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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 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 using available medical technology
  4. Possess the ability to manage one's 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 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

Sarah Mester

PGY1 Residency program director

Sarah Mester, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Lindsey Fitzpatrick

Residency coordinator

Lindsey Fitzpatrick, PharmD, BCPS

Jessica Humphrey

Residency coordinator

Jessica Humphrey, PharmD, BCPS

Meet our residents

Olivia Altemeier

Olivia Altemeier, PGY1: Pharmacy practice

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Pharmacy school: The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

Clinical interests: Oncology, critical care

Hobbies: Plants, traveling, spending time with family and friends, cooking

Research project: Oral Vancomycin for C.difficile Prophylaxis in Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: I wanted a challenging yet supportive program to advance my clinical knowledge and The University of Kansas Health System provides that. They serve a diverse population, have a progressive pharmacy department and offer many learning opportunities.

Myles Dice

Myles Dice, PGY1: Pharmacy practice

Hometown: Buffalo, Kansas

Pharmacy school: University of Kansas School of Pharmacy

Clinical interests: Cardiology, internal medicine

Hobbies: Chiefs football, KU basketball, and spending time outdoors with friends and family

Research project: Assessing the Use of Injectable Hydralazine in Adult Patients with Hypertensive Crises After the Implementation of Utilization Guidelines

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: Having experienced several exceptional rotations through The University of Kansas Health System, I knew the program would be a great fit for me. My preceptors were great mentors, and I wanted the opportunity to continue to learn and care for patients alongside them. The progressive incorporation of pharmacy into the healthcare team paired with the diverse patient population provides a challenging yet rewarding learning environment that is difficult to replicate. All of this makes me proud to join this team.

Kristen Haeger-Overstreet

Kristen Haeger-Overstreet, PGY1: Pharmacy practice

Hometown: Arvada, Colorado

Pharmacy school: University of Colorado School of Pharmacy

Clinical interests: Critical care, cardiology, anticoagulation, emergency medicine

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, board games, traveling and watching baseball with my husband!

Research project: Evaluation and Implementation of Fixed Dosing Prothrombin Complex Concentrate for Warfarin Reversal

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: When searching for PGY1 residency programs, I knew I wanted to be at a large academic medical center that treated a wide variety of patients and offered interactions with other medical learners. Upon meeting the pharmacy staff at The University of Kansas Health System, I knew the people were so special here, and the supportive and nurturing environment really stood out to me. This combination of clinical opportunities and culture within the department is what drew me to this program!

Rachael Smith

Rachael Smith, PGY1: Pharmacy practice

Hometown: Corydon, Indiana

Pharmacy school: Purdue University College of Pharmacy

Clinical interests: Ambulatory care, emergency medicine, pediatrics

Hobbies: Game nights, karaoke, camping, trying out new brunch spots

Research project: Optimization of Intravenous Iron Order Set at a Large Academic Medical Center for Patient Safety and Cost Improvement

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: The people and the atmosphere really sold me on the program. Everyone was so welcoming and easy to talk to, the mentors made me excited to learn from them, and they provided opportunities for me to further explore different areas of pharmacy I am passionate about. It met more than just my general residency search checklist – I really saw myself growing and thriving with The University of Kansas Health System.

Allen Snider

Allen Snider, PGY1: Pharmacy practice

Hometown: Dover, Arkansas

Pharmacy school: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Clinical interests: Critical care, infectious diseases, emergency medicine

Hobbies: Hiking, outdoor activities, watching sports

Research project: Evaluation of Procalcitonin Laboratory Reference Range Modification and Antimicrobial Utilization

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: I chose The University of Kansas Health System because of the many learning experiences available in addition to having the opportunity to work alongside a number of motivated pharmacy personnel.

Taylor Updyke

Taylor Updyke, PGY1: Pharmacy practice

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pharmacy school: Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy

Clinical interests: Oncology, psychiatry or pediatrics, though I am keeping an open mind!

Hobbies: Volleyball, traveling, trying new local restaurants and spending time with family and friends

Research project: Venetoclax and Antifungal Prophylaxis in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: I was impressed all around with The University of Kansas Health System, from midyear interactions to the interview day. It also allows for multiple great experiences to further my knowledge of pharmacy.

The pharmacy practice residency learning experience

The specific program for each resident varies based upon the resident’s goals, interests and previous experience. However, all residents are required to complete rotations in core subject areas considered essential to the pharmacy practitioner. A broad range of elective rotations are available to permit the resident flexibility in pursuing individual goals.

Additional learning experiences aimed at producing a well-rounded pharmacist include the development and completion of a research project related to pharmacy practice, development of oral and written communication skills through various activities including grand rounds presentations, boosting patient education skills, participation in various departmental administrative committees and practice in various pharmacy areas throughout the health system.

Core rotations

  • Orientation/institutional practice (4 weeks)
  • Clinical staffing area (6 weeks)
  • Acute care (5 weeks)
  • Specialty care (5 weeks)
  • Critical care (5 weeks)
  • Clinical research (3 weeks plus longitudinal)
  • Advanced independent practice (6 weeks)
    • PGY1 pharmacy residents will participate in a 6-week advanced independent practice (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.
  • Quality outcomes (4 weeks)
  • P&T/medication safety (5 weeks)
  • 2 electives (5 weeks each)
  • Service commitment (longitudinal)
    • PGY1 residents staff clinically in the areas of pediatrics, internal medicine or cardiology
    • Staffing requirement includes every other weekend and 1 evening shift every other week

Practice foundation skills

  • June through mid-July: Hospital and pharmacy department orientation and training
  • Mid-July through mid-August: Staffing rotation on selected clinical team
  • Mid-August through September: Clinical rotation on selected clinical team and clinical evening training

Acute care

  • Internal medicine
  • Cardiology

Specialty care

  • Adult hematology/oncology
  • Bone marrow transplant
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Emergency department
  • General pediatrics
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Psychiatry
  • Rehabilitation
  • Solid organ transplant

Critical care

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

Quality outcomes include exposure to:

  • Practice leadership
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Drug services

Medication safety and drug policy includes exposure to:

  • Drug policy
  • Pharmacy and therapeutics committee
  • Medication safety

Elective rotations*

  • Academia
  • Ambulatory clinics: various specialty and nonspecialty clinics
  • Infectious diseases/antimicrobial stewardship
  • Neurology
  • OR/surgery
  • Palliative care
  • Pharmacy informatics
  • Poison Control Center/toxicology
  • Transitions of care
  • Others available upon request

*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.
  • Residents are matched with a clinical coach for the year who works directly with the resident and residency program leadership to support the resident’s successful completion of their residency.
  • University of Kansas School of Pharmacy offers a teaching certificate for local residents that residents are invited to participate in.

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, document)
  2. Application for employment: Pharmacy Resident Job Posting
  3. ASHP resident matching program registration


  • All application materials must be received by due date listed on ASHP residency
  • 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

National matching services (NMS) code: 143313

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