Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Community-Based Pharmacy Practice Residency

Started in 2010, our accredited PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency offers opportunities at King Soopers and Good Day Pharmacy, and Sheridan Health Services.

Our program operates on the state-of-the-art University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. The campus, a complete complement of educational and clinical enterprises, is a major integrated academic health sciences center that includes Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing, Physical Therapy and Dental Medicine.

The longitudinal practice sites are at each program’s community pharmacies, as well as ambulatory care clinics, University of Colorado Hospital and the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences with a faculty appointment.

Our PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Practice Residencies aspire to be a diverse and inclusive community of people dedicated to transformative education, science, medicine and healthcare. To learn more about our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion please see link: https://pharmacy.cuanschutz.edu/about-us/diversity-equity-and-inclusion

Overview of King Soopers, Good Day Pharmacy and Sheridan Health Services with the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy

 

These three PGY1 programs are jointly sponsored by King Soopers, Good Day Pharmacy, Sheridan Health Services, Denver Indian Health and Family Services, and the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The residency program director (RPD) and preceptors are appointed from among a highly qualified team of pharmacists and university faculty. We have collaborated in providing PGY1 residency training for 12 years.

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is ranked among the top twenty schools of pharmacy in the nation. In addition to providing outstanding education in our Doctor of Pharmacy and graduate programs, the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy is among the nation’s leaders in research concerning drug discovery, clinical and translational sciences, and pharmaceutical outcomes research. Clinical faculty are nationally and internationally recognized as exceptional leaders, clinicians, and scholars. Our PGY1 programs are administratively housed in the school’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy.

Kindly be aware that we offer three distinct programs. Although these programs share similar schedules, with some sites and preceptors overlapping, they are entirely separate programs. For specifics on each program, please refer to the detailed schedules. Candidates are required to submit separate applications for each program of interest through PhORCAS. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Kelsey Schwander, our resident director for all three programs.

Application Information

Our PGY1 Program is ASHP accredited and uses the required process through PHARMCAS, which require three references, academic transcripts, a letter of intent and curriculum vitae. Of note, if matched to either of our programs, successful passing of a background check is required for employment.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 2 .

Interested applicants should provide a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts and three letters of reference. Applications should be submitted through the PhORCAS System.

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Philosophy

This one-year, post-PharmD residency focuses on the development, implementation, and management of innovative pharmaceutical patient care services in a community pharmacy. The position allows the resident to contribute in the areas of clinical service, scholarship and professional service. King Soopers pharmacy care centers in metropolitan Denver provide education and management to patients with diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia and other disease states. Further, the resident assists in the design and implementation of similar patient-care services at additional pharmacy sites. The resident is expected to develop and present a research project, and has opportunities to contribute scholarly writing for publication. Clinical and didactic teaching experiences are also available to the resident. Active involvement in community service and pharmacy organizations is encouraged. The residency provides elective experiences and flexibility to satisfy the specific interests of the resident.

In addition to King Soopers and University of Colorado, the resident will spend time in an ambulatory care setting at Sheridan Health Services and at University Hospital. The resident will provide, educate, and manage patients with for dyslipidemia, diabetes, hypertension, and other disease states in the ambulatory care site. The resident will also help with a transition of care program at University Hospital.

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences partners with grocery store chain, King Soopers, to offer this residency position. King Soopers, a division of Dillon Companies and a subsidiary of the Kroger Company, operates about 140 pharmacies in Colorado and has received recognition for initiatives in community health screening, pharmacy-based immunization services, and diabetes management. A University of Colorado School of Pharmacy adjunct-faculty member serves as the primary residency preceptor and is actively engaged in the provision of clinical services and scholarship related to community pharmacy practice. The resident should be creative, highly motivated, and passionate about the provision of pharmaceutical care services in community pharmacies.

The School of Pharmacy is part of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, and is located just outside Denver in Aurora, Colorado. In addition to clinical responsibilities, the resident will be involved in teaching efforts focused towards didactic and clerkship teaching of Doctor of Pharmacy candidates. Residents will also gain experience in medical writing and publishing. A research project of publishable and presentable quality is required.

The residency position is generously supported by a grant awarded from King Soopers and fully accredited by ASHP.

Preceptors

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

 

Kelsey Schwander, PharmD, CBIS, Residency Program Director
Hilda Ndikum, PharmD, MPH University of Colorado
Peter Rice, PharmD, PhD, BCPS Research Mentor
Doug Fish, PharmD

King Soopers

Michael Hinnenkamp, PharmD, Pharmacy Manager

Reannon Kaup, PharmD, Pharmacy Practice Coordinator

Sheridan Family Services Preceptors

Connie Valdez, PharmD, MSEd, BCPS, Sheridan Health Services, Professor

Sheridan UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital

Lindsay Colyer, PharmD, BCPS

Primary Sites:

King Soopers

Multiple Denver Locations

  • This is the primary site for the resident to gain skills in managing a pharmacy, precepting Medication Therapy Management APPE students and much more.
  • This site is located in Denver and primarily serves an elderly population, which provides more experience with vaccinations, Medication Therapy Management, and disease-state education.

