PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.
This Pharmacy Residency Program is a comprehensive program that emphasizes the development of advanced pharmaceutical care. After a month-long orientation to the department, the resident begins a series of concentrated and longitudinal learning activities designed to meet the goals and objectives of the RMC residency program. The program aims to develop the resident into a competent and confident practitioner in:
- Patient care
- Advancing practice and improving patient care
- Leadership and management
- Teaching, education, and the dissemination of knowledge
- Internal Medicine I
- Internal Medicine II/Family Medicine
- Critical Care I – Medical Intensive Care
- Critical Care II – Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care
- Nephrology/Solid Organ Transplant
- Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant
- Emergency Department
- Neonatal Intensive Care/Burn Unit
- Investigational Drugs
Longitudinal Learning Experiences
- Ambulatory Care & Academia
- Weekends – every other weekend in a dispensing role
- Residents are eligible for a compensatory day off following a staffing weekend
- Weeknights – two weeknights per month
- Holidays – residents are required to staff two holidays during the year
- Weekends – every other weekend in a dispensing role
- Research Project
- Infectious Diseases
Additional Learning Experiences
- Teaching Certificate program in conjunction with the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy (optional)
- Precepting pharmacy students – RMC has affiliations with two schools of pharmacy (University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy and St. Louis College of Pharmacy)
- Completion of Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support training and certification.
Pharmacy Program Information
Length of Program: 12 months (starting end of June)
Number of Positions: 2 PGY1 positions
Accreditation Status: Candidate (Residents graduating from programs in candidate status will receive a certificate of completion indicating the resident is a graduate of a candidate program. Upon successful accreditation, the resident will be re-issued a certificate retroactive to the date of application for accreditation indicating completion of an accredited residency. Graduates of a candidate program are eligible to pursue PGY2 residency training.)
- Estimated Stipend: $55,000
- Other Benefits Include: paid time off (including holidays), health/dental/vision
- Personal desk space with computer and other professional materials
- Travel/CE allowance: ASHP Midyear Meeting, Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference
- Free covered on-site parking
- U.S. citizenship or permanent resident
- Hold a degree from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education accredited school of pharmacy
- Possess a Missouri pharmacist license within 90 days of beginning of the residency year
Research Medical Center will manage the application process for its pharmacy residency programs through ASHP’s PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application) process. Candidates must submit the following materials through PhORCAS by January 3rd:
- Letter of Intent
- Curriculum vitae
- Three completed reference forms
- College transcripts
All completed applications will be reviewed and the most qualified applicants will be invited for on-site interviews in late January and February.
Pharmacy Residency Program Bios
Mel Smith, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS
Mel Smith is the Clinical Pharmacy Manager and the Pharmacy Residency Program Director and oversees the Research and health system administration learning experiences. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Iowa and her Master of Business Administration degree from Western Governors University. After completing a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee, KS, she trained as a PGY2 Health Systems Pharmacy Administration resident at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, WA. Dr. Smith is board certified in pharmacotherapy.
Dr. Smith serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She is an active member of the Greater Kansas City Society of Health System Pharmacists and serves as a board member. Her professional interests include formulary management, anticoagulation, antimicrobial stewardship, and teaching. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography, volunteering, and reading.
Lisa Conrad, Pharm.D., BCPP
Lisa Conrad is the Pharmacy Director for Research Medical Center, Research Psychiatric Center and Research Medical Center-Brookside Campus. She received her B.S. Pharmacy degree at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. She is Board Certified in Psychiatric Pharmacy and also certified in Medication Therapy Management, Lean Six Sigma and Change Management. Her professional interests include pharmacy operations process improvement, population health and psychiatric pharmacy. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, church activities and singing in a band.
Mike Axelsen, Pharm.D., BCPS
Dr. Mike Axelsen is a clinical pharmacist and works with the solid organ transplant team at Research Medical Center, Family Medicine Residency Program, as well as Research Psychiatric Center. He serves as the preceptor for the solid organ transplant/nephrology rotation. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. After completing his undergraduate degree, he worked as a research assistant at the University of Iowa studying the genetic basis of schizophrenia. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Iowa. Upon completion of pharmacy school, he went on to further his pharmacy education by completing PGY1 residency training at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He has achieved the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.
Dr. Axelsen’s professional interests include solid organ transplant, psychiatry, and internal medicine. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing hockey, being outdoors and rooting for the Hawkeyes. Mike’s wife, Vanessa, is a pediatric dentist in Overland Park, Kansas. He has a son, Emmett and a French Bulldog, Hugo.
