About Us

About Us

Cleveland Clinic Akron General is a 532-bed adult, tertiary care, Level I Trauma center with a state of the art Emergency Department that has been serving the healthcare and wellness needs of Akron and the surrounding communities for over 100 years. Additionally, Akron General has regional referral centers in Cardiology, Cancer, Women's Health and Orthopedics. As a major teaching hospital, Akron General trains future physicians and pharmacists through 14 high-quality medical and pharmacy residency programs. Akron General is nationally ranked in two adult specialties and the 14th best hospital in Ohio by U.S. News and World Report.

The Pharmacy at Cleveland Clinic Akron General employs more than one hundred fifty pharmacists, residents, pharmacy interns, technicians, and other support personnel whose primary goal is to provide excellent patient care. The pharmacy provides services at Akron General, the Ambulatory Care Center, Lodi Community Hospital, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Hospital and three free-standing emergency departments. Patient care areas at Akron General are served by a central pharmacy, decentralized unit based clinical pharmacists and clinical pharmacy specialists. Distributive services are supported by Swisslog PillPick® and BoxPicker® automated packing, storage, and dispensing systems as well as Omnicell® Automated dispensing cabinets.

The Pharmacy provides clinical services with clinical pharmacy specialists in the areas of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pain Management, Surgical Intensive Care, Medical Intensive Care, Neurologic Intensive Care, Cardiovascular Intensive Care, Infectious Diseases, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatric Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, ambulatory Chronic Disease Management and Quality Improvement. The Pharmacy is highly engaged in training future pharmacists by serving as an Advanced and Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience training site for several colleges of pharmacy.

Pharmacy residents complete a longitudinal research project, Medication Use Evaluation, quality improvement project as well as various presentations throughout the year. Pharmacy residents are responsible for leading medication education classes for the heart failure and respiratory rehabilitation programs at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. Pharmacy residents also provide service through weekend staffing in central pharmacy and consult services.

Number of positions:

  • Six PGY1
  • Two Critical Care PGY2
  • Two PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership/MS

  - 1-PGY1 position
- 1-PGY2 position

Start date: Late June

Learn more about our programs:

  • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
  • Critical Care Residency
  • Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency/MS

For more information, contact: 

Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency/MS
Michael Hoying, RPh, MS
Director of Pharmacy
PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership/MS Program Director
330.344.6077
MiHoyi@ccf.org

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Lawrence Frazee, RPh, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Internal Medicine
PGY1 Program Director
330.344.7678
FrazeeL@ccf.org

Critical Care Residency
Michealia Cucci, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Surgical Intensive Care
PGY2 Critical Care Program Director
330.344.5601
CucciM@ccf.org

Sample Rotations

Sample Rotations

PGY1

(PGY2 below)

Resident 1

  • July: Orientation/Practice Management
  • August: Family Medicine
  • September: Elective-Hematology/Oncology
  • October: Critical Care-Medical ICU
  • November: Ambulatory Care
  • December: Practice Management/Research
  • January: Elective-Critical Care Cardiovascular ICU
  • February: Internal Medicine
  • March: Infectious Disease
  • April: Emergency Department
  • May: Unit Based Pharmacy
  • June: Elective - Pain Management

Resident 2

  • July: Orientation/Practice Management
  • August: Internal Medicine
  • September: Critical Care-Surgical ICU
  • October: Elective-Psychiatry
  • November: Emergency Department
  • December: Practice Management/Research
  • January: Elective-Pain Management
  • February: Unit Based Pharmacy
  • March: Infectious Disease
  • April: Family Medicine
  • May: Ambulatory Care
  • June: Elective - Internal Medicine II

Resident 3

  • July: Orientation/Practice Management
  • August: Unit Based Pharmacy
  • September: Family Medicine
  • October: Elective-Pharmacy Administration
  • November: Internal Medicine
  • December: Practice Management/Research
  • January: Emergency Department
  • February: Elective-Critical Care- Cardiovascular ICU
  • March: Critical Care- Neuro ICU
  • April: Infectious Disease
  • May: Ambulatory Care
  • June: Elective- Emergency Department II

