PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The OU College of Pharmacy prepares postgraduate one (PGY1) residents for entry-level positions to provide pharmacist-provided patient care services in a Health-System or for opportunities in advanced training (postgraduate two [PGY2] residency training, research fellowships, or graduate level training).  This program will equip the resident to participate as an interdisciplinary member of the health-care team under preceptor direction to apply knowledge to direct patient-care encounters to grow in their independence and clinical decision making.  Ultimately, the program allows sufficient flexibility to adapt to the needs and interests of the individual resident, yet provides the basic foundation to develop professional practice skills or prepare the resident for advanced training.

This PGY1 position provides the resident with the academic rank of Clinical Instructor with the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy.  In this role, residents are given opportunities for didactic and experiential teaching to pharmacy students.  Residents are also provided opportunities in rotation practice sites to provide in-formal and formal presentations to other members of the health-care team.  The OU College of Pharmacy also offers a teaching certificate program (i.e., Foundational Teaching Skills for Residents) to give our residents who have future aspirations in academia a learning experience that provides basic knowledge of the skills required for effective teaching and also offers a diversity of opportunities for applying and practicing these skills.


The OU College of Pharmacy PGY1 residents are required to achieve a number of goals from the required educational outcomes (See Educational Outcomes section).  Modification to the goals and educational outcomes may be made with specific residents based on their individualized training plans in regards to their previous experiences and practice/research interests.  At the minimum, the resident is expected to complete the following:

  • Manage and improve the medication-use process at OU Medical Center and The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center
  • Establish collaborative relationships with members of the interdisciplinary health-care team
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the application of drug information and evidence-based medicine to specific patient encounters
  • Conduct pharmacy practice research project and prepare a manuscript suitable for publication
  • Exhibit professional attitude at all times
  • Communicate effectively to patients, students, healthcare providers, and the public about matters related to appropriate medication use.

Practice Sites

OU Medical Center consists of two hospitals: Presbyterian Tower and The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center.  The primary residency practice site is OU Medical Center – Presbyterian Tower, a 400-bed teaching hospital that is the central training facility for physicians in the state of Oklahoma.  In addition to general medicine and surgical services, OU Medical Center has a variety of subspecialties including: cardiology, neurology, nephrology, hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplant.

Outpatient practice sites include: the Family Medicine Clinic, Infectious Diseases Institute Clinic, Oklahoma Heart Hospital Clinic, Peggy and Charles Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center, Variety Care Community Health Center, and the Integris Heart Hospital Anticoagulation Clinic.  Long term care practice sites include The Fountains at Canterbury and Bradford Village.

Professional Meetings

PGY1 Pharmacy residents attend one national and one regional meeting during the year.  Residents travel to the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December to present their research projects as a poster and participate in the Residency Showcase.  In the spring, residents will present a platform presentation at the Oklahoma Society for Health-System Pharmacists’ Residency Research Conference.

Residency Learning Experiences

  • Practice Site Orientation – 1 month

    During the first month of the program, the resident participates in orientation activities at OU Medical Center. This rotation is designed to familiarize the resident with the primary practice site and to prepare the resident to function as a staff pharmacist in the inpatient setting. Residents begin training in investigational drugs and drug information during this month in addition to completing institutional review board requirements for conducting research.

  • Clinical Staffing Orientation – 1 month

    This rotation will take place over 2-weeks in December and is designed to expose the resident to the roles and responsibilities of the clinical pharmacy specialists in an effort to prepare the resident for their clinical staffing weekend shifts in the Spring semester of their longitudinal staffing requirement.

  • Ambulatory Care – 1 month

    The rotation in ambulatory care pharmacy practice is designed to provide the resident with an introduction to the outpatient management of thromboembolic disorders and diabetes as well as co-morbid diseases such as hypertension and dyslipidemia. Additionally, the experience allows residents to learn how pharmacists may be involved in the care of patients in an ambulatory care setting.

  • Adult Internal Medicine – 1 month

    The internal medicine rotation is designed to promote the development of skills necessary to provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care services to internal medicine inpatients. The pharmacy resident joins a medicine teaching team consisting of physicians, physician trainees, the pharmacist preceptor, and pharmacy trainees. Patients assigned to the internal medicine teaching teams represent a wide variety of disease states including but not limited to diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure, end-stage liver disease, lower respiratory tract infections.

  • Critical Care – 1 month

    The critical care rotation is designed to provide the resident with an opportunity to be exposed to the management and care of critically-ill patients.  The pharmacy resident will be a member of a teaching team composed of medical students, mid-level practitioners, medical residents, and an attending physician.  Critical care opportunities include the Medical Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  The resident will be exposed to disease states and/or topic discussions including sepsis/septic shock, ICU related infections (e.g., ventilator associated pneumonia) inotropes and vasopressors, sedation, analgesia, and neuromuscular blockers.

