Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-07-01


Five postgraduate pharmacy practice residents at Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy completed residency programs in June.  They received certificates of completion in a special ceremony on June 29.

All had previously earned Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Samford or another accredited pharmacy school before entering Samford’s 12-month post graduate year one (PGY1)  residency training program.

The pharmacy professionals and the placement sites where they completed their residencies are: 

Julie Bosler, McWhorter Drug Information Center

Kim Hood, Christ Health Center, Birmingham

Megan Goolsby Monroe, Jefferson County Department of Health, Birmingham

Pilar Murphy, Perry County Health Department, Marion, Ala.

Jessica Whalen Skelley, Jefferson County Department of Health

Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) pharmacy residency programs build upon knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities gained from an accredited professional pharmacy degree program. The intent is to enhance general competencies in managing medication-use systems, and support optimal medication therapy outcomes for patients with a broad range of disease states.

Nationwide, about 18 percent of Pharm.D. graduates pursue postgraduate training, says McWhorter pharmacy practice chair Dr. Michael D. Hogue.  In addition to the general practice PGY1 program, a PGY2 program offers further training in specialized areas.

McWhorter School of Pharmacy has offered accredited PGY1 residency training for pharmacists since 1992. It supports post-residency programs at seven accredited practice sites.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.