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Residency Programs

 

Our residency programs provide education and training with a primary emphasis on the development of practice skills in a number of specialized pharmacy practice areas. Throughout the year, residents are involved in a variety of service, education, and research activities. During this training, residents learn to conduct patient care activities using a consistent approach that reflects the philosophy of pharmaceutical care.

In addition to clinical activities, residents are involved in educational programs, including pharmacy conferences, journal clubs and a seminar presentation. Other teaching opportunities include medical and nursing in-services, as well as co-precepting students from colleges of pharmacy. Research skills are developed through experience and enhanced by instruction as residents complete a research project and/or drug use evaluation. Residents attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, a Residency Conference, and have the opportunity to attend and participate in other state and local conferences.

Cleveland Clinic Health-System Residency Programs:

Requirements for Admission

Cleveland Clinic's Pharmacy Residency Programs are available to PharmD graduates of an accredited College of Pharmacy. Consideration for admission requires:

  • Brief letter of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three standard reference forms in Phorcas
  • Official pharmacy transcripts and
  • Eligibility for Ohio licensure

Please submit all application materials via Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Deadline for receipt of these materials to be considered for an on-site interview is January 3, 2017. For the PGY-2 residency programs (Ambulatory Care, Cardiology, Critical Care, Drug Information, Infectious Diseases, Informatics, Oncology, and Psychiatry), a Pharmacy (PGY-1) Residency or equivalent experience is required.Applicants for a PGY2 residency program must have completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency or equivalent experience.

Cleveland Clinic Health-System Residency sites agree that no person at these sites will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.

Note: Appointments of applicants to residency positions may be contingent upon the applicants satisfying certain eligibility requirements [e.g., graduating from accredited college of pharmacy, obtaining pharmacist license in Ohio (for Ohio sites) or Florida (for Florida site) by September 1, and negative drug testing results, including a negative cotinine test].

Main Campus Residency Programs

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency 

The Pharmacy Residency (PGY-1) is a one-year program designed to provide a foundation of diverse experiences in pharmaceutical care as well as in health-system pharmacy practice.

The residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. The resident receives extensive training and experience in all areas of hospital pharmacy practice and will integrate into the healthcare team and utilize evidence-based medicine to optimize drug therapy outcomes. Required rotations include acute care, critical care, drug information, medication safety, practice management and ambulatory care. Residents are able to individualize their residency through elective rotations such as infectious diseases, cardiology, oncology and transplant. Additional activities include involvement in educational programs such as education conferences, journal clubs and seminar presentations, completion of a research project or drug usage evaluation, and participation in hospital committees. Inpatient staffing is required every other weekend throughout the year.

Contact
Pharmacy Residency (PGY-1) Director
Jennifer Sekeres, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID)
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Pharmacy
9500 Euclid Ave. | HB-105
Cleveland, OH 44195
Email: sekerej@ccf.org

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Cleveland Clinic Children's 

The Pediatric Pharmacy Residency (PGY-1) is a one-year training program designed to provide the resident with experiences leading to knowledge and practice skills in pharmacotherapeutic care for pediatric patients.

The program exposes the resident to a variety of practice areas in the pediatric acute care environment to progressively build their knowledge base, skill set and confidence in problem solving and clinical judgment. Required rotations include general pediatrics, pediatric ICU, neonatal ICU, pediatric oncology, practice management, drug information and ambulatory care. Residents are able to individualize their residency through elective rotations. Nutrition support, medication safety and pharmacokinetics are integrated throughout the year. The resident will also be involved in administrative and formulary management by participation in the Pediatric and Neonatal Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees.

Educational opportunities are available and include precepting pharmacy students and lecturing. Presentation skills are developed through journal clubs and patient cases. A formal seminar and manuscript are required. Project management and research skills are enhanced through drug use management projects. Staffing is in the pediatric pharmacy satellite.

Contact
Pharmacy Residency (PGY-1) Director (Children’s Hospital)
Kay Kyllonen, PharmD, FPPAG
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Pharmacy
9500 Euclid Ave. | HB-105
Cleveland, OH 44195
Email: kyllonk@ccf.org

PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency  

The Community Pharmacy Residency (PGY-1) is a one-year program designed to provide diverse experiences in pharmaceutical care in the community practice setting.

The Community Pharmacy Residency (PGY-1) offers advanced training in optimizing the care of diverse patient populations as they transition from a health-system setting. Graduates of the program are prepared to provide advanced patient care services in the community pharmacy with independent, chain and integrated health system pharmacies. Completion of the teaching certificate program through Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) qualifies the residency graduate for assistant clinical professorship through joint faculty with a college of pharmacy. Community pharmacy staffing is required throughout the year, including a weekend rotation. In addition to presentations and projects, residents are required to complete a research project and submit a manuscript for publication.

