Pharmacy Residency

2017 UofL Hospital Pharmacy residentsOur 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 academic 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:

‚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 healthcare 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.

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

‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†PGY1 Program Summary
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†PGY1 Completion Requirements
 

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

UofL Hospital Department of Pharmacy offers a Post-Graduate Year Two (PGY2) Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program. This advanced, comprehensive training provides residents the opportunity to develop competency in various ambulatory care pharmacy practice settings, create novel pharmacy practice services and become autonomous practitioners.

Ambulatory care clinic opportunities provide a wide array of medical knowledge to improve patient care. As the primary adult academic center for the University of Louisville’s Health Sciences Center, the next generation of health care professionals are trained utilizing a multidisciplinary team of experts including physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Our knowledge of the latest medical treatments and techniques means patients receive the most up-to-date treatment in the region.

With several clinics serving indigent patients, multiple medication therapy management clinics for chronic disease states, a variety of specialty clinics, a busy emergency department that includes the region’s only Level I Adult Trauma Center, outpatient oncology clinics at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and three outpatient pharmacies with various additional services offered, the ambulatory care opportunities are numerous.

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Services
The Outpatient Pharmacy Department provides comprehensive services to achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes for all patients, families and providers served by the institution. To meet this goal, ambulatory care clinical pharmacists provide cognitive services in the anticoagulation, diabetes, heart failure, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, internal medicine, geriatric, transplant and oncology clinics.

We also take an active role in the organization and administration of clinical drug research conducted at University Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program
The ambulatory care pharmacy practice residency is a 12-month program. There are six core rotations and multiple elective opportunities.

Core Experiences
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Anticoagulation Clinic
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Diabetes/COPD Medication Therapy Management Clinic
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Emergency Medicine/Urgent Care Experience
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Hematology/Oncology Clinic
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†HIV/AIDS Clinic
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Internal Medicine Clinic

Longitudinal Experiences
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Administration
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Outcomes Research
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Staffing/Service Commitment

Elective Experiences
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Cardiovascular
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Gastroenterology (Hepatitis B/C)
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Geriatrics
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Transplant (lung and heart)

Teaching
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Elective participation in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Certification Program
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Preceptorship of PharmD students
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Co-preceptorship of PGY1 residents
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Didactic lecture opportunities available to college of pharmacy students, pharmacists, medical residents, fellows and nursing staff

Benefits
Our residents receive UofL Hospital employee benefits including medical, dental, vision, 403(b) retirement plan, flexible spending account and life insurance. 

Residents also receive 10 days of paid vacation.

Orientation
Resident orientation activities include orientation to the hospital, pharmacy departments, drug distribution systems, computer systems and clinical pharmacy services including clinical policies and procedures.

Travel/Interviews
Residents attend ASHP-MCM, ASHP-Ambulatory Care Conference, Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference and KSHP meetings as decided.  Interview leave is granted at the discretion of the residency director.

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

Application Process
Each year we award one or two PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency positions; eligibility requirements include:

‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Pharm.D. degree
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Completion of a pharmacy practice residency or equivalent experience
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Eligibility for licensure in Kentucky

Candidates interested in the program must apply through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) and include:

‚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 (use PhORCAS system)
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Official academic transcript

Only completed application 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:
Cathy Spencer, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care/HIV
Director, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program
(502) 681-1357
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 

The PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency program is an advanced, comprehensive training that provides residents the opportunity to develop competency in all aspects of emergency medicine pharmacy practice with the ability to have direct patient care and act as a crucial member of the interdisciplinary health care team.

UofL Hospital Emergency Department serves on average 75,000 patient visits per year and remains the only Level I trauma center in the region. The 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. Jewish Hospital Emergency Department will serve as an fundamental portion of the program to develop skills in community and cardiac emergency medicine.

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 include: trauma, neurology, cardiology, toxicology, and transitions of care.

Core Learning Experiences
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Emergency Medicine/Emergency Responder
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†4 months at University of Louisville Hospital Emergency Department
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†2 months at Jewish Hospital Emergency Department
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Required experiences with local emergency medical responder teams
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Medical Intensive Care Unit
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Surgical Intensive Care Unit
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Core Longitudinal Learning Experiences
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Drug Information/Medication Safety
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Outcomes Research/Research Project
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Toxicology

Elective Experiences
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Neuro-Critical Care/Burn
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Infectious Disease
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Internal Medicine
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Transitions of Care
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Perinatology and Labor/Delivery
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Offsite Learning Opportunities
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Academia (Sullivan University College of Pharmacy)
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Pediatric Intensive Care (Norton Children‚Äôs Hospital)
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Cardiac ICU (Jewish Hospital)

Teaching
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Elective participation in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Certificate Program
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Preceptorship of PharmD students
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Co-preceptorship of PGY1 residents
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†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)

Benefits
Our residents receive UofL Hospital 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 will be given a set stipend to attend professional pharmacy conferences. The resident is required to attend ASHP-MCM, Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference, and Kentucky Pharmacy Residency Networking meeting. Resident is also eligible to attend KSHP meetings, ACCP, SCCM, or related professional meeting at the discretion of the residency director. Interview leave is granted at the discretion of the residency director.

