SUCOP Residency Program Updates: What’s Happened Over the Past Year?

SUCOP Residency Program Updates: What’s Happened Over the Past Year?

Kelly Peddy, PharmD, MPA

Overview of SUCOP Residency Programs                

Through partnerships with organizations in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, Sullivan University College of Pharmacy (SUCOP) is able to provide a variety of Post-Graduate Year One (PGY1) pharmacy residency opportunities. To date, SUCOP offers six different residency programs including general practice, managed care, and community pharmacy. Each of these residencies provide additional training in order to better prepare graduates for employment in their desired field of pharmacy. As pharmacy positions become more competitive, pursuing a residency is one more way students can distinguish themselves from competitors. 

NEW Addition to SUCOP Residency Programs

A fourth residency position was added to the Center for Health & Wellness Residency program as a result of a collaboration with St. Matthews Community Pharmacy and an ASHP Foundation Residency Expansion Grant of $25,000. This fourth resident will primarily be stationed at the St. Matthews Community Pharmacy with similar rotation experiences as the other Center for Health & Wellness residents. This residency will focus on independent community pharmacy practice and ambulatory care pharmacy. 

SUCOP/UK Fall Residency Showcase in Fall 2016

SUCOP will be collaborating with the UK College of Pharmacy and other residency programs from the Commonwealth in a joint residency showcase at the Kentucky Society of Health-System Pharmacists Fall Meeting. For students, attending this showcase is an excellent way to meet and speak with residency programs prior to ASHP Midyear, as well network with fellow students and pharmacists from across the state.

Kentucky Pharmacy Residency Network (KPRN) Meeting in July 2016

The fall KPRN meeting was held at SUCOP again this year and included programming specific to residents and residency preceptors. Almost all pharmacy residents in Kentucky attend KPRN, and it serves as a good medium for residents to meet and network with other residents. Programming for preceptors typically includes topics on preceptor development and providing feedback. 

News from Spring 2016

Phase I and Phase II Match Results

This was the first year for a two-phase ASHP Pharmacy Residency Match. Nationally, only eleven PGY1 programs had open positions after Phase II. The PGY1 applicant match rate was 68% while the PGY1 program match rate was 99.2%. All SUCOP residency programs matched their residency positions in either Phase I or Phase II. Many of the SUCOP residency programs matched with SUCOP students (as seen below). Congratulations to the SUCOP residency programs, residents and students!

Current Residency Programs and Incoming Residents for 2016-2017!

  • Central State Hospital
    • Courtney Newby (SUCOP)
  • Center for Health & Wellness
    • Mallory Durham (SUCOP), Kayla Kreft (UK), Emily Smith (Purdue COP)
  • NEW! Center for Health & Wellness and St. Matthews Community Pharmacy
    • Emily Blaiklock (SUCOP)
  • Floyd Memorial Hospital
    • Sapna Shah (St. Louis COP)
  • Frankfort Regional Medical Center
    • Cale Averill (SUCOP)
  • Passport Health Plan
    • Kevin Chang (Ohio State COP)
  • Walgreens
    • Kimberly Cooper (SUCOP)

SUCOP Students Pursuing Residency in 2016-2017

  • Leah Michael- Huntington VA Medical Center in Huntington, WV
  • Chelsea Maier- Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville, KY
  • Thanh Lan Nguyen- White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles, CA
  • Christian Polen- St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lexington, KY
  • Amy Staples- Baptist Health Madisonville in Madisonville, KY
  • Lisa Tang- Naval Medical Center San Diego in San Diego, CA
  • Nick Wilson- Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville, KY

2015-2016 SUCOP Residents: Employment Plans after Residency

SUCOP Residents Pursuing PGY2 Residency

  • Brent Curry (SUCOP/Central State)- PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy residency at the University of Texas-Austin in Houston, TX
  • Laura Kroon (SUCOP/Frankfort Regional Medical Center)- PGY2 Corporate Pharmacy Leadership residency at Community Health Systems in Nashville, TN

SUCOP Residents Pursuing Employment

  • Christine Balz (SUCOP/Passport Health)- clinical pharmacist with Passport Health in Louisville, KY
  • Katie Blain (SUCOP/Walgreens)- outpatient clinical pharmacist with Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Hazard, KY
  • David Gardner (SUCOP/Center for Health & Wellness)- reviewing employment options
  • Lindsey Minnick (SUCOP/Floyd Memorial Hospital)- clinical staff pharmacist with Floyd Memorial Hospital in Louisville, KY
  • Kelly Peddy (SUCOP/Center for Health & Wellness)- clinical pharmacy specialist at E. Blair Warner Family Medicine Clinic in South Bend, IN
  • Katie Petrone (SUCOP/Center for Health & Wellness)- staff pharmacist at Walgreens in Louisville, KY

ASHP Accreditation Visits in 2015-2016

In 2015-2016, two SUCOP residency programs underwent site visits for accreditation. Passport Health Plan had a site visit in June 2015 and was recently notified that the PGY1 Managed Care residency received full ASHP accreditation. Walgreens PGY1 Community Pharmacy residency had a site visit in March 2016 and received positive feedback on their program.


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