Postgraduate Pharmacy Residencies

Postgraduate Pharmacy Residencies

Tmc Health System Locations
Quality, compassion, technology and innovation are at the heart of Truman Medical Centers, located in Kansas City, Mo. The TMC Health System includes TMC Hospital Hill, TMC Lakewood, TMC Behavioral Health, the Jackson County Health Department and a number of primary care practices throughout the metropolitan area. Recently named one of the nations top academic medical centers, TMC is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Schools of Health Sciences and specializes in asthma, bariatrics, diabetes, women’s health, and trauma services.

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Tony Huke, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Manager-Medication Use
PGY1 Residency Program Director
Management Preceptor
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Postgraduate Year 1

  • Overview

    Postgraduate Pharmacy Residency at Hospital Hill

    Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill provides an array of acute care and outpatient services. TMC Hospital Hill has the busiest adult emergency room in the Kansas City metropolitan area with more than 60,000 visits a year. In addition to Emergency Medicine and Trauma, TMC Hospital Hill is also noted for Asthma, Diabetes, Obstetrics, Ophthalmology, Weight Management and Women’s Health.

    Program Purpose Statement

    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.

    Postgraduate Pharmacy Residency Program Goals

    Pharmacists completing this residency will be competent and confident pharmacy practitioners of direct patient care in various environments. They will be able to provide drug information to any health care team, possess independent leadership skills, teaching skills and communicate well in personal and group settings. They will demonstrate professional and personal maturity by following a philosophy of professional practice, monitoring their own performance, exhibiting a commitment to the profession, and exercising leadership in improving the safety of the medication use system.

    Program Director
    Tony Huke, Pharm. D., BCPS
    Office: 816-404-4198
    Fax: 816-404-4199
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    Residency Coordinator
    Joanne Hatfield, Pharm. D., BCPS
    Office: 816-404-4167
    Fax: 816-404-2352
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    Residency Coordinator
    Kerry Yamada, Pharm.D., BCGP
    Office: 816-404-7744
    Fax: 816-404-9020
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    Program Details
    PGY1-12 month residency
    4 positions
    Starting date: June 18, 2018
    Estimate stipend: $54,000
    Interview required
  • Learning Experiences

    Required Learning Experiences
    • Orientation
    • Internal Medicine I
      • Hospital Hill
      • >Lakewood
    • Internal Medicine II
      • Hospital Hill
      • Lakewood
    • Critical Care
    • Trauma and General Surgery
    • Cardiology
    • Infectious Disease
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Drug Information

    Longitudinal Learning Experiences
    • Pharmacy Management
      • Leadership Structure
      • Medication Assistance
      • Medication Management
      • Medication Safety
      • Operations A
      • Operations B
    • Staffing
    • Teaching Certificate
    • Research Project

    Elective Learning Experiences
    • Ambulatory Care
      • Hospital Hill
      • Lakewood
    • Psychiatry
    • Metabolic Support
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Transitional Care
    • Intensive Care Nursery
    • Pain Management

    The year will begin with 1 month of orientation and will be followed by a month each of the required learning experiences. Over the course of the year, you will complete all the required learning experiences and your choice of 2 elective experiences, which may include repeating a previously completed required learning experience.

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  • Application

    Application Requirements
    • Letter of Interest
    • College Transcript
    • Missouri license (or eligible)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • 3 letters of reference and standard reference form required
    • Copy of a formal case presentation (PowerPoint presentation is the preferred format for the case)

    The deadline for receipt of all of the above information is January 2, 2018.

    All candidates must participate in the National Match program sponsored by ASHP.

    Applications will be accepted through the PhORCAS system starting November 2017.

    If a paper application is required due to extenuating circumstances, please contact the program director for additional information.

