Come Join Our Team!
Thank you for considering the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program! We are very proud to offer well-structured learning experiences that allow pharmacy residents the opportunity to establish competency in a variety of patient care settings. Caring preceptors, supportive physicians and administrators, and a diverse patient population make St. Elizabeth Healthcare an excellent environment to further develop skills as a clinical pharmacy practitioner.
Dr. Sarah Gillian
is originally from Rome City, IN. She is currently serving as a Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) resident for St. Elizabeth Healthcare. She is a 2008 graduate of Xavier University where she earned her bachelor of science in biology with a minor in chemistry and a 2013 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Winkle College of Pharmacy where she earned her doctor of pharmacy. She was previously a pharmacy intern for West Chester Hospital.
Following the completion of her PGY1 residency, Dr. Gillian hopes to pursue a career in internal medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with friends, reading and hanging out on the lake.
Dr. Kristina Hoffman
is originally from Cincinnati, OH. She is currently serving as a Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) resident for St. Elizabeth Healthcare. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Winkle College of Pharmacy where she earned her doctor of pharmacy. Prior to joining St Elizabeth Healthcare, she worked as a pharmacy intern for Kroger.
Following the completion of her PGY1 residency, Dr. Hoffman hopes to pursue a career in inpatient clinical pharmacy. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching football and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Deanna Ratermann
is originally from Fort Loramie, OH. She is currently serving as a Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) resident for St. Elizabeth Healthcare. She earned her doctor of pharmacy in 2013 from Ohio Northern University, Raabe College of Pharmacy. She also served as a pharmacy intern for Walmart Pharmacy and volunteered at Compassionate Care of Shelby County.
Following completion of her PGY1 residency, Dr. Ratermann hopes to pursue a career in inpatient clinical pharmacy. Outside of work, she enjoys basketball, volleyball, reading and spending time with family and friends.
About Our Program
Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Residency
The PGY1 residency at St. Elizabeth Healthcare is an ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists)
accredited 12-month structured training program designed to develop skills and competence in providing pharmaceutical care. The specific program may vary in structure and areas of emphasis based on the resident’s entering level of knowledge, skills, and interests. Elective rotations allow the resident to further pursue interests related to individual career objectives.
The PGY1 residency is composed of four major elements:
• Clinical and administrative practice rotations
• Teaching activities
• Completion of a major research project
• Pharmaceutical care experience in central pharmacy
During the practice experience, the resident is involved with both the theory and practice of drug distribution. The resident learns the policies and procedures of centralized unit dose systems, parenteral admixtures, and ambulatory drug distribution. In addition, the resident acquires a thorough knowledge of departmental goals and is introduced to policies and procedures relating to drug procurement, inventory control, quality improvement, and pharmaceutical care.
Rotations are available in ambulatory care (anticoagulation and primary care), cardiology, critical care, drug information/drug use policy development, geriatrics, internal medicine, oncology, and pharmacy practice management. In each rotation, the resident is expected to perform independently and demonstrate an increasing proficiency in pharmacy practice. In addition to expanding the resident’s knowledge and experience, the resident develops communication and drug-therapy monitoring skills and learns to solve therapeutic problems. Pharmacy department members with full-time practice and teaching responsibilities in these areas serve as preceptors for the rotations.
Elective rotations permit the resident to expand abilities and skills in other areas of interest. The broad scope of pharmacy practice services offered provides a high degree of flexibility to pursue individual goals. The resident may use this time to broaden the base of training in a variety of clinical practice or administrative areas.
During the program, the resident must complete a self-directed project. The scope, magnitude, and type of project may vary according to individual interests. The project must be completed in a manner suitable for presentation and publication.
Staffing and Longitudinal Clinical Requirements
Over the course of the residency year, the resident is required to staff in the central pharmacy approximately eight hours per week. How this staffing obligation is met may vary depending on site-specific needs. The resident is also expected to staff eight additional shifts (including three holidays) over the course of the year. The resident will also staff in the pharmacy anticoagulation clinic one half-day per week and complete a longitudinal internal medicine experience, occurring every other weekend.
Teaching Certificate Program
The educational component of the program enables the resident to develop teaching and training skills by participating in education programs for pharmacy students, physicians, nurses, and pharmacists. Residents have the opportunity to participate in the Teaching Certificate Program affiliated with the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati. This program will provide the resident a broad understanding of issues in pharmacy education as well as opportunities to enhance their teaching skills. It has been designed for residents to gain knowledge in educational theory, develop experience in teaching in a variety of instructional settings, and document reflection upon their teaching activities.
Applicants for the PGY1 residency program must hold a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and be eligible for licensure in Kentucky and Ohio. Applications received before January 1 will be given preferential consideration. A preliminary phone interview may occur and a personal interview is required.
In addition to a competitive stipend, the resident receives paid medical and dental insurance, accrues 22 days of PTO (includes vacation days, selected holidays, education leave, and sick leave), and an educational travel allowance.
The pharmacy residency program of St. Elizabeth Healthcare utilizes PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application) for all application submissions. For more details related to PhORCAS, please click here to visit the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' (ASHP) PhORCAS website.
Required Application Items
- PhORCAS Required Items
- Verified Transcripts
- Letter of Intent
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Identify three personal references
- Supplemental Items
- Photograph (ideally head and shoulders, passport type photograph)
To apply for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, please submit the requested items via PhORCAS by January 7.
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Residency Program Director
R.J. Frey, Pharm.D., CACP
St. Elizabeth Healthcare
85 North Grand Avenue
Fort Thomas, KY 41075