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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 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.

Current benefits

  • Annual salary: $48,000
  • Benefits include PTO, paid holidays, health/dental/life/liability insurance
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Samaneh Wilkinson

HSPAL residency director

Samaneh Wilkinson, MS, PharmD

Sarah Daniel profile

HSPAL residency coordinator

Sarah Daniel, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Meet our residents

Becca McCaughey profile

Becca McCaughey, PGY1: Health system pharmacy administration and leadership

Hometown: Lenexa, Kansas

Pharmacy school: University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

Practice interests: Supply chain, informatics, operations, leadership development

Hobbies: Exploring Kansas City with loved ones, hanging out at a new restaurant or brewery, reading, cooking

Research project: The Financial Impact of Dose Rounding of Oncology Agents 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 from our first meeting, and I am continually impressed by their dedication to training agile, accountable and successful pharmacy leaders.

Hope Rockett profile

Hope Rockett, PGY1: Health system pharmacy administration and leadership

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

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

Practice interests: Inpatient operations, public health, and learning and development.

Hobbies: Creating charcuterie boards, hosting dinner parties and exploring new music

Research project: The Impact of a Centralized Technician Traineeship Program within Pharmacy

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 Sharpnuck profile

Melanie Sharpnack, PGY1: 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: High Cost Clinic Administered Medication Reimbursement Evaluation

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.

Chris Duphren 2021

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 profile

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 profile

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: 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, 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 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

Informational sessions

  • November 1, November 8
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  • 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. Tell us about a meaningful intervention you have made and how it impacted patient care.
    3. 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
  • College 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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