School of Pharmacy launches inaugural residency program

The School of Pharmacy is expanding to include a new graduate residency program in collaboration with King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) in Ashland, Kentucky.

The program provides a year of additional training for graduate pharmacists in the areas of acute care clinical pharmacy practice and academic activities, Dr. Kevin. W. Yingling, dean of the school of pharmacy, announced last week.

Pharmacy residencies are optional upon completion of a pharmacy degree (PharmD.). Graduates can pursue further training in either a clinical, ambulatory care, community or research track, and work as a licensed practitioner, but under the supervision of an experienced preceptor.

“This is a transformative step in the growth of our footprint in health care affiliations, our experiential programs and ultimately our school of pharmacy,” Yingling said.  “Pharmacy residencies allow graduate pharmacists to pursue additional specialization training and in turn provide for the expansion of the work force of well-trained pharmacists for the team-based health care initiative.”

The two post-graduate year 1 (PGY1) positions at KDMC are defined as general competency residencies.

“We’re very happy to be a partner with the Marshall University of School of Pharmacy on this exciting new residency,” said Rita Keslar, PharmD., director of Pharmacy at King’s Daughters. “We take care of a wide range of patients with complex medical conditions, and a pharmacist is considered a part of the patient care team at King’s Daughters. We’re excited to add to our team with this residency program.”

Much like the national residency matching program for graduating medical students, pharmacy residency slots are also determined through a national residency match program.  The match is sponsored by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

The inaugural residents at KDMC are:

  • Amber Oakes, expected to graduate in May from Duquesne University School of Pharmacy
  • Jennifer Leslie, expected to graduate in May from the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy

The Marshall University School of Pharmacy anticipates announcing additional residency programs at area institutions over the next several years.


The residency program at KDMC will launch July 1.