Ambulatory Care Residency
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.
- Practice-Based Research Project
- Direct Patient Care
- Practice Management
- Patient Care Services Development & Enhancement
- Teaching and Precepting
- Leadership & Professional Development
- 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: ~$49,154/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
- Graduate of an accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program
- Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Kentucky
Application deadline: December 31, 2022
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.
An on-site interview will be required. Interviews will be conducted beginning the last two weeks of January through the end of February.
Information about Kentucky Pharmacist Licensure, including exam components and requirements, can be obtained at http://pharmacy.ky.gov/ 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.”