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Dayton VA Medical Center Pharmacy Residency Program Manual


Table of Contents

About the Department 3

Contact Us 3

Program Offered 4

Pharmacy Residency Program: Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) Overview 4

Educational Experiences 4

Example of Rotation Schedule 5

Who’s Who 5

Learning Opportunities 6

Partnerships 6

Presentations 6

Meetings and Conferences 7

Staffing Requirements 7

Evaluations 8

Other Opportunities 9

Projects 9

Application Information 11

Preceptor Bios 11

Resident Bios 16

Benefits 17

General 17

Compensation and Benefits 17

FAQs 17

General Information 17

About our Program 18

Compensation and Benefits 19

Relocation 19

About the Department

To provide safe and efficient pharmaceutical services to Veterans to maximize physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.


  • Pharmacy Service is a great place to receive pharmaceutical care

  • Pharmacy Service is a great supporter of family members/visitors

  • Pharmacy Service is a great steward of taxpayer dollars

  • Pharmacy Service is a great partner to other Services

  • Pharmacy Service is a great place to work

Values: Quality – Safety – Accountability – Respect - Responsibility – Stewardship
Pharmacy Services
Pharmacy Service is committed to the Dayton VAMC mission and vision statements and strives to be recognized as the healthcare provider of choice for Veterans.
Clinical services provided by Pharmacy include anticoagulation treatment, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric patient care management, antimicrobial stewardship, renal drug monitoring, drug interaction monitoring, patient care rounding, medication teaching, therapeutic drug monitoring, drug order review, drug information support for care providers, and a focus on a team-based model for care delivery. The service also supports and partners with fellow services such as Research, Primary Care, and Infection Control.
Pharmacy Service at the Dayton VAMC is responsible for dispensing medications daily for an average inpatient population of 250 patients and an average of 1,900 outpatient prescriptions.
The Service is made up of pharmacists, as well as technical and support staff who work together to ensure the best treatment is provided to the Veterans whom we serve.
Pharmacy Locations

  • Dayton VA Medical Center

  • Lima Community-Based Outpatient Clinic

  • Springfield Community-Based Outpatient Clinic

  • Middletown Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Contact Us
If you have any questions, please contact the Pharmacy Service Administrative Officer. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Your interest and patience are appreciated.
Sachi Morillo
Dayton VA Medical Center
Pharmacy Services (119)
4100 West Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45428
Program Offered
Pharmacy Residency Program: Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) Overview
Thank you for your interest in the Department of Pharmacy at The Dayton Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center. The Department of Pharmacy's mission is to provide safe and efficient pharmaceutical services to Veterans to maximize physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.

  • The purpose of the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at the Dayton VAMC is to prepare pharmacist clinicians for direct patient care environment and/or for PGY-2 training.

  • The PGY-1 pharmacy residency programs at the Dayton VA is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and as a result, establish a foundation of clinical practice that can be applied in various professional settings.

  • The Dayton VA Pharmacy Residency Program prides itself in developing highly qualified independent practitioners able to provide patient-centered care in various environments. Pharmacists completing this program will be capable of conducting their practice with a high level of maturity and leadership, and be able to perform practice-related projects.

Educational Experiences

  • Core Rotations: Internal Medicine I, Psychiatry, Ambulatory Care Clinics I, Diabetes

  • Longitudinal Experiences:

    • Administrative Practice Management

    • Heart Failure Clinic

    • Drug Information and Drug Use Policy

      • P&T Committee

    • Hospital Pharmacy Practice Inpatient Staffing and Outpatient Pharmacy Staffing

    • Research Project (topic due September 1, presentation to ASHP Midyear & Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference in the spring)

    • Attendance at ALL presentations for ALL students

    • Patient Safety – Joint Commission

    • Precept students on service

    • Non-Formulary Medication Reviews

    • Home Based Prime Care Patient Reviews (quarterly)

    • Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) Model

    • Noon Conference to Medicine Staff

    • Teaching Certificate (University of Cincinnati or Cedarville University)