Postgraduate Year 2

  • Overview

    About Truman Medical Centers
    Truman Medical Center (TMC) Hospital Hill is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO). TMC has three intensive care units totaling 31-beds that care for critically ill surgical, cardiac, and medical patients managed by board certified pulmonary/critical care intensivists using a multidisciplinary approach. TMC’s Trauma Center is one of three adult Level I Trauma Centers in KCMO and is part of a statewide trauma system. The Emergency Department (ED) provides care for approximately 69,000 patients per year in a 52-bed unit, (including three trauma rooms).

    Program Purpose Statement
    PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in advanced or specialized practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with the opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in the specialized practice area (when board certification for the practice area exists).

    PGY-2 Critical Care Residency Program Goals
    TMC’s critical care pharmacy residency program is a 12-month program designed to prepare its graduates to assume positions in adult critical care, emergency medicine/trauma services in an urban teaching facility, similar to that of TMC. TMC is an academic teaching hospital providing the unique opportunity to not only precept pharmacy students, but also educate learners from other disciplines. In addition, the resident will have the opportunity to teach on an academic level at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy. Required learning experiences include critical care medicine, trauma surgery, emergency medicine, infectious disease, and solid organ transplant. The resident will also complete BLS/ACLS certification if they are not currently certified in addition to actively participating in the Advanced Trauma Life-Support course offered at TMC. Elective learning experience opportunities include cardiology, PICU/NICU, neurosurgical ICU, and participation in the teaching certificate program offered through the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy.

    Program Director
    Katie Korte, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP
    Office: 816-404-4208
    Fax: 816-404-2351
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    Residency Coordinator
    Joanne Hatfield, Pharm.D., BCPS
    Office: 816-404-4167
    Fax: 816-404-2352
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    Residency Coordinator
    Kerry Yamada, Pharm.D., BCGP
    Office: 816-404-7744
    Fax: 816-404-9020
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    Program Details
    PGY2 Critical Care-12 month residency
    1 position
    Starting date: July 2, 2018
    Estimate stipend: $60,000
    Interview required
  • Learning Experiences

    Required Learning Experiences
    • Orientation
    • Critical Care Medicine
    • Trauma Surgery
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Solid Organ Transplant (provided off-site)
    • Infectious Disease

    Longitudinal Learning Experiences
    • Staffing
    • Research Project

    Elective Learning Experiences
    • Critical Care II
    • Trauma Surgery II
    • Emergency Medicine II
    • Cardiology
    • Metabolic Support
    • PICU/NICU (provided off-site)
    • Neurosurgical ICU (provided off-site)
    • Teaching Certificate

    The year will begin with 1 month of orientation for any resident that did not complete their PGY1 residency at Truman Medical Centers.  This will be followed by a combination of both 4 week and 6 week long learning experiences.  Over the course of the year, all required learning experiences will be completed as well as your choice of 4 elective experiences, which may include repeating a previously completed required learning experience.



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  • Application

    Application Requirements
    • Letter of interest
    • College transcript
    • Missouri license (or eligible)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • 3 written letters of reference in addition to or in place of the standard reference form required
    • Written copy of a formal case presentation (PowerPoint presentation is the preferred format for the case. Include 6 slides per page.)


    The deadline for receipt of all of the above information is January 2, 2018.

    All candidates must participate in the National Match program sponsored by ASHP.

    Applications will be accepted through the PhORCAS system starting November 2017.

    If a paper application is required due to extenuating circumstances, please contact the program director for additional information.

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Meet the Residents

Dr. Angela Chu

Dr. Angela Chu

Dr. Angela Chu received her Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Ohio Northern University in May 2017. Her current practice interests include critical care and academia. Angela's research project involves developing a sleep bundle order set and assessing its impact on decreasing the incidence of delirium in the ICU. Upon completion of her PGY-1, she plans to pursue a PGY-2 in critical care and ultimately end up in a faculty position with a shared clinical role. Angela also hopes to obtain her board certifications in pharmacotherapy and critical care in her career.
Dr. Kerra Cissne