Contact
Community Pharmacy Residency (PGY1) Director
Amy Gustafson, PharmD
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Pharmacy
8701 Darrow Rd.
Twinsburg, OH 44087
email: gustafa@ccf.org

PGY-1/2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration/MS Residency  

The Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency (PGY-1 and PGY-2) and master’s degree is a specialized two-year program with the primary objective of developing pharmacy leaders who are trained and prepared to immediately assume managerial positions within large, integrated healthcare delivery systems, leading to Director of Pharmacy positions. The master’s degree is in conjunction with Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).

Residents experience training, mentoring and modeling in pharmacy administration and leadership. Residents spend time in central pharmacy and pharmacy satellites, sterile products, operating suites, emergency department, ambulatory, specialty pharmacy, and decentralized clinical services to gain experience with front-line supervision. Residents learn the safe, appropriate and cost-effective use of medication in patient care. The residents gain knowledge to understand, analyze and manage the changing nature of today’s complex medical delivery systems and leadership skills necessary for change management and managing the pharmacy enterprise. Required activities include presentations, coursework, projects, a manuscript, and staffing and management on-call responsibilities.

PGY1 Rotations: Orientation, drug information, acute care, critical care, central pharmacy practice management, research month, sterile products practice management, ambulatory care, 3 elective rotations

PGY2 Required Rotations: Independent Practice Rotation, Health System Pharmacy Admin, Finance /Formulary Management (2 weeks each), Informatics, Operations Management/Scheduling, Research Month, Advanced Operations Management, Medication Safety, Ambulatory Pharmacy Management /Supply Chain Management (2 weeks each), and 2 from the following rotations: Central Pharmacy Management, Clinical Service Line Management (Critical Care, Hematology/Oncology, Medicine, Pediatrics), Controlled Substance Management, Transitions of Care Management

PGY2 One Elective Rotation: ASHP Elective, Community Hospital Leadership, Executive Administration, Investigational Drugs, Specialty Pharmacy

Contact
Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program Director
Scott Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Pharmacy
9500 Euclid Ave. | HB-105
Cleveland, OH 44195
Email: knoers@ccf.org

PGY-1/2 Pharmacotherapy Residency 

The Pharmacotherapy Residency (PGY-1 and PGY-2) is a specialized two-year training program designed to develop expert-level competence in pharmacotherapy.

The program instructs the resident on the provision of safe, appropriate, economical use of medication through the application of specialized knowledge, skills and functions in patient care in preparation for becoming a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS). The program’s goal is to develop an expert-level practitioner with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to thrive as a clinical generalist, specialist, coordinator or faculty member. Rotations are arranged in two- to three-month long clinical blocks that focus on a particular area of pharmacotherapy (e.g., critical care, internal medicine, pediatrics). In the second year, more specialized blocks of clinical rotations and a longitudinal ambulatory care component are offered to build and enhance competencies acquired during the resident’s first year. Residents also have the opportunity to concentrate on a particular area of pharmacotherapy in the second year. Throughout year 1 and 2, additional requirements include presentations, projects, a manuscript, and inpatient staffing.

Contact
Anthony Zembillas, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacotherapy Residency Director
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Pharmacy
9500 Euclid Ave. | HB-105
Cleveland, OH 44195
Email: zembila@ccf.org

PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency 

The Ambulatory Care Residency (PGY-2) is a one-year training program designed to prepare the resident to provide pharmaceutical care in multidisciplinary general medicine and specialty practices in ambulatory settings.

The program is designed to foster skilled clinical pharmacy practitioners who are proficient in a specific range of patient-oriented services and to promote a team approach to problem solving. Required rotations include primary care in a Patient Centered Medical Home, anticoagulation management, and HIV clinic. A rotation with the Employee Health Plan is also required. The resident may choose from a number of elective rotations including diabetes, geriatrics, and cardiology clinics as well as emergency medicine and pharmacogenomics. Additional activities include involvement in educational programs such as case conferences, journal clubs and seminar presentations, completion of a research project and drug use evaluation, and committee participation.

Contact
Ambulatory Care Residency Program Director
Giavanna Russo-Alvarez, Pharm. D., BCAP
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Pharmacy
9500 Euclid Ave. | JJN1
Cleveland, OH 44195
Email: russo-g@ccf.org

PGY-2 Cardiology Residency

The Cardiology Residency (PGY-2) is a one-year training program designed to develop an expert-level practitioner with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities for specialized practice in cardiology.

For the 21st consecutive year, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program has ranked as the best in the nation, earning the No. 1 ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s “2015-16 Best Hospitals.”

