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Pharmacy Practice Residency

Program Overview

Expected outcomes of the residency include:

  • Provision of pharmaceutical care in multiple environments
  • Function as a contributing member of an inter-disciplinary health care team enhancing patient care.
  • Education of patients and health care professionals
  • Personal commitment to life-long learning, self-assessment and self-evaluation
  • Commitment to advancing pharmaceutical care and the pharmacy profession
  • Able to establish and manage their own pharmaceutical care practice

Statement of Purpose

Pharmacists completing this residency program will be competent and confident providers of pharmaceutical care in multiple environments. They will be responsible and accountable for achieving the best possible drug therapy outcomes for patients as members of the inter-disciplinary healthcare team. They will be skillful educators of patients, healthcare professionals and the community on medication related topics. They will establish a personal philosophy of practice, which includes a commitment to life-long learning through the ongoing assessment and evaluation of their own performance. They will demonstrate leadership through advancing the practice and profession of pharmacy. Pharmacists completing this residency program will also be able to establish and manage their own pharmaceutical care practice.

Accreditation

The 12-month residency program is accredited by ASHP.

Resident Positions

This program offers two full time Pharmacist Resident positions.

Project

The resident is required to complete one major project pertaining to a particular pharmacy topic or issue. A final project report must be prepared and formally presented.

External Professional Activities (and Support)

The resident is required to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.   The resident is expected to participate in the Residency Showcase and Resident Poster Presentation session at this same meeting.  Additionally, the resident is expected to attend resident meetings offered by the Iowa Pharmacy Association, and to attend monthly meetings of the local North Iowa Pharmacy Association. 

Stipend/Benefit Information

The stipend for the 12-month residency is competitive and updated annually.  Please contact the residency program director for the most current information.  The resident receives 10 days of paid time off, plus approved holidays. The resident is eligible for the health insurance benefits offered by MercyMedicalCenter – North Iowa.  Residents are supported to attend professional meetings, such as the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.  Resources available to the residents include resident office space, personal computer & PDA.

Overview of Mercy & Pharmaceutical Care Services

Please visit the MercyMedicalCenter – North Iowa website www.mercynorthiowa.com for more information on Mercy, the Pharmacy Department and Residency Program.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding the residency program contact either:

Craig Osland, M.S., R.Ph.,
Director of Pharmaceutical Care Services, Residency Program Director
Phone: 641.428.7605 
Email: oslandc@mercyhealth.com

John Swegle, Pharm. D.,
Assistant Professor-University of Iowa/Clinical Pharmacist, FamilyPracticeCenter
Phone: 641.428.7182 
Email: sweglej@mercyhealth.com

 Application Materials

If you are interested in applying to the Residency Program:  please use ASHP PHORCAS to provide a letter of intent, Curriculum Vitae, current official academic transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to the Residency Program Director at the address listed below:

Craig Osland, M.S., R.Ph.
Director of Pharmaceutical Care Services
Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa
1000 Fourth Street SW
Mason City, IA50401
Email: oslandc@mercyhealth.com

Preceptors

Carol (Smestad) Anderson, R.Ph., Pharm.D., is a clinical pharmacist at the Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa Mercy Cancer Center and has been a member of the pharmacy staff since 1991.  Carol’s responsibilities include outpatient clinical pharmacy services at the CancerCenter and inpatient clinical services in all decentral areas. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from North DakotaStateUniversity in 1986 and her Doctor of Pharmacy with honors from the University Of Iowa College Of Pharmacy in 2001. Carol is an adjunct instructor with both University of Iowa’s and DrakeUniversity’s College of Pharmacy and serves as one of the residency oncology preceptors. A member of North Iowa Pharmacy, Inc., IPA and ASHP, her professional interests include oncology, cardiology, and infectious disease. She has twice served as President of North Iowa Pharmacy, Inc, is currently serving on the IPA Health Systems Liaison Board, and has served as a Delegate to the IPA annual meeting for three years.