 

CU Pharmacy Sheridan Campus

3525 W Oxford Ave Unit G1, Denver, CO 80236

  • This clinic-based pharmacy serves primarily uninsured and underserved patients. Strong communication and Spanish language skills will be useful at this site.
  • Residents will spend two days each week here, collaborating with clinic providers and assisting with the expanded services the pharmacy provides.

Secondary Sites:

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

12850 E Montview Blvd, Aurora, CO 80045

 

University of Colorado Hospital

12605 E 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045

 

DAWN Clinic

12348 E Montview Blvd, Aurora, CO 80045

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 2.

Interested applicants should provide a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts and three letters of reference. Applications should be submitted through the PhORCAS System.

Current Resident

Megan Schlueter, PharmD

Megan Schlueter was born and raised in Platteville, Wisconsin and earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Dubuque. During her time in college, Megan was employed as a pharmacy technician at Hy-Vee where she discovered her interest in pharmacy. She applied to pharmacy school and moved to Colorado to pursue her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Megan was an intern with King Soopers for her entire curriculum and pursued their PGY-1 Residency program. Megan’s professional goals are to teach and precept pharmacy students as well as continue practicing in community or ambulatory care based settings.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 2.

Interested applicants should provide a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts and three letters of reference. Applications should be submitted through the PhORCAS System.

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Philosophy

“We believe the best healthcare is based on relationships and delivered locally. We listen, innovate, and work together to meet the needs of our communities.” -Good Day Pharmacy

This one-year, post-PharmD residency focuses on the development, implementation, and management of innovative pharmaceutical patient care services in an independent community pharmacy chain. The position allows the resident to contribute in the areas of advanced clinical pharmacy services, scholarship, business strategy and professional service.

Good Day Pharmacy has nine locations in northern Colorado, providing patient care to larger cities, such as Fort Collins, as well as rural areas, such as Wellington. The resident will gain clinical experience with existing programs as well as assisting and implementing new programs. Good Day Pharmacy has unique focuses the resident will get to experience: compounding, vaccinations, long-term care, community education outreach, statewide protocols, breast care center, and many other specialties. The resident will also be actively involved in business management, marketing, and generate a business plan for a pharmacy program. The residency provides diverse experiences and flexibility to satisfy the specific interests of the resident.

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences partners with Good Day Pharmacy to offer this residency position. A University of Colorado School of Pharmacy adjoint-faculty member serves as the primary residency preceptor, and is actively engaged in the provision of clinical services and scholarship related to community pharmacy practice. The resident should be creative, highly motivated, and passionate about the provision of pharmaceutical care services in community pharmacies.

In addition to Good Day Pharmacy and University of Colorado, the resident will spend time in an ambulatory care setting at Clinica Family Health and at University Hospital. The resident will provide, educate, and manage patients with anticoagulation disorders, diabetes, hypertension, and other disease states in the ambulatory care site. The resident will also help with the transitions of care program at University Hospital.

In addition to clinical responsibilities, the resident will be involved in teaching efforts focused towards didactic and clerkship teaching of Doctor of Pharmacy candidates. The program offers a teaching certificate program to enhance the ability of the resident’s precepting and teaching skills. Residents will also gain experience in medical writing and publishing. A research project of publishable and presentable quality is required.

Preceptors

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Kelsey Schwander, PharmD, CBIS, Residency Program Director
Hilda Ndikum, PharmD, MPH University of Colorado
Peter Rice, PharmD, PhD, BCPS, FAPhA
Doug Fish, PharmD

Good Day Pharmacy Preceptors

Whitney Osborn, Pharm D, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Joseph Poling, Pharm D, President & COO

Calvin Kliner, PharmD, Pharmacy Manager

Clinica Family Health Services

Rhianna Fink, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM, Associate Professor

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital

Lindsay Colyer, PharmD, BCPS

Primary Sites:

Good Day Loveland
2033 N. Boise Ave, Loveland, CO 80538

  • Offers dedicated care services to the residents of Loveland, catering to a diverse range of individuals, including a significant portion of the elderly retirement community.
  • The resident spends one day a week here working as a pharmacist, alongside the pharmacy manager.

Good Day Fort Collins
2601 S Lemay Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525

  • Extending our services to a broad spectrum of Fort Collins communities, from the vibrant student population at CSU to our collaborative efforts with Larimer County Corrections.
  • The resident spends one day a week here working as a pharmacist, alongside the pharmacy manager.

Good Day Home Office
3780 E. 15th  St., Loveland, CO 80538

  • Resident spends one day a week here working on residency projects and attends meetings with the corporate team.

Secondary Sites:

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

12850 E Montview Blvd, Aurora, CO 80045

University of Colorado Hospital

12605 E 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045

DAWN Clinic

12348 E Montview Blvd, Aurora, CO 80045

Good Day Long Term Care
4775 Larimer Parkway, Johnstown, CO 80534

Clinical Family Health
1701 W 72nd  Ave, Denver, CO 80221

  • This is a federally-qualified health center (FQHC) that serves a low income, uninsured, or undocumented population of the Denver Metro area. Strong communication and Spanish language skills will be extremely useful in this site.
  • The resident will work directly with the preceptor 1-2 days per week under CDTM protocols to educate and manage chronic disease states such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and smoking cessation, to name a few.

