pgy1 program

Residency Program Director
Previous Year Residents
  • Shane Sheredy, PharmD

    Staff Pharmacist, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Austin Bolker

    Staff Pharmacist, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Austin Brown

    Informatics Pharmacist, Bon Secours Mercy Health
  • Emily O’Neill

    Post-Doctoral In Vitro Pharmacodynamics Fellowship in Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy, The Rhode Island Infectious Diseases (RIID) Research Program
  • Jennifer Cook

    PGY2 Cardiology Resident, Duke University
  • Catherine Derington

    Fellowship in Outcomes Research and Ambulatory Care, Kaiser Permanente Colorado & University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy

About the PGY1 Health-System Residency Program


PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on PharmD education and outcomes to contribute to the development of a clinical pharmacist responsible for medication-related care of patients with wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Residents completing the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at OSUWMC will be competent, autonomous, and confident clinical pharmacists who are ready to assume a position as a clinical pharmacist, PGY2 resident, or fellow in the acute or ambulatory care setting. Additionally, the program prepares our graduating clinical pharmacists to conduct outcomes related research and provides teaching in the form of preceptorship, didactic education, and education to our patients and healthcare partners.


As one of America’s top ranked academic medical centers, the mission of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) is to improve people’s lives through innovation in research, education, and patient care.

OSUWMC is a 1,506 bed multihospital delivery system recognized in 2018 as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for excellence in ten specialties by US News and World Report based on quality, outcomes, and reputation.

More about the sites

University Hospital (UH)

University Hospital (UH) is our flagship hospital with over 900 beds. UH is a major referral center for patients throughout Ohio and the Midwest, and is one of the busiest kidney and pancreas transplant centers in the world. UH is also an international center for neuromodulation research and neurological care. In addition, UH is a level 1 trauma center in addition to being the American Burn Associated verified adult burn center for the region

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is one of the nation’s premier centers for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.  OSUWMC features the world’s most advanced cancer and critical care hospital which opened in December of 2014. With the opening of the new hospital, our institution boasts an Emergency Department (ED) with over 100 beds and an area dedicated specifically to the care of cancer patients within the ED. Medical Intensive Care, Surgical Intensive Care, Neuro Intensive Care, and Cancer specific ICU patient care areas also exist within the new cancer and critical care tower.

The Ross Heart Hospital

The Ross Heart Hospital is a leader in cardiology and heart surgery and is the only nationally ranked heart hospital in the area. Each floor of the 150-bed hospital is dedicated to a specific service, which helps us provide specialized care for every patient. The Ross is one of the largest centers for the implantation of LVAD devices in the world in addition to providing heart and lung transplants.

University Hospitals East (UHE)

University Hospitals East (UHE) blends the friendly atmosphere of a community hospital with the advantages of being a part of a major academic medical center. Located on the eastern edge of downtown Columbus, University Hospital East offers renowned Ohio State services in orthopedic care, emergency services, cancer care, addiction services, ear, nose and throat care, heart care, radiology and imaging services, rehabilitation and wound healing. University Hospital East has a 19 bed mixed medical/surgical ICU.

Harding Hospital/Dodd Hall

In addition, the OSUWMC boasts Harding Hospital, which offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient mental and behavioral health services in addition to Dodd Hall, which is a nationally recognized and accredited rehabilitation program specializing in stroke, brain, and spinal cord rehabilitation.

The Brain and Spine Hospital

The Brain and Spine Hospital opened in the Fall of 2016 and is a state-of-the-art facility for the advanced management, care and healing of patients with neurological disorders.The hospital consists of 87 private beds and specialized units for stroke and neurovascular, neurotrauma, epilipsy, spine, chronic pain, neuromodulaton, multiple sclerosis, congnitive and movement disorders, as well as an innovative new model for acute spinal cord injuries.

The Department of Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy at The OSUWMC is one of the largest in the country. With over 400 employees, and a practice model that includes both clinical pharmacy generalists and clinical pharmacy specialists, our goal is the provision of outstanding, state of the art care. We advise our staff on the best use of medications, develop safeguards for our patients to prevent medication errors and develop transformative pharmacy practice in health-systems. We are guided in this mission by our strategic plan that focuses on five key priorities: optimizing our pharmacy information system, refining our practice model, enhancing our medication safety program, establishing the pharmacy as a workplace of choice in Central Ohio and refining our academic relationships and department scholarship.

Training future generations of pharmacists is a vital part of our mission. Our pharmacists serve as preceptors for our residency programs while providing experiential training for Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students. Our residency program has a 55-year tradition of excellence with our graduates being well-prepared to work at a high-level in a wide-variety of institutional and ambulatory patient care facilities.

The Department of Pharmacy, in partnership with the OSU College of Pharmacy, strives to develop the skills of our residents and provide a residency program that is recognized nationally for the quality and excellence of its graduates.