HSPAL PGY – 1

  • July: Orientation/Practice Management
  • August: Internal Medicine
  • September: Infectious Disease
  • October: Elective-Pain Management
  • November: Critical Care- Cardiovascular ICU
  • December: Practice Management/Research
  • January: Emergency Department
  • February: Elective-Internal Medicine II
  • March: Family Medicine
  • April: Ambulatory Care
  • May: Unit Based Pharmacy
  • June: Administration Transition Month

PGY1 Core Rotations
Ambulatory Care, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Infectious Disease, Emergency Medicine, Unit Based Pharmacy, and Critical Care (Surgical, Neuro or Cardiovascular)

Core Elective
Ambulatory Care, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Infectious Disease, Pain Management, Medical ICU, Surgical ICU, Cardiovascular ICU, Neuro ICU, Emergency Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, Psychiatric Medicine

General Elective
Any Core Elective or any other area of specialty within the Akron General Health System, including areas where there is not a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Note: 
Drug Information/Drug Policy, Quality Assurance, Transitions of Care (weekend), Research and Pharmacy Service are required longitudinal rotations.

PGY2

Critical Care

  • July: Orientation
  • August: Surgical ICU
  • September: Medical ICU
  • October: Cardiovascular ICU
  • November: Neuro ICU
  • December: Practice Management/Research
  • January: Elective
  • February: Emergency Department
  • March: Consult
  • April: Elective
  • May: TBD
  • June: Elective

PGY2 Critical Care Core Rotations
Emergency Medicine, Consult Service Surgical ICU, Medical ICU, Neuro ICU and Cardiovascular ICU

HSPAL

  • July: PGY1 Orientation/Procurement & Support Services
  • August: Technology Operations
  • September: Elective
  • October: Regional Operations - Offsite
  • November: Pharmacy Operations
  • December: Practice Management/Research
  • January: Health System Pharmacy Administration- Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
  • February: Clinical Operations
  • March: Regional Leadership - Offsite
  • April: Enterprise Medication Safety/ Formulary Management- Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
  • May: Leadership
  • June: Elective/PGY1 Transition

Longitudinal Rotations
Medication safety, Human Resources Management, Budget performance/variance reporting, Regulatory/Continuous Quality Improvement

Program Benefits

Program Benefits

The pharmacy residency program offers the following benefits: 

  • Dedicated office space for pharmacy residents
  • Cleveland Clinic issued laptop computer and iPhone (must be returned at completion of residency)
  • PGY1 residency program stipend of $47,500
  • PGY1/2 residency program stipend of $47,500 in year 1 and $49,000 in year 2
  • Critical Care PGY2 stipend of $49,000
  • Cafeteria meal stipend
  • Paid holiday and vacation time
  • Funding to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (HSPAL in year 2 only)
  • Funding to attend local and regional residency conferences (determined by program annually)
  • ACLS/BLS certification
  • ASHP, OSHP and AASHP membership
  • Exercise facility access
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision care
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Optional life insurance
Pharmacy Preceptors

Pharmacy Preceptors

Ambulatory Care

Melanie Boros, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Ambulatory Care
Pharmacy School: Ohio Northern University 
PGY1 Residency: Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Ambulatory Care, Diabetes, Anticoagulation Management

Amy Fanous, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Ambulatory Care
Pharmacy School: Ohio Northern University 
PGY1 Residency: HealthWise/Ohio Northern University
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Ambulatory care pharmacy with an interest in cardiology and diabetes

Critical Care/ICU

Angela Barsa, PharmD, BCCCP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
Pharmacy School: The Ohio State University 
PGY1 Residency: Cleveland Clinic Akron General
PGY2 Residency: Critical Care- University of Toledo Medical Center
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Cardiac surgery; Arrhythmias

