland

Brittanie Wieland, PGY1 and 2: Health system pharmacy administration and leadership

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Pharmacy school: The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

Practice interests: Ambulatory care, clinical management, informatics, infectious diseases, Pediatrics

Hobbies: Watching movies, traveling and hanging out at the lake

Research project: Implementation of Clinical Pharmacist Resource Allocation Tool

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System:I chose The University of Kansas Health System because of the innovation in pharmacy practice and the connections I felt during my interview. The leadership team showed dedication to residents and to the pharmacy department, and all of the pharmacy staff I met were so passionate. I knew this is where I wanted to be.

The pharmacy administration residency learning experience


  • Orientation: Hospital and pharmacy (5 weeks)
  • Central and transitions of care staffing and training (3 weeks)
  • Acute care (6 weeks)
  • Ambulatory care (4 weeks)
  • Critical care (5 weeks)
  • Advanced independent practice (6 weeks)
  • Personal leadership and management essentials (2 weeks)
  • Introduction to pharmacy administration (6 weeks)
  • Medication safety and formulary management (5 weeks)
  • Expansion rotation (5 weeks)
  • Longitudinal rotation orientation (3 weeks)


  • Longitudinal track management orientation (5 weeks)
  • Inpatient clinical management (6 weeks)
  • Operations and distribution systems (8 weeks)
  • Pharmacy informatics (6 weeks)
  • Pharmacy executive leadership (2 weeks)
  • Ambulatory and specialty management (6 weeks)
  • Supply chain and finance (6 weeks)
  • Cancer care and investigational drug services (6 weeks)

Practice foundation skills

  • June through mid-July: Hospital and pharmacy department orientation and training
  • Mid-July through mid-August: Central staffing and transitions of care staffing training
  • Mid-August: Beginning of clinical rotation on selected clinical team

Acute care

  • Internal medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Pediatrics

Ambulatory care

  • Heart failure
  • HIV
  • Hepatology
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Solid organ transplant
  • Psychiatry
  • Women's health

Critical care

  • Surgical ICU (Level I Trauma Center)
  • Medical ICU
  • Cardiovascular ICU
  • Neurosurgical ICU
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Transplant ICU

Expansion rotation

  • An expansion of the resident's interests in a select area*
  • Program leaders work with residents to design experience

Chief resident (longitudinal)

  • Coordination of duties within the residency program
  • Facilitation of projects in cooperation with the administrative team

*Rotations from other categories can be chosen as electives. The resident is responsible for initiating contact and setting up goals for any off-site rotations.

Resident staffing

  • PGY1: Every other weekend
  • PGY2: Every fourth weekend

Key preceptors

  • Rick Couldry, vice president of pharmacy and ancillary services
  • Samaneh Wilkinson, director of ambulatory services
  • Chris Bell, director of inpatient operations
  • Kat Miller, director of inpatient clinical services
  • Leigh Anne Scott, director of cancer care 
  • Korby Lathrop, associate director of informatics
  • Chris Loucks, associate director of supply chain

Additional pharmacy education and leadership opportunities

  • Residents are involved in committees led by PGY2 residents to support the needs of residency programs (communications, conferences, social, alumni, fundraising).
  • Residents are encouraged to participate in local and national pharmacy organizations such as GKCSHP, KCHP, ASHP and ACCP.
  • University of Kansas School of Pharmacy offers a teaching certificate for local residents.

Application information



  • Application deadline: December 28
  • Must have a valid pharmacy license in the state of Kansas prior to residency start date or July 1 at latest.
  • Checklist for application

    • Letter of intent
      • Topics to consider: Why you want to pursue this particular residency, why you have chosen our program and personal goals that the program would help you accomplish
    • Completion of the following essay questions:
      1. It is important to our program that residents discover and capitalize on their strengths throughout the year. Please purchase Buckingham's "Now Discover Your Strengths" or Rath's "Strengthsfinder 2.0" and determine your top 5 strengths. Upon completion, list your strengths, and comment on the results. Are they accurate? Are there any surprises?
      2. Describe your ideal day as a resident.
      3. Do you feel that you are generally superior to your co-workers or your classmates? Please explain.
      4. Think of someone really close to you (parent, sibling, spouse). What 3 words or phrases would they use to describe you?
    • Example of a project completed on a rotation (PowerPoint, poster, document)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • College transcripts
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • PhORCAS residency program application
    • ASHP resident matching program registration

    Important dates after completion of match process

    • June: Annual resident's meet-and-greet event and orientation

    National matching services (NMS) code: 180718

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