  • Inpatient Infectious Diseases - 1 month

    The inpatient infectious diseases rotation is designed to provide the resident with an opportunity to design, monitor, and re-design patient specific infectious diseases pharmacotherapy for patients on the infectious disease consult service.  The pharmacy resident will be a member of a teaching team that includes an infectious diseases attending physician, infectious diseases fellow, and internal medicine residents.  The resident will be exposed to a variety of disease states/infections including endocarditis, opportunistic infections, meningitis, multi-drug resistant infections, and invasive fungal infections.

  • General Pediatrics – 1 month

    The general pediatric rotation is designed to provide the resident with exposure to disease states and various pharmacotherapy topics in children.  The pharmacy resident will join a teaching team composed of medical students, medical residents, and an attending physician.  Residents will be exposed to a variety of disease states including but not limited to asthma, sepsis work-up, a variety of viral and bacterial infections, bronchiolitis, seizure disorders, and pediatric pain management.

  • Elective Rotations – 3 months

    Elective rotations can be tailored to the resident’s interests. Offerings include ambulatory care and acute care rotations including cardiology, bone marrow transplant, oncology, hematology/oncology, and nephrology.  Residents will also have the potential to work with residency preceptors to develop additional learning experiences.

  • Research – 1 month and longitudinal

    Residents complete a research curriculum which includes the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Institutional Review Board (IRB) certification for conducting human research and specific research training sessions through Resident Rounds. Each resident designs and executes an original research project under the mentorship of their research committee, which consists of the residency program director, an expert in the practice area in which research will be conducted, and an expert in study design, data analysis, and statistical methods. Residents present preliminary research findings as a poster at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and final results as a podium presentation at the Oklahoma Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Residency Research Conference. In accordance with ASHP standards, residents prepare a high-quality manuscript based on their research findings.

  • Pharmacy Practice Management – 1 month and longitudinal

    Pharmacy practice management describes the participation in institutional programs and activities involving the medical and pharmacy staff, as well as adherence to established practices, procedures, and policies of the institutions and affiliated hospitals. Specifically, residents are assigned to institutional committees and are expected to actively participate in committee activities as well as other development experiences at OU Medical Center and OU College of Pharmacy.

  • Teaching and Methodology - Longitudinal (12 months)

    The teaching and methodology rotation consists of both didactic and experiential components designed to promote integration and application of various aspects of teaching and optimize learning through a variety of teaching experiences. The course coordinator and education specialist work closely with each resident to ensure adequate support in each of the teaching opportunities. Resident learning is predicated not only on the responsibilities given, but also on acceptance of personal responsibility and dedication to educational objectives.

  • Continuity of Care Clinic - Longitudinal (6 months)

    Continuity of care clinic experiences takes place in the second half of the PGY1 pharmacy residency (January through June). Residents provide pharmaceutical care services to patients on a regular basis (usually weekly) in the same outpatient setting for a period of six months. This gives residents the opportunity to practice longitudinally in one setting and see patients on return visits to the clinic. Available experiences include management of diabetes, thromboembolic disorders, and infectious diseases (HIV).

  • Drug Information/Medication Use Evaluation - Longitudinal (12 months)

    Since the development of strong drug information skills is essential for pharmacy practitioners, this experience is present throughout the entire residency program. Residents participate in defined drug information activities, such as the completion one drug information question, preparation of drug monographs for formulary consideration, participation in antibiotic streamlining activities, presentation of an educational seminar for nurses or staff pharmacists, and development and presentation of at least one medication use evaluation (MUE).

  • Service Commitment/Investigational Drug Service - Longitudinal (12 months)

    Service Commitment:

    As an integral component of the PGY1 pharmacy residency, PGY1 pharmacy residents learn to function independently as a staff pharmacist within the OU Medical Center Department of Pharmacy (approximately every third weekend rotation). In the Fall semester, the resident will be exposed to and fulfill responsibilities of a staff clinical pharmacist in both the Presbyterian Pharmacy and the Children’s Hospital pharmacy.  In the Spring semester, the resident will be exposed to and fulfill the responsibilities of a clinical pharmacy specialist. In addition, residents participate in educational programs and departmental staff meetings as assigned.

    Investigational Drug Service:

    Residents receive training and mentorship in the handling of investigational drug products and research protocols at OU Medical Center. As functioning pharmacists, residents manage the use of investigational drug products (a component of the service commitment experience) in accordance with OU Medical Center policies and procedures.

Residency Program Director

Jamie L. Miller, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy
Practice Area – Neonatal Intensive Care

Residency Rotation Preceptors

  • Practice Site Orientation

    Katie Thompson, Pharm.D., BCPS

    Chris Gold, Pharm.D.

  • Practice Management

    Katie Thompson, Pharm.D., BCPS

    Markita Broyles, D.Ph.

  • Drug Information and Medication Use Evaluation

    Katie Thompson, Pharm.D., BCPS

  • Staffing and Investigational Drug Services

    Katie Thompson, Pharm.D., BCPS

  • Ambulatory Care

    Susan Conway, Pharm.D., BCPS, CACP

    Vince Dennis, Pharm.D., BCACP, CDE

    Jamie Farley, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE

    Katherine O’Neal, Pharm.D., MBA, BCACP, CDE, BC-ADM, AE-C

    Teresa Truong, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE

  • Adult Internal Medicine

    Kiya Harrison, Pharm.D.

