Pharmacy Practice (PGY1)

The University of Kansas Health System offers a thirteen month post-Pharm.D. 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”.

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 health care 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.

Residency Program Purpose Statement:

To provide postgraduate training in the provision of direct patient care to multiple patient populations. Residents will develop effective written and verbal communication skills in order to provide education to, and interaction with, patients, students, and a multi-disciplinary team of health care providers. To help develop leadership skills, in preparation for their own clinical pharmacy practice, the resident will demonstrate and continue to develop their leadership skills through professionalism and focusing on quality improvement.

Residency Program Outcomes:

  1. Provide evidence-based, direct patient care to multiple patient populations
  2. Demonstrate professionalism
  3. Effectively educate patients, students, and a multi-disciplinary health care team by utilizing available medical technology
  4. Possess the ability to manage own practice
  5. Demonstrate leadership skills
  6. Develop effective written and verbal communication skills

Length of Program: ~13 months (approx. June - July)

Number of Positions: 4-6 PGY1 positions


PGY1 Residency Director:

  • Katherine Miller, MHA, PharmD

PGY1 Residency Coordinators:

  • Lindsey Fitzpatrick, PharmD, BCPS

Contact Information:

The University of Kansas Health System, Department of Pharmacy

3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Mail Stop 4040, Kansas City, KS 66160

Phone: 913-588-2820

E-mail: and


Core Rotations (Duration in weeks)

  • Orientation/Institutional Practice (7)
  • Clinical Staffing Area (8)
  • Acute Care (5)
  • Specialty Care (5)
  • Critical Care (5)
  • Clinical Research (3)
  • Advanced Independent Practice (6)
  • Quality Outcomes (4)
  • Electives (10)

Advanced Independent (AIP) Rotation

PGY1 pharmacy residents will participate in a 6-week AIP rotation. The resident will complete 4 weeks of rotation with a preceptor and then for 2 weeks the resident will practice independently as the clinical pharmacist for that service. This rotation can be in either an acute care or critical care rotation.

Practice Foundation Skills

  • June-Mid July: Hospital and Pharmacy Department orientation and training
  • Mid-July thru Mid-August: Staffing rotation on selected clinical team
  • Mid-August thru September: Clinical rotation on selected clinical team + clinical evening training

Acute Care

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology

Specialty Care

  • Adult Hematology/Oncology
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Pediatrics
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Psychiatry

Critical Care

  • Surgical ICU (Level 1 Trauma Center)
  • Medical ICU
  • Cardiovascular ICU
  • Transplant ICU
  • Neurosurgical ICU
  • Neonatal ICU

Quality Outcomes

  • Practice Leadership
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Drug Services

Medication Safety and Drug Policy

Drug Policy

Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee

Medication Safety

Elective Rotations*

  • Emergency Department
  • Academia
  • Ambulatory Clinics (HIV, MS, Hep C, Onc, HF)
  • Investigational Drug Services
  • IV Room and Nutrition
  • Outpatient Pharmacy
  • Informatics
  • Poison Control Center
  • Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Medication Safety

* 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.

Application Requirements

1.   PHORCAS Residency Program Application

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • College Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Supplemental Materials
  • Photo
  • Essay questions
  • Example of a project completed on a rotation (PowerPoint, poster, document)

2.   Application for Employment

3.   ASHP Resident Matching Program Registration


  • All application materials must be received by January 2nd
  • Must have a valid pharmacy license in the state of Kansas prior to residency start date or by July 1st

Important dates after completion of match process

  • Early June: Residency Orientation
  • Early June: Resident Meet & Greet

National Matching Services (NMS) Code: 143313

2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
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$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU
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