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About the Program

The postgraduate year two (PGY2) Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program is jointly-sponsored by Bluegrass Community Health Center and the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Pharmacy.  It is an established, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited pharmacy residency program at Bluegrass Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center and National Committee for Quality Assurance Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home. 

This program is intended to foster the growth of residents from a generalized practice to an elevated practice focused on the care of patients in ambulatory care settings.  This program develops clinical pharmacists with expertise in the areas of medication therapy management, medication review, pharmacotherapy consultation, collaborative drug therapy management with the use of collaborative practice agreements, transitions of care, medication education, medication-assisted treatment, and other related services.  Residents in this program obtain knowledge of therapeutic areas of emphasis in fully-integrated, comprehensive preventive and primary care services through team-based care.

Residents are part of an interprofessional team using a patient-centered medical home service delivery model and are equipped to care for special populations, including those that are vulnerable, underserved, or diverse, in a way that is culturally and linguistically appropriate.  Through this longitudinal experience, residents train and care for patient populations within models that emphasize integrated behavioral health, population health, culturally-sensitive care, and interprofessional practice. 

Residents also have the opportunity to use a similar comprehensive, interdisciplinary team-based approach to provide clinical pharmacy services and care that helps to address the complex medical and social needs of patients through additional required and elective longitudinal direct patient care learning experiences within UK HealthCare ambulatory clinics.

Residents in this program collaborate with the  UK College of Pharmacy faculty on practice-based research projects at the clinic.  Opportunities to complete the ASHP Teaching Certificate for Pharmacists, teach and mentor UK College of Pharmacy student pharmacists through elective and advanced pharmacy practice experiences, and provide didactic instruction in the College’s newly reformed and innovative curriculum are provided as well.

Program Contact

tera mcintosh uky pharmacy

Tera McIntosh, PharmD Residency Program Director

Location Detail
Pharmacy Practice & Science Dept. Lee T. Todd, Jr. Bldg, Ste 114Z


Learning Experiences

  • Orientation
  • Practice-Based Research Project
  • Direct Patient Care  
  • Practice Management 
  • Patient Care Services Development & Enhancement
  • Outreach 
  • Teaching and Precepting
  • Leadership & Professional Development
  • Pharmacy Staffing

Teaching Opportunities

  • ASHP/UK College of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate for Pharmacists
  • Facilitate Patient Care Laboratory sessions for student pharmacists 
  • Teach student pharmacists in-class experiences 
  • Teach/lead/facilitate group education classes for patients 
  • Provide continuing education programs for health care professionals 


  • Stipend: $50,137/year 
  • Holidays/Vacation: 15 vacation days, 8 holidays, 4 bonus days, plus sick leave 
  • Health Benefits: UK HMO or PPO health insurance, dental plan, prescription benefits
  • Travel allowance for national meeting attendance and local travel 
  • Professional leave for job interviews and approved professional meetings
  • Office space available at individual sites 
  • Library access to UK libraries and electronic journals

How to Apply

Applicant Requirements

  • Graduate of an accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Kentucky
  • Application deadline: January 2, 2024

1. Complete a PhORCAS Application

Applications for this program should be completed through PhORCAS.

NMS Code: #767665


2. Letters of Recommendation

Recommendations should be completed by an employer and preceptors (at least one is required from PGY1 program). If the applicant cannot obtain a reference from an employer, please choose a faculty member or another preceptor from an ambulatory care pharmacy practice experience.


3. Interviews

An on-site interview will be offered during the last week of January to the end of February. Virtual interviews will be offered if needed.


4. Licensure

Information about Kentucky Pharmacist Licensure, including exam components and requirements, can be obtained at or by calling 502-564-7910.



Brittany R. Smith, PharmD, BCACP

“The University of Kentucky and Bluegrass Community Health Center (BCHC) Ambulatory Care Residency immersed me into the experiences where I was practicing at the highest level of my license to improve healthcare access to patients in underserved communities. Through precepting and mentorship from clinical pharmacists with vast knowledge and experiences, I gained the knowledge and confidence to be able to effectively serve patients and learn how to manage my own clinic to continue to improve patient access to important healthcare services. The impact of the relationships I developed with my residency program director and preceptors and the BCHC clinic staff has continued to open doors for my career and professional goals. I am thankful to have been a pivotal part of developing this program, as its first resident, and I know that this program will only continue to produce exceptional ambulatory care, clinical pharmacists.”

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.