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CHS Post-Doctoral Residency Programs

Clinical Health Services offers both a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency with emphasis in Ambulatory Care (four positions) and a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency (one position). Residents gain unique experience in diverse patient care settings and have the opportunity to gain experience in ambulatory care, community pharmacy practice, administration, outcomes assessment, research, and teaching. Additionally, a teaching certificate is offered.



PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency with emphasis in Ambulatory Care

Auburn University is host to a unique ASHP-Accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency position with a focus on primary care, community care, and academia. The residency is located in Auburn, Alabama, and is associated with multiple practice sites including the Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy, the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center, the State Employees’ Insurance Board Wellness Center in Montgomery, and three patient-care oriented pharmacies.

Residents will gain experience and proficiency in crucial areas of pharmacy practice such as pharmacy benefit management, formulary management, contract negotiation, collaborative practice, establishment and expansion of pharmacy services, marketing of clinical pharmacy services, financial issues including reimbursement, and in the education of other health care professionals, patients, students, and the community. The program will provide the resident with the opportunity and stimulus to develop skills, competencies, and professional expertise in pharmacy practice.

Resident responsibilities will include:

  • Providing pharmaceutical care services including, but not limited to, medication therapy management services, disease state management, diabetes education, health and wellness screenings, smoking cessation, anticoagulation monitoring, and immunizations in a primary care setting
  • Providing patient care and distributive services at the Auburn University Employee Pharmacy, Auburn University Student Pharmacy, and the State Employees’ Insurance Board Pharmacy
  • Teaching activities in the clinical skills course and lab and large group classes at the Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy
  • Mentoring students in the early and advanced experiential program
  • Participating in HCOP committees
  • Completing a residency project and presenting the project at the Southeastern Residency Conference
  • Completing and submitting a primary manuscript

The resident will receive an adjunct faculty appointment within the Department of Pharmacy Practice of the Harrison College of Pharmacy and have instructional duties as outlined above. In addition to the specified teaching responsibilities, the resident will have the opportunity to participate in a teaching certificate program.

In order to successfully complete the residency program the resident must complete 12 months of training in the program regardless of any unforeseen delays or leaves of absence.


Residency Experiences

Core Rotations
The first block of the residency will be devoted to orientation. Residents will have one week of general program orientation followed by a week of orientation at the AUPCC, SEIB Wellness Center, and in each of the three pharmacies.
Each resident will spend two blocks at the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center, or AUPCC. The AUPCC is a pharmacist-run clinic located in the Harrison College of Pharmacy that provides numerous services including medication therapy management, disease state management and education, anticoagulation monitoring, smoking cessation, weight management, immunizations, and health and wellness screenings. Point-of-care monitoring services provided at the AUPCC include cholesterol, INR, HbA1c, and osteoporosis screenings. The resident will be involved in providing patient care and monitoring through the services listed above, as well as in precepting fourth year pharmacy students who have rotations at the AUPCC.
Each resident will spend two blocks at the State Employees’ Insurance Board (SEIB) Wellness Center. The SEIB Wellness Center provides primary and acute care services, as well as pharmacist-run services. Residents collaborate with the nurse practitioner and physician to help gather pertinent patient information, perform physical assessments, serve as a drug information resource in order to optimize pharmacotherapy, and provide medication counseling for patients. Pharmacist-run services offered at the SEIB Wellness Center include smoking cessation, weight management, and diabetes education and monitoring programs. Residents will also have the opportunity to provide point-of-care monitoring services, health and wellness screenings, immunizations, and disease state management and education. The resident will have an active role in precepting fourth year pharmacy students who have rotations at the SEIB Wellness Center.
During this block, the resident will be involved in the administrative functions of a self-insured employer.
Continuity of care is the process by which the patient and his/her care team (composed of physicians, pharmacists, etc.) are cooperatively involved in ongoing health care management toward the mutual goal of quality, cost-effective medical care. This rotation provides PGY-1 residents with an understanding of disease states and pharmacotherapy as they relate to the management of high-risk patients at the AUPCC. Throughout the rotation, the resident will develop skills in the provision of pharmaceutical care including obtaining medication histories, assessing appropriateness of medication regimens, counseling patients, monitoring therapies, and providing appropriate drug information to both patients and physicians. In addition, the resident will be responsible for analyzing and assessing patient data to triage and enroll.
During this interprofessional education practice experience the resident will work with a variety of health care professionals, both students and clinicians, to care for patients in an ambulatory care setting and to educate students. Residents will see patients independently and in collaboration with other healthcare providers. At Mercy Medical Clinic patients are seen for medication management for chronic disease states as well as transitions of care following hospital discharge. Residents are also responsible for interprofessional education responsibilities at HCOP, including attending IPE clinics and other activities as they arise.
Selective Rotations
This site focuses on indigent care of individuals with HIV, including all ancillary ambulatory care, such as diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure, and more.
This site focuses on general ambulatory care for those in the veteran care facility.
This site focuses on general ambulatory care in a family practice medical training setting.
Elective Rotations

Based on the resident’s interest and career goals, and planned individually with the RPD.

