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Pharmacy Residency Program

The Deaconess Health System Postgraduate Year One Pharmacy Residency is a hospital-based one-year residency program with two positions for Pharmacy postgraduates. Upon completion of the Deaconess Health System Pharmacy Residency, the Residents will function as skilled, caring and ethical practitioners in various settings.

They will be prepared to educate patients, health care professionals and students and will mature professionally by continually monitoring and improving their performance. The Residents will also demonstrate professional leadership and possess strong communication skills that will lead to success in future endeavors.   

ASHP Accreditation 

As of July 2006, the Deaconess Health System PGY1 Pharmacy Residency received accreditation from American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Our program was honored to be granted the maximum accreditation of 6 years by ASHP. Graduates of our program will be prepared to:

  • Manage and improve the medication-use process
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills
  • Demonstrate project management skills
  • Provide medication and practice-related education/training
  • Utilize medical informatics
     

Meet Our Residency Team

Our Residency Team consists of both pharmacists and technicians. The entire department works as a team to ensure an optimal outcome in all aspects of our daily practice. Each rotation has a primary preceptor, but we work as a team to ensure all learning objectives are met.

Rotations and Pharmacist Preceptors
 

Longitudinal

Orientation/Staffing - Emily Hicks, PharmD BCPS
Anticoagulation Clinic - Melissa Merkel, PharmD CACP
Medication Therapy Management Clinic - Michelle Schymik, PharmD BCPS and Traci Fritschle, PharmD BCPS
Inpatient Family Medicine Rounds - Angelina Scholfield, PharmD BCPS and Janet Williams, PharmD BCPS
Practice Management/ Drug Information - Meredith Petty, PharmD

Required

Adult Medicine - Michelle Schymik, PharmD BCPS and Traci Fritschle, PharmD BCPS
Nutrition - Nancy Beebe, RPh and Traci Fritschle, PharmD BCPS
Pediatrics/PICU - Bailey Vardsveen, PharmD and Tom Petersen, PharmD
Critical Care/ Trauma - Laura Stock, PharmD and Janet Williams, PharmD BCPS

Elective

Cardiology - Ally Murray, PharmD BCPS and Cynthia Miller, RPh
Infectious Disease - Jeff Starkey, PharmD
NICU - Tom Petersen, PharmD
Nephrology - Michelle Schymik, PharmD BCPS
Oncology - Charlie Bockelman, PharmD 
Surgery - Cynthia Miller, RPh and Karen Lockyear, RPh
Geriatrics - Angelina Scholfield, PharmD BCPS
Emergency Medicine - Matt Pfister, PharmD
Administration - Carrie Morton, PharmD MBA
Advanced General Medicine - Emily Hicks, PharmD BCPS
Family Medicine Clinic - Michelle Schymik, PharmD BCPS
 

Residency Team Background

Ally Murray, PharmD, BCPS
Graduated from Butler University, Doctor of Pharmacy (2008)
Residency completed:  PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Deaconess Health System
Additional Certifications:
  -Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2012)
  -Indiana Pharmacy Teaching Certificate

Angelina Scholfield, PharmD, BCPS
Graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy (2011)
Residency completed:  PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Deaconess Health System
Additional Certifications:
  -Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2012)
  -Indiana Pharmacy Teaching Certificate
  -Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services Certification (2012)

Bailey Vardsveen, PharmD
Graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy , Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (2010)

Carrie Morton, PharmD, MBA
Graduated from Purdue University, Doctor of Pharmacy degree (2003)
Graduated from Indiana Univeristy Kelly School of Business, Masters of Business Administration degree (2008)

Charlie Bockelman, PharmD
Graduated from Purdue University, Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (2002)

Cynthia A. Miller, RPh
Graduated from Ferris State University, Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy (1991)

Emily Hicks, PharmD, BCPS
Graduated from Butler Univeristy College of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy (2011)
Residency completed:  PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Community Health Network in Indianapolis, IN
Additional certifications:
 - Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2012)
 -Indiana Pharmacy Teaching Certificate

Janet Williams, PharmD, BCPS
Graduated from
Residency completed:
Additional certifications:
 - Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2011)

Jeff Starkey, PharmD
Graduated from Butler University College of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy degree (2010)
Residency completed:  PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI
Additional certifications:
 - Michigan Pharmacy Resident Teaching Certificate
 -MAD-ID (Making a Difference in Infectious Disease) Certification

