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Pharmacy Department


LMH Pharmacy Clinical Intern Program

Mission Statement

To provide our clinical interns with a solid foundation in health-system pharmacy that fosters the development of a student into a pharmacist who values patient-centered pharmaceutical care.

History

The pharmacy department began to hire students to perform technical functions in 1999. One busy pharmacy day in 2003, two eager student technicians informed the pharmacy director, Patrick E. Parker, "We want to do more." Pat was intrigued and asked, "You are learning all about hospital pharmacy, please tell me more!" The students explained they found value in learning the technical aspects of pharmacy; however, desired hands-on clinical pharmacy experience to apply the knowledge they were learning in pharmacy school. It was the determination of those student technicians who planted the seed for the clinical intern program. Exceptional pharmacy leadership and clinical pharmacists within the program have successfully nurtured the seed into the valuable program that it is today.

Intern Positions

The program offers positions to Pharm.D. candidates from The University of Kansas School Of Pharmacy. In the spring prior to starting pharmacy school, interns are selected and commit to the program for the duration of pharmacy school. 

Program Overview

All students are required to complete necessary technical training to develop a core understanding of hospital medication distribution. Students who demonstrate competency in required technical functions are eligible for promotion to clinical interns. Upon approval from the clinical pharmacy team, the interns are granted the privilege to be involved with the clinical services offered by the pharmacy department. 

 Meet the Past LMH Clinical Interns


Justin Sheets, PharmD

jsheets27@gmail.com

University of Kansas School of Pharmacy Class of 2014

Post Graduate Training

Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics PGY1, Class of 2014-2015

Professional involvement

KCHP Education Committee

Phi Lamda Sigma

KU Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists Past-President

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Why LMH?

"Working at LMH helped me understand and apply what I was currently learning in school. The clinical experiences I obtained dosing medications, attending codes, performing medication reconciliation and counselling patients as well as the knowledge and support provided by the pharmacy team helped me gain a head start on rotations and my future career. I would highly recommend LMH's clinical intern program to any student interested in health-system pharmacy."

 

Kristen Nelsen, PharmD

kristen.nelsen@va.gov

University of Kansas Class of 2013

Post Graduate Training PGY-1

James H. Quillen VAMC

Mountain Home, TN

Current Position

Clinical Pharmacist

Dwight D. Eisenhower VAMC

Leavenworth, KS

LMH Built a Foundation

"The LMH pharmacy team help me to build a foundation in clinical pharmacy that will stay with me for my entire career. I am so thankful for all of those who led me and stood next to me during that crucial time in my professional development." 

 

Jacob Michalski, PharmD

jacob.michalski@gmail.com

University of Kansas Class of 2013

Post Graduate Training

The University of Chicago Medicine PGY1, Class of 2014

Current Position

NICU Clinical Pharmacist

St. Luke's Hospital

Kansas City, MO

Eye-Opening Experience from LMH

“When I was originally hired as a student at LMH, I had no idea the experience I was about to get. Sometimes, looking back, I feel like I learned more about medications and treatment at LMH than from pharmacy school. It was having the chance to apply what was being taught to us that really had an impact on my learning. The experiences I gained prepared me, beyond my imagination, for a PGY1 residency. The transition from student to pharmacist was not as scary as I thought it could have been with the training I received at LMH. I would just like to thank all the pharmacists and pharmacy technicians for helping shape me into the pharmacist I am today.”

 

Joanna Robinson, PharmD

jmrobins@wakehealth.edu

University of Kansas Class of 2013

Post Graduate Training

PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration/MS

Enrolled in Teaching Certificate Program

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Leadership/Involvement

ASHP New Practitioner's Forum Public Affairs and Advocacy Advisory Group

Lessons from the Director

"Learn how to fall" – Pat Parker

 

Spencer Pummel, PharmD, BCPS

spencer.pummel@gmail.com

University of Kansas Class of 2012

Post Graduate Training

Saint Luke's Hospital PGY Class of 2013

Current position 

Clinical Pharmacist

Saint Luke's Hospital

Kansas City, MO

Great Mentors and Teachers at LMH

"The pharmacists at LMH are great mentors and teachers. The knowledge and friendships that I gained while working as a clinical intern at LMH were invaluable and gave me the foundation I needed to be a successful resident and pharmacist."

