Overview

Overview

Pharmacy Residency Program

Fairview Hospital is a 488-bed community teaching hospital on the west side of Cleveland which is now ranked as the No. 4 hospital among Cleveland-area hospitals and the No. 5 hospital in Ohio, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2022-23 Best Hospitals. Fairview Hospital also supports medical residencies in internal medicine, family practice and general surgery as well as a PGY2 in Emergency Medicine.

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is ASHP accredited and focuses on the development of general pharmaceutical patient care expertise. The residency provides exposure to many different acute and ambulatory care patient populations. Fairview Hospital’s PGY1 residency is uniquely positioned to provide training for residents in both an inpatient and clinic setting to allow a resident to fully evaluate future career options.

Department of Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy consists of approximately 100 dedicated total staff and provides 24-hour services. An electronic medical record/CPOE supports pharmacy services. Pharmacy department description and services as follows:

  • Central pharmacy distribution
  • Sterile and non-sterile compounding
  • Computerized intravenous admixture and unit dose dispensing
  • Advanced technology support, including networked remote devices, automated dispensing devices (Pyxis) and clinical decision support tools
  • Decentralized pharmacist practice
  • Patient education programs
  • Clinical pharmacy specialist practices
  • In-service education
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee participation
  • Investigational drug studies
  • Fairview Hospital utilizes a computer-based provider order entry program (EPIC) that integrates data from pharmacy, admissions, laboratory, radiology, nursing, medicine and microbiology.

Residency Program Training Site

  • Type: Hospital, Acute Care
  • Owner/Affiliate: Cleveland Clinic
  • Model Type(s): Community/Tertiary Care
  • Patients Enrolled: Not applicable
  • Tax Status: Non Profit
  • Pharmacist Staff: 50
  • Support Staff: 54
  • Total Beds: 488
  • Average Daily Census: 380

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Residents

Residents

Saveliy Buryaneko, PharmD

Saveliy Buryaneko, PharmD

Education: University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Clinical Interest Area: Oncology and Critical Care
Research Title: Risk factors for the development of hematologic toxicity for patients receiving single agent immunotherapy with PDL-1 agents and cost/resource saving analysis
Why Fairview:When applying to Fairview Hospital, I was looking for a program that would be able to accommodate my interests in both oncology and critical care, but also be clinically diverse enough for me to grow as well rounded as possible. Despite not being a large academic teaching hospital, Fairview Hospital not only offers a great selection of electives within its own program, but also allows residents to pursue electives across the Cleveland Clinic system. Being able to have these rich experiences and develop my own career path made Fairview a great choice for me.
Email: buryans2@ccf.org

Jemma Cropanese, PharmD

Jemma Cropanese, PharmD
(Graduation Date: January 2023)

Education: The University of South Florida Taneja College of Pharmacy
Clinical Interest Area: Pediatrics and Critical Care
Research Title: Comparison of the incidence of postpartum hemorrhage with high-dose vs. standard-dose oxytocin in labor and delivery patients
Why Fairview: During my interview I was immediately drawn to the culture the pharmacy department has; one that is positive, supportive, and passionate for the work they do. After the conversations I had with both our RPD and other preceptors it was clear that they not only enjoyed what they did, but also enjoyed who they worked with, which was something I was looking for in a residency program. Having an interest in both critical care and pediatrics, I was also excited to see all of the rotation opportunities I would have at Fairview in these specialties.
Email: cropanj@ccf.org

Taylor Elias, PharmD

Taylor Elias, PharmD

Education: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Clinical Interest Area: Ambulatory Care and Internal Medicine
Research Title: Assessment of periprocedural interruption of anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation patients undergoing minor/low bleed risk procedures that experience stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)
Why Fairview: I was first drawn to Fairview because of the wide variety within the core rotations as well as elective experiences offered. Having grown up in the Cleveland area, I also knew that I wanted to continue my development as a pharmacist while practicing at a local community hospital. Fairview provides the tight-knit community feel, while also offering the benefits of working within a large health-system. I knew this program would help me develop into a well-rounded clinical pharmacist.
Email: eliast2@ccf.org

