Additional program experiences

Additional program experiences

Chief Resident (July - June)

Since 2007, the Chief Resident position has supported the mission, vision and growth of Nebraska Medicine’s PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residency programs. Serving as secretary to the residency advisory committee, the chief resident fosters resident growth and development in leadership and communication skills, while also functioning as a mentor and advocate for current residents.

In recognition of excellence in service and leadership, we show our sincere appreciation to current and past chief residents for their unwavering commitment to residency training.

Current Chief Resident

Olivia Collins

  • 2023 – 2024: Katherine Kessel, PharmD  

Past Chief Residents

  • 2022 – 2023: Olivia Collins, PharmD
  • 2021 – 2022: Bailey Buenger, PharmD, BCCCP
  • 2020 – 2021: Jessica Prucha, PharmD, BCCCP
  • 2019 – 2020: Brooke Deason, PharmD, BCOP
  • 2018 – 2019: Taylor Monson, PharmD, BCOP
  • 2017 – 2018: Jared Matya, PharmD, BCOP
  • 2016 – 2017: Meagan Eley, PharmD, BCPS
  • 2015 – 2016: Heath Oetken, PharmD, BCCCP
  • 2014 – 2015: Megan Johnson, PharmD
  • 2013 – 2014: Ashley Hacker, PharmD, BCOP
  • 2012 – 2013: Christopher Arp, PharmD, BCOP
  • 2011 – 2012: Lori Huang, PharmD, BCCCP
  • 2010 – 2011: Rachel McKenzie, PharmD, BCCCP
  • 2009 – 2010: Greg Peitz, PharmD, BCCCP
  • 2008 – 2009: Jill Kestel, PharmD, BCOP
  • 2007 – 2008: Tammy Winterboer, PharmD, BCPS

Research (July - June)

  • Residents are required to complete a major research or quality improvement project
  • Preceptors will present project ideas during orientation
  • Residents will develop a formal research proposal
  • Residents will present their research project (poster, podium or virtual) at a RAC approved venue determined on a yearly basis
  • Completion of a manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal under the guidance of the resident's preceptor is required
  • Residents will participate in research focus groups (spring) for research project idea development for the incoming residency class

Pharmacy Grand Rounds (PGRs) (July - May)

  • Residents will prepare and present approved continuing education (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit )  to faculty, staff, students, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and advance registered nurse practitioners
  • PGRs are scheduled between August and May (excluding portions of December through March)
  • The goal of each PGR is to improve the resident's communication skills, literature evaluation techniques, and gain an understanding of the continuing education process
  • Topics will be selected by the resident with guidance from their PGR residency preceptor
  • PGY1 and PGY2 residents will present one PGR in the fall
  • PGY1 residents will present one PGR in the spring

Teaching Certificate Program (PGY1s) (August - May)

  • PGY1 residents are required to complete a teaching certificate program (voluntary for PGY2 residents)
  • The focus is to introduce residents to the many aspects involved in teaching including didactic and clinical instruction
  • Residents will develop their own teaching philosophy and portfolio

Participation in Teaching Activities (August - June)

  • Residents will have opportunities to co-precept pharmacy students on clinical rotations
  • Residents will be able to collaborate and participate in various activities with the UNMC College of Pharmacy including in-services, didactic lectures, case studies, journal clubs, and pharmacotherapy lab facilitation

Project Days (August - June)

  • A project day is used to work on activities assigned in longitudinal learning experiences of the residency, including, but not limited to research, pharmacy grand rounds presentations, case-conferences, journal clubs, evaluations, and other assignments or projects given by the residency program director (RPD), assistant residency program director (ARPD) or preceptor(s)
  • PGY1 residents will be given eight project days which can be used during the months of August, September, November, January, February, March, April, and June.
  • PGY2 residents are given a predetermined number of project days to be used outside of the month of December based on PGY2 RPD preference and will follow their respective PGY2 RPD guidance for project day use

Volunteer Opportunities (August - June)

  • Residents may volunteer at the Sharing Clinic, a student run clinic serving the underserved of the Omaha community 
  • The clinic is staffed by medical, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, and clinical lab students, and is overseen by a physician and other licensed providers 
  • Residents electing to participate will serve as a pharmacist precepting pharmacy students in attendance
  • Additional opportunities to volunteer in other venues may occur throughout the year

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