Published on April 8, 2020 by Sarah Waller  
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For the third year in a row, the results of the pharmacy residency match, facilitated by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP), set a new record at Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

Comprising 35% of the class of 2020, 32 fourth-year Doctor of Pharmacy students matched with an ASHP-accredited postgraduate year one (PGY1) residency. 

In addition, 20 recent graduates secured an ASHP-accredited postgraduate year two (PGY2) residency—the highest number in the school’s history.

“We’re incredibly proud of all 52 students and graduates who matched with a residency program this year,” said Michael Crouch, dean of McWhorter School of Pharmacy. “These numbers reflect the highest we’ve seen in our school’s history, and they’re a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students and graduates as well as the strong support they receive from faculty mentors." 

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.

McWhorter School of Pharmacy students and graduates matched with PGY1 and PGY2 residencies in 18 states across the country with a diverse range of specialties, including managed care, community pharmacy, ambulatory care, infectious diseases, health system administration, oncology and more. 

Graphics of states where students and graduates matched with a residency

Fourth-year students who matched with a PGY1 residency include:

  • Abby Bradley, University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Beau Williams, Parkridge Health System in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Bobby Swanson, Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Bria Lewis, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Brooke Seawell, DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Bryce Burkhart, Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, Indiana
  • Caitlin Bowman, West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Florida
  • Cameron Lee, University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Caroline Stephens, Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany, Indiana
  • Emelia Beam, Premise Health/University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy at Southwire in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Erin Creasy, Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Gaybrielle Moore, Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Gracie Giang, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Hali Swanson, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Hunter Johnston, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Jacquie Downey, Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jonathan Ennis, Birmingham VA Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Kalyn Davis, Atlanta VA Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Katie McCrory, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Kelsey Ryan, Wolfson Children’s Hospital/Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Liz Parker, Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Florida
  • Montana Fleenor, Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Mark Caddell, Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas
  • Mary Ables, Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle in Columbus, Mississippi
  • Megan Cooper, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Mitchell Hutson, University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • My An Pham, Mobile Infirmary in Mobile, Alabama
  • Nazy Talebdoost, CareMore Health in Cerritos, California
  • Robert Garland Green, Jr., Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Sarah Grace Betts, Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida
  • Trey Van Dyke, Medical City Plano in Plano, Texas
  • Whitley Tassin, The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi
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