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Pharmacy Residency
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Pharmacy Administration Residency

The University of Kansas Health System offers a 25-month post-PharmD training program specializing in health system pharmacy administration (HSPA). 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

HSPA residency director
Samaneh Wilkinson, MS, PharmD

Residency coordinator
Annie Shelton, PharmD, MHA

Phone: 913-588-2820

Meet our residents

Max Anderegg

Max Anderegg, PGY1 and 2: Health system pharmacy administration

Hometown: Charles City, Iowa
Pharmacy school: University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
Clinical interests: Ambulatory operations, specialty pharmacy, 340B
Hobbies: Visiting national parks, reading, listening to political podcasts
Research project: Dispensing Clinic-Administered Medications to Provider-Based Clinics: An Implementation Study
Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: The University of Kansas Health System has had a strong presence in pharmacy practice for decades. Pharmacists practice at the top of their license in all care settings. In addition, our residency training program has produced countless skilled clinicians and leaders. What better place to train?

Drew Holmes

Drew Holmes, PGY-1 and 2: Health system pharmacy administration

Hometown: Decatur, Alabama
Pharmacy school: University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
Clinical interests: Inpatient clinical management, inpatient operations, oncology management and ambulatory clinical management
Hobbies: Exploring Kansas City restaurants with my wife, Alabama football, NBA and college basketball and weightlifting
Research project: USP 797/800 Implementation and Operationalization Toolkit
Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: The University of Kansas Health System has an indelible legacy of developing pharmacy leaders who strive to elevate the practice of pharmacy for the purpose of providing excellent patient care. Due to the commitment to excellence, authenticity and integrity of the pharmacy leadership, I knew The University of Kansas Health System would provide a robust experience for my development as a pharmacy leader.

Jackie Kilsgaard

Jackie Kilsgaard, PGY-1 and 2: Health system pharmacy administration

Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Pharmacy school: University of Florida-College of Pharmacy, Orlando Campus
Clinical interests: Operations, medication safety, antimicrobial stewardship, cancer care
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, dog walks, going to the beach (back in Florida), collecting Hard Rock shirts
Research project: Implementation of an Ambulatory P&T Subcommittee
Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: I chose The University of Kansas Health System because of the welcoming family atmosphere.

Faria Munir

Faria Munir, PGY-1 and 2: Health system pharmacy administration

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Pharmacy school: Ohio State University
Clinical interests: Infectious disease, ambulatory care
Hobbies: Food blogging, traveling, watching reality TV
Research project: Evaluation of Inhaler Product Waste in the Inpatient Setting at an Academic Medical Center
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 cutting edge of pharmacy practice.

Shannon Stittsworth

Shannon Stittsworth, PGY-1 and 2: Health system pharmacy administration

Hometown: Wheeling, Illinois
Pharmacy school: University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville
Clinical interests: Clinical management, specialty pharmacy, leadership development, association management/advocacy and teaching
Hobbies: Exploring new restaurants, coffee shops and breweries, reading, traveling and watching sports (Go Gators!)
Research project: Development of a Load-Leveling Strategy to Decrease Non-Oncology IV Preparation Lead Time at an Outpatient Infusion Center
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, PGY-1 and 2: Health system pharmacy administration

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Pharmacy school: The University of Iowa
Clinical interests: Oncology and ambulatory care
Hobbies: Watching movies, traveling and hanging out at the lake
Research project: Implementation and Evaluation of Drug-Disease Interaction Alerts for Myasthenia Gravis in the EMR
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 (5 weeks)
  • Ambulatory care (5 weeks)
  • Critical care (6 weeks)
  • Advanced independent practice (6 weeks)
  • Personal leadership and management essentials (2 weeks)
  • Introduction to pharmacy administration (4 weeks)
  • Medication safety and formulary management (6 weeks)
  • Expansion rotation (4 weeks)
  • Longitudinal rotation orientation (3 weeks)


  • Longitudinal track management orientation (4 weeks)
  • Inpatient clinical management (6 weeks)
  • Operations and distribution systems (6 weeks)
  • Pharmacy informatics (6 weeks)
  • Pharmacy enterprise leadership (6 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

Critical care

  • Surgical ICU (Level I Trauma Center)
  • Medical ICU
  • Cardiovascular ICU
  • Neurosurgical ICU
  • Neonatal 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).
  • Residents are encouraged to participate in local and national pharmacy organizations such as GKCSHP, KCHP, ASHP, ACCP.
  • University of Kansas School of Pharmacy offers a teaching certificate for local residents.

Application information



  • Application deadline: January 5
  • Must have a valid pharmacy license in the state of Kansas prior to residency start date or July 1 at latest.
  • Checklist for application

    • Photo
    • 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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