PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The PGY1 pharmacy residency emphasizes general pharmaceutical patient care and practice skill development required to become a confident, independent practitioner. Throughout the year, the resident is exposed to multiple general and specialty practice areas at an acute care hospital with the goal to improve knowledge, skills, problem solving and clinical judgment. The resident will have opportunities to present journal clubs, case presentations, in-services, formal lectures, and is required to complete a major research project. The goal of the PGY1 program at Cleveland Clinic South Pointe is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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 (PGY-2) pharmacy residency training.

Department of Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy at South Pointe Hospital provides services 24 hours a day and has decentralized services on the medical-surgical floors, outpatient oncology, and the emergency department. Clinical rounding services include critical care, infectious disease, and internal medicine. Ambulatory care services are provided in the family medicine clinics.

Pharmacist participation is integrated into direct patient care and quality measurement activities within the hospital with pharmacists providing integrated medication profile review, patient medication counseling services, and bedside delivery service for discharge medications. The department precepts clinical graduate student rotations from several pharmacy and medical universities. Clinical pharmacists also participate in didactic teaching opportunities with local colleges of pharmacy and medicine.

Residency Program Training Site

Type: Hospital
Owner/Affiliate: Cleveland Clinic
Model Type(s): Teaching, Acute Care Community Hospital
Tax Status: Non Profit
Professional Staff: 14
Non-Professional Staff: 12
Total Beds: 173
Average Daily Census: 110

About the Program

About the Program

South Pointe Hospital is a 173-bed acute care community teaching hospital located in Warrensville Heights, an eastern suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. One of the largest osteopathic teaching hospitals in the state of Ohio, South Pointe Hospital is the site of the Center for Osteopathic Regional Education in Northeast Ohio for the Ohio University College of Medicine.

Cleveland Clinic is ranked as one of the nation's top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

Required Rotations:

  • Critical Care
  • Committee (longitudinal)
  • Didactic Teaching (longitudinal)
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine (3 months)
  • Orientation
  • Practice Management/Leadership
  • Pharmacy Practice (longitudinal)
  • Research (longitudinal)

Elective Rotations:

  • Cardiology 
  • Emergency Medicine 
  • Nephrology
  • Outpatient Oncology

Please note: Any month long required rotation above may be repeated based on interest. Opportunities are based on preceptor availability at other Cleveland Clinic Hospitals in a variety of clinical practice areas.

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Applicants to the Pharmacy Residency Program are required to provide the following information through PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service):

Interested applicants must be PharmD graduates of an 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 to be 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.
  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.
  3. If any positions remain unfilled after Phase 1 of The match, South Pointe Hospital will participate in Phase 2 of The Match. The application requirements for Phase 2 will be the same as Phase 1.

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 December 31, 2020 by 11:59 PM.

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.

More Information

Please direct further questions regarding the PGY1 program at South Pointe Hospital to:

Lindsey Hoffman, PharmD, BCCCP 
South Pointe Hospital
20000 Harvard Road
Warrensville Heights, OH 44122
Phone: 216.470.7715 
Fax: 216.491.7167
Email: hoffmal@ccf.org

Benefits, Travel & Compensation

Benefits, Travel & Compensation

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program provides a wide array of benefits to you during your experience as a resident.


  • Personalized lab coats
  • Laptop and desktop computer
  • iPhone
  • Free parking
  • Library access
  • Resident office space
  • BLS/ACLS certification
  • Professional membership – reimbursement for membership and attendance to one pharmacy professional organization membership annually
  • Registration and reimbursement for travel to ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and a regional residency conference
  • Access to Cleveland Clinic fitness facilities
  • Continuing education

Health Benefits

  • Eligible for the following
  • Standard Comprehensive Medical Coverage
  • Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability
  • Dental
  • Vision


  • Resident time off
  • Fourteen (14) days including scheduled time off, unscheduled sick days, professional days, and interview days


  • $49,000 (PGY1)


Frequently Asked Questions

How many resident positions does Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital offer? 


What are the staffing requirements? 

Residents will staff every other weekend. In addition the resident would be included in the staffing rotation for one major (Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s) and one minor holiday. 

Weekend staffing will consist of a mixture of centralized order review and verification as well as decentralized patient profile review and discharge education.

What are the project requirements? 

Residents research projects should include:

  • Research project.
  • Administrative project.
  • Drug Use Evaluation.
  • Others based on committee and departmental needs.

