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PGY1 Community Pharmacy

King Soopers


This one year, post-PharmD residency focuses on the development, implementation, and management of innovative pharmaceutical patient care services in a community pharmacy. The position allows the resident to contribute in the areas of clinical service, scholarship, and professional service. King Soopers pharmacy care centers in metropolitan Denver provide education and management to patients with diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and other disease states. Further, the resident assists in the design and implementation of similar patient-care services at additional pharmacy sites. The resident is expected to develop and present a research project, and has opportunities to contribute scholarly writing for publication. Clinical and didactic teaching experiences are also available to the resident. Active involvement in community service and pharmacy organizations is encouraged. The residency provides elective experiences and flexibility to satisfy the specific interests of the resident.

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences partners with grocery store chain, King Soopers, to offer this residency position. King Soopers, a division of Dillon Companies and a subsidiary of the Kroger Company, operates about 140 pharmacies in Colorado and has received recognition for initiatives in community health screening, pharmacy-based immunization services, and diabetes management.  A University of Colorado School of Pharmacy adjoint-faculty member serves as the primary residency preceptor, and is actively engaged in the provision of clinical services and scholarship related to community pharmacy practice.  The resident should be creative, highly motivated, and passionate about the provision of pharmaceutical care services in community pharmacies.

The School of Pharmacy is part of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, and is located just outside Denver in Aurora, Colorado. In addition to clinical responsibilities, the resident will be involved in teaching efforts focused towards didactic and clerkship teaching of Doctor of Pharmacy candidates. Residents will also gain experience in medical writing and publishing. A research project of publishable and presentable quality is required.

The residency position is generously supported by a grant awarded from King Soopers and fully accredited by ASHP.


  • Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, and
  • Passion for advancing community pharmacy practice


University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences:

Randy Knutsen, RPh
Connie Valdez, PharmD, MSEd, BCPS
Leah Fitzgerald, PharmD
Kate Perica, PharmD, BCPS
Lisa Slater, PharmD
Meghan Jeffres, PharmD
Jayme Pieniaszek, PharmD

King Soopers:

Kim Ward, PharmD, BCACP
Ryan Leyland, PharmD
Michael Hinnenkamp, PharmD
Reannon Kaup, PharmD


The resident’s salary is competitive (approximately $48,000 per year). Benefits include: healthcare coverage, 23 days annual leave (including meetings), travel stipend, and paid on-campus parking. Resident will receive appointment as Clinical Instructor in the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy.


Interested applicants should provide a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts and three letters of reference. Applications should be submitted through the PhorCAS System:

For information on the residency program, contact:

Randy Knutsen, BSPharm
Clinical Instructor
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Department of Clinical Pharmacy
Mail Stop C238, 12850 East Montview Blvd, V20-1218
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: 303-724-6011

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