CHS Post-Doctoral Residency Programs

Clinical Health Services offers both a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency with emphasis in Ambulatory Care (four positions) and a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency (one position). Residents gain unique experience in diverse patient care settings and have the opportunity to gain experience in ambulatory care, community pharmacy practice, administration, outcomes assessment, research, and teaching. Additionally, a teaching certificate is offered.



PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency with emphasis in Ambulatory Care

Auburn University is host to a unique ASHP-Accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency position with a focus on primary care, community care, and academia. The residency is located in Auburn, Alabama, and is associated with multiple practice sites including the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center, the State Employees’ Insurance Board Wellness Center in Montgomery, and three patient-care oriented pharmacies.

Residents will gain experience and proficiency in crucial areas of pharmacy practice such as pharmacy benefit management, formulary management, contract negotiation, collaborative practice, establishment and expansion of pharmacy services, marketing of clinical pharmacy services, financial issues including reimbursement, and in the education of other health care professionals, patients, students, and the community. The program will provide the resident with the opportunity and stimulus to develop skills, competencies, and professional expertise in pharmacy practice.

Resident responsibilities will include:

  • Providing pharmaceutical care services including, but not limited to, medication therapy management services, disease state management, diabetes education, health and wellness screenings, smoking cessation, anticoagulation monitoring, and immunizations in a primary care setting
  • Providing patient care and distributive services at the Auburn University Employee Pharmacy, Auburn University Student Pharmacy, and the State Employees’ Insurance Board Pharmacy
  • Teaching activities in the clinical skills course and lab and large group classes at the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy
  • Mentoring students in the early and advanced experiential program
  • Participating in HSOP committees
  • Completing a residency project and presenting the project at the Southeastern Residency Conference
  • Completing and submitting a primary manuscript

The resident will receive an adjunct faculty appointment within the Department of Pharmacy Practice of the Harrison School of Pharmacy and have instructional duties as outlined above. In addition to the specified teaching responsibilities, the resident will have the opportunity to participate in a teaching certificate program.

In order to successfully complete the residency program the resident must complete 12 months of training in the program regardless of any unforeseen delays or leaves of absence.


Residency Experiences

Core Rotations
The first block of the residency will be devoted to orientation. Residents will have one week of general program orientation followed by a week of orientation at the AUPCC, SEIB Wellness Center, and in each of the three pharmacies.
Each resident will spend two blocks at the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center, or AUPCC. The AUPCC is a pharmacist-run clinic located in the Harrison School of Pharmacy that provides numerous services including medication therapy management, disease state management and education, anticoagulation monitoring, smoking cessation, weight management, immunizations, and health and wellness screenings. Point-of-care monitoring services provided at the AUPCC include cholesterol, INR, HbA1c, and osteoporosis screenings. The resident will be involved in providing patient care and monitoring through the services listed above, as well as in precepting fourth year pharmacy students who have rotations at the AUPCC.
Each resident will spend two blocks at the State Employees’ Insurance Board (SEIB) Wellness Center. The SEIB Wellness Center provides primary and acute care services, as well as pharmacist-run services. Residents collaborate with the nurse practitioner and physician to help gather pertinent patient information, perform physical assessments, serve as a drug information resource in order to optimize pharmacotherapy, and provide medication counseling for patients. Pharmacist-run services offered at the SEIB Wellness Center include smoking cessation, weight management, and diabetes education and monitoring programs. Residents will also have the opportunity to provide point-of-care monitoring services, health and wellness screenings, immunizations, and disease state management and education. The resident will have an active role in precepting fourth year pharmacy students who have rotations at the SEIB Wellness Center.
During this block, the resident will be involved in the administrative functions of a self-insured employer.
Continuity of care is the process by which the patient and his/her care team (composed of physicians, pharmacists, etc.) are cooperatively involved in ongoing health care management toward the mutual goal of quality, cost-effective medical care. This rotation provides PGY-1 residents with an understanding of disease states and pharmacotherapy as they relate to the management of high-risk patients at the AUPCC. Throughout the rotation, the resident will develop skills in the provision of pharmaceutical care including obtaining medication histories, assessing appropriateness of medication regimens, counseling patients, monitoring therapies, and providing appropriate drug information to both patients and physicians. In addition, the resident will be responsible for analyzing and assessing patient data to triage and enroll.
During this interprofessional education practice experience the resident will work with a variety of health care professionals, both students and clinicians, to care for patients in an ambulatory care setting and to educate students. Residents will see patients independently and in collaboration with other healthcare providers. At Mercy Medical Clinic patients are seen for medication management for chronic disease states as well as transitions of care following hospital discharge. Residents are also responsible for interprofessional education responsibilities at HSOP, including attending IPE clinics and other activities as they arise.
Selective Rotations
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Elective Rotations

Based on the resident’s interest and career goals, and planned individually with the RPD.

