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
- Research: 4 weeks
- Internal Medicine I: 4 weeks
- Internal Medicine II: 4 weeks
- Ambulatory Care I: 4 weeks
- Ambulatory Care II: 4 weeks
- Infectious Disease: 4 weeks
- Critical Care: 4 weeks
- Oncology: 4 weeks
- Pharmacy Informatics: 2 weeks
- Hospital Pharmacy Practice: 6 weeks
- Electives: 4 weeks
- Advanced Critical Care: 4 weeks
- Advanced Ambulatory Care: 4 weeks
- Advanced Infectious Disease: 4 weeks
- Administration & Leadership
- Research Project
View a Sample Resident Schedule.
View the Pharmacy Residency Application Packet here.
See a list of the Resident Benefits.
Learn more about our Preceptors below.
Darla J. Gaiser, RPh, FASCP
Rotations: Ambulatory Care 1 & 2
Darla Gaiser is Ambulatory Pharmacy Clinic Manager at Firelands Regional Medical Center – Center for Coordinated Care. Darla received her BSPh from Ohio Northern University. She became a fellow with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. Darla has displayed a passion throughout her career for improving patient outcomes through pharmacy interventions and legislative involvement. She organized a charter team for the national HRSA Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative Team, and facilitated her team’s involvement for the six year duration of the collaborative, working to establish documented value and guidelines for a healthcare team approach to patient care with intense pharmacy involvement and interventions.
In her current position, she channels her energies into growth of interdisciplinary clinics focused on various aspects of patient care. Prior to her current position, Ms. Gaiser was employed as Director of Outpatient Pharmacy Services for a midsized healthcare system, and was responsible for medication management, distribution, audits, policies, and procedures in multiple outpatient clinics and pharmacies. She oversaw medication management for hospice, long-term care services, ambulatory surgery centers, a community/employee diabetic program, and sterile compounding for outpatient procedures in the clinics. She developed a discharge prescription program for the medical center, as well as a medication assistance program for clinic and hospital patients. Darla is currently active in teaching ambulatory pharmacy care APPE and residency rotations in association with two pharmacy colleges, and has served as preceptor, faculty, adjunct faculty, and affiliate professor for several other colleges in the recent past. Darla is an active member of state and national pharmacy organizations and committees, including the Legal and Regulatory committee and the Disease State Management committee for the Ohio Pharmacists Association.
Judy Holzaepfel, RPh, FASCP
Judy is the oncology clinical pharmacist at the 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 eleven 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 ASCP, and has been a member of HOPA, almost since their inception.
Jaclyn Jensen, PharmD
Rotations: Hospital Pharmacy Practice, Internal Medicine 2
Jaclyn joined Firelands Regional Medical Center 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.
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, Jeff sought to make an impact on patient care in the retail pharmacy arena, looking for more challenges, he made the switch to hospital pharmacy. After about 2 1/2 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.
Laura McDowell, PharmD
Rotations: Hospital Pharmacy Practice
Laura joined Firelands Regional Medical Center as a clinical pharmacist in 2010 after graduating from The University of Findlay College of Pharmacy. Laura also practices in the Firelands Center for Coordinated Care and the Firelands Outpatient Pharmacy. She is one of the residency preceptors for the inpatient hospital and longitudinal staffing rotations as well as the preceptor for the inpatient hospital rotation for APPE students. Laura is an active member of ASHP and other various hospital committees.
Ashley Smith, PharmD, BCPS
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 Adult 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, antimicrobial stewardship, and patient safety committees. She also serves as the editor of the pharmacy and therapeutics newsletter.
Rachael Macko, PharmD
Maria Foreman, PharmD
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Mary Hermes, PharmD
Scott West, PharmD
Joo Ha, PharmD
Jim Spicer, PharmD
Rotations: Administration & Leadership
Jim Spicer is Area Director of Pharmacy Services and Supply Chain at Firelands Regional Medical Center. 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 the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists, Ohio Society of Health-system Pharmacists and the American College of Clinical Pharmacists. Dr. Spicer also serves as a national pharmacy residency accreditation surveyor for The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and holds membership on the Premier National Pharmacy Affairs Subcommittee.
Current interests include promotion of integrated care strategies throughout the community; accountable care and population management initiatives; supply chain management and lean methodologies; optimizing medication therapy to achieve maximal clinical outcomes; and advancing medication safety throughout the healthcare continuum through the strategic integration of technologies.
Firelands Regional Medical Center participates in the match program of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant. To learn more about the match program, visit www.ashp.org.