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

Available learning experiences

  • Orientation
  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care
    • Medical Intensive Care Unit
    • Surgical Intensive Care Unit
    • Neuro Intensive Care Unit
  • Administration
  • Nephrology/Solid Organ Transplant
  • Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Emergency Department
  • Psychiatry
  • Informatics
  • Investigational Drugs
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Burn Unit
  • Infectious Disease/Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Surgical Services

Additional learning experiences

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

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
  • 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

  • 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.

2022-2023 residency recruitment update

  • Research Medical Center will be in attendance at Midyear. RMC will be in the Tuesday afternoon showcase from 1-4pm at booth #6012
  • Research Medical Center will be hosting a virtual information session Wednesday December 14th from 2-3:30pm. Register for the virtual information session.
  • All candidate interviews will be held onsite, unless otherwise recommended by ASHP.

Preceptors

Shannon Buck, PharmD, BCPS

Shannon Buck is the Clinical Pharmacy Manager, Residency Program Director, and preceptor for the 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. Shannon 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, and internal medicine. In her free time, Shannon enjoys traveling, spending time with her daughter, Nora, and playing with her dog, Ruby.

Mackenzie Moritz, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Mackenzie Moritz is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Residency Program Coordinator, and preceptor for the Nephrology/Transplant rotation experience. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University in 2020. Following graduation, she completed her PGY1 training at Research Medical Center. Dr. Moritz's clinical interests include nephrology, solid organ transplant, and pain management. She is an active member of Greater Kansas City Society of Health System Pharmacists and currently serves as their Programs Coordinator. In her free time, Dr. Moritz enjoys traveling, live music, and trying new restaurants.

Bri Zinser, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Brianna Zinser is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Residency Program Coordinator, and preceptor for the NeuroICU rotation. 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 is a member of Neurocritical Care Society and focuses on strengthening both local pharmacy activities and professional development. In her free time, Dr. Zinser enjoys time with her husband and two children as well as running and playing soccer.

Cody Craven, PharmD, BCCCP

Cody Craven is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Resident Research Coordinator, and preceptor for the Emergency Medicine rotation. 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 time, Cody enjoys performance boat racing, playing sand volleyball, and watching SEC football.

Becky Bliss, PharmD, BCPPS

Rebecca (Becky) Bliss is the Investigational Drug Services Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and oversees the oncology clinical trials. She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed a Pediatric PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS. Dr. Bliss previously worked as a pediatric oncology clinical pharmacist and overnight clinical pharmacist and is board certified in pediatrics. She is currently attending Southeast Missouri State University to obtain her Masters of Science in Healthcare Management with an emphasis in informatics.

Her professional interests include precepting pharmacy students and residents, pediatrics, oncology, and investigational drug services. In her free time she enjoys renovating her house, spending time with her kids and husband, and playing slow pitch softball.

Sara Fletcher, PharmD, MHIIM

Sara Fletcher is the Pharmacy Operations Manager for Research Medical Center who serves as a preceptor for the Administration learning experience. 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, MBA

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, PharmD, 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.

Samantha Howard, PharmD

Samantha Howard is a clinical pharmacist at Research Medical Center, Belton Regional Medical Center, and Research Psychiatric Center. She serves as a preceptor for the staffing rotation at RMC. Dr. Howard received her Bachelor of Science in Pre-Pharmacy from Grand Canyon University and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her professional interest involves Diabetes Health Care and Lifestyle Management. Outside of work, she enjoys photography and building furniture.

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.

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.

Lauren Mishler, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

Dr. Lauren Mishler is a clinical pharmacist in internal medicine at Research Medical Center. Dr. Mishler earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2012. Prior to joining the clinical team at Research, she worked as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Kansas City. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist.

Dr. Mishler’s professional interests include the social determinants of health, interprofessional collaboration, research, and teaching. She is the past president of the Greater Kansas City Society of Health System Pharmacists and was a primary instructor in the Johnson County Community College Pharmacy Technician Program. For fun, Lauren plays competitive tennis, enjoys reading and cooking, volunteers at a local school, and spends time with her husband and two children.