Dave Blaha, Pharm.D., is Manager of Acute Care Pharmacy Services at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa and has been with Mercy since 1999.  He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa, and completed a pharmacy practice residency with Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Prior to moving into the manager role, Dave served as a clinical preceptor for the residency and for pharmacy students for many years.  He currently serves as the preceptor for both the Acute Care and Medication Use rotations for the residency.  His professional interests include cardiology, critical care, and infectious disease.  Dave is also a member of ASHP, IPA, and is past-President of North Iowa Pharmacy, Inc.

Angie Fouts, Pharm.D., is a clinical pharmacist with Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa and serves as the preceptor for the Antimicrobial Stewardship rotation. She earned her B.A. degree in Biology from Augustana College and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy.  She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls, SD and also serves as an adjunct assistant professor for the University Of Iowa College Of Pharmacy.  Her professional interests include antimicrobial stewardship, infectious disease, and internal medicine. 

Jill Leisure, Pharm. D., is the lead pharmacist of the Mercy Specialty Clinics, which includes out patient services for Anticoagulation and Medication Review.  The Anticoagulation Clinic is an ambulatory clinic that serves approximately 500 patients in   North Iowa. The Medication Review Clinic is a service with a goal to help decrease hospital readmissions by reconciling and educating patients on their medications.  Jill received her B.S. in pharmacy from South DakotaStateUniversity in 1991, and then completed her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Iowa in 2002.  She has completed and Heart Failure Certificate Program from the University of Southern Indiana in November 2011.  Her professional interests include anticoagulation, diabetes, and geriatrics.

Craig Osland, M.S., R.Ph., has served as director of Pharmaceutical Care Services at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa since October 1995. He is the Residency Program Director and serves as preceptor for the Leadership rotation.  He was an Assistant Director of Pharmacy at the University of Colorado Hospital and Pharmacy Supervisor at PresbyterianHospital of Dallas, prior to returning to the Midwest. He received his B.S. in pharmacy from South DakotaStateUniversity and his combined M.S. degree with a two- year hospital pharmacy and administrative residency from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW Hospital and Clinics. He is an adjunct assistant professor and preceptor at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and Drake University College of Pharmacy. He is a member of the Trinity Health Pharmacy Council.  He has served on various group-purchasing committees. His professional interests include organizational and pharmacy practice leadership, integration of pharmaceutical care and pharmacy services across the continuum of care, continuous quality/process improvements and customer service. Craig is a member of ASHP and North Iowa Pharmacy, Inc.

Abbey Pitzenberger, Pharm.D., is a clinical pharmacist at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in 2006 and completed the pharmacy practice residency at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa.  Abbey serves as adjunct assistant professor for the University of Iowa – College of Pharmacy.  Her professional interests include internal medicine, critical care and infectious disease.  Abbey is a member of IPA, ACCP, and North Iowa Pharmacy, Inc.

John Swegle, Pharm.D., BCPS, is a clinical pharmacist on faculty at the Family Medicine Residency Program at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa. He is also an Associate Professor (Clinical) for the University of Iowa - College of Pharmacy. He received his B.S. degree in pharmacy from DrakeUniversity and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa. In addition, he has completed a pharmacy residency in Family Medicine from the University of Iowa - College of Pharmacy and the University Of Iowa Department Of Family Medicine.  He is a member of the Iowa Pharmacy Association, ACCP, APhA, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and North Iowa Pharmacy, Inc.  His areas of interest include geriatrics, palliative care, and ambulatory care.

Michael Williams Jr., R.Ph.,  is a long-term care pharmacist with Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa since January 2008. The long-term care pharmacy provides consultation services for eight nursing homes in the area and prescription services for nine. Mike is a graduate of the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy in 1996 and a member of North Iowa Pharmacy, Inc. His professional interests include retail and long-term care pharmacy.

