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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The University of Kansas Health System offers a 13-month post-PharmD training program. The PGY1 pharmacy residency is an organized, directed, postgraduate training program that centers on development of the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to pursue rational drug therapy.

Residency program purpose statement

PGY1 residency programs build upon a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership and education and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) residencies.

PGY1 residency program manual

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.

PGY1 pharmacy residency program highlights

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

Number of positions: 6 PGY1 positions

Service commitment: PGY1 residents are assigned clinical pharmacist shifts approximately every other weekend throughout the PGY1 year on a clinical team (cardiology, internal medicine or pediatrics). In the second half of the year, residents rotate into distribution shifts as well. Residents will work 1 major and 2 minor holidays throughout the residency year.

Financially supported attendance at professional meetings: PGY1 residents are financially supported in attending the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and a spring residency conference.

Teaching certificate program: PGY1 residents have the option to participate in The University of Kansas Health System pharmacy resident teaching certificate program

Reversed research model: PGY1 residents participate in leading 2 research projects throughout the year. Through the reversed model, PGY1 residents complete data collection/analysis and develop a poster and manuscript in the first 6 months of the program for a research project that was developed by a previous PGY1 resident. Starting in January of the residency year, PGY1 residents will develop a research question and design a research project by the end of the residency year that will be passed to the incoming PGY1 class.

Required presentations: PGY1 residents will present 2 pharmacy grand rounds presentations throughout the year.

PGY1 residency program required learning experiences

  1. Orientation
  2. Acute care general selective
  3. Acute care specialty selective
  4. Ambulatory care selective
  5. Critical care selective
  6. Medication-use, safety and policy
  7. Pharmacy leadership
  8. 3 electives
  9. Clinical research (longitudinal)
  10. Service commitment (longitudinal)


  • Annual salary: $52,000
  • 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

Pharmacy Resident

Katie Brandecker

Hometown: Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Pharmacy school: University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Clinical staffing area: Cardiology

Research project title: Effect of Molecular Rapid Diagnostic Testing on Management of Gram-negative Bacteremia in Patients with Hematologic Malignancies

Areas of interest: Cardiology, critical care and oncology

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: I knew my ideal residency program would be at a large academic medical center with a variety of rotation opportunities to expand my clinical pharmacy knowledge. I have a variety of interests, so being at the health system has given me the opportunity to explore different areas of pharmacy alongside a supportive residency class and preceptors. I felt welcomed and included from my very first interaction with the health system, and I have continued to feel that way throughout residency. I look forward to more unique rotations and the chance to learn from preceptors who are truly the experts in their field.

Pharmacy Resident

Drea Cangelose

Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas

Pharmacy school: University of Kansas School of Pharmacy

Clinical staffing area: Internal medicine

Research project title: Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Adult Kidney Transplant Recipients

Areas of interest: Internal medicine, ambulatory care and cardiology

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: From my time as an APPE student on rotation at The University of Kansas Health System, I was exposed to the encouraging learning environment, multidisciplinary team and supportive preceptors. I knew that training at the health system would create a solid foundation to my career as a clinical pharmacist. The health system allows residents to gain experience from a wide variety of disease states through the vast selection of rotations offered and be pushed both professionally and personally. Most importantly, from my time from student to resident, the pharmacy team has shown consistent support and value to the work this year will hold.

Pharmacy Resident

Will Cordell

Hometown: Section, Alabama

Pharmacy school: Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy

Clinical staffing area: Internal medicine

Research project title: Impact of Gabapentin as a Benzodiazepine-Sparing Medication During Acute Alcohol Withdrawal

Areas of interest: Infectious diseases, psychiatry, transplant

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: When I was searching for and evaluating residency programs last year, I knew that I wanted to be in a large academic medical center with a challenging and diverse patient population, integrated clinical pharmacy services and a strong emphasis on innovative research. I knew immediately after my interview that I had found my perfect match at The University of Kansas Health System. Pharmacists are essential to patient care and practice at a high level in numerous areas throughout our institution. This residency program is challenging and rewarding with consistent support of residents’ developing interests and goals by both preceptors and program leadership.

Pharmacy Resident

Hannah Gomez

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Pharmacy school: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Clinical staffing area: Cardiology

Research project title: Comparison of Cangrelor vs. Eptifibatide as a Bridge to Cardiac Surgery in a Large Academic Hospital

Areas of interest: Critical care, emergency medicine and cardiology

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: The health system is a large academic medical center and Level I Trauma Center, offering a diverse and complex patient population with endless learning opportunities. I wanted to be challenged and given the opportunity to build a solid foundation of knowledge while in residency so I can be a confident and competent pharmacist. From all of my interactions with the program before matching, I could tell how supportive of an environment that is offered and knew it was a place I could truly be successful and enjoy my time!

Pharmacy Resident

Noor Lad

Hometown: Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Pharmacy school: University of Kansas School of Pharmacy

Clinical staffing area: Internal medicine

Research project title: Evaluation of Abemaciclib Dose Escalation Strategy in HR+, HER2-, Node-Positive, High-Risk, Early Breast Cancer

Areas of interest: Oncology, cardiology and infectious diseases

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: I chose The University of Kansas Health System because after my interview here I knew it would provide me with an extensive variety of opportunities to grow as a pharmacist. I wanted to train at a large academic medical center that serves a diverse patient population with an expansive range of acute care experiences. The pharmacists are valued as an integral part of the multidisciplinary teams and continuously sought out for recommendations. The most important component for me choosing the health system was the pharmacy team. Everyone from the residency program director to the current residents has been so encouraging and welcoming. It is apparent to me that the focus of this residency is on providing a supportive environment that challenges me to grow and thrive in my pharmacy practice.

Pharmacy Resident

Hannah Stump

Hometown: Emporia, Kansas

Pharmacy school: University of Kansas School of Pharmacy

Clinical staffing area: Pediatrics

Research project title: Evaluation of Outcomes with Prophylactic Indomethacin Utilization in Extremely Low Birthweight and/or Extremely Premature Neonates

Areas of interest: Ambulatory care, internal medicine and transplant

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: From my rotation experiences here as a student, I knew that I wanted to complete my residency training at the health system. The excellent preceptors, positive learning environment and variety of clinical rotations offered made this residency program a great fit for me. I knew I would be provided with challenging opportunities and learning experiences that would prepare me to become a well-rounded clinical pharmacist, while exploring my clinical interests. I wanted to train at an academic medical center to learn from accomplished preceptors, serve a diverse patient population and participate in patient care as an integral member of the multidisciplinary team. Most importantly, I've felt nothing but support and encouragement from the pharmacy team and everyone involved in the residency program, and I look forward to the growth and accomplishments I will achieve over the course of my residency training here.

Application information

Informational sessions

  • Virtual recruitment events will be held in the fall. Details and links to these events can be found on our social media accounts (below) or by emailing the program contacts.


PhORCAS residency program application

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • College transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Supplemental materials as outlined in the ASHP residency program directory


  • All application materials must be received via PhORCAS by due date listed on ASHP residency program directory.
  • Must have a valid pharmacy license in the state of Kansas within 90 days of the start of residency.

National matching services (NMS) code: 143313

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