Pharmacy School Collaborates with Hospital for Residency Program

The doors to King's Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) will open for 2 postgraduate year 1 residents.

The doors to King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) will open for 2 postgraduate year 1 residents.

The Ashland, Kentucky, hospital will allow pharmacy students newly graduated from the Marshall University School of Pharmacy to further develop their acute care clinical pharmacy practice skills.

“This is a transformative step in the growth of our footprint in health care affiliations, our experiential programs, and ultimately our school of pharmacy,” Kevin. W. Yingling, RPh, MD, dean of the school of pharmacy, told Huntingdon News. “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 pharmacy residency slots are sponsored and supervised by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Resident Matching Program.

Amber Oakes, of the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, and Jennifer Leslie, of the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, will be the first 2 residents in the new program.

The Marshall University School of Pharmacy told Huntingdon News that it expects to establish more residency programs with local institutions in the next few years.

“We’re very happy to be a partner with the Marshall University of School of Pharmacy on this exciting new residency,” Rita Keslar, PharmD, director of pharmacy at KDMC, told Huntingdon News. “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.”