What are the presentation requirements? 

Resident presentaions will include:

  • 2 Grand Rounds presentations to a multidisciplinary audience.
  • Educational presentations within requirements of rotations.
  • Research progress will be presented throughout the year at local and national professional meetings.
  • Teaching Certificate Program completion is required which includes additional small group discussions as well as didactic lecture opportunities. 

What rotations are offered for the PGY1 Residency? 

  • Orientation
  • Longitudinal
    • Committee
    • Didactic Teaching
    • Pharmacy Practice
    • Research
  • Required (1 month each unless otherwise stated)
    • Internal Medicine – Teaching Service (2 months)
    • Internal Medicine – Decentralized
    • Critical Care
    • Infectious Disease
    • Practice Management/Leadership
  • Elective (1 month each)
    • Any above required rotation may be repeated based on interest
    • Cardiology
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Nephrology
    • Outpatient Oncology

Please note: Opportunities are based on preceptor availability at other Cleveland Clinic Hospitals in a variety of clinical practice areas.

Where is the residents’ office/desk space?

The residents share their own secure office space with individual desks and storage area.  Each resident will have access to their own desktop & laptop computer and iPhone.

Do residents get vacation days or time off? If so, how much? 

Yes, residents get a select number of vacation days off from the residency. The number is 14 work days which includes scheduled time off, unscheduled sick days, professional days, and interview days.

Residents are required to work one major holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years) and one minor holiday (Labor Day or Memorial Day).

What state/national meetings do the residents get to attend? 

  • Spring and Fall Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy (OCCP) Meeting
  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Ohio Residency Conference

Other meetings may be considered based on resident interest.

How are the residents evaluated?

The residents are oriented at the beginning of the residency, and introduced to the goals and objectives for the residency year. Residents are evaluated during and after each rotation experience by their preceptor, and quarterly (Resident Development Plan) by the program director and mentors. In addition, the residents will be evaluated on presentations, research, drug use evaluation, staffing, and other assignments (e.g., drug monograph). Pharmacademic is used as a documentation tool for evaluations.

Who oversees the Residency Programs?

The residency programs are overseen by the Residency Committee which consists of the Residency Program Director (RPD) as well as select preceptors, and the Director of Pharmacy. The Residency Committee meets monthly.

Are the residency eligible to receive healthcare benefits?

Yes, the residents are eligible for health care coverage similar to other Cleveland Clinic employees.

How is the resident rotation schedule decided?

The resident will meet with the program director during the orientation month in July to determine the rotation schedule. There will remain some flexibility throughout the year for adjustment of schedule (approval required by residency committee). The RPD will try and accommodate the requests/preferences or the resident, especially in the setting of PGY2 interest.

Do the residents have advisors?

Yes, an advisor will be assigned to the resident early in the residency program.

What is the mission/purpose statement of the residency?

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build 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. The resident is expected to promote clinically appropriate and cost effective therapy. The resident is expected to participate in educational activities such as precepting students and lecturing.

When does a resident need to be licensed in Ohio?

Residents are encouraged to obtain licensure prior to the residency start date. Residents should be licensed within 90 days of start date of residency. Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis and determination of required program extension will be determined by the Residency Committee. Until the resident is licensed in Ohio they must work under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

What drug information resources are available for the residents? 

LexiComp, UptoDate, OhioLink (access to medical journals online as well as online textbooks), IPA, Pharmacists Letter.

We use Epic as our Pharmacy system and also our electronic medical record.

Will the residents be doing resident activities with other residents within the Cleveland Clinic Health-System (CCHS)?

Yes, the resident will participate in a research curriculum (consisting of research design, biostatistics review, and research skills workshops), leadership journal club, and other networking activities with other residents in the Cleveland Clinic Health-System.

Will the residents have on-site parking?

Yes, Cleveland Clinic South Pointe residents will have free on-site parking.

Does South Pointe participate in the second round of the match?

Yes, South Pointe participates in Phase 2 of The Match if any positions are unfilled during the Phase 1. The application requirements for Phase 2 will be the same as Phase 1.

