About Us

About Us

Cleveland Clinic Akron General is a 532-bed adult, tertiary care, Level I Trauma center 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 was nationally ranked in two adult specialties and identified as one of the 2015-2016 "Best Hospitals" in Ohio by U.S.News and World Reports.

The Pharmacy at Akron General employs more than eighty 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, McDowell Cancer Center, Visiting Nurse Services, Ambulatory Care Center, Lodi Hospital, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Hospital and three free-standing emergency departments. Patient care areas at Akron General are served by a central pharmacy and satellites in the coronary care unit, medical and surgical intensive care units, and operating room. Distributive services are supported by Swisslog PillPick® and BoxPicker® automated packing, storage, and dispensing systems. 

The Pharmacy provides clinical services with pharmacotherapy specialists in the areas of Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Endocrinology, Pain Management, Palliative Care, Surgical Intensive Care, Medical Intensive Care, Neurologic Intensive Care, Cardiovascular Intensive Care, Infectious Diseases, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatric Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, and Quality Improvement. Clinical services are also provided through a medication Concierge Service, Heart Failure Discharge medication reconciliation and education service, and Diabetes Needs Assessments. Additionally, the Pharmacy is very involved in teaching serving as an Advanced and Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience training site for several colleges of pharmacy.

Number of positions:

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

Start date: July 1

Learn more about our programs:

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

For more information, contact: 
Michael Hoying, RPh, MS
Director of Pharmacy
PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Program Director
330.344.6077
MiHoyi@ccf.org

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

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

Sample Rotation

Sample Rotation

Resident 1

  • July Orientation Practice Management 
  • August Family Medicine
  • September Elective
  • October Critical Care
  • November Ambulatory Care
  • December Practice Management/Research
  • January Elective
  • February Internal Medicine
  • March Infectious Disease
  • April 1 – 13 Practice Management 
  • April 23 – 27 Great Lakes Conference
  • April 16 – 30 Transitions of Care
  • May Transitions of Care
  • June Pain Management

Resident 2

  • July Orientation Practice Management 
  • August Elective
  • September Pain Management
  • October Infectious Disease
  • November Family Medicine
  • December Practice Management/Research
  • January Internal Medicine
  • February Transitions of Care
  • March Ambulatory Care
  • April 1 – 13 Practice Management 
  • April 23 – 27 Great Lakes Conference
  • April 16 – 30 Elective
  • May Elective
  • June Critical Care

Resident 3

  • July Orientation Practice Management 
  • August Transitions of Care
  • September Ambulatory Care
  • October Internal Medicine
  • November Elective
  • December Practice Management/Research
  • January Infectious Disease
  • February Family Medicine
  • March Pain Management
  • April 1 – 13 Practice Management
  • April 23 – 27 Great Lakes Conference
  • April 16 – 30 Critical Care
  • May Critical Care
  • June Elective

Resident 4

  • July Orientation Practice Management 
  • August Infectious Disease
  • September Internal Medicine 
  • October Ambulatory Care
  • November Transitions of Care
  • December Practice Management/Research
  • January Pain Management
  • February Critical Care
  • March Elective
  • April 1 – 13 Practice Management
  • April 23 – 27 Great Lakes Conference 
  • April 16 – 30 Elective
  • May Elective
  • June Family Medicine

Resident 5

  • July Orientation Practice Management 
  • August Ambulatory Care
  • September Infectious Disease
  • October Pain Management
  • November Internal Medicine
  • December Practice Management/Research
  • January Critical Care
  • February Elective
  • March Family Medicine
  • April 1 – 13 Practice Management
  • April 23 – 27 Great Lakes Conference
  • April 16 – 30 Elective
  • May Elective
  • June Transitions of Care

Resident 6

  • July Orientation Practice Management 
  • August Family Medicine
  • September Transitions of Care
  • October Elective
  • November Critical Care
  • December Practice Management/Research
  • January Ambulatory Care
  • February Pain Management
  • March Internal Medicine
  • April 1 – 13 Practice Management
  • April 23 – 27 Great Lakes Conference
  • April 16 – 30 Infectious Disease
  • May Infectious Disease
    June Elective

HSPA PGY – 1

  • July Orientation Practice Management
  • August Internal Medicine
  • September Elective
  • October Transitions of Care
  • November Infectious Disease
  • December Practice Management/Research
  • January Family Medicine
  • February Ambulatory Care
  • March Critical Care
  • April 1 – 13 Practice Management
  • April 23 – 27 Great Lakes Conference
  • April 16 – 30 Pain Management
  • June Admin

Core Rotation
Ambulatory Care, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Pain Management, Transitions of Care, and Critical Care (Surgical, Neuro or Cardiovascular)

Core Elective
Ambulatory Care, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Pain Management, MICU, SICU, CVICU, 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 Pharmacotherapy Specialist

