PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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.
This Pharmacy Residency Program is a comprehensive program that emphasizes the development of advanced pharmaceutical care. After a month-long orientation to the department, the resident begins a series of concentrated and longitudinal learning activities designed to meet the goals and objectives of the RMC residency program. The program aims to develop the resident into a competent and confident practitioner in:
- Patient care
- Advancing practice and improving patient care
- Leadership and management
- Teaching, education, and the dissemination of knowledge
- Internal Medicine I
- Internal Medicine II/Family Medicine
- Critical Care I – Medical Intensive Care
- Critical Care II – Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care
- Nephrology/Solid Organ Transplant
- Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant
- Emergency Department
- Neonatal Intensive Care/Burn Unit
- Investigational Drugs
Longitudinal learning experiences
- Ambulatory Care & Academia
Weekends - every other weekend in a dispensing role
- Residents are eligible for a compensatory day off following a staffing weekend
- Weeknights - two weeknights per month
- Holidays - residents are required to staff two holidays during the year
- Weekends - every other weekend in a dispensing role
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
2020 residency recruitment update
Research Medical Center will be recruiting at the following events in 2020:
- University of Kansas Residency Showcase and Career Fair – October 30th, 2020
- Midwest College of Clinical Pharmacists/Creighton University/University of Nebraska Medical Center Residency Showcase – November 12th, 2020
- University of Missouri – Kansas City Residency Showcase – November 19th, 2020
- ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting Residency Showcase – December 7th, 2020
Additionally, Research Medical Center will be hosting a virtual information session on December 15th, 2020 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Register here.
Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, all candidate interviews will be conducted virtually.
Mel Smith, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS
Mel Smith is the Clinical Pharmacy Manager and the Pharmacy Residency Program Director and oversees the Research and health system administration learning experiences. 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 an active member of the Greater Kansas City Society of Health System Pharmacists and serves as a board member. Her professional interests include formulary management, anticoagulation, antimicrobial stewardship, and teaching. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography, volunteering, and reading.
Lisa Conrad, Pharm.D., BCPP
Lisa Conrad is the Pharmacy Director for Research Medical Center, Research Psychiatric Center and Research Medical Center-Brookside Campus. She received her B.S. Pharmacy degree at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. She is Board Certified in Psychiatric Pharmacy and also certified in Medication Therapy Management, Lean Six Sigma and Change Management. Her professional interests include pharmacy operations process improvement, population health and psychiatric pharmacy. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, church activities and singing in a band.
Jennifer Anderson, Pharm.D.
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, Pharm.D., 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!
Shannon Buck, Pharm.D., BCPS
Shannon Buck is a clinical pharmacist overseeing the internal medicine rotation. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas. Dr. Buck completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at Piedmont Columbus Regional – Midtown Campus in Columbus, GA, and is board certified in pharmacotherapy.
Her professional interests include internal medicine and interprofessional education. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and playing with her dog.
Kerra Cissne, Pharm.D., BCPS
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.
Sara Fletcher, Pharm.D., 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, Pharm.D.
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.
Karen Hardinger, Pharm.D., 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, Pharm.D.
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, R.Ph.
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.
Louis Lipari, Pharm.D., BCPS
Dr. Louis Lipari is a clinical pharmacist and works with the solid organ transplant team at Research Medical Center. He serves as the primary preceptor for the solid organ transplant/nephrology rotation. He received his Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Following pharmacy school, Dr. Lipari completed a PGY-1 residency at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Dr. Lipari's professional interests include solid organ transplant, stroke management, and internal medicine. He is also actively involved in the Greater Kansas City Society of Health System Pharmacists. His hobbies include golfing, attending sporting events, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Rene MacMurray, Pharm.D.
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, Pharm.D.
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, Pharm.D., 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.
Caroline Rogers, R.Ph., 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, Pharm.D.
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, Pharm.D., 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 daughters.
Christine Tafoya, Pharm.D.
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, Pharm.D., 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.
Austin Wilson, Pharm.D., BCPS
Dr. Austin Wilson is a clinical pharmacist in emergency medicine at Research Medical Center. Dr. Wilson earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Master of Science in Clinical Research from the University of Kansas. Dr. Wilson completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at the University of Arizona/Banner-University Medical Center Tucson and a PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Emergency Medicine at Stormont Vail Health. In his free time, Dr. Wilson enjoys board gaming with friends.
Kate Zink, Pharm.D.
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, Pharm.D., 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.
LeFontae McAtee, Pharm.D.
Dr. LeFontae McAtee is a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Research Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, located in New Orleans. He is a member of Student National Pharmacy Association and ACCP. His current practice interests include oncology, critical care, internal medicine, and administration. Upon completion of his PGY-1, Dr. McAtee plans to earn a board certification in pharmacotherapy, further specialize in a field of interest, and obtain a clinical pharmacy position. In his spare time he likes to exercise, spend time with family, travel, and try new restaurants.
Mackenzie Moritz, Pharm.D.
Dr. Mackenzie Moritz is a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Research Medical Center. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in 2020. Her current practice interests include critical care, pain management, and transplant. Upon completing PGY-1 residency, she plans to obtain her board certification in pharmacotherapy and practice as a clinical pharmacist. In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys going to concerts, trying new restaurants, and traveling with friends and family.
David Gajewski, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS
Current position: Clinical Pharmacist (Oncology/Internal Medicine) at Research Medical Center - Kansas City, MO
Kristina Milewski, Pharm.D.,BCPS
Current position: Clinical Pharmacist (Critical Care/Internal Medicine) at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital - Boston, Massachusetts