FMC PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Program description

At Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, the focus of our acute care PGY1 pharmacy residency program is to develop clinical pharmacists who can provide optimal patient care and improve patient outcomes. Upon graduation the resident should be able to exhibit professional leadership skills, and function as a competent practitioner prepared to work in a variety of pharmacy practice areas and roles. The residency program provides a strong clinical foundation, while allowing flexibility to meet the needs and interests of individual residents. The program goals, objectives, and evaluation processes are established in accordance with ASHP standards.


Pharmacy PGY1 curriculum

Required Rotations
Infectious diseases
IV room operations
At least two of the following (internal medicine):
  • Oncology
  • Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine (academia focus)
  • Behavioral health
At least one of the following (critical care):
  • Medical/Surgical Critical Care
  • Emergency medicine
  • Cardiac intensive care
  • Neurology intensive care
  • Cardiothoracic surgery*
  • *Cardiac intensive care rotation pre-requisite
Required longitudinal rotations
Seminar/Continuing education
Research Project/Medication use evaluation
Service leadership
Medication safety
Elective rotations
Ambulatory Care (stroke bridge clinic, anticoagulation clinic)
Outpatient oncology
Investigational drug services
Specialty pharmacy
Optional teaching certificate (Campbell University or High Point University)
Formal lecture and laboratory facilitation opportunities at High Point University
Opportunities to teach didactic lectures to Campbell University medical students
Mentor and co-precept 4th year pharmacy students
Service leadership
Every third weekend staffing, alternating between first and second shift serving as a clinical verification pharmacist.
Residents will staff approximately one evening (4-8pm) every 10 days on a rotating basis, performing discharge counseling throughout the hospital.
Service on hospital and department committees
Community service


Program completion

Upon completion, residents will have gained the following skills:
  • An understanding of improvement in the medication use process
  • Proficient leadership and practice management skills
  • Valuable and efficient patient-centered medication therapy management skills
  • Contribution to interdisciplinary teams
  • Professional development



Leave availability
10 days, with 5 additional professional days
Health insurance
Medical insurance provided with low monthly premium
Vision and dental insurance available with low monthly premium
Child care
On-site childcare offered with a monthly cost (Forsyth Medical Center and Presbyterian Medical Center only)
Employee discount program offers discounts on services and products from both local and national businesses
On-site parking provided free of charge
Professional development
Support available for the ashp midyear meeting, unc reps meeting, and for various continuing education opportunities
Poster reimbursement
support may also be provided for posters presented at an education or professional meeting
Additional items
Office space with laptop computer and docking station provided
Personalized lab coat
Intra-and inter-hospital cellular phone
Access to online and hospital libraries
Lexi-Comp subscription


Application information

Interested applicants should apply for consideration by using the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Please submit your application though this service no later than program specific deadlines as outlined below.

NMS code: 182113

Application deadline
December 31st 


Amanda Teachey, PharmD, BCCCP PGY1 Residency Program Director Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center E-mail:

Amanda Teachey

Amanda Teachey, PharmD, BCCCP

PGY1 Residency Program Director

Rotation(s): Emergency Medicine

Rotation Description: The emergency medicine rotation allows the resident to ensure safe and effective medication use for all patients in the department, which includes the adult emergency department, emergency admissions unit, and emergency behavioral health unit. During the rotation, residents will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to treat both emergent and non-emergent patients. Activities include, but are not limited to: emergency response, patient profile review, ED culture review, answering drug information questions, patient and team education, and meeting attendance.



Robert Crawford III

Robert Crawford III, PharmD, BCIDP, AAHVIP

PGY1 Residency Program Director

Rotation(s): Infectious Diseases

Rotation Description: Residents will be able to continue developing expertise in the field of Infectious Diseases by completing antimicrobial stewardship activities at a tertiary care facility and multiple acute care centers within the Novant Health system. Residents will engage with a variety different kinds of providers, learn about different types of infections, tackle resistance patterns, and collaborate with multiple preceptors to help care for patients. Other opportunities include leading topic discussions, journal clubs, and medication reviews to improve communication skills and knowledge base.