Dr. Kerra Cissne

Dr. Kerra Cissne received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas School Of Pharmacy in May 2016. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy residency training at Truman Medical Centers. Her current practice interests include critical care, emergency medicine, and infectious disease. Kerra’s research project involves assessment of how a procalcitonin lab bundle affects antibiotic treatment decisions in critically ill patients. Upon completion of her PGY-2 residency, she plans to pursue a career in an academic medical center. Kerra also hopes to achieve board certification in critical care and to remain active in health-systems pharmacy organizations, and eventually become a residency program director.
Dr. Sarah Fritz

Dr. Sarah Fritz

Dr. Sarah Fritz received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy in May 2017. Her current practice interests include cardiology, internal medicine, and emergency medicine. Sarah’s research project involves developing and implementing a pharmacy-to-dose warfarin consult protocol for the inpatient pharmacy at Truman Medical Center. Upon completion of her PGY-1, she plans to either move on to a PGY-2 or pursue a clinical position within an inpatient hospital pharmacy. In addition, Sarah also hopes to achieve board certification in pharmacotherapy.
Dr. Kristin Peterson

Dr. Kristin Peterson

Dr. Kristin Peterson received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy in May 2017. Her current practice interests include critical care, emergency medicine, and infectious disease. Kristin’s research project involves implementing and evaluating use of intravenous ketamine as an adjunct to intravenous opioids among patients with sickle cell disease presenting to the emergency department in vaso-occlusive crisis. After completing her PGY-1 residency, she plans to pursue a PGY-2 in critical care or emergency medicine and become board certified in pharmacotherapy. Following residency completion, she hopes to begin her career as a clinical specialist in one of these areas at either at an academic medical center or community hospital where the opportunity exists to precept and teach students in the pharmacy and medical professions.
Dr. Chelsea Stallings

Dr. Chelsea Stallings

Dr. Chelsea Stallings received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy in May 2017. Her current practice interests include emergency medicine and infectious disease. Chelsea’s research project involves developing a real time/cost estimation of dealing with hospital drug shortages. Upon completion of her PGY-1 residency, she plans to pursue a career at an academic teaching hospital where she can serve as a preceptor. Chelsea also hopes to achieve board certification in pharmacotherapy and to remain active in health-systems pharmacy organizations, such as GKCSHP.

Meet the Preceptors

Jodie Ashleman, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, CPHIMS

Jodie Ashleman, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, CPHIMS

Dr. Jodie Ashleman is the Information Technology Pharmacist at Truman Medical Centers. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, completed her Masters in Business Administration at MidAmerica Nazarene University, and completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Ashleman has been at Truman Medical Centers for 29 years in a variety of roles within the pharmacy department. She has been actively involved in many Cerner and IT projects over her tenure at TMC and most recently has worked in a focused pharmacy IT role.
Andrew S. Bzowyckyj, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE

Andrew S. Bzowyckyj, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE

Dr. Andrew Bzowyckyj is an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Truman Medical Centers as well a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Bzowyckyj earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy and completed the ASHP-accredited 24-month Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Residency program at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Bzowyckyj’s clinical and scholarship interests include diabetes and other metabolic disorders, health policy, leadership development, reflection and reflective practice, and interprofessional collaborative practice. He is an advisor for the UMKC chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP). Dr. Bzowyckyj is a member of ASHP, APhA, AACP, ACCP, and AADE, in addition to several state and local affiliated organizations, serving as an elected officer or appointed committee member within several of these organizations. At Truman Medical Centers, he provides comprehensive medication management for complex patients with diabetes and other comorbidities approximately three days per week in the outpatient internal medicine and endocrinology clinics on the Hospital Hill campus. He is also involved with the hospital’s Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program.
Melissa Gabriel, Pharm.D., BCPS