*** Vacation scheduled as one block of 5 days (December) and balance spread throughout the year ***

Example of Rotation Schedule

July Orientation

August - November


January - June

  • Hospital Orientation

  • Residency/RLS

  • Pharmacy Practice Orientation

  • Departmental Policies/Procedures

  • ASHP Modules

  • Didactics

  • Obtain Pharmacy Licensure

  • Internal Medicine I

  • Psychiatry

  • Ambulatory Care Clinics I

  • Endocrine

  • Midyear

  • Project time

  • Inpatient/Outpatient

  • Practice

  • Vacation

  • Preparation for Ohio CE talk

  • MUE

  • Ambulatory Care Clinics II & III

  • Internal Medicine II

  • Critical Care (IM III)

  • Electives:

  • Administrative Practice Management

  • Anticoagulation Clinic

  • Critical Care

  • Geriatrics

  • Hospice/Home Based Primary Care

  • Infectious Diseases

  • Psychiatry

Who’s Who

A number of individuals play key roles in the administration of our residency program

Residency Program Director (RPD)

The Director of Pharmacy has ultimate responsibility for the residency program. Specialty programs are directed by individuals qualified to direct the training experience. The RPD ensures the program goals and learning objectives are met, training schedules are maintained, appropriate preceptorship for each rotation or training period is provided, and resident evaluations are conducted routinely and based on pre-established learning objectives. The RPD assumes a lead role in program administration and recruitment activities.


Each rotation has a pharmacist preceptor who develops and guides the learning experiences to meet the programs' goals and objectives while considering residents' goals, interests and skills. At the end of the rotation, residents meet with preceptors to review their performance. A written report assessing residents is prepared based on the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' (ASHP) Residency Learning System (RLS).


Each resident selects a preceptor to be the mentor to advise him or her throughout the year. Mentors review residents' training plan and assist them in establishing a development program for the year. Quarterly, mentors review the residents' progress, and together discuss with the RPD to make modifications in the training plan. In addition, mentors guide residents as the select their project and research committee, find preceptors to assist residents with their presentations and guide them in their career choices.

Project Advisor

The Project Advisor for each resident has primary responsibility for guiding residents in completing their required research projects. The advisor assists residents in selecting a project, defining the scope of the project to assure completion within the time schedule, and planning and implementing the project design.

Residents are required to present the results of their projects at the Eastern States Residents and VISN 10 Preceptors Conference. Residents are invited to submit their projects for publication at the ASHP Midyear Clinical or other meetings as deemed appropriate by the Project Advisor and Research Committee. The advisor provides guidance concerning the suitability for publication of the research work.

Residency Advisory Committee

The Residency Advisory Committee is a standing committee of the Department of Pharmacy. It includes residency preceptors. The committee provides a forum for preceptors to discuss common concerns, develop additional learning experiences, and promote new and innovative areas of practice.

Learning Opportunities

  • Cedarville University

  • Kettering Medical Center

  • Ohio Northern University

  • The Ohio State University

  • University of Cincinnati

  • University of Findlay

  • University of Toledo

Effective communication skills are critical for the pharmacy practitioner. While residents will have many opportunities to refine their skills on rotation, the following experiences are assigned:

  • A 60-minute presentation on a disease state or other topic of interest is to be presented to VISN 10 Network Pharmacy staff via tele-conference. Slides and handouts are to be developed and used. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. 

  • At least two in-service is to be presented during administrative practice rotation. Topics will be selected in conjunction with the preceptor. Appropriate audio-visual and handout materials should be developed.

  • The residents' major project will be presented to residents and preceptors at a regional resident conference. The presentation is ~ 20 minutes long, with additional time allotted for questions.

Meeting and Conferences

Residents are required to attend a variety of meetings and conferences, including departmental, administrative staff meetings, committees, clinical meetings, and professional meetings.

The following meetings are mandatory:

Hospital Meetings:

    • Departmental Meetings:
      The purpose of these monthly meetings is to inform the pharmacy staff of developments occurring throughout the Dayton VA Medical Center

    • Monthly Program Director’s Meeting:
      These monthly meetings serve to coordinate and discuss all of the activities for completion of the residency program on an on-going progress.