 

Katelyn Koebel, PharmD

Katelyn Koebel, PharmD

Education: Ohio Northern University
Clinical Interest Area: Psychiatry
Research Title: Evaluation of nephrotoxic medications and risk factors associated with hospital-acquired acute kidney injury in medical patients
Why Fairview: Fairview has a variety of rotation opportunities, including adolescent/child psychiatry and the flexibility to go offsite to another Cleveland Clinic site if the opportunity was available. This was appealing to me as psych is an interest of mine and there was the opportunity to have experiences at Lutheran Hospital for adult psychiatry as well. During interviews, it was clear that other hospital staff had a positive relationship with its pharmacists and residents, and in being a part of a larger health system, there are always resources and opportunities available for residents. Since starting, I always feel supported and feel that everyone has been rooting for my success as a resident.
Email: koebelk@ccf.org

Katie McCourt, PharmD

Katie McCourt, PharmD

Education: Ohio Northern University
Clinical Interest Area: Critical Care
Research Title: Incidence of constipation associated with continuous opioid infusions in the medical intensive care unit
Why Fairview: I was looking for a program that had a diverse patient population and rotations that I could explore. I wanted to be a part of a program that was involved in multidisciplinary learning. Since Fairview is an academic hospital, I am able to learn alongside other healthcare professionals on a daily basis. Through my APPE experiences I had at Fairview I could tell that the staff would be very supportive throughout my residency year.
Email: mccourk3@ccf.org

 

Program Personnel

Program Personnel

Lori Rose, PharmD, BCPS  

Lori Rose, PharmD, BCPS
Lori Rose is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Cardiac ICU in addition to PGY1 Residency Program Director. She received her PharmD from University of Toledo. Lori participates in daily rounds in the cardiac ICU, and is an active member of Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee and ICU operations committee. Lori’s professional interests include preceptor and resident development, patient education, multi-disciplinary rounds and coronary artery disease. Hobbies: spending time with family and dogs, scrapbooking, and traveling to any beach.
Rotation: Cardiology
Email: lorose@ccf.org

Lauren Bajbus, PharmD, BCPS 

Lauren Bajbus, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Residency Program Coordinator
Ohio Northern University
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Cone Health
Rotation: Pharmacy Practice, Nephrology
Email: bajbusl@ccf.org

Betsy Walters Burkey, PharmD, BCPPS, BCPS 

Betsy Walters Burkey, PharmD, BCPPS, BCPS
Women and Children’s Clinical Specialist
Ohio Northern University
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Rotations: Obstetric and Neonatal care, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Email: bewalt@ccf.org

Catherine Cappetto, BS/BS, PharmD, BCPS 

Catherine Cappetto, BS/BS, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
The University of Dayton and Northeast Ohio Medical University
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital
Rotations: Pharmacy Practice, NEOMED Teaching Certificate
Email: cappetc2@ccf.org

Bernadette Clark, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS 

Bernadette Clark, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS
Oncology Clinical Specialist
Ohio Northern University
ASHP Oncology Traineeship at MD Anderson
Rotation: Oncology
Email: beclar@ccf.org

Kelly Fargo, PharmD, BCPS 

Kelly Fargo, PharmD, BCPS
Investigational Drug Services Pharmacist, Resident Research Committee Chair
Ohio Northern University
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Rotation: Investigational Drug Services
Email: fargok@ccf.org

Amanda Foley, PharmD, MBD

Amanda Foley, PharmD, MBD
Inpatient Pharmacy Manager
Ohio Northern University
Combined PGY1/PGY2 HSPA at Parkland Health and Hospital System
Rotation: Pharmacy Leadership
Email: foleya@ccf.org

Jennifer Harklerode

Jennifer Harklerode, PharmD
Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist
Ohio Northern University
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Ohio Health Grant Medical Center
PGY2 Emergency Medicine at The Brooklyn Hospital Center
Rotation: Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Elective
Email: harklej2@ccf.org