Melissa Gabriel, Pharm.D., BCPS

Dr. Melissa Gabriel is the Medication Safety Manager at Truman Medical Centers. Dr. Gabriel earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas and completed her PGY1 residency training at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, NE. She achieved the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Dr. Gabriel’s professional areas of interest include medication safety, advancing pharmacy practice and the training of future health systems pharmacists. Dr. Gabriel serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students and residents.
Jeremy Hampton, Pharm.D., BCPS

Jeremy Hampton, Pharm.D., BCPS

Dr. Jeremy Hampton is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy and an Emergency Medicine Clinical Specialist for Truman Medical Centers. He earned a BS in Biology at Rockhurst University in Kansas City and his Pharm.D. at UMKC. Following graduation, Dr. Hampton completed his post-graduate residency training at Duke University. He achieved the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Dr. Hampton has a strong interest in rapid sequence intubation, the management of angioedema, and he is known to be a lover of all things ketamine. He has been a member of the ASHP Emergency Medicine Section Advisory Group and the ACCP Emergency Medicine Practice Research Network, and he is active at the state level where he currently serves as the president of the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Nathan Hanson, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS

Nathan Hanson, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS

Dr. Nathan Hanson is the Director of Pharmacy at Truman Medical Center Lakewood. Dr. Hanson earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University and completed his PGY1/PGY2 residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He achieved the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Dr. Hanson’s responsibilities include corporate oversight of regulatory compliance, finance, supply chain, operations, and policy management. He also fulfills the pharmacist in charge functions at the Lakewood campus. His professional areas of interest include managing regulatory complexity, growing pharmacy technician professionals, self-assessment and leadership development, and leadership actions that foster employee engagement. Dr. Hanson plays an active role in the training and developing of pharmacy leaders through involvement with the student and resident programs at TMC, UMKC, and KU. He teaches several lectures each year at UMKC related to health system pharmacy and precepts students who are interested in pharmacy management topics.
Joanne Hatfield, Pharm.D., BCPS

Joanne Hatfield, Pharm.D., BCPS

Dr. Joanne Hatfield is the Pain Management Pharmacist and also serves as one of the two Pharmacy Residency Coordinators. Dr. Hatfield earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and has completed the ASHP Foundation Traineeship in Pain and Palliative Care.

Dr. Hatfield’s professional areas of interest include pain management, palliative care, and internal medicine. She is the co-chair of the TMC Corporate Pain Management Committee and is also involved in operational committees within the pharmacy department. Dr. Hatfield has held leadership roles within local organizations and has presented posters at state and national pharmacy conferences.
Joel A. Hennenfent, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS, FASHP

Joel A. Hennenfent, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS, FASHP

Dr. Joel Hennenfent is the System Director of Pharmacy at Truman Medical Centers. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Louis University.

Dr. Hennenfent has vast experience in clinical, quality, safety, regulatory, operational, and supply chain program development. Joel is a Past President of Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP), Past President of St. Louis Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and Past Chair of MSHP Research & Education Board. Moreover, he was the 2013 ASHP Council on Therapeutics Chair, 2015-2017 ASHP Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Executive Committee Director-at-Large, a 2014-2018 and 2015-2019 ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Forecast Advisory Committee member, the 2012 MSHP Pharmacist of the Year, and 2015 MSHP Foundation Garrison Award Recipient. Dr. Hennenfent is currently serving as an ASHP Delegate for Missouri.
Tony Huke, PHARM.D., BCPS

Tony Huke, PHARM.D., BCPS

Dr. Tony Huke is one of the Clinical Managers as well as the Program Director for the PGY1 residency at Truman Medical Centers. Dr. Huke earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed his PGY1 residency training at Cox Medical Center. He achieved the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Dr. Huke’s professional areas of interest include the training of future health systems pharmacists at TMC, within the state of Missouri and across the country by serving as both preceptor and mentor for pharmacy students and residents alike. He has held various clinical and managerial roles within the department, organized and supervised the creation of numerous clinical programs and initiatives, and was a founding member and preceptor of the re-initiated TMC pharmacy residency program that he has led for the past twelve years. He supervises the management of TMC’s formulary program and focuses on cost effective medication use. Dr. Huke has presented at numerous local and regional conferences and student organizations regarding the importance of residency training, planning a career in health systems pharmacy, and is currently the course coordinator for the Hospital Pharmacy elective offered each fall at the UMKC School of Pharmacy.
Katie Korte, PHARM.D., BCPS, BCCCP