Professional Meetings:

    • ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting
      This residency program actively supports the involvement of residents. Networking opportunities are numerous at this annual meeting. Throughout the year, there will be various opportunities to become involved in committees, board meetings and to publish articles in society journals. This program strives to provide opportunities for networking with pharmacists in leadership positions.

    • Eastern States Residency Conference
      This spring conference is an opportunity for residents to formally present their research projects and provides opportunity to interact professionally with other resident colleagues and leaders in health-system pharmacy.

    • Other professional meetings
      Attendance based on resident interest and Program Director approval.

Staffing Requirements

  • Consistent with ASHP guidelines, each resident is required to complete a pharmacy practice component of the residency program. Often referred to as "staffing," the practice component is crucial to the development of professional practice skills and of pharmacy practice distribution skills.

  • With this experience, residents will gain proficiency in distribution skills, incorporation of clinical services and development of personnel management skills. They also will develop insight into the operations, policies and procedures of the facility. The guidelines for the Pharmacy Practice Component are:

  • Each resident is expected to practice as a pharmacist in a designated area throughout the residency year.

  • PGY1 residents are required to staff every other Sunday in the Inpatient Pharmacy. Outpatient pharmacy: One hour lunch coverage monthly and ½ day every other week

  • Residents, as members of the professional staff of the Pharmacy Department, are expected to assist with one holiday coverage during the residency year. Every effort will be made to accommodate a resident's preference for the specific holiday assignment. The final day and shift for major or minor holidays will be mutually agreed upon with the area supervisor and the resident.

  • Residents are reminded that the primary objective of the residency year relates to the residency program objectives. Achievement of these objectives should not be hindered by other activities.

  • Pharmacy supervisors or their designee for the assigned practice areas serve as preceptors for the practice (staffing) rotation. Evaluations of residents' performance in this component of the program are completed three times during the residency year. Residents are expected to complete an evaluation of the staffing component and offer suggestions for improvement of operational procedures.

  • No On-Call Responsibilities

During the year, residents will be evaluated by rotation preceptors, their respective Program Director, and themselves.
Prior to the start of each new rotation, the resident is required to meet with the rotation preceptor, primarily to discuss and customize the rotation's goals and objectives in order to meet the specific needs of the resident. During the rotation, residents meet with preceptors on a regular basis, as determined by the preceptor and resident. Within one week after completion of the rotation, residents meet with their preceptors for evaluation purposes: preceptors evaluate the residents; residents evaluate preceptors and the rotation; and they conduct a self-assessment. Any modifications to the rotation or its goals and objectives also can be discussed. All resident and rotation evaluations must be completed using ResiTrak.

Self-assessments are completed quarterly and reviewed with the Residency Program Director. Each resident will keep copies of the rotation evaluations and quarterly evaluations electronically in the ResiTrak system. Evaluations in ResiTrak are available to the rotation preceptor, and the Residency Advisory Committee.

Other Opportunities

  • Off-Site Rotations

    • Residents have an opportunity to learn how pharmacy is practiced in community hospitals. In addition to its flagship hospital, Dayton VA Medical Center has collaborations with Kettering Medical Center for ICU rotations.

  • Travel

    • Travel to pharmacy-related sites is an important component of the Dayton VA Medical Center. All residents are required to attend the ASHP Midyear meeting, during which residency recruitment occurs. Networking opportunities are numerous at this annual meeting. In addition to the ASHP Midyear, residents have the opportunity to formally present their projects in the spring at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference.

    • Accommodations, travel and some other expenses will be paid for professional travel to local, state and national meetings.

Medication Use Evaluation (MUE)
Research Project


    • June

      • Presentation of possible final projects by primary preceptors for resident’s consideration sent out before residency start date.

    • July - September

      • Selects potential final project idea and meets with primary preceptor. ********Do this as early as possible!*********

      • Complete literature review to ensure feasibility of project and share with project preceptor

      • Discuss and submit a one-page proposal to the residency director by the end of August.

