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Pharmacy

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program at Hillcrest Hospital South is an ASHP-accredited, one-year postgraduate training program. The PGY1 residency is designed to build on the traditional PharmD education program to foster the development of competent, independent clinical pharmacists able to provide patient-centered care in an acute care setting.

 

Starting date: July 1

Application deadline: Jan. 15

Duration: 12-month residency

Number of positions: Two

Hillcrest Hospital South in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a 180-bed community hospital, nestled in the heart of Oklahoma’s “Green Country.” Our hospital is a growing facility with an outstanding staff. We are designated as a Level II Primary Stroke Center and were awarded the American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI. Our facility offers a wide variety of specialties, including both invasive and non-invasive cardiology, critical care, infectious disease, orthopedics and surgical services.

Our residents prepare for a role as a clinical pharmacist providing direct patient care or for a specialty PGY2 by developing strong leadership skills, excellent interdisciplinary communication and the independence to operate within a wide variety of clinical and pharmacy settings. Residents have opportunities for interacting and teaching pharmacy students from both Southwestern Oklahoma State University and University of Oklahoma colleges of pharmacy. The mission of the Department of Pharmacy at Hillcrest South is to deliver safe and compassionate care for our patients in an atmosphere of mutual respect, individual accountability and social responsibility, and serves as the basis for our practice and education philosophy.

Essential functions of the resident:

  • Patient medication reviews, supports clinical activities including dosing services, code response and rounds attendance
  • Participates in clinical pharmacy research projects and quality assurance projects
  • Provides educational programs for health care professionals, students and members
  • Provides distribution services and patient education
Required rotations Duration
Administration One month
Cardiology One month
Critical care I One month
Critical care II One month
Emergency medicine One month
Geriatrics One month
Infectious disease One month
Internal medicine One month
Additional learning experiences Duration
Orientation One month
Education   (year-long learning experience, includes the following activities)
Journal club Full year
Topic discussion series Full year
Nurse and physician staff In-services Full year
Patient education Full year
Emergency response (year-long learning experience, includes the following activities)
Code response (during assigned times) Full year
Operations (year-long learning experience, includes the following activities)
Weekend coverage as a staff pharmacist with clinical responsibilities (every other weekend) Full year
Holiday shifts (one major and two minor) Full year
Research and quality
Medication utilization evaluation One to be completed during the residency year
Clinical services analysis One to be completed during the residency year
Quality improvement initiatives One to be completed during the residency year
Research project One to be completed during the residency year
Elective rotations Duration
Antimicrobial stewardship One month
General surgery One month
Informatics One month
Transitions of care One month
Women’s health One month
Electives can include repeating a required rotation. Other rotations are currently being considered and will be made available based on preceptor availability, patient population and resident interest.

Residency Program Director

Jennifer Ann Gass, PharmD, M.S., MHA, BCPS, BCCCP

Titles: Clinical Pharmacy Manager, PGY1 Residency Program Director, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy Adjunct Faculty

Education: PharmD, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, 2008

Training: PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, Memorial Hermann—Texas Medical Center, 2009; PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency, Memorial Hermann—Texas Medical Center, 2010

Practice area: Critical care, clinical administration/management, antimicrobial stewardship

Research interest: Clinical pharmacy impact on cost/patient care metrics; sudden cardiac death; targeted temperature management; antimicrobial stewardship impact

Hobbies: Reading, scuba diving, trying new recipes, spending time with my son and husband

Email: jennifer.gass@hillcrest.com


Director of Pharmacy

Todd Worsham, PharmD

Titles: Director of Pharmacy, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy Adjunct Faculty

Education: PharmD, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, 2011

Practice area: Administration

Research interest: Finance, operational optimization

Hobbies: Baseball, golf, coaching, spending time with my family

Email: todd.worsham@hillcrest.com


Pharmacy Preceptors

Elizabeth Adams, PharmD, BCPS

Titles: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy Adjunct Faculty

Education: PharmD, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, 2010

Training: PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, Wesley Medical Center, 2011