Katie Korte, PHARM.D., BCPS, BCCCP

Dr. Katie Korte is the Clinical Lead Pharmacist in Trauma and General Surgery as well as the Program Director for the PGY2 Critical Care residency at Truman Medical Centers. Dr. Korte earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the 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 and Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist.

Dr. Korte’s professional areas of interest include trauma, critical care, and precepting. She currently serves on the board of the Greater Kansas City Society of Health-System Pharmacists as president-elect focusing on involving students, residents, and pharmacists in local pharmacy initiatives and supporting professional development through educational offerings. She plans to pursue involvement at the state level with the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists after completion of her term. Dr. Korte is actively involved in research and clinical practice. She has recently published “Residency Program Directors’ View on the Value of Teaching” in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and “Pharmacists’ Guide to the Management of Organ Donors after Brain Death” in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacists.
Stacey Kwan, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP

Stacey Kwan, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP

Dr. Stacey Kwan is the Pharmacy Operations Manager at Truman Medical Centers. Dr. Kwan earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She achieved the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist.

Dr. Kwan’s professional areas of interest include standardization and operationalization of policies, procedures, and processes in collaboration with the Directors of Pharmacy. During her tenure, she has led Pyxis / OR Meeting, Operations Meeting, and served as management facilitator for Workflow Committee. Through these groups, she has guided the team through numerous corporate implementations, processes improvements, and regulatory compliance. Also, she supervises Hospital Hill-based interns and technicians.
Nicole Mackeben, Pharm.D., BCPS

Nicole Mackeben, Pharm.D., BCPS

Dr. Nicole Mackeben is the Metabolic Support Clinical Lead at Truman Medical Centers. Dr. Mackeben earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Missouri Kansas City School of Pharmacy. She achieved the designation of Board Certified Pharmacology Specialist.

Dr. Mackeben’s professional areas of interest include Metabolic Support. She is a member of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).
Lauren Mishler, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP

Lauren Mishler, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP

Dr. Lauren Mishler is the Clinical Lead Pharmacist in Transitional Care at Truman Medical Centers . Dr. Mishler earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri- Kansas City, after previously attending the University of Kansas. She achieved the designations of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist.

Dr. Mishler’s professional interests include chronic disease state management, comprehensive medication management, hospital improvement initiatives, clinical practice development, and health policy. She is actively conducting clinical research in readmission reduction strategies and is working with an intradepartmental team to decrease unplanned readmissions. She serves as the Programs Chair for the Greater Kansas City Society of Health-System Pharmacists and is a member of MSHP and ASHP. Additionally, Dr. Mishler is an APPE preceptor for both the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Kansas Schools of Pharmacy.
Amen Ogunmekan, Pharm.D., BCPP, BCGP

Amen Ogunmekan, Pharm.D., BCPP, BCGP

Dr. Amen I Ogunmekan is the Clinical Lead Psychiatric Pharmacist and the Intern Clinical Program Training Coordinator at Truman Medical Centers. Dr. Ogunmekan earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri,-Kansas City and completed a PGY 1 residency training in pharmacy practice at Truman Medical Centers. She achieved the designation of Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist and Geriatric Pharmacist.