      • Submit formal written proposal (3-4 pages with the following sections: background, purpose, methods (inclusion/exclusion criteria), data/statistical analysis, project limitations, project time-line, budget, bibliography) to resident director and project preceptor by end of first week of September for review/revision

      • Start to work on preparing the Investigation Review Board (IRB) and Research and Development (R&D) paperwork

      • Submit and present formal project to residency committee at RAC meeting in September with supporting literature.

      • Draft abstract to submit to ASHP for Midyear Poster Presentation and submit written draft to preceptor and residency director as soon as possible for review/revisions.

      • ASHP will begin accepting abstracts on August 15 and the final deadline to submit abstract is October 1st. There is limited space so the earlier, the better.

    • October

      • Complete your preparation of the Investigation Review Board (IRB) and Research and Development (R&D) paperwork this month for submission. Do this as early as possible as this is a very long and complicating process and you may not get approval the first time and have to send revision – DO NOT POSTPONE DOING THIS!!

      • Begin to work on poster presentation format with PowerPoint

      • Keep abreast of current literature pertaining to your project and share with your project preceptor.

      • Meet with preceptor and residency director regularly (i.e. weekly) to discuss progress with project. Do not make them ask you for an update.

      • Finalize PowerPoint slides and poster format with project preceptor and residency director and submit to Medical Media by November 1st

    • November

      • If not submitted in October, work with project preceptor, residency director and/or research pharmacist to complete and submit application to the IRB and R&D for approval to conduct the project by the deadline in November (check the website for date). Goal is to have IRB and R&D approval on or before December1st.

      • Develop data collection sheet and share with project preceptor.

      • Remember that Data collection cannot begin until study approval is obtained

      • Obtain completed poster from Medical Media on or before Nov. 30th

      • Set up meeting with preceptors and staff in pharmacy basement for Show and Tell

    • December

      • Go to Midyear with Poster in December –Good Luck!
      • Once IRB and R&D approval received, begin the data collection phase of project.

    • January

      • Begin to work on abstract for Great Lakes Resident Conference in April. Review this with project preceptor and residency director. GLPRC abstract must be submitted online on or before February 1st.

      • Keep abreast of current literature pertaining to your project and share with your project preceptor.

      • Meet with project preceptor regularly (i.e. weekly) to discuss progress with project. Preceptor will bring update to RAC monthly

    • February

      • Continue work on project, ongoing data collection, etc.

      • Meet with project preceptor regularly (i.e. weekly) to discuss progress.

      • Work with project preceptor and residency director to evaluate data and decide on appropriate format for presentation, evaluation and conclusions.

      • Present rough draft of PowerPoint presentation to project preceptor and residency director by 1st week of March for review/revision/comments.

    • March - April

      • Finalize PowerPoint slides and distribute to all preceptors via outlook email by March 25th

      • First formal run through of presentation April 1st for timing and constructive criticism of presentation. Resident to schedule.

      • Continue work on project, ongoing data collection, etc.

      • Meet with project preceptor regularly (i.e. weekly) to discuss progress.

      • Work on writing of formal manuscript of final project for residency notebook and possible publication

      • Final run through of PowerPoint presentation April 22nd and formulate with help of resident committee/preceptors possible questions or comments presentation will generate.

      • Go to Great Lakes Residency Conference on last week of April. Enjoy!!

    • June - July

      • Submit your final progress report to IRB office and close out your research project with them (if it’s not being continued)

      • Submit your final project manuscript to your project preceptor for review

      • Project Preceptor will return manuscript to resident for final changes

      • Finished copy of manuscript will be included in Residency Notebook and an electronic copy with be sent to RPD

      • Resident will submit manuscript for possible publication by mid-June

Application Information
Pharmacy Residency Program Application

  • Application (link to http://www.ashp.org/phorcas)

  • All applicants must be registered with the National Matching Service. Information on eligibility and registration may be found at http://www.natmatch.com/ashprmp/.

