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Pharmacy Residency PGY1

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Emphasis will be placed on evidence-based medication management, communication, lifelong learning, leadership and patient safety in the unique setting of a children’s hospital (Rotations will be primarily at the Akron campus but with opportunities at the Mahoning Valley campus as well.)

  • Assist with precepting pharmacy students from Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
  • Staffing component on alternating weekends and one evening twice a month including coverage of one major and one minor holiday
  • One position available
  • Prepare for a specialty residency or for a general hospital position within a pediatric setting
  • ASHP Accredited (Match# 218213)

Core Rotations:

  • Orientation (6 weeks)
  • Academia/Precepting (4 weeks)
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infectious Diseases (5 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (Akron and Mahoning Valley for a total of 5 weeks)
  • General Pediatrics (4 weeks)
  • Hematology/Oncology (4 weeks)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Akron, 4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (4 weeks)
  • Electives (Two 4-week rotations)

Longitudinal Core Rotations:

  • Medication Safety/Pharmacy Administration (combined longitudinal experiences for 6 scheduled weeks throughout the year)
  • NEOMED Teaching Certificate – Track 2 (12 months)
  • Pharmacy Staffing (12 months)
  • Research (12 months)

Click the link below for hospital and residency policies and procedures.

Jennifer Bonvechio, PharmD, BCPPS

  • Role at ACH: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Medication Safety
    • Rotations precepted: Medication Safety (Longitudinal)
  • Colleges/Universities Attended: 
    • Ohio Northern University, Raabe College of Pharmacy, Ada, Ohio; Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Clinical Interests: Medication Safety, Infusion Pumps, Quality Improvement, Interdisciplinary Teams

M. Petrea Cober, PharmD, BCNSP, BCPPS, FASPEN 

  • Role at ACH: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Akron); Residency Program Director
    • Rotations precepted: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Akron), Academia/Precepting, NEOMED Teaching Certificate (Longitudinal)
  • Colleges/Universities Attended:
    • Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee; B.S. in Biochemistry
    • University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Pharmacy, Memphis, Tennessee; Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Postgraduate Training:
    • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania
    • PGY2 Pediatrics Residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Clinical Interests: Neonatology, Nutrition Support, Pharmacy Education

Jamee Colucci, PharmD

  • Role at ACH: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Pediatric Pulmonary
  • Colleges/Universities Attended:
    • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio; Bachelor of Science
    • Northeast Ohio Medical University, College of Pharmacy, Rootstown, Ohio; Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Postgraduate Training:
    • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, Ohio
  • Clinical Interests: High-risk asthma, cystic fibrosis

Chelsea Cooley, PharmD 

  • Role at ACH: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Emergency Medicine (Akron)
    • Rotations precepted: Emergency Medicine (Akron, co-preceptor)
  • Colleges/Universities Attended:
    • Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pennsylvania; B.S. in Biology
    • Lake Eric College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Pharmacy, Eric, Pennsylvania; Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Postgraduate Training:
    • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Parkview Health, Fort Wayne, Indiana
    • PGY2 Pediatrics Residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Clinical Interests: Sedation, Traumatic Brain Injury, Seizures, Sepsis, Infectious Disease

Natalia Gawelda, PharmD

  • Role at ACH: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Akron/Aultman)             
    • Rotations precepted: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Aultman, elective)
  • Colleges/Universities Attended:
    • Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Illinois; Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Postgraduate Training:
    • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois
    • PGY2 Pediatrics Residency at OSF Children’s hospital of Illinois, Peoria, Illinois
  • Clinical Interests: Congenital heart defects

Sarrah Hein, PharmD, BCPPS

  • Role at ACH: Pharmacy Manager – Mahoning Valley; Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Boardman)             
    • Rotations precepted: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (St Elizabeth’s Boardman, elective)
  • Colleges/Universities Attended:
    • Ohio Northern University, Raabe College of Pharmacy, Ada, Ohio; Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Postgraduate Training:
    • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at University of Florida Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, Florida
    • PGY2 Pediatrics Residency at John Hopkins All Children’s Hosptial, Saint Petersburg, Florida
  • Clinical Interests: Neonatal Opiate Withdrawal Syndrome, Neonatal Antimicrobial Stewardship, Medication Safety, Continuity of Care

