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.


Ashley Johnson, PharmD
Bengy Mitchell, PharmD
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.


Michael Hegener, PharmD, BCACP
Katie Johnson, PharmD, MS

Recent 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 the college's residents have been the recipients of the APhA Foundation Incentive Grant with four of them being awarded theDaniel 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.


  • 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 Pharmacistâ 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 Womenâ 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

More Information

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Dr. Ashley Johnson, PharmD

Residency Program Director, Cincinnati-Dayton KMA

262 West Main Street Amelia, Ohio 45102