  • Applicants interested in the program should submit the following materials through PhORCAS:

1. Curriculum vitae

      • Provide information about: a) education, b) work experience, c) rotations, d) community service, e) professional and society memberships, f) leadership experience, g) awards and honors, h) presentations, i) publications and j) research experience.

2. Academic Transcripts

3. Three letters of References [Note: For Letters of Recommendation/references, please use the ASHP Standardized Reference Form available in PhORCAS. Narrative comments are required]

4. Letter of Intent

      • Provide information about your interests, why the Dayton VA is a good fit for you to pursue education, how your past experience has molded you to pursue a PGY-1 pharmacy residency.

Preceptor Bios
Mark Butler, RPh
Chief of Pharmacy Service

Mark E. Butler, RPh is the Chief of Pharmacy Services at the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  His practice is in Pharmacy Administration where he is responsible for leadership of a 68 person staff and management of a $36M pharmaceutical budget.  He is a member of the Raabe College of Pharmacy Dean’s Board of Advisors at Ohio Northern University and a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association.

Mr. Butler earned a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University, a Master of Science in Health Service Administration from the University of St John, and was recognized with a Doctor of Pharmacy (honoris causa) from the Ohio Northern University.  He has presented at the APhA Annual Meeting, the ASHP Clinical Midyear, and numerous other national, regional, and local meetings on subjects as diverse as leadership, controlled substance management, and patient safety.

Colonel (retired) Butler is a Veteran of the United States Air Force.  His military career included service as the Pharmacy Consultant to the AF Surgeon General and command tours at the 59th Clinical Support Group, the 65th Medical Support Squadron, and the 88th Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron.  He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Squadron Officer School, a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, and completed Air War College in seminar.  His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service medal with 7 oak leaf clusters and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.  Colonel Butler was deployed in support of Operation New Horizons,  Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Christine Richardson, RPh
Assistant Chief of Pharmacy Service

Christine Richardson, RPh, is the Assistant Chief of Pharmacy at the Dayton VA Medical Center.  She serves as a preceptor for several colleges of pharmacy, specifically in the category of Pharmacy Administration.

Ms. Richardson earned a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in 2001.  She is currently enrolled in the yearlong ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy, which is a pre-cursor to her finishing her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration.
Ms. Richardson is a co-founder of the network Pharmacy Leadership Program which facilitates network strategic planning, leadership learning and mentoring.  She is a trained facilitator for the facility-wide Relationship Based Care education, and presents the three day curriculum to a class full every couple of months.  She is the Chair of the facility ‘Voice of the Veteran’ Council and Co-Chair of the facility Nurse/Pharmacy Committee.

Erin Barnett, RPh, PharmD, BCPS
Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Dr. Erin Barnett is an Inpatient Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Internal Medicine at the Dayton VA Medical Center. Dr. Barnett is responsible for rounding with four internal medicine resident teams and developing medication regimens for acute care patients on a daily basis. She also is instrumental in providing monthly education to the medical residents, as well as being a preceptor for six colleges of pharmacy and two PGY1 pharmacy residents.

Before her position at the Dayton VA, Dr. Barnett came from Fairview Hospital: A Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, which is a 450 bed acute care facility where she held a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist II position and was an integral member of the multidisciplinary Stroke Team from its inception. She has had the opportunity to present at state-level meetings and has published in a national journal.

Dr. Barnett has over 10 years of experience in the practice of pharmacy. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2004 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and, in addition, is a board certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Maureen Crossman, PharmD
Anticoagulation Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Maureen Crossman is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Dayton VA Medical Center with a focus in anticoagulation. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University, a Doctor of Pharmacy from Creighton University, and is Board Certified in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy.

Dr. Crossman precepts both pharmacy students and residents. She also has completed several projects to increase patient safety and satisfaction. She developed several templates for providers to ensure the safe prescribing of the new oral anticoagulants. She was involved in the incorporation of pharmacy technicians and Clinical Video Teleconferencing into the Anticoagulation Clinic.

Prior to her position with the VA, Dr. Crossman initiated a pharmacy program in an Oncology/Hematology medical practice and has experience in the inpatient pharmacy setting.

