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The ASHP-accredited University of Kentucky Healthcare – Good Samaritan Hospital Post Graduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program offers a unique opportunity to learn in an acute-care community hospital situated within a large academic medical center. The department of pharmacy at UK Good Samaritan Hospital is administratively linked to the Albert B. Chandler Medical Center, resulting in ongoing collaboration which benefits pharmacy resident experiences.

Our program is designed to build on the resident’s pharmacy education to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists capable of providing high-level patient care across a wide range of practice sites and specialties. Upon completion of the program residents will be eligible for board certification and postgraduate year two pharmacy residency training. ASHP-accredited PGY2 residencies are available in Cardiology, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Medication-Use Safety, Oncology, Pediatrics, and Solid-Organ Transplant.

UK Good Samaritan Hospital

UK Good Samaritan Hospital is an acute-care facility and community teaching hospital with 186 beds. Founded in 1888, the hospital has a long tradition of providing exceptional patient care in a community-hospital atmosphere. Its acquisition in July 2007 by UK HealthCare added the resources of a major health care system. Ongoing collaboration with UK’s Albert B. Chandler Medical Center as well as the UK College of Pharmacy creates an environment infused with the latest in teaching, research and practice.

Program Director

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Dustin Thomas, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Location Detail
UK HealthCare - Good Samaritan Hospital 310 S. Limestone St. Lexington, Kentucky 40508

Fast Facts

  • Number of Positions: 3
  • Application deadline: January 3rd, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Starting Date: June 14, 2021 
  • Ability to early commit to PGY2 programs at UK Healthcare

Residency Experiences

Residents will spend a minimum of eleven months successfully completing one month experiences from the opportunities listed below.  

Required Experiences

Required (7 months)

  • Internal Medicine (2 months)
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Medical ICU
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Oncology
  • Administration

Elective Experiences

Elective (4 months)

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Critical Care - Surgical ICU*, Cardiac ICU*
  • Cardiology*
  • Transplant*
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hematology/Oncology*
  • Inpatient Psychiatry – Adult
  • Inpatient Psychiatry – Child/Adolescent
  • Pediatrics*
  • Surgery

*Located at UK Chandler Medical Center

Longitudinal Experiences


Each resident will complete a research project as part of their residency experience. It is expected that the results of the research project will be presented at a national meeting and a manuscript be prepared that is suitable for publication.


PGY1 residents will complete a four hour evening staffing shift once per week as well as a two week concentrated staffing learning experience during the month of November or December. Residents staff a clinical pharmacy service every third weekend. All staffing shifts are completed at UK Healthcare Good Samaritan Hospital. 

Scholarship of Teaching Learning Program

UK Healthcare’s AACP award-winning teaching program provides residents opportunities to give didactic lectures, facilitate small group activities, and precept fourth year pharmacy students through the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

Longitudinal Experiential Education in Pharmacy (LEEP)

This program provides residents the opportunity to design and precept an introductory learning experience for second and third year pharmacy students. 

Committee Leadership

Residents will have the opportunity to participate as a core member of a multidisciplinary committee for the duration of the residency year. 

Pharmacy Practice and Science Seminar (Grand Rounds)

Residents are required to present a one-hour Grand Rounds continuing education session for pharmacists. Topics are chosen by the resident and are typically contemporary updates on pharmacy practice.

Application Process

Thank you for expressing interest in the University of Kentucky pharmacy residency programs! All applicants must be a graduate of an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy and be licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Kentucky. Please direct any application-related questions to: Dustin Thomas (UK Good Samaritan Hospital) or Aaron Cook (UK Chandler Medical Center),.

STEP 1 - Register for the Match

Applicants must participate in the match process sponsored by the National Matching Service, Inc. (

STEP 2 - Complete PhORCAS Application

Applicants should complete the standard PGY1 application on PhORCAS. ( Please note this includes three (3) recommendations from individuals who can comment on the applicant's clinical abilities. It is preferred that at least two recommendations come from preceptors. Formal letters are not required.

STEP 3 - Submit by Deadline

Applicants should have all PhORCAS application materials submitted by January 3, 2021, 11:59 PM EST. Applicants must submit a rank order list through the National Matching Service, Inc. by March 5, 2021, 11:59 PM EST.

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