Pharmacy Residency at Saint Luke’s

Three year-long
Residency Programs

Patient-centered, resident-focused

We offer a highly competitive pharmacy residency program at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. Using a patient-centered, integrated practice model, this year-long program provides opportunities to work within a health system renowned for its innovation and research opportunities. Each of the eight residents receives access to the hospital’s electronic medical records and medical library, works with a preceptor, and remains on a rotation throughout the year.

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Programs designed to equip future leaders in pharmacy careers

Why choose a Pharmacy Residency at Saint Luke’s

Highly Competitive.

Only eight residents in total are accepted in any given year:

  • Six for the general Post-Graduate Year One (PGY1) Program
  • One for the Post-Graduate Year Two (PGY2) Health System Pharmacy Administration
  • One for the Post-Graduate Year Two (PGY2) Critical Care Program


We offer training you’ll use: hands-on, team-based experience with real life applications.


As a resident, you’ll work rotations that cover every hospital and department, including trauma, ICU, and our award-winning cardiovascular and neurology departments.


You’ll be able to develop a broad array of career-enhancing skills spanning many specialty areas within our system.


Each resident plays a vital role in patient care, and is valued and equipped as part of the Saint Luke’s pharmacy team.


Our PGY1 program is fully accredited by The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

A range of exposure, preparation for your future

Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1)

PGY1 is a generalist residency program in pharmacy at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, fully accredited by The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. We maintain only six open residency positions per year, with the term beginning in mid-July, and running through June of the following year. PGY1’s goal is to give residents a higher level of skill and experience and the ability to excel as pharmacy practitioners and leaders.

During your residency you’ll work in med/surg and ICU, spend a month on drug policy, take part in a year-long research project, and be exposed to many other aspects of the hospital pharmacy system, gaining an unparalleled breadth of experience in the process. And when you complete the program, we don’t simply send you off into the world. You’ll have the eligibility for board certification and a PGY2 residency. If you choose, you also have the opportunity to apply for and formally become a member of the Saint Luke’s pharmacy team.

For more information on this program, please explore our Saint Luke’s main site.

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A focus on intensive care medicine and equipping you for leadership roles

Post Graduate Year 2 (PGY2)

Pharmacy Practice Administration

One of our two second-year postgraduate studies, PGY2, focuses on health system pharmacy practice administration, and though our start date remains flexible, we usually commence mid-July. Residents are assigned rotations with key pharmacy administrators in critical areas of the department, focusing on project management, communication, and time management skills. By the end of the rotation, you’ll be ready and expected to operate in the same capacity as your preceptors, performing at the administrator level.

This residency is focused on management, preparing you to assume a leadership position in integrated health care systems, in effect, equipping you for a pharmacy director role. Graduates will gain a higher level of competency in assessing and resolving the health needs of the public, as it relates to the safe and effective use of medication. Our goal is to teach you how to manage pharmacy services by applying a mix of traditional and innovative management theories to solve operational problems.

For more on this program and to see requirements and schedule, please see our Saint Luke’s main site.

Critical Care

This exciting new residency program at Saint Luke’s will focus exclusively on critical care, primarily in intensive care medicine. More information available soon.

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Stipend, insurance, and more

Benefits and compensation

Residents in all programs receive a stipend of $40,000 per year and are offered the same comprehensive benefits as full-time pharmacists; this includes medical, vision, and dental insurance. You will earn approximately eight hours of paid time off (PTO) each two-week pay period, amounting to approximately three weeks per year.

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