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PGY1 Pharmacy 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.

Residency program purpose statement

The postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists who are responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification and eligible for postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

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

Zac Curren profile

Zac Curren, PGY1: Pharmacy

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama

Pharmacy school: Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy

Clinical interests: Psychiatry, internal medicine, critical care

Hobbies: I love to exercise, hike and attend concerts in my free time! I have also been a DJ and a music artist for the past 7 years. In Kansas City, I have had the opportunity to work on new music every month with musicians in the area!

Research project: Evaluation of Weight-Based Dosing of Enoxaparin in Morbid Obesity

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: When I was searching for residency programs, I knew that I wanted to be in an academic medical center with a focus on interprofessional learning opportunities and a variety in the patient population. I also wanted to find a supportive environment that was focused on intentional growth throughout the year of residency. From completing my own research on the program and discussing the many opportunities at The University of Kansas Health System at virtual midyear, I knew that this would be a program where I would be supported and encouraged.

Taylor Gabbard profile

Taylor Gabbard, PGY1: Pharmacy

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

Pharmacy school: University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

Clinical interests: Infectious diseases and oncology

Hobbies: I love to get outdoors, especially with water sports and activities like wakeboarding and kayaking. I'm also a big sports fan and have dabbled in guitar as well.

Research project: Evaluation of Liposomal Amphotericin B Nephrotoxicity in Patients Receiving IV Fluids Pre- and Post-Infusion

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: When searching for a program, I knew I wanted to be at a large academic medical center with diverse patient populations that could provide me with a well-rounded foundation as a clinical pharmacist. The health system’s wide variety of rotations and experiences checked all of the boxes for me, and meeting the pharmacy team really drove it home that this was the place to be.

Jeff Nguyen profile

Jeff Nguyen, PGY1: Pharmacy

Hometown: Derby, Kansas

Pharmacy school: University of Kansas School of Pharmacy

Clinical interests: Oncology, internal medicine, pediatrics

Hobbies: Basketball, cooking, trying new restaurants and coffee shops

Research project: Infliximab for Acute Use in Steroid Refractory Disease

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: From my time working here at The University of Kansas Health System as a pharmacy intern, I knew that this was the perfect place for me to continue my training. The health system serves a diverse patient population, offers a wide array of learning opportunities and has a pharmacy team that is truly dedicated to the growth and development of its residents. I am excited to learn and grow as a new pharmacist working alongside the exceptional pharmacy team that helped foster my growth as a student. I couldn’t imagine completing my residency training anywhere else.

Andrew Olsen profile

Andrew Olsen, PGY1: Pharmacy

Hometown: Roscoe, Illinois

Pharmacy school: Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Clinical interests: Emergency medicine, critical care

Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, watching sports, and trying new restaurants and breweries

Research project: Evaluation of Phenytoin Dosing Using the Original Sheiner-Tozer Equation Versus a Revised Sheiner-Tozer Equation on Patient Outcomes in the Neuro-ICU

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: Throughout my PGY1 residency search process, I was looking for a program that would challenge me to grow both personally and professionally. I knew that I found that when I met the pharmacy staff at The University of Kansas Health System. The numerous clinical opportunities available and the chance to learn from and work alongside supportive and motivated pharmacy staff is what sold me on this program.

Lauren Stiehle profile

Lauren Stiehle, PGY1: Pharmacy

Hometown: Melbourne, Florida

Pharmacy school: Belmont University College of Pharmacy

Clinical interests: Cardiology, solid-organ transplant and infectious diseases

Hobbies: Baking, plants and spending time outdoors

Research project: Evaluation of Pharmacist-Driven Therapeutic Drug Monitoring of Tacrolimus in Heart Transplant Recipients

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: I knew I wanted to do my residency training at a large academic medical center that serves a variety of patients. After meeting the people here, it was clear that preceptors at The University of Kansas Health System really want their residents to succeed. I knew it would be the perfect place to grow as a clinical pharmacist.

Juhi Thaman profile

Juhi Thaman, PGY1: Pharmacy

Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas

Pharmacy school: University of Kansas School of Pharmacy

Clinical interests: Critical care and cardiology

Hobbies: Trying local coffee shops and restaurants, plants, arts and crafts, spending time with friends and family.

Research project: Argatroban Monitoring Using a Patient-Specific Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time Versus a Fixed Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: I was able to complete many rotations through The University of Kansas Health System, all of which were fantastic experiences. The preceptors were all very kind, driven and willing to take the extra step to help others. Additionally, TUKHS has a wide variety of clinical opportunities and a high-complexity patient population. All of these factors drew me in and make me glad to be here.

The PGY1 pharmacy 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)
    • 1st rotation after orientation and training experience is in resident’s clinical staffing area to support transition from orientation to rotations
  • Acute care* (5 weeks)
  • Ambulatory care (5 weeks)
    • Clinicals available are listed in detail on the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency website
  • Critical care (5 weeks)
    • Includes participation in code response team
  • Clinical research (3 weeks plus longitudinal)
  • Advanced independent practice (AIP)* (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)
    • 1 elective must be in a direct patient care area
  • Service commitment (longitudinal)
    • PGY1 residents cover clinical pharmacist shifts in one of the following areas of practice: surgery, pediatrics, internal medicine or cardiology
    • Staffing requirement includes every other weekend,1 evening shift every other week, 1 major holiday and 2 minor holidays
    • All residents have approximately 1 week-long block off in December
    • PGY1 residents are on call to cover additional staffing shifts on a rotating basis

*1 acute care rotation must be in a general practice area (cardiology or internal medicine) and 1 must be in a specialty acute care area. These requirements are met through the clinical staffing area rotation, acute care rotation and AIP rotation.

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 ICU
  • Neurology
  • OR/Surgery
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Psychiatry
  • Rehabilitation
  • Solid organ transplant

Ambulatory care

  • Variety of clinics available in primary care and specialty care
  • See PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency website for rotation areas

Critical care

  • Surgical ICU (Level I Trauma Center)
  • Medical ICU
  • Transplant ICU
  • Neurosurgical 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*

  • Emergency department
  • Infectious diseases/antimicrobial stewardship
  • 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

Informational sessions

  • November 3, November 16, December 9
  • See social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn) for links


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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