Overview

Overview

Post-graduate Year 1 Pharmacy Residency Program

PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Mercy Pharmacy Residency Summary

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.

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 Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital.
  • 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.
  • Act as a mentor to pharmacy students and pharmacists.

Other requirements will include:

  • Drug information.
  • Morbidity & Mortality presentations.
  • Precepting APPE pharmacy students.
  • Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee.
  • Administrative meetings.
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB).
  • Publications/presentations.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification.
  • Leadership Journal Club (monthly).
  • Cardiac rehabilitation course teaching.
  • Professional meetings.
  • On-call program.

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

Elective Experiences:

  • Electives may be tailored to each resident's interests.

Stipend/Benefits/Vacation: $49,000 stipend, medical/dental/vision, 401(k), 14 time off days

Certificate Programs: Residents are highly encouraged to complete the teaching certificate program offered through Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and/or a leadership certificate program offered through Cleveland Clinic.

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 Cleveland Clinic 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 within 90 days of start date.

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

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
patels47@ccf.org

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
sobeckk@ccf.org

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
rhodest3@ccf.org

Education & Training:

  • University of Toledo

Matthew Reale
Matthew Reale, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Critical Care
realem3@ccf.org

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
hallj24@ccf.org

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
tenkkum@ccf.org

Education & Training:

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

Jordan Wanner, PharmD
Jordan Wanner, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Transitions of Care
wannerj2@ccf.org

Education & Training:

  • University of Findlay

Jennifer Winters
Jennifer Winters, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Ambulatory Care
winterj2@ccf.org

Education & Training:

  • Northeast Ohio Medical University

Akshith Dass
Akshith Dass, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship
dassa2@ccf.org

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

Abigail Preston, PharmD IV
Abigail Preston, PharmD
IV Room Coordinator
barlaga2@ccf.org

Education & Training:

  • Ohio Northern University
Current & Past Residents

Current & Past Residents

Current PGY-1 Residents

Yahira L. Diaz Cardona, PharmD
School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

Adam Seele, PharmD
School: Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy

Past PGY-1 Residents

2021-2022

Peter Tran, PharmD
PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident — Parkland Health
Dallas, TX

Enri Ismaili, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist — Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
Hillcrest, OH

2020-2021

Natalia Dziadosz, PharmD
Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist — HCA Florida Blake Hospital
Bradenton, FL

Sai Karwande, PharmD
Critical Care Pharmacist – Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, WA

2019-2020

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

Carrie Cicirale, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP
Cardiology/Transitions of Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist — Barnes Jewish Hospital
St Louis, MO

2018-2019

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

Lisanne McMullen, PharmD, BCCCP
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 Pharmacist, Critical Care/Operating Room — MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC

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

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 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 interview is January 1, 2023 by 11:59 PM. In-person interviews are preferred; however a virtual option will be offered to any applicant unable to participate in person.

Note:

Residency applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States. Cleveland Clinic Pharmacy does not sponsor applicants for work Visas.

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) within 90 days of start date, and successful completion of a pre-employment physical and drug screen, including testing for cotinine].

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.

Candidates must meet all requirements at the time of application deadline.

The Center for Health Sciences Education and Cleveland Clinic are committed to valuing all people through our organization, regardless of background or culture. 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.

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.

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Contact

Contact

For questions or more information, please contact:

Sunita R. Patel, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BC-ADM, CDCES
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Internal Medicine
patels47@ccf.org