Practice area: Cardiology, infectious disease

Research interest: Pharmacy impact on medication compliance in heart failure patients – focus on patient education

Hobbies: Going to the lake, hanging out with my three dogs, spending time with family

Email: elizabeth.adams@hillcrest.com

Lauren Calnan, PharmD, BCCCP

Titles: Clinical Pharmacist

Education: PharmD, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, 2017

Training: PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, Oklahoma State University Medical Center, 2018; PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency, CoxHealth Medical Center, 2019

Practice area: Emergency medicine; critical care; emergency response

Research interest: Emergency medicine, critical care and medication safety

Hobbies: Spending time with my family and two dogs, cooking and traveling

Email: lauren.lees@hillcrest.com

Arlene Thomas, PharmD

Titles: Clinical Pharmacist

Education: PharmD, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, 2019

Training: PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, Providence Centralia Hospital, 2020; PGY2 Pharmacotherapy Residency, Detroit Medical Center, 2021

Practice area: Internal Medicine

Research interest: Insulin, anticoagulation, pain stewardship

Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, watching movies

Email: arlene.thomas13@hillcrest.com

Michael Snider, PharmD

Titles: Informatics Pharmacist, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy Adjunct Faculty

Education: PharmD, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, 2008

Practice area: Information Technology; Epic Willow Pharmacist - Manager

Research interest: Decision support impact on cost analysis and patient care

Hobbies: Spending time with my family and friends, watching OU football, anything science fiction and lounging around, reading a good book.

Email: michael.snider@hillcrest.com

Ashley Flowers, PharmD, BCPS

Title: Clinical Pharmacist

Education: PharmD, Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, 2020

Training: PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, Hillcrest Hospital South, 2021

Practice area: Pharmacy operations, antimicrobial stewardship

Research interest: Infectious disease, antimicrobial stewardship, medication reconciliation, diabetes management

Hobbies: Swimming, hiking, reading, candle making, board games

Email: ashley.flowers@hillcrest.com

Current Resident

Nicholas Wheeler, PharmD

Education: PharmD, Southwestern Oklahoma State University Collge of Pharmacy, 2022

Clinical interest: Geriatrics, emergency medicine, antimicrobial stewardship

Hobbies: Going to sporting events, throwing discs at the park, spending time with friends and family

Email: nicholas.wheeler02@hillcrest.com


Previous Resident

Kelsey Bickel, PharmD - PGY 1 Residency Graduate 2022

Education: PharmD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, 2020

Clinical position: Clinical Manager, Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, Morristown, TN

Clinical interest: Antimicrobial stewardship, infectious disease, internal medicine

Ashley Flowers, PharmD, BCPS - PGY 1 Residency Graduate 2021

Education: PharmD, Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, 2020

Current position: Clinical Pharmacist; Hillcrest Hospital South, Tulsa, OK

Clinical interest: Infectious disease, antimicrobial stewardship, medication reconciliation, diabetes management

Stipend: $47,486

Certification: BLS and ACLS

Vacation: Paid vacation and select holidays

Meetings: Financial support to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting

Health insurance: Health, dental and vision plans are available

Starting date: July 1

Application deadline: Jan. 15

Duration: 12-month residency

Number of positions: Two

Resident applicants are required to submit an application via the PHORCAS system including curriculum vitae, letter of intent, official academic transcript(s) and three letters of recommendation (clinical rotation preceptors preferred).

Candidate must have successfully completed a PharmD degree from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy, be eligible for licensure in the state of Oklahoma, participate in an onsite interview, and pass post-match background check, employment physical and drug screen.

Contact our program director:

Jennifer Gass, PharmD, M.S., MHA, BCPS, BCCCP
jennifer.gass@hillcrest.com
918-294-4081
ASHP Program Code: 73013