Overview

Overview

Post-graduate Year 1 Pharmacy Residency Program

An in-depth, professional, patient-centered pharmacy training experience where you can develop your professional expertise as a clinical practitioner, as well as the skills required to deliver safe and effective pharmaceutical care.


Mercy Pharmacy Residency Summary

The Mercy Post-graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency is designed to prepare you for:

  • Advanced training in a PGY2 residency specializing in internal medicine, critical care, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, ambulatory care or academia
  • Employment in an urban academic medical center in one of the above areas

As a resident at Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital in Canton, Ohio, you will be involved in direct patient care and daily rounds as applicable to your monthly rotation. You will also be responsible for the safe, effective and economical use of medications in individual patients through the application of specialized skills, knowledge and functions, taking into account patient specific and age-related needs.

In addition, you will be exposed to the management of a pharmacy department and gain insight into the responsibility of accepting leadership and making a contribution back to the profession of pharmacy.

While working under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist and/or other licensed preceptor, you will:

  • Evaluate, recommend and monitor medication related therapy
  • Recommend and evaluate criteria for and perform medication use evaluations with the intent of determining the therapeutic role of medications at Mercy
  • Utilize evaluations to improve quality medication therapy and reduce health-care cost
  • Communicate with prescribers regarding medication-related therapy
  • Provide the safe storage, preparation and dispensing of medication
  • Provide counseling to patients and drug information to health care providers
  • Participate in the Quality Improvement Program and special projects
  • Act as a mentor to pharmacy students and pharmacists

Other requirements will include:

  • Drug information
  • Morbidity & Mortality (monthly)
  • Precepting APPE pharmacy students
  • Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee
  • Administrative meetings
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Publications/presentations
  • BLS and ACLS certification
  • Two CE presentations
  • Cardiac rehabilitation course teaching

Project: You must complete a self-directed project. The scope, magnitude and type of project may vary according to individual interests, but must be completed within the residency year and in a manner suitable for presentation and publication.

Core Advanced Experiences:

  • Administration
  • Medication Safety
  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Disease/Stewardship
  • Ambulatory Care (Anticoagulation & Ambulatory Care Clinic)
  • Research
  • Transitions of Care

Stipend/Benefits/Vacation: $49,000 stipend, medical/dental/vision, 401(k), 10 days paid time off (PTO)


Elective Experiences:

  • Electives may be tailored to each resident's interests

Teaching Certificate Program: You are highly encouraged to participate in the Teaching and Learning Curriculum (TLC) program at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).

Residency Accreditation

The PGY1 Residency program at Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital in Canton, Ohio, is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and complies with the officially published accreditation standards of ASHP.

Candidate Minimum Requirements

To be part of Mercy Hospital's pharmacy residency, you must achieve a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from an Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited college of pharmacy and licensure in Ohio by August 1.

Additional Program Details

Competency Areas, Goals, and Objectives: As outlined by ASHP

Positions/Duration of Appointment: 2 positions, 12 months

Staffing Requirements: 16 hours every other weekend (two 8-hour shifts), three holidays out of six

Application Process

Submit a letter of intent, three letters of reference, updated CV, and academic transcripts to PhorCAS.

Pharmacy Preceptors

Pharmacy Preceptors

Experienced Pharmacists in Clinical Preceptorship

Meet our pharmacy preceptor team. Together, they are dedicated to making your post-graduate year 1 pharmacy residency (PGY1) an exceptional learning experience and career development opportunity.

Sunita R. Patel
Sunita R. Patel, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BC-ADM, CDCES
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Internal Medicine
[email protected]
Education & Training:

  • Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Summa Akron City Hospital

Kyle Sobecki
Kyle Sobecki, BS, MS, PharmD, BCPS
Administrative Director of Pharmacy Services
[email protected]
Education & Training:

  • Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Theodore R. Rhodes
Theodore R. Rhodes, BSP, RPh
Director of Pharmacy Operations
[email protected]
Education & Training:

  • University of Toledo

Matthew Reale
Matthew Reale, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Critical Care
[email protected]
Education & Training:

  • Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Summa Akron City Hospital
  • PGY2 Critical Care Residency: University of Toledo Medical Center

Jeremy Hall
Jeremy Hall, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Emergency Medicine
[email protected]
Education & Training:

  • Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Southwest General Health Center

Mackenzie Tenkku
Mackenzie Tenkku, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Emergency Medicine
[email protected]
Education & Training:

  • Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Jennifer Jackson
Jennifer Jackson, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Transitions of Care/Cardiology
[email protected]
Education & Training:

  • Northeast Ohio Medical University

Jennifer Winters
Jennifer Winters, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Ambulatory Care
[email protected]
Education & Training:

  • Northeast Ohio Medical University

Akshith Dass
Akshith Dass, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship
Education & Training:

  • University of Toledo
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Cleveland Clinic Akron General
  • PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency: M Health Fairview, University of Minnesota Medical Center
Current & Past Residents

Current & Past Residents

Current PGY-1 Residents

Peter Tran, PharmD
School: The Ohio State University

Enri Ismaili, PharmD
School: The Ohio State University

Past PGY-1 Residents

2020-2021

Natalia Dziadosz, PharmD
PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Resident - Mercy Hospital
Buffalo, NY

Sai Karwande, PharmD
PGY-2 Critical Care Resident, Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health
Abington, PA

2019-2020

Ritika Jain, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist - Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI

Carrie Cicirale, PharmD, BCPS
PGY-2 Cardiology Resident - UMass Memorial Medical Center
Worcester, MA

2018-2019

Molly Triner, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist - Summa Rehab Hospital
Akron, OH

Lisanne McMullen, PharmD, BCCP
Clinical Pharmacist - Rochester General Hospital
Rochester, NY

2017-2018

Briana Mlady, PharmD, BCOP
System Oncology Pharmacist - OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital
Columbus, OH

Christopher Miller, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Advanced Urgent Care - Kaiser Permanente South Baltimore County Medical Center
Halethorpe, MD

2016-2017

Greg Hauler, PharmD, BCPS
Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist - Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital
Avon, OH

Rachel Gresko, PharmD
Pharmacist - Wooster Community Hospital
Wooster, OH

2015-2016

Keith Posendek, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Clinical Pharmacist - Internal Medicine/Transitions of Care - Western Reserve Hospital
Barberton, OH

Application

Application

To apply to Mercy Hospital’s Pharmacy Residency Program, submit to PhorCAS:

  • A letter of intent
  • Three letters of reference
  • Updated CV
  • Academic transcripts

These items must be postmarked by January 4 for consideration.

Contact

Contact

For questions or more information, please contact:

Sunita R. Patel, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, CDCES
GY1 Residency Director
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Internal Medicine Clinical Coordinator
[email protected]