PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Goals


  • Patient care
  • Advancing practice and improving patient care
  • Leadership and management
  • Teaching, education, and the dissemination of knowledge

Required rotations

  • Orientation
  • Internal Medicine I
  • Internal Medicine II
  • Critical Care Selectives (choose 2):
    • Medical Intensive Care
    • Surgical Intensive Care
    • Neurosciences Intensive Care
  • Administration
  • Nephrology/Solid Organ Transplant
  • Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Emergency Department

Elective rotations

  • Neonatal Intensive Care/Burn Unit
  • Informatics
  • Investigational Drugs
  • Psychiatry
  • Additional ICU rotation not chosen as a selective

Longitudinal learning experiences

  • Ambulatory Care & Academia
  • Staffing
    • Weekends - every other weekend in an operational or clinical role
      • Residents are eligible for a compensatory day off following a staffing weekend
    • Weeknights - one weeknight every other week
    • Holidays - residents are required to staff two holidays during the year
  • Research Project
  • Infectious Diseases

Additional learning experiences

  • Teaching Certificate program in conjunction with the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy (optional)
  • Precepting pharmacy students – RMC has affiliations with two schools of pharmacy (University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy and St. Louis College of Pharmacy)
  • Completion of Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support training and certification.

Pharmacy program information


Length of Program: 12 months (starting end of June)

Number of Positions: 4 PGY1 positions

Accreditation Status: Accredited

Benefits

  • Estimated Stipend: $55,000
  • Other Benefits Include: paid time off (including holidays), health/dental/vision
  • Personal desk space with computer and other professional materials
  • Travel/CE allowance: ASHP Midyear Meeting, Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference
  • Free covered on-site parking

Requirements

  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident
  • Hold a degree from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education accredited school of pharmacy
  • Possess a Missouri pharmacist license within 90 days of beginning of the residency year

Application Process

Research Medical Center will manage the application process for its pharmacy residency programs through ASHP’s PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application) process. Candidates must submit the following materials through PhORCAS by January 3rd:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three completed reference forms
  • College transcripts

All completed applications will be reviewed and the most qualified applicants will be invited for on-site interviews in late January and February.

2021 residency recruitment update

Research Medical Center will be hosting a virtual information session on December 14th, 2021 from 5:30pm – 7:00 pm.  Register here.

All candidate interviews will be held onsite, unless otherwise recommended by ASHP.

Preceptors

Shannon Buck, PharmD, BCPS

Shannon Buck is the Clinical Pharmacy Manager and the pharmacy Residency Program Director and oversees the pharmacy administration rotation. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at Piedmont Columbus Regional – Midtown Campus in Columbus, GA. Dr. Buck previously worked as a clinical pharmacist in internal medicine and is board certified in pharmacotherapy.

Her professional interests include precepting pharmacy students and residents, providing interprofessional education, medication safety, and internal medicine. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and playing with her dog, Ruby.


Mel Smith, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Mel Smith is the Director of Pharmacy and Residency Program Coordinator and oversees the Administration learning experience. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Iowa and her Master of Business Administration degree from Western Governors University. After completing a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee, KS, she trained as a PGY2 Health Systems Pharmacy Administration resident at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, WA. Dr. Smith is board certified in pharmacotherapy.

Dr. Smith serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She is a past President of the Greater Kansas City Society of Health System Pharmacists and currently serves on the board of the Missouri Society of Health Systems Pharmacists.  Her professional interests include formulary management, anticoagulation, antimicrobial stewardship, and teaching. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography, volunteering, and reading.


Jennifer Anderson, PharmD

Jennifer Anderson is a Clinical Pharmacist specializing in Investigational Drug Services. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut, School of Pharmacy in 2009. She completed an Outcomes Research Fellowship at the University of Connecticut-Hartford Hospital Evidence Based Practice Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Her fellowship training focused on systematic review and meta-analysis and cost-effectiveness research associated with the treatment of adult diseases. Dr. Anderson has experience working as an Investigational Drug Service Pharmacist at Smilow Caner Hospital at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut and Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jennifer's professional areas of interest include cardiology, critical care and oncology practice. In her free time, Jennifer loves to row and kayak, reading books and spend time with her husband and two Labrador retrievers, Nala and Shelby.


