Pharmacy Residency

Our team of pharmacy residents come from around the country and have varying research and career interests. Many come to UofL Hospital because it is an academicPharmacy Residency 2018 medical center, which serves as an optimal environment for learning. Within the pharmacy department, qualified and dedicated pharmacy preceptors are committed to training the next generation of pharmaceutical leaders. Beyond participating in the day-to-day clinical and operational pharmacy functions at UofL Hospital, our residents participate in a number of additional professional and social activities.

Why train at UofL Hospital?

  • Our Pharmacy Residency Program features preceptors with board certification and additional post graduate certification in various fields of pharmacy practice.
  • Members of the pharmacy staff are involved and hold leadership positions in local, state and national professional pharmacy organizations.
  • The Pharmacy Department is committed to patient and community education, providing medication reconciliation and medication management education opportunities.
  • Pharmacists provide comprehensive services to achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes for all patients, families and providers through decentralized clinical pharmacy services in all critical care and general medicine areas including:¬†

               o    Bone Marrow Transplant
               o    Burn
               o    MICU
               o    Emergency Department
               o    Internal Medicine
               o    Neonatal Intensive Care
               o    Neuro-anesthesia
               o    Oncology
               o    Stroke/Neurology
               o    Trauma/Surgery
               o    Psychiatry
               o    Operating/Recovery Room

  • Our pharmacists are involved in several ambulatory clinics, including an anti-coagulation clinic, Diabetes Medication Therapy Management (MTM) clinic, HIV/AIDS clinic, in addition to some new emerging ambulatory care based clinics

Advanced pharmacy practice student rotations include:

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Critical Care ‚Äď Medical ICU
  • Critical Care ‚Äď Neurosurgical ICU
  • Critical Care ‚Äď Surgical ICU
  • Emergency Department
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Integrated Pharmacy Practice
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medication Safety
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Oncology/BMTU
  • Oncology Outpatient
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Pharmacy Informatics¬†

Check out our Pharmacy Residency Manual for detailed information on our residencies. 

Learn more about our preceptors and current pharmacy residents. 

We have several options available for pharmacy residencies including:

 

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at UofL Hospital is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and offers a complete experience in both acute and ambulatory care. The program is structured according to ASHP’s Residency Program Design and Conduct and is designed to be flexible and individualized to the resident's professional goals and interests.

Residents are encouraged to develop an approach to their profession that leads to life-long learning and career satisfaction.
The fundamental goals of this residency program are to develop clinical practitioners who are capable of:

  • Delivering pharmaceutical care to patients in several specialized areas with a focus on providing clinical pharmacy services in a proficient and compassionate manner.
  • Educating patients, students and healthcare providers.
  • Functioning as an effective member of the health care team.
  • Demonstrating professional leadership, confidence and strong communication skills.
  • Improving individual practice by self-evaluating one‚Äôs skills in providing pharmaceutical care.

Purpose Statement

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at UofL Hospital builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) education and outcomes to help develop clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care and who are eligible for board certification and postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. 

At a Glance

  • Residency duration: ¬†12 months
  • Application deadline: ¬†Early January (PhORCAS - Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service)
  • Start date: ¬†Late June
  • Interview required: ¬†Yes
  • Curriculum vitae required: ¬†Yes
  • Letters of recommendation: ¬†3 (PhORCAS - Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service)
  • Formal Letter of intent (strengths, weaknesses, goals, what about UL interests)
  • Official transcripts

PGY1 Program Summary
PGY1 Completion Requirements
PGY1 Residency Assessment Plan
 
Contact

Melissa Robertson, Pharm.D., BCPS
Manager, Medication Safety 
Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program
(502) 562-3440
melissro@ulh.org 

The Department of Pharmacy at UofL Hospital offers a Post-Graduate Year Two (PGY2) Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency. This comprehensive training program incorporates direct patient care, teaching and research experiences with a focus on the provision of pharmaceutical care as an integral member of the interdisciplinary heath care team.

