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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Welcome

Jon Arnold

A message from Jon Arnold, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director

On behalf of the members of our Pharmacy department, thank you for your interest in Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Pharmacy Residency Program!

We take pride in our comprehensive residency program with opportunities for our residents to learn in a variety of patient care settings. Our dedicated staff and faculty are committed to the residents’ success, providing flexibility and the opportunity to tailor experiences to fit their needs. Our residents complete our program as highly competitive candidates ready to excel in the area of their choice.

We look forward to meeting you to further discuss the highlights of our program. Please do not hesitate to contact me or any other preceptors with questions you may have. We wish you well in your residency search!


Why Memorial?

  • Two positions/year
  • Competitive stipend
  • Comprehensive benefits package (health, dental and vision insurance)
  • Paid time off
  • Travel reimbursement for national, regional and state meetings

Why Coastal Mississippi?

You’ll love living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast! Beaches? Check. Friendly people? Check. An affordable lifestyle? Check. Award-winning dining, thriving downtowns and plenty of nightlife? Check!

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a great place to live. Located about an hour from the unique flavor of New Orleans and an hour and a half from the Florida Panhandle, the Coast (as locals affectionately call it) has the irresistible combination of proximity and community. From ecotourism to craft breweries, from the excitement of our local casinos to the quiet beauty of preserved woodlands and national seashores, you’ll find plenty of reasons to quickly fall in love with the place we call home.

Eligibility and Application

Doctor of Pharmacy degree from ACPE-Accredited School of Pharmacy (or in process of pursuing accreditation) or Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)

  • Licensed or eligible to apply for licensure in the state of Mississippi
  • Participant in the ASHP Residency Matching Program
  • Completed application must be submitted to PhORCAS by the deadline and must include
    • Letter of Intent
    • Copy of pharmacy school transcript
    • Three professional references/evaluations
    • Curriculum Vitae
  • If selected, on-site interview for Phase I of the Match

Residency Mission

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Purpose Statement

Our residency program aims to develop graduate pharmacists into independent pharmaceutical care practitioners in acute care settings, potential educators or adjunct faculty, and/or ready for further training in PGY2 residency or fellowship programs. Residents interact with a variety of healthcare professionals including pharmacists, pharmacy specialists, physicians, medical residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, dieticians, social workers and other healthcare professionals. The residency offers a full range of experiences in areas including: Critical Care, Infectious Diseases, Hematology/Oncology, Internal Medicine, Drug Information, Administration/Practice Management, Ambulatory Services, Nutrition, Emergency Medicine, and Academia. In addition, residents gain valuable experiences through multidisciplinary rounds, medication use evaluations, patient consults, and staffing. Residents will also have the opportunity to complete a quality improvement project, precept doctor of pharmacy students on rotations (both APPE and IPPE), and provide in-services to a pharmacy as well as other health care providers.

Current Residents

Chelsea

Chelsea attended the University of Southern Mississippi for her undergraduate education, followed by acceptance into the inaugural class at William Carey University School of Pharmacy, where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Her pharmaceutical interests include geriatrics, internal medicine, and ambulatory care. Chelsea is a native of Pascagoula, Mississippi, but currently resides in Ocean Springs, where she loves spending time with friends and family. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, good music, and her treasured book club.

Tiffany

Tiffany received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from William Carey University. Prior to pursuing pharmacy, she practiced as a registered nurse for 10 years, primarily focusing on emergency medicine and intensive care. She also owns and operates Entrekin Insurance in D’Iberville with her husband Jody.

Her primary areas of interest in healthcare include emergency medicine, intensive care, and cardiology. After completion of her residency, her goal is to become a hospital clinical pharmacist, preferably in one of her areas of interest. She is an avid lover of dogs and enjoys reading in her spare time.

Inaugural Residency Class (2021)

Faith

Faith completed the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Memorial June 2021. Faith received her Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences degree as well as her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in Oxford, Mississippi. Shortly after, Faith relocated to Gulfport to pursue residency. Her primary interests include critical care and cardiology. Her favorite aspect of the residency was working with multidisciplinary teams and participating in patient rounds. Outside of work, Faith enjoys reading, traveling, running and spending time with family and friends. After completing her residency, Faith became a member of the Memorial inpatient pharmacy team!

Brandon

Brandon also completed the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Memorial in June 2021. Brandon completed undergraduate coursework in his home state of Arizona and was then accepted to Wingate University School of Pharmacy in Hendersonville, North Carolina, where he received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Brandon’s interest in pharmacy primarily concerns infectious diseases; however, internal medicine is a close second. Outside of pharmacy, he enjoys firearms, muscle cars and camping. Upon completion of his residency, Brandon returned to his home state of Arizona.

Rotation Scheduling

The following are required learning experiences along with their durations:

Required RotationsDuration
Orientation4 weeks
Central Pharmacy Operations4 weeks
Infectious Diseases4 weeks
Critical Care I4 weeks
Critical Care II4 weeks
Unit-Based Clinical Pharmacy4 weeks
Oncology4 weeks
Clinical Program Development (Drug Information)4 weeks
Transition of Care4 weeks
Practice ManagementLongitudinal
P&T CommitteeLongitudinal
Residency ProjectLongitudinal
Staffing and Service CommitmentLongitudinal

Elective Learning Experiences

Elective learning experiences are available in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings that allow residents to tailor the program. Each resident will have two elective blocks for a total of 8 weeks. The following elective rotations are offered:

Elective RotationDuration
Academia4 weeks
Emergency Services4 weeks
Infectious Diseases II4 weeks
Medication Safety4 weeks
Nutrition4 weeks
Outpatient Pharmacy4 weeks
Practice Management4 weeks

The month of December will be reserved for attending ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and concentrated time for working on residency projects and other longitudinal rotation responsibilities.

Preceptors Specialty Rotation(s)

  • Jon Arnold, Pharm.D. Orientation, P&T Committee, Medication Safety elective, Nutrition elective
  • Betty Burns, Pharm.D. Infectious Diseases
  • Shaun Chastka, B.Pharm., MBA, RPh, Practice Management
  • Rabiah Dys, Pharm.D. Clinical Program Development
  • Carolyn Hebert, PharmD Critical Care II
  • Jessica Johnson, PharmD, BCPS Academia elective, ESD elective
  • Ashlee Ladner, PharmD Outpatient pharmacy elective
  • Martin Love, PharmD Central Operations
  • Lauren Martino, Pharm.D., BCPS Critical Care I
  • David McKenzie, B.Pharm., MDiv, RPh Transition of Care, ESD elective
  • Lindsay McNally, PharmD, BCPS Unit-Based Clinical Pharmacy
  • Lee Ann Reesor, Pharm.D. Central Operations, Service Commitment
  • Kenneth Runyan, B.Pharm., RPh Oncology
  • Valerie Sheehan, Pharm.D. Clinical Program Development

Learn more

Contact Jon Arnold, PharmD
By phone at (228) 867-4025
By email at joarnold@mhg.com (preferred)