David Brown, PharmD, BCPS

David Brown is a Clinical Pharmacist and serves as a preceptor for the Critical Care rotation. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy and following graduation served our Veterans at the VA Hospital in Kansas City for 11 years. He is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Dr. Brown’s professional areas of interest include neuroscience, trauma and emergency room medicine. Dr. Brown looks forward to working closely with neurology and trauma services to continue and develop studies to advance pharmacy practice and medicine. Dr. Brown is an adjunct faculty for UMKC and STLCOP pharmacy students. His personal interests include family time, golf and Missouri sports!


Kerra Cissne, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP

Kerra Cissne is a Clinical Pharmacist and serves as a preceptor for the Critical Care rotations. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas. Dr. Cissne completed her PGY1 and PGY2 specialty training in Critical Care at Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, MO. Her professional interests include critical care, emergency medicine, and infectious diseases. She is an active member of the Greater Kansas City Society of Health System Pharmacists. In her free time, she enjoys running, weight lifting, singing to musicals, and spending time with her son, Atticus, and her cat, Kalla.


Cody Craven, Pharm.D.

Cody Craven is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and serves as the preceptor for the Emergency Medicine rotation experience. Dr. Craven earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2019 from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in Oxford, MS. Following graduation, he completed his PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and PGY2 critical care residency at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO. His clinical interests include emergency medicine, trauma, and toxicology. In his free, Cody enjoys performance boat racing, playing sand volleyball, and watching SEC football.


Sara Fletcher, PharmD, MHIIM

Sara Fletcher is the Informatics Clinical Pharmacist for Research Medical Center who serves as preceptor for the Informatics rotation. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Health Informatics and Information Management degrees from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Fletcher completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency and her PGY2 Medication Use Safety and Policy residency at HCA Healthcare’s corporate office in Nashville, TN. Her professional areas of interest include pharmacy informatics, IV workflow technology, and medication use safety. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with her family.


Elaine Ford, PharmD

Elaine Ford is a clinical pharmacist at Research Psychiatric Center and Research Medical Center. She serves as a preceptor for the psychiatric rotation. Dr. Ford received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at South Dakota State University, Doctor of Pharmacy at Howard University and completed a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State University. She is an active member of the Greater Kansas City Society of Health System Pharmacists.

Dr. Ford's professional interests include psychiatry, teaching/mentoring, preventive health, and pharmacy operations. Outside of work, she is an avid learner and researches genealogical information including DNA, maximizes travel opportunities with family, and enjoys fine/performing arts.


David Gajewski, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS

David Gajewski is a clinical pharmacist and preceptor in oncology. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas, Masters in Business Administration from Newman University (Wichita, KS), BBA from Wichita State University, and completed his PGY1 residency at Research Medical Center. His professional interests include oncology and internal medicine. Outside of work, David enjoys spending time with his amazing wife Annabel and their two children.


Karen Hardinger, PharmD, BCPS

Karen Hardinger is a Clinical Professor and Director of Assessment at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy and a Clinical Pharmacist at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Kansas. After completing a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, she trained as a specialty resident in transplantation/immunology at The University of Tennessee/ Bowld Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Hardinger is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy.

Her teaching and patient care activities focus on transplantation, as well as, liver and renal disease and her research examines the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of immunosuppressive medications. She has published articles relating to the field of transplantation in the American Journal of Transplantation, Transplantation and Pharmacotherapy and given several presentations at international meetings.


Jan Jirousek, PharmD

Jan Jirousek is a Clinical Pharmacist who oversees the rotation in The Grossman Burn Center and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Jirousek received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include neonatal sepsis, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and burn resuscitation. She also serves on the NICU performance improvement committee. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, cooking, traveling, and hiking.


Ann Koeniguer, RPh

Ann Koeniguer is the Manager of Pharmacy Operations at Research Medical Center. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. She plays a leadership role in a broad range of operational and fiscal areas of the pharmacy department including regulatory compliance for The Joint Commission, CMS, sterile compounding, technology implementation, supply chain management, and controlled substances. Her professional areas of interest include narcotic surveillance, managing financial performance, investigational drugs and clinical research.