David Brown, Pharm.D., BCPS
David Brown is a Clinical Pharmacist and serves as a preceptor for the Critical Care rotation. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy and following graduation served our Veterans at the VA Hospital in Kansas City for 11 years. He is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.
Dr. Brown’s professional areas of interest include neuroscience, trauma and emergency room medicine. Dr. Brown looks forward to working closely with neurology and trauma services to continue and develop studies to advance pharmacy practice and medicine. Dr. Brown is an adjunct faculty for UMKC and STLCOP pharmacy students. His personal interests include family time, golf and Missouri sports!
Mandy Chancery, Pharm.D.
Mandy Chancery is the Investigational Drug Services Pharmacist at Research Medical Center. Dr. Chancery earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. She has over twenty years of health care industry experience in many aspects of pharmaceutical care and has spent several of those years in pharmaceutical research. Her current areas of interest include clinical research, oncology and psychiatry. She currently serves on the Healthcare Advisory Board of New Frontier Group which provides insight and positive outcomes for international policyholders receiving health care services and products in the U.S. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, going to ballgames, spending time outdoors and serving within her church.
Kerra Cissne, Pharm.D., BCPS
Kerra Cissne is a Clinical Pharmacist and serves as a preceptor for the Critical Care rotations. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas. Dr. Cissne completed her PGY1 and PGY2 specialty training in Critical Care at Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, MO. Her professional interests include critical care, emergency medicine, and infectious diseases. She is an active member of the Greater Kansas City Society of Health System Pharmacists. In her free time, she enjoys running, weight lifting, singing to musicals, and spending time with her son, Atticus, and her cat, Kalla.
Elaine Ford, Pharm.D.
Elaine Ford is a clinical pharmacist at Research Psychiatric Center and Research Medical Center. She serves as a preceptor for the psychiatric rotation. Dr. Ford received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at South Dakota State University, Doctor of Pharmacy at Howard University and completed a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State University. She is an active member of the Greater Kansas City Society of Health System Pharmacists.
Dr. Ford's professional interests include psychiatry, teaching/mentoring, preventive health, and pharmacy operations. Outside of work, she is an avid learner and researches genealogical information including DNA, maximizes travel opportunities with family, and enjoys fine/performing arts..
Karen Hardinger, Pharm.D., BCPS
Karen Hardinger is a Clinical Professor and Director of Assessment at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy and a Clinical Pharmacist at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Kansas. After completing a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, she trained as a specialty resident in transplantation/immunology at The University of Tennessee/ Bowld Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Hardinger is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy.
Her teaching and patient care activities focus on transplantation, as well as, liver and renal disease and her research examines the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of immunosuppressive medications. She has published articles relating to the field of transplantation in the American Journal of Transplantation, Transplantation and Pharmacotherapy and given several presentations at international meetings.
Kathy Herriott, Pharm.D.
Kathy Herriott is the Clinical Coordinator for Oncology. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Kansas and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She has worked as an oncology clinical specialist as well as has experience in other administrative positions to include director of pharmacy and division director for clinical pharmacy. She also spent a number of years working in pharmaceutical research.
Dr. Herriott serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the University Of Kansas School Of Pharmacy. She is a member of the Greater Kansas City Society of Health System Pharmacists where she served as President. She is also involved in ASHP, HOPA, and ASBMT. Her professional interests include Bone Marrow Transplant, Oncology, and Antimicrobial Stewardship. In her free time, she enjoys sailing, traveling, and reading.
Jan Jirousek, Pharm.D.
Jan Jirousek is a Clinical Pharmacist who oversees the rotation in The Grossman Burn Center and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Jirousek received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include neonatal sepsis, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and burn resuscitation. She also serves on the NICU performance improvement committee. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, cooking, traveling, and hiking.
Ann Koeniguer, R.Ph.
Ann Koeniguer is the Manager of Pharmacy Operations at Research Medical Center. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. She plays a leadership role in a broad range of operational and fiscal areas of the pharmacy department including regulatory compliance for The Joint Commission, CMS, sterile compounding, technology implementation, supply chain management, and controlled substances. Her professional areas of interest include narcotic surveillance, managing financial performance, investigational drugs and clinical research.
Rene MacMurray, Pharm.D.
