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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency


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: Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Infectious Diseases, Hematology/Oncology, Internal Medicine, Drug Information, Administration/Practice Management, Ambulatory Services, Specialty Pharmacy, Nutrition, 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


Anna received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from William Carey University School of Pharmacy. She currently lives in Lumberton, Mississippi where she enjoys cooking, traveling, and crafting. Her primary areas of interest include internal medicine, nutrition, and infectious disease. 


Sarena received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from William Carey University School of Pharmacy. Her primary areas of interest include geriatrics, palliative care, and ambulatory care. Sarena is a native of Gulfport, Mississippi where she enjoys spending time with family and friends, mentoring local youth groups, and traveling. 

Rotation Scheduling

The following are required learning experiences along with their durations:

Required RotationsDuration
Orientation2 weeks
Central Pharmacy Operations6 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
Emergency Medicine4 weeks
Research4 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
Infectious Diseases II4 weeks
Medication Safety4 weeks
Nutrition4 weeks
Outpatient Pharmacy4 weeks
Practice Management4 weeks
Specialty Pharmacy4 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.

    Learn more

    By email at pharmacy.residency@mhg.com (preferred)