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Pharmacy Residency Program at The Medical Center of Aurora

Learn more about The Medical Center of Aurora's Pharmacy Residency Program, including application requirements and pharmacist licensure.

Welcome from our team

Since 2002, our residency program has developed pharmacy residents through a rigorous curriculum and clinical training program. We help residents qualify for board certification and for advanced pharmacy training.

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For more information, please contact our program coordinator.

Email Eric Mclain 

    Residency program overview

    Our PGY1 pharmacy residency builds on your Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and contributes to your development as clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related patient care. Our teaching setting offers a wide range of patient conditions, coaching for board certification as well as preparing you for PGY2 pharmacy residency programs.

    Our hospital has offered the residency program since 2002. We build your confidence and knowledge in clinical pharmacy practice, as well as medication distribution roles. Residents will rotate through a wide range of clinical specialties, assist with precepting pharmacy students, and are encouraged to seek out individual learning opportunities. You will have options to participate in a variety of committees and special projects throughout the hospital.

    Program details

    Learning experiences (rotations)

    Residents can expect to rotate through the following specialties:


    • Antimicrobial stewardship (6 weeks)
    • Behavioral health (6 weeks)
    • Internal Medicine (6 weeks)
    • Cardiology (6 weeks)
    • Critical care (6 weeks)
    • Emergency medicine/trauma (6 weeks)
    • Orientation (6 weeks)

    Longitudinal (year-long)

    • Administration
    • Medication safety and regulatory compliance
    • Practice management (staffing)
    • Residency project
    • Teaching and precepting

    Elective (may choose two electives, 4 weeks)

    • Behavioral health 2
    • Critical care 2
    • Emergency medicine and trauma 2
    • Informatics
    • Pediatrics
    • Toxicology
    • Additional elective experiences are available and can be developed based on residents needs and interests

    Staffing responsibilities

    As part of the practice management (staffing) longitudinal rotation, the resident will staff every third weekend in an assigned pharmacy area. Staffing shifts will be during the day or evening shifts but will not include the overnight shifts and will be 10 hours in length. Residents may staff a central pharmacy or a decentralized site in various clinical units. As a result of the staffing requirement, residents will work 12 days on/2 days off, and five days on/2 days off schedule. Changes to this schedule may be made by arrangement with the residency program director or assistant pharmacy director. The resident will also be required to staff one major hospital-recognized winter holiday of their choice, either Thanksgiving or New Year's Day. The residents will be given Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day off.

    Educational benefits

    The resident will have the opportunity to attend the American Society of Health-System Professionals (ASHP) Midyear in December and the Mountain States Conference in May. Residents will present the preliminary results of their residency research project as a poster at Midyear and will assist with recruiting. Final research project presentations will be completed at Mountain States. While every effort is made to secure funding for resident travel, final approval is dependent on budgetary decisions.

    Pharmacist licensure

    Residents must be licensed as registered pharmacists in the state of Colorado. Licensure must be completed at the earliest possible date. If the resident is not licensed before their residency program start date, they must obtain a valid Colorado intern license until pharmacist licensure is completed. The resident is expected to be licensed as soon as possible unless extenuating circumstances arise (i.e. already a pharmacist in another state and experiencing reciprocating issues). Extenuating circumstances will be evaluated by pharmacy leadership. The resident will be dismissed from the residency program if not licensed by 1/3 point from the start date of the residency program.

    Application requirements

    The deadline for all application materials is January 2nd. Application materials must be submitted via PhORCAS. Applicants must be a graduate or candidate for the graduation of an accredited pharmacy degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation), or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).


    Interview offers will be extended in late January. Interviews will be conducted in early to mid-February.

    Pharmacy preceptors

    The following is a list of all preceptors for each department.

    Internal Medicine

    • Primary Preceptor — Keifer Taylor, PharmD, BCPS
    • Supporting Preceptor — Christine Pan, PharmD
    • Supporting Preceptor — Abby Twigg, PharmD, BCPS


    • Primary Preceptor — Melissa Miller, PharmD, MBA
    • Supporting Preceptor — Steven Weis, PharmD
    • Supporting Preceptor — Mollie Esseveld, PharmD

    Antimicrobial stewardship

    • Primary Preceptor — Chanah Gallagher, PharmD, MS, BCPS
    • Supporting Preceptor — Matt Seely, PharmD, BCPS

    Behavioral health

    • Primary preceptor — Jennifer Lee, PharmD, BCPP
    • Supporting preceptor — Matt Seely, PharmD, BCPS


    • Primary preceptor — Amina Mujkic, PharmD
    • Supporting Preceptor — Andrew Reuter, PharmD

    Critical care

    • Primary preceptor — Jennifer Hipskind, PharmD, BCCCP
    • Supporting Preceptor — Amina Mujkic, PharmD

    Emergency medicine and trauma

    • Primary preceptor — Chris Isaacs, PharmD, BCEMP

    Informatics (Elective)

    • Primary preceptor — Peter Van Es, PharmD
    • Supporting preceptor — Kelley Sander, PharmD

    Medication safety and regulatory compliance

    • Primary preceptor — Alex Schmeling, PharmD, BCPS


    • Primary preceptor — Eric McLain, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, CNSC

    Pediatrics (elective)

    • Primary preceptor — Abbie Schauble, PharmD, BCPPS

    Practice management

    • Primary preceptor — Natalie Reinig, PharmD
    • Supporting preceptor — Jacob DeCelles, PharmD

    Residency project

    • Primary preceptor — Eric McLain, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, CNSC

    Teaching and precepting

    • Primary preceptor — Natalie Reinig, PharmD
    • Supporting preceptor — Eric McLain, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, CNSC

    Toxicology (Elective)

    • Primary preceptor — Shireen Banerji, PharmD, DABAT

    Mission statement

    The Pharmacy Residency Program at The Medical Center of Aurora's mission is to develop the next generation of pharmacists and pharmacist leaders.

    As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

    This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where they are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty is committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding their perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values and ideals.