Michaelia Cucci, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Surgical Intensive Care Unit
PGY2 Critical Care Program Director
Pharmacy School: The Ohio State University 
PGY1 Residency: Grant Medical Center
PGY2 Residency: Critical Care-Indiana University Health
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Surgery; trauma; infectious disease; altered pharmacokinetics and augmented renal clearance in the critically ill population

Brittany Cunningham, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Neuro Intensive Care Unit
Pharmacy School: West Virginia University 
PGY1 Residency: Charleston Area Medical Center (WV)
PGY2 Residency: Critical Care-Charleston Area Medical Center (WV)
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Management of Status Epilepticus and Intracranial Hemorrhage

Melissa Fowler, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Medical Intensive Care Unit
Pharmacy School: Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
PGY1 Residency: Cleveland Clinic Akron General
PGY2 Residency: Critical Care- OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Medical ICU, Neuro ICU, Status epilepticus

Jaimini Patel, PharmD, BCCCP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Critical Care
Pharmacy School: University of Michigan 
PGY1 Residency: Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
PGY2 Residency: Critical Care-Loyola University Medical Center
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Mechanical circulatory support and cardiothoracic surgery; management of sedation/analgesia; sepsis and vasopressors

Emergency Medicine

Deanna Bice, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Emergency Medicine
Pharmacy School: Ohio Northern University 
PGY1 Residency: Cleveland Clinic Akron General
PGY2 Residency: Critical Care- Vidant Medical Center 
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Emergency Medicine; Critical Care

Bethany Crouse, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Emergency Medicine
Pharmacy School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) 
PGY1 Residency: Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center
PGY2 Residency: Critical Care- Vidant Medical Center 
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Pharmacists adding value in Critical Care areas

Katherine Heimann, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Emergency Medicine
Pharmacy School: Ohio Northern University 
PGY1 Residency: Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Implementation of appropriate antibiotics post discharge from the Emergency Department

Andrea Williams, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Emergency Medicine
Pharmacy School: BS Pharm: The Ohio State University; PharmD: University of Florida
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Management of acutely ill patients in the Emergency Department; Critical Care 

Jacob Zimmerman, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Emergency Medicine
Pharmacy School: Ohio Northern University 
PGY1 Residency: Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Sepsis quality improvement initiatives

Hematology/Oncology

Justin Andras, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Hematology/Oncology
Pharmacy School: Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) 
PGY1 Residency: Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Development of outpatient care plans for challenging chemotherapy regimens to ease the burden on patients.

Infectious Diseases

Bhavin Mistry, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Infectious Diseases
Pharmacy School: University at Buffalo 
PGY1 Residency: LECOM/Millcreek Community Hospital
PGY2 Residency: Infectious Diseases- Deaconess Medical Center/Washington State University 
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Antimicrobial Stewardship; Infectious diseases

Internal Medicine

Lawrence Frazee, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Internal Medicine
PGY1 Program Director
Pharmacy School: University of Toledo 
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Anticoagulation, Diabetes, Inpatient practice

Dustin Freshwater, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Internal Medicine
Pharmacy School: Duquesne University 
PGY1 Residency: MetroHealth Medical Center
PGY2 Residency: Infectious Diseases- Louis Stokes VA Medical Center 
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Management of multi-drug resistant enterococcus

Patrick Gallegos, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Internal Medicine
Pharmacy School: Texas Tech University 
PGY1/2 Residency: Pharmacotherapy-Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Scholarship of Teaching, Interprofessional Education, and Interprofessional Practice

Pain Management

Ronda Ambroziak, RPh
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Pain Management
Pharmacy School: Temple University 
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Management of appropriate opioid prescribing for patients with substance abuse disorder who present with acute pain 

Jenna Garlock, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Pain Management
Pharmacy School: Ohio Northern University 
PGY1 Residency: Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Pain Management, Emergency Medicine and Critical Care

