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  • Kentucky Pharmacy Licensure is required.
  • Residents are members of medical house staff.
  • UK Chandler Medical Center residents participate in the in-house on-call program approximately once every 3 weeks.
  • Residents utilize PharmAcademic to direct their evaluations.
  • UK Chandler Medical Center residents staff in the central pharmacy, decentralized clinical shifts, pediatric satellite, or oncology satellite an average of 8 hours per week (dependent upon program/specialty).
  • The design and completion of a resident research project is required, including a presentation and manuscript of research results.
  • Residents engage in teaching skill development, as well as provide teaching in a variety of settings, including didactics, small group facilitation, and clerkship precepting. Completion of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program is required for all PGY1 residents and PGY2 residents who have not completed a teaching certificate elsewhere.
  • Residents have opportunities to present at local, state, national, and international meetings.

On Call (Chandler Medical Center only)

The University of Kentucky Pharmacy Resident On-Call Program is one of the highlights as well as one of the challenges of being a UK resident. Twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year, one of the pharmacy residents is on-call, in house at the medical center, providing continuity to our pharmaceutical care from one day to the next.  The on call room is located within the Graduate Medical Education offices, among the rest of the call rooms for the hospital.

It is a fantastic experience to be faced with many challenges each day (and night) while on-call. The on-call resident is a member of the adult code blue team, the pediatric code blue team, and the stroke team. Additionally, the on-call resident is responsible for addressing after-hours pharmacokinetic issues, general drug-information questions, dosing recommendations, and responding to medical emergencies. 

For more information, see:

  • Smith KM et al. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2003; 60: 2236-41 (PubMed).
  • Peak VJ, et al. Am J Health Syst Pharm 1986; 43: 1753-1754. (PubMed).

  • Pandya KA, et al. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2010; 67: 1901, 1905-1907. (PubMed).

  • Weant KA, et al. Ann Pharmacotherapy 2010; 44: 447-455. (PubMed).

  • McConeghy KW, et al. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2012; 69: 2160-2164.  (PubMed).

  • Flynn JD, et al. Ann Pharmacotherapy 2014; 48: 1145-1151. (PubMed).

  • Cannon L, et al. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020; 77: 1060-1065.  (PubMed).

Pharmacy Practice and Science Seminar

Every Friday the pharmacy department comes together to learn about a different topic.  Presentations are given by faculty, residents, staff pharmacists, and graduate students.  Topics vary weekly and cover a broad spectrum of practice areas.  Continuing education credit is available for many of the presentations. In the fall, residents will present proposals for their research project.  Results of resident research projects are typically presented during the spring.  Residents are also required to present a one-hour continuing education session for pharmacists.

Teaching Certificate

The teaching certificate program at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy is offered free of charge to all Kentucky pharmacy residents. For more information, please visit the College of Pharmacy's site.

Professional Development Experiences

Once a year, each residency class embarks on a trip to visit other residency programs and places of interest in another area of the country.  These voyages, the Professional Development Experiences (PDEs), are designed to introduce residents to other programs and view the residency process from another perspective.  The residents themselves get to pick the destinations and plan the trip. It is a very educational experience to see how other programs function and practice, adding to the resident’s experience. When the residents return, they share what they learned at Pharmacy Grand Rounds.  

For more information, see: Smith KM et al. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2006; 63: 953-5 (PubMed).

UK Graduate Medical Education

Click here for the UK Graduate Medical Education (GME) site containing information for prospective residents (includes Handbook).

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.