57 HSOP Graduates Accepted to Residencies

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April 17, 2019

AUBURN, Alabama – Each year, hospitals, clinics and medical centers look for the best and brightest to fill out their residency programs. This year, 57 Harrison School of Pharmacy graduates and soon-to-be-graduates will find their place among them. It marks the third consecutive year for HSOP to log 50 or more residency matches.

The residencies are post-graduate 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.

“This is always an exciting time of year for our students and graduates pursuing residency programs,” said Dean Richard Hansen. “With 55 matching for residency programs, this marks the third year in a row that we have reached 50 or more and I think that speaks volumes for the great work our faculty and staff are doing to prepare our students to enter the workforce.”

"The Harrison School of Pharmacy boasted a 68.3% match rate among those participating in the PGY-1 process with 43 members of the Class of 2019 landing one of the coveted spots."

The 57 residents from the HSOP delegation are filling some of just 4,617 positions around the country that are accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

In all, a record-setting 43 members of the HSOP Class of 2019 will be moving on to first-year residencies (PGY-1), topping the previous high of 39 from the Class of 2018.

Additionally, one previous graduate will enter a PGY-1 residency while 13 will enter second-year (PGY-2) programs.

“These programs know when they match with an HSOP graduate, they are getting someone that is skilled, knowledgeable, and committed to improving health outcomes through the patient care experience,” said Hansen. “We are proud of those who matched and look forward to seeing the great work they do.”

Of those entering first-year residency programs, the 44 will be spread among 14 states with 16 in Alabama; six in Tennessee, four in Florida; three in Texas; two each in Georgia, North Carolina, New York and Virginia; and one each in Arizona, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The 13 second-year residents represent 10 states with two each in Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina; and one each in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Those in second-year programs will specialize in areas such as Ambulatory Care, Cardiology, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Oncology.

First-Year Residents

Name Location City, State
Michelle Adams Central Alabama Veterans Administration Health Care Montgomery, Alabama
Katherine Baker North Mississippi Medical Center Tupelo, Mississippi
Alyssa Booth St. Vincent's HealthCare Jacksonville, Florida
Christian Bottcher Children's of Alabama Birmingham, Alabama
Kelli Caddell Veterans Administration North Texas Health Care System Dallas, Texas
Jaclyn Connors Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Niagara Falls, New York
Jillian Davis Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Columbus, Georgia
Carolyn Ellison Princeton Baptist Medical Center Birmingham, Alabama
Abigail Grimm Seton Healthcare Family
Pediatric Focus
Austin, Texas
Katelyn Hale Parkridge Health System Chattanooga, Tennessee
John Herndon Princeton Baptist Medical Center Birmingham, Alabama
Kristen Herr University Health Shreveport Shreveport, Louisiana
Meredith Holt University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital Birmingham, Alabama
Mary Atkins Hunt VIVA Health
Managed Care
Birmingham, Alabama
Kiersti Jones Easterbrook Pharmacy Reading, Pennsylvania
Kelsey Ladd Tampa General Hospital Tampa, Florida
Shelby Lawrence Veterans Administration Medical Center
Primary Care
Boise, Idaho
Laura Louie North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Administration Health System Gainesville, Florida
Hayley McCarron Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System/JACC Pensacola, Florida
Morgan Moulton Tuscaloosa Veterans Administration Medical Center Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Emily Murray Mobile Infirmary Mobile, Alabama
Christopher Nixon Huntsville Hospital Huntsville, Alabama
Haley O'Neal The Brooklyn Hospital Center
Brooklyn, New York
Alyssa Osmonson Princeton Baptist Medical Center Birmingham, Alabama
Kiara Parker Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center Birmingham, Alabama
Sarah Potter Banner-University Medical Center South/University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona
Carra Powell Baptist Medical Center South Montgomery, Alabama
Kela Pugh Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Columbus, Georgia
Samantha Rodriguez Johnson City Medical Center Johnson City, Tennessee
John Russell Charleston Area Medical Center Charleston, West Virginia
Morgan Sellars Huntsville Hospital Huntsville, Alabama
Kaci Shuman Wake Forest Baptist Health Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Alexis Skarupa Huntsville Hospital Huntsville, Alabama
Lauren Speakman Parkland Health and Hospital System Dallas, Texas
William Towers Methodist Healthcare/University Hospitals Memphis, Tennessee
Hayes Turner VCU Health System
PGY1/2-Health System Administration and Leadership/Masters
Richmond, Virginia
Addison Upton Mission Hospital Asheville, North Carolina
Kathryn Webb Tennessee Department of Mental Health/University of Tennessee Nashville, Tennessee
Melissa West University of Virginia Health System Charlottesville, Virginia
Christopher Whitman East Alabama Medical Center Opelika, Alabama
Melanie Whitmore Monroe Carell Jr./Children's Hospital Vanderbilt Nashville, Tennessee
Christopher Wren Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Lauren Wright East Alabama Medical Center Opelika, Alabama
Byul Ah You St. Alexius Medical Center Bismarck, North Dakota

Second-Year Residents

Name Location (Residency Type) City, State
Jasleen Bolina St. Joseph's/Candler Health Sysem (Critical Care) Savannah, Georgia
Andrew Conner CoxHealth (Critical Care) Springfield, Missouri
Josh Francis Palmetto Health Richland (Cardiology) Columbia, South Carolina
Morgan Frawley University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital (Critical Care) Birmingham, Alabama
Kristina Gill UMass Memorial Medical Center (Cariology) Worcester, Massachusetts
Kelly Groover Lee Memorial Hospital (Critical Care) Fort Myers, Florida
Jennifer Huynh North Shore University Hospital (Pharmacotherapy) Manhasset, New York
Amber Keeton Piedmont Columbus Regional (Ambulatory Care) Columbus, Georgia
Madeleine King St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Oncology) Memphis, Tennessee
Jenna Lee Yale New Haven Hospital (Ambulatory Care) New Haven, Connecticut
Stennis Mason University of North Carolina Hospitals (Infectious Diseases) Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Hibah Missoum Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy (Ambulatory Care) Homewood, Alabama
Caroline Welch Mission Hospital (Emergency Medicine) Asheville, North 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. The School’s commitment to world-class scholarship and interdisciplinary research speaks to Auburn’s overarching Carnegie R1 designation that places Auburn among the top 100 doctoral research universities in the nation. For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit http://pharmacy.auburn.edu.

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