Erin Harpster, PharmD

Erin Harpster, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist
Purdue University
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital
PGY2 Ambulatory Care at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Rotation: Staffing
Email: harpste@ccf.org

Ellen Immler, PharmD, BCCCP 

Ellen Immler, PharmD, BCCCP
Critical Care Clinical Specialist
Ohio Northern University
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital
PGY2 Critical Care at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Rotation: Critical Care – MICU
Email: hazelee@ccf.org

Maria Kahle, PharmD, BCPS 

Maria Kahle, PharmD, BCPS
Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director
University of Findlay
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital
Rotations: Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Elective
Email: kahlem@ccf.org

Morgan King, PharmD, BCPPS 

Morgan King, PharmD, BCPPS
Women and Children’s Clinical Specialist
Northeast Ohio Medical University
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital
PGY2 Pediatrics at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital
Rotations: Obstetric and Neonatal care, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Email: kingm11@ccf.org

Brian Kurish

Brian Kurish, PharmD, BCCCP
Critical Care Clinical Specialist
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Michigan Medicine
PGY2Critical Care at Michigan Medicine
Rotation: Critical Care - SICU
Emal: kurishb@ccf.org

Michael Leon, RPh, BCPS 

Michael Leon, RPh, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
The Ohio State University
Rotation: Staffing
Email: mileon@ccf.org

Ashley Lorenz

Ashley Stuart, PharmD, MPH
Infectious Disease/Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Specialist
The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Lawrence Memorial Hospital
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Rotation: Infectious Disease/Antimicrobial Stewardship
Email: stuarta@ccf.org

Jennifer Misencik

Jennifer Misencik, PharmD
Critical Care Clinical Specialist
University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Ascension St. Thomas West Hospital
PGY2 Critical Care at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Rotation: Critical Care - MICU
Email: misencj@ccf.org

Kevin Omerza, PharmD, MS, BCPS 

Kevin Omerza, PharmD, MS, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
University of Toledo
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at MetroHealth Medical Center
Rotations: Staffing
Email: omerzak@ccf.org

Stephanie Planisek, PharmD, MS, BCGP 

Stephanie Planisek, PharmD, MS, BCGP
Clinical Pharmacist
University of Findlay, University of Florida
Rotation: Staffing
Email: planiss@ccf.org

Shannon Prater, PharmD, MS, BCPS 

Shannon Prater, PharmD, MS, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
The Ohio State University
Rotations: Pharmacy Practice, NEOMED Teaching Certificate
Email: praters@ccf.org

Cristal Stoll, PharmD, BCPS 

Cristal Stoll, PharmD, BCPS
Internal Medicine Clinical Specialist, Residency Recruitment Chair
Ohio Northern University
Rotations: Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine Elective, Family Medicine Inpatient
Email: stollc3@ccf.org

Rachel Stulock, PharmD, BCACP 

Rachel Stulock, PharmD, BCACP
Primary Care Clinical Specialist
University of Toledo
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital
PGY2 Ambulatory Care at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
Rotations: Family Medicine Clinic, Family Medicine Inpatient
Email: stulocr@ccf.org

Sara Shuss, PharmD, BCPS

Sara Shuss, PharmD, BCPS
Emergency Medicine Clinical Specialist
Northeast Ohio Medical University
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Rotations: Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Elective
Email: shusss@ccf.org

Andrea M Wetshtein, PharmD, MHSA, BCPS, CPE

Andrea M Wetshtein, PharmD, MHSA, BCPS, CPE
Lead Pharmacist
Lake Erie College of Medicine
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital
PGY2 Pain Management and Palliative Care at Lakeland Regional Medical Center
Rotation: Orientation
Email: wetshta@ccf.org

Zhe Xie, PharmD, BCPS

Zhe Xie, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
The Ohio State University
Rotation: Staffing
Email: xiez@ccf.org

Jessica Zebrowski, PharmD, BCPS

Jessica Zebrowski, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
University of Toledo
Rotation: Oncology
Email: zebrowj2@ccf.org

Requirements

Requirements

Meetings and Conferences

Travel to pharmacy professional meetings is an important component of the Fairview Hospital pharmacy residency. All residents will attend ASHP Midyear meeting as CCF travel policy allows. Residents formally present their research projects at a fall and spring venue as determined by program. Accommodations, travel, and expenses will be reimbursed for local, state and national meetings as allowed per CCF travel policy.