Current Resident

Andrea Segerstrom-Nunez, PharmD

Andrea Segerstrom was born in Wheatridge, Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Arizona State University. After her bachelors, Andrea decided to pursue a Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. While doing her masters, she discovered her passion for pharmacy while working as a pharmacy technician and this is where she made the decision to go into pharmacy school. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy in May of 2023. Andrea’s professional goals are to pursue a PGY2 in ambulatory care, where eventually she will precept and teach future pharmacists herself. She would also like to stay involved in research and her favorite professional pharmacy organization, Phi Lambda Sigma.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 2.

Interested applicants should provide a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts and three letters of reference. Applications should be submitted through the PhORCAS System.

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Sheridan Health Services Brochure

Philosophy

This one-year, post-PharmD residency focuses on the development, implementation, and management of innovative pharmaceutical patient care services in a clinic-based community pharmacy. The position allows the resident to contribute in the areas of advanced clinical pharmacy services, scholarship, business strategy and professional service.

CU Pharmacy is a clinic-based pharmacy within CU Family Health Clinic Sheridan (a Federally Qualified Health Center), which provides clinical services to uninsured and underserved patients and access to low-cost medications utilizing the 340B program.  Residents will directly collaborate with providers in primary care, behavioral health, dentistry, and pediatrics. They will provide drug information, utilize and design clinic-based protocols to provide direct patient care, provide patient education and clinical consultation. Residents will also assist with many of the expanded services that CU Pharmacy offers: immunizations, Vivitrol injections, smoking cessation, and medication therapy management, etc.

Residents will work directly with the Pharmacy Manager, Dr. Alex Versackas, PharmD, MBA.  This will allow a unique opportunity to understand the background of developing services in a clinic-based community pharmacy, including experience with pharmacy insurance contracts, marketing strategies, and expansion of pharmacy services.  Residents will become experts in the benefits and restrictions of the 340B medication program with an expectation that they can relay this information effectively to patients.

In addition to CU Pharmacy and the University of Colorado, the resident will spend time in an ambulatory care setting at Denver Indian Health and Family Services which also provides clinical services to the Native American population. The resident will provide, educate, and manage patients with for various chronic disease states (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, substance abuse, etc.). The resident will also help with a transition of care program at University Hospital. The School of Pharmacy is part of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, and is located just outside Denver in Aurora, Colorado. In addition to clinical responsibilities, the resident will be involved in teaching efforts focused towards didactic and clerkship teaching of Doctor of Pharmacy candidates. Residents will also gain experience in medical writing and publishing. A research project of publishable and presentable quality is required.

Strong communication skills and Spanish language skills will be especially useful during the PGY-1. In addition, pharmacists who are highly motivated and interested in independent learning and working closely with providers will likely perform well in this residency.

Preceptors

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Kelsey Schwander, PharmD, Residency Program Director
Connie Valdez, PharmD, MSEd, BCPS, Sheridan Health Services
Hilda Ndikum, PharmD, MPH University of Colorado
Peter Rice, PharmD, PhD, BCPS, FAPhA
Doug Fish, PharmD

Sheridan Health and Denver Indian Health and Family Services Preceptors

M. Alex Versackas, PharmD, MBA, Sheridan Health Services

Leah Fitzgerald, PharmD, BCACP, Denver Indian Health and Family Services

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital

Lindsay Colyer, PharmD, BCPS

Primary Sites:

CU Pharmacy Sheridan Campus

3525 W Oxford Ave Unit G1, Denver, CO 80236

  • This clinic-based pharmacy serves primarily uninsured and underserved patients. Strong communication and Spanish language skills will be useful at this site.
  • Residents will spend two days each week here, collaborating with clinic providers and assisting with the expanded services the pharmacy provides.

Denver Indian Health and Family Services
2880 W Holden Pl, Denver, CO 80204

  • This Urban Indian Health Program provides culturally appropriate care for American Indian and Alaska Native adults, children, and families.
  • Residents spend two days each week here, educating and managing patients with chronic disease states including type-two diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and COPD.

Secondary Sites:

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

12850 E Montview Blvd, Aurora, CO 80045

 

University of Colorado Hospital

12605 E 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045

 

DAWN Clinic

12348 E Montview Blvd, Aurora, CO 80045

Current Resident

Kurt Spitzer, PharmD

Kurt Spitzer was born in Jacksonville, Florida, however he has lived in Denver for most of his life. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Colorado at Denver, he continued on into the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Currently, Kurt works with Denver Indian Health and Family Services as well as the CU Pharmacy at Sheridan Health Services as a community-based resident, where he strives to improve health literacy in his community while working as an ambulatory care pharmacist.

Email: kurt.spitzer@cuanschutz.edu

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