PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at UH Geauga Medical Center

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Offers Extensive Training in Medication Management

University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center Department of Pharmacy in Chardon, Ohio, currently offers two positions in our PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency. This PGY1 residency is a one-year, postgraduate pharmacy education and training program with a goal of providing trainees with advanced knowledge and skills in patient care as a member of an interprofessional health care team in a community hospital setting.

Goals of Residency

In the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, an emphasis is placed on the following goals:

  • Communication with patients, prescribers, and the health care team
  • Evidence-based medication management and pharmacotherapeutic monitoring
  • Leadership
  • Lifelong learning
  • Medication Safety

To meet these goals, the resident will rotate through a variety of patient care areas at UH Geauga Medical Center such as:

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Practice management

Upon completing the experience, trainees will develop a strong foundation to pursue a career as a pharmacy clinician or further training in a PGY2 residency.

Resident Responsibilities

PGY1 pharmacy residency responsibilities at UH Geauga Medical Center include the following:

  • Attending a national pharmacy organization meeting (i.e. ACCP, ASHP, APhA, AACP)
  • Completing a pharmacy practice research project and presenting this at the Ohio Pharmacy Residency Showcase
  • Investigating, researching and reporting adverse drug events
  • Participating in the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee process, evaluating requests for new drug usage, reviewing the therapeutic classes for relevance, and updating the hospital formulary
  • Teaching/Mentoring/Precepting pharmacy students from a number of colleges of pharmacy
  • Providing clinical pharmacy services (direct patient care, drug information, drug therapy monitoring, patient-specific consultations, pain management collaboration, health care staff and patient education, pharmacoepidemiology, and pharmacoeconomic evaluations in selected patient populations) while also completing required and elective rotations
  • Providing rotating pharmacy staffing service every third weekend
  • Serving as an informational and patient problem solving resource for clinical staff pharmacists.

Benefits and Compensation

Benefits and compensation for residents in the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program include:

  • Estimated stipend: $47,500
  • Health insurance
  • Paid vacation
  • Sick leave
  • Travel reimbursement to professional meetings.

Required Learning Experiences

Participants in the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program will be required to fulfill the following learning experiences:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Medication Safety
  • Oncology
  • Practice Management
  • Pharmacy Service
  • Research
  • Family Medicine
  • Longitudinal rotations
    • Ambulatory care
    • Drug information
    • Research
    • Medication safety and management
    • Pharmacy service
  • Elective opportunities
    • Academia (at NEOMED)
    • Teaching Certificate Programs (at NEOMED or the University of Findlay)
    • Cardiology
    • Psychiatry
    • Pain Management
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Other: Learning opportunities arranged based on individual resident's interests as available

Application Instructions

Application materials include a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts and three letters of recommendation. The current deadline is January 2nd, and an on-site interview is required.

For More Information

To learn more about the pharmacy residency program or the application process, please contact:

Patrick Divoky, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
PGY-1 Residency Program Director
University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center
13207 Ravenna Road
Chardon, OH 44024
Phone: 440-285-3037

Meet our Pharmacy Preceptor Team

Patrick Divoky, Pharm.D., BCPSPatrick Divoky, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
PGY-1 Residency Program Director

Lukas Everly, Pharm.D., BCPSLukas Everly, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
PGY-2 Internal Medicine/Academia Program Director

Patricia (Patty) Tumbush,, BCPSPatricia (Patty) Tumbush,, BCPS
Pharmacy Manager

Mate Soric, Pharm.D., BCPSMate Soric, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Internal Medicine
Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Northeast Ohio Medical University

Lisa A. Farah, R.Ph.Lisa A. Farah, R.Ph.
Oncology Pharmacist

Nikola Paulic, Pharm.D.Nikola Paulic, Pharm.D.
Clinical Pharmacist

Amanda Lasin, Pharm.D.Amanda Lausin, Pharm.D.
Clinical Pharmacist

John Tumbush, DOJohn Tumbush, DO
Senior Clinical Instructor, Family Medicine
CWRU School of Medicine