More Than 50 HSOP Students Accepted to Residencies

United States map with highlighted states where HSOP students are HSOP students and graduates have been selected to complete residency programs in 18 states.

April 20, 2018

AUBURN, Alabama – With the academic year coming to a close and students preparing for graduation, 41 members of the Harrison School of Pharmacy Class of 2018 have been the recipients of good news in the past month. Those soon-to-be graduates are part of a record-setting 59 current and former HSOP students that will be continuing their education and training through residency programs and fellowships around the country.

The residencies are postgraduate training in 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.

“I am so very proud of our students that have pursued and matched for residencies,” said Dean Richard Hansen. “These positions are highly-competitive and to have such a large number of students match emphasizes the academic and professional strengths of our students. This year represents the largest number of students matching for residences in HSOP’s history.”

The 58 residents from the HSOP delegation are filling some of just 4,833 positions around the country that are accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

In all, a record-setting 39 members of the HSOP Class of 2018 will be moving on to first-year residencies (PGY-1), topping the previous high of 36 from the Class of 2017. Additionally, two 2018 graduates will be completing a fellowship. One 2017 graduate and a 2016 graduate will be entering into PGY-1 residencies while 16 will enter second-year (PGY-2) programs.

“As faculty, we are excited to see our students pursue residencies within the state and all over the country to learn about pharmacy practice in different settings and populations,” said Dr. Lea Eiland, associate department head and clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Of those entering first-year residency programs, the 42 will be spread among 11 states with 20 in Alabama; five each in Florida and Georgia; three in North Carolina; two each in Tennessee and Washington; and one each in Connecticut, Iowa, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming. The 16 second-year residents represent 12 states with three in Illinois; two in Tennessee; and one each in Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

Those in second-year programs will specialize in areas such as Ambulatory Care, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics, Health-Systems Administration, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Pediatric, and Psychiatric and Solid Organ Transplant.

First-Year Residents

Name Location City, State
Emily Arzonico East Alabama Medical Center Opelika, Alabama
Leanna Barker Children's of Alabama Birmingham, Alabama
Jasleen Bolina St. Joseph's/Candler Hospitals Savannah, Georgia
Luke Britton East Alabama Medical Center Opelika, Alabama
Andrew Conner Wyoming Medical Center Casper, Wyoming
Austin Cook University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Combination PGY1/PGY2 Health System Administration Program
Iowa City, Iowa
Trey Dailey Jackson Hospital and Clinic Montgomery, Alabama
Kelsey Dobbs University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy Nashville, Tennessee
Morgan Fisher Central Alabama VA Health Care Montgomery, Alabama
Josh Francis West Virginia University Medicine Morgantown, West Virginia
Morgan Frawley University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital Birmingham, Alabama
Kelly Gandy Jackson Hospital and Clinic Montgomery, Alabama
Kristina Gill North Florida Regional Medical Center Gainesville, Florida
Kelly Groover Lee Memorial Hospital Fort Myers, Florida
Frances Hoffman Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System/JACC Pensacola, Florida
Amanda Holloway Birmingham VA Medical Center Birmingham, Alabama
Rachel Horne Columbus Regional Health-Midtown Medical Center Columbus, Georgia
Rachel Howorth Huntsville Hospital Huntsville, Alabama
Jennifer Huynh Corpus Christi Medical Center Corpus Christi, Texas
Amber Keeton Columbus Regional Health-Midtown Medical Center Columbus, Georgia
Madeleine King Children's of Alabama Birmingham, Alabama
Hallie Knight Jackson-Madison County General Hospital Jackson, Tennessee
Kaitlyn Ledbetter Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Jenna Lee Yale New Haven Hospital New Haven, Connecticut
Walker Mason University of North Carolina Hospitals Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Logan McCall St. Vincent's Hospital Birmingham, Alabama
Hibah Missoum DCH Regional Medical Center Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Elizabeth Newton Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia
Paul Paratore Seattle Children's Hospital Seattle, Washington
Chris Piszczatoski Putnam Community Medical Center Palatka, Florida
Alston Poellnitz Princeton Baptist Medical Center Birmingham, Alabama
Caitlin Prather Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy Auburn, Alabama
Chris Squires Huntsville Hospital Huntsville, Alabama
Merideth Syfrett Central Alabama VA Health Care Montgomery, Alabama
Melissa Tittinger Campbell University Buies Creek, North Carolina
Emily Tsiao Premera Blue Cross Mountlake Terrace, Washington
Cameron Turner Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Alexandra Wilson Sacred Heart Health System Pensacola, Florida
Helen Walker Viva Health Birmingham, Alabama
Mary Hannah Walters Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Albany, Georgia
Caroline Welch Mission Hospital Asheville, North Carolina


Name Location City, State
Emily Olivier University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy Memphis, Tennessee
Anthony Todd USA College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine Mobile, Alabama

Second-Year Residents

Name Location (Residency Type) City, State
Amber Adams Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center (Critical Care) Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Tabitha Bice Le Bonheur Children's Hospital/University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Pediatric) Memphis, Tennessee
Erin Bilgili Houston Methodist Hospital (Solid Organ Transplant) Houston, Texas
Devon Burhoe University of Illinois at Chicago (Emergency Medicine) Chicago, Illinois
Kathryn Chappell Methodist Healthcare/University Hospital (Internal Medicine) Memphis, Tennessee
Kathleen Gillen Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy (Ambulatory Care) Homewood, Alabama
Emily Hailstone Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (Health-Systems Pharmacy Administration) Charleston, South Carolina
Katherine King VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System (Psychiatric) Salt Lake City, Utah
Ashleigh Powers WJB Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Ambulatory Care) Columbia, South Carolina
Connor Roth University of Chicago Medical Center (Oncology) Chicago, Illinois
Melissa Shively Aurora Health Care/St. Luke's Medical Center (Health-Systems Administration) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Liz Steadman Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Geriatrics) Erie, Pennsylvania
Ali Stringberg University of Missouri Health Care (Internal Medicine) Columbia, Missouri
Regan Wade Indiana University Health/Butler University (Internal Medicine) Indianapolis, Indiana
Julie Willmon Florida Hospital Orlando (Critical Care) Orlando, Florida
Sharnetria Wright Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (Critical Care) Chicago, Illinois


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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