Pharmacy Residency Program at Shepherd Center

About the Program

The purpose of the Shepherd Center PGY1 Program is to build on 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, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

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Core required rotations include the following:

  • Orientation (6 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine I (6 weeks)*
  • Internal Medicine II (6 weeks)*
  • Infectious Disease (6 weeks)
  • Transitions of Care (6 weeks)
  • Critical Care/Pulmonary (6 weeks)
  • Multiple Sclerosis/Specialty Drugs (6 weeks)

*Internal Medicine I and II are not required to be scheduled in sequential order.

Elective concentrated rotations include the following*:

  • Advanced Internal Medicine (6 weeks)
  • Advanced Infectious Disease (6 weeks)
  • Advanced Transitions of Care (6 weeks)

*One Elective rotation is required. May choose one among Advanced Internal Medicine, Advanced Infectious Disease, and Advanced Transitions of Care.

Longitudinal required rotations include the following:

  • Research (12 months)
  • Pharmacy Education (12 months)*
  • Pharmacy Practice (12 months)
  • Drug Information/Administration (9 months)

*Shepherd Center PGY-1 Program also offers a Pharmacy Teaching Program through Mercer University College of Pharmacy (MUCOP) for residents to gain experience in teaching and education. 

  • 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

India DillardIndia Dillard, PharmD, is from Dacula, Georgia. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University College of Pharmacy. Her practice interests include transitions of care and internal medicine, with a heightened interest in the optimization of cardiovascular and endocrine medication therapy regimens. India’s residency research project topic is on the evaluation of Vitamin D therapy and monitoring. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP), and is an active member of Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. India enjoys photography, trying new activities, and spending time with her family and Cockapoo puppy, Ace. Fun fact: India’s father worked at Shepherd Center as an Occupational Therapist when she was 2 years old!

Why India Chose Shepherd Center: “I chose Shepherd Center because of the patient-centered culture and plethora of learning experiences provided… And not to mention, the extraordinary pharmacy team!”

Karishma PatelKarishma Patel, PharmD, was born in Vancouver, Canada, and grew up in Warner Robins, GA. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University College of Pharmacy. Her practice interests include infectious diseases and internal medicine. Karishma’s residency research project topic is on the impact of MRSA nasal screenings. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP), and Kappa Epsilon Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. In her spare time, Karishma enjoys traveling with her friends and family, exploring new places to hike, and trying out new restaurants.

Why Karishma Chose Shepherd Center: “Shepherd Center has such an incredible sense of culture and community — not only between patients and providers but amongst all employees. I felt like family the first day I walked in!”

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Steve Baxter, RPhSteve Baxter, RPh, is the Director of Pharmacy for Shepherd Center and the administration preceptor. He graduated from Mercer Southern School of Pharmacy with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. He has worked mainly in hospital pharmacy, although he has experience in retail, home infusion, and long-term care. His first job as a director was to open a new hospital including setting up the pharmacy, procuring drugs, and establishing a distribution system for drugs. Steve has been involved with the Georgia Society of Heath System Pharmacists (GSHP), serving as District Director and Board Member. He was tapped to serve on the Pharmacy Committee of Shared Services, a Group Purchasing Organization that later became MedAssets and is now known as Vizient. While serving, he was elected Chairman of the Pharmacy Committee for a two-year term. Steve has been a director of pharmacy for over 40 years and serves as an adjunct professor for several pharmacy schools. He is always willing and eager to talk about the changes he has seen in pharmacy. Steve is married with three children and nine grandchildren who take up most of his spare time.

Virginia Montgomery, PharmDVirginia Montgomery, PharmD, is the Internal Medicine II, Pulmonary/Critical Care, and Advanced Internal Medicine 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 her first job as an inpatient oncology pharmacist at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida, 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, cardiology, and oncology. Virginia enjoys hiking with her husband and two huskies (Oli and Eli), boating around lake Allatoona, and traveling.

Yong Kang, PharmD, BCACPYong 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 and has been 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, BCPSDina 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, Illinois. After residency, she worked in the VA system as an inpatient clinical pharmacist. In 2015 she transitioned to Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Illinois, 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.

Carly B. Warner, PharmD, BCPS, BCGPCarly 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 and PGY2 geriatrics residency at the Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Durham, North Carolina. Throughout her residencies, she completed a teaching certificate through 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, PharmDElisabeth Webb, PharmD, is the Orientation, Internal Medicine I 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 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, PharmDLauren 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, Georgia. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy residency at Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka, Florida. Throughout her residency, she obtained 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 (SIDP) and leads the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Shepherd Center. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacist (GSHP), Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), and SIDP. 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 November 3, 2021 to January 5, 2022.

All materials should be submitted via PhORCAS by January 5, 2022.

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

Benefits:

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

Questions?

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