Practice Management

This required, 12-month longitudinal experience will focus on the administrative and leadership functions of the pharmacy enterprise, professional leadership and medication use policy.

The experience will include 3 parts.

  1. Didactic sessions/discussions on finance, leadership and medication use policy. Attendance at >80% of the didactic sessions is required.

  2. Attendance at various departmental and organizational meetings:
    - Weekly department huddle
    - Pharmacy, Therapeutics & Dietary Committee
    - Medication Safety Team
    - Pump Safety Committee
    - Organizational Quality Improvement Committee

  3. Completion of an administrative project and several medication use policy assignments

    Common topics that the resident is expected to gain knowledge, skills and abilities through literature review and topic discussions include:
    - Formulary management
    - Medication safety
    - Medication use evaluation
    - Joint Commission compliance
    - Adverse drug events
    - Information technology and databases (Cerner, Alaris)
    - Administrative topics (capital budget development, personnel issues, operational practices and others)
    - Emotional intelligence
    - Professional leadership
    - Professional organizational involvement
    - Quality improvement

Phil Schneider, PharmD, FASHP
Jennifer McKenna, PharmD, BCPS
Amber Lucas, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP

Philip J Schneider, B.S. Pharm; Pharm.D.

Director of Pharmacy
Learning experience: Practice Management
Office Phone: (913) 791-4286

Dr. Schneider is the director of pharmacy at Olathe Medical Center. He has a BS in Pharmacy and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa and he completed an ASHP-accredited residency in Adult Internal Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. He serves as a preceptor to pharmacy residents in practice management.

Dr. Schneider’s responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and human resource management. He serves on multiple hospital-wide committees including PT&D, IT Steering, Outstanding Employee Committee, Interdisciplinary Peer Review, and Value Analysis. He chairs the hospital’s Medication Safety Committee. He is a preceptor for IPPE students for the University of Kansas and University of Missouri-Kansas City colleges of pharmacy.

Dr. Schneider is actively involved in ASHP, KCHP (formerly KSHP) and GKCSHP and is a past-president of the Kansas Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He is currently serving his 2nd term as Treasurer of ASHP (2010-2016) and was previously a member of the ASHP board of directors (2004-2007). He received the KSHP Harold N. Godwin Lecture Series Achievement Award in 1994 and was KSHP Hospital Pharmacist of the Year in 1997.

Jennifer McKenna, Pharm.D. BCPS

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
Learning experience: Practice Management Learning Experience
Office Phone: (913) 791-4286

Dr. McKenna is the Residency Program Director and Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator at Olathe Medical Center. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed a PGY1 residency at The Nebraska Medical Center. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and has an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy.

Dr. McKenna’s practice responsibilities include clinical program development, formulary management, and staff development. She is chair of the Pump Safety Committee and is a member of multiple hospital committees including quality/performance improvement teams, the Medication Safety Team, and the Pharmacy, Therapeutics and Dietary Committee. She also precepts a clinical management rotation for APPE students.

Dr. McKenna holds active memberships in KCHP, GKCSHP, ASHP and ACCP. She is a past president of KCHP, chaired the KCHP Practice Advancement Initiative Committee, and is currently President of the KCHP Foundation.

Outside of work, Dr. McKenna enjoys reading and attending her children’s soccer games. She and her family are avid Sporting KC soccer fans.

Amber Lucas, Pharm.D., BPCS, FASHP

Learning experience: Women’s and Children’s Health
Office Phone: (913) 791-3500 x4856

Amber J. Lucas, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP is a Clinical Pharmacist at Olathe Medical Center. Dr. Lucas received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas and completed a pediatric focused PGY1 residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is getting her Masters in Business Administration in Healthcare Management from New England College with anticipated graduation in 2017. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and has BLS and ACLS certifications.

Dr. Lucas specializes in obstetrics and neonatology and precepts residents and students on Women's and Children's Health and Cardiology rotations. She has led multiple departmental initiatives related to neonatal and obstetric medication therapy management, patient safety, scheduling, and residency programs throughout her career at various institutions. She has published and presented on neonatal medication safety, work‐life balance, effective communication strategies and the practice model.

Dr. Lucas is actively involved in ASHP as Chair of the House of Delegates. She has served ASHP as Vice-Chair of the Clinical Leadership Section Advisory Group, a Kansas Delegate, and a national judge for the Clinical Skills Competition. She is a past-President of the Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacists. She was recognized as a Fellow of ASHP in 2009 and was honored as KCHP Pharmacist of the Year in 2012.

Dr. Lucas enjoys attending her three teenagers’ athletic events, wake-boarding, snow skiing, and muscle cars.