Longitudinal Rotations
There are three pharmacies associated with the program, the AU Employee Pharmacy, AU Student Pharmacy, and SEIB Pharmacy. Residents are responsible for staffing these pharmacies one day per week. Throughout the year, residents will rotate so that each resident will have the opportunity to staff at all three pharmacies. Residents will also be required to staff the AU Student Pharmacy every fourth Saturday and serve as the on-call pharmacist for one week per month.
All Harrison College of Pharmacy students attend Skills Lab once per week throughout their first, second, and third professional years. Lab topics vary based on professional year. First year students focus on developing patient interview, counseling, and physical exam skills, whereas second and third year students focus more on skill application and product recommendation and counseling. Residents will serve as facilitators in Skills Lab throughout the year. The lab schedule will be divided up between the residents at the beginning of each semester. Materials for each lab will be provided at least a week in advance, and residents will be expected to review the materials as preparation for lab facilitation.
Residents will serve on committees within the Harrison College of Pharmacy.
During this interprofessional education, or IPE, longitudinal experience, the resident will work with the preceptor on various projects related to IPE at HCOP and Auburn University.
Residents will participate in the evaluation of institution-specific population health metrics including the identification of meaningful target metrics, generation of a target patient list, design of an intervention protocol, and development of a data collection plan.
Residents will work collaboratively and longitudinally with experiential programs faculty and staff on activities related to the experiential curriculum of Harrison College of Pharmacy. The HCOP Experiential Programs includes both introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences as well as interprofessional education and the co-curriculum.
Resident duties include answering health care related drug information questions, research opportunities, including potential involvement in publications, and involvement with other various projects related to the Drug Information Center.
Residents will be responsible for creating and presenting a Continuing Education lecture to health care professionals.
Each resident will participate in investigative projects concerning aspects of pharmacy practice. The resident will be responsible for completing an active project, which will consist of collecting data, evaluating the results, and reporting the findings of the project. They will also choose a second project topic, design the methods of the project, and submit for IRB approval of the project.

Teaching Certificate Program

Participation with the Resident Teaching & Learning Program (RTLP) is optional, but a formal commitment to the program must be made within the first month of the training year.


Miscellaneous Information

There are four PGY-1 pharmacy resident positions available. The term of the residency will be July 1 through June 30 (12 months). Remuneration for the one-year residency will be $40,000. Residents will be eligible for health insurance, paid leave and receive financial support to attend assigned professional meetings. Additionally, residents will have a dedicated office space, and on-campus parking privileges.

Applicants must have earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited college or school of pharmacy, be registered for the resident matching program, and be eligible for Alabama licensure. Candidates selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.


Licensure

If you are not graduating from a pharmacy school in the State of Alabama, it is imperative to recognize that the licensure requirements might be different than the state you are graduating from. For licensure, the Alabama Board of Pharmacy requires 1500 internship hours. A total of 400 traditional (Community and Health System Practice) hours need to be completed after your second year of pharmacy school. All of the internship hours worked in a different state need to be certified by that state board of pharmacy and submitted to the Alabama Board of Pharmacy. For further information, please go to www.albop.com. If you do not have 400 traditional hours completed after your second year of pharmacy school, please alert Dr. Brackett via email brackpd@auburn.edu or telephone 334-844-4099 as soon as possible for special arrangements.


Certifications

Residents will be required to successfully complete and maintain American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification. Residents will also be required to successfully complete immunization certification.


PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency in Community Setting

Auburn University provides a unique PGY-1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency position through Star Discount Pharmacy in Huntsville, Alabama. Star Discount Pharmacy operates six pharmacies where they provide many advanced and innovative community pharmacy services such as specialty (both URAC and ACHC accredited), compounding, medication therapy management (MTM), point-of-care testing, immunizations, group education, research, and much more. The partnership with Auburn offers the resident faculty mentorship in areas such as research, teaching, service development, and ambulatory care and will position the resident for careers in a variety of practice settings.

Residents trained in this program will gain over 2,000 hours of advanced education and training focused on developing patient care, practice management, and leadership skills. Additionally, residents will have the opportunity to conduct research and present at regional and national pharmacy conferences. The PGY-1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency conducted by Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama is currently in Candidate Status for accreditation by ASHP, in partnership with APhA.