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

Program Benefits

Program Benefits

The pharmacy residency program offers the following benefits: 

  • PGY1 residency program stipend of $47,500
  • PGY1/2 residency program stipend of $47,500 and $49,000
  • Critical Care PGY2 stipend of $49,000
  • Paid holiday and vacation time
  • Funding to attend the ASHP Midyear and the Great Lakes Residency Conference
  • ACLS/BLS certification
  • ASHP, OSHP and AASHP membership
  • Exercise facility access
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision care
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Optional life insurance
Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

Amanda Benedetti, RPh, PharmD 
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Pain Management

Deanna Bice, PharmD, BCPS 
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Emergency Medicine

Jessica Boss, RPh, PharmD, BCPS 
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Palliative Care

Timothy R. Brown, PharmD, RPh, BCACP 

Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Family Medicine

Rebecca Corsi, RPh, PharmD 
Informatics Manager

Michaelia Cucci, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP 
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Surgical Intensive Care
PGY2 Critical Care Program Director

Melanie Boros, RPh, PharmD, BCPS 
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Internal Medicine

Velibor Drobnjak, RPh, PharmD 
Pharmacy Operations Manager

Christopher Ensley, RPh 
Medication Safety Coordinator

Melissa Fowler, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP 
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Neuro Intensive Care

Lawrence Frazee, RPh, PharmD, BCPS 
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Internal Medicine
PGY1 Program Director

Patrick Gallegos, RPh, PharmD, BCPS 
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Internal Medicine

Jenna Garlock, RPh, PharmD, BCPS 
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Emergency Medicine

Kathryn Heimann, RPh, PharmD, BCPS 
Pharmacotheraphy Specialist, Emergency Medicine

Michael Hoying, RPh, MS
Director of Pharmacy
PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Program Director

Nicole McMullen, RPh, PharmD, BCOP
 
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Hematology/Oncology

Bhavin Mistry, RPh, PharmD, BCPS 
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Infectious Diseases

John Moorman, RPh, PharmD, BCPS
 
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Endocrinology

Chris Paxos, RPh, PharmD, BCPP, BCPS 
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Psychiatric Medicine

James Reissig, PharmD, MS, BCPS
 
Assistant Director Pharmacy Clinical Services

Angela Righi, PharmD, BCCCP
 
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Cardiovascular ICU

Caroline Townley, PharmD 
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Hematology/Oncology

Andrea Williams, RPh, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP 

Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Emergency Medicine

Jacob Zimmerman, RPh, PharmD, BCCCP 
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Emergency Medicine

Application

Application

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

Akron General is able to offer an exceptional pharmacy education experience because of our knowledgeable and hard-working staff. We maintain a standard of excellence that promises nothing but the best care for our patients and therefore, nothing but the best education for our pharmacy students and residents.

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 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 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 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 2, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.

  • For the PGY-2 Critical Care residency, 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 provide employment-based non-immigration visa sponsorship for pharmacy residency programs.
Current Residents

Current Residents

PGY – 1

  • Zachary Brock, PharmD — Ohio Northern
  • Amy Fabian, PharmD — The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
  • Douglas Gugel—Bryant, PharmD — Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Jill Nofziger, PharmD — University of Toledo College of Pharmacy
  • Gina Panno, PharmD — University of Cincinnati
  • Nathaniel Russell, PharmD — University of South Carolina Columbia
  • Courtney Wooten, PharmD — Northeast Ohio Medical University

PGY – 2

  • Tina Do, PharmD — University of Connecticut
  • Brianna Thompson, PharmD — University of Pittsburgh
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 MICU, SICU, Neuro ICU, CVIC, Emergency Department, and Infectious Diseases. Additional opportunities include rotations in Endocrinology, Pain Management, and Palliative Care.

The Critical Care Residency offers preceptor training with the Critical Care Resident having the opportunity to preceptor both pharmacy students and PGY1 Pharmacy Practice 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. 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
Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Surgical Intensive Care
PGY2 Critical Care Program Director
330.344.5601
CucciM@ccf.org

Health System Pharmacy Administration

Health System Pharmacy Administration

Upon completion of the 24-month combined Pharmacy Residency Program in Health-System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA) with a Master of Science Degree at Cleveland Clinic Akron General the resident will possess clinical competence in 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 HSPA 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 HSPA residency, the resident will complete all the same requirements as the Pharmacy Residency (PGY1) residents allowing the resident to gain a solid clinical foundation. The second 12-months of the HSPA 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 Technology Operations. The HSPA resident will also serve as the Chief Pharmacy Resident in the second year of the residency. Additionally, the HSPA resident will complete the teaching certificate program through NEOMED during their second year.

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.  This 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 Pharmcy
PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Program Director
330.344.6077
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