Pharmacy Residency Program

Longview and Vancouver, WA

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center is a community based not-for-profit hospital located in Longview, WA. Recently, PeaceHealth St. John was part of the PeaceHealth Columbia Network Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) ASHP-accredited residency in pharmacy practice, located primarily at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, WA. Since it’s expansion in 2017, the program has encompassed clinical rotation experiences at both campuses and fueled a desire to have full-time residents at PeaceHealth St. John. The PeaceHealth St. John residency program is currently in pre-candidate PGY1 status with ASHP, but is expected to progress into full candidate PGY1 status with the inaugural resident class. Although the residency program is structured to meet the PGY1 standards set forth by ASHP, all experiences are individualized based on existing resident competencies and personal interests. The purpose of this residency program is to develop competent clinical pharmacy practitioners who have accelerated their growth beyond entry-level professional aptitude in patient care and practice management. The program ensures residents further develop leadership and therapeutic skills that may be applied in any direct patient care position in a variety of practice settings.

Outcomes include:

  • Manage and improve the medication use process
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management within interdisciplinary teams
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills
  • Provide medication and practice-related education and training
  • Utilize medical informatics
  • Conduct pharmacy practice research
  • Participate in the management of medical emergencies
  • Demonstrate project management skills
  • Apply patient care, customer service, and practice innovation skills in an integrated delivery system environment (i.e. development/ application of treatment guidelines)
  • Effective in work teams which are charged with planning activities, identifying opportunities for improvement, analyzing alternatives, implementing solutions and evaluating results
  • Demonstrate additional competencies that contribute to working successfully in the health care environment
  • Competent to be eligible for hire within the PeaceHealth system or other practice setting upon completion of the residency program

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    Practice Area Rotations

    The residency program ensures customization of each rotation experience to fit the goals and teaching needs of each individual resident. Residents are required to complete 12 weeks of acute care rotations and 12 weeks of ambulatory care rotations to become competent, well rounded, clinical pharmacists.

    Training experiences include:

    Acute Care Setting

    • Administration/Management
    • *Cardiology
    • Critical Care
    • Emergency Medicine
    • *Infectious Disease
    • Internal Medicine
    • *Neonatal Intensive Care
    • *Neurology
    • *Surgery/Trauma
    • Transitions of Care

    Ambulatory Care Setting

    • Administration/Management
    • Ambulatory Care – Family Medicine
    • Ambulatory Care – Internal Medicine
    • Anticoagulation
    • *Informatics
    • *Hospice
    • Oncology/Infusion Center

    Non-Rotational and Longitudinal Experiences

    • Academia/Precepting
    • Drug Information
    • Foundation Skills Training
    • In-Service and Clinical Education
    • Leadership Development
    • Major Project
    • Practice Management
    • Staffing – Three week management of preferred clinical pharmacy service

    *Indicates rotation available at an off-site location

    We're a Team!

    The PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center pharmacy team is comprised of approximately 30 clinical pharmacists and 30 non-pharmacist support staff. The pharmacy team strives to be thoroughly involved in the residency program from day one. All rotation preceptors have met ASHP standardized qualifications for educating and mentoring pharmacy residents. Many of our pharmacists are graduates of a residency or fellowship and/or have advanced board certification in pharmacotherapy, ambulatory care, oncology, or geriatrics. In addition to precepting responsibilities, the pharmacists participate in progressive multidisciplinary teams throughout the facility to uphold evidence-based best care practices. PHSJ has pharmacists in almost every level of care a patient receives at our facility from inpatient to outpatient and all transitions in-between. Some of the departments we are part of and services we provide:



    Acute Care
    Central and Medical Services
    Emergency Department
    Intensive and Critical Care
    General Surgery
    Medication Reconciliation

    Ambulatory Care
    - Anticoagulation
    - Chronic Disease State Management
    - Oncology
    - Refill Clinic
    Transitions of Care

    Pharmacy Leadership

    Pharmacy Director: Jake Childs, PharmD, MS, BCPS
    Pharmacy Operations Manager: Elizabeth Verbrugge, PharmD, BCPS
    Outpatient Pharmacy Services Manager: Charmaine Mode, BScPharm

    Contact Us

    Pharmacy Residency Program Leadership:
    Residency Program Director: Elizabeth Verbrugge, PharmD, BCPS – Pharmacy Operations Manager
    Residency Program Coordinator: Patti Walton, PharmD, BCGP – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

    Join Us!

    If you would like the opportunity to join our progressive and robust pharmacy team, please apply as directed below:

    1. Submit a complete residency program application through PHORCAS by January 1st, 2019
    2. Register for the ASHP National Matching Service
    3. Complete an on-site interview if selected

    Our Address:
    PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center
    1615 Delaware St.
    Longview, WA 98632

    Previous Residents!

    2017-2018 - PeaceHealth Columbia Network PGY1 (PeaceHealth Southwest and PeaceHealth St. John campuses)
    Michael Curcio, Kiri Golleher, Kelsey Rastello, Karissa Lee, Julia Courtney, Mark Gehrig