Pharmacy Practice Residency

Welcome to Cabell Huntington Hospital's Pharmacy Residency Program!

Position Summary

This position is a structured one-year, post-graduate education and training program. The residency provides advanced knowledge and skills regarding drug therapy and pharmacy services in a hospital setting. The pharmacy resident is a pharmacist in training who provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care through integrated drug distribution, clinical services and teaching.


  • Residents must have a Pharm.D. Degree from an accredited college of pharmacy.
  • Experience in unit dose and IV admixtures is desirable.
  • Residents must be licensed or eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the state of West Virginia.
  • Evidence of above-average academic performance and professional activities is desirable.


The major job responsibilities of this position include clinical interventions, leadership, drug distribution and providing educational services. The following activities are components of the position to assist in meeting the major job responsibilities:

  • Maintains competency in unique aspects of drug therapy, including factors related to patient demographics
  • Provides pharmaceutical care by assisting physicians or providing direct patient care by:
    • Reviewing patient medication history
    • Reviewing patient medication profiles and making recommendations for drug therapy management
    • Interpreting laboratory data in context with medication use
    • Developing pharmacotherapeutic plans
    • Implementing new drug regimens
    • Monitoring patient outcomes in concert with medication use
    • Determining alternatives for achieving outcomes
    • Educating patients on drug therapy
    • Documenting medication-related issues in patient medical records
    • Monitoring pharmacokinetics of drug therapy
    • Monitoring and preventing potential adverse drug-drug and drug-food interactions
    • Preventing and monitoring medication errors
  • Makes patient care rounds focusing on drug therapy issues
  • Precepts pharmacy clerkship students consistent with academic credentials and clinical experience
  • Conducts target drug programs and medication use evaluations as needed and reports results to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Detects, monitors, documents and reports adverse drug reactions and medication errors
  • Promotes the use of the formulary by converting non-formulary orders to formulary when possible, but coordinates procurement of non-formulary drugs when necessary
  • Counsels patients on admission or discharge medications as necessary
  • Participates in the drug therapy management of medical emergencies by responding to Code Blues and traumas and prepares medications as needed
  • Discusses medication order clarifications with the prescriber, documents any changes in patient and pharmacy records and informs others of medication order changes
  • Performs duties within the drug distribution process
  • Provides presentations, publications and other informative activities on drug-related topics to the healthcare community and the general public
  • Documents clinical interventions (pharmacokinetic consultations, pharmacotherapeutic consultations, anticoagulation consultations, patient consultations) and cost avoidance as part of the Pharmacy services and hospital documentation programs
  • Provides drug information to healthcare professionals and to patients
  • Reviews physician orders for possible therapeutic problems, contraindications, interactions, allergies and formulary status of the drug
  • Participates in continuing education programs, meetings, training programs, journal clubs and related activities
  • Is able to practice in a variety of areas within the pharmacy as required by workload

Patient Population Served

The resident provides pharmaceutical care to neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations in a rural Appalachian region experiencing poverty, income inequality, unemployment, socioeconomic stress and consequent unhealthy lifestyles at rates that exceed state and national averages.

About Cabell Huntington Hospital: Cabell Huntington Hospital is a not-for-profit, regional referral center offering a multitude of services including a Level II joint trauma center, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a Burn Intensive Care Unit, pediatric, surgical, medical and cardiac intensive care units and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center. Cabell Huntington is a teaching hospital that is affiliated with the Marshall University Schools of Medicine and Nursing and provides care for patients from more than 29 counties throughout West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio.

Type: Hospital Non-professional Staff: 27
Owner/Affiliation: Private Total Beds: 313
Model Type(s): Teaching Average Daily Census: 212
Professional Staff: 26 Number of Medical Centers: One

PGY-1 Rotations

Required Rotations (one month each)
  • Orientation/Distributive Services
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Surgical/Burn/Trauma Intensive Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Ambulatory Care—VAMC
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Geriatrics (TCU)
Elective Rotations
  • Pediatrics/PICU/NICU
  • Nephrology
  • Surgery/Trauma
  • Hospitalist
  • Family Practice
  • Oncology
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Pharmacokinetics
Longitudinal Learning Experiences
  • Drug Information
  • Pharmacy Service/Staffing
  • Year-long Research Project
  • Teaching Certification (available through MUSOP)

Because of the flexible nature of the residency, other rotations may be available depending on resources and interest.


Duration/Type: 12 month/residency
Number of Positions: Two
Starting Date: July 1
Estimated Stipend: $50,000

Special Features: This flexible residency encourages each resident to develop a personalized course of training. Extensive clinical pharmacy services within a progressive environment provide the resident with active clinical preceptorship in internal medicine, emergency medicine, surgical and medical critical care, trauma, oncology, infectious disease, nutrition, geriatrics, drug information, pediatrics, ambulatory care and other specialties. The residency program is designed to produce an individual with the knowledge and ability to become a highly competent practitioner and to foster within the resident the maturity and self confidence needed to effectively communicate that knowledge and ability. A teaching certificate can be obtained through Marshall University School of Pharmacy.

Benefits: 10 days vacation, sick leave, medical insurance, professional leave and $150 uniform allowance

Staffing Responsibilities

Position: Resident Pharmacist

Time dedicated toward staffing: Minimum of five days per month

Hours: Friday, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Saturday/Sunday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Holidays: If the weekend falls on a holiday, the resident will work the holiday unless previously discussed with the Residency Program Director.

Fridays: On Fridays, the resident will be assigned the duties of the U7 (Unit Dose) staff pharmacist and will perform responsibilities in accordance with that position.

Saturdays and Sundays: The resident is required to work every other weekend (Saturday/Sunday) with responsibilities for clinical consults and staffing responsibilities. On Saturdays and Sundays, the resident will be responsible for new and existing TPN consults, new and existing Adult Pharmacokinetic consults, new and existing Warfarin consults and Code Blue/Trauma responses.