As the region’s only Level I Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center, UofL Hospital provides care to a variety of patient populations in both the acute care and ambulatory settings. The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency offers a diverse range of inter-professional outpatient clinics serving a variety of patient populations. Our collaboration with Sullivan University College of Pharmacy allows for vast small and large group teaching opportunities. 

Program Structure:

The PGY2 Ambulatory Care residency is a 12-month training program, consisting of mostly longitudinal rotations to foster stronger patient-pharmacist relationships, maximize learning experiences, and provide exceptional follow-up patient care. 

Core Experiences

  • Orientation (1 month)
  • Ambulatory Internal Medicine Clinic (12 months)
  • Diabetes MTM Clinic (12 months)
  • New Ambulatory Service (12 months)¬†
  • Administration (12 months)¬†
  • Flipped-Model Research (12 months)¬†
  • Outpatient Staffing (12 months)¬†
  • Advanced Heart Failure I (6 months)
  • Lung transplant Clinics (6 months)¬†
  • Anticoagulation Clinic (5 months)
  • Oncology Outpatient Clinic (3 months)
  • HIV and PrEP Clinic I (3 months)¬†

Elective Experiences

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (12 months, required if no previous certificate)
  • First Care/Emergency Medicine (3 months)¬†
  • Hepatic/Renal Transplant Clinics (3 months)¬†
  • Cardiology (3 months)¬†
  • Advanced Heart Failure Clinic II (3 months)
  • Hepatitis C Clinic (3 months)¬†
  • Endocrinology (3 months)¬†
  • HIV and PrEP Clinic II (3 months)¬†
  • Gastroenterology Clinic (3 months)¬†
  • Academia (3 months)¬†
  • Geriatrics (3 months)¬†
  • Medical Writing (3 months)¬†

Important Dates

Application Deadline: early January
Starting Date: July 1

Application Requirements

Application completed on PhORCAS - Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service. Application is required to include: letter of intent, curriculum vitae, 3 references with letters of recommendation, official transcript from ACPE Accredited College of Pharmacy, graduation from an ASHP Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (or candidate status, pending accreditation), and pharmacist licensure/eligibility for licensure in the state of Kentucky.

Program Director:

Cathy Spencer, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, AAHIVP
Clinical Pharmacist, University of Louisville Outpatient Pharmacy & 550 Clinic 
Clinic phone: (502) 852-7668
Office phone: (502) 562-2803
Email: cathysp@ulh.org
 

The PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency is a 12-month program.

Critical Care and Emergency Medicine pharmacy services are located in the inpatient pharmacy at University of Louisville Hospital. Clinical pharmacists participate in daily multidisciplinary rounds on the inpatient services and are responsible for therapeutic drug monitoring, nutrition support, patient education and staff education. Weekly educational opportunities available include the pharmacy journal club, critical care pharmacy conferences, pharmacy student case conference and emergency medicine resident conferences.

Goals & Purpose Statement
The fundamental goals of this residency program are to develop clinical practitioners who are capable of:

‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Delivering pharmaceutical care to patients in several specialized areas with a focus on providing clinical pharmacy services in a proficient and compassionate manner.
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Educating patients, students, and health care providers.
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Functioning as an effective member of the health care team.
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Demonstrating professional leadership, confidence, and strong communication skills.
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Improving individual practice by self-evaluating one‚Äôs skills in providing pharmaceutical care.

The residents will be encouraged to develop an approach to their profession that leads to life-long learning and career satisfaction.
Pharmacists who successfully complete the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency program at University of Louisville Health Care will be proficient in providing integrated pharmaceutical care as competent practitioners in multiple healthcare environments. This program will provide residents with the learning experiences and opportunities that will guide them to enhance their ability to design, implement and improve clinical pharmacy services. Residents will apply their expertise in our tertiary teaching hospital setting. This will provide experience in caring for a variety of patients across the continuum.

Purpose:
PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in advanced or specialized practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in that practice area (when board certification for the practice area exists).