The Cardiology Residency program offers a variety of opportunities that allow the resident to develop the clinical skills necessary for acute care cardiology, cardiovascular critical care, and to optimize patient care outcomes. Areas of focus include clinical cardiology, coronary ICU, heart failure/ heart transplant, cardiothoracic surgery intensive care unit, and ambulatory cardiovascular care. The resident can choose from a number of elective rotations to build and enhance competencies. The residency fosters development of an independent practitioner with the ability to thrive in a variety of practice settings. In addition to completing a research project and drug use evaluation, the resident will hone their skills through clinical staffing and presenting in pharmacy education conference and other settings, as well as participation in hospital committees.

Required Rotations (4 weeks each): Clinical (acute care) cardiology, Coronary ICU, Heart Failure/Transplant, Cardiothoracic ICU I, Cardiothoracic ICU II, and Cardiology Clinic (longitudinal)

Contact
Cardiology Residency Director
Katie Greenlee, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-Cardiology)
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Pharmacy
9500 Euclid Ave. | HB-105
Cleveland, OH 44195
Email: greenlk@ccf.org

PGY-2 Critical Care Residency 

The Critical Care Residency (PGY-2) is a one-year training program designed to develop an expert-level practitioner with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to thrive as a critical care clinical specialist, clinical faculty member, or to pursue fellowship training in critical care.

The program offers a variety of opportunities that allow the resident to develop the clinical skills necessary for complex intensive care issues and to optimize patient care outcomes. The residency fosters development of an independent practitioner with the ability to thrive in a variety of practice settings. In addition to completing a research project and drug use evaluation, the resident will hone their skills through clinical staffing and presenting in both pharmacy education conference and pharmacy critical care journal club settings. Clinical and didactic teaching opportunities are available.

Required Rotations: cardiac ICU, cardiothoracic ICU, medical ICU, neurosciences ICU, surgical ICU

Elective Rotations: bone marrow transplantation, drug information, emergency medicine, heart failure and heart transplant, infectious diseases, intestinal transplantation, liver transplantation, neonatal ICU, nutrition support, pediatric ICU, pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research, practice management, trauma and burns ICU (offered at MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio)

Contact
Critical Care Residency Director
Matthew Wanek, PharmD, BCPS
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Pharmacy
9500 Euclid Ave. | HB-105
Cleveland, OH 44195
Email: wanekm@ccf.org

PGY-2 Drug Information Residency 

The Drug Information Residency (PGY-2) is a one-year training program designed to provide an opportunity for the resident to develop the necessary skills for specialized practice in drug information.

The program’s goal is to develop expert, advanced, and skilled pharmacy practitioners who are proficient in drug information practice in a hospital health-system based setting as well as medical reference publishing. Required rotations include drug information practice and administration, formulary management and implementation, medication safety, and outcomes research. Additionally, the resident will gain experience in medical reference publishing while spending two to three months at Wolters Kluwer. The resident will be involved with adverse drug reaction reporting and monitoring, drug shortage and recall management, and newsletter development and editing. The resident will attend and present at the Cleveland Clinic Health System Medical Staff P&T Committee and corresponding Formulary Specialty Panels as well as the Cleveland Clinic Local P&T Committee. The resident will participate in journal clubs and pharmacy education conference, conduct a drug use evaluation and a research project, write a manuscript, and present one seminar.

Contact
Drug Information Residency Director
Meghan Lehmann, PharmD, BCPS
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Pharmacy
9500 Euclid Ave. | HB-105
Cleveland, OH 44195
Email: lehmanm2@ccf.org

PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Residency 

The Infectious Diseases Residency (PGY-2) is a one-year training program designed to provide an opportunity for the resident to develop the necessary skills for specialized practice in infectious diseases.

The program is designed to develop skilled clinical pharmacists to practice as infectious diseases specialists in academic or community hospitals, clinical faculty members or pursue fellowship training. The resident is involved longitudinally in antimicrobial stewardship and antimicrobial formulary management. Additional experiences for the resident include a research project, drug use evaluation, and participation in pharmacy education conferences as well as the Department of Infectious Diseases case conference, grand rounds, and HIV conference.

Required Rotations: General ID Consults (4-8 weeks), Microbiology (4 weeks), Endocarditis ID Consults (2 weeks), Bone & Joint ID Consults (2 weeks), Pediatric ID Consults (4 weeks), Oncology ID Consults (4 weeks), Solid Organ Transplant ID Consults (4 weeks), Neurosciences ID Consults (2 weeks), Stewardship (4 weeks)

Elective Rotations: Medical/Surgical Intensive Care (4 weeks)

Longitudinal Experiences: Outpatient Infectious Diseases/HIV Clinic, Infectious Diseases Practice Management, Stewardship

Contact
Infectious Diseases Residency Director
Elizabeth Neuner, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID)
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Pharmacy
9500 Euclid Ave. | HB-105
Cleveland, OH 44195
Email: neunere@ccf.org

PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency 

The Pharmacy Informatics Residency (PGY-2) is a one-year training program designed to provide both experiential and didactic informatics experiences to prepare a pharmacist for a career in medical informatics.