Unit Based Pharmacy

Amy Olander, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
Pharmacy School: The Ohio State University 
PGY1 Residency: Inova Fairfax Hospital
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Decentralized pharmacy practice and transitions of care

Administration/Leadership

Michael Hoying, RPh, MS
Director of Pharmacy
PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Program Director
Pharmacy School: University of Toledo
PGY1/2 Residency: Harper-Grace Hospitals/Wayne State University; Health System Pharmacy Administration
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Optimizing pharmacy services; Change management; Employee engagement

Velibor Drobnjak, PharmD
Manager-Pharmacy Operations
Pharmacy School: Duquesne University
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Decentralized staffing model; Leadership development

Christopher Ensley, RPh
Manager-Medication Safety
Pharmacy School: Ohio Northern University
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Use of process improvement methodology to ensure safe and appropriate medication administration.

Thomas Kahle, PharmD, MSHI, BCPS
Manager-Pharmacy Informatics
Pharmacy School: University of Findlay 
PGY1 Residency: UH St. Johns Medical Center
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Management of pharmacy automation systems to improve the medication use cycle

Evan Kuyrkendall, PharmD, MBA, MS
Manager-Pharmacy Support Services
Pharmacy School: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
PGY1/2 Residency: Cleveland Clinic Akron General; Health System Pharmacy Administration
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Supply chain management; 340B Optimization

Nathaniel Russell, PharmD, MBA, MS, BCPS
Manager-Clinical Pharmacy Services
Pharmacy School: University of South Carolina 
PGY1/2 Residency: Cleveland Clinic Akron General; Health System Pharmacy Administration
Pharmacy Practice Interests: Pharmacist impact on length of stay, readmissions and outpatient chronic disease management

Application

Application

We appreciate your interest in Cleveland Clinic Akron General and hope that we've provided you with the information you need to choose the residency program that best suits your needs.

Cleveland Clinic Akron General is able to offer an exceptional pharmacy residency experience because of our broad range of highly engaged staff. We maintain a standard of excellence that promises nothing but the best care for our patients and therefore, an optimal environment to train for your future as a clinical pharmacist.

As an ASHP accredited residency program, Akron General participates in the ASHP Resident Matching Program. All applicants must be registered with National Matching Services Inc.

Interested applicants must be PharmD graduates of an accredited college of pharmacy, be eligible for licensure in the State of Ohio, and submit the standard application materials through PhORCAS (i.e. Letter of Intent, CV, the 3 standard reference forms in PhORCAS, official college transcripts), along with:

  • We request a minimum of one (two is preferred) of your three references 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, ability to function independently, clinical abilities, and organizational and time management skills. All 3 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.
  • 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.

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 1, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.

  • For the PGY-2 Critical Care residency, completion of a Pharmacy (PGY-1) Residency or equivalent experience is required.
  • Residency applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States. Cleveland Clinic Pharmacy does not sponsor applicants for work Visas.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate OPT (Optional Practical Training) Visas for the Cleveland Clinic Pharmacy Residency Program as the program extends beyond 12 months.
  • The Cleveland Clinic Pharmacy Residency Program does not meet the qualifications of an OPT STEM employer because Cleveland Clinic is not enrolled in E-Verify.
  • 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 within 90 days of start date, and successful completion of a pre-employment physical and drug screen, including testing for cotinine.
Current & Past Residents

Current & Past Residents

Current Residents

PGY1

  • Nathan Bohach, PharmD — Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Christina Brown, PharmD — University of Toledo
  • Alicia Cetnarowski, PharmD — Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • David Comshaw-Arnold, PharmD — University of Findlay
  • Kristine Duly, PharmD — The Ohio State University
  • Martha Zimmerman, PharmD — Ohio Northern University

PGY1 - HSPA

  • Ankitkumar Pandav, PharmD — Cedarville University

PGY2 - HSPA

  • Matthew McGuire, PharmD — Thomas Jefferson University

PGY2 - Critical Care

  • Sean Bennett, PharmD — Ohio Northern University 
  • Carli Nicholson, PharmD — Northeast Ohio Medical University

