Finding Two Passions
Published on 15 December 2017
After graduating from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Kacie Kuehn, Pharm.D. ’16, knew she wanted to specialize in ambulatory care. She progressed through the College’s PGY1 pharmacy residency and is currently participating in the College’s PGY2 ambulatory care residency.
“The College’s residencies offer well-rounded programs that focus on my interest areas,” Kuehn said. “During my PGY1, I enjoyed teaching so much that I wanted to continue in a PGY2 that would provide ample opportunities in academia. The College’s PGY2 program allows me to practice in ambulatory care and pursue my interest in academia.”
Through the College’s Resident Education Academy (REA), residents obtain the skills and experiences necessary to become a pharmacy faculty member. Those taking part in the academy participate in a series of workshops and gain hands-on training in teaching skills such as lecturing, preparing teaching materials and leading group discussions.
“Graduating from a PGY2 program is an integral part of my goal to become a clinical faculty member,” she said. “The teaching experiences I have had throughout my residency so far have made me confident I can achieve this goal. Having the opportunity to practice in ambulatory care and also teach provides balance, variety
Kuehn also is a co-chief resident alongside Sara (Twillmann) Lingow, Pharm.D. ’16. Chief residents are responsible for mentoring fellow residents in the College’s program and planning professional development activities. When Kuehn is not at the College fulfilling her duties as a faculty member and co-chief resident, she is meeting with patients and working with physicians at St. Louis County Department of Public Health.
“I have the opportunity to build relationships with my patients over time,” she said. ”We discuss their medications, talk about challenges they experience while managing their care and determine how I can help them work through those challenges. I enjoy being a consistent health care professional they can rely on.”
The St. Louis County Department of Public Health is a primary care clinic that chiefly assists medically underserved patient populations which makes its commitment to providing preventive treatments and health education even more imperative.
“Practicing evidence-based medicine is only part of the puzzle when treating my patients,” Kuehn said. “I build a relationship with each patient and help them achieve their goals.”
To learn more about residencies, visit stlcop.edu/residency.