Community-Based Pharmacy (PGY-1)

Balls Foods Kansas City

Length of Program: Approximately 53 weeks
Number of Positions: 2
Current Stipend: $43,000

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.


This residency program builds upon the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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.

Residency Details

  • Price Chopper Pharmacy – 7000 W 75th St in Overland Park, KS 66204
  • Hen House Pharmacy – 13600 S. Black Bob Rd in Olathe, KS 66062
  • Diabetes Management
  • Immunizations
  • Cardiovascular Disease Management
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Corporate Pharmacy Leadership
  • Teaching 
  • Medication Therapy Management
  • Practice Based Research 
  • Ambulatory Care Lipid Clinic​
  • Ambulatory Care Geriatrics Clinic
  • 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:

Application Materials:

  • Current CV
  • Letter of intent
  • College transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation

Balls Food Stores operates 27 grocery stores (20 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:
    Leslie Johnson, Pharm.D. – Hen House
    Erin Moore, Pharm.D., – Price Chopper
  • Residency Director: Janelle Ruisinger, Pharm.D. – KU School of Pharmacy

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.


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.


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.


Janelle Ruisinger, Pharm.D., FAPhA
Community Residency Director
2010 Becker Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047