Overview

Overview

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

Requirements for Admission

Cleveland Clinic Pharmacy Residency Program Admission Requirements

PGY-1 Programs

Interested applicants must be PharmD graduates of accredited college of pharmacy, be eligible for licensure in the State of Ohio (or Florida if applicable), and submit the standard application materials through PhORCAS (i.e. Letter of Intent, CV, the three standard reference forms in PhORCAS, official college transcripts), along with:

  1. We request a minimum of one (two is preferred) of your three references should come from a preceptor who you have worked with in a clinical setting, related to an APPE in acute or ambulatory care. The clinical preceptor should be able to comment on your scope of responsibility, total patient load, level of autonomy, clinical abilities, and organizational and time management skills. All three reference writers should use the standard PhORCAS template to submit their candidate recommendation and comment on a minimum of 7 of the 13 listed candidate characteristics.
  2. A response to the following essay statement is required for acceptance. The essay response should be no longer than one page in length. An application will not be reviewed if this statement is missing. Please note that the essay is separate from your letter of intent. Reflecting on your APPE rotations, please provide a piece of critical feedback you have received from one of your preceptors on a direct patient care rotation. Explain how you have incorporated this feedback into your practice and/or worked to improve in this area.

PGY-2 Programs

Interested applicants must be PharmD graduates of accredited college of pharmacy, be eligible for licensure in the State of Ohio (or Florida if applicable), and submit the standard application materials through PhORCAS (i.e. Letter of Intent, CV, the three standard reference forms in PhORCAS, official college transcripts), along with:

  1. We request a minimum of one (two is preferred) of your three references should come from a preceptor who you have worked with in a clinical setting, related to a PGY-1 rotation in acute or ambulatory care. The clinical preceptor should be able to comment on your scope of responsibility, total patient load, level of autonomy, clinical abilities, and organizational and time management skills. All three reference writers should use the standard PhORCAS template to submit their candidate recommendation and comment on a minimum of 7 of the 13 listed candidate characteristics.
  2. A response to the following essay statement is required for acceptance. The essay response should be no longer than one page in length. An application will not be reviewed if this statement is missing. Please note that the essay is separate from your letter of intent. Reflecting on your PGY-1 residency rotations, please provide a piece of critical feedback you have received from one of your preceptors on a direct patient care rotation. Explain how you have incorporated this feedback into your practice and/ or worked to improve in this area.

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 2, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.
For the PGY-2 residency programs (Ambulatory Care, Cardiology, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Drug Information, Infectious Diseases, Informatics, Oncology, and Psychiatry), a Pharmacy (PGY-1) Residency or equivalent experience is required
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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:

  1. Residency applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States. Cleveland Clinic Pharmacy does not sponsor applicants for work Visas.
  2. 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 successful completion of a pre-employment physical and drug screen, including testing for cotinine.
Main Campus Residency Programs

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 (PharmD) 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 (PGY-2) pharmacy residency training. The resident receives extensive training and experience in all areas of hospital pharmacy practice. The residency is designed to expand the skills and knowledge necessary for direct patient care. The program offers a variety of opportunities for the resident to develop critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills necessary to optimize patient care outcomes.

Required rotations include acute care, critical care, drug information, medication safety, and practice management. Residents are able to individualize their residency through elective rotations such as infectious diseases, cardiology, oncology, transplant, and ambulatory care. Additional activities include presentations at education conferences, completion of a research project, participation in hospital committees and pharmacy student education. Inpatient staffing i required every other weekend throughout the year. Residents also participate in an on-call program.

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, pediatric infectious diseases, neonatal ICU, pediatric oncology, drug information/medication safety, and practice management.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.

This program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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 program 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 systems pharmacies. Completion of the teaching certificate program through Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) qualifies the residency graduate for assistant or 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.

Required residency learning experiences include community pharmacy, anticoagulation, primary care, medication therapy management, ambulatory leadership, managed care/ employee health plan, and drug information. Elective learning experiences include specialty pharmacy, pharmacist refill authorization center (RAC), and HIV ambulatory care clinic.

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 Cleveland Clinic PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency prepares graduates in three areas important for a clinical specialist: clinical practice, precepting, and research. Not only will residents develop the clinical skills to manage complex chronic disease states, they will also develop operational skills to initiate and/or expand clinical pharmacy services. Resident graduates will be ready to precept a wide range of learners and be able to conduct research projects from conception to publication. The PGY2 Ambulatory Care residents will practice within Cleveland Clinic Health-System, including hospital based clinics on the main campus, as well as several non-hospital based clinics within Cleveland Clinic family health centers. The pharmacist-driven ambulatory care clinics utilize consult agreements that allow pharmacists to initiate, discontinue, and modify medications for the disease states delegated by the physician. Required longitudinal rotations: primary care, anticoagulation, pharmacy administration 1. Required specialty rotations: diabetes, HIV, and heart failure. Elective specialty rotations (3): geriatrics, pain management, oncology, transplant, emergency medicine, managed care, specialty pharmacy, and pharmacy administration 2.

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 23rd 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 “2017-2018 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.

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. Required rotations include the medical, surgical, cardiac, cardiovascular surgery and neurosciences intensive care units. Elective opportunities in the heart failure, trauma/ burn and pediatric intensive care units, emergency department, infectious diseases consult service, and bone marrow and solid organ transplantation enable residents to integrate their accumulated knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care for critically ill patients. Additional elective opportunities include clinical teaching and outcomes research. 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.

Contact
Critical Care Residency Director
Matthew Wanek, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
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. 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. Required rotations consist of infectious diseases (ID) general consult service, endocarditis consult service, bone and joint infection consult service, ID outpatient clinic (including HIV), pediatric ID consults, solid organ transplant ID consults, oncology ID consults, and microbiology. The resident can choose from a number of elective rotations to build and enhance competencies. 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.

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, clinical decision support, reporting and analytics, 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. Required rotations include solid tumor oncology, leukemia, blood and marrow transplantation, pediatric oncology, management, and investigational drug services. The resident may choose from a number of elective rotations including ambulatory oncology services, infectious disease, specialty pharmacy, teaching, palliative medicine, or an off-site infusion pharmacy rotation at one of our Family Health Centers. The resident participates in pharmacy education conference, weekly oncology disease state and therapeutics discussions, conducts a research project, conducts a drug use evaluation, presents one seminar, and leads a public service project.

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 Froedtert, Northwestern, 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.