Ryan Molander, PharmD

Ryan Molander is a clinical pharmacist and preceptor in oncology. He obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa, and completed his PGY1 residency training at MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center in Waterloo, IA. His professional interests include oncology and internal medicine. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Vikings, and playing video games.

Michael Moody, PharmD, BCPS

Michael Moody is the Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist, working closely with both facility administration and clinical staff. 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 ongoing antimicrobial trials that aim 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

Erin Pender, PharmD, 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 and preceptor at Research Psychiatric Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City College of Pharmacy and began her professional career at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center serving our Veterans. Her professional areas of interest include psychiatry, neurology, and geriatric pharmacy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cycling, reading, church activities and playing the flute.

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.

Mel Smith, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Mel Smith is the Director of Pharmacy 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 has served on the board of the Missouri Society of Health Systems Pharmacists. Her professional interests include formulary management, critical care, antimicrobial stewardship, and teaching. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography, volunteering, and reading

Christine Tafoya, PharmD, BCCCP

Dr. Christine Tafoya is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and preceptor in the areas of Critical Care (Medical ICU) and Emergency Medicine. 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 is board certified in critical care.

Dr. Tafoya’s professional interests include resuscitation, trauma, 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. She is actively involved with several pharmacy organizations and serves on the board for Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) and Greater Kansas City Society of Health System Pharmacists (GKCSHP). In her free time, Christine enjoys spending time with family and friends, photography and dance.

Nolan Whipple, PharmD

Nolan Whipple is the Informatics Pharmacist and serves as a preceptor for the Informatics rotation. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University Of Kansas School Of Pharmacy, and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at Salina Regional Health Center. His professional interests include pharmacy informatics, workflow optimization, and toxicology. Outside of work he enjoys lawn care, being outside, and spending time with his family.

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, BCOP

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.

Current residents

Price Edmiston, PharmD, MBA

Dr. Price Edmiston is a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Research Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Missouri, located in Kansas City, Missouri. His current practice interests include Leadership/Administration, Cardiology, and Internal Medicine. Upon completion of his PGY-1, Dr, Edmiston plans to earn a board certification in pharmacotherapy and practice as a clinical pharmacist. In his spare time, he likes to spend quality time with friends and family, binge watch Netflix shows, and weekends on the lake.

Sam Halleck, PharmD

Dr. Samuel Halleck 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 professional interests include emergency medicine and critical care. Upon completion of his PGY-1, Dr. Halleck plans to become board certified in pharmacotherapy and complete a PGY-2 residency in one of his areas of interest. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his husband, Joel, their two cats, Percy and Poseidon, and playing piano.

Tyler Whitehead, PharmD

Dr. Tyler Whitehead is a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Research Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Regis University School of Pharmacy located in Denver, Colorado. His current practice interests include oncology and internal medicine. Upon completion of his PGY-1, Dr. Whitehead plans to earn a board certification in pharmacotherapy and complete a PGY-2 residency in oncology. In his spare time, he likes to paint and spend quality time with his friends and family.

Yufeng Zhai, PharmD

Yufeng Zhai is one of the PGY-1 pharmacy residents at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He received his Bachelor of Science in Toxicology from the Pennsylvania State University and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin. His professional interests include pharmacy informatics, medication-use safety, data analytics and artificial intelligence. During his free time, he enjoys exploring restaurants, spending time with friends and family, and watching movie and anime.

Past residents

2021-2022

Ozzy Hoversten, PharmD
Current position: Clinical Pharmacist at Research Medical Center – Kansas City, MO

Jacob Huffman, PharmD
Current position: Clinical Pharmacist at University of Kansas Health System – Kansas City, Kansas

Sahil Patel, PharmD
Current position: Clinical Pharmacist at University of Kansas Medical Center – Kansas City, Kansas

Kristen Sayegh, PharmD
Current position: PGY2 - Critical Care at Cox Health – Springfield, MO

2020-2021

LeFontae McAtee, PharmD
Current position: Lead Clinical Pharmacist at HCA Houston Pearland Medical Center – Houston, TX

Mackenzie Moritz, PharmD, BCPS
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