Rene MacMurray, PharmD

Rene MacMurray is a Clinical Pharmacist who precepts the staffing rotation. She received her Bachelors and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Kansas. Her professional interests include patient safety and education, medication reconciliation, operations/workflow improvement, emergency medicine, and traumatic brain injury. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, home improvement, traveling, and spending time with family.


Tatum Mead, PharmD

Tatum Mead is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Pharmacy. She also maintains an ambulatory care practice at Goppert-Trinity Family Care Clinic at Research Medical Center Brookside Campus.

Dr. Mead earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency program at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Her current professional interests include interprofessional education, social determinants of health, and primary care. When not working, she spends time with family and friends, in the outdoors with her dogs, and engages in DIY projects.


Michael Moody, PharmD, BCPS

Michael Moody is a Clinical Pharmacist specializing in Antimicrobial Stewardship and Family Medicine, and is also regularly involved on the cardiac telemetry unit. He obtained his BS in Chemistry from Missouri State University prior to attending the University of New England in Portland, Maine, where he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree. After graduating, Dr. Moody completed a PGY-1 residency at Truman Medical Center. He is involved in an ongoing antimicrobial trial that aims to narrow the empiric use of broad spectrum antibiotics based on a set of numerous patient specific factors. In his free time, Dr. Moody enjoys playing music (much to his neighbors’ dismay), watching soccer, reading books, and running.


Megan Moore, Pharm.D.

Megan Moore is a clinical pharmacist and preceptor in internal medicine. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Missouri Kansas City School of Pharmacy and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at North Kansas City Hospital. Dr. Moore’s professional interests include internal medicine, oncology, and infectious diseases. In her free time, she throws pottery and spoils her two dogs, Desmond and Terry.


Erin Pender, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP

Erin Pender is a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist and serves as a preceptor for the Critical Care rotations. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Pender completed her PGY1 training at Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, MO and is board certified in both Pharmacotherapy and Critical Care.  Prior to joining the Clinical Pharmacy team at Research Medical Center, Dr. Pender served as a Critical Care Medicine Pharmacist in Kansas City, MO for 12 years.

Her professional interests include critical care, emergency medicine and medication safety. She is an active member of the Greater Kansas City Society of Health System Pharmacists and serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy. In her free time, Erin enjoys spending time with family/friends and her two Greyhounds, Ryker and Emma.


Caroline Rogers, RPh, BCPP

Caroline Rogers is a Clinical Pharmacist who oversees the rotation at Research Psychiatric Center. She received her Bachelor of Science Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and began her professional career at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center serving our Veterans. Caroline's professional areas of interest include psychiatry, neurology, and geriatric pharmacy. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, friends, church activities, playing the flute, and reading.


Stephanie Schauner, PharmD

Stephanie Schauner is a Clinical Pharmacist in Family Medicine at the Goppert-Trinity Family Care Clinic and a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy. She earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy in 2006 and completed a PGY-1 residency at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. Stephanie’s professional interests include family planning, bone health, hormone replacement therapy, and vaccination practices. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and three children.


Jake Sumner, PharmD, MBA-HM, BCPS

Jake Sumner is Pharmacy Operations Manager and a Pharmacy Residency Coordinator at Research Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After graduation Dr. Sumner completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and achieved Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy. Dr. Sumner has worked at Research Medical Center since completing training and worked first as a Clinical Pharmacist primarily with the progressive care unit and transplant team, before taking a leadership role in the department. In his free time Jake is active in his church, plays guitar, travels, hunts, and enjoys spending time with his wife and children.


Christine Tafoya, PharmD., BCCP

Dr. Christine Tafoya is a Clinical Pharmacist and preceptor in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ, followed by her Doctor of Pharmacy at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Prior to joining the Clinical Pharmacy team at Research Medical Center, Dr. Tafoya received residency training at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, and then served as an Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist in St. Joseph, MO for three years.