Dr. Ogunmekan’s professional areas of interest include, mentoring future pharmacist and advocating for mentally ill patients by optimizing the treatment of mentally ill patients. She is also involved in various professional organizations to promote safe and efficacious medication use.
Alex Oschman, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Alex Oschman, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Dr. Alex Oschman is the NICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Truman Medical Centers as well as the Program Director for the PGY2-Pediatrics residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Dr. Oschman earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University and completed her PGY1 residency training at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and PGY2-Pediatrics training at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She has achieved the designation of Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Dr. Oschman’s professional areas of interest include training future pediatric health systems pharmacists, improving identification and reporting of adverse drug events in neonates, and involvement in the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG). She has held various roles within the Missouri Society of Health System Pharmacists and PPAG. She has been responsible for the development and implementation of several treatment algorithms in the NICU and plays in integral role in the direction of medication therapy decisions in the NICU. Dr. Oschman has presented at several national conferences on topics relating to neonatology and is currently working with the FDA on ADR detection and reporting. She has several publications relating to chronic lung disease in infants and other NICU topics. She additionally lectures in the pediatric elective course at the UMKC School of Pharmacy.
Heather Pace, Pharm.D.

Heather Pace, Pharm.D.

Dr. Heather Pace is the Drug Information Specialist for Truman Medical Centers. Dr. Pace earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Pharmacy (UMKC) and completed her PGY2 training in Drug Information at the UMKC Drug Information Center.

Dr. Pace is a Clinical Associate Professor at the UMKC School of Pharmacy and Assistant Director of the UMKC Drug Information Center. She serves as a preceptor for APPE students and Drug Information Fellows at the UMKC Drug Information Center where she supervises the operation of a drug information call center as well as provides formulary management services to local institutions and state prescription assistance programs. She has served in a variety of capacities on multiple national, state, university and School of Pharmacy committees. She is currently the director of the UMKC School of Pharmacy Resident Teaching Program and serves as a member of the Truman Medical Center Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Dr. Pace’s professional areas of interest include Drug Information Practice, Formulary Management and Evidence-Based literature analysis. Dr. Pace is coeditor of “The Pharmacist’s Guide to Evidence-Based Medicine for Clinical Decision Making” and authored chapters in several other drug information handbooks.
Christy Padilla, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP

Christy Padilla, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP

Dr. Christy Padilla is the Clinical Lead Pharmacist for Orthopaedic Surgery at Truman Medical Centers-Hospital Hill. She earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Kansas. She has achieved the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist.

Dr. Padilla's professional area of interest is caring for our indigent patient population. She participates in multi-disciplinary daily rounds with the orthopedic care team. She offers clinical experience rotations for pharmacy students and pharmacy residents to develop skills related to the care of orthopedic patients.
Erin Pender, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP

Erin Pender, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP

Dr. Erin Pender is the Clinical Lead Pharmacist in Critical Care Medicine at Truman Medical Centers. Dr. Pender earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University and completed her PGY1 residency training at Truman Medical Centers. She achieved the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist as well as Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist.

Dr. Pender’s professional areas of interest include training new practitioners in the area of critical care medicine. She has served in various roles within the department including serving as the critical care medicine preceptor for the PGY1 residency for the past 9 years. In addition Dr. Pender helped found the Critical Care PGY2 residency program, served as the Residency Program Director for 5 years and continues to serve as a preceptor for the program. Dr. Pender also lectures for UMKC School of Pharmacy Pharmacotherapy course and serves as the course coordinator/instructor for the Introduction to Critical Care Medicine elective course each spring at the pharmacy school.
Jennifer Santee, Pharm.D.

Jennifer Santee, Pharm.D.

Dr. Jen Santee is an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Truman Medical Centers. Dr. Santee earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree with high distinction from the University of Iowa and completed PGY 1 residency training in family medicine and community pharmaceutical care at Northeast Iowa Family Practice Center and Greenwood Drug in Waterloo, Iowa.