 

Shannon Short, PharmD, BCPS

shannon.short@cardinalhealth.com

University of Kansas Class of 2012

Post Graduate Training

Wesley Medical Center PGY1 Class of 2013

Current Position

Director of Pharmacy

Brodstone Memorial Hospital

Superior, NE

Discovery of Passion

"I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on my training and the wonderful mentors that have touched my life. The training and guidance I received at Lawrence Memorial was a major driving force for me to find my passion for the world of health system pharmacy. Working with the team was a blessing and I am reminded daily how fortunate I have been to start my practice of pharmacy under your guidance. Thank you, Pat, and thank you to your team for having such a positive impact on my career and patient care nationwide!"

 

Lindsay Massey, PharmD, MS, BCPS

lmassey@saint-lukes.org

University of Kansas Class of 2010

Post Graduate Training

PGY1/PGY2 Combined Pharmacy Practice Management Residency with Master of Science in Health-System Pharmacy Administration

Current position

Pharmacy Operations Supervisor

Saint Luke's Hospital

Kansas City, MO

Professional Involvement

Member, ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers Advisory Group on Leadership Development

Treasurer, Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacists

Setting the Foundation at LMH

"My experience as an LMH intern set the foundation for my pharmacy career, and I apply the knowledge gained from the program everyday in my current role. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to learn from so many talented pharmacists, technicians, and interns."

 

Lisa Campbell, PharmD

lcampbel@ksspine.com

University of Kansas Class of 2010

Current position

Staff Pharmacist

Kansas Spine & Specialty Hospital

Wichita, KS

Valuable LMH experience:

"My experience at LMH prepared me for a great career in hospital pharmacy. Special thanks to all the wonderful pharmacists who helped me get there!"

 

Krista Morrison, PharmD

morrison.kristak@gmail.com

University of Kansas Class of 2010

Current Position

Independent Pharmacist

Gibson's Pharmacy

Dodge City, KS

Professional Involvement

Actively involved in National Community Pharmacists Association

Valuable Experience at LMH

"Working as a clinical intern at LMH gave me the opportunity to apply what I was learning in school to everyday pharmacy practice. Although I no longer work in a hospital setting, I gained valuable knowledge as an intern and it was an experience that I would never trade."

 

Kaylee Adams, PharmD

kayleeadamsrx@gmail.com

University of Kansas Class of 2009

Current Position

Clinical Pharmacist, CVS/caremark Specialty Pharmacy, Lenexa, KS

Patient-Pharmacist Relationship

"My time at LMH helped to shape the clinician that I am. My love for patient care and developing a relationship with the patient started as a clinical intern at LMH. Also, I met some of my best friends while working at LMH."

 

Christina Graham, PharmD, BCPS

christina.graham@lmh.org

University of Kansas School of Pharmacy Class of 2009

Post Graduate Training

Georgia Regents Health System & University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, Class of 2010

Professional Involvement

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacists, Membership Chair

Current Position

Residency Program Director and Clinical Pharmacist at LMH!

LMH - Patient Centered Care

"I started at LMH a pharmacy department volunteer. My interactions with the pharmacy staff convinced me that this was the place to be throughout pharmacy school. The technicians and pharmacists created a learning environment that nurtured my development in multiple aspects of pharmacy, but most importantly taught me that pharmaceutical care starts with THE PATIENT! Patient centered care was and still remains the priority of all staff at LMH. Maya Angelou says it best, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I will never forget how the staff at LMH made me feel as a member of the healthcare team and I will never forget how well they take care of patients - I am thankful to be back!"