Resident responsibilities will include:

  • Providing pharmaceutical care services including, but not limited to, MTM, disease state management, diabetes education, health and wellness screenings, point-of-care testing, compounding, specialty medication consults, and immunizations in a community setting.
  • Providing patient care and dispensing services at the various Star Pharmacy locations in Northern Alabama.
  • Precepting and mentoring students in the early and advanced experiential program.
  • Initiating new advanced services in the community setting
  • Completing a residency project and presenting the project at the Southeastern Residency Conference.

The resident will receive an adjunct faculty appointment within the Department of Pharmacy Practice of the Harrison College of Pharmacy and have instructional duties as outlined above. In addition to the specified teaching responsibilities, the resident will have the opportunity to participate in a teaching certificate program.

In order to successfully complete the residency program, the resident must complete 12 months of training in the program.


Residency Experiences

The experiences listed are examples for informational purposes only. All listed activities will occur, but might not be in the format currently listed. For more information please contact the community-based residency program director Dr. Greg Peden at pedengc@auburn.edu.

Block Rotations (4-11 weeks in length)
The first six week block of the residency will be devoted to orientation. Residents will have one week of general program orientation followed by orientation at the Star Pharmacy locations during the remainder of this rotation. Residents will gain familiarity with Star Pharmacy computer systems, workflow, routine services, and general processes that will be used throughout the residency year.
The Clinical Services learning experience is a seven week core rotation block for PGY-1 Star Pharmacy/HCOP Community-Based Residents. This rotation provides residents with a focused opportunity to perform advanced clinical services and bolster skills that will be used for the duration of the residency. During this rotation, the resident will perform point-of-care testing (e.g. blood sugar and lipids), vaccinations, health and wellness screenings, and other advanced clinical services. The resident will interpret patient lab results, provide education and counseling, and make recommendations to both patients and other healthcare providers.
The nature and location of the four-week elective experience will be determined after discussion between the resident and RPD at the beginning of the residency program. Elective experiences are performed outside of Star Pharmacy and subject to availability of preceptors in the resident’s desired area of training. The RPD will work with the resident to schedule an experience that meets the needs of both the resident and program.
This five-week core experience combines population health and medication therapy management for a blended learning experience. The resident will utilize a variety of tools to identify patients eligible for MTM, vaccinations, and other population health interventions. The resident will coordinate with patients, providers and other pharmacists to provide care that improves patient outcomes. The most common disease states addressed include diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, osteoporosis, and asthma.
This 10 week experience is the final rotation of the residency. It is designed to allow the resident to utilize the skills learned in all previous rotations to provide safe, timely, and effective patient care in the community pharmacy setting. Operating as an independent member of the pharmacy team, the resident will provide a variety of clinical services to a diverse patient population.
On this 11 week rotation the resident will gain experience with service development. The resident will develop a plan for service delivery, outcome tracking, financial sustainability, and quality improvement. The resident will then take a lead role implementing the new service, address any challenges or barriers that arise during implementation, and evaluate the impact of the service.
This six week core learning experience gives residents time working with high-cost medications that require specific clinical monitoring, administration, and/or unique storage parameters. Residents work in collaboration with patients, physicians, pharmacists and other healthcare providers to ensure clinical outcomes are met for patient therapies and to decrease the occurrence of treatment failure and adverse effects. The most common disease states encountered in this experience include hepatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, hyperlipidemia, multiple sclerosis, HIV, cystic fibrosis, and ulcerative colitis.
Longitudinal Rotations
Throughout the residency year, the resident will staff at one of the Star Market Pharmacies in Northern Alabama. The resident may work at different locations over the course of the year. This experience occurs throughout the entire year following orientation.
The resident will participate in mentored investigative projects concerning aspects of pharmacy practice. This experience occurs the entire year following orientation. The resident will be responsible for completing an active project, which will consist of collecting data, evaluating the results, and reporting the findings of the project. Research activities will also include design of project methods and submission for IRB approval. The research project will be presented at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC).
This experience runs for the entire year following orientation and is designed to provide the resident with dedicated clinical time each week to complete a variety of clinical services. These services are vital to the health of patients and pharmacists’ expanded role in the healthcare team. Example clinical activities include: comprehensive medication management, targeted medication interventions, disease state management, population health management, and transitions of care.
This experience occurs throughout the entire year following orientation and is designed for the resident to gain experience in areas of community-based practice which may fall outside of the normal daily duties of the community pharmacist. Activities covered in this experience include advocacy, compounding, durable medical equipment (DME) and practice administration. The resident will participate in a variety of focused activities in each of these topic areas.
The teaching experience occurs throughout the year following orientation and in a variety of settings. The resident will have the opportunity to teach patients, students, and other healthcare providers through a variety of assigned activities. The resident will help to precept IPPE and APPE students on rotation, deliver an elective offered by the Harrison College of Pharmacy, present to Star Pharmacy staff, and participate in the development and delivery of a continuing education program.

