More Than 55 Match With Pharmacy Residencies

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AUBURN, Alabama – For the fourth year in a row, more than 50 Harrison School of Pharmacy graduates and soon-to-be-graduates were accepted to residency programs. In all, 57 found their place among the best and brightest to begin or further their career in hospitals, clinics and universities around the country.

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 first-year programs, or PGY-1, are general in nature, 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 second-year residency, or PGY-2, that can focus on specialty practice areas, such as infectious diseases, oncology, pediatric, and psychiatric.

In all, those accepted to PGY-1 and PGY-2 residencies are spread among 16 states with 25 remaining in-state to care for those in Alabama.

“It is an interesting time in health care and these future and recent graduates are coming in at a time when patients need them most,” said Richard A. Hansen, dean of the Harrison school of Pharmacy. “This is the fourth year in a row for the Harrison School of Pharmacy to have more than 50 selected to these highly-competitive residency programs. It speaks volumes of our faculty and staff and their work in preparing practice-ready graduates.”

The Harrison School of Pharmacy boasted a 68% match rate among those participating in the PGY-1 process. The HSOP delegation filled some of just 5,269 positions around the country that are accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

In all, a record-setting 37 members of the HSOP Class of 2020 will be moving on to PGY-1 residencies. Additionally, one previous graduate will enter a PGY-1 residency while 19 will enter PGY-2 programs.

“These programs know when they match with an HSOP graduate, they are getting someone that a critical thinker, a problem solver and someone who will have a positive and enduring impact on patients, communities and the health care system,” said Hansen. “We are proud of those who matched and look forward to seeing the great work they do.”

Of those entering PGY-1 residency programs, the 38 will be spread among 12 states with 20 in Alabama; six in Florida; three in Georgia; and one each in Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. The 19 PGY-2 residents represent 12 states with five in Alabama; two each in Florida, Georgia and Virginia; and one each in Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Those in second-year programs will specialize in areas such as ambulatory care, critical care, emergency medicine, health system administration & leadership, infectious diseases, internal medicine, oncology, pain management & palliative care, pediatric, psychiatric and solid organ transplant.

First-Year Residents

Name Location City, State
Brittany Allums DCH Regional Medical Center Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Ren Aranda East Alabama Medical Center Opelika, Alabama
Adam Archer University of Virginia Health System Charlottesville, Virginia
Ashley Aune Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center La Crosse, Wisconsin
Emily Blaine Auburn University Clinical Health Services Auburn, Alabama
Jacob Calahan Huntsville Hospital Huntsville, Alabama
Rachel Chappell DCH Regional Medical Center Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Kaitlyn Claybrook Jackson Hospital and Clinic Montgomery, Alabama
Elleyna Clinton Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center Hazard, Kentucky
Rachel Elston Children's of Alabama Birmingham, Alabama
Ashley Flowers Hillcrest Hospital South Tulsa, Oklahoma
Megan Fonteno Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Columbus, Georgia
Grace Hoffman Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Shreveport, Louisiana
Mary Holder University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital Birmingham, Alabama
Matthew Holt Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Columbus, Georgia
Riley Jackson Huntsville Hospital Huntsville, Alabama
Nate Johnson Baptist Hospital Pensacola, Florida
Ahmad Kader Sacred Heart Health System Pensacola, Florida
Courtney Lee Birmingham VA Medical Center Birmingham, Alabama
Nicholas Liberto Tampa General Hospital Tampa, Florida
Holly Loyd Jackson Hospital and Clinic Montgomery, Alabama
Kyle Manning East Alabama Medical Center Opelika, Alabama
Courtney McDonald Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Columbus, Georgia
Carl Okerberg University of Michigan Health System Ann Arbor, Michigan
Elizabeth Padgett Sacred Heart Health System Pensacola, Florida
Savan Patel Mobile Infirmary Mobile, Alabama
Uma Patel Princeton Baptist Medical Center Birmingham, Alabama
Emily Peel H-E-B Pharmacy/University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas
Devan Rockwell West Florida Healthcare Pensacola, Florida
Rachel Rusk Baptist Medical Center South Montgomery, Alabama
Christopher Skinner HCA/University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy Nashville, Tennessee
Cynthia Smith Mease Countryside Hospital Safety Harbor, Florida
Samantha Stanley Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Chicago, Illinois
Lauren Tepool Huntsville Hospital Huntsville, Alabama
Perry Thompson Central Alabama VA Health Care Montgomery, Alabama
Brittany Till Baptist Medical Center South Montgomery, Alabama
Sarah Vines Jackson Hospital and Clinic Montgomery, Alabama
Sarah Wood Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy Birmingham, Alabama

Second-Year Residents

Name Location (Residency Type) City, State
Jaclyn Connors Long Island University at The Brooklyn Hospital Center (Emergency Medicine) Brooklyn, New York
Jillian Davis Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown (Critical Care) Columbus, Georgia
Carolyn Ellison Prisma Health Richland/University of South Carolina (Internal Medicine) Columbia, South Carolina
Meredith Holt University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital (Solid Organ Transplant) Birmingham, Alabama
Kelsey Ladd Orlando Health (Critical Care) Orlando, Florida
Shelby Lawrence Boise VA Medical Center (Ambulatory Care) Boise, Idaho
Laura Louie North Florida/South Georgia VA Health System (Psychiatric) Gainesville, Florida
Morgan Moulton University of Georgia College of Pharmacy (Ambulatory Care) Athens, Georgia
Christopher Nixon Huntsville Hospital System (Critical Care) Huntsville, Alabama
Alyssa Osmonson Princeton Baptist Medical Center (Internal Medicine) Birmingham, Alabama
Kiara Parker Birmingham VA Medical Center (Pain Management & Palliative Care) Birmingham, Alabama
Kaci Shuman Wake Forest Baptist Health (Oncology) Winston Salem, North Carolina
Alexis Skarupa Huntsville Hospital System (Critical Care) Huntsville, Alabama
Lauren Speakman University of Illinois at Chicago (Ambulatory Care) Chicago, Illinois
William Towers Houston Methodist Hospital (Internal Medicine) Houston, Texas
Hayes Turner VCU Medical Center (Health System Administration & Leadership/Masters) Richmond, Virginia
Melissa West University of Virginia Health System (Pediatric) Charlottesville, Virginia
Christopher Whitman Norton Healthcare (Infectious Diseases) Louisville, Kentucky
Melanie Whitmore Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt (Pediatric) Nashville, Tennessee


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

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Last Updated: April 17, 2020