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UMKC PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program

UMKC offers one PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency position in affiliation with leaders in community pharmacy.

A university-affiliated residency program offers residents 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 their 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.

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.

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 (PDF).

View a list of our past residents, their current post-residency experiences and their residency projects (PDF). 

View program brochure (PDF)

Price Chopper Pharmacy

Price Chopper 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 alongside 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.

Price Chopper Pharmacy residency (PDF)

L&S Pharmacy

L&S Pharmacy is a second-generation community practice pharmacy caring for patients, working with other health-care providers and continuing to be an integral part of their community’s health-care team. At these pharmacies, patients find local care provider partners, offering personalized, high-touch, high-value services unavailable in most other pharmacies. Not all pharmacies are the same, and patients receive more than just fast, accurate and inexpensive prescriptions at L&S. The pharmacy culture values practice innovation and professional advocacy for the continued growth of independent community pharmacy. The resident will be based in Charleston, Missouri, but also will work with Medical Arts Pharmacy in Sikeston, Missouri.

L&S Pharmacy residency (PDF)

Selected residents will be employed by their site. Residents will receive paid vacation, holiday and 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.

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. 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.

Application checklist (PDF)

Sarah Oprinovich, Pharm.D., BCACP
Director, Community Pharmacy Residency Program
UMKC School of Pharmacy
2464 Charlotte St.
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: Haley Klassing, Pharm.D.
Residency Site Coordinator, Clinical Pharmacist
Phone: 816-777-2448

L&S Pharmacy
Family-owned independent pharmacy in Southeast Missouri
Contact: Tripp Logan, Pharm.D.
Residency Site Coordinator, Owner
Phone: 573-683-3307