For more than 90 years, Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy has prepared pharmacists who transform lives, and this year, the school is proud to continue this great tradition, announcing a record number of fourth year Doctor of Pharmacy students matching with a postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency program.
With 33 students matching with a PGY1 residency, McWhorter School of Pharmacy achieved a 69 percent match rate, which is higher than the national average and the highest of any school of pharmacy in Alabama.
This competitive process is facilitated by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). While graduates are not required to complete a residency before they begin practice, PGY1 pharmacy residencies are designed to provide additional pharmacy practice experience in an area of the graduates’ interest.
“I’m incredibly proud of these students and I congratulate them for their hard work and perseverance to match with an ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency program,” said Michael Crouch, dean of McWhorter School of Pharmacy. “Also, I thank the faculty for their amazing support and helping students reach their goals.”
Students were chosen for residency programs in 15 states across the country, and PGY1 residency opportunities can be in the community, managed care or health-system environments. Some programs offer further specialization such as pediatrics.
Students who were matched with a PGY1 pharmacy residency program include:
Caitlin Arnwine, Magellan Rx Management, Salt Lake City, Utah
Julia Babis, VA Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama
Joshua Branbury, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Sara Brown, Children's Health Children's Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
Michael Bryant, VA Medical Center, Orlando, Florida
Dwight Burnham, DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Kayla Chambers, Christus Santa Rosa Health Systems Children Hospital, San Antonio, Texas
Richelle Chambliss, St. Vincent's Hospital, Birmingham
Brook Crosby, Sacred Heart Health System, Pensacola, Florida
Maggie Daseler, Children's Hospitals and Clinics, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jana Formby, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Knoxville, Tennessee
Keith Foster, MUSC Medical Center/College of Pharmacy, Charleston, South Carolina
Kelsey George, Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast, Concord, North Carolina
Stephanie Gore, VCU Health System, Richmond, Virginia
Katherine Greenhill, Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, Georgia
Courtney Ingram, Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy in collaboration with CVS Health, Birmingham
Blake Johnson, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville
Charles Johnson, Norton Children's Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky
Meghan Lenn, Sacred Heart Health System, Pensacola, Florida
Manisha Modi, Saint Thomas West Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee
Jeffrey Nolen, VA Medical Center, Birmingham
Courtney Pearson, CHI Memorial in Chattanooga, Tennessee
John Riles, VA Medical Center, Birmingham
Nicholas Sanders, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson
Neil Schenk, Memorial Hospital—UCHealth, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Samantha Schutte, East Alabama Medical Center, Opelika, Alabama
Stephan Scott, UPMC Health Plan, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Emily Sochovka, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Birmingham
Karlette Stewart, VA Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Anne Marie Thibodeaux, Providence Health and Services, Portland, Oregon
Linh Tong, Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, Alabama.
Aubrey Utley, Sacred Heart Health System, Pensacola, Florida
Elizabeth Wood, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Birmingham