Pharmacy Residency Allen Hospital
Residency Programs Overview
Our PGY-1 pharmacy residents can look forward to being an active member of our team of healthcare providers involved in coordinated patient care. Pharmacists can expect to:
- Provide confident and compassionate pharmaceutical care in multiple patient environments.
- Promote optimal drug therapy outcomes as vital members of a healthcare team.
- Receive advanced training in acute and ambulatory patient care, professional communications, pharmacy management and teaching.
- Duration: 12 months
- Number of Positions
- Allen Hospital PGY1 Residency: 3, NMS matching #211313
- Community-Based PGY1 Residency: 2, NMS matching #262315
- Application deadline: January 6
- Starting date: Mid- to late June
- Estimated stipend: $48,505
- Interview required: Yes, onsite or virtual depending on circumstances
- Exposure to wide range of clinical specialties
- Achieve competency in all areas of hospital practice
- Core and elective learning experiences leading to practice expertise, training and feedback from preceptors
- Conduct major resident-led research project to be presented at a regional conference
- Teaching opportunities, including both experiential and didactic experiences
- Opportunity to complete a teaching certificate program as well as various other training activities
- Other benefits include paid time off, Total Rewards benefits package, free and convenient parking, reimbursement for mid-year clinical meeting and regional residency symposium.
Allen Hospital PGY-1 Residency
Variety of Learning Experiences
- Critical care
- Family medicine
- Emergency medicine
- Infectious diseases
- Anticoagulation clinic
- Pain management
- Practice management
- Teaching certificate program
- Palliative care
- Rural care
- Transitions of care
Resident staffing is every third weekend, two holidays, two evenings every three weeks, two shifts during the week between Christmas day and New Year's day 0700-1530 and two shifts during local spring break week (date TBD yearly) 0700-1530.
Competitive stipend and benefits package. Visit uphtotalrewards.com to learn more.
- 3 resident positions
- ASHP accredited since 2012
- NMS code: 211313
- 100% job placement rate
The residents participating in our 12-month residency will be accountable for optimizing drug therapy and achieving the best outcome for every patient, every time as a member of the inpatient healthcare team. The residents will provide drug information and education to patients, other healthcare professionals, and students. In addition, the residents will become proficient in developing habits to be a life-long learner, monitoring his or her own skills, and embracing a commitment to the profession and the community we serve.
Pharmacy Clinical Services
- 24-Hour Pharmacy Coverage for 7 UnityPoint Health Facilities
- Ambulatory Surgery Pharmacy
- Antibiotic Dosing Service & Stewardship Program
- Automated Dispensing Machines
- Epic CPOE
- Intensive Care Unit and Family Medicine Multidisciplinary Rounding
- Inpatient Warfarin Dosing Service
- Inpatient Insulin Dosing Service
- IV Admixture / TPN / Chemotherapy
- Pharmacy Driven Medication Reconciliation
- Outpatient Anticoagulation Clinics
- Dedicated Emergency Department Pharmacist
- Patient Support Groups / Education
- Pharmacy Students / Residents
- Renal Function Monitoring
- Retail Pharmacy
- Tech-Check-Tech Program
Our residency program is designed to develop practitioner excellence in the provision of patient-specific, evidence-based care and will focus on the development of knowledge and skills needed to become a competent and confident practitioner. Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
- Manage and improve the medication-use process.
- Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams.
- Exercise leadership and practice management skills.
- Demonstrate project management skills.
- Provide medication and practice-related education/training.
- Utilize medical informatics.
Allen Hospital is a 204-bed JCAHO- accredited institution. As a member of UnityPoint Health, it is among the top healthcare systems in the nation. The ranking is based on clinical quality and efficiency, according to results of Thomson Reuter's 100 Top Hospitals: Health System Benchmarks Study. All health systems in the United States with two or more short-term, general, non-federal hospitals - a total of 255 - were assessed for the annual study. See more about Allen Hospital.
The hospital features an electronic medical record and bedside barcode scanning with computerized physician order entry. The Department of Pharmacy has extensive automation, technology, and a state-of-the-art IV clean room. The pharmacy provides 24-hour service to inpatients at Allen and to four additional affiliates, and third-shift service for multiple affiliates across the state. In addition, Allen offers outpatient services through a retail pharmacy, two anticoagulation clinics, community cancer center and an ambulatory surgery center support pharmacy. The pharmacy acts as a training site for the experiential education of introductory and advanced practice experience pharmacy students from University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and advanced practice experience students from Creighton University College of Pharmacy.
Meet Our Preceptors
Nupur Chopra Harkness
PharmD, CDE (Regional Director of Pharmacy)
PharmD, (Residency Coordinator)
PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
PharmD, BCPS (Residency Program Director)
Allen Hospital Resident Bios
AJ Dollmeyer, PharmD is originally from Polo, Illinois. He attended Augustana College in the Quad Cities where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. He recently received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in May 2022. His current professional interests include infectious disease, cardiology and critical care. Following residency, AJ is contemplating a PGY2 residency next year and long-term plans to obtain a clinical pharmacist position at a community hospital.
Kassidy Lawler, PharmD is originally from Burlington, Iowa. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in May 2022. Her current professional interests include infectious disease and emergency medicine. Kassidy hopes to obtain a clinical pharmacist position in the area following her residency. Go Hawks!
Logan Mougin, PharmD is originally from Bettendorf, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa where he received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2021. Prior to residency he worked in the Chicago area in a community/compounding pharmacy. His current professional interests include critical care, infectious disease and pain management. He hopes to obtain a clinical pharmacist position in Iowa or Illinois
Brittany Faley, PharmD is originally from Johnston, Iowa. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in May 2019. She was part of the inaugural Palliative Care Certificate program offered at the college of pharmacy. Following her PGY-1, Brittany completed a PGY2 residency in pain management and palliative care at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center.
Morgan Jacks, PharmD is originally from Waverly, IA. She completed her undergraduate studies in math and biology at Wartburg College. She attended the University of Iowa where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a Palliative Care Certificate in May 2019. Her professional interests include palliative care, pain management, critical care, and academia. After residency, Morgan accepted a position with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as a clinical pharmacist in the Clinical Cancer Center/ Ambulatory Pharmacy.
Zach Lynch, PharmD is originally from Charles City, Iowa. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in May 2019. His current professional interests include critical care, hospital administration, and internal medicine. Zach is now a clinical pharmacist with Allen Hospital.
Grayson Meunier, PharmD is originally from Lake in the Hills, Illinois. He attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where he received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in May 2018. His professional interests include cardiology, infectious disease, and critical care. Following his residency, Grayson accepted a position with UnityPoint Health – Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines.
Nicole Schaberg, PharmD is originally from Stillwater, Minnesota. She attended South Dakota State University where she received minors in both biology and Spanish, a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Her year-long resident project evaluated the use of intravenous morphine in the setting of acute pain and implanted a ketamine protocol. Nicole completed a PGY2 residency in pain management and palliative care with the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nicole is currently located in San Antonio, Texas at the Brooke Army Medical Center.
Community-Based PGY-1 Residency at Prairie Parkway Pharmacy
UnityPoint Health – Prairie Parkway offers a full range of services with a focus on primary care, including OB/GYN; pediatrics; family medicine; internal medicine; endocrinology; urgent care; lab; radiology; occupational, physical, and speech therapy; behavioral health services; LGTBQ clinic; retail and drive-through pharmacy; and rotating specialties.
Pharmacy Services Provided
- Medication therapy management (MTM)
- Immunizations (on and off site)
- Disease state education and management through pharmacy and clinic sites
- Unique opportunities with affiliated hospitals and clinics (LGBTQ, anticoagulation, diabetes & endocrinology, etc.)
- Discharge medication review
- Management opportunities
- Partnership with a local free medical clinic
Meet Our Preceptors
PharmD (Residency Coordinator)
PharmD, CDE (Regional Director of Pharmacy)
Community-Based Resident Bios
Christine Chang, PharmD is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 2018 and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in May 2022. Her current professional interests include diabetes, asthma/COPD and chronic disease state management. She hopes to obtain a position as an ambulatory care pharmacist in Illinois or Iowa.
Kalyca Nardy, PharmD is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She attended Iowa State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics. She recently received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Iowa in May 2022. Her current professional interests include cardiology, diabetes and anticoagulation management. Following residency, Kalyca hopes to obtain a community-based or ambulatory care pharmacist position somewhere in the Midwest.
Frequently Asked Questions
Allen Hospital PGY-1 Program: The first 6-8 weeks of the residency involves orientation. During this period, the resident will spend time training in various pharmacy and patient care areas learning the pharmacy and hospital computer systems, becoming BLS and ACLS certified (if not already), exploring potential research projects, etc. Clinical rotations are typically 4-8 weeks. A research month may be scheduled based upon the magnitude and number of extra projects taken on by the resident in addition to appropriate progression of clinical experience. A week in December is reserved for attendance at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.
Community-Based PGY-1 Program: The first 4-6 weeks of the residency involves orientation. During this period, the resident will spend time training in various pharmacy and patient care areas learning the pharmacy and computer systems, becoming BLS certified (if not already), and exploring potential research projects, etc. Once orientation is completed, the resident will provide clinical services for the pharmacy and adjoining clinics. This may include but not be limited to MTM, disease state management, vaccine services (on and off site), discharge medication reconciliation and long-term care management. As a new residency, the potential for additional services is open. Residents may also have opportunities for experiences in the hospital.
- Allen Hospital PGY-1 Program: 3, NMS matching #211313
- Community-based PGY-1 Program: 2, NMS matching #262315
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