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Pharmacy Residency Program

PGY1 residency programs build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

The residency program revolves around the central idea that pharmacists should train pharmacists. Additionally, the resident will have the opportunity to work with the medical staff to ensure rational prescribing of medications, work with patients to enhance their knowledge of the medications they receive, and partner with nursing to improve the overall safety of medication use.

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency conducted by Adena Regional Medical Center, Chillicothe, Ohio has an accreditation candidate status with ASHP.

General Information

Duration: 12 months

Number of Positions: 2

Estimated stipend per year: $49, 774 plus benefits

Start date: July 1st

Residency Benefits

  • Competitive Salary
  • 20 Days of Paid Time Off
  • Comprehensive medical/dental/vision insurance
  • Computer (Laptop/Internet)
  • Dedicated Office Space/supplies
  • ACLS Certification
  • Free Parking

Resident Activities

  • Interdisciplinary Rounds
  • In-services & Journal Clubs
  • Research Project
  • Participation on multiple committees
  • MUE and new drug reviews
  • Precepting pharmacy students

Application Process

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants for the PGY1 Program at Adena Health System should be:

  • Candidates or graduates for graduation of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). At a minimum, the program must be a five-year pharmacy degree program. Adena Health is unable to sponsor a visa.
  • Eligible for licensure in the state of Ohio.

Adena Health System participates in the resident matching program and the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

Resident Matching Program Code: 296113

Selection will be based on:

  • Letter of intent
  • Qualifications of the applicant
  • Letters of recommendation

After the initial review process, select applicants will be invited to come to Adena Regional Medical Center for an interview.

Application Requirements

Application Requirements Deadline: January 5, 2024 

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Pharmacy School Transcript(s)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (e.g. preceptor, professor or employer)
  • Participation in ASHP’s National Matching Program 

Questions? Contact Stacy Coffee, Pharm D, BCPS

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Required Rotations

Pharm Residency Orientation

1 month

Internal Medicine I

1 month

Internal Medicine II

1 month

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

1 month

Pharmacy Administration Operations

1 month

Medication Therapy Management Service: Anticoagulation

1 month

Emergency Medicine

1 month

Pharmacy Research Project (Longitudinal)

11 months

Pharmacy Practice and Staffing (Longitudinal)

11 months, 8-hours shift
every other weekend

Clinical Pharmacy Leadership (Longitudinal)

11 months

Teaching and Learning Certificate (TLC) (Longitudinal)

11 months

Elective Rotation Options

Advanced Critical Care

1 month

Acute Care Cardiology

1 month

Transitions of Care (TOC)

1 month

Population Health

1 month

Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy

1 month

Pharmacy Services: Antimicrobial Stewardship

1 month

Current Residents


Erica Eisz, PharmD

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
Pharmacy School: The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Ambulatory care and collaborative practice settings focusing on chronic health conditions as well as substance use disorders
Personal Interests: Watching Ohio State football, photography, attending classic car events with my family, and outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, and swimming
Why I Chose Adena: The PGY1 pharmacy residency is a newly developed program which allowed for more flexibility and opportunities to tailor electives to my interests. Additionally, all of the interactions I had with pharmacy personnel and the residency program director were very welcoming.


Hunter Roach, PharmD

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
Pharmacy School: Ohio Northern Raabe College of Pharmacy Pharmacy Practice
Interests: Pharmacy informatics, medication safety, cardiology, pain management
Personal Interests: Swimming, video games, cooking, listening to music
Why I Chose Adena: I chose Adena Regional Medical Center to do my pharmacy residency because when I met with them at the OSHP residency showcase, I knew I would be surrounded by a team of pharmacists that were actively in and supported my growth as a pharmacist. They have tailored the residency to fit what I would like to do in the future and all of the preceptors are dedicated to the success of their residents.

Past Residents 

Austin Burnette_2022

Austin Burnette, PharmD

University of Georgia
Residency Year 2022-2023

Position obtained after PGY1 residency - Clinical Staff Pharmacist - Adena Regional Medical Center Pharmacy 

Austin's Testimonial


What initially drew me to Adena’s residency program was the variety of specialty opportunities it offers, such as an outpatient anticoagulation clinic, an oncology infusion center, and a heart catheterization lab. Adena also boasts an absolutely stellar group of preceptors recognized even among the system’s physicians and other professions for their prowess and teaching ability.


Beyond the educational and real-world experience value that residency provides, the greatest benefit it can give you is a deeper understanding of yourself as a practitioner and as a person. Going into residency, I had been set on inpatient practice, but I unexpectedly found that I had a real talent and passion for ambulatory care during my anticoagulation rotation.

Program Director & Faculty

Stacy Coffee, PharmD, BCPS

Title: Clinical Pharmacy Manager, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Pharmacy School: University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
Residency: Cincinnati VA Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Pharmacy practice advancement, cardiology, transitions of care, and medication safety
Personal Interests: Spending time with family, crocheting, listening to music, and traveling.

