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St. John Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program


PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, WA

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center is a community based not-for-profit hospital located in Longview, WA. We are pleased to announce that as of July 2021, PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center's Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) residency program is an accredited program through American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). 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.


  • 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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Requirements for Completion:

Initial Pharmacy Practice Experiences and Orientation - (July – November) Orientation may be longer or shorter depending on individual resident background.

  • General Orientation: Code Blue, drug information/P&T Committee basic orientation
  • Training in central/outpatient pharmacy operations which is 6 weeks

Completion of the following minimum training experiences:

  • Twelve weeks of ambulatory practice experiences
    • Six weeks experience in Ambulatory Care required
  • Twelve weeks of inpatient practice experiences
    • Six weeks experience in Intensive Care/Internal Medicine required
  • Six weeks experience in Transitions of Care required
  • Longitudinal experiences
    • Leadership and Personal Development (aka. Weekly Meetings)
    • Major Project
    • Clinical Staffing
    • Drug Information

Drug Information

  • Completion of at least one drug monograph for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee
  • Completion of at least one medication use evaluation and a formulary class review or a second medication use evaluation for the P&T Committee
  • Completion of quarterly P&T Committee newsletter published to pharmacy staff

Clinical Staffing: One three week experience as a decentralized pharmacist responsible for a clinical service (January-June).  During this time, there is no direct preceptor.  This experience occurs during the second half of the residency.

Practice Area Training Experiences

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.

Acute Care Experiences - On-site

  • Administration/Management
  • Critical Care - Required
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine - Required
  • Transitions of Care - Required

Ambulatory Care Experiences - On-site

  • Administration/Management
  • Ambulatory Care – Family Medicine and Internal Medicine - Required
  • Oncology/Infusion Center

Other Off-site Experiences (Up to 8 weeks when available per ASHP requirements)

  • Specific rotations available off-site at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in conjunction with their PGY1 program are offered if requested by resident

Non-Rotational and Longitudinal Experiences

  • Academia/Precepting - Teaching certification program in conjunction with the Portland Citywide program
  • Foundation Skills Training / Staffing

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. PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center 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
    • Medication Therapy Management (MTM)
    • Refill Clinic
  • Community/Retail
  • Transitions of Care

Pharmacy Leadership

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

Contact Us

Pharmacy Residency Program Leadership:
Residency Program Director: Elizabeth (Liz) Verbrugge, PharmD, BCPS – Pharmacy Manager
Residency Program Coordinator: Patti Haywood Walton, PharmD, BCGP – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Lead, Ambulatory Care

PeaceHealth St John Medical Center PGY1 Residency Program

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 December 31, 2021
  2. Register for the ASHP National Matching Service
  3. Complete an on-site* interview if selected - *This may be held virtually for the 2022-2023 interviewing class

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

Current Residents

2021-2022 - PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center PGY1

Yaqing (Michelle) Guo, PharmD - Northeastern University, Class of 2021

Madalyn Seidl, PharmD - Pacific University, Class of 2021

Previous Residents

2020-2021 - PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center PGY1

Cole Dawson, PharmD - Pacific University, Class of 2020 - Currently working as a clinical pharmacist at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, WA

MeShine Lee, PharmD - Washington State University, Class of 2020 - Withdrew from program

2019-2020 - PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center PGY1 - Inaugural Year

Jae Bang, PharmD - Pacific University, Class of 2019 - Currently working as an inpatient clinical pharmacist at Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene, ID

Brittany Mellegard, PharmD - Washington State Univeristy, Class of 2019 - Currently working as an inpatient clinical pharmacist at St. Michael Medical Center in Silverdale, WA

2018-2019 - PeaceHealth Columbia Network PGY1 (PeaceHealth Southwest and PeaceHealth St. John campuses)

From left to right: Julia McCormick, Stephanie Potter, Katie LaRue, Glecille Salonga, Alfredo Moreno Alvarez, Jessica Hua

2017-2018 - PeaceHealth Columbia Network PGY1 (PeaceHealth Southwest and PeaceHealth St. John campuses)

From left to right: Michael Curcio, Kiri Golleher, Kelsey Rastello, Karissa Lee, Julia Courtney, Mark Gehrig

Come join us in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!