Jennifer Kim, PharmD

  • Role at ACH: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Emergency Medicine (Mahoning Valley)          
    • Rotations precepted: Emergency Medicine (Mahoning Valley, co-preceptor)
  • Colleges/Universities Attended:
    • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia; Bachelor of Science
    • Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Pharmacy, Richmond, Virginia; Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Postgraduate Training:
    • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Albany, Georgia
  • Clinical Interests: Emergency Medicine, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Medication Safety

Chelsey Miles, PharmD

  • Role at ACH: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Emergency Medicine (Akron)
    • Rotations precepted: Emergency Medicine (co-preceptor)
  • Colleges/Universities Attended:
    • Ohio Northern University, Raabe College of Pharmacy, Ada, Ohio; Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Postgraduate Training:
    • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, Chardon, Ohio
  • Clinical Interests: Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care

Nicholas Selle, PharmD, BCPS

  • Role at ACH: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Emergency Medicine – Mahoning Valley          
    • Rotations precepted: Emergency Medicine (Mahoning Valley, co-preceptor)
  • Colleges/Universities Attended:
    • University of Akron, Akron, Ohio; Pharmacy prerequisites
    • Northeast Ohio Medical University, College of Pharmacy, Rootstown, Ohio; Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Postgraduate Training:
    • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Cleveland Clinic – Akron Children, Akron, Ohio
  • Clinical Interests: Toxicology, Infectious Disease

John Standish, PharmD, BCPS

  • Role at ACH: Pharmacy Operations Manager – Akron      
    • Rotations precepted: Pharmacy Staffing (Longitudinal); Pharmacy Administration (longitudinal, co-preceptor); Pharmacy Management & Leadership (elective)
  • Colleges/Universities Attended:
    • University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Postgraduate Training:
    • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Clinical Interests: Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacogenomics, Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

JoEllen Weilnau, PharmD

  • Role at ACH: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant      
    • Rotations precepted: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Bone Marrow Transplant (elective)
  • Colleges/Universities Attended:
    • Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Postgraduate Training:
    • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, West Virginia
    • PGY2 Pediatric Residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
  • Clinical Interests: Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Supportive Care, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Research, Quality Improvement

Kelly Williamson, PharmD, BCIDP

  • Role at ACH: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Pediatric Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship          
    • Rotations precepted: Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infectious Diseases
  • Colleges/Universities Attended:
    • The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana; Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Postgraduate Training:
    • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at The University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio
    • PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Clinical Interests: Pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, Gram Negative Bacteria Resistance

  • Competitive pay
  • Travel allowance for attendance to ASHP Midyear Meeting and Spring Conference for final residency presentation
  • Paid Vacation
  • Family and Sick Leave
  • Healthcare Coverage

Contact Human Resources regarding specifics and additional benefits.

Click the links below for downloadable information about the residency.

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Requirements for application include a PharmD from an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy or equivalent experience and Ohio licensure by October 1, 2023.

Application materials must be submitted via PhORCAS and should include a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, and transcripts. Application deadline is Dec. 27, 2022.

In your letter of intent (max 2 pages), please address at least the following questions:

  1. Why are you choosing to complete a pharmacy residency at a pediatric hospital and what do you have to offer Akron Children’s Hospital?
  2. What specific goals do you want to accomplish during your PGY1 residency and how do you think Akron Children’s Hospital will help you to accomplish your goals?
  3. What would you describe as your strengths and weaknesses?
  4. What do you think is the largest obstacle facing the profession of pharmacy today?

Please address all correspondence/questions to:

M. Petrea Cober, PharmD, BCNSP, BCPPS, FASPEN
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director
Akron Children’s Hospital
Department of Pharmacy
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44308
(330) 543-3024
mcober@akronchildrens.org

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