Benjamin Ash, PharmD

Title: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, 2NE-Gen Med/Surgical
Pharmacy School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Residency: Summa Health System – Akron Campus, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Cardiology, antimicrobial stewardship, pharmacy practice advancement, multidisciplinary care, and medical education
Personal Interests: Spending time with family (raising two-year old and soon to be newborn twins), hiking, exploring local eateries, and Cleveland sports.

Richard Ash, PharmD, MBA

Title: Director of Acute Care Services
Pharmacy School: Duquesne University School of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Pharmacy Informatics, Pharmacy Operations, Medication Safety, Legal and Regulatory including USP 795, 797, and 800
Personal Interests: Coaching, varsity soccer, and being a husband and father of three girls.

Zachary Campbell, PharmD, BCPS

Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, 2B-Step Down
Pharmacy School: Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Critical care, infectious disease, cardiology, and acute care
Personal Interests: Coaching soccer, dogs (animals in general), camping, fishing, cooking, and baking.

Amy Gordon, PharmD, BCGP

Title: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, 3A-Gen Med/Surgical
Pharmacy School: University of Toledo College of Pharmacy 1994 Graduate
Residency: Clinical Practices Pharmacy Resident at Mount Carmel Medical Center (1st resident)
Personal Interests: Family time, running, yoga, reading, and traveling (especially to Key West)

Cameron Howard, PharmD

Title: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, 2A- Medicine/Nephro
Pharmacy School: Ohio Northern University Raabe college of Pharmacy
Residency: OhioHealth Doctors Hospital – PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Internal medicine, infectious disease, and cardiology
Personal Interests: Playing and watching sports (football, basketball, soccer), trying new restaurants and breweries, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends.

Caitlin Huffman, PharmD, BCACP

Title: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist – Population Health
Pharmacy School: The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Residency: Harbor Health Services, Inc and Northeastern University PGY1 focus on Ambulatory Care and Academia
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Population health, transitions of care, and diabetes
Personal Interests: Spending time with family and dogs, traveling, trying new restaurants, crafting, and boating  

Michael Johnson, PharmD, BCACP 

Title: Ambulatory Pharmacy Director
Pharmacy School: Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Pharmacy practice advancement, outpatient pharmacy disease state management, MTM, provider status, transitions of care, and medication adherence
Personal Interests: Spending time with family, running, reading, and yard work

Kenneth Knipp, PharmD

Title: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist - Emergency Medicine
Pharmacy School:  Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy - BSPH, The Ohio State University- PharmD
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Critical care, emergency medicine, and infectious disease
Personal Interests: Hunting, fishing, poker, and golf 

Gregory Levitt, PharmD

Title: Team Lead, Pharmacy Anticoagulation Clinic
Pharmacy School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Anticoagulation, smoking cessation, and ambulatory care
Personal Interests: Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan, and father of three children (including twins)

Joyce McCarthy, PharmD, BCPS

Title: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Pharmacy School: Ohio Northern University- BSPH, University of Florida - PharmD
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Internal medicine, critical care, nephrology, pharmacy informatics, and medication safety
Personal Interests: Family, pets (2 dogs, 1 cat, and a Clown Fish that is 20 years old), flowers/landscaping, and gardening

Meghan Miller, PharmD

Title: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist - Emergency Medicine
Pharmacy School: Cedarville University School of Pharmacy
Residency: PGY1- Miami Valley Hospital
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Toxicology, trauma, and critical care
Personal Interests: Spending time with family, horse racing, and reading

Alyssa Stidham, PharmD

Title: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist - Stewardship
Pharmacy School: University of Findlay College of Pharmacy
Residency: Holzer Health System PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Pharmacy practice advancement, and infectious disease
Personal Interests: Spending time with family, bodybuilding, reading, listening to music, and traveling

Ashley Tilley, PharmD, BCPS

Title: Clinical Staff Pharmacist
Pharmacy School: The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Total parenteral nutrition, medication safety, and pharmacy practice management
Personal Interests: Astronomy, drawing, painting, instrumental music, and gardening

Elizabeth Wandling, PharmD, MPH, BCPS

Title: Inpatient Pharmacy Operations Manager
Pharmacy School: Cedarville University School of Pharmacy
Residency: PGY1/PGY2/Masters Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Medication safety, process improvement, informatics, and population health
Personal Interests: Cooking, baking, reading, playing with two pet guinea pigs, hiking, and volunteering at church

Fred Yingling, RPh, MBA

Title: System Director of Pharmacy Services
Pharmacy School: The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Enterprise Pharmacy Management, Organizational Structure and Development, and Supply Chain Management
Personal Interests: Spending time with immediate family of a wife, three kids, and two dogs, vacationing with family, watching various sports, and supporting the kids in soccer and other extracurricular activities

Program FAQs

How is your program structured?
Each pharmacy resident has the opportunity to complete ten different one-month rotations, July is devoted to orientation, and December is reserved for working toward completion of residency projects. Required PGY1 Pharmacy rotations include Ambulatory Care-Anticoagulation, Critical Care, Internal medicine, pharmacy management/operations, and Emergency medicine. Required longitudinal rotations include Pharmacy practice/staffing, Clinical Pharmacy Leadership, Teaching and learning certificate, and Pharmacy Research project. Each pharmacy resident will also choose four electives for the year based on the resident’s interests and needs.

