For more than 125 years, the UMKC School of Pharmacy has continued its mission to educate, innovate, discover, engage, and serve to improve health. Our pharmacy professional degree program is nationally recognized for community engagement and service learning, and our graduate programs and research activities have led us to consistently rank in the top third of pharmacy schools from the National Institutes of Health. Further, our American Pharmacist Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists chapter is recognized as one of the top seven in the country.

We offer rewarding learning and career experiences for students, faculty and staff in both urban and more rural settings with sites throughout Missouri in Kansas City, Columbia and Springfield. As our graduates continue to impact the health of Missourians, we continue to strive to serve others in an altruistic manner, enriching our community through our leadership and seeking excellence in all that we do.

UMKC PGYI Community Pharmacy Residency Program

Mission Statement

We develop confident, effective and innovative community pharmacy practitioners who will advance the profession and improve community health by providing superior patient care in a financially sustainable manner. Graduates of this program will be qualified to accept positions as clinical pharmacists in community pharmacy settings.
Program Brochure

Who provides the residency training?

The University of Missouri-Kansas City offers two PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency positions in affiliation with leaders in community pharmacy.

Price Chopper Pharmacy is a family-owned grocery store chain located in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Balls Foods, the parent company, is a self-insured company with 3,300 covered lives. As a resident, you will care for employees who have diabetes and cardiovascular conditions through disease-state management programs modeled after the Asheville project. The resident will work on programs for all 20 pharmacies, and with two additional Balls community residents affiliated with the University of Kansas. The residency is based in a Price Chopper supermarket in Grandview, Missouri designed for patient care. The company provides outstanding corporate support for pharmacy services. Learn more.

Red Cross Pharmacy, Inc. is family-owned and has served patients and customers in Missouri since 1854. The corporation consists of eleven retail pharmacies, three long-term care pharmacies, and a medical equipment company. The resident will work on patient care programs for all 14 pharmacies and collaborate with the Red Cross Pharmacy Corporate Office. The residency is based out of the Red Cross Pharmacy in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Red Cross Pharmacy is an employee-minded, customer-focused, and service-driven pharmacy organization. Learn more.


What are the advantages of this affiliation?

A university-affiliated residency program offers the resident experience in a variety of community pharmacy settings, an expansive group of mentors from whom to learn, and a broad range of opportunities to develop the skills needed for success in her/his future career. University faculty play an integral role in residency training and offer mentorship. Through the university partnership, the resident has the opportunity to participate in a range of training experiences including ambulatory care experiences focusing on family practice, diabetes, anticoagulation, and pain management. Residency experiences are individualized to the needs and areas of interest of each resident.

Residents who are interested in pursuing an academic career will be able to arrange additional experiences in teaching and curriculum development. They will also be able to participate in the UMKC Residents Teaching Certificate Program.

For details regarding our past residents, their current post-residency experiences, and their residency projects, please see Resident Accomplishments.



Selected residents will be employed by their site. The stipend is $41,000. Residents will receive paid vacation/holiday/sick leave, health insurance and a travel stipend. Residents will receive a clinical adjunct appointment to the faculty and teach students both in the classroom and in the clinical arena. They will receive a university email account, access to databases and search engines at the Health Sciences Library, and the ability to use the UMKC Drug Information Center to help answer challenging drug-related questions. Finally, we will help you find a post-residency position that uses all your new skills.



This residency is accredited by the ASHP Commission on Credentialing, in affiliation with the American Pharmacists Association.


Application Requirements

We seek motivated candidates who are dedicated to advancing community pharmacy while delivering a high level of direct patient care. Selection of residents will be based on their community experience, interest in advancing community pharmacy practice, desire to provide direct patient care, and ability to display leadership potential. Residents must be motivated and self-directed individuals.

Applicants must have a Pharm.D. or equivalent experience and be eligible for licensure in Missouri. Candidates should submit a completed application, academic transcript, curriculum vitae, letter of intent, and three letters of recommendation using the completed standardized reference found in PHORCAS. Applications will be received using PHORCAS. Qualified candidates will be invited for an on-site interview and selection will take place through the ASHP Residency Match Program.

The PHORCAS application deadline is December 31. (Complete application information)


Contact Information

Sarah Oprinovich, Pharm.D., BCACP
Director, Community Pharmacy Residency Program
School of Pharmacy
University of Missouri-Kansas City
2464 Charlotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64108-2718
Phone: 816-468-1188 Ext 263

Price Chopper Pharmacy
Locally owned supermarket chain with 21 pharmacy locations throughout the Kansas City metro area
Contact: Erin Graham, Pharm.D.
Residency Site Coordinator
Clinical Pharmacist
Phone: 816-468-7666

Red Cross Pharmacy
Locally owned independent chain with 14 pharmacy locations throughout the northwest and central Missouri
Contact: Kendall Guthrie, Pharm.D.
Residency Site Coordinator
Clinical Assistant Professor
UMKC School of Pharmacy
Phone: 816-235-1709