Pharmacy Residency Program at Shepherd Center

About the Program

*The application period for this program is now closed.

The purpose of the Shepherd Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is to build on the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions. We aim to prepare graduate pharmacists for the practice of pharmacy as exemplified by the concepts of pharmaceutical care.

Upon completion of the PGY1 program, the resident will be eligible for board certification and a postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training program.

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  • Orientation
  • Internal Medicine I
  • Internal Medicine II
  • Infectious Disease
  • Transitions of Care
  • Advanced Transitions of Care
  • Multiple Sclerosis/Specialty Pharmacy
  • Drug Information
  • Administration
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Research
  • Pharmacy Education – Mercer University Teaching Certificate
  • Provide direct patient care
  • Complete a major residency project
  • Provide staffing coverage one day per week and every fourth weekend
  • Co-precept students from the University of Georgia, Mercer University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ongoing program and self-evaluation

Coming in August 2021.

Steve Baxter, PharmD is the Administration preceptor. He is the director of pharmacy for Shepherd Center.

Virginia Davis, PharmD is the Advanced Internal Medicine and Elective preceptor. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy residency at AdventHealth Altamonte Springs in Altamonte Springs, FL. After residency, she obtained a job as an inpatient oncology pharmacist at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, FL where she was actively involved in the education committee as well as precepted students, PGY1 and PGY2 residents. She joined Shepherd Center in 2020. Her practice interests include internal medicine, infectious disease, and oncology. Virginia enjoys hiking with her fiancé and husky, touring the North Georgia wineries, and boating around Allatoona.

Yong Kang, PharmD, BCACP is the Residency Program Director (RPD) and the Research preceptor. She is also the pharmacy clinical coordinator. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University College of Pharmacy. She has been a preceptor for pharmacy students for many years. Yong has been with Shepherd Center since 1995. She is a witness to the history and growth of the pharmacy. Her practice interests include education, research and evaluation, building new clinical services, and establishing practice guidelines. Yong is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacist (GSHP). Yong enjoys traveling and gardening which is a stress reliever for her. 

Dina Nakhleh, PharmD, BCPS is the Transitions of Care, MS/Specialty Drugs, and Pharmacy Education Preceptor. She is a graduate of Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy and completed her PGY1 residency at Hines VA Hospital in Hines, IL.  After residency, she worked in the VA system as an inpatient clinical pharmacist.  In 2015 she transitioned to Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, IL to start the hospital’s first emergency medicine clinical pharmacy program. She joined Shepherd Center in 2020 to help build the first pharmacy residency program.  Practice interests include emergency medicine, infectious diseases, multiple sclerosis, and quality improvement.  Dina loves to spend her time outdoors, going on walks and traveling as much as possible.

Sumier Overcash, MSN, RN, CRRN is the Associate Nurse Manager of the Acquired Brain Injury Program.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Kennesaw State University in 2009 and later completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at the university of West Georgia in 2019. She partnered with Yong Kang for the proposal and initiation of the Pharmacy Residency Program and will serve as an Administration Preceptor. Sumier is involved in multiple medication related committees such as Medication Safety and Opioid Stewardship. She enjoys landscaping and gardening, hiking, rock climbing, and canine training  

Carly B. Warner, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP is the Pharmacy Education and Research preceptor. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy residency at DeKalb Medical in Atlanta, GA and PGY2 geriatrics residency at the Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Durham, NC. Throughout her residencies, she completed a teaching certificate through the Mercer University and a clinical teaching certificate through Duke University. She joined Shepherd Center in 2018 launching Spinal Cord Injury pharmacy rounding. Her practice interests include pharmacy education, geriatrics, and deprescribing. Carly is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), American Pharmacist Association (APhA), Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacist (GSHP), and North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP). Carly is a proud North Carolinian, always up for a trip to the beach, and an avid reader.

Elisabeth Webb, PharmD is the Orientation, Internal Medicine, and Pharmacy Service preceptor.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. She started her career at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida where she worked in the OR satellite pharmacy.  She joined the Shepherd Center in 2011, helping to establish the medication reconciliation process and launching Acquired Brain Injury pharmacy rounding.  She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and has completed certificate programs in Medication Therapy Management (MTM) as well as Total Parental Nutrition (TPN).  Elisabeth is the mom of two active little boys and enjoys running, drinking coffee, and Chick-Fil-A.

Lauren Wilcox, PharmD is the Infectious Diseases and Drug Information preceptor. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the South University School of Pharmacy in Savannah GA. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy residency at Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka, Florida. Throughout her residency, she completed a teaching certificate through the University of Florida. She joined Shepherd Center in 2017. She has an Antimicrobial Stewardship certificate from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists and is a member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Shepherd Center. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacist (GSHP). In her spare time, Lauren loves to spend time with her family and cat.

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. Shepherd Center has also been named one of Atlanta’s best places to work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 935 inpatients, 541 day program patients and more than 7,300 outpatients each year.

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Applicant Information

Applicants should possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and be eligible for licensure in Georgia. Selection will be based on a letter of intent, qualifications of the applicant and letters of recommendation. After the initial review process, select applicants will be asked to come to Shepherd Center for a personal interview.

*The application period for this program is now closed.

All materials should be submitted via PhORCAS.

Required Materials:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation from preceptors or employers
  • Pharmacy school transcripts
  • Notification of any work permit, visa or licensure issues
  • Participation in ASHPs National Matching Program


  • Estimated stipend of $48,000
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • Paid days off (PDO) 24 days
  • Travel allowance to attend professional meetings


Yong Kang, PharmD, BCACP
Shepherd Center
2020 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 404-350-7358