Past Residents

2018-2019 PGY1

Name Post Residency Position/Specialty Institution Board
Certified
Sean Bennett PGY2 Critical Care Cleveland Clinic Akron General
AK Dass PGY2 Infectious Diseases Fairview hospital, MN
Carli Nicholson PGY2 Critical Care Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Sara Shuss Inpatient Pharmacist Unit based Pharmacist Cleveland Clinic Fairview
Christopher Tweed PGY2 Oncology Novant Health
Sarah Wheeler PGY2 Am Care Froedtert Hospital

2017-2018 PGY1

Name Post Residency Position/Specialty Institution Board
Certified
Zachary Brock PGY2 Am Care Banner Health
Amy Fabian PGY2 Infectious Diseases Syracuse BCPS
Doug Gugel-Bryant Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacist Sanford Health BCPS
Jill Nofziger PGY2 Psychiatry VCU BCPS
Gina Panno Inaptient Clinical Pharmacist Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center
Courtney Wooten Inpatient Clinical Pharmacist Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

2016-2017 PGY1

Name Post Residency Position/Specialty Institution Board
Certified
Justin Andras Inpatient Oncology Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Leah Dunnells PGY2 Critical Care Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Tricia Glaspell Inpatient Clinical Staff Pharmacist Cleveland Clinic Akron General BCPS
Kevin Krivanek Inpatient Unit Based Pharmacist Cleveland C linic Fairview
Leborah Smith Inaptient Clinical Pharmacist Jackson Hospital BCPS
Colleen Wilaj Inpatient Firelands

2015-2016 PGY1

Name Post Residency Position/Specialty Institution Board
Certified
Jennifer Jankovsky PGY2 Critical Care Cleveland Clinic Akron General BCCCP
Elizabeth Legros Inpatient Emergency Medicine St Ritas BCPS
Samantha Loutzenheiser Inpatient Infectious Diseases Cleveland Clinic Medina BCPS
Dana Roman Fellowship Toxicology Arizona Poison and Drug Info Center DABAT
Caroline Townley PGY2 Oncology Boston Medical Center BCOP
Laine Vicarel PGY2 Am Care St Ritas BCPS

2014-2015 PGY1

Name Post Residency Position/Specialty Institution Board
Certified
Jennifer Alastanos PGY2 Psychiatry VCU BCPP
Amy Harig Inpatient Clinical Pharmacist Orangeburg SC BCPS
Mackenzie Horning Inpatient Emergency Medicine Mercy Medical Center
Angela Barsa (Righi) PGY2 Critical Care University of Toledo Medical Center BCCCP
Nicholas Selle Inpatient Clinical Pharmacist Palmetto Health Baptist BCPS
Steven Stoyanov Inpatient Clinical Pharmacist Spartanburg Regional

PGY2 Critical Care

2018-2019 PGY2 Critical Care Residents

Name Position/Specialty Institution Board
Certified
Hannah Adams Emergency Medicine Pharmacist University of Louisville Hospital

2017-2018 PGY2 Critical Care Residents

Name Position/Specialty Institution Board
Certified
Brianna Thompson Critical Care Pharmacist UPMC St. Margaret BCPS

2016-2017 PGY2 Critical Care Residents

Name Position/Specialty Institution Board
Certified
Jennifer Jankovsky Neurology Pharmacist University of NM Hospitals BCCCP
Emily Brown Emergency Medicine Pharmacist UPMC Mercy

HSPA

2017-2019 HSPA

Name 1st Position Institution Current Position Current Institution
Nathaniel Russell Manager-Clinical Services Cleveland Clinic Akron General Manager-Clinical Services CCAG

2016-2018 HSPA

Name 1st Position Institution Current Position Current Institution
Tina Do Operations Manager Johns Hopkins Manager-Ambulatory Services Yale New Haven