Longitudinal Rotations
There are three pharmacies associated with the program, the AU Employee Pharmacy, AU Student Pharmacy, and SEIB Pharmacy. Residents are responsible for staffing these pharmacies one day per week. Throughout the year, residents will rotate so that each resident will have the opportunity to staff at all three pharmacies. Residents will also be required to staff the AU Student Pharmacy every fourth Saturday and serve as the on-call pharmacist for one week per month.
All Harrison School of Pharmacy students attend Skills Lab once per week throughout their first, second, and third professional years. Lab topics vary based on professional year. First year students focus on developing patient interview, counseling, and physical exam skills, whereas second and third year students focus more on skill application and product recommendation and counseling. Residents will serve as facilitators in Skills Lab throughout the year. The lab schedule will be divided up between the residents at the beginning of each semester. Materials for each lab will be provided at least a week in advance, and residents will be expected to review the materials as preparation for lab facilitation.
Residents will serve on committees within the Harrison School of Pharmacy.
During this interprofessional education, or IPE, longitudinal experience, the resident will work with the preceptor on various projects related to IPE at HSOP and Auburn University.
Residents will participate in the evaluation of institution-specific population health metrics including the identification of meaningful target metrics, generation of a target patient list, design of an intervention protocol, and development of a data collection plan.
Residents will work collaboratively and longitudinally with experiential programs faculty and staff on activities related to the experiential curriculum of Harrison School of Pharmacy. The HSOP Experiential Programs includes both introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences as well as interprofessional education and the co-curriculum.
Resident duties include answering health care related drug information questions, research opportunities, including potential involvement in publications, and involvement with other various projects related to the Drug Information Center.
Residents will be responsible for creating and presenting a Continuing Education lecture to health care professionals.
Each resident will participate in investigative projects concerning aspects of pharmacy practice. The resident will be responsible for completing an active project, which will consist of collecting data, evaluating the results, and reporting the findings of the project. They will also choose a second project topic, design the methods of the project, and submit for IRB approval of the project.

Teaching Certificate Program

Participation with the Resident Teaching & Learning Program (RTLP) is optional, but a formal commitment to the program must be made within the first month of the training year.


Miscellaneous Information

There are four PGY-1 pharmacy resident positions available. The term of the residency will be July 1 through June 30 (12 months). Remuneration for the one-year residency will be $40,000. Residents will be eligible for health insurance, paid leave and receive financial support to attend assigned professional meetings. Additionally, residents will have a dedicated office space, and on-campus parking privileges.

Applicants must have earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited college or school of pharmacy, be registered for the resident matching program, and be eligible for Alabama licensure. Candidates selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.


Licensure

If you are not graduating from a pharmacy school in the State of Alabama, it is imperative to recognize that the licensure requirements might be different than the state you are graduating from. For licensure, the Alabama Board of Pharmacy requires 1500 internship hours. A total of 400 traditional (Community and Health System Practice) hours need to be completed after your second year of pharmacy school. All of the internship hours worked in a different state need to be certified by that state board of pharmacy and submitted to the Alabama Board of Pharmacy. For further information, please go to www.albop.com. If you do not have 400 traditional hours completed after your second year of pharmacy school, please alert Dr. Brackett via email brackpd@auburn.edu or telephone 334-844-4099 as soon as possible for special arrangements.


Certifications

Residents will be required to successfully complete and maintain American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification. Residents will also be required to successfully complete immunization certification.


PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency in Community Setting

Auburn University provides a unique PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency position through Star Discount Pharmacy in Huntsville, Alabama. Star Discount Pharmacy operates six pharmacies where they provide many advanced and innovative community pharmacy services such as specialty (both URAC and ACHC accredited), compounding, medication therapy management (MTM), point-of-care testing, research, and much more. The partnership with Auburn offers the resident faculty mentorship in areas such as research, teaching, service development, and ambulatory care and will position the resident for jobs in a variety of practice settings. Residents trained in this program will gain over 2,000 hours of advanced education and training focused on developing patient care, practice management, and leadership skills. Additionally, residents will have the opportunity to conduct research and present at regional and national pharmacy conferences.

Resident responsibilities will include:

  • Providing pharmaceutical care services including, but not limited to, MTM services, disease state management, diabetes education, health and wellness screenings, point-of-care testing, compounding, specialty consults, and immunizations in a community setting.
  • Providing patient care and dispensing services at the various Star Discount Pharmacy locations in Northern Alabama
  • Precepting and mentoring students in the early and advanced experiential program
  • Participating in Harrison School of Pharmacy committees
  • Initiating new advanced services in the community setting
  • Completing a residency project and presenting the project at the Southeastern Residency Conference

The resident will receive an adjunct faculty appointment within the Department of Pharmacy Practice of the Harrison School of Pharmacy and have instructional duties as outlined above. In addition to the specified teaching responsibilities, the resident will have the opportunity to participate in a teaching certificate program.

In order to successfully complete the residency program, the resident must complete 12 months of training in the program regardless of any unforeseen delays or leaves of absence.


Residency Experiences

Core Rotations
The first block of the residency will be devoted to orientation. Residents will have one week of general program orientation followed by orientation at the other Star Pharmacy locations during the remainder of this rotation.
The Clinical Services learning experience is a core rotation block for PGY-1 Star Pharmacy/HSOP Community Residents. This rotation provides residents with an understanding of disease states and pharmacotherapy as they relate to the management of patients in the community pharmacy setting. Throughout the rotation, the resident will develop skills in the provision of clinical services including obtaining medication histories, providing point-of-care testing, assessing the appropriateness of medication regimens, counseling patients, monitoring therapies, and providing appropriate drug information to both patients and physicians. Services that are offered include immunizations, disease state management (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, obesity, osteoporosis, asthma), health and wellness (e.g. biometric screening), women’s health, smoking cessation, point-of-care testing (e.g. cholesterol, blood sugar), pharmacogenomics, and many more.
The resident will work collaboratively with healthcare practitioners to provide individualized follow up to patients who are transitioning between care settings. Residents will also perform follow up care for patients who would benefit from chronic disease management (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and more).
During this block, the resident will be involved in the administrative functions of an independent chain of community pharmacies as well as administrative functions in an academic environment. The resident will perform activities in business management, pharmacoeconomics, human resources, and other administrative areas.
Elective Rotations (Optional)

Based on the resident’s interest and career goals, and planned individually with the RPD.

Longitudinal Rotations
Throughout the year, the resident will staff at one of the Star Market Pharmacies in Northern Alabama. The resident will rotate through the locations over the course of the year.
One day a week, residents will work with the specialty pharmacy team to process prior authorizations, appeals, and provide specialty consults to patients on new and existing specialty medications. They will also be given the opportunity to provide compounding services.
Residents will be responsible for creating and presenting a Continuing Education lecture to health care professionals.
Residents will participate in a population health-based initiative to optimize patient care through services offered through Star Pharmacies. This experience will allow the resident to experience how the implementation of services at an independent community pharmacy results in benefits such as improved patient outcomes, increased reimbursements, and increased prescription volume. Example initiatives include medication synchronization and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) star quality rating metrics.
The resident will participate in investigative projects concerning aspects of pharmacy practice. The resident will be responsible for completing an active project, which will consist of collecting data, evaluating the results, and reporting the findings of the project. Research activities will also include design of project methods and submission for IRB approval.

Teaching Certificate Program

Participation with the Resident Teaching & Learning Program (RTLP) is optional, but a formal commitment to the program must be made within the first month of the training year.


Miscellaneous Information

There is one PGY-1 pharmacy resident position available. The term of the residency will be July 1 through June 30 (12 months). Remuneration for the one-year residency will be $45,000. Residents will be eligible for health insurance and paid leave. The resident will receive financial support to attend assigned professional meetings. Additionally, residents will have a dedicated office space.

