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PGY2 Ambulatory Care Denver, Colorado

The KP Colorado (KPCO) Residency Program offers a Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency. In 2014, KPCO received the highest recognition in pharmacy residency training by receiving the ASHP Foundation’s Pharmacy Residency Excellence Program Award. Past residents have moved on to successful careers in a variety of practice settings including integrated health care systems, specialty ambulatory care practices, and clinical faculty in academia.

Our mission is to train world class clinical pharmacy specialists and leaders in ambulatory care pharmacy practice. The goal of our program is to prepare PGY2 residents for positions as ambulatory care clinical pharmacy specialists across a variety of ambulatory care settings. As a KPCO PGY2 resident, you will partner with a nationally recognized team of approximately 100 Board Certified Specialists.  In recognition of KPCO’s commitment to board certification, the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) presented the prestigious Weaver/Penna award to our department in February 2019. 

Pharmacy Services

The Kaiser Permanente Colorado (KPCO) pharmacy department includes a wide variety of outpatient pharmacy and clinical services. KPCO employs over 100 ambulatory care pharmacists that provide services in 30 primary care clinics, 9 medical specialty practices, high-risk cardiovascular services, and transitions of care throughout the Colorado region.

Clinical Pharmacy Anticoagulation Service is a centralized telepharmacy team that collaborates with physician partners to ensure optimal anticoagulant therapy for patients at risk for thromboembolic disease. This team provides comprehensive anticoagulant care to include perioperative management, adherence support, duration of therapy determinations, and management of high-risk pregnancy.

Clinical Pharmacy Cardiac Risk Service is a centralized telepharmacy team managing cardiovascular risk reduction, including diabetes, dyslipidemia and hypertension, using collaborative practice protocols for patients with established cardiovascular disease.

Clinical Pharmacy Comprehensive Care Team team is a centralized telepharmacy service that transitions medications into KPCO for new patients, provides MTM services, and performs medication reconciliation for patients discharged from skilled nursing facilities each year.

Drug Use Management (DrUM) collaborates with local and national clinical leaders and practitioners to focus on key strategic initiatives that optimize evidence-based pharmaceutical care and safety for patients while decreasing healthcare costs. To achieve this goal, the team commits to the following: identifying drug utilization initiatives, effectively communicating to key stakeholders, ensuring execution on initiatives, measuring outcomes and reducing variation.

Clinical Pharmacy Primary Care works collaboratively alongside the healthcare team to support optimal medication use and provide education regarding medications. This decentralized team provides direct clinical interventions for patients not only with the hallmark primary care disease states, but for those with any complex drug therapy problem presenting to primary care. While located within the medical office buildings, this team also supports regional and local quality, safety, and affordability initiatives.

Clinical Pharmacy Specialty Services works collaboratively alongside the healthcare team in specialty areas providing consultation, population health management, and drug information. This team plays a crucial role in determining appropriate use of high cost drugs to ensure patients are receiving high quality, but cost-effective, care.

Denver At A Glance

Learning Experiences

Core Experience

  • Primary Care 
  • Anticoagulation Service
  • Drug Use Management

Elective Experience

  • Behavioral Health / Psychiatry
  • Cardiac Risk Reduction
  • Cardiology 
  • Dermatology / Rheumatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Integrated Pain Service
  • Leadership Exploration
  • Neurology
  • Palliative Care

Longitudinal Experience

  • Research Project
  • Clinical Rotations
    • Cardiac Risk Reduction
    • Neurology
    • Gastroenterology
  • Leadership Discovery Series

Requirements for Acceptance

  • Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited (or ACPE candidate status) school of pharmacy.
  • Completion of an Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program.
  • Must be licensed as a Pharmacist in the state of Colorado within 90 days of start date.
  • Candidates must be registered in the National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS).
  • Candidates must participate in the ASHP Matching Program.
  • Program NMS Code: 514465 and ASHP Program Code: 82103

Application Requirements

  • Statement of Interest/Letter of Intent (explain why an ambulatory care residency is desired, how our program will help achieve your career goals, and how you can contribute to our program) 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Pharmacy School transcripts
  • 3 letters of references/recommendations utilizing the form in PhORCAS
  • Application Deadline: January 2, 2024

Interview Details

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Current Pay Rate

$57,500 Annually

Contact Information

Rachana J. Patel, PharmD, FASHP, BCPS, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacy Manager
Residency Program Director

Kaiser Permanente Colorado
16601 E Centretech Parkway
Aurora, Colorado 80011
United States
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