Internal Medicine

The purpose of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy PGY2 Internal Medicine Residency program is to 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.

The PGY2 residency in internal medicine provides the resident with the practice skills and knowledge to become a role model pharmacotherapy specialist and educator. Offering a broad range of experiences in an established clinical site, the resident spends a significant portion of time in inpatient internal medicine practice. Elective experiences in additional acute care subspecialty areas are available and can be tailored to the resident’s interests. The resident receives an appointment as Clinical Instructor at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. Educational responsibilities and training include didactic (lecture) and experiential (rotation) teaching to Pharm.D. students in addition to other activities. The resident has opportunities to provide presentations to the Internal Medicine House Staff and participates in the training of medical residents and students. An original research project is conducted throughout the one-year residency program. Residents are encouraged to present their research at national and state/local meetings and to publish their findings.

Practice Sites

The primary residency practice site is OU Medical Center, 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, OUMC has a variety of subspecialties, such as cardiology, neurology, nephrology, hematology, oncology, bone marrow transplant, infectious diseases, and critical care.

Outpatient practice sites include: the Infectious Diseases Institute Clinic, General Internal Medicine Clinic, Solid Organ Transplant, and the Integris Baptist Medical Center Clinic.

Residency Learning Experiences

  • Orientation – 1 month
  • Internal Medicine – 4 months
  • Medicine Subspecialties
    • Inpatient Cardiology - 1 month
    • Inpatient Infectious Diseases - 1 month
    • Medical Intensive Care Unit - 1 month
  • Ambulatory Care – 1 month or longitudinal
  • Electives – 2 months
  • Research and Practice Management – 1 month
  • Longitudinal Experiences: teaching, research/scholarship, practice management/leadership, and clinical and operational staffing

  • Internal Medicine

    At least four months are completed in the area of inpatient internal medicine. During these rotations, residents participate as a member of the internal medicine teaching team, providing therapeutic recommendations and drug information through direct interaction with physicians and other members of the healthcare team. The resident also assists in precepting Pharm.D. students. The resident schedule typically includes daily inpatient care rounds with the medical team, weekly topic discussions for students, assistance with journal club discussions and facilitation of other student activities as assigned (exams, presentations, etc).

  • Medicine Subspecialties

    Available inpatient experiences include: cardiology, infectious diseases, medical intensive care unit, neurology intensive care unit, family medicine, inpatient solid organ transplant, cardiothoracic intensive care unit, and emergency medicine. Other offerings may be available depending on the resident’s interests.

  • Ambulatory Care

    The resident may complete an ambulatory care rotation over one month or elect to spend a half day per week over six months in a setting of their choice to gain experience in providing longitudinal patient care.

    Available ambulatory care practice sites include:

    • Infectious Diseases Institute Clinic: infectious diseases, primarily HIV and related opportunistic infections
    • INTEGRIS Clinic: anticoagulation and comprehensive medication management
    • Internal Medicine Clinic: variety of internal medicine disease states
    • Solid Organ Transplant Outpatient Services

  • Electives

    Various options exist for electives based on the resident's interest. Residents may complete additional rotations for any of the core learning experiences. They may also complete electives in any of the medicine subspecialty areas (beyond what is included as a required rotation).

  • Teaching

    The resident delivers two lectures to Pharm.D. students throughout the year. Residents also assist with small group facilitation, lab work, and course coordination. Teaching also occurs throughout the year as the resident presents interdisciplinary inservices to the medical and nursing staff and assists with precepting of Pharm.D. students in the experiential portion of their curriculum. The resident assumes primary precepting responsibility for P4 students during the latter part of the residency. The resident is expected to complete the Advanced Teaching Skills for Residents teaching certificate program.

  • Research

    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 a 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 Oklahoma Residency Research Conference. In accordance with ASHP standards, residents prepare a high-quality manuscript based on their research findings.

  • Scholarship

    The resident participates in the peer-review of at least one manuscript submitted for publication. The resident is also expected to contribute to the literature through preparation and publication of a newsletter article, a case report or review article, and their original research.

