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About the Program

The University of Kentucky is a Level 1 trauma center and designated as a comprehensive stroke center. The Emergency Department has an annual census of roughly 100,000 visits per year. This program is uniquely designed to develop skilled clinicians that practice independently and excel in clinical service, teaching, and research. The program structure includes six core ED learning experiences, a research month, two required experiences in an intensive care unit setting, and three other electives built around the resident’s prior experiences.

Additionally, residents will participate in multiple longitudinal experiences, which creates a well-rounded learning experience. Residents also participate in providing 24-hour clinical pharmacy services through the in-house on-call program, staff in the Emergency Department as part of their required pharmacy practice experience, and are provided dedicated research time.

Precepting and teaching students in advance pharmacy practice experiences and didactic settings are offered, as is a longitudinal teaching certificate program. Other teaching opportunities exist within the Emergency Medicine physician residency and the Advanced Practice Provider Residency programs. Scholarly activities may focus on clinical, practice-based, or outcomes research.

Program Director

Elise Metts, PharmD, BCPS Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Linked Department (or Location)
UK Emergency Medicine
Location Detail
UK HealthCare 1000 S. Limestone, Room A 00.401

Quick Facts

Deadline: December 28, 2020

Number of Positions: 2

Starting Date: July 1

Requirements: Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, completion of a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, eligibility for licensure in the state of Kentucky

Application Requirements

  • CV
  • Letter of Intent
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation via PhorCAS (one must be from the program director if currently enrolled in a PGY1 program)
  • College of Pharmacy Transcripts

Required & Longitudinal Experiences

Required Experiences

  • Emergency Medicine (6 months)
  • Mass Casualty Response & Preparation (1-2 day activity)
  • Research & Teaching (1-month in additional to a longitudinal evaluation)

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Longitudinal Pharmacy Case Discussion
  • Longitudinal Toxicology Experience
  • Journal Club
  • Precepting & Teaching

Selective Experiences

Choose 2 Critical Care Rotations:

  • Cardiology Critical Care
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Critical Care (PICU)
  • Surgical Critical Care – Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care – Emergency General Surgery (EGS)
  • Surgical Critical Care – Neurosurgery
  • Surgical Critical Care – Trauma

Elective Experiences

Choose from the Selective Experience or the following to complete 12 rotations.

  • Anticoagulation Stewardship
  • Clinical Toxicology at the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center (Louisville, Kentucky)
  • Community Emergency Medicine – UK HealthCare Good Samaritan
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Inpatient Psychiatry (Eastern State Hospital & Behavioral Health/Good Samaritan)

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.