Research

Residents are required to complete a year-long research project on a pharmacy related topic. The goal is to expose the resident to the research process. An assigned mentor along with the research committee will help the resident with the project throughout the year. The resident will have the opportunity to complete Institutional Review Board (IRB) training in addition to writing and submitting a research protocol to the IRB. The research project will entail several months of work culminating with the creation of a manuscript suitable for publication. The resident will present the research project at selected venues.

Staffing Requirements

Our goal is that any resident graduating from our program will feel confident to staff in all distribution and clinical generalist positions. As a result, we will assure residents have ample pharmacist practice experience throughout their residency.

Residents will gain proficiency in staffing both centralized and decentralized pharmacist positions. Staffing requirements are as follows:

  • Rotational responsibilities will generally be during 1st shift Monday through Friday. After licensure, residents will complete a minimum of 8 weeks of weeknight staffing consisting of one 4 hour shift per week after rotational responsibilities are complete.
  • Residents are required to staff every other weekend and up to 3 holidays with rotating 1st and 2nd shift positions.
  • Pharmacists in the assigned practice areas are resources for the resident and will be queried by the preceptor for the staffing rotation for quarterly evaluations.

Evaluations

During the year, residents will be evaluated by rotation preceptors as well as complete self-evaluations. Residents are required to complete all assigned evaluations with specific feedback so that they, our program, and our preceptors can continue to improve. Residents and preceptors will complete the evaluations independently and then meet to discuss the evaluations. All evaluations will be completed in PharmAcademic.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Graduation Requirements

  • Pharmacist license in the State of Ohio is required within 90 days of the start of the program
    • Failure to obtain license by August 1st may impact resident’s staffing and clinical rotations and may extend the residency program length to meet program requirements
    • Failure to pass Ohio State Board of Pharmacy Licensure requirements within first 90 days of start date or two failed attempts of the same examination occurring within first 90 days of start date will result in termination from the program. Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Completion of a residency research project
  • Presentation of at least one formulary monograph and/or other P&T presentation
  • Written manuscript (in publishable form) and submitted to the residency director and journal selected (during your project defense) prior to the end of the residency year
  • Present 3 journal clubs
  • Present 3 patient case presentations
  • Present topic at Noon Conference or comparable venue
  • Abstract, podium, and poster presentations for research project at venues selected by the program
  • Complete MUE and present results to appropriate subcommittee
  • Successful completion of all rotations
  • No objective marked as needs improvement
  • All R1.1 and R1.3 objectives rated as Achieved for Residency
  • No more than three R1.2, R2.1, R2.2, R3.1, R3.2, R4.1 and R4.2 objectives rated as Satisfactory Progress as final rating
  • Complete staffing requirements - 8 weeks of evening staffing, a minimum of 20 weekends, and up to 3 holidays.
FAQs

FAQs

How much orientation is provided?

You will be welcomed into the Cleveland Clinic family through an enterprise-wise orientation on your first day of employment. Soon thereafter, you will be afforded time to complete a variety of online educational modules vital for successful completion of the residency. You will be oriented to the residency program and pharmacy department for six weeks at the start of the residency.

How many hours will I be on duty?

Duty hours are limited to 80 hours per week, averaged over a four-week period, inclusive of all hospital-based activities and any additional work time (”moonlighting”). Duty hours do not include reading, studying, academic preparation time for presentations and journal clubs, travel time to and from conferences or meetings or hours that are not scheduled by the residency program director or preceptor The resident will be provided at least one day in seven free of duty averaged over a 4 week period. In general, the resident will have 10 hours free of duty time between scheduled duty (from time leave one day till time needed to return to work).

How much excused time is available?