The program will offer a wide variety of projects involving implementation or optimization of features in an electronic health record used by a multi-hospital health-system. Additionally, with many different types of automation in place across the health-system, opportunities are available for experience with automated dispensing systems, automated carousels, pharmacy robotics, and pharmacy workflow management systems. Required rotations will include Informatics Theory, Decision Support, Orders Management, Automation Technology, Informatics Management, as well as a longitudinal project. The resident will participate in several multidisciplinary committees to observe and contribute to the decision making and change management processes currently in place at Cleveland Clinic. The resident will also have the opportunity to participate in journal club and pharmacy education conferences.

Contact
Pharmacy Informatics Residency Director
Jeff Chalmers, PharmD
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Pharmacy
9500 Euclid Ave. | JJN1-02
Cleveland, OH 44195
Email: chalmej@ccf.org

PGY-2 Oncology Residency 

The Oncology Residency (PGY-2) is a one-year training program designed to provide an opportunity for the resident to develop the necessary skills for specialized practice in oncology pharmacy.

The resident’s expertise, knowledge and skills in oncology therapeutics will allow them to contribute to an interdisciplinary healthcare team offering patient-specific therapeutic interventions to treat, cure, rehabilitate, and alleviate medical conditions and diseases unique to cancer patients. The program also enhances proficiency in clinical research and strengthens communication skills. The resident participates in journal club discussions, pharmacy case conference, weekly oncology disease state and therapeutics discussions, cancer center core curriculum and continuing education presentations, conducts a drug use evaluation, a research project, presents one seminar, and leads a public service project.

Required Rotations (4 weeks each): Inpatient acute leukemia, inpatient solid tumor I, inpatient solid tumor II, inpatient blood and marrow transplant, pediatric oncology, oncology infectious disease, management/investigational drug service, independent practice (2 weeks)

Elective Rotations (2-4 weeks duration varies): Specialty pharmacy, family health center, outpatient pediatric oncology

Longitudinal Experiences: outpatient oncology clinic, oncology operational experience, research and formulary management

Contact
Oncology Residency Director
Erika Gallagher, PharmD, BCOP
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Pharmacy
9500 Euclid Ave. | HB-105
Cleveland, OH 44195
Email: gallage2@ccf.org

Longitudal Experiences
Formal presentations include:
  • Protocol defense
  • CE presentation
  • Seminar
  • Case presentation
  • Journal Club
  • Additional opportunities for Critical Care Journal Club, ID monthly, Oncology weekly etc.

Professional Meetings:
Residents are sent to regional and national clinical meetings with travel reimbursed and food allowances. Required meetings are determined by the residency committee and vary among programs.

Research:
Residents participate in a longitudinal Research Curriculum to guide them through their research projects. Concentrated during the early months, the curriculum provides residents additional training in statistics and research design prior to selection of a research project. During the course of the year, additional training sessions provide direction as projects progress through the different stages of the research process. Residents are supported by research teams composed of interested pharmacists and physicians who are available for guidance and support. Cleveland Clinic Main Campus offers unparalleled access to a wide variety of disease states and treatment methods that can be utilized for retrospective studies. Residents must submit a manuscript suitable for publication prior to completion of the residency and are encouraged to seek publication.

Leadership:
The Cleveland Clinic participates in the annual ASHP Visiting Leader program with keynote addresses and small group meetings with significant national figures in pharmacy. Residents also participate in monthly Leadership Journal Club with the Chief Pharmacy Officer.

Staffing Requirements:
Residents are required to provide pharmacy staffing for selected weekends throughout the year. Staffing assignment varies based on program. Residents are also required to work 2 Cleveland Clinic Recognized Holidays.

On-Call:
Inpatient residents participate in an on-call program. The on-call program is designed to support departmental patient care initiatives. The on-call schedule ensures compliance with duty hour regulations.

Pharmacy & Therapeutic Committees:
Due to the vast size of the Cleveland Clinic, the Pharmacy & Therapeutic committee is composed of several specialty panels that work to focus on specific practice areas. Each inpatient resident is assigned a specialty P&T panel for which they are responsible for taking minutes throughout the year; Community and Ambulatory Care residents participate in 2 meetings through the year; HSPA residents are assigned to the Clinical Integration Committee and CCHS Operations committee.

Residency Trip:
System residents travel to other residency programs to exchange ideas and tour facilities. Recent locations include Ohio State, Vanderbilt, University of Kentucky Medical Center, and University of Michigan Hospitals.

Additional Resources:
Residents are provided with five lab coats, remote computer access, reimbursement of professional society membership dues, and conference travel expenses and food allowances for required conferences. Personal dedicated desk space is provided.