Firelands Pharmacy Residency Program

Postgraduate Year 1 Pharmacy Residency Program

PharmacyAt 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.

Pharmacy ResidencyGraduates 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.

Sample Resident Schedule

Pharmacy Residency Application Packet

Resident Benefits

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LEARNING EXPERIENCE TYPE OF LEARNING EXPERIENCE DURATION CORE OR ELECTIVE SEQUENCE
Orientation

Didactic

2 Weeks

Core

First/Introduction

Hospital

Didactic and Patient

6 Weeks

Core

After Orientation

Internal Medicine 1

Patient Care

4 Weeks

Core

Completed Hospital, Early (1st or 2nd Patient Care Learning Experience)

Internal Medicine 2

Patient Care

4 Weeks

Core

Completed IM 1, and ID

(3rd or 4th Quarter)

Ambulatory Care 1

Patient Care

4 Weeks

Core

Completed Hospital, Early (1st or 2nd Patient Care Learning Experience)

Ambulatory Care 2

Patient Care

4 Weeks

Core

Completed Ambulatory Care 1 (3rd or 4th Quarter)

Infectious Disease

Patient Care

4 Weeks

Core

Completed IM 1

Oncology

Patient Care

4 Weeks

Core

Completed Hospital

Critical Care

Patient Care

4 Weeks

Core

Completed IM 1 & ID

Advanced ID

Patient Care

4 Weeks

Elective

Completed IM 1 & 2, ID, critical care

Advanced Critical Care

Patient Care

4 Weeks

Elective

Completed IM 1 & 2, ID, critical care

Advanced Administration

Patient Care

4 Weeks

Elective

3rd, or 4th quarter

Advanced Internal Medicine

Patient Care

4 Weeks

Elective

Completed IM 1 & 2, ID, Critical Care

Advanced Ambulatory Care & Community Practice

Patient Care

4 Weeks

Elective

Completed AC 1 & 2, IM 1 & 2, and ID

Staffing

Longitudinal

10 Months

Core

Completed Hospital

Research Project

Longitudinal

12 Months

Core

12 Month Longitudinal

Administration & Leadership

Longitudinal

12 Months

Core

12 Month Longitudinal

Teaching Certificate

Longitudinal

12 Months

Core

12 Month Longitudinal

Firelands

Resident Preceptors

Learn more about our Preceptors below.

Dawn Fitt, RPh

Rotations: Ambulatory I & II, and Advanced Am Care

Dawn Fitt is the Manager of the Center for Coordinated Care, which is a multi-disciplinary ambulatory clinic of Firelands Regional Medical Center. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and has been a pharmacist for over 19 years. She spent many years as a retail pharmacy manager for an independent pharmacy, and has been at Firelands since 2016. Dawn precepts students and residents during their Ambulatory I, II, and Advanced Am Care rotations. The clinic that she oversees specializes in anticoagulation, diabetes, medical weight loss and nutrition, transitions of care, and smoking cessation.

Dawn lives on Catawba Island with her husband and 2 sons. They love to spend time boating, skiing, and traveling. Her guilty pleasure is watching chick-flicks on Netflix. She does her best to live life by the Golden Rule and her motto at work is “Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”.

Mary Hermes, PharmD

Rotations: Hospital and Staffing

Mary is from the area, graduating from Margaretta High School. She joined the Firelands Regional Medical Center team following graduation from Ohio Northern University in 2015. Prior to working at Firelands, she had experience in retail pharmacy as both an intern and pharmacist. Mary practices primarily in the inpatient pharmacy, and also fills in at the outpatient pharmacy as needed. Mary is currently the residency preceptor for the hospital pharmacy and longitudinal staffing rotations. In addition, she facilitates IPPE hours and the hospital pharmacy APPE rotation. Mary serves on the Medication Continuous Quality Improvement Committee.

Jaclyn Jensen, PharmD

Rotations: Critical Care, Advanced Critical Care, Advanced Internal Medicine

Jaclyn joined Firelands Regional Medical Center as a clinical pharmacist after graduating from Ohio Northern University in 2009. Jaclyn practices as one of the clinical pharmacists for the critical care unit where she participates in daily rounds with the critical care team. Additionally, she serves as a decentralized pharmacist on the medical floor and regularly practices in the inpatient pharmacy. Jaclyn is the primary residency preceptor for the PGY-1 critical care, advanced critical care, and advanced internal medicine rotations. Additionally, she serves as a team member for the longitudinal research projects. She is the current preceptor for the critical care APPE rotation and assists with the infectious disease APPE rotation as well. Jaclyn is an active member of ASHP and serves on the antimicrobial stewardship, code blue, and residency advisory committees at Firelands. In her spare time, Jaclyn enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, running, and vacationing.

Aaron LePoire, PharmD, BCACP

Rotations: Ambulatory Care I & II

Aaron earned a doctorate of pharmacy from Cedarville University. Upon graduation, he went on to complete a PGY-1 community-based pharmacy residency with Meijer, Ferris State University & Pfizer and a PGY-2 ambulatory care pharmacy residency with Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center before joining Firelands Regional Medical Center in 2019. Aaron currently practices in the Firelands Center for Coordinated Care seeing patients for anticoagulation, transitions of care, diabetes, weight management, and other services while precepting students and residents for ambulatory care rotations.
In his free time, Aaron enjoys cooking, coffee, hiking, and sushi.

