PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The Avon Hospital Pharmacy Residency (PGY-1) is a one-year postgraduate training program based in a state-of-the-art community hospital practice setting. The residency will build upon the knowledge and skills gained from a Doctor of Pharmacy education, focusing on the development of a pharmacist practitioner capable of managing medication-related care for patients with a variety of acute and chronic disease states.

Core experiences include central and decentralized pharmacy practice, internal medicine, critical care, infectious diseases, and emergency medicine, as well as every other weekend staffing and clinical responsibilities. The resident will develop leadership skills through a practice management experience, hospital committee involvement, and may choose to participate in a leadership certificate program. The resident will be involved in educational activities, including presentations to pharmacy staff, provider and nursing in-services, co-precepting pharmacy students, and have the opportunity to complete a teaching certificate through Northeast Ohio Medical University. Research experience will be gained through completion of a major research project which will be presented at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and regional residency conferences.

Department of Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy provides 24-hour pharmaceutical services out of the inpatient pharmacy with decentralized pharmacist coverage in the emergency department, rapid observation unit, intensive care unit, and general medical/surgical floors. Pharmacists are integral members of the interdisciplinary care team and focus on drug therapy optimization, medication reconciliation, and patient education.

Residency Program Training Site

Type: Hospital
Owner/Affiliate: Cleveland Clinic
Model Type(s): Acute Care, Community Hospital
Tax Status: Non-Profit
Professional Staff: 11
Non-Professional Staff: 9
Total Beds: 126
Average Daily Census: 85

About the Program

About the Program

Avon Hospital opened in November 2016, adjacent to the Richard E. Jacobs Health Center in the western-Cleveland suburb of Avon, Ohio. This 126-bed community hospital is the first Cleveland Clinic regional hospital built from the ground up, and was designed to accommodate future advances in medical care. Avon Hospital provides a variety of services to the community including emergency medicine, general and orthopedic surgery, and acute care. A unique healthcare delivery model allows for around-the-clock bedside coverage utilizing hospitalist physicians and NP/PA providers.

Required Rotations

  • Orientation, unit-based pharmacy practice, internal medicine, critical care, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, practice management, and research.

Elective Rotations

  • Outpatient hematology/oncology, ambulatory care, pediatrics, and drug information. Other elective opportunities are based on preceptor availability at other Cleveland Clinic Hospitals in a variety of clinical practice areas.

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Pharmacy practice, research, committee, teaching certificate (optional), and leadership certificate (optional).


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:

  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 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.
  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.

Please submit all application materials via Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).


  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 sites) within 90 days of start date, and successful completion of a pre-employment physical and drug screen, including testing for cotinine].
  3. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate OPT (Optional Practical Training) Visas for the Cleveland Clinic Pharmacy Residency Program as the program extends beyond 12 months.
  4. 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.

Deadline for receipt of these materials to be considered for an on-site interview is January 1, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.

More Information

Please direct further questions regarding the PGY1 program to the Residency Program Director:

Danielle Marut, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Critical Care
Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital
33300 Cleveland Clinic Blvd
Avon, Ohio 44011
Phone: 440.695.5272
Fax: 440.695.5059
Email: marutd@ccf.org

Benefits, Travel, and Compensation

Benefits, Travel, and Compensation


  • Personalized lab coats and business cards
  • Resident office space
  • Laptop computer and cellphone
  • Registration and reimbursement for travel to ASHP Midyear Meeting, Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy Meetings, and regional residency conference
  • Professional membership – reimbursement for one professional pharmacy organization membership
  • BLS/ACLS certification
  • Online library access
  • Continuing education
  • Immunizations
  • Free Parking

Health Benefits

Eligible for:

  • Standard comprehensive medical coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Disability
  • Dental
  • Vision


  • Personal days: 14 (not including Cleveland Clinic holidays)


  • $49,000
Program Personnel

Program Personnel

Danielle Marut, PharmD

Danielle Marut, PharmD
Residency Program Director
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Critical Care
Education & Training:

  • PharmD, University of Toledo
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
  • PGY2 Critical Care, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

margaret andersson

Margaret Andersson, RPh, MBA
Director of Pharmacy
Education & Training:

  • BS, Pharmacy, Purdue University
  • MBA, Cleveland State University

carl buchwald

Carl Buchwald, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Staff Pharmacist
Education & Training:

  • PharmD, University of Toledo
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital

Meredith Cory, PharmD, BCPS

Meredith Cory, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Staff Pharmacist
Education & Training:

  • PharmD, Ohio Northern University
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital

greg hauler

Gregory Hauler, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Emergency Medicine
Education & Training:

  • PharmD, Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Mercy Medical Center

aleksandra hiznay

Aleksandra Hiznay, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Staff Pharmacist
Education & Training:

  • PharmD, The Ohio State University
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, St. John Medical Center

karissa dominick

Karissa Kusick Dominick, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Ambulatory Oncology
Education & Training:

  • PharmD, The Ohio State University
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Cleveland Clinic
  • PGY2 Oncology, Cleveland Clinic

brian rose

Brian Rose, RPh
Pharmacy Manager
Education & Training:

  • BS, Pharmacy, University of Toledo

susan seiti

Susan Seiti, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Staff Pharmacist
Education & Training:

  • PharmD, University of Findlay

Neil Turco, PharmD, BCPS

Neil Turco, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Primary Care
Education & Training:

  • PharmD, University of Pittsburgh
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, University of Pittsburg Medical Center St. Margaret Hospital
  • PGY2 Ambulatory Care, University of Pittsburg Medical Center St. Margaret Hospital

Janet Wu, PharmD, BCIDP | Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital

Janet Wu, PharmD, BCIDP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Infectious Diseases & Antimicrobial Stewardship
Education & Training:

  • PharmD, The Ohio State University
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • PGY2 Infectious Diseases, Detroit Medical Center
Current Residents

Current Residents

2020-2021 PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

McKay Herpel, PharmD

McKay Herpel, PharmD

  • Email: herpelm2@ccf.org
  • Hometown: Pine Valley, Utah
  • Education: Roseman University of Health Sciences
  • Residency Goals: To become familiar with the research process and the necessary components required for publication; improve presentation skills and my ability to interpret and apply primary literature; push myself to expand my clinical knowledge and confidence in order to become a fully functioning part of the pharmacy team.
  • Post-Residency Goals: Secure a PGY-2 residency position in oncology; develop expertise in my preferred area and become an advocate for my profession; continue to be an active participant in research; become an exemplary preceptor to IPPE and APPE students.
  • About Me: I have lived all over the country and even lived in Mexico City for 2 years. I am a fluent in Spanish and love learning new languages. I love to sleep and explore new restaurants with friends. I am passionate about visiting new places and hope to travel more in the future.