Postgraduate Year 1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Postgraduate Year 1 Pharmacy Residency Program

At Firelands Regional Medical Center, our residency program offers two resident positions focused on developing confident, well-rounded practitioners with experience in a variety of acute care and ambulatory practice settings. Residents will be accountable for achieving optimal medication management and the highest quality of clinical pharmacy services as collaborative members of our healthcare team.

Our 12-month ASHP accredited program provides training in a wide range of direct patient care settings. Our program will reinforce the concepts of an accountable care organization and will ensure that graduates embody a unique skill-set with emphasis on the integration of pharmacy services into this rapidly growing model of care. We strive to build future leaders in our profession through many focused administrative and clinical experiences as well as participation in mentoring activities for both introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPE) and advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE) students. Graduates of the Firelands Regional Medical Center pharmacy residency program will be prepared to accept future employment as clinical pharmacists, ambulatory care pharmacists, or pursue a variety of postgraduate year two residency programs. An optional teaching certificate program is available through our local college of pharmacy affiliations with both Ohio Northern University and The University of Findlay.

Firelands Regional Medical Center Core Rotations

  • Internal Medicine: two months
  • Ambulatory Care: two months
  • Infectious Disease: one month
  • Critical Care: one month
  • Oncology: one month
  • Pharmacy Informatics: one-half month
  • Hospital Pharmacy Practice: one and one-half months
  • Administration & Leadership: 10 months longitudinal
  • Elective: two months

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Application Process

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Resident Benefits

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Resident Preceptors

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Joe Guidos, PharmD, BCPS

Rotations: Infectious disease, critical care
Joe started at Firelands in 2010 as a clinical pharmacist with the Adult Internal Medicine Hospitalist Physician team before becoming the critical care pharmacist and Clinical Pharmacy Manager in 2013. Joe is a 2010 graduate of the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy and completed his PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Blancard Valley Hospital in Findlay, Ohio. He is an active member of ASHP and ACCP. Areas of interest include critical care and infectious disease. He is the APPE preceptor for critical care and infectious disease and a Clinical Assistance Professor of Pharmacology for MS-IV students from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University College of Ostopathic Medicine and Surgery, and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Judy Holzaepfel, RPh, FASCP

Rotations: Oncology
Judy is the oncology clinical pharmacist at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at Firelands Regional Medical Center. She is a graduate of Ohio Northern University, with a long and diverse pharmacy practice history. The depth of her pharmacy experience in multiple areas such as geriatrics, hospice, hospital and retail enable her to tie many aspects of pharmacy practice into the specialty field of oncology. Her current position places a strong emphasis on evidence-based oncology practice, clinical pharmacy implications, patient contact during the chemotherapy process and the pharmacoeconomics of oncology.

Judy has practiced in oncology for the past seven years and was instrumental in the development of two oncology clinics during that time. She has been involved in training pharmacy students since 1997, was a fellow in American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and has been a member of Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association, almost since their inception.

Judy and her husband Tom live in Huron, Ohio. They have three grown children and a Jack Russell terrier. The Holzaepfels are very active in their church and the Huron community.

Jaclyn Jensen, PharmD

Rotations: Hospital pharmacy practice, internal medicine 2
Jaclyn joined Firelands as a clinical pharmacist after graduating from Ohio Northern University in 2009. Jaclyn serves as one of the clinical pharmacists for the Adult Internal Medicine Hospitalist team and also practices in the inpatient pharmacy. She currently assists with APPE students for the hospital pharmacy rotation. Additionally, she is the residency preceptor for the hospital pharmacy practice, staffing, internal medicine 2, and advanced internal medicine elective rotations as well as assisting with internal medicine 1. Jaclyn is an active member of ASHP and serves on the infection control committee. In her free time, Jaclyn enjoys running marathons and road races as well as traveling with her husband Garrett.

Jeff Kelley, RPh

Rotations: Clinical informatics
Jeff is working as part of the Clinical Systems Installation team as a Clinical Informatics Pharmacist at Firelands Regional Medical Center. After graduation from The Ohio State University, Jess sought to make an impact on patient care int he retail pharmacy arena, looking for more challenges, he made the switch to hospital pharmacy. After about two and one-half years, as staff/clinical pharmacist, a new opportunity arose, thanks in part to technology advancements as well as initiatives outlined by the government, to become part of a team of clinical as well as information systems experts who work together to foster changes in workflow through the use of technology to ultimately provide better/more safe methods of providing patient care. Jess, his wife Jackie and three children, reside in Norwalk, Ohio. The Kelley's enjoy outdoor activities, volunteering and spending time together as a family.

Laura McDowell, PharmD

Rotations: Hospital Pharmacy Practice
Laura joined Firelands as a clinical pharmacist in 2010 after graduating from The University of Findlay College of Pharmacy. She serves as the Inpatient Pharmacy Manager and also practices in the Firelands Center for Coordinated Care and the Firelands Outpatient Pharmacy. She is the preceptor for the inpatient hospital rotation for pharmacy residents and APPE students. Laura is an active member of ASHP and other hospital committees.

Ashley Smith, PharmD

Rotations: Internal Medicine 1
Ashley graduated from the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy in 2012. She was in the first class of Firelands pharmacy residents and officially joined the Firelands team upon completion of her residency in 2013. She currently serves as one of the clinical pharmacists for the Adults Internal Medicine Hospitalist team and also staffs as an inpatient pharmacist. Ashley precepts both APPE students and residents; she also serves on the pharmacy and therapeutics committee, antimicrobial stewardship committee, and patient safety committees.

Jim Spicer, PharmD

Rotations: Administration & Leadership
Jim is Director of Pharmacy Services at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in 2004 and his board certification in anticoagulation in 2008. He was first employed by Firelands as Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator before accepting the position as Director of Pharmacy in 2009. He is active in teaching clinical practice rotations in association with Ohio Northern University, the University of Findlay, The Ohio State University, and the University of Toledo Colleges of Pharmacy as well as Ohio University, the University of Kansas and Des Moines University Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. He is an active member of ASHP and OSHP. Current clinical interests are in intensive care and infectious disease research, optimizing medication therapy to achieve maximal clinical outcomes, antithrombotic therapies, ambulatory care, and advancing medicine safety throughout the healthcare continuum through the implementation of technologies and other strategies.

Match Program

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