Teaching Certificate Program

The resident will have the opportunity to participate in a Teaching Certificate Program provided by faculty of the Harrison College of Pharmacy. Participation with the Resident Teaching & Learning Program (RTLP) is optional. Activities for the RTLP occur throughout the residency year. A formal commitment to the program must be made within the first month of the training year.


Miscellaneous Information

There is one PGY-1 pharmacy resident position available. The term of the residency will be July 1 through June 30 (12 months). Remuneration for the one-year residency will be $45,000. Residents will be eligible for health insurance and paid leave. The resident will receive financial support to attend assigned professional meetings. Additionally, residents will have dedicated office space.

Applicants must have earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited college or college of pharmacy and be eligible for licensure in Alabama. Candidates selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.


Licensure

If you are not graduating from a pharmacy school in the State of Alabama, it is imperative to recognize that the licensure requirements vary from state to state. For licensure, the Alabama Board of Pharmacy requires 1500 internship hours. A total of 400 traditional (Community and Health System Practice) hours need to be completed after the second year of your pharmacy program. All of the internship hours worked in a different state need to be certified by that state board of pharmacy and submitted to the Alabama Board of Pharmacy. For further information, please go to www.albop.com. If you do not have 400 traditional hours completed after your second year of pharmacy school, please alert Dr. Peden via email pedengc@auburn.edu or telephone 334-844-4099 as soon as possible for special arrangements.


Certifications

Residents will be required to successfully complete and maintain American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification. Residents will also be required to successfully complete immunization certification.


Meet the Residents

Megan Carter

Dr. Megan Carter

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident
mac0088@auburn.edu

Education:

  • B.S., Pharmaceutical Sciences - University of Mississippi, 2019
  • Pharm.D. - University of Mississippi, 2022

Bio:

Dr. Megan Carter is a native of Madison, Alabama. She received her bachelor of science degree in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Mississippi in 2019 and continued on to complete her Pharm.D. in 2022. While in pharmacy school, she interned with both CVS and Walgreens. She was also involved with the American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health System Pharmacists,, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and Phi Delta Chi, where she served as Worthy Chief Counselor of her chapter in 2019-20. In her spare time, she enjoys watching baseball games, listening to podcasts, exploring coffee shops, and trying new recipes.

Holli Chandler

Dr. Holli Chandler

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident
hmc0029@auburn.edu

Education:

  • B.A., Chemistry - Catawba College, 2016
  • Pharm.D. - Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy, 2022

Bio:

Dr. Holli Chandler is a native of New London, North Carolina. She received a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Catawba College in 2016 while also competing as a member of the Lady Indians Softball Team. She went on to complete her Pharm.D. at the Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy in 2022. While in pharmacy school, she interned with the Auburn University Employee Pharmacy and PA Logic Solutions. She was also involved with the National Community Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health System Pharmacists, Alabama Pharmacy Association, and the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs Willi and Loki. Her hobbies include taking the dogs on hikes, fitness, trying new restaurants, and traveling.


Morgan Jackson

Dr. Morgan Jackson

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident

Education:

  • Pharm.D. - Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy, 2022

Bio:

Dr. Morgan Jackson is a native of Houston, Texas. She completed her prerequisites for pharmacy school at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and went on to complete her Pharm.D. from the Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy in 2022. While in school, she interned with Patio Drugs, a locally-owned independent pharmacy in Metairie, Louisiana. She was also involved with Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc., Phi Lambda Sigma, and served as president of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new restaurants and traveling with friends and family.

K’Tura Jacques-Louis

Dr. K’Tura Jacques-Louis

Community Pharmacy Resident

Education:

  • Pharm.D. - Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy, 2022

Bio:

Dr. K’Tura Jacques-Louis is a native of Apopka, Florida. She earned her Pharm.D. from Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health in 2022. While in school, she interned with CVS Pharmacy. She was also involved with the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, Industry Pharmacists Organization, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, and Student National Pharmaceutical Association. Her professional interests include managing chronic diseases including cardiovascular, diabetes, and academia. She is interested in pursuing a PGY-2 residency in ambulatory care. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, raising her beagle and trying new restaurants.


Jennifer Le

Dr. Jennifer Le

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident

Education:

  • B.S., Neuroscience - University of Texas at Dallas, 2018
  • Pharm.D. - Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy, 2022

Bio:

Dr. Jennifer Le is a native of DeSoto, Texas. She completed a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas and earned her Pharm.D. from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy in 2022. While in school, she interned with Walmart Pharmacy and Kindred Healthcare Pharmacy. She was also involved with the Metroplex-Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Dallas Area Pharmacy Association, and Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists. Her professional interests include ambulatory care, geriatrics, and research. In her spare time, she enjoys going out to Starbucks, trying out new restaurants, and painting/drawing/other arts and crafts.


Last Updated: July 28, 2022