About the Program
The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program (CPRP), established in 2001, is dedicated to developing community practitioners who are providers of direct patient care services and innovators in the advancement of community pharmacy practice. The program will equip the residents to:
- Provide direct patient care in community pharmacy settings
- Effectively communicate with / educate student pharmacists, pharmacists, patients, and other healthcare professionals
- Manage advanced patient care practices
- Be a leader and role model for pharmacists, other healthcare professionals, and student pharmacists in advancing the profession of pharmacy
- Utilize core management skills to effectively operate a community pharmacy
- Practice-based Project
- Advanced Community-Based Pharmacy Practice
- Teaching and Precepting
- Patient Care Services: Development and Enhancement
- Leadership and Professional Service
- Clinical Services/Patient Care Services: Kroger Pharmacy, Wheeler Pharmacy/Home Connection, St. Matthews Community and Specialty Pharmacy
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American Pharmacy Services Corporation (APSC)
The American Pharmacy Services Corporation (APSC) is a cooperative of over 400 independent community pharmacies whose headquarters are located in Frankfort, Kentucky. The resident's primary practice site is at Wheeler Pharmacy located in Lexington, KY.
The APSC residency site provides the resident with the opportunity to participate in a unique direct patient care program providing specialized pharmacy services that focus on disease state management and increasing adherence.
At the pharmacy level, the resident will participate in medication therapy management (MTM), immunization services, pharmacy management and leadership, and MTM/disease management through Wheeler Pharmacy's Home Connection program. Home Connection is an innovative medication management program designed for geriatric patients.
The resident will have the opportunity to develop management skills and knowledge in the operation of an independent community pharmacy.
APSC's Professional Affairs Division provides the resident with a unique opportunity to assist many independent pharmacies with the development, design, marketing, and implementation of enhanced pharmacist care, disease state management programs, and clinical services. In-house point-of-care programs currently available include asthma, dyslipidemia, osteoporosis, diabetes, adult immunizations, and a program designed to help members in conducting pharmacy-based health fairs.
An enormous advantage to doing a residency at APSC is in the variety. In addition to working at the primary practice site, residents have the opportunity to work with several independent pharmacies affiliated with APSC and with a supportive and very knowledgeable corporate office.
At the corporate level, the resident will learn relevant government affairs issues that affect independent pharmacies, develop continuing education programs and facilitate conferences, create new disease state management programs, and precept student pharmacists.
The site coordinator is Dr. Cathy Hanna, Pharm.D., who also serves as the Vice President of Professional Affairs for APSC. Other preceptors at the APSC site are Claire Love, R.Ph., Owner Wheeler's Custom Compounding, Dr. Molly Carr, Pharm.D., Staff Pharmacist Wheeler Pharmacy, and Dr. Lynne Eckmann, Pharm.D., Coordinator of the Home Connections Program. All preceptors hold community-based faculty appointments at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.
Kroger Pharmacy - Lexington
Kroger Pharmacy offers a unique experience for postgraduate training in a community pharmacy setting. The residency prepares pharmacists to become future leaders that are capable of advancing patient care in community pharmacy.
Kroger Pharmacy is a supermarket chain pharmacy with subsidiaries nationwide including City Market, Dillon’s, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, QFC, Ralph’s, and Smith’s Food and Drug. The resident will be a part of the Kroger Mid-South Division. The Mid-South Division has 157 pharmacies that are split into eight districts. Each district has a Patient Care Specialist that implements patient care services for the company. The resident will be based at the Kroger in Lexington, Kentucky, a unique practice setting that is located approximately 15 minutes from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. This community pharmacy location has a patient care area separate from the dispensing pharmacy and serves as a focal point for patient care services for 22 stores located in the Central Kentucky district.
Kroger Pharmacy is a leader in patient care with services such as immunizations, health/wellness, and disease management, employee coaching programs, and medication therapy management (MTM). Other services include physical assessment and point of care monitoring such as biometric screenings, A1c tests, and disease risk assessment. Additionally, the Kroger Patient Care Center is an American Diabetes Association-accredited diabetes self-management education program.