2015-2017 HSPA

Name 1st Position Institution Current Position Current Institution
Evan Kuyrkendall Manager-Support Services Cleveland Clinic Akron General Manager-Support Services CCAG

2014-2016 HSPA

Name 1st Position Institution Current Position Current Institution
Heather Johnson Clinical Specialist CCU SSM Health-St Louis University Hospital Clinical Pharmacy Manager Methodist Hospital

2013-2015 HSPA

Name 1st Position Institution Current Position Current Institution
Spencer Crook Pharmacy Manager Confluence Health Asst Director Ambulatory Services Confluence Health

2012-2014 HSPA

Name 1st Position Institution Current Position Current Institution
Jake Childs Operations Manager Novant Health Director of Pharmacy PeaceHealth
Research & Innovation

Research & Innovation

For more information about resident research in Pharmacy, please contact:

Lawrence Frazee, RPh, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Internal Medicine
PGY1 Program Director
330.344.7678
FrazeeL@ccf.org

Critical Care Pharmacy Residency

Critical Care Pharmacy Residency

The Critical Care Residency (PGY2) at Akron General is a one-year training program conducted in a variety of settings is designed to develop an expert-level critical care practitioner with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to be equipped to face current and future challenges in critical care pharmacy practice. The primary practice areas include the medical ICU, surgical ICU, neuroscience ICU, cardiovascular ICU, Emergency Department, and Infectious Diseases.

The Critical Care Residency offers preceptor training with the Critical Care Resident having the opportunity to precept both pharmacy students and PGY1 Pharmacy Residents. Elective didactic teaching opportunities are also available with Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). A teaching certificate is also available with NEOMED if the resident had not acquired one from their PGY1 residency. Cleveland Clinic also offers a leadership certificate for residents who wish to pursue this option. The Critical Care Resident will also complete an original research project developed by the resident and have the opportunity to present the research at a variety of local, regional, and national professional conferences and prepare a manuscript of publishable quality.

Purpose Statement
The PGY2 Critical Care Residency at Cleveland Clinic Akron General (CCAG) is designed to transition graduates from a PGY1 program from general practice to a specialized practice that meets the needs of critically ill patients. Graduates from the Critical Care PGY2 at CCAG are equipped to be fully integrated members of the interdisciplinary critical care team, able to make complex medication and nutrition support recommendations in this fast-paced environment. Training focuses on enabling the resident to understand a wide range of diseases and disorders that occur in the critically ill. Special emphasis is placed on the complexities of multiple organ system failure, and the difficulties imposed on care when patients require life-sustaining equipment.

Graduates of the PGY2 Critical Care Residency at CCAG are experienced in short-term research in the critical care environment, and they excel in their ability to teach other health care professionals. They also acquire the experience necessary to exercise leadership for critical care practice in the health system.

Contact
Michealia Cucci, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Pharmacy Clinical Specialist - Trauma/Surgical ICU
PGY2 Critical Care Program Director
CucciM@ccf.org

Health System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership

Health System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership

Upon completion of the 24-month combined Pharmacy Residency Program in Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (HSPAL) with a Master of Science Degree at Cleveland Clinic Akron General the resident will possess clinical competence as well as administrative, financial, medication safety, and leadership skills related to health-system administration enabling them to manage complex health-system pharmacy departments at the institutional and department levels. The didactic Master level classes will be completed through Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and affiliated universities. The majority of Master level classes are taught by current, or former, health care leaders assuring the resident will be able to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to real life situations. Residents completing the HSPAL residency at Akron General will be trained to begin their careers in a wide variety of managerial positions.

During the first 12-months of the HSPAL residency, the resident will complete the same requirements as the Pharmacy Residency (PGY1) residents. This allows the resident to gain a solid clinical foundation. The second 12-months of the HSPAL residency the resident will become a member of the Pharmacy Management team gaining skills in Pharmacy Leadership, Medication Safety, Clinical Operations, Operations, Procurement and Support Services, and Informatics. During the second year, the resident will complete some of their rotations throughout the Cleveland Clinic Health System to gain experience in various practice settings.