Rene MacMurray is a Clinical Pharmacist who precepts the staffing rotation. She received her Bachelors and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Kansas. Her professional interests include patient safety and education, medication reconciliation, operations/workflow improvement, emergency medicine, and traumatic brain injury. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, home improvement, traveling, and spending time with family.
Tatum Mead, Pharm.D.
Tatum Mead is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Pharmacy. She also maintains an ambulatory care practice at Goppert-Trinity Family Care Clinic at Research Medical Center Brookside Campus.
Dr. Mead earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency program at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Her current professional interests include interprofessional education, social determinants of health, and primary care. When not working, she spends time with family and friends, in the outdoors with her dogs, and engages in DIY projects.
Michael Moody, Pharm.D., BCPS
Michael Moody is a Clinical Pharmacist specializing in Antimicrobial Stewardship and Family Medicine, and is also regularly involved on the cardiac telemetry unit. He obtained his BS in Chemistry from Missouri State University prior to attending the University of New England in Portland, Maine, where he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree. After graduating, Dr. Moody completed a PGY-1 residency at Truman Medical Center. He is involved in an ongoing antimicrobial trial that aims to narrow the empiric use of broad spectrum antibiotics based on a set of numerous patient specific factors. In his free time, Dr. Moody enjoys playing music (much to his neighbors’ dismay), watching soccer, reading books, and running.
Caroline Rogers, R.Ph., BCPP
Caroline Rogers is a Clinical Pharmacist who oversees the rotation at Research Psychiatric Center. She received her Bachelor of Science Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and began her professional career at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center serving our Veterans. Caroline's professional areas of interest include psychiatry, neurology, and geriatric pharmacy. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, friends, church activities, playing the flute, and reading.
Stephanie Schauner, Pharm.D.
Stephanie Schauner is a Clinical Pharmacist in Family Medicine at the Goppert-Trinity Family Care Clinic and a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy. She earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy in 2006 and completed a PGY-1 residency at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. Stephanie’s professional interests include family planning, bone health, hormone replacement therapy, and vaccination practices. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and three children.
Shannon South, Pharm.D., BCPS
Shannon South is a clinical pharmacist overseeing the internal medicine rotation. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas. Dr. South completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at Piedmont Columbus Regional – Midtown Campus in Columbus, GA, and is board certified in pharmacotherapy.
Her professional interests include internal medicine and interprofessional education. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and playing with her dog.
Jake Sumner, Pharm.D., MBA-HM, BCPS
Jake Sumner is Pharmacy Operations Manager and a Pharmacy Residency Coordinator at Research Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After graduation Dr. Sumner completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and achieved Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy. Dr. Sumner has worked at Research Medical Center since completing training and worked first as a Clinical Pharmacist primarily with the progressive care unit and transplant team, before taking a leadership role in the department. In his free time Jake is active in his church, plays guitar, travels, hunts, and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.
Bri Zinser, Pharm.D., BCPS
Dr. Brianna Zinser is a clinical pharmacist in critical care and transplant at Research Medical Center. Dr. Zinser earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed her PGY1 residency and PGY2 specialty training in Critical Care both at Truman Medical Centers. She achieved the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.
Dr. Zinser’s professional areas of interest include trauma and neuro critical care. She currently serves on the board of the Greater Kansas City Society of Health-System Pharmacists as Programs Coordinator focusing on involving students, residents, and pharmacists in local pharmacy activities to strength professional development. She is focused on research and clinical practice, and recently published Dual Antiplatelet Therapy Beyond One Year in Patients After Stent Placement: A Review in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice.
David Gajewski, Pharm.D.
Dr. David Gajewski is a PGY1 pharmacy resident at Research Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas in 2018. Originally from Hutchinson, KS, he moved to Wichita where he earned his undergraduate degree from Wichita State University. His current practice interests include administration, infectious diseases, informatics, and internal medicine. After completion of his PGY-1 residency, David plans on obtaining a clinical pharmacist position. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife, Annabel, and their two sons, Gabriel and Isaac. David likes to read, run, listen to music, and travel with his family.
Kristina Milewski, Pharm.D.
Dr. Kristina Milewski is a PGY1 pharmacy resident at Research Medical Center. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Pharmacy in 2019. Her current practice interests include internal medicine, emergency medicine, and psychiatry. Upon completion of her PGY–1 residency, she plans to earn her board certification in pharmacotherapy and obtain a clinical pharmacist position in an urban hospital. In her free time, Kristina enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, traveling, discovering new cooking recipes, and enjoying life with family and friends.