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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in our pharmacy residency program!

As our healthcare system continues to evolve, there is no question that well-trained pharmacists will remain pivotal in addressing the health care needs of our communities.

The ultimate goal of the Memorial Hospital Pharmacy Residency PGY1 Program is to produce clinical pharmacists that provide exemplary patient care in interdisciplinary teams, capable of leading the profession and working within the framework of a health care system.

We’re excited to offer our residents a variety of strong experiences and are proud of the post-residency placement of our program graduates over the past several years.

About PGYI Pharmacy Residency Program

The Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program at Memorial is designed to develop self-directed practitioners in a hospital environment. This is a 54-week postgraduate training experience that is designed to provide residents with advanced instruction in all aspects of pharmacy practice: acute patient care, drug information, drug use policy development, practice management and ambulatory care. This program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Memorial Hospital of South Bend provides a systems-based approach, with outcomes consistent with ASHP’s Pharmacy Residency Standards for a hospital setting.

Pharmacists completing a residency at Memorial Hospital of South Bend will enhance their competency in the following areas:

  • Patient Care
  • Advancing Practice and Improving Patient Care
  • Leadership and Management
  • Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge

Rotations vary in format from five weeks to longitudinal rotations. The rotations are designed to provide structure and guidance with the flexibility to customize learning experiences to each resident’s personal and professional needs. Emphasis is placed on establishing a personal philosophy of practice, developing leadership and teaching skills, utilizing performance self-evaluation and exhibiting commitment to the profession.

The ultimate goal of the Memorial Hospital Pharmacy Residency PGY1 Program is to produce clinical pharmacists that provide exemplary patient care in interdisciplinary teams capable of leading the profession and working within the framework of a healthcare system.

Minimum Requirements

To be considered for a PGY1 residency position at Memorial Hospital of South Bend, the following criteria must be met:

  • Attending or graduated from an ACPE accredited College of Pharmacy at time of application
  • Eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in Indiana
  • Memorial Hospital participates in the national match and uses PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service) for all applicants. Required materials to be submitted by January 1 include:
    • A letter of intent
    • Curriculum vitae
    • College of pharmacy transcripts
    • Three professional letters of recommendation

Position Availability

Memorial Hospital of South Bend currently offers two positions in our pharmacy residency program.

Rotations

Memorial Hospital’s residency learning experiences are designed to help residents develop the necessary skills for providing optimal pharmaceutical care to patients in a variety of care settings. The resident’s first rotation will be spent orienting and training with the drug distribution components of the Department of Pharmacy Services.

Required Concentrated Learning Experiences

  1. Ambulatory Care
  2. Critical Care
  3. Internal Medicine
  4. Medication Safety

Required Longitudinal Rotations

  1. Drug Information/Education
  2. Inpatient Staffing/Drug Distribution
  3. Pharmacy Practice Management/Policy
  4. Residency Research Project

Elective Concentrated Learning Experiences
(may select five to complete the year)

  1. Decentralized Clinical Pharmacy with Specialized Focus
  2. Emergency Medicine
  3. Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship
  4. Informatics
  5. Oncology
  6. Outpatient Anticoagulation
  7. Pediatrics
  8. Surgery
  9. Trauma
  10. Ambulatory Care II
  11. Critical Care II
  12. Emergency Medicine II
  13. Informatics II
  14. Oncology II

Staffing

Resident staffing commitments are approximately every fourth weekend with four hours one weekday per week and may involve centralized or decentralized order entry/verification and/or clinical services. Residents may be expected to respond to hospital emergencies, such as codes, etc.  ACLS training is provided during onboarding.

Teaching Experience

Residents will serve as preceptors for pharmacy students on clinical clerkships. Optional participation in a pharmacy residency teaching certificate program is also available.

Presentations

Presentations to pharmacy staff will occur frequently, as will presentations at Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and subcommittee meetings. Residents are required to present the results of his/her residency research project at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference.

Meetings

Each resident is expected to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference.  Financial allocation is provided by Memorial Hospital for the associated educational expenses as well as for the optional teaching certificate program above.

Licensure

Applicants must hold or be in the process of obtaining a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy. Applicants must be licensed to practice pharmacy in Indiana by August 31st.

Benefits for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Uniforms

The hospital provides residents with one white lab coat for use within the hospital.

Vacation

Residents receive 16 working days of paid vacation each year.

Holidays

The hospital recognizes six (6) holidays annually. These include: New Year’s Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving and Christmas. Residents who work a holiday may choose another day to take off with approval.

Technology

Residents are provided a wireless laptop computer.

Beacon Health & Fitness

The hospital will provide each resident with a discounted Adult Physical Fitness Membership at Beacon Health & Fitness. Membership includes use of a weight room, lap pool, stationary bicycles, rowing machines, racquetball courts and aerobics classes. Family members age 14 and older qualify to be part of family memberships at a discounted rate.

Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance

The hospital will provide each resident and his/her spouse and dependent children up to age 26 with a group medical, dental and vision insurance plan.

Professional Liability Insurance

The hospital’s general liability insurance policy provides coverage for each resident while he/she is acting within the scope of his/her hospital duties. The resident is also insured for medical practice activities performed outside the scope of the residency program (i.e., “moonlighting”) only if the activity is within Beacon Health System.

Life and Long Term Disability Insurance

The hospital will provide life insurance to each resident. Coverage will be 1x his/her annual salary.

Optional Life and Dependent Optional Life Insurance

Residents have the opportunity to purchase low-cost term life insurance up to $500,000 in increments of $10,000. Amounts over $250,000 require a health statement. The resident has the opportunity to purchase life insurance for the family. Spousal coverage can be purchased in $5,000 increments up to one half of the amount purchased for the resident. Coverage for dependent children is in the amount of $10,000.

403(b) Retirement Plan

The resident is eligible to contribute on a before-tax basis to a 403(b) account from his/her pay.

Our People

Kirsten Galasso, Pharm.D, BCPS

Residency Program Director
kgalasso@beaconhealthsystem.org
574.647.3119

Kaitlyn DeWeerd, Pharm.D., BCPS

Residency Program Coordinator
kdeweerd@beaconhealthsystem.org
574.647.3120

Our Current Residents

Brion Flowers, Pharm.D.

Dr. Flowers is from New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Doctorate of Pharmacy from Xavier University of Louisiana. Her clinical interests are ambulatory care, medication safety and academia. Her interests are driven by her passion to work closely with patients and providers to enhance long-term patient health outcomes. She hopes to complete a PGY2 in one of these interest areas with the goal of impacting patients, the community and eventually global health.  During her free time, she enjoys watching independent films and trying out new restaurants.

Christine Withrow, Pharm.D.

Christine is from Hinckley, Ohio and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in 2020. Her clinical practice interests include emergency medicine and critical care. Christine plans to pursue a PGY2 residency in one of her interest areas. In her free time, Christine enjoys exploring new places, hiking, taking care of plants, and playing the flute.