The HSPAL resident will also serve as the Chief Pharmacy Resident and a member of the hospital’s house staff senate in the second year of the residency. Additionally, the HSPAL resident will complete the leadership certificate program through the Cleveland Clinic in their first year and the teaching certificate program through NEOMED during their second year. Residents will complete a longitudinal project designed to add value to the pharmacy that is focused on either a new pharmacy initiative or quality improvement initiative.

Purpose Statement
The residency is designed to provide pharmacists with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to develop into future pharmacy leaders. The resident will gain experience in an integrated healthcare network through a program that is tailored to confer experience at all levels of pharmacy operations and leadership. This is accomplished by receiving guidance from well qualified, practicing healthcare providers and administrators.

A commitment to providing exposure to the daily and strategic operations of the healthcare system will be a hallmark of the program. The resident will have significant exposure to the key areas of pharmacy administration including: leadership, clinical operations, informatics, medication safety, pharmacy operations, and contracting/support services.

The resident will demonstrate and develop his/her own leadership style, acumen in the operational aspects of multiple pharmacy service lines, ability to manage multiple projects, fiscal accountability, functionality within and/or ability to build a collaborative team, and understanding of the external regulatory requirements applicable to his/her institution.

Contact
Michael Hoying, RPh, MS
Director of Pharmacy
PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Program Director
MiHoyi@ccf.org

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The 12-month PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Akron General Medical Center provides training in a variety of areas of pharmacy practice.  Emphasis is placed on the development of clinical skills through direct interaction with patients, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers. Graduates of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Akron General Medical Center will be prepared for a successful career in multiple adult acute care settings, ambulatory care, or further training in a PGY2 residency program. Pharmacists completing this residency will be competent and confident practitioners of direct patient care in multiple environments, equipped to meet the challenges of current and future pharmacy practice. Residents will be accountable for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes as members of the health care team. These pharmacists will exercise skill in educating other health care professionals, students, patients, and the community on drug-related topics. Residents will demonstrate a high level of professionalism by following a personal philosophy of independent practice, monitoring their own performance, and will contribute to the profession.

Residents will gain experience in a variety of core practice areas including: Internal Medicine, Pain Management, Family Practice, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Infectious Diseases, Anticoagulation Clinic, Diabetes Clinic, Quality Improvement/Medication Safety, Drug Information/Investigational Drug Use, Pharmacy Practice Management, and Research. Elective experiential opportunities include: Neurologic Intensive Care, Cardiovascular Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Psychiatric Medicine, and Hematology/Oncology. Residents will gain experience teaching by serving as the primary preceptor for at least one pharmacy student and completing the teaching certificate program offered by Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Residents will also provide continuing education programs for the pharmacy staff, lead at least one M&M conference, and provide community service by delivering medication education sessions to cardiac rehabilitation patients. Residents will work 21 weekends throughout the year which includes rotating between staffing and the Transitions of Care Service. Additionally, residents will present their research at multiple local, regional, and national conferences including ASHP Midyear and the Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference. 

Purpose Statement
Graduates of the 12-month PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Akron General Medical Center will be prepared for a successful career in multiple adult acute care settings, ambulatory care, or further training in a PGY2 residency program. 

Pharmacists completing this residency will be competent and confident practitioners of direct patient care in multiple environments, equipped to meet the challenges of current and future pharmacy practice.  They will be accountable for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes as members of the health care team.  These pharmacists will exercise skill in educating other health care professionals, students, patients, and the community on drug-related topics.  They will demonstrate a high level of professionalism by following a personal philosophy of independent practice, monitoring their own performance, and will contribute to the profession.

Contact
Lawrence Frazee, RPh, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Internal Medicine
PGY1 Program Director
330.344.7678
FrazeeL@ccf.org