Dr. Santee is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) in the School of Pharmacy. Her practice site is at Truman Medical Center – Lakewood where she is active in the family practice clinic, anticoagulation clinic, dermatology clinic, and pulmonology clinic. She has served on various American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy committees, has been the School of Pharmacy’s curriculum committee chair, received the UMKC Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Diversity, and is currently the faculty advisor for UMKC’s Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) chapter.
Andrew Smith, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, AQ Cardiology

Andrew Smith, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, AQ Cardiology

Dr. Andy Smith is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy and a Cardiology Clinical Specialist for Truman Medical Centers. Dr. Smith earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UMKC and completed his PGY1 residency training at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City, IA. He achieved the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with added qualifications in cardiology. Dr. Smith is a recently elected fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Dr. Smith’s current projects include medication optimization in patients with coronary artery disease and increasing participation in cardiac rehabilitation. His research interests are heart failure medication therapy, cardiovascular secondary prevention therapy, pharmacy education, and medication adherence. Dr. Smith has been commended on his advocacy to promote education receiving various awards for service and leadership. Dr. Smith is a published author whose cardiovascular knowledge is often included in journals like the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and The American Journal of Health-System Pharmacists.
Annie Ungerman, Pharm.D., BCPS

Annie Ungerman, Pharm.D., BCPS

Dr. Annie Ungerman is the Internal Medicine Pharmacist at Truman Medical Centers Hospital Hill location. Dr. Ungerman earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Iowa and completed a PGY1 residency at The Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She achieved the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Dr. Ungerman’s professional areas of interest include Nephrology, Hematology/Oncology, Cardiology, and Investigational Drug. She is the secretary for the Greater Kansas Society of Health Systems Pharmacists. She has provided a variety of presentations, but most recently presented at ASHP’s National Pharmacy Preceptors Conference. She has been involved in and led various committees within Truman Medical Center including employee engagement and workflow improvement.
Sayo Weihs, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS

Sayo Weihs, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS

Dr. Sayo Weihs is the Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist at Truman Medical Centers. Dr. Weihs earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Master of Business Administration from Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and College of Business and Public Administration. She completed her PGY1 residency training at Truman Medical Centers. She has achieved the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Dr. Weihs’ professional interests include adult infectious disease topics such as multi-drug resistant organisms and opportunistic infections in HIV/AIDS. She is certified in Antimicrobial Stewardship from the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists and is currently a treasurer for Greater Kansas City Society of Health System Pharmacists (GKCSHP).
Kerry Yamada, PHARM.D., BCGP

Kerry Yamada, PHARM.D., BCGP

Dr. Kerry Yamada is one of the Clinical Lead Pharmacists in Internal Medicine as well as one of the Postgraduate Pharmacy Residency Program Coordinators at Truman Medical Centers. Dr. Yamada earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy and completed her PGY1 residency training at Truman Medical Centers. She achieved the designation of Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist.

Dr. Yamada’s professional areas of interest include the training of future health systems pharmacists, quality improvement of inpatient medication strategies and multidisciplinary education. She is actively involved in clinical practice providing comprehensive, age appropriate care, TMC’s residency programs, and serving as the pharmacy representative for various hospital and intradepartmental committees focusing on patient care. She is involved with UMKC and KU Schools of Pharmacy as well as state pharmacy organizations (Missouri Society of Health System Pharmacists) serving as chair for the Resident Workgroup and member for the Website Committee.
Scott Zweerink, R.Ph.

Scott Zweerink, R.Ph.

Scott Zweerink is the Director of Outpatient Pharmacy Services and 340B Program Compliance for Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Missouri. He received his Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Prior to his employment at Truman Medical Centers, he had 18 years of management and leadership experience in community chain pharmacy practice.

The primary responsibilities for his current position involve oversight of TMC outpatient clinic pharmacy operations, ambulatory surgery center pharmacy operations, three TMC community pharmacies, and 340B Program compliance and operations. Two of the community pharmacies are dedicated as Medication Assistance Program pharmacies that provide free medications to vulnerable patients. Additionally, he leads an innovative Medication Access and Refill Service program that utilizes collaborative protocols to expedite patient refill requests.