Residents are provided a total of 14 days of paid time off during the residency year. This includes time off for licensure examination and interviews.

What projects or presentations are required in addition to daily clinical activities?

Residents will be responsible for a medication use evaluation (MUE), research project, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Monograph as well as completion of drug information questions, journal club presentations, formal presentations to various levels of h ospital staff, and case presentations.

Do I attend professional conferences throughout the residency?

Residents will attend ASHP Midyear. Research presentations will be completed at venues selected by the program. Travel reimbursement is provided for attendance at these conferences and venues as per CCF travel policy.

What other educational opportunities are available?

Pharmacy residents will have the opportunity to precept students from various pharmacy schools. Residents will have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of leadership and employee engagement activities during the residency year. Fairview Hospital has an active medical residency program that affords the pharmacy resident an opportunity to not only learn and teach medical residents but also presents an opportunity to meet and network with these medical professionals on a daily basis.

What teaching opportunities are available at Fairview Hospital?

Opportunities to make presentations to the medical staff members of the hospital will be available throughout the year. The resident will also take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the active community outreach programs at Fairview Hospital. The resident may participate in the teaching certificate program available through Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).

Will I need an Ohio pharmacy license?

Yes, you are required to be licensed by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy to practice as a pharmacist in the State of Ohio or to have completed the Board licensure examination at the time of application. Failure to achieve Ohio licensure will result in dismissal from the residency program (within 90 days of your start). It is strongly encouraged for you to be licensed prior to the start of your residency.

Is the residency accredited?

The residency program is fully accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

How many residents are selected?

Currently, Fairview Hospital selects four residents each year.

Does this program participate in the match?

Yes, Fairview Hospital participates in the match.

When is the application deadline?

All application materials are due the first day of January. Please refer to the ASHP Residency Program Directory for specific date. All materials are submitted through PHORCAS. This includes letters of recommendation. All applicants are urged to allow enough time for persons writing letters of recommendation and to inquire about the timeliness in which letters are sent. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Is an interview required?

Yes, an on-site or virtual interview is required.

When will interviews take place?

Interviews take place as scheduled. Candidates that are being offered an interview will be contacted in January.

When does the residency begin and end?

Residents will start with the completion of Cleveland Clinic orientation in mid-June. Our residency ends no later than June 30th of the following year.

How are residents evaluated?

Residents are evaluated utilizing the PharmAcademic system. Learning Experience, Preceptor and Summative evaluations should be completed and discussed by the final day of the rotation. Residents will also be evaluated quarterly by the program director, and by preceptors who are working with residents in longitudinal experiences such as staffing and Family Medicine Clinic.

Will the residency program be showcased at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting?

Yes, the residency is showcased at the ASHP Midyear Meeting. The Fairview Hospital Residency Program will be showcased with all other Cleveland Clinic Residency Programs.

How will this residency prepare me for board certification?

In addition to the critical thinking skills you develop during patient care, the required rotations of Fairview Hospital's PGY1 residency offer an excellent preparation for the pharmacotherapy specialist certification (BCPS) exam. Fairview Hospital also offers a number of continuing education opportunities throughout the year on a wide variety of topics which help reinforce the resident’s general range of knowledge and experience acquired in your PGY1 year.

Application

Application

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.
  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).

Deadline for receipt of these materials to be considered for an on-site interview is the first day of January by 11:59 p.m.

Additional Information

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.)

Cleveland Clinic requires all employees to demonstrate proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

A diverse and inclusive environment for students and staff and culturally appropriate care for our patients, are essential to fulfilling our vision to be the best place for care anywhere and the best place to work in healthcare. We welcome students from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Benefits

The pharmacy residency program offers the following benefits:

  • Dedicated office space for pharmacy residents
  • Free parking
  • Cleveland Clinic issued laptop computer and iPhone (must be returned at completion of residency)
  • Paid time off
  • Funding to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Funding to attend local and regional residency conferences or other venues as determined by the program
  • ACLS/BLS certification
  • Reimbursement for professional memberships
  • Exercise facility access
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision care
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Optional life insurance