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.
A PGY2 health-system pharmacy administration and leadership residency builds upon PGY1 residency graduates’ competence in the delivery of patient-centered care and pharmacy operational services to prepare residents who can assume high-level managerial, supervisory and leadership responsibilities. Areas of competence emphasized during the program include safe and effective medication-use systems, quality assurance and improvement, the management of human resources, the management of financial resources, use of technology and advanced leadership. The residency lays the foundation for continued growth in management and leadership skills. Upon graduation, residents are prepared for a clinical or operational management/supervisory role in a variety of work settings.
- Length of program: 25 months (approximately June-July)
- Number of positions: 3
Residents will earn 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.
- Annual salary: $48,000
- Benefits include PTO, paid holidays, health/dental/life/liability insurance
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4000 Cambridge St., Mailstop 4040
Kansas City, KS 66160
HSPAL residency director
Samaneh Wilkinson, MS, PharmD
HSPAL residency coordinator
Sarah Daniel, PharmD, MS, BCPS
Meet our residents
Daniel Padron, PGY1: Health system pharmacy administration and leadership
Hometown: Dalton, Georgia
Pharmacy school: University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
Practice interests: Supply chain, pharmacy infusion services, specialty pharmacy, 340B management
Hobbies: Going to new restaurants and breweries, playing tennis, watching Georgia football in the fall
Research project: A Health System’s Approach to Central Warehouse Optimization
Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: There are many reasons why The University of Kansas Health System caught my attention, such as its rich history in cultivating successful pharmacy leaders and commitment to continuous improvement through the use of lean methodologies. After learning more about the program, I was amazed by all the different clinical and administrative opportunities available that will help shape me into an exceptional pharmacy leader. Through the interactions that I had with members of the pharmacy team it was evident that The University of Kansas Health System was the right fit for me.
Chris Hall, PGY1: Health system pharmacy administration and leadership
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Pharmacy school: University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Practice interests: Administration, informatics, transplant, oncology, sterile compounding and supply chain
Hobbies: Volleyball, pickleball, cooking and anything outdoors
Research project: Development of a Strategic Tool to Evaluate Appropriate Automation and Inventory
Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: The University of Kansas Health System has a rich and longstanding history of training pharmacy leaders – and I wanted to be a part of that legacy. Throughout the residency application process, I continued to resonate with unique experience that The University of Kansas Health System provides to create strong pharmacy leaders. Because of its history and size, there is no shortage of opportunities to learn whatever you want.
Kaitlyn Styve, PGY1: Health system pharmacy administration and leadership
Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
Pharmacy school: University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
Practice interests: Ambulatory care/specialty pharmacy management, clinical management, operations, training and development
Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family, whether that’s going to KC Chiefs or K-State football games, golfing with my husband, traveling to various cities or spoiling our goldendoodle, Bailey!
Research project: Limited Distribution Drug Evaluation and Impact on the Specialty Patient
Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: I chose The University of Kansas Health System because of the strong pharmacy culture as well as the health system’s commitment to their legacy of excellence. Everyone that I have had the pleasure of working with has taken a personal interest in my growth and development both as a pharmacist and as a leader. I am confident that the variety of skills and experiences I will receive throughout this program will prepare me for my career as a pharmacy leader!
Becca McCaughey, PGY2: Health system pharmacy administration and leadership
Hometown: Lenexa, Kansas
Pharmacy school: University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
Practice interests: Infusion services, supply chain, acute care operations and leadership development
Hobbies: Exploring Kansas City with loved ones, hanging out at a new restaurant or brewery, reading and cooking
Research project: The Financial Impact of a Pharmacist Reimbursement Team on Growth Factor Denials at an Academic Medical Center
Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: I chose to complete my pharmacy administration residency at The University of Kansas Health System because of the robust clinical, administrative and enterprise leadership rotations offered within the program. Key preceptors and pharmacy leaders took a sincere interest in getting to know me, and I am continually impressed by their dedication to training agile, accountable and successful pharmacy leaders.
Hope Rockett, PGY2: Health system pharmacy administration and leadership
Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska
Pharmacy school: University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy
Practice interests: Ambulatory care, supply chain, operations
Hobbies: Creating charcuterie boards, hosting dinner parties and exploring new music
Research project: The Implementation of a Prescription Financial Assistance Program
Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: The University of Kansas Health System has continually proven to develop outstanding leaders. The depth and breadth of experiences offered to residents provides a well-rounded training that would enable them to pursue a diversity of leadership positions. The opportunity to work with some of the hardest working pharmacy leaders and see how their passion for enhancing patient care was hard to pass up!
Melanie Sharpnack, PGY2: Health system pharmacy administration and leadership
Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska
Pharmacy school: University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
Practice interests: Cardiology, internal medicine, psychiatry, pharmacy administration
Hobbies: I really enjoy all things tennis. It's on my bucket list to spend a Labor Day Weekend at the U.S. Open!
Research project: Third Party Benefit Algorithm for High Cost Clinic Administered Medications
Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: I chose The University of Kansas Health System because I knew that I would be learning from some of the best healthcare leaders and practitioners in the nation. I strongly believe in the core values of the pharmacy department and felt a strong fit to the health system.
Christopher Duphren, PGY2: Health system pharmacy administration and leadership
Hometown: Port St. Lucie, Florida
Pharmacy school: University of Florida College of Pharmacy – Gainesville Campus
Practice interests: Sterile/nonsterile compounding regulations and compliance, system automation and distribution and clinical management
Hobbies: Latin dancing, weightlifting, following Florida Gators athletics
Research project: Implementation and Evaluation of Culture Improvement Initiatives within the Department of Pharmacy at a Large Academic Medical Center.
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, PGY2: 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 and drug information
Hobbies: Traveling, reading, trying new restaurants, cooking, exploring Kansas City, rooting for the Cardinals and the Blues
Research project: Implementation and Analysis of Naloxone Kits for Qualifying Patients at an Outpatient Retail Pharmacy
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.
Erika Sieber, PGY2: Health system pharmacy administration and leadership
Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
Pharmacy school: University of Florida College of Pharmacy – Orlando Campus
Practice interests: Operations, clinical management, informatics, medication safety and pediatrics
Hobbies: Traveling, exploring new restaurants and breweries, listening to true crime podcasts and watching all things Auburn Athletics (War Eagle!)
Research project: Implementation of a Pharmacy Compliance Tracking Tool at a Large Academic Medical Center
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.
The pharmacy administration residency learning experience
- Orientation (1 week): Residents are required to complete 1 week of health system and pharmacy orientation to prepare them for all learning experiences throughout the residency program.
- Staffing (4 weeks): Residents are required to complete a central staffing learning experience to gain the skills and knowledge to staff independently for required weekend shifts.
- Acute care (5 weeks): Residents are required to complete an acute care learning experience during the program. Acute care options include family medicine and various internal medicine teams.
- Ambulatory care (5 weeks): Residents are required to complete an ambulatory care learning experience during the program. Ambulatory clinic options include those specializing in advanced heart failure, cystic fibrosis, gastroenterology (IBD), HIV, hepatology, multiple sclerosis, primary care, psychiatry, rheumatology, solid organ transplant and women’s health.
- Critical care (5 weeks): Residents are required to complete a critical care learning experience during the program. Critical care options include cardiovascular ICU, medical ICU, neonatal ICU, neurosurgical ICU, surgical ICU and transplant ICU teams.
- Clinical operations (5 weeks): Residents are required to complete a clinical operations experience during the program. Residents will experience functions of both inpatient central distribution as well as clinical monitoring in a unique healthcare setting (e.g., surgical hospital, psychiatric hospital, etc.).
- Clinical elective (5 weeks): Residents are required to select a clinical elective during the PGY1 year. Options include an acute care, critical care or ambulatory care learning experience not yet completed in cardiology, various internal medicine teams, various critical care teams or various ambulatory care clinics.
- Introduction to administration (4 weeks): Residents are required to complete the introduction to administration learning experience. This serves as an introductory experience to provide residents exposure to team management, departmental planning, lean principles, human resources/recruitment, and staffing/scheduling during the first residency year. Residents will build upon concepts and skills learned in this learning experience throughout the second year.
- Medication safety (4 weeks): Residents are required to complete the medication safety learning experience during the program. This learning experience provides the resident exposure to drug policy, the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and medication safety.
- Administrative elective (4 weeks): Residents are required to select an administration-focused elective during the PGY1 year with an operations manager. Options include acute care management, ambulatory care management, cancer care management and infusion management.
- Expansion learning experience (4 weeks): Residents will complete an expansion learning experience that is related to their longitudinal learning experience for the second year.
- Administrative longitudinal management track (4 weeks and longitudinal): Each second year HSPAL residents will participate in a longitudinal management track that includes the longitudinal learning experience at the start of the year. During the first residency year, residents will apply to available longitudinal tracks, and the residency program director with assistance from RAC will match the residents with a longitudinal management track. The longitudinal learning experience is designed for the resident to become oriented to that area to complete the learning objectives and goals associated with the longitudinal learning experience throughout the PGY2 year. Longitudinal learning experiences vary year to year based on interests of the resident and department needs. Examples of past longitudinal tracks include inpatient clinical, inpatient operations, ambulatory, cancer care and pharmacy informatics.
- Acute care pharmacy services (6 weeks): Acute care pharmacy services is a required learning experience during the PGY2 year. The senior director of pharmacy for acute care serves as the main preceptor.
- Pharmacy informatics (4 weeks): Pharmacy informatics is a required learning experience during the PGY2 year. The director for pharmacy informatics, medication safety, and pharmacy benefit management serves as the main preceptor.
- Health system executive leadership (4 weeks): Health system executive leadership is a required learning experience during the PGY2 year. A health system executive serves as the main preceptor. During this learning experience, residents will gain exposure to executive leadership within a health system and gain the skills necessary to communicate effectively with executive leadership as a pharmacy leader.
