Timeline of Clinical Pharmacy and Residency Training at the University of Kentucky
1960 – Paul F. Parker hired to create a practice model for a new hospital being built in Lexington, KY.
1962 – First Drug Information Center in the United States opens at the University of Kentucky
1965 – First hospital wide unit dose distribution program in the United States at the Univesity of Kentucky
1968 – Pharmacy Residency Program begins as a three year program that awarded both a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree and residency certificate.
1971 – Full time clinical pharmacists begin practicing in patient care areas
1974 – First hospital pharmacy computerized drug distribution system in the United States
1977 – Clinical Pharmacokinetics Service begins
1977 – PharmD program separated from the residency program
1979 – Residency program begins accepting only graduates with a PharmD degree into a two year program, now accredited by the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists
1984 – Paul F. Parker retires as Director of Pharmacy
1991 – Residency program split into two separate years; Pharmacy Practice and Specialty Practice
1991 – Critical Care, Pediatrics, and Oncology specialty residencies accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
1992 – Primary Care (now Ambulatory Care) residency gains ASHP accreditation.
1999 – John A. Armitstead hired as Director of Pharmacy
2005 – Programs renamed Post Graduate Year One (PGY1) and Post Graduate Year Two (PGY2)
2006 – PGY2 Infectious Disease residency gains ASHP accreditation
2007- Residency achieves ASHP Residency Excellence Award 2008 – Over 340 graduates from the program
2009 - PGY2 Internal Medicine residency becomes ASHP accredited & Cardiology residency acquires first resident
2011 - Emergency Medicine Residency graduates first resident
2011 - Gary Johnson, PharmD, MHA hired as Enterprise Director of Pharmacy Services and Chief Pharmacy Officer
2012- Cardiology and Emergency Medicine gain accreditation and UK offers its first residency in Medication Use Safety
Paul F. Parker
Paul F. Parker was the force behind establishing and developing one of the finest pharmacy residency programs in the country, and even after retirement continued to serve as an accreditation surveyor for residency programs throughout the United States.
Dr. Parker was recruited to the University of Kentucky in 1960 and was instrumental in the establishment of UK Hospital serving as its first Director of Pharmacy and Central Supply, a position he held until his retirement in 1984. During his tenure with the University and the College of Pharmacy, Dr. Parker received international recognition for helping establish the nation's first hospital-wide unit dose system and drug information center. He was also instrumental in the development of clinical pharmacy practice and teaching programs at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Recipient of ASHP's highest honor, the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award, his name lives on in the form of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy's (ACCP) highest award, The Parker Medal.
The Paul F. Parker Award
Plaque Inscription: "The Paul F. Parker Award is given annually to a past resident of the University of Kentucky Pharmacy Residency Program or to an individual intimately associated with the success of the program. This award recognizes an individual who has displayed sustained contribution to the profession in practice, teaching or research; a commitment to high ideals and excellence in their chosen field; leadership and innovation; and a passion to encourage the personal and professional growth of others."
The Award Luncheon
The Paul Parker Award Luncheon, partially supported by a generous restricted educational grant from Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, is held each year in conjunction with the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. Past UK residents who are attending the meeting are invited to join one another for lunch and an opportunity for networking. The luncheon program features a presentation by the Parker Award winner . Concluding the luncheon is a "rollcall" of current and former Kentucky Residents and faculty/staff which provides attendees a current update on the professional status of each person attending the program and an opportunity for "networking". This is one way the true "Kentucky Connection" comes to life.
Past Award Winners
2011 Duane Kirking, PharmD, PhD
2011 Lisa Lawson, PharmD
2010 Jeffrey Baldwin, PharmD, FASHP, FAPhA
2009 Henry J. Mann, PharmD
2008 Ray R. Maddox, BS,PharmD,FASHP
2007 Kim L. R. Brouwer, PharmD, PhD
2006 George E. Francisco, Jr., PharmD, FASHP
2005 Douglas E. Miller, PharmD
2004 Cynthia L. Raehl, PharmD, FASHP, FCCP
2003 Robert A. Blouin, PharmD, FCCP
2002 Robert P. Rapp, PharmD, FCCP
2001 Joseph T. DiPiro, PharmD, FCCP
2000 Stephen W. Schondelmeyer, PhD
1999 Ann B. Amerson, PharmD
1998 Donald E. Letendre, PharmD
1997 James C. Cloyd, PharmD, FCCP
1996 Bruce D. McWhinney, PharmD
1995 Robert L. Talbert, PharmD, FCCP
1994 Curtis A. Johnson, PharmD
1993 Joel O. Covinsky, PharmD, FCCP
1992 Thomas S. Foster, PharmD, FCCP
1991 Charles A. Walton, PhD
1990 Paul F. Parker, DSc