Ascension Via Christi serves as a primary teaching site for medical residents and students, pharmacy students, as well as other healthcare professions. Approximately 250 physician residents and 100 medical students pursue their education and training in Wichita each year.
This level of educational activity fosters an environment of collaborative patient care, provides access to innovative and cutting-edge treatment, and offers many opportunities to collaborate and lead as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team.
Ascension Via Christi offers two pharmacy residency programs: a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and a PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency.
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program
The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is a one-year training program offering a broad range of pharmacy practice experiences. The program is conducted at Ascension Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita, Kansas, which are acute care, teaching hospitals. The program offers positions for up to four residents annually.
The PGY1 program provides experience in a variety of settings, focusing on the core areas of practice specified in the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy Accreditation Standards, including patient care, practice management and research. The program is administered by highly trained and respected clinical practitioners who are allotted dedicated time in their area of practice to provide state-of-the-art training and mentoring for the programs’ residents. This allows flexibility for the resident to focus on special areas of interest.
Upon completion of the program, the clinical pharmacist will be ready to apply his or her skills in direct patient care, exhibit excellent decision-making skills, and provide education and leadership in the care of patients.
Residents will participate in a teaching certificate program conducted by the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. Through this program residents will be introduced to various teaching concepts including teaching philosophy, effective teaching tools, and student learning styles. Residents will also be mentored through the development and delivery of lectures and other presentations.
PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program (in affiliation with the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy)
The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency is a one-year training program offering advanced practice experiences in a variety of outpatient settings. The program is conducted primarily in Ascension Medical Group/Ascension Medical Group primary care locations, with rotation opportunities across a variety of specialty clinics as well. The program offers positions for up to two residents annually.
Residents will participate in several longitudinal rotations, including primary care, research, and academia as well as service and professional development. Numerous elective opportunities are available for the resident to select from. Residents will also have the opportunity to initiate a new clinical pharmacy service during their residency year.
The PGY2 program is conducted in affiliation with the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. This close relationship provides the resident with numerous opportunities to gain experience in academia, including instructing pharmacy students through skills labs, clinical assessments and didactic lectures. Participation in the Teaching Certificate Program conducted for PGY1 residents will be optional for PGY2 residents based upon their PGY1 experiences. Graduates of the PGY2 residency in ambulatory care will be prepared to pursue clinical faculty or clinical practice positions.
- Doctor of Pharmacy Degree
- Registered as a pharmacist in Kansas, or eligible to take the Board of Pharmacy licensure exam (Note: residents must be licensed in the State of Kansas within 90 days of start date in order to maintain employment)
- Certification in BLS and ACLS or able to obtain.
- Completion of an ASHP-accredited (or ASHP-candidate) PGY1 residency program (applies to PGY2 program only)
- Health/dental/vision insurance
- Disability/life insurance
- Paid time off
- Stipend for travel to American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting & Midwest Pharmacy Residency Conference (if travel funding available)