Record-setting 66 HSOP graduates moving on to residencies and fellowships

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May 7, 2021

AUBURN, Alabama - A record-setting 66 Harrison School of Pharmacy graduates were recently selected to post-graduate programs at hospitals, clinics, universities and the pharmaceutical industry around the country. Along with setting a new benchmark, it is the fifth year in a row for at least 50 Auburn pharmacy graduates to move on to the highly competitive programs.

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, pediatrics and psychiatry.

Those accepted to PGY-1 and PGY-2 residencies are spread among 16 states with 23 remaining in-state to care for those in Alabama.

“If this past year has shown us anything, it is how critically important health care workers are and the impact they make in their communities,” said Richard A. Hansen, dean of the Harrison School of Pharmacy. “These students completed their rotations in the midst of a global pandemic and I think it is no coincidence that we have a record number of our graduates accepted to residency programs.”

The Harrison School of Pharmacy boasted a 69% match rate among those participating in the PGY-1 process. The HSOP delegation filled some of just 5,121 positions around the country that are accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

In all, a record-setting 46 members of the Class of 2021 are moving on to PGY-1 residencies with another accepted to a post-graduate fellowship. Additionally, six previous graduates will enter a PGY-1 residency while 13 will enter PGY-2 programs.

“These residency programs are very competitive, and it speaks volumes of our faculty and staff and their work in preparing practice-ready graduates,” Hansen said. “These programs know when they match with an HSOP graduate, they are getting someone that is a critical thinker, a problem solver and someone who will have a positive and enduring impact on patients, communities and the health care system.”

Of those entering PGY-1 residency programs, the 52 will be spread among 12 states with 20 in Alabama; nine in Georgia; six in Florida; four in Tennessee; three in Virginia; two each in Kentucky and Texas; and one each in Illinois, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington, D.C. The 13 PGY-2 residents represent 10 states with three in Alabama; two in Utah; and one each in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.

Those in second-year programs will specialize in areas such as ambulatory care, critical care, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, oncology, pain management and palliative care, pediatric and pharmacy informatics.


First-Year Residents and Fellowship

Name Location City, State
Kaitlyn Abbott St. Vincent's Hospital Birmingham, Alabama
Amanda Altstatt Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Roanoke, Virginia
Devin Archer Piedmont Athens Regional Athens, Georgia
Sarah Aycock Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Columbus, Georgia
Aaron Bissell Methodist Healthcare/University Hospitals Memphis, Tennessee
Taylor Byrd Smith's Pharmacy (Kroger) Salt Lake City, Utah
Christina Camp Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center Hazard, Kentucky
Holly Clark Huntsville Hospital Huntsville, Alabama
Grace Coefield Mercer University College of Pharmacy Atlanta, Georgia
Laura Comalander West Florida Healthcare Pensacola, Florida
Leah Croft USA Health University Hospital Mobile, Alabama
Fuller Currie Tarrytown Pharmacy Austin, Texas
Cindy Doan McLeod Regional Medical Center Florence, South Carolina
Allison Durant Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola, Florida
Allison Field Upstate University Hospital - SUNY Syracuse, New York
Alexa Filley University of Louisville Health - University of Louisville Hospital Louisville, Kentucky
Courtney Hamby St. Vincent's Hospital Birmingham, Alabama
Dillon Hamilton Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Columbus, Georgia
Ben Harding Princeton Baptist Medical Center Birmingham, Alabama
Shelby Harris East Alabama Medical Center Opelika, Alabama
Tinia Harris Regional One Health Memphis, Tennessee
James Holland III John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital Thomasville, Georgia
Madissen Humphries DCH Regional Medical Center Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Hannah Jeter University of Texas/MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas
Logan Jones Huntsville Hospital Huntsville, Alabama
Kaitlin Kennedy Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Tallahassee, Florida
Hayden Lee Baptist Medical Center South Montgomery, Alabama
Taylor Mathwich Children's of Alabama Birmingham, Alabama
James Miracle Jackson Hospital and Clinic Montgomery, Alabama
Alena Mitchell Mobile Infirmary Mobile, Alabama
Taylor Mosteller Princeton Baptist Medical Center Birmingham, Alabama
Chanley Moye Florida A&M University/Community Health Northwest Florida Pensacola, Florida
Chance Partlow Wake Forest University/Baptist Medical Center Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Priya Patal Novocure Pharm.D. Marketing Fellowship New York, New York
Priyal Patel Virginia Commonwealth University/Kroger Richmond, Virginia
Jessica Patel Mercer University College of Pharmacy/Kroger Atlanta, Georgia
Anna Lee Petitt Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola, Florida
Anna-Kathryn Priest Jackson Hospital and Clinic Montgomery, Alabama
Alec Raley University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital Birmingham, Alabama
Ashley Robertson Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Columbus, Georgia
Cailyn Sandoval DCH Regional Medical Center Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Amie Sauer TriStar Centennial Medical Center Nashville, Tennessee
Trent Settles Parkridge Health System Chattanooga, Tennessee
Maddie Sheffield Emory University Hospital Atlanta, Georgia
Victoria Simmons DCH Regional Medical Center Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Jackson Spradlin Huntsville Hospital Huntsville, Alabama
Forrest Stewart East Alabama Medical Center Opelika, Alabama
Mallory Stringer Memorial Health University Medical Center Savannah, Georgia
Ashley Turk Inova Alexandria Hospital Alexandria, Virginia
Edidiong Umoren Howard University Hospital Washington, D.C.
Justin Weinstein North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System Gainesville, Florida
Alec Wesolowski Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Park Ridge, Illinois
Mafe Zmajevac Auburn University Clinical Health Services Auburn, Alabama

Second-Year Residents

Name Location (Residency Type) City, State
Adam Archer University of Virginia Health System (Infectious Diseases) Charlottesville, Virginia
Jacob Calahan Huntsville Hospital (Oncology) Huntsville, Alabama
Kaitlyn Claybrook Ohiohealth Grant Medical Center (Emergency Medicine) Columbus, Ohio
Elleyna Clinton Banner-University Medical Center Tucson/University of Arizona (Pediatric) Tucson, Arizona
Megan Fonteno University of Utah/Huntsman Cancer Institute (Oncology) Salt Lake City, Utah
Grace Hoffman Swedish American: A Division of UW Health (Critical Care) Rockford, Illinois
Riley Jackson Texas Children's Hospital (Pharmacy Informatics) Houston, Texas
Courtney Lee Birmingham VA Medical Center (Pain Management and Palliative Care) Birmingham, Alabama
Kyle Manning University of Utah Health (Infectious Diseases) Salt Lake City, Utah
Courtney McDonald Piedmont Columbus Regional (Ambulatory Care) Columbus, Georgia
Carl Okerberg University of Michigan Health System (Pharmacy Informatics) Ann Arbor, Michigan
Devan Rockwell USA Health Physicians Groups (Ambulatory Care) Mobile, Alabama
Rachel Rusk Caromont Regional Medical Center (Emergency Medicine) Gastonia, North Carolina

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About the Harrison School of Pharmacy

Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 25 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 SchoolÕs commitment to world-class scholarship and interdisciplinary research speaks to AuburnÕs 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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