Residency Programs

PGY1 Community - Kroger/UC

Kroger Pharmacy, Cincinnati-Dayton KMA in collaboration with The University of Cincinnati, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, is conducting a Community Pharmacy Residency Program.

Residents will be selected for one year of training that will begin on July 1. The Kroger Pharmacy/University of Cincinnati Community Pharmacy Residency Program offers a unique and challenging post-graduate training opportunity intended to develop advanced skills in community pharmacy practice and to shape the future leaders of the profession.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Deliver high-quality patient care in a variety of areas including disease state management, patient education, and wellness promotion
  • Work collaboratively with health care providers, community organizations, employers, and insurers
  • Educate and precept pharmacy students in the classroom and in practice
  • Manage a community pharmacy with integrated patient care services while leading the advancement and expansion of community pharmacy practice
  • Obtain faculty positions within colleges of pharmacy

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

Direct Patient Care

· Disease State Management

· Medication Therapy Management

· Immunizations

· Transitions of Care

· Patient Centered Dispensing 

Practice Management and Leadership

· Manage day to day operations of the pharmacy

· Assist with divisional and corporate meetings, calls and projects

· Attend advocacy events

· Develop personal and professional leadership skills

Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge

· Complete a teaching certificate program

· Teach students in small groups as well as in a resident-developed elective

· Precept APPE/IPPE students during experiential learning opportunities

Advancement of Community-Based Practice and Improving Patient Care

· Complete year-long research project that advances community-based practice

· Identify and develop a quality improvement project

· Identify and develop a business plan

Residency Training Venues


Kroger Pharmacy - Cincinnati KMA

Kroger Pharmacy is a large supermarket chain that operates more than 100 pharmacy departments within the greater Cincinnati area. The Cincinnati/Dayton Kroger Marketing Area is committed to the provision of patient care and the advancement of the profession of pharmacy to help people live healthier lives. Innovative pharmacy designs, including private counseling rooms, allow for improved pharmacist-patient communication. Immunizations and medication therapy management are offered at all pharmacies in the KMA. Additionally, more than 90 pharmacies offer health screenings using point of care testing.

Thirty Patient Care Center Pharmacies have been established and offer more advanced patient care services provided by a team of clinical pharmacists. These additional services include smoking cessation, diabetes self-management education, diabetes coaching, heart disease coaching, and fitness, nutrition, and weight management. Collaborative relationships have been built with various providers to allow the highest level of care. Kroger Pharmacy is contracted with a number of self-insured employer groups and payers to provide many of these patient care services, adding to the success of these programs. Each resident has a primary training site at one of these locations and the majority of each resident's training is conducted here.

The residents will also learn what is involved in managing a community pharmacy and build the foundation for practice leadership and management skills in the community pharmacy setting. Additionally, they will have a rotational experience at the Kroger Division office.

Preceptors: Ashley Johnson, PharmD, Bengy Mitchell, PharmD, and Erin Puening, PharmD, CDE Jeffrey Strouble, PharmD, Joe Wedig, PharmD, BCACP

The James L. Winkle College Of Pharmacy, J. Richard Wuest Family Pharmacy Practice Skills Center

The Skills Center is an integral component of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program at the University of Cincinnati. Students rotate through stations that are utilized to provide practical experience and problem solving in sterile preparations, patient counseling, patient assessment, self-care, and drug information. Students develop pharmacy practice skills with increasing complexity over the two consecutive semester courses. Residents teach pharmacy students in small groups about ambulatory care issues including, but not limited to blood pressure measurement, immunizations, diabetes patient care, and patient counseling. Residents will spend approximately one half-day per week at the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

Residents will also participate in a longitudinal research project that originates from either resident interest or preceptor submissions with the assistance of University of Cincinnati faculty and their assigned project team.

Preceptors: Michael Hegener, PharmD, BCACP and Katie Johnson, PharmD, MS

The Cincinnati Health Department

The Cincinnati Health Department operates health centers throughout the city with on-site medical, dental, behavioral, pharmacy and laboratory services. These health centers serve more than 35,000 patients, a majority of whom are indigent, working poor, homeless or uninsured. The clinical pharmacist serves as a member of the Primary Care Clinic’s multidisciplinary team dedicated to optimizing drug therapy to improve patient outcomes and quality of life. Pharmacists meet with patients individually and provide consultative recommendations via interprofessional interactions and a shared electronic medical record.

The resident will be involved in a variety of direct patient care experiences with a focus on diabetes education and management in this setting. Residents will have opportunities to interact with patients of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, and gain experience in working directly with physicians and other health professionals.

Preceptor: Bethanne Brown, PharmD, BCACP

Kroger Pharmacy/University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy Residents and Projects


Past residency graduates have gone on to complete fellowships and work as pharmacy managers and division coordinators, managers of clinical program development, assistant professors at colleges of pharmacy, and clinical specialists in the community, hospital and mail order setting.

Twenty of our residents have been the recipients of the APhA Foundation Incentive Grant with four of them being awarded the Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant. This is awarded annually to a community pharmacy resident or recent pharmacy graduate who is working to expand pharmacy services for which pharmacists are compensated.