  • Practice Management

    The resident develops practice management skills through participation in institutional projects and committee work at OUMC.

  • Leadership and Administration

    The resident develops a leadership philosophy through readings and discussions with the leadership preceptor and one-on-one meetings with pharmacy leaders.

  • Professional Service

    Resident involvement in local and national professional organizations (as the residency schedule allows) is encouraged. Examples include:

    • Oklahoma Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP)
    • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
    • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)
    • American Association of College of  Pharmacy (AACP)
    • Committee Activities/Assignments

    Resident involvement in a college committee is required. Examples include: 

    • One academic committee to support the College
    • OUCOP department meetings
    • Other meetings based on resident interests

    Resident involvement in an institutional committee, such as the antimicrobial stewardship program committee, is required.

  • Residency Program Director

Residency Program Preceptors

Beth Resman-Targoff, Pharm.D., FCCP
Practice Area: Internal Medicine

Kiya Bennett, Pharm.D., BCPS
Practice Area: Internal Medicine

Nicholas Schwier, Pharm.D., BCPS – AQ Cardiology

Practice Area: Inpatient Cardiology

Julia Mathew, Pharm.D., BCCCP
Practice Area: Medical Intensive Care Unit

Bryan White, Pharm.D., BCPS
Practice Area: Inpatient Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship

Michelle Lewis, Pharm.D., BCPS, AAHIVP
Practice Area: Ambulatory Care/HIV

Misty Miller, Pharm.D., BCPS, AAHIVP
Practice Area: Ambulatory Care/HIV

Katherine O'Neal, Pharm.D., MBA, BCACP, CDE, BC-ADM, AE-C, CLS, FAADE
Practice Area: Internal Medicine Clinic

Katie Thompson, Pharm.D., BCPS
Practice Area: Pharmacy Practice Management

Shane Salimnejad, Pharm.D., BCPS
Practice Area: Emergency Medicine

Natalie Martinez, Pharm.D., BCPS
Practice Area: Neurology Intensive Care Unit

Aubrey Jones, Pharm.D., BCPS
Practice Area: Cardiothoracic Surgical Intensive Care Unit/Medical Intensive Care Unit

Mary Shreffler, Pharm.D., BCPS
Practice Area: Inpatient Family Medicine

Phu Nguyen, Pharm.D., BCPS
Practice Area: Inpatient/Outpatient Solid Organ Transplant
Susan Conway, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP
Practice Area: Comprehensive Medication Management and Anticoagulation

Janice Tsui, Pharm.D., BCPS
Practice Area: Emergency Medicine

Additional preceptors and learning experiences may be available based on resident interests.

Residency Program Alumni

Kelsey Inman, Pharm.D., Internal Medicine Clinical Specialist, University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, KS

Dillon Hayden, Pharm.D., Gynecology/Oncology Clinical Specialist, OU Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Taylor Epperson, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, Memphis, TN


Ashley Fox, Pharm.D., BCPS, Internal Medicine Clinical Specialist, University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque, NM

Kiya Bennett, Pharm.D., BCPS, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy: Clinical and Administrative Sciences, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, Oklahoma City, OK

Tressa McMorris, Pharm.D., BCPS, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Roseman University of Health Sciences, South Jordan, UT

Dominick Salvatore, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Pharmacy at MU Columbia, MO

Julia Mathew, Pharm.D., BCPS, Intensive Care Clinical Pharmacist, OU Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Candace Hooper, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist, Baylor All Saints Health System, Fort Worth, TX

Kelsey Kohman, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist, Baylor Health System, Dallas, TX

Rebecca Dunn, Pharm.D., BCPS Clinical Assistant Professor, Ben & Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

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

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

Gretchen Seibold, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist-Cardiology, University of Colorado Hospital, Denver, CO

Shaunta’ M. Ray, Pharm.D., BCPS, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Pharmacy, Knoxville, TN



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