Community Pharmacy (PGY1)
Balls Foods Kansas City

This community-based pharmacy residency develops change agents who successfully integrate patient centered care into today’s pharmacy practice. Program graduates will develop the necessary skills and motivation to create and manage sustainable patient care programs as well as educate patients, other health care providers, and future practitioners. Program graduates will demonstrate commitment to the profession by acting as innovative practice leaders in their communities.

Residency Program Purpose Statement

This residency program builds upon the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop community-based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications.

Practice Sites

Price Chopper Pharmacy – 7000 W 75th St in Overland Park, KS 66204
Hen House Pharmacy – 13600 S. Black Bob Rd in Olathe, KS 66062

Practice Areas:

  • Diabetes Management
  • Immunizations
  • Cardiovascular Disease Management
  • Pharmacy Management – 6 week rotation
  • Teaching 
  • Medication Therapy Management
  • Practice Based Research 
  • Ambulatory Care Lipid Clinic​
  • Ambulatory Care Geriatrics Clinic
Length of Program:  Approximately 53 weeks – last week of June through the end of the following June
Number of Positions:  2
Current Stipend: $43,000
  • Ten paid vacation days per year
  • Off work 7 major holidays per year
  • Health/dental/vision/prescription insurance
  • Full travel support to Cardinal Health’s Retail Business Conference
  • Full travel support to ASHP Midyear Meeting
  • Full travel support to Midwest Pharmacy Residency Conference
  • Stipend for travel to APhA Annual Meeting
Application Requirements:
  • Graduate of an ACPE accredited School of Pharmacy
  • Eligible to take the NAPLEX by July 15
  • Participation in the ASHP Match Program
  • Submit application through PhORCAS
Application Materials:
  • Current  CV
  • Letter of intent
  • College transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation

Balls Food Stores Overview

Balls Food Stores operates 27 grocery stores (19 with pharmacies) all in the Kansas City metropolitan area under the Hen House and Price Chopper banners.  

  • Pharmacy Director: Mike Halliwell, R.Ph.
  • Pharmacy Specialist: John Witt, Pharm.D.
  • Residency Coordinator: Nikki Schwartze, Pharm.D., BCACP
  • Residency Preceptors:
    Joshua D. Kinsey, Pharm.D. – Hen House
    Erin Moore, Pharm.D., – Price Chopper
  • Residency Director: Janelle Ruisinger, Pharm.D. – KU School of Pharmacy

Residency Specifics

Staffing Requirements:  Each resident is required to staff an average of about 10 hours per week at their specific store for the duration of the residency - this includes weekday and weekend staffing commitments.

Projects/Presentations: Each resident is required to complete a practice related research project.  This project will be submitted as a poster presentation to the APhA Annual Meeting and presented as a podium presentation at the Midwest Pharmacy Residency Conference in May.  The resident is also required to prepare and submit a manuscript for successful completion of the residency.
Teaching: Residents are required to deliver 2-3 didactic lectures to first year University of Kansas School of Pharmacy students.  Additionally, residents will gain teaching experience through small group topic discussions and interactions with APPE students throughout the residency year.  A Teaching Certificate Program is available for those residents with a teaching interest.
For more information please contact:
Janelle Ruisinger, Pharm.D.
Community Residency Director
3901 Rainbow Blvd, Mail Stop 4047
Kansas City, KS 66160

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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
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