Kirk Eckhoff, Pharm.D., is a clinical pharmacist at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree form the University of Iowa in 2005 and completed a pharmacy practice residency at St. JosephRegionalMedicalCenter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Kirk serves as adjunct assistant professor for the University of Iowa and Drake.  His professional interests include Cardiology and Critical care.

Shana Brunsvold, Pharm.D., is a clinical pharmacist at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in 2007 and completed the pharmacy practice residency at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa.  Shana serves as adjunct assistant professor for the University of Iowa – College of Pharmacy and is a rotation preceptor for South Dakota State University.  Her professional interests include internal medicine, behavioral medicine and infectious disease.  Shana is a member of ACCP and North Iowa Pharmacy, Inc.             

Alexis Kunz, Pharm.D., is a pharmacist at Mercy Family Pharmacy - Forest Park, where she serves as preceptor for the Community Pharmacy residency rotation.  In addition, she also practices and does consulting for the Mercy Long Term Care Pharmacy.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in 2010 and completed the pharmacy practice residency at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa.  Her professional interests include ambulatory care, anticoagulation, and geriatrics. She is a member of IPA and North Iowa Pharmacy, Inc.

Zach Law, Pharm.D., is a clinical pharmacist at MercyMedicalCenter – North Iowa.  He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from South DakotaStateUniversity in 2010. Following graduation, he completed the pharmacy practice residency at MercyMedicalCenter – North Iowa.  Zach currently serves as a rotation preceptor for South DakotaStateUniversity and the University of Iowa.  His professional interests include critical care and internal medicine.  Zach is also a member of IPA and ASHP.

Abby Bauman, Pharm. D, is the lead pharmacist of Mercy Home Infusion Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University in 2005 and completed a pharmacy practice residency at Mercy Medical Center- North Iowa. Abby is working on her certification for Infusion Pharmacy through the National Home Infusion Association. Abby is a member of ASHP, NHIA and North Iowa Pharmacy, Inc.

Sarah Sougstad, Pharm. D, is a clinical pharmacist at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in 2012 and completed the pharmacy practice residency at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. Sarah is a rotation preceptor for the University of Iowa.  Her professional interests include cardiology and infectious disease. She is a member of IPA and ASHP.

Curriculum

Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa
(PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency Program
(PDF Copy)

July-August
Orientation
September – November
Rotations
December Transitional
Items
December – April
Rotations
April – June
Electives
Concentrated Learning Experiences
  • Pre-Assessment Survey
  • Mercy Medical Center Orientation
  • Pharmacy Dept. Orientation
  • Residency Orientation
  • Major Project Topics/Goals
    • Discussions
    • Project Selection & Approval
  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Project(s)
  • PTO (encouraged)
  • Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference (April/May)

 

Rotations/Electives

Core (# weeks)

  • Leadership/Orientation
  • Acute Care (4)
  • Community (4)

Core (# weeks)

Ambulatory Care

  • Family Practice (4)

Acute Care Clinical

  • Internal Medicine I (4)
  • Medication Use (2)

Longitudinal Experience

  • Long Term Care (1)

 Core (# weeks)

  • Leadership

Core (# weeks)

Acute Care Clinical

  • Infectious Disease (4)
  • Cardiology (4)
  • Anticoagulation Clinic (4)
  • Critical Care/Nutrition Support (4)
  • Medication Use (2)

Longitudinal Experience

  • Long Term Care (2)
    (in two separate one week blocks)

Electives (6 weeks)
[Minimum length of 3 weeks unless noted otherwise]

  • Elect to repeat any of the core rotations or longitudinal experiences
  • ACLS Certification
  • Behavioral Services (Psychiatry)
  • Critical Access Hospital (1-2 weeks)
  • Home Care
  • Oncology
  • Palliative Care

NOTE: it may be possible to arrange other elective rotations based upon the resident’s interests

Longitudinal Experiences
  • Long Term Care/Nursing Home Consulting (as noted above)
  • Acute Care Practice (1 shift every other weekend + 2 holidays/year)
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (monthly)
  • Presentations
  • Major Project
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