Program Personnel

Program Personnel

Amanda Foley, PharmD, MBA

Amanda Foley, PharmD, MBA | Cleveland Clinic

Pharmacy Manager

  • Education: PharmD, Ohio Northern University, MBA, University of Dallas
  • Training: PGY1/PGY2 in Health System Pharmacy Administration, Parkland Health and Hospital System
  • Practice area: Pharmacy Administration
  • Research interests: Sterile products, process improvement
  • E-mail: foleya@ccf.org

Eve Hackett-Garr, PharmD, BCPID, BCPS


Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Antimicrobial Stewardship

  • Education: BS Pharmacy, Utah State University; PharmD, Regis University
  • Training: PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and PGY2 Infectious Disease Residency, Saint Joseph Denver SCLHS
  • Practice area: Infectious disease
  • E-mail: hackete@ccf.org

Melissa Herschman, PharmD, BCPS


Lead Pharmacist

  • Education: BS Biochemistry, University of Dayton; PharmD, The Ohio State University
  • Training: PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
  • Practice area: Internal medicine, ambulatory care
  • Email: herschm@ccf.org

Lindsey Hoffman, PharmD, BCCCP

Lindsey Hoffman, PharmD, BCCCP | Cleveland Clinic

Pharmacy Clinical Specialist Critical Care
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director

  • Education: PharmD, Ohio Northern University
  • Training: PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and PGY2 Critical Care Residency, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
  • Practice area: Critical care
  • Research interests: Emergency medicine and critical care
  • Email: hoffmal@ccf.org

Julianne Mazzola, PharmD, BCPS

Julianne Mazzola, PharmD

Clinical Staff Pharmacist

  • Education: BS Pharmaceutical Sciences, PharmD, The Ohio State University
  • Training: PGY1 Pharmacy Residency. Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Practice Area: Internal Medicine
  • Email: mazzolj3@ccf.org

Carly McKenzie, PharmD, BCPS

Carly McKenzie

Clinical Staff Pharmacist

  • Education: PharmD, Ohio Northern University 
  • Training: PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency, University Hospitals St. John Medical Center
  • Practice area: Internal medicine
  • E-mail: mckenzc@ccf.org

Rachael Passe, PharmD

Rachael Passe, PharmD | Cleveland Clinic

Clinical Staff Pharmacist

  • Education: PharmD, Ohio Northern University
  • Practice area: Internal medicine
  • Research interests: Pharmacy education & transition of care coordination
  • Email: passer2@ccf.org

Kaitlyn Schumacher, PharmD, BCPS

Kaitlyn Schumacher, PharmD, BCPS | Cleveland Clinic

Emergency Department Clinical Pharmacist

  • Education: PharmD, University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • Training: PGY1 Pharmacy Residency – University of Toledo
  • Practice area: Emergency Medicine
  • Research interests: Emergency Medicine
  • Email: schumak@ccf.org

Cara Weisenberger, PharmD, BCPS

Cara Weisenberger, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Staff Pharmacist

  • Education: BS Pharmacy, PharmD, University of Toledo
  • Training: PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital
  • Practice area: Hematology/oncology, internal medicine
  • Research interests: Internal medicine, oncology, continuous process improvement
  • Email: weisenc@ccf.org
Past & Current Residents

Past & Current Residents

Current Residents

Paul Keppel, PharmD

Paul Keppel

  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2020
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Resident – Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital

Cameron Quan, PharmD

Cameron Quan

  • Ohio State University Class of 2020
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Resident – Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital

Past Residents

  • Jasmine Apfeld, PharmD
    Clinical Pharmacist, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
  • Allie Brant, PharmD, BCPS
    Nursing Unit Based Pharmacist- Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
  • Nicholas Coulter, PharmD
    Nursing unit based pharmacist, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
  • Salam Kabbani, PharmD
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, St. Joseph Hospital
  • Melanie Madorsky, PharmD, BCPS
    PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Resident – Intermountain Healthcare, Utah Valley Hospital
    Clinical Pharmacist Specialist – Cardiology & Critical Care – Memorial Hermann, Texas Medical Center
  • Sara Mohiuddin, PharmD
    PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident - Cleveland, OH Veterans Affairs
    Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Rheumatology- Cleveland Clinic
  • Erika Mooney, PharmD, BCPS
    Clinical Pharmacist - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point- Hudson, FL
  • Curtis Scheiderer, PharmD
    Clinical pharmacy generalist, University of Michigan Hospital
  • Lauren Thomas, PharmD, BCPS
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – St. Joseph Warren Hospital
  • Tyler Tomasek, PharmD, BCPS
    Pharmacy Manager – Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital
  • Cara Weisenberger, PharmD, BCPS
    Clinical Staff Pharmacist – Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital