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College of Pharmacy students at their residency match day

19 for ’19: Celebrating College of Pharmacy Residency Matches

Faculty, staff, family and friends gathered Wednesday, April 17, at the Grand Ballroom of the Northeast Ohio Medical University Education and Wellness (NEW) Center to celebrating the success of 19 upcoming 2019 graduates of the College of Pharmacy and 7 alumni of the Class of 2018 who have been selected for pharmacy residencies. All 19 of the 2019 graduates will complete their residencies in the state of Ohio.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Resident Matching Program (the “Match”) places applicants into pharmacy residency training positions in the United States. The Match includes both postgraduate year one (PGY1) and postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residencies.

Practicing at the top of their license

Residencies are optional for pharmacists, so choosing and being selected to pursue one for a year, or for a second year, represents a high level of ambition and achievement. Out of the 5,900 who participated in the national pool this year, only 64% obtained residencies.

Autumn Walkerly, who will graduate from the College of Pharmacy with a Pharm.D. in May, said she had always had an interest in psychiatric pharmacy, so she was excited to have landed a seat at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital, where she will have a psychiatry rotation. Even better, said Walkerly, an option is built in so that if things go well from everyone’s perspective, a second year of residency is possible at Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital, a primary treatment site for the Cleveland Clinic’s psychiatric patients.

She’s a good example of the high achievers at NEOMED’s College of Pharmacy who seek out residencies. With student Charlie Dorflinger, Walkerly co-founded the student chapter of a national organization called the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) during her second year. The student organization went on to host a consortium of regional organizations that visit nearby communities to educate them on coping with the opioid epidemic.

Walkerly also provided a student voice as a member of NEOMED’s Mental Health Committee.

Student leaders

The students being honored at Match Day “will go forward to act as change agents,” said Seth Brownlee, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice. Mentioning that this was his first time at the ceremony in his new role of senior associate dean of program quality and student success, Brownlee choked up momentarily as he  recognized former colleague Timothy Ulbrich, Pharm. D., for his work with the students.

Congratulations

President Gershen congratulated the students, as did College of Pharmacy Dean Richard Kasmer, Pharm.D., J.D., and Jaclyn Boyle (’12), Pharm. D., M.B.A, who has returned in a new role as assistant dean for student success and assistant professor of pharmacy practice. As students processed one at a time to the front of the Ballroom to be recognized, some student videos were shown, including one from Laura Nice (’18), who will soon begin a second year of residency in oncology at University of Louisville Health Care.

Wishing the new crop of residents the best of luck, Nice encouraged them: “It’s gonna go great!”

PHARMACY RESIDENCY PLACEMENTS:

Class of 2019

Nathan R. Bohach
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Akron, OH
PGY1 Hospital/Health-System

Kenneth R. Carlson
Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Cleveland, OH
PGY1 Hospital/Health-System

Alicia Cetnarowski
Akron General Medical Center
Akron, OH
PGY1 Hospital/Health-System

Alison L. Dittmer
UC Health West Chester Hospital
West Chester, OH
PGY1 Hospital/Health-System

Adib Farran
NEOMED/AxessPointe Community Health Centers
Kent, OH
PGY1 Community

Caleb W. Hartzler
Southwest General Health Center
Middleburg Heights, OH
PGY1 Hospital/Health-System

Molly Holland
OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital
Mansfield, OH
PGY1 & 2 Health System Administration & Leadership/Masters

David John Hudoba
NEOMED/AxessPointe Community Health Centers
Akron, OH
PGY1 Community

Ricky L. Kaiser
University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center
Richmond Heights, OH
PGY1 Hospital/Health-System

Donna Milla Kim
Cleveland Clinic – Hillcrest Hospital
Mayfield Heights, OH
PGY1 Hospital/Health-System

Dominique Monteleone
MetroHealth Medical Center
Cleveland, OH
PGY 1 Hospital/Health-System

Rachel E. Neugebauer
Cleveland Clinic – Fairview Hospital
Cleveland, OH
PGY1 Hospital/Health-System

Tyler A. Perry
Summa Health
Akron, OH
PGY1 Hospital/Health-System

Harold L. Schneider III
Cleveland Clinic – Medina Hospital
Medina, OH
PGY1 Hospital/Health-System

Grace Sokol
Euclid Hospital – Cleveland Clinic
Euclid, OH
PGY1 Hospital/Health-System

Autumn Walkerly
Cleveland Clinic – Fairview Hospital
Cleveland, OH
PGY1 Hospital/Health-System

Jordan Young
Southwest General Health Center
Middleburg Heights, OH
PGY1 Hospital/Health-System

Keith A. Young
Ashtabula County Medical Center
Ashtabula, OH
PGY1 Hospital/Health-System

Nataša Živak
The Centers for Families and Children
Cleveland, OH
PGY1 Community

Class of 2018

Rebecca Berg, Pharm.D.
NEOMED/AxessPointe
Rootstown, OH
PGY2 Ambulatory Care

Charles Dorflinger, Pharm.D.
VA NE Ohio Healthcare System – Cleveland
Cleveland, OH
PGY2-Psychiatric

Kristen Neuhaus, Pharm.D.
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH
PGY2-Solid Organ Transplant

Laura Nice, Pharm.D.
University of Louisville Health Care
Louisville, KY
PGY2-Oncology

Carli Nicholson, Pharm.D.
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Akron, OH
PGY2-Critical Care

Kaitlin Patterson, Pharm.D.
Cleveland Clinic – Fairview Hospital
Cleveland, OH
PGY2-Emergency Medicine

Richard Romaniszyn Jr., Pharm.D.
CoxHealth
Springfield, MO
PGY2-Ambulatory Care