    Beth Resman-Targoff, Pharm.D., FCCP

  • Outpatient Infectious Diseases/HIV

    Michelle Liedtke, Pharm.D., BCPS

    Misty Miller, Pharm.D., BCPS

    R. Chris Rathbun, Pharm.D., BCPS, AQ-ID

  • Acute Care

    Bone Marrow Transplant

    Sarah Schmidt, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCOP


    Toni Ripley, Pharm.D., BCPS, AQ-Card

    Nicholas Schwier, Pharm.D.


    Keith Swanson, Pharm.D., CGP


    Emily Borders, Pharm.D., BCOP

    Inpatient Infectious Diseases

    Kate Kupiec, Pharm.D.

    Bryan White, Pharm.D.

    Medical Intensive Care Unit

    Julia Reffert, Pharm.D.


    Jennifer Dannelley, Pharm.D.

    Pete Johnson, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS, FPPAG

    Teresa Lewis, Pharm.D., BCPS

    Jamie Miller, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS

    Leigh Peek, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS

    Solid Organ Transplant

    Phu Nguyen, Pharm.D., BCPS

    Trauma Intensive Care Unit

    Ruben Villanueva, Pharm.D.

  • Teaching and Methodology

    Melissa S. Medina, Ed.D.

  • Current Residents

    Morgan Alonzo, Pharm.D.

    Kate Newman, Pharm.D.

  • Residency Program Alumni


    Tad Autry, Pharm.D., PGY2 Ambulatory Care Resident, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, Oklahoma City, OK

    Sin Yin (Sean) Lim, Pharm.D., Clinical and Translational Science Fellowship in Pediatric Pharmacotherapy, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, Oklahoma City, OK


    Jennifer Dannelley, Pharm.D., Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK

    Ashley Fox, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Surgical Services, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN


    Amanda Capino, Pharm.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi College of Pharmacy; Jackson, MS

    Jennifer Tieu, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Infectious Diseases Stewardship, Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK


    Joseph Van Tuyl, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis, MO

    Cheng Yuet, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor, University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy, Fort Worth, TX


    Bethany Ibach, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor, Texas Tech School of Pharmacy, Abilene, TX

    Ryan Tomlin, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Mercy Health Infectious Disease Clinic, Grand Rapids, MI


    Megan Andrews Carroll, Pharm.D.

    Mackenzie Cottrell, Pharm.D., M.S., Research Fellow, NIH T32 Pharmacology Fellowship, University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, NC


    Christina Bulkley, Pharm.D., Graduate Student, Social/Administrative Sciences, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, Oklahoma City, OK

    Candace Hooper, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Baylor All-Saints Medical Center, Fort Worth, TX


    Holly Herring, Pharm.D., Staff Pharmacist, Integris Health Edmond, Edmond, OK

    Misty Miller, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor, HIV/Infectious Diseases, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, Oklahoma City, OK

    Ashley Teel, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacy Management Consultants, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, Oklahoma City, OK


    Russell Benefield, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases, University of Utah Pharmacy Services, Salt Lake City, UT

    Rebecca Dunn, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy, Tyler, TX

    Emily Gish Benefield, Pharm.D., BCPS, Pediatric ICU Clinical Pharmacist, Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT


    Brooke Gildon, Pharm.D., BCPS, AE-C, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy, Weatherford, OK

    Jamie Farley, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Ambulatory Care, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, Oklahoma City, OK

    Tiffany Kessler, Pharm.D., BCPS, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Internal Medicine, Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy, Weatherford, OK


    Matthew Bird, Pharm.D., BCPS, Medical Science Lisaison, Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, Oklahoma City, OK

    Emily Borders, Pharm.D., BCOP, Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology,
    University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, Oklahoma City, OK

    Kaysey Cloud, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX

    Jessica Cottreau, Pharm.D., Associate Professor, Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago, IL

    Jamie Miller, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, Oklahoma City, OK


    Gwen Bisek, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN

    Jatandra Owens Birney, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Inpatient Oncology Service University of Utah-Huntsman Cancer Center, Salt Lake City, UT

    Katy Mathews Cox, Pharm.D., BCPS-AQ Cardiology, Critical Care Pharmacist, Cardiology, Baylor University Medical Center, Department of Pharmacy, Dallas, TX


    Shaunta’ Martina Ray, Pharm.D., BCPS Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, Knoxville, TN

    Tamara Mlekoday, Pharm.D., Emergency Department Pharmacy Specialist, Integris Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK

    Erica Smith, Pharm.D., Pharmacy Specialist, Integris Southwest Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK

    Dena Stout, Pharm.D., Drug Information Specialist, William Beaumont Hospital, Troy, MI

    Tracy Watson, Pharm.D., Lead Evening Pharmacist, Deaconess Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Accreditation

    This residency program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.