Pharmacy Practice Residency

The University of Kansas Health System offers a 13-month post-PharmD training program. The residency in pharmacy practice is defined as "an organized, directed, postgraduate training program that centers on development of the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to pursue rational drug therapy."

The purpose of the residency – designed for first-year postgraduates (PGY1) – 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.

Residency program purpose statement

The program 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 in order to provide education to, and interaction 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.

Residency program outcomes

  1. Provide evidence-based, direct patient care to multiple patient populations
  2. Demonstrate professionalism
  3. Effectively educate patients, students and a multidisciplinary healthcare team by utilizing available medical technology
  4. Possess the ability to manage own practice
  5. Demonstrate leadership skills
  6. Develop effective written and verbal communication skills

Length of program: 13 months (approximately June-July)

Number of positions: 6 PGY1 positions

Current benefits

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

The University of Kansas Health System
Department of Pharmacy
4000 Cambridge St., Mail Stop 4040
Kansas City, KS 66160

PGY1 Residency Director
Katherine Miller, MHA, PharmD PGY1

Residency Coordinator
Lindsey Fitzpatrick, PharmD, BCPS

Phone: 913-588-2820

The pharmacy practice residency learning experience

Core rotations (duration in weeks)

  • Orientation/institutional practice (7)
  • Clinical staffing area (8)
  • Acute care (5)
  • Specialty care (5)
  • Critical care (5)
  • Clinical research (3)
  • Advanced independent practice* (6)
  • Quality outcomes (4)
  • Electives (10)

*Advanced independent (AIP) rotation

PGY1 pharmacy residents will participate in a 6-week AIP rotation. The resident will complete 4 weeks of rotation with a preceptor. Then, for 2 weeks, the resident will practice independently as the clinical pharmacist for that service. This rotation can be in either an acute care or critical care rotation.


Practice foundation skills

  • June-mid July: hospital and pharmacy department orientation and training
  • Mid July-mid August: staffing rotation on selected clinical team
  • Mid August-September: clinical rotation on selected clinical team and clinical evening training

Acute care

  • Internal medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Specialty care
  • Adult hematology/oncology
  • Solid organ transplant
  • Pediatrics
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Bone marrow transplant
  • Psychiatry

Critical care

  • Surgical ICU (Level 1 Trauma Center)
  • Medical ICU
  • Cardiovascular ICU
  • Transplant ICU
  • Neurosurgical ICU
  • Neonatal ICU

Quality outcomes

  • Practice leadership
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Drug services

Medication safety and drug policy

  • Drug policy
  • Pharmacy and therapeutics committee
  • Medication safety

Elective rotations*

  • Emergency department
  • Academia
  • Ambulatory clinics (HIV, MS, Hep C, Onc, HF)
  • Investigational drug services
  • IV room and nutrition
  • Outpatient pharmacy
  • Informatics
  • Poison control center
  • Infectious diseases/antimicrobial stewardship
  • Medication safety

*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.

Additional pharmacy education and leadership opportunities

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

Application information


  1. PHORCAS residency program application
    • Letter of intent
    • Curriculum vitae
    • College transcripts
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Supplemental materials
      • Photo
      • Essay questions
      • Example of a project completed on a rotation (PowerPoint, poster, document)
  2. Application for employment: Pharmacy Resident Job Posting
  3. ASHP resident matching program registration


  • All application materials must be received by January 2
  • Must have a valid pharmacy license in the state of Kansas prior to residency start date or by July 1

Important dates after completion of match process

  • Early June: residency orientation
  • Early June: resident meet and greet

National matching services (NMS) code: 143313

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