Rachel Chandra, PharmD
PACT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Rachel Chandra, Pharm.D, BCPS, is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist/PGY-1 Residency Program Director/VALOR Coordinator at the Dayton VA Medical Center. She serves as a preceptor for several Colleges of Pharmacy. Her clinical practice is in Primary Care in the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) model and in the Heart Failure Clinic. Her Ambulatory Care focus is in Hypertension, Dyslipidemias and Heart Failure.

Dr. Chandra earned a Bachelor of Pharmacy at St John’s University in New York and a Doctorate of Pharmacy at Midwestern University in Chicago. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey Pennsylvania. Dr. Chandra did a Heart Failure Traineeship at The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Dr. Chandra has initiated several pharmacist managed disease state clinics at the VA; they include Hypertension and Dyslipidemia Clinics via: Traditional clinics, group clinics and Clinical Video Teleconferencing. She has developed computer-based anti-lipid therapeutics templates to optimize prescriber decision-making. She has worked on several cost containment projects for the facility over the past years.

Dr. Chandra is an active clinical researcher with several ongoing IRB approved projects. She received a $10,000 merit grant in 2014 for an exploratory study comparing diuretics in advanced chronic kidney disease.

Jennifer Curtis, PharmD, BCACP
PACT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Dr. Curtis graduated from Morehead State University with a Bachelor’s degree in biology. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at West Virginia University, and a PGY1 residency at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her current area of practice is primary care.

Scott Ganger, PharmD
Anticoagulation Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Dr. Ganger received his BSPS and PharmD from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. He completed his PGY1 residency with a focus on ambulatory care at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus, OH.  His current area of practice is anticoagulation.

Angela Hamman, PharmD
Anticoagulation Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Angie graduated from Oregon State University in 2012 and moved to Yuma, AZ, shortly after to work at a private hospital. There she worked as a clinical pharmacist, staffing pharmacist, and was the lead pharmacist in the ambulatory Anticoagulation Clinic. Angie has always been interested in direct patient care. While she was a student, she worked mostly in a community pharmacy setting so the Anticoagulation Clinic was a natural fit for her because she gets to utilize her clinical knowledge as well as get to know the patients.

When the opportunity came available for a clinical pharmacy specialist in the Anticoagulation Clinic at the Dayton VAMC, Angie seized the opportunity and began working here in June 2014. She is now an integral part of the Anticoagulation team and has aided in the implementation of a “new clinic” which provides improved care to the Veteran population. Besides work, she is an avid sports fan and will always bleed orange and black and cheer for the OSU Beavers. Angie also enjoys cooking, outdoor activities, and traveling.

David Lucius, RPh, PharmD, BCPS
PACT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Dr. David Lucius is currently a PACT (Patient Aligned Care Team) pharmacist assigned to the Green teamlet. He is currently responsible for assisting the teamlet with management of their patients with diabetes, hypertension, and lipids while addressing other needs of teamlet as they arise. He serves as the research pharmacist for the Dayton VA Medical Center and is a member of the Research and Development Committee. He is one of the preceptors for the two PGY1 pharmacy residents at the Dayton VA.

Before his position at the Dayton VA, Dr. Lucius came from Wright-Patterson AFB Medical Center as a Clinical Pharmacist. While there, he served as the inpatient internal medicine pharmacist and the oncology pharmacist. He also worked in the anticoagulation clinic and outpatient medication renewal clinic. Previously he has been the pharmacy manager for Greater Dayton Cancer Center and a staff pharmacist at Kettering Medical Center.

Dr. Lucius has over 12 years of experience in the practice of pharmacy. He graduated from Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy in 2002 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is a board certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. He was appointed Adjunct Pharmacy Professor with the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy and Prestige Clinical Instructor with University of Toledo College of Pharmacy in 2011. He has been treasurer of the Dayton Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists since 2005 and a volunteer pharmacist at Reach Out Montgomery County (clinic for the uninsured) since 2002.

