College of Pharmacy Class of 2018 Kelly McKinley

Kelly McKinley ’18 created a self-described “giant educational vacation” out of her fourth year of pharmacy school, living in eight different states as she completed her advanced practice rotations. That zesty spirit is probably why she was also voted the Class of 2018’s “Most likely to get in trouble at their retirement home.” 

The University of Miami graduate is heading back to Florida to a post-graduate year one (PGY1) residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The 1,550-bed teaching hospital is associated with the University’s Medical School and offers rotations in multiple specialties, and also will allow her to continue to care for a diverse and underserved patient population.

Her favorite activity throughout pharmacy school was volunteering at the CARES clinics, which are student-run clinics serving patients without insurance. The Philadelphia native volunteered at the PT/OT clinic as an interpreter for Spanish-speaking patients, helping eliminate language as a barrier to healthcare for those patients. 

Pre-Pharmacy: University of Miami (Go Canes!) 

Why pharmacy? “In college one of my organic chemistry professors always used drug examples to teach chemical reactions, which sparked my interest in pharmacy. Pharmacy is also a perfect fit for me as I’ve always wanted to work in healthcare, but don’t really want to touch anybody.”

Career expectations: She plans to follow her PGY1 with a PGY2 in emergency medicine or critical care with the ultimate goal of being a clinical specialist and precepting APPE students.