Pharmacy Residency

The LECOM School of Pharmacy and Millcreek Community Hospital (MCH) Pharmacy Practice Residency is a twelve-month program established to meet the goals of general practitioners according to American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) standards.

Pharmacy Residency

Overview of Pharmacy Residency Programs
Millcreek Community Hospital (MCH) and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy offer both a Post-Graduate Year One (PGY-1) Residency and a Post-Graduate Year Two (PGY-2) Residency in Geriatrics. Each program is a 12 month program established to meet their respective American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) standards. The residency programs provide substantial teaching opportunities through the LECOM School of Pharmacy as well as the opportunity to work with other health care professionals in a multidisciplinary environment within the LECOM Health system.

Residency Programs
The residency programs offered at MCH/LECOM provide residents with comprehensive pharmacy practice experiences in a variety of clinical settings. Pharmacy residents play a key role in the development and implementation of patient treatment plans in collaboration with a dedicated team of interdisciplinary health care professionals, and the education of pharmacy students, house staff, and other healthcare professionals within the LECOM Health network. To meet the challenges of a residency and a career in clinical pharmacy, our program provides a multitude of direct patient care experiences in order to develop the necessary confidence, competence and proficiency essential for teaching; administration; therapeutic drug monitoring; nutrition support; and therapeutic decision-making. In addition, all residents will participate in a research project with the goals of presenting a poster at the ASHP Midyear meeting, presenting research findings at a regional conference, and submission of a manuscript acceptable for publication. Residents also have the option of participating in either a teaching certificate or discounted MSMEd program.

PGY-1 Program Purpose Statement (ASHP)
PGY-1 pharmacy residency programs build on pharmacy 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.

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency (3 positions)
Core Rotations (4 or 6* weeks)
Pharmacy Orientation*
Internal Medicine
Antimicrobial Stewardship
Behavioral Health
Long-Term Care
Pharmacy Management/Patient Safety
Inpatient Rehabilitation
Advanced (Decentralized) Staffing

Longitudinal Rotations
Pharmacy Staffing
Leadership/Academia
Ambulatory Care
Research/Drug Information
Elective Rotations (4 weeks)

Ambulatory Care
Pharmacy Informatics
Post-Acute Care/Transitions
Emergency Medicine
Geriatric Behavioral Health
Pediatric Behavioral Health
Outpatient Behavioral Health
Repeat of any core rotation

PGY-2 Program Purpose Statement (ASHP)
PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency, Geriatrics (1 position)
Core Rotations (4 or 6* weeks)
Pharmacy Orientation*
Palliative Care/Hospice & Pain Management
Acute Care for the Elderly
Geriatric Behavioral Health
Long-Term Care
Post-Acute Care/Transitions
Inpatient Rehabilitation
Precepting*
Healthcare Administration

Longitudinal Rotations
Pharmacy Staffing
Leadership/Academia
Ambulatory Care
Research/Drug Information
Long-Term Care

Elective Rotations (4 weeks)
Ambulatory Care
Pharmacy Informatics
Personal Care/Assisted Living
Outpatient Behavioral Health
Antimicrobial Stewardship
Repeat of any core rotation

Program Preceptors

  • Zachary Heeter, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
  • Brandon Sing, PharmD, MSMEd
  • Erica Greene, PharmD, BCPS
  • Abbey Krysiak, PharmD, BCPP
  • Jacob Reaser, PharmD, BCACP
  • Marcus Babiak, PharmD, MHSA
  • Ashley King, PharmD, BCGP
  • Jamie Babiak, PharmD, MHSA
  • Elizabeth Steadman, PharmD, BCPS
  • Nicholas Lombardo, PharmD
  • Dawn Moore, PharmD
  • Thomas Weindorf, PharmD

Requirements for Application
The LECOM/MCH pharmacy residency programs participate in the ASHP national matching services and PhORCAS. We request that you submit all materials via PhORCAS.

  • Pharmacy degree from accredited U.S. School of Pharmacy
  • Eligibility for Pennsylvania licensure (licensure must be obtained by September 1st for PGY-1 and July 1st for PGY-2)
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Official Pharmacy School Transcripts
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • PGY-2 program only: Completion of accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Program Contacts
Pharmacy Residency Director
Zachary Heeter, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
(814) 868-3986
zheeter@lecom.edu

PGY-1 Coordinator (program contact)
Brandon Sing, PharmD, MS
(814) 866-8447
bsing@lecom.edu

PGY-2 Coordinator (program contact)
Ashley King, PharmD, BCGP
(814) 868-3426
aking@lecomslc.org

Director of Pharmacy
Marcus Babiak, PharmD, MHSA
(814) 868-7733
mbabiak@mch1.org

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