 

Rory O'Callaghan, PharmD

rocallag@usc.edu

University of Kansas School of Pharmacy Class of 2008

Post Graduate Training

University of Southern California Ambulatory Care PGY1, Class of 2009

University of Southern California Fellowship in Ambulatory Care and Academia, Class of 2010

Current Position

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

Los Angeles, CA

Professional Involvement

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

California Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Testimonial from Rory:

"As a clinical intern at LMH I began to develop highly important problem-solving and patient-interviewing skills which I use each day in my practice as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist. As clinical interns we were asked to conduct medication reconciliations at the bedside, screen for interactions, and provide recommendations to physicians. I gained so much confidence from this experience and I realized that I wanted a career that allowed me to interact directly with patients and their families. As a faculty member at USC, I work closely with hundreds of students each year. I ask them about their internship experiences and have been shocked to learn that none of their internships are even half as advanced as the LMH clinical intern programLMH is at the cutting edge of clinical pharmacy."

 

Paola Ponce, PharmD

pponce22@gmail.com

University of Kansas Class of 2007

Post Graduate Training

University of Utah Healthcare PGY1 Class of 2008

Current Position

Critical Care Pharmacist

Sky Ridge Medical Center

Lone Tree, CO

sarahnicole27@yahoo.com Creighton School of Pharmacy Critical Care Rotation Site Preceptor

University of Wyoming Pharmacy Preceptor Critical Care Rotation Site Preceptor

University of Colorado Site Preceptor

Gratitude for LMH

"I am forever grateful to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for offering me my first look into the world of clinical pharmacy. I was so fortunate to be mentored by such knowledgeable and compassionate individuals who helped guide my career decision towards critical care."

 

Sarah Hinrichsen, PharmD

sarahnicole27@yahoo.com

University of Kansas Class of 2005

Current Position

Walgreen’s Pharmacist

Topeka, KS

Professional Involvement

Douglas County Medical Reserve Corp

Lifelong Impact

"I am very grateful to have had the experience of working at LMH during pharmacy school. It was a wonderful place to work and I learned so much there, which helped me in school and afterwards in my career as a pharmacist. I look back at the four years I worked at LMH quite fondly and find it hard to believe it has been such a long time ago!"

 

Beth Dwyer, PharmD

beth.dwyer@lmh.org

University of Kansas School of Pharmacy Class of 2004

*One of eleven women honored as KU's Women of Distinction in 2004

Current Position

Proud clinical pharmacist at LMH! 

Professional Involvement

Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacists

Impact of LMH

"My time working as a clinical intern at LMH impacted me in such a positive way that I never left! This program certainly augmented my formal education, and taught me things I could never learn in the classroom.  I had a clear advantage when I began my experiential rotations, and many preceptors viewed me as a colleague rather than a student when they discovered the background I had gained at LMH. My "dream job" started when I was allowed to join the ranks of the second class of clinical interns, and continues today as I mentor each new class of clinical interns!"

 

Elizabeth Sebranek Evans, PharmD, BCPS, CGP

elizabeth.sebranek@gmail.com

University of Kansas School of Pharmacy Class of 2003 

Froedtert Hospital PGY1 in Milwaukee, Class of 2004

Current Position

Advanced Clinical Pharmacist at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT 

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Roseman University of Health Sciences in South Jordan, UT

Proud LMH Alumni

"I cannot tell you how proud I am to be an alumnus of the inaugural clinical intern class at LMH! On a daily basis, I am still utilizing clinical skills I learned in this program: obtaining a complete medication history, performing discharge education, renal dosing of medications, and clinical pharmacokinetics. I strongly believe these skills made me more competitive for residency. Even after residency, the experiences I have had at LMH have helped me with clinical projects. I helped lead implementation of pharmacist-led medication history implementation at one hospital and contribute to tech-check-tech development at another hospital. Thank you to Pat Parker and staff for investing in my future!"