  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Parenteral Nutrition (TPNs)
  • Coumadin (warfarin) monitoring
  • Drug information requests
  • Compounding (as needed)
  • Responding to all Code Blues, traumas and rapid response calls
  • Verify CPOE orders and enter orders in Cerner
  • Assist with QA if time allows

Meet The Preceptors

Sherri Morgan, RPH, MHA

Ms. Morgan is the Director of Pharmacy Services at CHH. She is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and earned her Master of Health Administration degree from Ohio University. With more than 20 years of hospital pharmacy experience, she has precepted numerous pharmacy students from WVU and the University of Charleston, primarily, and enjoys working with the pharmacy students at Marshall University. Sherri has experience with the implementation of pharmacy automation, CPOE and BCMA and is particularly involved with performance improvement and efficiency. With an extensive knowledge base and experience with the 340B program, Sherri has been involved in the development and implementation of the program at CHH in affiliation with Marshall Health. In addition to expanding clinical services for optimal patient care, quality and patient safety initiatives are her primary focus as a Director of Pharmacy Services.

Derek Grimm, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Grimm is the Clinical Pharmacy Manager at CHH. He graduated the Doctorate of Pharmacy program at West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. After devoting a year to studying clinical research design at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Grimm focused on clinical pharmacy practice, completing a PGY-1Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Huntington Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He remained at that facility as a clinical pharmacy specialist for an additional six years with a focus on surgery, nutrition support, oncology and informatics. Dr. Grimm is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and is certified in BLS, ACLS and medication therapy management (MTM). He is especially interested in integrating, expanding and evaluating clinical pharmacy services at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Sarah Embrey, PharmD

Dr. Embrey is the Assistant Director of Pharmacy at CHH. She is a 2013 graduate of West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. Sarah completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Cabell Huntington Hospital from 2013-2014. Sarah’s primary interests include workflow management and USP 797 compliance, and she is currently pursuing BCPS certification.

Shelley Klochan, PharmD

Dr. Klochan is a critical care specialist in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at CHH. She received her PharmD from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, followed by a PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at the University of Toledo Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Klochan’s practice interests include surgical critical care as well as trauma/ emergency medicine. She is involved in precepting pharmacy students and residents and is certified in BLS and ACLS.

Chris Larck, PharmD

Dr. Larck is the clinical oncology specialist at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center. He earned his PharmD from West Virginia University and completed an ASHP accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency at the Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia. Dr. Larck is involved in clinical/translational research, precepting students and residents, as well as serving on the Tumor Board, Oncology Research Committee, Protocol Review Committee and Patient Education Committee.

Jennifer Confer, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Confer is a critical care specialist and the Residency Program Director at CHH, as well as a clinical assistant professor for West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. Jennifer earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2007 from the University of Arizona and has completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at CHH. Dr. Confer is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and is certified in BLS and ACLS. Dr. Confer’s practice interests include critical care and emergency medicine. She lectures on pharmacotherapeutics and is the course coordinator of a critical care pharmacotherapy elective offered to third year pharmacy students and is highly involved in precepting students and pharmacy residents.

Jeremy Prunty, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Prunty is a clinical assistant professor for West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and an internal medicine specialist at CHH. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University in 2011 and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Huntington Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2012. He obtained his board certification in Pharmacotherapy in 2013. Dr. Prunty’s practice interests include internal medicine and diabetes management. Past areas of practice include independent and chain community pharmacies, ambulatory care and hospital practice.

Leesa Prunty, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Prunty is a clinical assistant professor for Marshall University School of Pharmacy and a pediatric specialist at CHH. Leesa earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University in 2011 and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, WV. Leesa is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and is certified in BLS, ACLS, and PALS. Leesa’s areas of interest include pediatric medication safety and child development.

Derek Evans, PharmD

Dr. Evans is the clinical specialist in infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship at CHH. Dr. Evans earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University in 2011 and completed his pharmacy residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. His areas of practice interest include antimicrobial resistance and the pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics of antimicrobials and the associated impact on resistance and outcomes. Dr. Evans is also involved in precepting students and pharmacy residents and serves as a member on the Infection Control and Surgical Safety committees.

Crystal D. Heise,

Dr. Heise is a clinical assistant professor for Marshall University and a Family Medicine Specialist at CHH. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University in 2011.  After graduation, she completed an ASHP Accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Lancaster General Health in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Subsequently, she completed an ASHP Accredited PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Specialty Residency from Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr.  Heise is certified in BLS and ACLS. Her areas of interest include anticoagulation, hematology/oncology, cardiology and family medicine/primary care.

Current Residents

Amy Kelley, PharmD

Dr. Kelley is a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident at CHH. She is a 2014 graduate of West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. Amy’s current practice interests include critical care, infectious disease, and pediatrics. She would like to pursue a PGY2 residency in critical care next year.

Shawn Wellman, PharmD

Dr. Wellman is a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident at CHH. He is a 2014 graduate of West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. Shawn’s current practice interests include internal medicine, infectious disease, and oncology. He is currently considering pursuing a PGY2 residency in one of those areas of interest.

How To Apply/Contact Information

Application Requirements

  • Pharm D. degree or equivalent experience, eligibility for West Virginia Licensure, college transcript, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation and a letter of intent.
  • Application materials are to be submitted through PhorCAS.
  • Application deadline: January 15

Contact Information

General Information: 304-526-2296

Residency Program Director: Jennifer Confer, Pharm.D., BCPS at 304-526-2472 or

Director of Pharmacy: Sherri D. Morgan, RPh, MHA at 304-526-2102 or or fax to 304-526-2101

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  • Last updated: 02/02/2015
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