Applicants must have earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited college or school of pharmacy and be eligible for Alabama licensure. Candidates selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.


Licensure

If you are not graduating from a pharmacy school in the State of Alabama, it is imperative to recognize that the licensure requirements might be different than the state you are graduating from. For licensure, the Alabama Board of Pharmacy requires 1500 internship hours. A total of 400 traditional (Community and Health System Practice) hours need to be completed after your second year of pharmacy school. All of the internship hours worked in a different state need to be certified by that state board of pharmacy and submitted to the Alabama Board of Pharmacy. For further information, please go to www.albop.com. If you do not have 400 traditional hours completed after your second year of pharmacy school, please alert Dr. Peden via email pedengc@auburn.edu or telephone 334-844-4099 as soon as possible for special arrangements.


Certifications

Residents will be required to successfully complete and maintain American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification. Residents will also be required to successfully complete immunization certification.


Meet the Residents

Emily Blaine
Dr. Emily Blaine

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident
elb0039@auburn.edu

Education:
  • Pharm.D. - Auburn University Harrison Scchool of Pharmacy, 2020
Bio:

Dr. Emily Blaine is originally from Navarre, Florida. She graduated with her Pharm.D. from the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy in 2020. While in school, she worked as a pharmacy technician with Publix Pharmacy from 2011-16 and an intern with Publix from 2016-20. Her interest is in ambulatory care. Emily is married to Christopher Blaine and in her spare time enjoys playing video games, hanging out with friends and binge-watching shows.

Rachelle Kelley
Dr. Rachelle Kelley

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident
rdk0015@auburn.edu

Education:
  • Pharm.D. - Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 2020
Bio:

Dr. Rachelle Kelley is originally from Massachusetts. She graduated with her Pharm.D. from Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2020. While in school, she worked at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital as a pharmacy technician. Additionally, she earned a 2019 USPHS Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy award for her time spent traveling to Haiti on a mission trip. Kelley’s practice interests include diabetes and working in rural and/or underserved areas. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, finding new shows to watch on Netflix and exploring new places to eat.


Jenna Nehls
Dr. Jenna Nehls

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident
jrn0034@auburn.edu

Education:
  • Pharm.D. - University of Wisconsin, 2020
Bio:

Dr. Jenna Nehls is originally from Iron Ridge, Wisconsin. She graduated with her Pharm.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 2020 after receiving her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2015. While in school, she worked as a pharmacy technician/intern at Costco for more than three years and a pharmacy technician/intern at Shopko for two years. Additionally, she was a board member with the Pharmacy Global Health Interest Group where she was able to do a two-week pharmacy learning experience in Guatemala and a five-week fourth-year rotation in South Africa. Nehls’ practice interests include chronic disease state management, rural healthcare and academia. In her spare time, she enjoys running, playing volleyball, travel with her fiancé Rob and spend time with her three nieces.

Kruti Patel
Dr. Kruti Patel

Community Pharmacy Resident
knp0024@auburn.edu

Education:
  • Pharm.D. - Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, 2020
Bio:

Dr. Kruti Patel is originally from Crestview, Florida and is the first-ever Auburn University/Star Pharmacy resident, practicing at Star Pharmacy in Huntsville, Alabama. She graduated with her Pharm.D. from the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy in 2020. While in school, she worked as an intern with CVS Pharmacy. Prior to entering pharmacy school she volunteered with a non-profit clinic that served the uninsured and underserved in Pensacola, Florida. Patel’s practice interests include community pharmacy, ambulatory care, chronic care management, transition of care, and providing care for underserved/uninsured population. In her spare time, she enjoys playing board games, binge watching TV shows, exploring new places to sight-see and eat at, and spending time with friends and family.


Alex Sierko
Dr. Alex Sierko

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident
aes0148@auburn.edu

Education:
  • Pharm.D. - Medical University of South Carolina, 2020
Bio:

Dr. Alexandra Sierko is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. She graduated with her Pharm.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2020. While in school, she worked as an intern with Harris Teeter Pharmacy from 2017-20. She was also active with Phi Delta Chi, APhA and AACP. Sierko’s practice interests include athletics, pediatrics and pharmacogenomics. In her spare time, she enjoys being on a boat/water activities and watching sports with family and friends.



Last Updated: August 21, 2019