Dr. Tafoya’s professional interests include neurotrauma, resuscitation, ECMO, PK/PD in critical illness, and medication safety. She enjoys precepting and serves as Adjunct Experiential Faculty for Creighton University, University of Missouri-Kansas City and St. Louis College of Pharmacy. In her free time, Christine enjoys spending time with family and friends, photography and dance.


Aly Williamson, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Aly Williamson is a clinical pharmacist and preceptor for the internal medicine rotations. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission. Her professional interests include internal medicine and pharmacokinetics. Outside of work, you can find Aly hanging out with her cat, Bill, reading a book, or practicing yoga.


Kate Zink, PharmD

Dr. Katelyn Zink is the Oncology Clinical Coordinator. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas. Dr. Zink completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City and a PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Her professional interests include BMT and Cellular Therapy, acute leukemia, and clinical research and recently published an article titled "Medication use evaluation of the financial and clinical implications of ixazomib compared to bortezomib in the outpatient setting" in the Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice. On the weekends you can find Dr. Zink drag racing her 1976 Firebird and cheering on the Chiefs and Jayhawks.


Bri Zinser, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Brianna Zinser is a clinical pharmacist in critical care and transplant at Research Medical Center. Dr. Zinser earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed her PGY1 residency and PGY2 specialty training in Critical Care both at Truman Medical Centers. She achieved the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Dr. Zinser’s professional areas of interest include trauma and neuro critical care. She currently serves on the board of the Greater Kansas City Society of Health-System Pharmacists as Programs Coordinator focusing on involving students, residents, and pharmacists in local pharmacy activities to strength professional development. She is focused on research and clinical practice, and recently published Dual Antiplatelet Therapy Beyond One Year in Patients After Stent Placement: A Review in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice.


Current residents

Ozzy Hoversten, PharmD

Dr. Ozzy Hoversten is a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Research Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri- Kansas City, located in Kansas City, Missouri. His current practice interests include critical care, and emergency medicine. Upon completion of his PGY-1, Dr. Hoversten plans to earn a board certification in pharmacotherapy, practice as a clinical pharmacist, and further specialize in a field of interest. In his spare time he likes to make renovations to his home and spend quality time with friends and family.


Jacob Huffman, PharmD

Dr. Jacob Huffman is a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Research Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Pharmacy in Kansas City, Missouri in 2021. Dr. Huffman plans to earn a board certification in pharmacotherapy, further specialize in a field of interest, and obtain a clinical pharmacy position. His current practice interests include ambulatory care, internal medicine, and infectious disease. In his spare time, he likes to meet with the Kansas City Juggling Club, spend time with family, read, and play board games with friends.


Sahil Patel, PharmD

Dr. Sahil Patel is a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Research Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri- Kansas City, located in Kansas City, Missouri. His current practice interests include Oncology, and Critical Care. Upon completion of his PGY-1, Dr. Patel plans to earn a board certification in pharmacotherapy, practice as a clinical pharmacist, and further specialize in a field of interest. In his spare time, he likes to travel, find new places to eat, and spend quality time with friends and family.


Kristen Sayegh, PharmD

Dr. Kristen Sayegh is a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Research Medical Center. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, located in Lawrence, Kansas, in 2021 (Rock Chalk!). Dr. Sayegh's current practice interests include emergency medicine, critical care, and pediatrics. Upon completion of her PGY-1, Dr. Sayegh plans to continue working as a clinical pharmacist as well as become an adjunct faculty member at a school of pharmacy. In her spare time she likes to exercise, eat good food, and binge watch Netflix shows.


Past residents

2020-2021

LeFontae McAtee, PharmD

Current position: Clinical Pharmacist at Centerpoint Medical Center – Independence, MO


Mackenzie Moritz, PharmD

Current position: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Nephrology/Transplant) at Research Medical Center – Kansas City, MO


2019-2020

David Gajewski, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Current position: Clinical Pharmacist (Oncology/Internal Medicine) at Research Medical Center - Kansas City, MO


Kristina Milewski, PharmD,BCPS

Current position: Clinical Pharmacist (Critical Care/Internal Medicine) at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital - Boston, Massachusetts