Record Number of HSOP Students Accepted to Residencies

Erin McCreary HSOP Class of 2015 member Erin McCreary (second from right) works with other residents while at the University of Wisconsin Hospital.

April 25, 2016

AUBURN, Ala. – Each year, more than 5,000 soon-to-be or recent pharmacy school graduates participate in the match process for approximately 3,500 residency positions around the country. When match day came this year, it brought good news for 45 current and former Harrison School of Pharmacy student who were accepted to residencies and fellowships.

MORE: See the full listing of students accepted to residencies

In all, a record-setting 34 members of the HSOP Class of 2016 will be moving on to residencies, topping the previous high of 32 from the Class of 2014. Of those who applied for residency programs, HSOP had an 87 percent acceptance rate. One 2016 graduate will be entering into a two-year fellowship. Additionally, two members of the Class of 2015 will enter first-year residency (PGY-1) programs while eight will enter second-year (PGY-2) programs.

 “It speaks to our nationally-ranked pharmacy school and the qualities and strength of our program that our students can go into various practice areas after graduation and are capable of stepping in and excelling in those environments,” said Dr. Lea Eiland, Associate Department Head and Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

“It is exciting to show the strength of Auburn, our curriculum and our education model from the perspective of we have quality students and they are going all over the United States to do residencies.”

Of those entering first-year residency programs, the 36 will be spread among 11 states with 14 in Alabama; five in Tennessee; three each in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi; and one each in Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, New Mexico and Ohio. The eight second-year residents represent seven states with two in North Carolina and one each in Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Those in second-year programs will specialize in areas such as Ambulatory Care, Drug Information, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine and Oncology.

First-Year Residents and Fellow

Name Location City, State
Amber Adams Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Elise Aucoin Veterans Administration Quality Scholars Fellowship Program Birmingham, Alabama
Patrick Baldwin Saint Louis University Hospital St. Louis, Missouri
Courtney Beindorf Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center Birmingham, Alabama
Brian Boyett Huntsville Hospital Huntsville, Alabama
Courtney Brdlik University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City, Kansas
Andrew Burton G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical Center Jackson, Mississippi
Laura Adele Wolff Carrell Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Baton Rouge, Louisiana
James Carroll St. Vincent's Birmingham Birmingham, Alabama
Jamie Chambers Tuscaloosa Veterans Administration Medical Center Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Brandon Cunningham Philadelphia College Osteopathic Medicine/School of Pharmacy Suwanee, Georgia
Seth Edwards Veterans Administration of Birmingham Birmingham, Alabama
Katherine Fuller University of New Mexico Hospital Albuquerque, New Mexico
Aaron Garrett Princeton Baptist Medical Center Birmingham, Alabama
Sara Gattis Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia
Sara Gordon Veterans Administration of Memphis Memphis, Tennessee
Morgan Gwynn Georgia Regents Medical Center/University of Georgia Augusta, Georgia
Adam Harnden Sacred Heart Health System Pensacola, Florida
Quianna Harris Sacred Heart Health System Pensacola, Florida
Sara Lott Ochsner Clinic Foundation New Orleans, Louisiana
Amanda McKinney Baptist Medical Center South Montgomery, Alabama
Gavin McNatt Bayfront Healthcare St. Petersburg, Florida
Brendan Meyer University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital Birmingham, Alabama
Lena McDowell University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Jackson, Mississippi
Esha Patel Parkridge Health System Chattanooga, Tennessee
Kavita Patel East Alabama Medical Center Opelika, Alabama
Aimee Patterson Veterans Administration Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Nashville, Tennessee
James Raley University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital Birmingham, Alabama
Leborah Smith Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center Akron, Ohio
Elisha Smith University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Jackson, Mississippi
Adrian Stephens Williamson Medical Center Franklin, Tennessee
Mary Stuart Princeton Baptist Medical Center Birmingham, Alabama
Meredith Tate Memorial Hospital Chattanooga, Tennessee
Katie Weigartz University Health Shreveport Shreveport, Louisiana
Britney Willis Central Alabama Veterans Administration Health Care Montgomery, Alabama
Mary Joyce Wingler East Alabama Medical Center Opelika, Alabama
Elizabeth Wood DCH Regional Medical Center Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Second-Year Residents

Name Location (Residency Type) City, State
Katie Bowerman University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy (Ambulatory Care) Jackson, Mississippi
Meredith Ginn University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Oncology) Iowa City, Iowa
Erin McCreary University of Wisconsin Hospital (Infectious Disease) Madison, Wisconsin
Sara Ransom Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center (Drug Information) Durham, North Carolina
Elizabeth Snipes University of Virginia Health System (Drug Information) Charlottesville, Virginia
Matt Song Norton Healthcare (Infectious Diseases) Louisville, Kentucky
Bradley Yelvington Wake Forest Baptist Health (Oncology) Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Megan Zeek Medical University South Carolina Medical Center Internal Medicine (Charleston, South Carolina)


About the Harrison School of Pharmacy
Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the School offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.) while also offering a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences. For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit

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