Peter Keddis

Peter Keddis, PharmD, BCPS

Rotation(s):  Internal Medicine

Rotation Description: The internal medicine rotation is designed to immerse the resident in the clinical care of medical-surgical. The resident will work alongside the clinical pharmacy specialist to care for assigned patients, and will participate in geographical rounding for their assigned unit. The resident will work with physicians, nurses, dieticians, case management, social work and other pharmacists for the care of patients on this rotation. The resident will become proficient in the integrated model of caring for patients; this includes pharmacokinetic and warfarin consults as well as other clinical activities such as renal dose adjustments and discharge counseling. The resident will work on providing high-quality, evidence-based recommendations to providers and nursing staff, and will be challenged to learn through primary literature and apply it to patients.



Miyuki Shouse, PharmD, BCPPS

Rotation(s):  Neonatal ICU

Rotation Description: The Neonatal ICU rotation is an elective 4-6 week rotation in the 56 bed Level IIIb NICU. The neonatal care team consists of neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pediatric residents, neonatology fellows, medical students, dieticians, respiratory therapists, nurses, and pharmacists. The clinical pharmacist on the team is responsible for ensuring each patient admitted to the service receives safe and effective medication therapy. The clinical pharmacist provides drug information to all staff as necessary, and is the lead pharmacist on the Women's Services team. The pharmacist attends interdisciplinary rounds, Best Practice committee meetings, Joint Practice meetings, and contributes to policy development within the NICU. The pharmacist assists with corporate neonatal guideline and protocol management and is a Corporate NICU Team Member.



Laura Coles

Laura Coles, PharmD, BCCCP

Rotation(s): Surgical Services, Gastroenterology

Rotation Description: The surgery rotation consists of 4-6 weeks in surgical services at Forsyth Medical Center, and may also involve surgery support for other hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers across Novant Health. While on rotation, the resident will work in conjunction with the clinical pharmacy specialist to serve as point person for any surgery related pharmacy issues. The primary responsibility is ensuring pharmaceutical needs are met for each patient on the surgery service. Support is provided to order verification and core clinical pharmacists, nurses and providers. Other responsibilities include attending multidisciplinary rounds, assisting with the management of drug shortages and formulary management, involvement in surgical services policy development, and attending surgery service line meetings. Throughout the rotation, the resident will progressively take on the responsibilities of the preceptor. The preceptor will directly mentor the resident initially, and continue to facilitate learning as the resident progresses in ability.



Bria Benson

Bria Benson, PharmD, BCIDP

Rotation(s):  Infectious Diseases

Rotation Description: Residents will be able to continue developing expertise in the field of Infectious Diseases by completing antimicrobial stewardship activities at a tertiary care facility and multiple acute care centers within the Novant Health system. Residents will engage with a variety of providers, learn about different types of infections, tackle resistance patterns, and collaborate with multiple preceptors to help care for patients. Other opportunities include leading topic discussions, journal clubs, and medication reviews to improve communication skills and knowledge base.



Amanda Edwards

Amanda Edwards, PharmD, BCOP, CPP

Rotation(s): Hematology/Oncology, Transplant and Cellular Therapy

Rotation Description: Oncology is an elective rotation comprised of multiple different services including malignant hematology and medical oncology. The resident will have the opportunity to interact with the interdisciplinary care teams daily and manage complex patient populations via clinical review and order verification. Additionally, the resident will participate in topic discussions ranging from oncologic emergencies to malignancies such as acute myeloid leukemia and small cell lung cancer.



Abby HarrisAbby Harris, PharmD

Rotation(s): Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery

Rotation Description: Residents will provide coverage for the cardiovascular surgery intensive care unit and related step-down unit. Strong focus will be placed on advanced understanding of invasive hemodynamic monitoring. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: optimizing medication therapy, pharmacokinetic monitoring, providing drug information and education to the healthcare team, and assistance with order set and policy development within service lines. Throughout the rotation, the preceptor will directly mentor the resident, and continue to facilitate learning as the resident develops autonomy.