Maria LePoire, PharmD

Rotations: Infectious Disease and Critical Care

Maria joined Firelands Regional Medical Center as a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident in 2017 after graduating from Cedarville University School of Pharmacy. After residency, Maria stayed on as a clinical pharmacist practicing in the ICU, Med-Surg floor, and inpatient pharmacy. Maria is an active preceptor for both Ohio Northern and University of Findlay Schools of pharmacy students for Infectious Disease and Critical Care rotations. Additionally, Maria is the residency preceptor for Infectious Disease and co-preceptor for Critical Care. Within the facility, Maria serves an active role on the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, Infection Control Committee, and Code Blue Committee.

Outside of work, Maria loves thrift shopping and her two cats. She also, along with her husband Aaron, enjoys hiking, camping, playing board games, and trialing local restaurants in the area.

Sam Martin, PharmD, BCPS

Rotations: Internal Medicine I

Sam Martin graduated from Ohio Northern University. Afterwards, he joined the Firelands team as one of their PGY-1 residents. Firelands was a great fit for him because he was able to gain strong experience in both acute care and ambulatory care settings. He has grown fond of Firelands' tight-knit community of providers. They have shown him that you really do not need to work downtown in a 900-bed hospital to provide excellent care to people who need it. Since completing his residency, he was fortunate enough to accept a position with Firelands working primarily as a decentralized pharmacist on their internal medicine floors. In school, he was an active member of Ohio Pharmacist’s Association. He plans to continue to stay involved with the organization now that he is out of residency.

Joni Robinson, PharmD

Rotations: Oncology

Joni Robinson attended pharmacy school at The Ohio State University. Throughout the doctorate program, she developed a strong interest in oncology. Joni was fortunate to begin my career as a pharmacist at a private practice oncology clinic where she practiced for 10 years. In those 10 years, she developed treatment plans, began an oral chemotherapy program, counseled patients on new therapies, and worked directly with the oncologists to manage cancer patients’ plan of care. Oncology is an ever growing complex area of pharmacy that allows her to grow every day both academically and personally. As cancer treatments become more complex, the clinical pharmacist’s role has become more crucial in all phases of patient care as part of the cancer care team.

Joni joined the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at Firelands Regional Medical Center team in May of 2018. In this time, she has grown to love serving the Sandusky and surrounding area populations with an amazing oncology team. Firelands, while not a large health system, offers up to date excellent oncology care. They now offer a pharmacist driven oral chemotherapy program to further expand our care. Joni has been married to her husband, Andrew, for 12 years and have 2 daughters who she enjoys hiking and traveling with. Her family supports her passion for oncology and daily encourages her to continue to grow. She is currently preparing for her next step as she prepare to take the BCOP exam to further her knowledge in this rewarding career.

Edwin Ruppert, PharmD

Rotations: Hospital and Staffing

Ed attended The University of Findlay and received his Doctor of pharmacy in 2018. Ed was a community pharmacist for Walmart and a clinical pharmacist for EnvisionRx prior to joining Firelands in 2019. Ed serves as a clinical pharmacist for Firelands where he practices in different facets: inpatient staff pharmacy, decentralized clinical pharmacy on the general medical floor, and retail pharmacy. He serves as a residency preceptor for the Hospital rotation as well as the Longitudinal Staffing experience. Ed enjoys the opportunities Firelands provides to work in a hybrid environment as he believes it challenges him to be a well-rounded practicing pharmacist.

Outside of work, Ed enjoys playing music on guitar and drums, collecting vinyl records, going for long walks with his dog Doug and rooting for the Michigan Wolverines college football team.

Blake Troller, PharmD, BCPS

Rotations: Hospital, Staffing, Internal Medicine I & II

Blake joined Firelands Regional Medical Center as a clinical pharmacist after graduating from Ohio Northern University in 2016. Blake serves as one of the decentralized pharmacists on the third floor, practices in the inpatient pharmacy, and helps cover in the retail pharmacy. He is currently a preceptor for both IPPE and APPE students for the hospital pharmacy rotation. He is also a residency preceptor for the hospital pharmacy practice and longitudinal staffing rotations. Blake is currently an active member on the residency advisory committee. Outside of work, Blake enjoys playing tennis, soccer, and cheering for Cleveland sports teams.

Dave Waller, MS, RPh

Rotations: Administration and Leadership, Advanced Administration and Leadership

Dave Waller is the Director of Pharmacy at Firelands Regional Medical Center (FRMC). Dave received his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Toledo and his M.S. in Hospital Pharmacy from The Ohio State University. Dave did a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dave has been active in both local and state pharmacy organizations serving as President of the Toledo Area Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Dave’s current responsibilities at FRMC include oversight of the Inpatient Hospital Pharmacy, Outpatient Retail Pharmacy, and Seidman Cancer Center Pharmacy. He has previously served as a Director of Pharmacy at a large Tertiary Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and several Community Hospitals. Dave has been a proponent of providing progressive Pharmacy services both from a drug distribution and clinical Pharmacy perspective and has served on many hospital committees. He has experience precepting IPPE and APPE students as well as residents as a means to support the future of Pharmacy.

Michele Westerman, PharmD

Rotations: Hospital and Staffing

Michele joined Firelands Regional Medical Center as a clinical pharmacist in 2019. She is a graduate of The University of Toledo. After completing a PGY-1 residency, she worked in community pharmacy for 4 years. Here at Firelands, Michele practices in the inpatient pharmacy, as well as covers in the outpatient pharmacy as needed. She serves as a residency preceptor for the hospital rotation and staffing component. Additionally, she serves as a team member for the longitudinal research projects and the residency advisory committee.

In her spare time, Michele enjoys being outside and spending time with her husband and their three boys.

ASHP

Match Program

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.

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