What research projects and writing projects do you complete?
Residents are required to complete a research project within the year. An abstract for the project will be presented in December at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting at the Poster Session. The results of the project will be presented at the Ohio Pharmacy Residency Conference in the spring. Residents are also required to complete a manuscript in collaboration with their preceptor. In addition, completion of a drug monograph and medication use evaluation are required with complete plan for presentation to the appropriate committees. 

How are resident rotation schedules determined and are they flexible?
Residents are asked to choose their electives as soon as possible to ensure preceptor availability for their rotations. We make every effort to schedule top choice rotations for residents considering a PGY2 prior to December. Residents are asked about their elective choices and the rotation schedule is updated quarterly to accommodate requests, when possible, to ensure adjustments are made if interests change. 

What is the staffing requirement?
PGY1 residents will provide staffing services in the central pharmacy every other weekend (16 hours). Each resident will also be expected to cover one major and one minor holiday. The PGY1 resident will perform all duties expected of staff clinical pharmacists, as well as build upon the knowledge and experience gained during other learning experiences throughout the year. The staffing experience will focus on the drug distribution system and consultative pharmacy services. Residents shall also respond to medical emergencies (e.g. Code Blue/Rapid Response) while staffing.

Do pharmacy residency programs at ARMC have on-call requirements?
No, ARMC pharmacy residents do not have any on-call requirements.

What makes your program unique?
Adena Regional Medical Center is a smaller, rural hospital that offers a unique patient population with a variety of healthcare issues while offering learning experiences that rival any larger hospital in the area. We offer flexibility to create the best learning experience for each resident by creating a schedule to fit the resident’s personal goals and ambitions and our preceptors are passionate about providing the best education to the next generation of pharmacists. We strive to offer an exceptional educational experience while being small enough to create meaningful connections with our caregivers and patients. 

Are teaching opportunities available for residents? Is a teaching certificate available and/or required?
Pharmacy residents, in cooperation with Cedarville University, are required to complete one of two available teaching tracks: teaching certificate or the advanced teaching certificate. The teaching certificate is designed to provide pharmacy residents with the didactic education, training and experiences needed to function as a faculty member and/or a preceptor in both academic and pharmacy practice settings.

The program involves in-person teaching workshops and clinical teaching as well as didactic teaching opportunities. In addition, residents will precept students at ARMC and develop a teaching goal, teaching philosophy and develop a teaching portfolio. 

What types of presentations are required?
Residents are required to deliver a poster presentation at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, completion of at least two journal club presentations and two presentations/in-services to medical staff or other interdisciplinary staff. They also must provide in-services on the pharmacy and medical teams throughout the year, depending on their rotation. In addition, residents present the results of their major project to the preceptors before presenting the results at the regional residency conference.

How are the residents evaluated?
The program utilizes a competency-based approach to evaluation of resident performance of the program’s educational goals and objectives, resident self-assessment of their performance, and resident evaluations of preceptor performance and of the program.  The PharmAcademic system will be utilized for all residency related evaluations.   Residents are evaluated by each preceptor considering 1) how the resident compares to an individual with the same level of training or experience and 2) the level of improvement in the skill since the last performance.  

After the orientation period, each pharmacy resident will be evaluated by the primary preceptor(s) weekly and upon completion of each monthly learning experience and quarterly for longitudinal learning experiences. The resident will also be evaluated quarterly by the residency program director. On-demand evaluations or feedback can occur at any time. 

Will I need an Ohio pharmacy license?  
Yes, you are required to be licensed within 60 days after the start of the residency. Prior to starting the residency year, if pharmacist licensure is not obtained, residents must hold/obtain an Ohio Pharmacist Intern license to begin work.

What sort of guidance/mentorship will I receive?
Each resident spends time during the first few days of the residency with the outgoing residents, who will be able to answer any immediate questions before the program starts. While on service, residents are mentored by our clinical pharmacists and faculty. Preceptors orient the resident to their service and discuss the resident’s expectations. Preceptors meet regularly with the resident to discuss patient cases, topic discussions and clinical pearls. Preceptors also provide guidance on the resident’s approach to student precepting. 

Which professional pharmacy conferences do residents typically attend?
All residents typically attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Ohio Pharmacy Residency Conference.

How do I get a complete application packet?
All application materials should be submitted via the  PhORCAS web portal. 

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