Jeremy Hodges

Jeremy Hodges, RPh, BCPS, BCCCP, CPP

Rotation(s): Medical/Surgical Intensive Care

Rotation Description: As a member of our advanced pharmacy practice model, residents will provide comprehensive care to patients in a 30-bed ICU. Services include interdisciplinary rounding, pharmacokinetic and renal dosing, protocol assessment, and documentation of recommendations in the medical record. The resident will attend meetings to improve care through protocol development and health care outcomes assessment, and will provide drug information to providers and patients, and to train other learners. The goal for the resident is to independently perform the duties of the clinical specialist by the end of the learning experience.




Steven Johnson

Steven W. Johnson, PharmD, CPP, AAHIVP

Rotation(s): Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases

Rotation Description: This rotation experience will expose residents to advanced internal medicine topics while managing patients in an adult medicine unit. The rotation has an emphasis on infectious diseases and academia, and residents will work closely with the preceptor and fourth-year pharmacy students. Exposures to academia may include, but are not limited to, didactic teaching, precepting, committee-services and research.




Ryan Kammer

Ryan Kammer, PharmD, CPP, BCPS

Rotation(s): Cardiology

Rotation Description: The Acute Care Cardiology rotation consists of 4-6 weeks in the 24-bed cardiac ICU. The open unit provides exposure to a wide variety of critically ill patients. The clinical pharmacy team is responsible for optimizing medication therapy and providing drug information to healthcare providers and patients. Activities may include order verification, medication dosing and management, multidisciplinary rounding, ACLS participation, precepting exposure, service line meeting and project involvement, etc. Throughout the rotation, the resident will progressively take on the responsibilities of the preceptor.



Christina Roels

Christina Roels, PharmD, BCPS, CPP, BCCCP

Rotation(s): Neurocritical Care/Neurology

Rotation Description: Neurocritical Care/Neurology is an elective rotation at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. The service includes the Neuro-ICU, neurosciences floor, and outpatient stroke bridge clinic. The resident typically covers one of the four rounding services. The pharmacist/resident on service are an integral part of the patient care team. The pharmacist/resident participates in daily bedside rounds with the team and helps form safe, effective medication plans for patients to improve outcomes. The pharmacist/resident on service provides all clinical pharmacist functions for the unit. In conjunction with patient care, the resident will learn fundamental guidelines and literature to support medication decisions in this specialty area.



Practice Management Preceptors

Brittany Fear, PharmD

Pharmacy Supervisor



Traci Jacobs, PharmD, MHA, 340B ACE

Pharmacy Supervisor



Adam Szabat, PharmD

Pharmacy Supervisor



Nate Russell, PharmD, MBA, MS, BCPS

Pharmacy Manager



Rotation Description: The primary purpose of this rotation is for the resident to gain exposure to a variety of leadership and administrative aspects of pharmacy practice. The rotation will focus on applying management principles while observing department and hospital policy and procedures. Rotation experiences may also include budget management of personnel, drug inventory and the overall practice of pharmacy at the facility or health-system level.


Service Leadership Preceptors


Katie Sims, PharmD, BCCCP



Zauri Bradley

Zauri Bradley, PharmD, BCPS




IV Pharmacy Operations Preceptors


Abby Link, PharmD



Jill Smitherman, RPh



Beth Taylor, PharmD



Rotation Description: The primary purpose of this rotation is for residents to gain experience working with sterile compounded products while incorporating themselves into the daily workflow of an IV room pharmacy. The IV room at Forsyth Medical Center produces sterile compounded products for all of FMC, as well as off-site locations such as Forsyth Outpatient Surgery Center, Hawthorne Surgery Center, and Medical Park Hospital. Throughout the rotation, the resident will work with pharmacists and technicians to gain knowledge and proficiency in producing and dispensing inpatient and outpatient infusions and chemotherapy, as well as parenteral nutrition for both adult and neonatal patients. Once oriented to the IV room workflow, the resident will begin to take on the responsibilities of the preceptor.