PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City is a 12-month ASHP-accredited postgraduate pharmacy training program. Our department's mission is to ensure patients achieve the best medication-related outcomes possible. Our residents are integral to our pursuit of this mission.

The goals of our PGY1 program include:

  • Build on the Doctor of Pharmacy education and outcomes
  • Contribute to the development of pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients
  • Ensure residents are eligible for board certification and/or for postgraduate year two (PGY-2) pharmacy residency training

Residents are embedded into our integrated, patient-centered practice model and obtain experience in a wide variety of practice settings under the instruction of highly experienced and caring preceptors. They gain valuable experience through the design and execution of their residency research project, longitudinal committee and leadership activities, the opportunity to teach and mentor pharmacy students, and involvement with professional organizations.

Number of Positions Available

6 PGY1 Residents

Pharmacy Program Rotations

Required Rotations (5 - 6 weeks in length):

  • Orientation and Training
  • Drug Use Policy
  • Practice Management 

One Intensive Care Unit Rotation (Choose at least one of the following):

  • Medical Surgical Trauma ICU
  • Neuroscience ICU
  • Cardiovascular ICU
  • Cardiac ICU

One Ward Based Rotation (Choose at least one of the following):

  • Internal Medicine/Pulmonary
  • General Cardiology
  • Heart Failure/Transplant
  • Abdominal Transplant/Nephrology

One Concentrated Ambulatory Rotations (Choose at least one of the following):

  • Population Health
  • Abdominal Transplant Clinic
  • Oncology

Elective Rotations (Choose four of the following):

  • Emergency Department
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neonatal ICU/Obstetrics
  • Advanced Oncology
  • Clinical Services Management
  • Any rotation not previously taken above

Required Longitudinal Rotations

  • Medication Safety (4 months)
  • Staffing (12 months)
  • Research (12 months)
  • Resident Teaching and Learning Program (12 months)

Elective Longitudinal Rotations

  • Ambulatory Care/Population Health (1 day every other week for 6 months)
  • Evening Critical Care/ED (7 months – 14 total contact days)
  • Abdominal Transplant Clinic (1 day every other week for 6 months)
  • System Pharmacy Education Team (4 months)

Additional Requirements

  • Code Blue Response
  • Scheduling Committee (2 months)
  • Completion of Research Project & Manuscript of publishable quality
  • Medication Use Evaluation


  • Patient Case (1)
  • Journal Club (1)
  • Poster Presentation of Background and Methodology of Research
  • Formal Platform Presentation: Therapeutic Controversy, Grand Rounds, etc. (1)
  • Final Poster of Research Project
  • Platform Presentation of Research Project


  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Regional Residency Research Conference
  • Missouri Society of Health System Pharmacy/Kansas Council of Health System Pharmacy Annual Meeting

Program Contact

Scott Aldridge, PharmD, BCCCP 
Pharmacy Operations Manager 
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director