Taneesha Watson, PharmD, BCACP
Outpatient Clinical Pharmacist

Taneesha Watson, PharmD, BCACP, attended Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy where she graduated with her doctoral degree in pharmacy. She went on to pursue her career after graduation. It was as a home care Pharmacist that Dr. Watson had the opportunity to expand her role as a Clinical Pharmacist where she developed a passion for formulating TPN admixtures and other essential parenteral compounds on a patient specific basis. It was her responsibility to train other Pharmacists on USP 797 compliant compounding techniques as well as programing of infusion pumps, syringe pumps, and enteral pumps.

Dr. Watson left home care to join the Dayton VA Medical Center where she currently works as an Outpatient Clinical Pharmacist. In the outpatient setting there are many opportunities to counsel patients as well as make clinical interventions. She realized that in the outpatient setting one becomes the “face” of the pharmacy and she was chosen to be a Pharmacy Service Ambassador to the Dayton VA Medical Center. Dr. Watson also assisted with the transition of the hydrocodone schedule change here at the Dayton VAMC which took effect nationally and now works mornings in the narcotic vault.

Anthony Weiland, PharmD
PACT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Dr. Anthony Weiland is a PACT (Patient Aligned Care Team) Pharmacist assigned to the Gold Teamlet within Primary Care. As part of his day to day job, he works on managing patients chronic disease states such as diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia during individual appointments. Along with the individual patient appointments, he acts as a resource to his teamlet handling drug information questions and helping providers guide care.

Anthony originally hails from Western New York, but attended pharmacy school at Ohio Northern University where he graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy in 2011. After graduation Anthony spent time working in community pharmacy for Walgreen’s in Ohio but realized he had other aspirations. Anthony then pursued a PGY-1 Residency through the University at Buffalo and Middleport Family Health Center. After the completion of the residency, Anthony came back to Ohio to work at the Dayton VAMC in the Outpatient Pharmacy. Once the opportunity presented itself, he applied and got the job in Primary Care. Since starting at the Dayton VA, Anthony has achieved Board Certification in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy.

Anthony now resides in Beavercreek, Ohio with his wife Amanda and dog Penny. He is an avid Buffalo sports fan and enjoys playing soccer and cycling.

Malgorzata E. Zielonka, PharmD
Anticoagulation Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Malgorzata E. Zielonka, Pharm.D, is a Clinical Pharmacist in Anticoagulation Clinic in Dayton VA Medical Center, Dayton Ohio, where she cares for patients with clotting disorders monitoring anticoagulation therapy.

Dr. Zielonka is a graduate of the Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy in Downers Grove, Illinois. She completed postgraduate year one residency at Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York.

Dr. Zielonka is involved in clinical research study and yearly reviewer for APhA Contributed Papers Program. She completed a Clinical and Research Certificate Program at ACCP Academy and Pharmacy Leadership Program at VISN 10 Pharmacy Succession Planning Work Group. She was included in the Cambridge Who’s Who registry of executive and professionals 2007-2008 edition.

Resident Bios
Current Residents’ Bios
Nicole Vaughn, PharmD
PGY1 Resident, 2014-2015

Nicole Vaughn is originally from Rochester, NY. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2010 with a Bachelor of arts in biology. She received her PharmD from St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy in 2014. Her interests include infectious disease, internal medicine, and anticoagulation. Upon completion of her residency, she wishes to pursue a PGY2 or continue her career as a clinical pharmacist.

Liz Ciuchta, PharmD
PGY1 Resident, 2014-2015

Liz completed her undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, and graduated pharmacy school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA. Liz is interested in pursuing a pharmacy career in ambulatory care pharmacy.


  • Lab coats

  • On-Line Library Access

  • Resident Office

  • Home Computer Access

  • BLS/ACLS Certification

  • Meeting Registration for ASHP

  • Reimbursement for Great Lakes

  • Fitness Facilities Discount

  • Pharmacy Continuing Education

  • Immunizations

  • Reimbursement for all reasonable trainee expense including meeting registration, travel, hotel (double occupancy), and meals.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Post Graduate Year 1 - ~ $40,000

  • Paid Time Off and Holiday Coverage:

    • Paid Time Off (PTO)

    • Since the primary purpose of the residency is educational, it is expected that not all of the accrued paid time off during a residency year be used. It is recommended that leave should be used with caution and discretion and should be used only in a “need to use” basis.

