50 HSOP Graduates Accepted to Residencies

Residents look at a computer in the hospital 2016 HSOP graduate Katherine Fuller (center) works with other residents at the University of New Mexico Hospital. She is set to begin a PGY-2 residency this year at Duke University Hospital.

June 30, 2017

AUBURN, Alabama – Each summer, a new crop of recent pharmacy school graduates head into the workforce, taking some of the nearly 4,500 residency positions around the country. This year, a record-setting 50 Harrison School of Pharmacy graduates will be continuing their education and training through these programs around the country.

The residencies are postgraduate training is an organized and directed program that builds upon knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities gained from the pharmacy degree program. While many are general programs, some allow students to specialize in certain areas, such as managed care, ambulatory care, community pharmacy, and health system administration. Some choose to pursue a specialized second-year residency that can focus on those areas, along with others like infectious diseases, oncology, pediatric, and psychiatric.

“Residencies provide a progression from the highly organized program in a school of pharmacy to an environment in which you become much more independent but still have needed supervision,” said Lee Evans, former HSOP Dean and current Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. “Residents are placed in learning environments that are not afforded regular employee pharmacists. As a result, residency graduates gain the equivalent of five years of experience in comparison to a regular appointment, and are eligible for more advanced positions on residency completion.”

In all, a record-setting 36 members of the HSOP Class of 2017 will be moving on to first-year residencies (PGY-1), topping the previous high of 34 from the Class of 2016. One 2016 graduate will be entering into a PGY-1 residency while 13 will enter second-year (PGY-2) programs.

“HSOP graduates are better prepared to take the next step.  They are typically more professionally mature and are unafraid of challenges,” said Evans. “They are capable of solving complicated drug related problems as a routine matter.”

Evans added the team-based approach embraced by the Harrison School of Pharmacy also impacts the students abilities to go out into an array of environments and be successful.

“Our curriculum places a high emphasis on graduates’ impact on improving patient care outcomes and decreasing the costs of care, regardless of the practice environment,” said Evans. “Our graduates are also very comfortable with working in interprofessional teams, collaborating with colleagues from varying healthcare practices.”

Of those entering first-year residency programs, the 36 will be spread among 12 states with 18 in Alabama; four in Florida; three each in Illinois and Virginia; and one each in Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, South Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin. The 13 second-year residents represent eight states with three in Georgia; two each in Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee; and one each in Alabama, Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Those in second-year programs will specialize in areas such as Ambulatory Care, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Disease, Solid Organ Transplant, Oncology, Critical Care, Health System Pharmacy administration, Pediatric, and Psychiatric.

First-Year Residents

Name Location City, State
Mallory Anderson Viva Health Birmingham, Alabama
Tabitha Bice University of Virginia Health System Charlottesville, Virginia
Erin Bilgili Sacred Heart Health System Pensacola, Florida
Cassidy Bumgardner Central Alabama Veterans Administration Health Care Montgomery, Alabama
Devon Burhoe University of Illinois College of Pharmacy Chicago, Illinois
Anna Bush Memorial Health University Medical Center Savannah, Georgia
Kathryn Chappell Princeton Baptist Medical Center Birmingham, Alabama
Matthew Cole Central Alabama Veterans Administration Health Care Montgomery, Alabama
Ashleigh Cutcliffe University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital Birmingham, Alabama
Kathleen Daniell Norton Healthcare Louisville, Kentucky
Hillary Davis Walgreens/Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Chelsea, Alabama
Mary Estess Children's of Alabama Birmingham, Alabama
Elizabeth Ezell Princeton Baptist Medical Center Birmingham, Alabama
Aubrey Fields Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center Richmond, Virginia
Jill Fuller East Alabama Medical Center Opelika, Alabama
Lauren Gilmore Evolent Health Arlington, Virginia
Emily Hailstone Medical Center of Trinity Trinity, Florida
Jonathan Gray Princeton Baptist Medical Center Birmingham, Alabama
Anthony Jackson Lakeland Regional Health Lakeland, Florida
Ebony Jackson Cambridge Health Alliance Cambridge, Massachusetts
Beth Jobson St. Vincent's Hospital Birmingham, Alabama
Katherine King Veterans Administration Salt Lake City Healthcare System Salt Lake City, Utah
Robin Lancaster W. Jennings/B. Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center Columbia, South Carolina
Kristi Laxson Viva Health Birmingham, Alabama
Kylie Noles University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital Birmingham, Alabama
Anna Plotkina Huntsville Hospital Huntsville, Alabama
Michele Richardson Huntsville Hospital Huntsville, Alabama
Connor Roth University of Chicago Medical Center Chicago, Illinois
Melissa Shively Aurora Health Care/St. Luke's Medical Center Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Megan Silvey Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy Auburn, Alabama
Elizabeth Steadman Mobile Infirmary Mobile, Alabama
Alexandria Stringberg University of Missouri Health Care Columbia, Missouri
Matthew Vickers Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy Auburn, Alabama
Regan Wade Indiana University Health Indianapolis, Indiana
Julie Willmon Florida Hospital Orlando, Florida
Sharnetria Wright Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center Chicago, Illinois
Brook Yordy Dekalb Medical Center Decatur, Georgia

Second-Year Residents

Name Location (Residency Type) City, State
Andrew Burton University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy (Ambulatory Care) Jackson, Mississippi
William Edwards Zablocki Veterans Administration Medical Center (Infectious Diseases) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Katherine Fuller Duke University Hospital (Ambulatory Care) Durham, North Carolina
Sara Gattis Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (Solid Organ Transplant) Atlanta, Georgia
Sara Gordon Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center (Oncology) Durham, North Carolina
Morgan Gwynn Augusta University MC- UGA College of Pharmacy (Oncology) Augusta, Georgia
Amanda McKinney University of Tennessee Medical Center (Critical Care) Knoxville, Tennessee
Neill McNatt Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center (Health System Pharmacy Administration) Birmingham, Alabama
Esha Patel Florida Hospital for Children (Pediatric) Orlando, Florida
Aimee Patterson Veterans Administration Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (Psychiatric) Nashville, Tennessee
Adrian Stephens Grady Health System (Ambulatory Care) Atlanta, Georgia
Katherine Weigartz Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Emergency Medicine) Columbus, Ohio
Mary Joyce Wingler University of Mississippi Medical Center (Infectious Diseases) Jackson, Mississippi


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 http://pharmacy.auburn.edu.

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