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.

Contact
Lynn Lamkin, PharmD, BCPS
Director, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program
Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist
(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, University of Louisville 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 seven required rotations (8 months) and multiple elective opportunities.

Required Rotations
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Orientation
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Internal Medicine I (2 months)
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Internal Medicine II (2 months)
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Medical Intensive Care
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Infectious Disease
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Cardiology
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Research

Elective Rotations
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Emergency Medicine
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Medical Oncology
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Nutrition
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Stroke Service
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Ambulatory Care Clinic opportunities:
     o    HIV
     o    Geriatrics
     o    Internal Medicine
‚Äʬ†¬† Offsite learning opportunities:¬†
¬† ¬† ¬†o¬†¬† ¬†Solid Organ Transplant (KentuckyOne Health ‚Äď Jewish Hospital)
     o    Academia (Sullivan University College of Pharmacy)

Longitudinal Rotations
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Drug Information/Administration
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Outcomes Research/Research Project
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Geriatrics Workforce Educational Program
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†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
 

UofL Hospital offers a Post-Graduate Year Two (PGY2) ASHP-accredited Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program. The program is an advanced, comprehensive training that provides residents the opportunity to develop competency in clinical oncology pharmacy practice and become autonomous practitioners.

The James Graham Brown Cancer Center is a key component of the University Medical Center located in the heart of Louisville, Kentucky. As an academic center, we approach each patient’s unique situation utilizing a multidisciplinary team of experts including physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other health care professionals. University Hospital has more than 400 licensed beds and provides care to patients in Louisville, central and western Kentucky and in the surrounding tristate area.

Oncology patient care areas include a 16-bed general oncology floor, 18-bed bone marrow transplant/oncology intensive care unit and an oncology outpatient infusion clinic. The James Graham Brown Cancer Center has outpatient multidisciplinary oncology clinics specializing in hematologic malignancy, lung, breast, gastrointestinal, gastrourinary, gynecologic , melanoma, neuro-oncology cancers as well as hematopoietic stem cell transplant and benign hematologic disorders.

Oncology Pharmacy Services
Oncology pharmacy services are located in the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. Clinical oncology pharmacists participate in daily multidisciplinary rounds on the inpatient oncology services and are responsible for therapeutic drug monitoring, nutrition support, patient education, staff education and maintaining the continuity of care between inpatient and outpatient transition. Additionally, clinical oncology pharmacy services are provided in multidisciplinary oncology clinics. Weekly educational opportunities include the pharmacy journal club, cancer care pharmacy conference, multidisciplinary hematology/oncology conference.

Oncology Residency Program
The PGY2 Oncology pharmacy residency is a 12-month program. Currently, eight months are dedicated to core rotations and four rotations are available for electives.

Core Experiences
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Inpatient Bone Marrow Transplant (2 months)
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Inpatient Gynecology/Oncology (1 month)
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Inpatient Medical Oncology (2 months)
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Multidisciplinary Oncology Clinic (2 months)
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Orientation (1 month)
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Longitudinal Multidisciplinary Oncology Clinic
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Longitudinal Research
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Longitudinal Service
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Longitudinal Administration

Elective Experiences
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Geriatrics
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Infectious Disease
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Outpatient BMT Clinic
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Pediatric Oncology
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Palliative Care
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†HIV Clinic
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Surgery Oncology/Interventional Radiology/Radiation Oncology/Palliative Care (this is a combined 1 month experience)
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Teaching
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Elective participation in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Certification Program
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Preceptorship of PharmD students
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Co-preceptorship of PGY1 residents
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Didactic lectures opportunities available to pharmacists, college of pharmacy students, medical oncology fellows and nursing staff

Important Dates
Application deadline: Early January
Start Date: July 1

Application Process

Eligibility requirements include:
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†PharmD degree
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Successful completion of a pharmacy practice residency or equivalent experience
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†Eligibility for licensure in Kentucky
‚Äʬ†¬† ¬†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 University 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


Contact:
Mika R. Kessans Knable, PharmD, BCOP
PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Phone: (502) 217-8225
Fax: (502) 561-7385
Email: mikake@ulh.org