Published on April 16, 2019 by Sarah Waller  

Establishing a new school record, 40 fourth-year students in Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy matched with an ASHP-accredited postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency. In doing so, the school achieved a 66 percent match rate, which is above the national average. Additionally, previous graduates of the program secured 10 postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residencies.

This competitive process is facilitated by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). While Doctor of Pharmacy graduates are not required to complete a residency before they begin practice, pharmacy residencies are designed to provide additional pharmacy practice experience in a specific area of interest.

“We recognize that matching with an ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Michael Crouch, dean of McWhorter School of Pharmacy. “I’m incredibly proud of these students, and I congratulate them on their hard work and perseverance.”

Students were chosen for residency programs in 14 states across the country, and PGY1 residency opportunities can be in the community, managed care or health-system environments. 

  • Ashley Ezelle Barahona, University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Ashleigh Beard, Children's Health Medical Center in Dallas, Texas
  • Kameron Blair, CHI Memorial in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Stephanie Brennan, St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Caitie Brown, Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho
  • Cindy Chung, Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, North Carolina
  • Kaitlin Clark, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare/Germantown Hospital in Germantown, Tennessee
  • Rebecca Clark, Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Serena Clark, James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, Florida
  • Carly Crowder, Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Ariel Denson, Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jenny Dong, Florida Hospital Orlando AdventHealth in Orlando, Florida
  • Hannah Duncan, Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Page East, Children's Hospital Colorado in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Theresa El-Murr, University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Katie Farris, Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Florida
  • Mark Gilliam, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Emery Grubb, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Lauren Hammond, DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • William Hammonds, The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio
  • Brie Holmes, Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, Mississippi
  • Danielle Hooker, Florida Hospital Orlando AdventHealth in Orlando, Florida
  • Sanyia Khan, Wolfson Children's Hospital/Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Elizabeth Lucas, Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Jill Meyer, Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in Tucson, Arizona
  • Catherine Moore, Methodist Healthcare/University Hospitals in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Joseph Nosser, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy/Tyson Drug Company in Oxford, Mississippi
  • Brandon Powell, University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Natasha Ramsey, Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tennessee
  • Nicholas Roberts, Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Florida
  • Christopher Russell, HonorHealth Scottsdale Medical Centers in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Kelly Slaten, Jackson Hospital and Clinic in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Katherine Stockton, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Rachel Stogner, VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, Washington
  • Alaina Stroud, DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Josh Tessin, Cone Health Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Darrow Thomas, Tennova Healthcare Lebanon in Lebanon, Tennessee
  • John Thomas Jr., Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jonathan Tucker, Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle in Columbus, Mississippi
  • Caitlyn Whitaker, Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tennessee

Did you know that Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy offers its own ASHP-accredited PGY1 and PGY2 residency programs in community and ambulatory pharmacy? Learn more at

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