Joyce A. Thomas, PharmD
Graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy (1979) and University of Kentucky, Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (1995)
Additional Certifications:
  -Indiana Pharmacist Alliance Glen J. Sperandio Pharmacist of the Year Award (2009)
  -Board Member of National Certification Board for Anticoagulation Providers (2000 to 2011)
  -Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider (2000)

Karen Lockyear,. RPh
Graduated from Purdue University, Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy (1981)

Kelli Lovell, PharmD
Graduated from Purdue University, Doctor of Pharmacy (2006)
Additional Certifications:
  -Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider (2010)

Melissa Merkel, PharmD
Graduated from Purdue University, Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (2009)
Residency Completed:  PGY1 Ambulatory Pharmacy Practice Residency at Virginia Wealth University Health System in Richmond, Virginia
Additional Certifications:
  -Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider (2012)

Laura Stock, PharmD
Graduated from Purdue University, Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (2001)

Matt Pfister, PharmD
Graduated from Purdue University, Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (2010)

Melinda Sloan, PharmD
Graduated from Purdue University, Doctor of Pharmacy (1996)
Residency Completed: Pharmacy Practice Residency at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois

Meredith Petty, PharmD
Graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (1996)

Michelle Schymik, PharmD, BCPS 
Graduated from Butler University, Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (1996)
Residency Completed: Pharmacy Practice Residency at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana
Additional Certifications:
  -Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist 2010
  -Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider 2005-2010
  -Indiana Pharmacy Teaching Certificate
  -Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services Certification 2012

Nancy Beebe, RPh
Graduated from Purdue University, Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy (1978)

Thomas Petersen, PharmD
Graduated from University of Kentucky, Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy (1993) and Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (1994)

Traci Fritschle, PharmD, BCPS
Graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy (2007), and graduated from Indiana State with Dietetics Degree (2002)
Additional Certifications:
  -Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist 2010
  -Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services Certification 2012

Current Residents

2013-2014
Jessica Stansbury, PharmD – Jessica is originally from Corydon, IN and graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University in May 2013. Her interests include infectious disease, oncology, and ambulatory care. Upon completion of her residency, Jessica hopes to work as an inpatient clinical pharmacist and/or a pharmacist in an ambulatory care setting.

Residency Project:  Implementation of a pharmacist in a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).
 

 

Residency Graduates

2012-2013
Brian Spencer, PharmD, BCPS – Brian received his Doctor of deaconess pharmacy residencyPharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2012. He is a native and current resident of western Kentucky, along with his wife and three children.   His primary areas of interest are infectious disease and critical care.  After completion of his residency, Brian continues to work at Deaconess Health System as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist.  

Residency Project:  Expanding Pharmacists Role in Inpatient Services
Katie (Balko) Theising, PharmD, BCPS - Katie is originally from Greenfield, IN, deaconess pharmacy residencyand graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University College of Pharmacy in May 2012.  Her interests include ambulatory care, oncology, and drug information.  Upon completion of her  residency, Katie remains at Deaconess Health System as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist.

Residency Project:  Implementation of a medication therapy management (MTM) service as part of an employer-sponsored diabetes management program for health plan beneficiaries


 

2011-2012

ArthurBrandon.jpgBrandon Arthur, PharmD, BCPS - Dr. Arthur is a graduate of Washington State University, receiving his Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree in May of 2011. He is originally from Spokane, Washington. His areas of interest include critical care, psychiatrics and pharmacy management. After completing his residency he plans to work in a clinical position ultimately pursuing a career as a consultant pharmacist. After completing his residency, Brandon went to work for Multicare Health System in Tacoma, Washington.

Residency Project: Implementation of an Outpatient-Specialty Pharmacy within a Health System.


 

PucciAngelina.jpgAngelina (Pucci) Scholfield, PharmD, BCPS - Angelina is originally from Eureka, MO and graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in May 2011. Her primary focus is general medicine and ambulatory care with additional interest in pediatrics. Angelina remains with Deaconess after completing her PGY1 Residency and focuses in ambulatory care through her involvement in the Pharmacy MTM Clinic and Anticoagulation Clinic.  She is also working as a clinical pharmacist for inpatient services.  

Residency Project:  Pharmacist's role in disease state management
Publication of Residency Project:  Pucci A.  Pharmacists involvement in establishing a patient-centered medical home.  Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2013;70:842-844.