Important Dates:
Application deadline: Early January
Start date: Early July

‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†PGY2 Critical Care Residency Summary
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†PGY2 Critical Care Residency Requirements

Each year, we award one PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency; eligibility requirements include:

‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Pharm.D. degree
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Completion of an ASHP accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Eligibility for licensure in Kentucky

Interested candidates must apply through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) and supply:

‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Letter explaining why you are interested in specialized training at UofL Hospital, your perceived strengths and opportunities for improvement, PGY2 residency goals and career goals
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Curriculum vitae
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Three letters of recommendation
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Official academic transcript

Only completed applications packets received by the deadline will be reviewed for selection of onsite interviews. Candidates will be contacted for an onsite interview that will take place in late January or early February.

Contact:
Mark Cox, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Critical Care
Phone: (502) 562-3093
Fax: (502) 562-3655
Email: markco@ulh.org 

UofL Hospital Emergency Department serves on average 60,000 patient visits per year and remains the only Level 1 trauma center in the region. University Hospital has received either a GOLD or Gold Plus award from AHA/ASA over the last 9 years in conjunction with its comprehensive stroke center. Pharmacy residents in this program will become clinical specialists in all aspects of emergency care and will be able to manage all patients presenting emergently with acuity ranging from ambulatory to critical care. Areas of focus can include but are not limited to: trauma, neurology, cardiology, toxicology, and transitions of care. 

Core Experiences 

  • Emergency Medicine I (orientation/acute resuscitation and transitions of care focus)-2 months¬†
  • Emergency Medicine II (infections disease and medical emergencies focus)-2 months¬†
  • Emergency Medicine III (special population focus)-2 months¬†
  • Emergency Medicine transitions of care¬†
  • Community Hospital Emergency Medicine (choice of Jewish Hospital Emergency Department or Baptist East Emergency Department) ‚Äď 1 month¬†
  • Intensive Care (choice of 2 ‚Äď Neurosurgical ICU, Medical ICU, and Surgical ICU) ‚Äď 2 months¬†
  • Toxicology (Kentucky Poison Control Center) ‚Äď 1 month¬†
  • Longitudinal Emergency Department Staffing ‚Äď 1 year¬†
  • Longitudinal Outcomes Research- 1 year¬†
  • Longitudinal Teaching & Pre-Hospital Emergency Services - 6 months¬†
  • Longitudinal Medication Safety and Practice Management - 6 months¬†

Elective Experiences 

  • Internal Medicine¬†
  • Infectious Disease¬†
  • Neonatal Intensive Care¬†
  • Stroke/Neurology¬†
  • Offsite Learning Opportunities¬†
    • Pediatric ICU (Norton Children‚Äôs Hospital)¬†
    • Cardiovascular Surgery ICU (Jewish Hospital)¬†

Teaching 

  • Elective participation in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Certificate Program¬†
  • Preceptorship of PharmD students¬†
  • Co-preceptorship of PGY1 residents¬†
  • Didactic lecture opportunities available to pharmacists, college of pharmacy students, Emergency Medicine residents and staff, and multiple local emergency medical response departments (including but not limited to air and ground EMS as well as fire departments)¬†

Important Dates 

Application Deadline: Early January 
Starting Date: Early July 

Application Requirements

Letter of intent, curriculum vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, official transcript from ACPE Accredited College of Pharmacy, graduation from an ASHP Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (or candidate status, pending accreditation), and pharmacist licensure/eligibility for licensure in the state of Kentucky. 

Emergency Medicine Residency Program Contacts

Program Director:
Lynn Lamkin, PharmD, BCPS 
Director, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program 
Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist 
UofL Hospital 
530 South Jackson Street 
Louisville, KY 40202 
(502) 217-8210 
lynnla@ulh.org
 

UofL Hospital offers a Post-Graduate Year Two (PGY2) Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency. This comprehensive training program incorporates direct patient care, teaching and research experiences with a focus on the provision of pharmaceutical care as an integral member of the interdisciplinary heath care team.

As the region’s only Level I Trauma Center and a Certified Stroke Center, UofL Hospital provides comprehensive care to a variety of patient populations in both the acute care and ambulatory settings. The PGY2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency offers a diverse selection of inpatient and outpatient learning experiences, allowing the resident to customize their residency experience and progress into a confident, autonomous practitioner. Upon completion, graduates of the program will be innovative practitioners and pharmacy educators capable of assuming positions in multiple health care environments, engaging in research, academia, and becoming leaders in pharmacy organizations as Clinical Pharmacy Specialists in Internal Medicine.

The Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency is a 12-month program. There are six required rotations (8 months) and multiple elective opportunities.

Required Rotations

  • Orientation
  • Internal Medicine I (2 months)
  • Internal Medicine II (2 months)
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Infectious Disease¬†
  • Research

Elective Rotations

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
  • Neuro Intensive Care Unit
  • Nutrition
  • Psychiatry
  • Stroke Service
  • Toxicology
  • Ambulatory Care Clinic opportunities:
    • ¬†HIV
    • ¬† Internal Medicine
  • Offsite learning opportunities:¬†
    • ¬† ¬† ¬†Cardiology (KentuckyOne Health ‚Äď Jewish Hospital)
    • ¬† ¬† ¬†Solid Organ Transplant (KentuckyOne Health ‚Äď Jewish Hospital)
    • ¬† ¬† ¬†Academia (Sullivan University College of Pharmacy)

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Drug Information/Administration
  • Outcomes Research/Research Project
  • Clinical Staffing¬†
  • Education/Academia

Benefits

Our residents receive the generous package of UofL Hospital employee benefits including: medical, dental, vision, 403(b) retirement plan, flexible spending account and life insurance. Residents will receive two weeks paid vacation (1 with leave, 1 without leave) and will staff two holidays per year.

Travel/Interviews

Residents attend ASHP-MCM, Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference, Kentucky Pharmacy Residency Network meetings and KSHP meetings (as needed). Interview leave is granted at the discretion of the residency director.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: early January
Starting Date: July 1

Application Requirements

Application completed on PhORCAS - Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service. Application is required to include: letter of intent, curriculum vitae, 3 references with letters of recommendation, official transcript from ACPE Accredited College of Pharmacy, graduation from an ASHP Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (or candidate status, pending accreditation), and pharmacist licensure/eligibility for licensure in the state of Kentucky.

Contacts: 

Program Director:
Vanessa M. VanArsdale, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Internal Medicine
University Medical Center
530 South Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 217-8354
vanevan@ulh.org
 

The Department of Pharmacy at UofL Hospital is excited to offer a patient-care focused PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency designed to develop expertise and clinical competence.  Oncology pharmacy specialists at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center are integral members of the Bone Marrow Transplant and Medical Oncology multi-disciplinary teams.  

UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center, a member of UofL Hospital, provides the highest level of clinical care in the state, access to the latest cancer research, and the resources, education and services Kentucky needs for the prevention and treatment of cancer.  

Program Structure

The Oncology Pharmacy Residency is a 12-month program. There are 9 required core rotations and 3 elective rotations.

Core Rotations:

  • Orientation (one month)
  • Inpatient Medical Oncology (two months)¬†
  • Inpatient Bone Marrow Transplant (two months)¬†
  • Inpatient Gynecology/Oncology (one month)¬†
  • Ambulatory Care (two months)
  • Informatics (one month)

Longitudinal Rotations: 

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Service
  • Distributive
  • Administrative
  • Research¬†
  • Drug Information
  • Teaching & Learning

Elective Rotations: 

  • Palliative Care¬†
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Ambulatory Care ‚Äď Bone Marrow Transplant / Hematologic Disorders
  • Multimodality
  • Clinical Infusion
  • Academia
  • HIV

Important Dates

Application Deadline: early January
Starting Date: July 1

Application Requirements

Application completed on PhORCAS - Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service. Application is required to include: letter of intent, curriculum vitae, 3 references with letters of recommendation, official transcript from ACPE Accredited College of Pharmacy, graduation from an ASHP Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (or candidate status, pending accreditation), and pharmacist licensure/eligibility for licensure in the state of Kentucky.

Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program Contact

Program Director:
Mika R. Kessans Knable, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacist Specialist: Hematology/Oncology
University Medical Center
530 South Jackson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 217-8225
mikake@ulh.org