Residents will have an opportunity to precept and teach student pharmacists on their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience rotations. The advantages of working with Kroger Pharmacy include the opportunity to implement programs through the entire marketing area and the potential to influence the practice of pharmacy in the community pharmacy setting. The resident will have the opportunity to create and provide continuing education for area pharmacists and serve as a resource for drug information for medical professionals and patients. The 157 pharmacies and over 570 pharmacists in the Louisville Division provide a large population of patients and pharmacists for the collection of research project data.
The site coordinator and Patient Care Specialist is Dr. David Strunk, Pharm.D., who has many years of experience with student pharmacists and residents and winner of the Patient Counseling Award for APhA in 2010. Other preceptors at the Kroger Pharmacy site include Dr. Kristina Dickson, Pharm.D., pharmacy manager at the Bellerive Road, Nicholasville, Kentucky community pharmacy location. All preceptors hold community-based faculty appointments at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.
St. Matthews Community & Specialty Pharmacy - Louisville
St. Matthews Community & Specialty Pharmacy is a truly innovative independent community pharmacy with a focus on individualized medicine. The resident's primary practice site is at the pharmacy located in the heart of St. Matthews in Louisville, KY.
The St. Matthews residency site provides the resident with the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of direct patient care programs focused on chronic health conditions including specialty pharmacy services that focus on the health and wellbeing of the individual.
The resident will participate in a variety of advance pharmacy services including medication therapy management (MTM), immunization services, compounding, and a pharmacist managed substance use disorder program. St. Matthews Pharmacy was the first pharmacy in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to implement an opioid-use-disorder clinic in their community pharmacy and will continue add additional programs to practice at the top of their license while meeting the needs of the community they serve.
The resident will have the opportunity to develop management skills and knowledge in the operation of an independent and specialty community pharmacy.
St. Matthews’ involvement with the CPESN® (Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network) Kentucky Pharmacy Care Network (KY) provides the resident with a unique opportunity to assist independent pharmacies with the development, design, marketing, and implementation of enhanced pharmacist care, disease state management programs, and clinical services.
Residents who complete a residency at St. Matthews will also be able to participate in a variety of clinic-based patient care. In addition to working at the primary practice site, residents have the opportunity to work with several clinics affiliated with St. Matthews to manage patients across the continuum of care. Residents will also have an opportunity to precept and teach student pharmacists on their Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience rotations.
The site coordinator is Dr. Chris Harlow, PharmD, BCGP, who is the co-founder of St. Matthews Community & Specialty Pharmacy. Other preceptors at the site include Dr. Jill Rhodes PharmD, BCOP, CSP, FHOPA co-founder of St. Matthews Community & Specialty Pharmacy; and Kim Caudill, PharmD, Bobby Conzelman, PharmD and Keyla Palmer, PharmD. All preceptors hold community-based faculty appointments at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.
How to Apply
- Graduate of an accredited school or college of pharmacy
- Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Kentucky
Application deadline: January 4th, 2022
1. Complete a PhORCAS Application
Applications will be received through PhORCAS. Please note, the University of Kentucky Community Pharmacy Residency Program is considered one program with multiple sites. Although each site has its own unique National Matching Service (NMS) code, the applicant can apply to any or all of sites and only count as one application (with one application fee) in PhORCAS.
- Kroger-Lexington NMS #144515
- American Pharmacy Services Corporation (APSC)/Wheeler Pharmacy-Frankfort/Lexington NMS #144521
- St. Matthews Community/Specialty Pharmacy/Louisville NMS #144522
2. Submit Supplemental Responses
In addition to PhORCAS requirements for application, the UK Community Pharmacy Residency Program application requires a response to a supplemental short answer statement.
- Describe a significant current event (e.g., an advocacy initiative, new legislation, large collaborative efforts involving health initiatives or partnerships, etc.) at the local, state, or national level that impacted or has the ability to impact the advancement of pharmacy practice.
3. Letters of Recommendation
Recommendations should be completed by an employer, a preceptor, and a faculty member. If the applicant cannot obtain references from an employer, please choose another preceptor from an ambulatory/community Advanced 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.