2010-2011
ValerieRichardville.jpgValerie (Richardville) Rusch, PharmD –Valerie is
originally from Vincennes, Indiana and graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University in May of 2008.  Upon completing her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, Valerie continues to work at Deaconess as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist and one of the Antimicrobial Stewardship pharmacists. Immediately after completing her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, Valerie remained on staff at Deaconess as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist and one of the Antimicrobial Stewardship pharmacists. She is currently working her hometown in community pharmacy.

Residency Project:  Expanding Oncology Services to Pediatrics in an Outpatient Hospital Setting
 


 

 

BethenyGrabner.jpgBetheny Grabner, PharmD -Betheny is originally from Columbia, IL and graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in May 2010. After her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, she is working to develop the evening clinical program at St. Johns Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, MO.

Residency Project:  Implementation of a Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis Strategy to Reduce Readmission Rates in an Inpatient Community Hospital.


 

2009-2010
MaherAndrea.jpgAndrea Maher, PharmD - Andrea graduated in May of 2009 with the Doctorate of Pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy.  Her areas of interest include infectious disease and oncology. Andrea is currently employed as a Home Infusion Pharmacist at Coram Specialty Infusion Services in St. Louis, MO.

Residency Project: Implementation of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in a Community Hospital.


 

 

SummersEmily.jpgEmily Summers, PharmD - Emily is originally from Fenton, Missouri.  She attended St. Louis College of Pharmacy, graduating in May, 2009 with her Doctor of Pharmacy.  Her pharmacy interests include pediatrics and oncology.  Emily is currently employed at St. Johns Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, MO.

Residency Project: Developing Clinical Services in an Outpatient Chemotherapy Infusion Center.


 

2008-2009

AllysonMurray.jpgAllyson Murray, PharmD, BCPS - Ally is a graduate of Butler University, receiving her Doctorate of Pharmacy in May of 2008. She is originally from Evansville, Indiana, and attended Memorial High School. Her areas of interest include critical care and psychiatrics. Ally is currently employed at Deaconess Health System where she practices as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist. She remains involved with the residency by serving at the Cardiology Preceptor.

Residency Project: Evaluation of new insulin infusion protocol in intensive care unit.

 

 

ChristianEslinger.jpgChristian Eslinger, PharmD, BCPS- Christian went to high school in Paris, Illinois. She graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, in May 2008 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a graduate certificate in Health Services Administration.

Residency Project: Appropriate Use of Erythropoietin-Stimulating Agents.

 

2007-2008

AnnaBartok.jpgAnna Bartok, PharmD - Anna is originally from Camarillo, California. She graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska with her PharmD in May of 2007. Anna is currently working with the VA Blackhills Health Center System in Fort Meade, SD. She continues to work with residents at her site as a preceptor and residency project mentor.

Residency Project: Evaluating the feasibility of an outpatient pharmacy located within the health system.

 

 

AndreaTuma.jpgAndrea (Tuma) Zuckerman, PharmD - Andrea is originally from Medford, Wisconsin. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in May 2007. Andrea is currently employed as a lead pharmacist at Cleveland Clinic and specializes in pediatrics.

Residency Project: Developing Pharmacist Services In A Community
Hospital Emergency Department.

 

2006-2007

Allison.jpgAlison (Dougan) Walton, PharmD BCPS - Alison is originally from Newburgh, Indiana. She completed the Doctor of Pharmacy Program in 2006 at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. Her residency experiences helped her achieve her career goal of becoming a clinical specialist. Alison completed a PGY2 Family Medicine Specialty Residency with Clarian Health and Butler University. She is currently in a co-funded position as assistant professor of pharmacy practice with Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and practices as a primary care clinical pharmacist with St. Vincent Primary Care Center.

Residency Project: Medication therapy management clinic established
within community hospital family practice setting.

 

 

Jennifer.jpgJennifer Arnoldi, PharmD 
BCPS
- Jennifer graduated from Midwestern University-Chicago College of Pharmacy in 2006 with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Her hometown is Decatur, Illinois. Jen’s residency project was developing and implementing a DVT prophylaxis plan at the institution. Upon completing her residency, Jennifer returned closer to her hometown. She is currently employed as a clinical pharmacist at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL. In September 2009, Jen began work as an internal medicine faculty position with Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Residency Project:   Evaluation Of Risk Factor Assessment And Thromboprophylaxis For Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) In An Inpatient Setting.

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