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The PGY1 program was the recipient of the 2007 ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Residency Excellence Award. Core learning experiences include ambulatory care, medical and surgical critical care, internal medicine, oncology, pediatrics and practice leadership. Electives include emergency medicine, infectious diseases, nutrition, solid organ transplant, stroke, and many others. Residents participate in 24-hour clinical services through an in-house on-call program. While the program focuses on enhancing patient care skills, residents are encouraged to develop their teaching and precepting skills by teaching PharmD students in classroom lectures, pharmacotherapy breakout groups, and clinical clerkships. An AACP award-winning certificate program in scholarship and teaching exposes residents to teaching philosophies, innovative teaching techniques, and accreditation standards. Research projects are required and selected based on the resident's interest and availability. The program encourages residents to pursue their professional interests while becoming well-rounded clinicians by providing them with the flexibility to directly design their residency year schedule. Upon completion of the pharmacy practice residency, ASHP-accredited PGY2 residencies are available in Ambulatory Care, Cardiology, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Medication- Use Safety, Oncology, Pediatrics, and Solid-Organ Transplant.

Program Director

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Aaron Cook, PharmD, BCCCP, BCPS, FKSHP, FCCP, FNCS Department of Pharmacy Services

Location Detail
800 Rose Street, H110 Lexington, KY 40536-0293

Application Info

Fast Facts

Deadline: Monday, December  21, 2020

Starting Date: June 15, 2021

Number of Positions: 9 (7 - Pharmacy Practice PGY1 and 1 - PGY1 HSPA resident and 1 - PGY1 SPAL resident)

Application Requirements

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree
  • Licensure (or eligibility for licensure) in the state of Kentucky
  • See Application Steps below regarding required supplemental materials to be submitted

Residency Rotations

The program encourages residents to pursue their personal interests while becoming well-rounded clinicians by providing them with the flexibility to directly design their residency year schedule.  All residents must take the Core rotations, and then select one from each of the other categories listed below.

Core/required rotations

  • Administration
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics

Selective (Required/one from each category)

  • Ambulatory Care
    • Hematology/Oncology
    • Primary Care
    • Solid Organ Transplant
    • Cardiology
  • Hematology/Oncology
    • Bone Marrow Transplant
    • Hematology
    • Inpatient medical oncology
    • Hematology/Oncology Clinic
  • Medical Critical Care
    • Pulmonary/Critical Care
    • Cardiology Critical Care
  • Surgical Critical Care
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • Mechanical support/ Heart-Lung Transplant
    • Neurosurgery
    • Trauma Surgery
    • Emergency general surgery


  • Academia
  • Adult Nutrition Support
  • Cardiology Acute Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Kidney/Liver Transplant
  • Lung Transplant
  • Pediatric Subspecialties
  • Stroke Neurology
  • Vascular surgery
  • Others as available and requested

Application Steps

Thank you for expressing interest in the University of Kentucky pharmacy residency programs! All applicants are invited to browse the materials listed on the Scholarship page for a preview of items discussed during interviews. Please direct any application-related questions to either Aaron Cook (UK Chandler Medical Center) or Dustin Thomas (UK Good Samaritan Hospital).

STEP 1 - Complete Application

Applicants should complete the standard PGY1 application on PhORCAS. ( Please note this includes three (3) recommendations provided through PhORCAS: one from a faculty member, one from a preceptor, and one from an employer/supervisor. Formal letters are not required.

STEP 2 - Upload Essay Responses

UK Chandler PGY1 applicants must upload responses to both essay questions below. Responses to each question should be limited to one page or less. Not required for Good Samaritan Hospital Residency program applicants.

  • Question 1: Describe a specific situation during the past year in which you enhanced the provision of patient-centered care.
  • Question 2: Describe a specific situation where you encountered an ethical dilemma with peers in pharmacy school or during the provision of patient care. What factors did you consider when making your decision? How do you approach resolving ethical dilemmas in general?

STEP 3 - Participate in Match Process

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

STEP 4 - Submit by Deadline

Applicants should have all application materials submitted by the application deadline date, December 21st, 2020, 11:59 PM EST (UK Chandler).

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