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Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency

The University of Kansas Health System provides residents with the skills and knowledge to become a competent psychiatric pharmacy practitioner. This postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) residency program is designed to transition postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) residency graduates from generalist practice to specialized practice focused on the mental healthcare of patients in numerous settings. These include inpatient adult psychiatry, inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, consult liaison psychiatry and neurology.

Residency program purpose statement

The psychiatric pharmacy residency aims to provide educational and training experiences for pharmacists in the fundamentals of exemplary contemporary psychiatric pharmacy practice in an integrated healthcare system.

  • Length of program: 12 months (approximately July-June)
  • Number of positions: 1

Current benefits

  • Annual salary: $56,000
  • 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
Pharmacy Resident

PGY2 Psychiatric pharmacy residency director

Claire Herbst, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP


Phone: 913-574-3720

Fax: 913-574-3725

Social media:

Instagram: @tukhspharmres

Facebook: @tukhspharmres


Meet our resident

Pharmacy Resident Alex Wallace

Alex Wallace, PGY2: Psychiatry


Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

Pharmacy school: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy

PGY1: The University of Kansas Health System

Clinical interests: Outpatient psychiatry, academia

Hobbies: College football Saturdays – I am a big Ole Miss football fan. I also love hanging out with my puppy, Addie, and husband, Nathan. In my spare time you can catch me reading anything from mysteries to romcoms or binging a good show.

Research project: Implementation of mMINDS Monitoring for Alcohol Withdrawal at an Academic Psychiatric Facility

Why I chose The University of Kansas Health System: I had the opportunity to spend my first year of training at the health system, which allowed me to see everything the health system offers. However, I knew after my first week with the psychiatric pharmacy team at the health system that the psychiatric residency program here was the perfect fit for my second year. The patient population is diverse and challenging, so every day I am exposed to new things and continually learning. Most importantly, the preceptors and leadership within the program and health system offer support and encouragement to us residents as we continue on our professional journey. Residents truly become a member of the pharmacy team at the health system, and I have always felt like a valued member of our team.

The psychiatric pharmacy residency learning experience

The PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy residency at The University of Kansas Health System is tailored to the interests and the career goals of each resident. The residency year is organized into rotational and longitudinal experiences as described below.

Required rotational experiences

  • Orientation
  • Adult inpatient psychiatry (12 weeks total, divided in 2 rotations)
  • Child and adolescent inpatient psychiatry (7 weeks)
  • Consult liaison psychiatry (5 weeks)
  • Inpatient neurology (4 weeks)
  • Outpatient psychiatry clinic (longitudinal)
  • Quality and administration (4 weeks)

Elective rotational experiences

These may be worked into the resident's schedule based on their interests at the discretion of the residency director.

  • Poison control/toxicology (4 weeks)
  • Outpatient movement disorders clinic (4 weeks)
  • Advanced outpatient psychiatry clinic (4 weeks)

Other potential rotation opportunities

  • Academia
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Emergency psychiatry
  • Substance use disorder

Longitudinal experiences

  • Clinical research
    • Complete a research project aimed at enhancing the personal and professional growth of the resident while benefiting the pharmacy through evaluation of pharmacy practice.
    • Findings will be presented within the health system and at regional and national meetings.
  • Teaching and precepting
    • Precept PharmD students and residents
    • Present lecture(s) for KUMC psychiatry residents and fellows and at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy

For more program details, refer to our program manual.

Application information

Informational sessions

  • Dates TBD
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  • Application deadline: January 2, 2024
  • Must have a valid pharmacy license in the state of Kansas within 60 days of the start of the residency program.

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 the program would help you accomplish
  • Curriculum vitae
  • College transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • PhORCAS residency program application
  • ASHP resident matching program registration

National matching services (NMS) code: 620566

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