Published on April 14, 2022 by Sarah Waller  

With 52 students and alumni matching with a pharmacy residency program this spring, Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy achieved a 72% match rate, the highest in school history. Likewise, the 52 students and graduates matching with a residency also equal a school record for the most matches in a single year. 

While pharmacy graduates are not required to complete a residency before entering practice, residencies provide additional training and practice experience in specific areas. This competitive process is facilitated by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

This year, 36 fourth-year Doctor of Pharmacy students were matched with an ASHP-accredited postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency program. These residencies can be in the community, hospital or managed care settings. Additionally, 16 recent graduates, who completed a PGY1 residency this year, were matched with an ASHP-accredited postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency program. These residencies occur in more than 20 specialized areas such as pediatrics, cardiology and oncology.

“I am so proud of the 52 students and graduates who matched with a residency this year,” said Michael Crouch, dean of McWhorter School of Pharmacy. “This is a highly competitive process, and the total number of matches puts McWhorter School of Pharmacy in the top third of pharmacy schools nationally.”

Collectively, McWhorter School of Pharmacy students and graduates were chosen for residency programs in 15 states across the country within areas such as pediatrics, ambulatory care, infectious diseases, internal medicine, palliative care, psychiatric and community pharmacy.

A graphic that shows the states where students and alumni matched with a pharmacy residency program.

Students who matched with a PGY1 pharmacy residency program include: 

  • Scotty Beauchamp, Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • Robyn Best, Jackson Hospital and Clinic in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Robert Bevins, University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Reagan Bowling, Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Arsemen Brown, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas
  • Miranda Chauncey, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois
  • Lauren Cummins, University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Chelsea Daigle, Baton Rouge General Health System in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Menet Elbahrawi, Ascension-St. Vincent Health and Health Services in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Savannah Elliott, Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Madison Frazier, Envolve Pharmacy Solutions in Tampa, Florida
  • Hailee Gallaway, Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida
  • Colby Goldstein, Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Brandi Aleyce Sibley Guidry, Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in Boise, Idaho
  • Christian Hardrick, Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Clay Hayes, University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Gina Heilman, VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Kelley Frances Henley, Ochsner Health in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Amanda Holder, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Lauren Jackson, Memphis VA Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Savannah Jones, Children's of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Alyssa Krug, DCH Health System in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Michael Miller, University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Kreg Montgomery, Ascension St. Vincent's in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Devan G. Parker, Huntsville Hospital, in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Aashika Patel, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Matthew Quattrocchi, Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana
  • Morgan Rambo, Birmingham VA Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Lucy Rinehuls, Prisma Health Richland- University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Alex Rogers, Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Aaron Smith, Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Mason Snell, Ochsner Health at their Specialty Pharmacy in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Robert Tooma, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Courtney White, G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Katherine White, Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas
  • Rebecca Worsham, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee
 
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