Rotational experience is designed to provide the resident with broad exposure to pharmacy services and patient populations and is the backbone of the PGY1 Residency experience. Residents will complete a combination of 4 week, 6 week (orientation only), and longitudinal rotations. Residents are required to complete one Direct Patient Care #1 (DPC1) and one Direct Patient Care #2 (DPC2) rotation during the first half of the residency year (August – December). Direct Patient Care #1 rotations care are defined as more general patient populations. Examples of DPC1 rotations the resident can choose include: Acute Care Surgery/Trauma/Nutrition Support, Cardiology, Infectious Diseases, Inpatient Oncology, Outpatient Oncology, Internal Medicine, and Ambulatory Care. All residents will be scheduled an Internal Medicine rotation, preferably within the first 3 months of the residency year, to ensure a solid foundation of general knowledge and skills to build upon throughout the year. Direct Patient Care #2 rotations are defined as more focused patient care populations. Examples of DPC2 rotations the resident can choose include: Pain and Palliative, Solid Organ Transplant Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Bone and Marrow Transplant, Critical Care (MICU, SICU, NCCU), and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Residents must complete one Advanced Direct Patient Care rotation during the second half of the residency year (January – June). Residents can choose from any of the rotations listed in DPC1 or DPC2 and will be evaluated using advanced learning activities. Other required rotations include administration and the completion of an administrative audit or project. Additional required activities include: formulary review, resident education session presentation, medication safety event review, IPPE precepting, staffing, and the completion of a major research project.

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Residents are encouraged to complete at least 1 rotation at the community hospital within the OSU Health-System, University Hospitals East (UHE). UHE is located approximately 6 miles from the main Medical Center and operates in the same manner with regard to clinical pharmacy services. Rotations available at University Hospitals East include: internal medicine, administration, and critical care.

Elective rotations include: Investigational Drug Services, Pharmacy Informatics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Rotations (if advanced notice given), Ohio State College of Pharmacy Academia, Ohio State College of Pharmacy Academia Longitudinal (12 weeks), Ambulatory Care Longitudinal (12 weeks), and Psychiatry.

Residents must spend at least two-thirds or more of the program in direct patient care activities and no more than one-third of the twelve-month PGY1 pharmacy residency program may deal with a specific disease state and population (e.g., critical care, oncology, cardiology); however, each resident’s schedule is customizable based on area of interest and resident progression. If a resident has an interest in a particular specialty and is considering a PGY2 residency in that area, the Residency Program Director will ensure that the resident experiences at least one rotation within that specialty prior to the ASHP Midyear meeting. The rotation schedule is very flexible and can be changed as the resident’s interests develop in specific areas. Rotation selections will be guided by the Residency Program Director, and will ensure that the resident achieves a broad range of experiences, and does not focus a majority of the residency in one particular area of practice.

Staffing Commitment
The staffing commitment is 24 weekends as a licensed pharmacist in the state of Ohio, approximately every other weekend. Residents will also be required to staff at least one “training” weekend and this weekend does not count toward the 24 weekend commitment. If any additional training weekends are required throughout the year, they will also NOT count toward the 24 weekend commitment. Residents will begin training in July and can be scheduled for 1st or 2nd shift (in a rare emergency all staff may be asked to provide support for 3rd shift). Once trained, residents have the opportunity to staff in central pharmacy (main campus or UHE), IV room, or in the satellites. The weekend schedule will be prepared at the beginning of the year in template form for the entire year. If a particular weekend creates a personal scheduling conflict, you will be required to trade that weekend with a fellow resident. Personal vacation time may NOT be used for weekends. Residents are required to staff 1 major holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years) and 2 minor holidays (July 4th, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Martin Luther King, or Memorial Day). Holiday coverage that includes a weekend counts toward the resident’s weekend commitment as well. The Department of Pharmacy offers at least 3 hours of educational programming per month for staff development and a staff meeting, during which residents are required to provide coverage to allow all staff to attend. Coverage is rotated on a monthly basis.

All residents are required to be licensed in Ohio by the end of July ( Residents are permitted to take all licensing exams during June and July without taking personal vacation time. In addition, residents are encouraged to attend the Ohio Pharmacist Association’s (OPA) licensing ceremony in September and again, are not required to use personal vacation time to attend this event.

There are opportunities to work extra shifts for pharmacist wage at the hospital. However, the number of additional shifts residents work is monitored and should not interfere with rotational responsibilities.

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice and 2nd year MS Residents rotate responsibility for the on-call pager, approximately 1 out of every 7-8 weeks. While on-call, the resident will be involved in resolving daily issues regarding: complex drug information questions, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) activities, Parenteral Nutrition related issues, in addition to questions regarding policies, drug diversion and security. Residents are NOT required to be in-house while on-call. Residents are responsible for responding to drug information questions between ~ 5 PM – 9 PM on weekdays only and all other pages from ~5PM – 8AM on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends. A back-up administrator is always on call and available for any questions.

Research Experience
The resident will participate in and complete a clinical research project. The resident will work closely with clinicians who have extensive research experience. To facilitate the research process, the resident will participate in the Residency Research Series that consists of a series of lectures delivered by clinicians with research experience throughout the year. This dynamic research series is conducted under the expertise of our Residency Research Committee. The resident’s research project will be presented at the ASHP Midyear Meeting and Great Lakes Residency Conference. The research project will also be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for publication.