    • Professional Leave

    • Authorized Absence will be used for attendance at professional meetings at the discretion of the residency program director.

    • Health:

  • Standard Comprehensive Coverage

    • Medical

    • Vision

    • Prescription drug

    • Life Insurance

    • Disability

  • Optional

    • Dental

    • Vision

General Information

Q: Can you tell me about your program, including how many applicants will be accepted into your upcoming class?

A: A 12-month curriculum provides residents with extensive training opportunities in acute care, ambulatory care, drug information and drug use policy development, as well as clinical services and practice management. Two pharmacy practice applicants will be accepted into our program.

Q: When was the program at the Dayton VA developed?

A: PGY-1 Residency program was initiated in 2009

Q: Where are your former residents practicing now?

A: Graduates of our residency program have assumed a variety of leadership roles in acute care, home care, direct clinical patient care and managed care.

Q: What clinical and specialized service does your department offer?
A: We offer clinical services in ambulatory care, critical care, internal medicine, infectious disease, Home-Based Primary Care

Q: How is pharmaceutical care supported at your institution?

A: The mission of the Department of Pharmacy is to provide safe and efficient pharmaceutical services to Veterans to maximize physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.

About Our Program

Q: What rotations are required to complete your program?
A:  All core rotations: Internal Medicine I and II, Psychiatry, Ambulatory Care Clinics I and II, and Critical Care.

Q: What elective rotations are available?
A: A number of rotations are available including: Administrative Practice Management, Anticoagulation Clinic, Critical Care, Geriatrics, Hospice/Home based Primary Care, Infectious Disease, and Psychiatry.

Q: How are residents evaluated?
A: Residents receive a list of goals and objectives at the beginning of each rotation. At the end of the rotation, they meet with a preceptor to review their performance. A written report assessing residents is prepared based on ASHP's Residency Learning System (RLS). On a quarterly basis, the director of the residency program provides residents with an evaluation of their progress based on comments of the preceptors.

Q: What teaching opportunities are there for residents?
A: Teaching Certificate through the University of Cincinnati or Cedarville University. Further opportunities may be made available to residents seeking additional teaching responsibilities.

Q: Is research required?
A: Residents are required to design, conduct and evaluate a major project related to an aspect of pharmacy practice during the residency year.

Q: What types of presentations are required?
A: MUE and Research Project

Q: Is staffing required?
A: Consistent with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Commission on Credentialing standards, residency experience is primarily a practical, rather than didactic or classroom experience. Practice skills are developed throughout the program in all aspects of pharmaceutical care. Residents will staff every-other-Sunday in the Inpatient Pharmacy AND Outpatient pharmacy: one hour lunch coverage/month + ½ day every other week. Responsibilities include patient care, distribution, management and DI.

Compensation and Benefits

Q: What is the salary?

A: A PGY1 resident's stipend for the 2015-16 year is ~$40,000 plus benefits.

Q: Do residents receive vacation time?
A: Residents receive a comprehensive benefits package, including health care, dental, eye care and paid time off during the residency year.

Q: Is funding available for residents to attend professional meetings?
A: Financial support is provided for residents to attend the ASHP mid-year clinical meeting, and the Eastern States Residency Conference. Funding also is available to those residents participating in other professional meetings.

Q: Do residents have library privileges?
A: On-line library service is available. A librarian is also available to assist with harder to find articles.

Q: Is office space available to residents?
A: Residents are provided office space. Computers/fridge/microwave/individual phones/stationary/printer are available in the residents' office.

Q: Do residents have parking privileges?
A: Parking is abundant in the staff designated parking lots.


Q: Where will I find affordable housing during my residency year?
A: We have had great success when incoming residents communicate with current residents about living areas. RPD and Preceptors are also available for inform

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