Project Title


Rebecca Lahrman

Assessment of Community Pharmacists’ Confidence, Foundational Knowledge and Coordination of Care Activities in Patients with Cancer as a Chronic Condition


Taylor Ellis

Implementation and Evaluation of Preconception Focused, Community Pharmacist–Provided Interventions to High-Risk Women of Childbearing Age


Meghan Hackerson

Addressing Primary Nonadherence: A Collaboration Between a Community Pharmacy and a Large Pediatric Clinic


Nicole Chamberlain

The Implementation of a Community Pharmacist-Led Targeted Monitoring Program for Patients at High Risk for Hypothyroidism


Taylor Mathis

Phamily Matters: A look at the role social support plays in improving the outcomes of pharmacist-delivered disease state management services


Katie Johnson

Identification and Management of Metabolic and Movement Abnormalities in Patients Prescribed Antipsychotic Medications in a Community Pharmacy


Tara Fehrenbach

The Implementation of a Standard Screening Tool within a Community Pharmacy to Identify and Improve Women’s Preventive Health Disparities


Brenda Barnes

Appointment based medication synchronization: A comparison of three model designs in a large chain community pharmacy setting


Aarthi Francis

Community Pharmacists and Chronic Pain: Developing and Implementing a Pain Medication Management Program


Lenny Llambi

Effect of a Pharmacist-Led Sleep Hygiene Coaching Program on Medication Possession Ratio of Sedatives Used for Insomnia


Courtney Bradley

Medication Management Program in Pediatric Patients with Asthma: A Community Pharmacy and Children's Hospital Medical Center Partnership


Ashley Neltner

Targeting Transition in Care Patients in a Community Pharmacy to Decrease Hospital Readmission Rates


Taylor Garber

Utilizing a Medical and Community-Based Approach to Increase Enrollment in a Smoking Cessation Program


Andrea Santoro

Utilizing Quality Measures in a Community Pharmacy to Improve Patient Care


Bonnie Hui-Callahan

The Impact of a Pay for Performance Model for Diabetic Customers in a Grocery Store Setting


Kimberly Arvin

Development and Implementation of a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Management Program in a Large, Community Chain Pharmacy


Amy Honebrink

The Impact of a Mandatory Counseling Program in a Community Pharmacy


Rachel Shepard

Evaluating the impact of health literacy on health outcomes and patient perceptions of counseling


Joseph Wedig

Building the Pharmacist-Physician Relationship in the Community Setting


Erin Cournoyer

Evaluation of a Community Pharmacy-Based Comprehensive Foot Examination Program For Patients With Diabetes


Shelly Rosser

Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Pharmacist-Conducted Screening and Educational Intervention for Depression


Leah Fuller

A Pharmacist Managed Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Screening in a Community Setting


Michael Pleiman

Quality of Chronic Disease Management and Community Pharmacy; A Review of the Literature


Jenny Endres

Comparison of a Pharmacist-Administered and a Pharmacist-Facilitated Community Herpes Zoster Immunization Program


Jennifer Hendricks

Development of an Innovative Employer-Preceptor Training Program in a Patient-Centered Grocery Chain Pharmacy


Cameron Romans

A Pharmacist-Initiated Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening Program Based in a Community Pharmacy Setting


Laura Lim

Expanding a community pharmacy based fitness, nutrition, and weight management program in a multi-site grocery chain pharmacy.


Erin Puening

A comparison of cognitive services training techniques for pharmacists in a large, community pharmacy chain: live workshop versus computer-based methods


Jamie Fitch

Development and Implementation of a Medication Therapy Management Service for Patients with Diabetes, Hypertension, and/or Dyslipidemia in a Grocery Store Chain Pharmacy.


Natalie Sims

Development and Implementation of a Cardiometabolic Risk Assessment Program in a Grocery Chain Pharmacy”


Shawndra Jones

Development and Implementation of an ADA Recognized Diabetes Self-Management Education Program in a Community Pharmacy


Stacey McNeal

A Community Pharmacy Based Fitness, Nutrition, and Weight Management Program

Residency Application and Interview

Prospective candidates must be graduates of an accredited college of pharmacy or on track to graduate from an accredited college before June 30th of the application year.

Prospective candidates must be graduates of an accredited college of pharmacy or on track to graduate from an accredited college before June 30th of the application year. The Kroger/University of Cincinnati Residency Program accepts applications through PhORCAS™. All standard elements in this system are required. In addition, the optional Narrative Comments on the Standardized Reference form must be completed by each reference. Preference will be given to candidates whose completed application materials are received by January 10 in the application year. Select applicants will be invited for on-site interview in January or February.

For more information on the PhORCAS™ Application System

Residency Selection

The Kroger Pharmacy/University of Cincinnati Community Pharmacy Residency Program participates in the ASHP Residency Matching Program. Applicants will be selected based on academic record, practice experience, career goals, professional activities, and potential to have impact on pharmacy as a profession. 

Benefits Include:

  • Competitive Annual Stipend
  • Health insurance
    • Individual/Spouse/Dependents
    • Medical/Dental/Vision
  • One-week vacation
  • Professional and education leave
  • Financial assistance to attend professional meetings
  • Teaching Certificate Program
  • One-year appointment as an Adjunct Instructor at the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy



Dr. Ashley Johnson, PharmD
Residency Program Director
Cincinnati-Dayton KMA

262 West Main Street
Amelia, OH 45102
Phone: (513) 718-2251


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