The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy Teaching and Learning Training Program
All PGY1 Pharmacy Resident are required to complete The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy Teaching and Learning Training Program. OSUWMC is affiliated with the OSU College of Pharmacy and College of Medicine; therefore residents have several teaching opportunities including: acquiring a “Teaching and Learning” certificate, serving as primary preceptor for 2nd year IPPE PharmD students, assisting the primary preceptor with 4th year APPE PharmD students on rotations (ex. topic discussions, patient review, etc.), writing mini cases, and teaching case based workshops. Teaching opportunities may vary from year to year dependent on the residents’ interest and the needs of the College of Pharmacy. In addition to the teaching certificate, the College of Pharmacy offers a one-month and 12-week longitudinal rotation which focuses on classroom preparation and planning.

Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (P&T)
The P&T Committee includes 5 subcommittees (Antimicrobial, Formulary, Antithrombotic, Hematology/Oncology, and Medication Safety). Residents are placed on 1 subcommittee to serve as a member for the entire year. Residents will be responsible to provide draft minutes to the secretary and may be responsible for additional committee work as needed. In addition to serving on 1 committee, it is required that PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residents attend at least 1 meeting for each of the other subcommittees throughout the year.


The PGY1 residency program provides a unique opportunity for exposure to highly trained preceptors in many practice areas. Residents may choose rotations in areas such as internal medicine, transplant, surgery, critical care, cardiology, emergency medicine, hematology/oncology, and ambulatory care. In addition to numerous direct patient care rotation opportunities, there are numerous indirect patient care rotation opportunities which include investigational drugs, pharmacy administration, drug information, medication safety, information technology, patient assistance, and academia.


  • Incidence and risk factors for delirium in the hematology-oncology intensive care unit. Int J Crit Illn Inj Sci. 2021 [Epub ahead of print] – Klosko R, Arnold J, Murphy C, Hagy N, Martz J, McLaughlin E, Exline M, Elefritz JL.
  • Risk factors associated with suboptimal tobramycin levels in the medical intensive care unit. Eur J Drug Metab Pharmcokinet. 2021 [Epub ahead of print] – Counts J, Elefritz JL, Reed E, Palettas M, Aossey C, Beatty J.
  • Impact of the Injectable Opioid Drug Shortage on Analgesia and Sedation Management in the Medical Intensive Care Unit: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Hospital Pharmacy. 2021 [Epub ahead of print] – John K, Cape KM, Goodman L, Elefritz JL.
  • Clinical outcomes following treatment of Enterobacter pneumonia with piperacillin-tazobactam compared to cefepime or ertapenemInt J Antimicrob Agents. 2019; 54(6):824-8. – Holsen MR, Wardlow LC, Bazan JA, Fussner LA, Coe KE, Elefritz, JL
  • Thromboembolic complications following aminocaproic acid use in patients with hematologic malignanciesLeuk Lymphoma. 2018; 59(10): 2377-82. – Juhl RC, Roddy JVF, Wang T, Elefritz JL.Predictability of discordance between LDL cholesterol, non-HDL cholesterol, and LDL particle number in patients of a lipid clinic – Gaborcik JW, Snider MJ, Hevezi M, Wehr AM, Sharma K.
  • Evaluation of clinical and microbiological outcomes in patients with Candida glabrata candidemia stratified according to echinocandin minimum inhibitory concentrations – Matthews C, Brown J, Hutchinson D, Balada-Llasat, J-M, Johnston J, Theodoropoulos N, Bauer KA.
  • QTc Prolongation in the Treatment of ICU-induced Delirium: an investigation of medication-related risk factors – McCoy A, Eiferman DA, Boyd M, Phillips G, Murphy CV.
  • Correlation of pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic predictions with clinical and microbiological outcomes in patients with Pseudomonas aeruginosa pneumonia using minimum inhibitory concentrations determined via Etest – McKinley L, Wenzler E, Gerlach A, Johnston JEW, Bazan JA, Bauer KA.
  • The incidence of hypotension with continuous infusion atracurium compared to cisatracurium in the intensive care unit – VanderWeide L, Abdel-Rasoul M, Gerlach A.


Application Deadline: December 31, 2021

We welcome applications from non-U.S. citizens who have a “green card” (permanent resident status) or a current visa valid through the entire duration of the residency program. The Ohio State University pharmacy residency programs are NOT able to sponsor visas for pharmacy residents (PGY1 or PGY2).

Required Supplemental Material: 

  • Supplemental_Application
  • Please use supplemental application link above. Applicants must upload any research project in progress or completed with a description of the project including: Title, your role on the project, primary outcomes, description of the project including number of patients, results, and status.
  • Along with your application, we require three letters of recommendation. It is highly recommended that one to two of the letters be from a clinical rotation preceptor within the past six months.

Start Date: June 21, 2021

Annual Salary – $47,500

Vacation Days – 10 days

Staffing Requirement – 24 weekends per year

Completion of a Major Research Project


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