- Ambulatory care pharmacy services (6 weeks): Ambulatory pharmacy services is a required learning experience during the PGY2 year. The senior director of pharmacy for ambulatory and specialty services serves as the main preceptor.
- Supply chain and finance (4 weeks): Supply chain and finance is a required learning experience during the PGY2 year. The assistant director of pharmacy for supply chain serves as the main preceptor.
- Cancer care and infusion services (6 weeks): Infusion services is a required learning experience during the PGY2 year. The senior director of pharmacy for cancer care, infusion and investigational drug services serves as the main preceptor.
- Pharmacy system support (4 weeks): Pharmacy system support is a required learning experience during the PGY2 year. The senior director of pharmacy for automation and system support serves as the main preceptor.
- Regulatory and compliance (4 weeks): Regulatory and compliance is a required learning experience during the PGY2 year. The senior director of pharmacy for automation and system support serves as the main preceptor.
- Elective learning experience (5 weeks): Residents will have an opportunity to complete an elective learning experience in an area of their choice. Residents are encouraged to select a learning experience that affords them experience in the area in which they wish to pursue a career. Learning experience descriptions will be developed when the elective is determined.
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
- Internal medicine
- Heart failure
- Multiple sclerosis
- Cystic fibrosis
- Solid organ transplant
- Women's health
- Surgical ICU (Level I Trauma Center)
- Medical ICU
- Cardiovascular ICU
- Neurosurgical ICU
- Neonatal ICU
- Transplant ICU
- 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.
- PGY1: Every other weekend
- PGY2: Every fourth weekend
PGY1 research: Residents are required to complete 2 projects directed at enhancing personal and professional growth while benefiting the pharmacy through innovative changes in pharmacy practice in the PGY1 year. Projects will include a quality-focused Drug use evaluation (DUE) to be completed in the fall of the PGY1 year and completion of a pharmacy practice project by spring of the PGY1 year. Project presentations will be in the form of a poster presentation and/or verbal presentation with results at a selected fall conference, a spring residency conference or other designated meeting. A final manuscript for the pharmacy practice project must be submitted prior to the end of the PGY1 year.
PGY2 research: Residents are required to complete a longitudinal project that suffices the master’s project/thesis requirement of their coursework. The project is selected from a list approved by HSPAL RAC and requires at least 1 preceptor be adjunct faculty at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. Residents will work with the MS liaison to ensure the project is structured in a way to comply with the master’s program.
The requirement for the MS degree program is that the project be presented in a formal setting either at an approved conference or by an ad hoc meeting of the research committee. Once the presentation has occurred, the MS degree requirements are complete. Following completion of the project, the resident will also prepare a final manuscript, which will be approved by the primary project preceptor and any other stakeholders.
- Residents are required to conduct a 60-minute presentation of CE quality in the second half of the residency year. The PGY1 residency advisory council will determine the learning topics of need for the pharmacy, and the resident will choose an approved topic from that list.
- Leadership Journal Club presentation: Each resident is responsible for picking a leadership-related article and leading a discussion about interesting points within the article. The residency program executive will either help you prepare for the journal club or assign an alternative preceptor.
- The resident is required to conduct a 45-minute presentation during the PGY2 residency year for pharmacy leaders. The presentation will take place as scheduled by residency leadership. The resident will select their own topic, but it must be relevant to pharmacy leadership.
PGY1 and PGY2 year
- The resident is required to present a poster presentation at the Vizient Pharmacy Network Meeting in conjunction with ASHP Midyear Meeting in December or other designated meeting.
- The resident will give an oral presentation at either the Midwest Pharmacy Residency Conference or Kansas City Health System Pharmacy Residency Conference in the spring or other designated meeting.
- Rick Couldry, vice president of pharmacy and health professions
- Samaneh Wilkinson, senior director of ambulatory pharmacy services
- Chris Bell, senior director of pharmacy system support and improvement
- Kat Miller, senior director of acute care pharmacy services
- Leigh Anne Scott, senior director of cancer care and infusion pharmacy services
- Korby Lathrop, director of pharmacy and lab informatics
- Chris Loucks, director of pharmacy supply chain
Additional pharmacy education and leadership opportunities
- 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.
- The University of Kansas Health System 2022-2023 Recruitment
- October 13, October 27, November 2, November 17
- See hyperlink above for meeting links
- Visit our social media pages
- 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:
- 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?
- Tell us about a meaningful intervention you have made and how it impacted patient care.
- Define humility in your own words and describe how it impacts your leadership style.
- Example of a project completed on a rotation (PowerPoint, poster, document)
- Curriculum vitae
- Pharmacy school transcripts
- 3 letters of recommendation: At least 1 letter of recommendation must come from a clinical preceptor. A letter from someone who has witnessed your leadership ability (administrator, boss, advisor) is encouraged.
- 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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