Mercy Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program

Rotation Overview

Residency Rotations / Learning Experiences

There are 8 months of required rotations/learning experiences, 3 months of elective time, and one month dedicated to projects. Experiences are designated as either rotation-based (R) (one month) or longitudinal (L). Longitudinal experiences occur throughout the residency year, including during other rotations.

Required Rotations / Learning Experiences


  • Advanced rotations (R) - participate in a second month of one of the above rotations
  • Antibiotic Stewardship (R)
  • Cardiology (R)
  • Emergency Medicine (R)
  • Medication Safety/Informatics (R)
  • Oncology (R)


Preceptors: Steven Silverstein, PharmD, BCPS and Gayle Thompson, PharmD, MBA

The administration rotation gives the resident exposure to pharmacy operations, budget considerations, policy development and management perspectives from both the site and corporate level. The resident will assist in leadership tasks for both Mercy and CPS, attend management meetings, and conduct an administrative project. Other activities include opportunities to assess quality measures in the management of pharmacy services, leverage technology and automated systems to optimize the medication-use system, and assess daily issues related to financial, staffing, inventory and patient safety concerns.

Ambulatory Care

Preceptor: Erika Romeus, BS, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP

The Mercy Family Health Center provides comprehensive primary care to patients in a community health center. This practice provides the resident with experience in a diverse internal medicine clinic within a teaching facility. In addition to primary care, specific services provided include a pharmacist-managed anticoagulation service. The pharmacy resident will also have opportunities to educate medical residents on medication-related issues and teach patient education classes.

Critical Care

Preceptor: Salma Ziauddin, PharmD

The 4-week introductory critical care rotation will place residents in the Schairer ICU at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, a 14-bed medical-surgical ICU with patients admitted for intensive medical care and/or following cardiothoracic / general surgery. During the rotation the resident will participate in rounds with the multidisciplinary critical care team to provide clinical pharmacy services. In addition, the resident will be responsible for managing other drug-therapy needs of the critically ill and will have potential opportunities to precept pharmacy students completing advanced pharmacy practice experiences in critical care. The Advanced Critical Care rotation is offered for residents with an interest in critical care. During this rotation, the residents will continue to develop the skills learned during the required introductory critical care rotation and act more independently to provide optimal clinical pharmacist services in the ICU.

Drug Information

Preceptor: Rabiah Dys, PharmD

The Drug Information Rotation allows the resident to provide drug information services to pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Emphasis within the rotation is placed on how to properly receive requests for information, conduct a systematic information search, and assimilate the information obtained into an appropriate response format. The resident will develop a working knowledge of information resources as well as develop the ability to critically evaluate such resources. The resident may also have the opportunity to become involved with the evaluation of drugs for formulary inclusion, quality assurance/drug usage evaluation activities, adverse drug reactions, news publications, and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Support.

Infectious Disease

Preceptor: Kate Lappin, PharmD

The infectious diseases (ID) rotation is a one-month experience rounding with the infectious disease service. Throughout the month, residents will be assessing, recommending and monitoring antimicrobials for a variety of infectious disease patients. Also, the resident will attend ID conferences. The experience allows the resident to expand their knowledge and skills pertaining to the treatment and monitoring of patients with infectious diseases. The Advanced ID rotation allows the resident to delve more completely into ID literature, continue to strengthen their ID knowledge and skills, and function more independently on the ID service.

Internal Medicine

Preceptors: Michael Mikrut, PharmD

The Internal Medicine rotations consist of one-month experiences for the pharmacy practice resident. The rotations involve the provision of pharmaceutical care for general medicine patients throughout the institution. In conjunction with an Internal Medicine Team, the resident will be expected to take full responsibility for the pharmaceutical care of the team patients, as well as any other patients assigned to the resident by their preceptor.

Medication Safety/Informatics

Preceptors: Sonali Muzumdar, PharmD, CHIMS

The medication safety/informatics rotation exposes the resident to pharmacy/hospital safety initiatives. The resident will participate in medication safety rounds, facilitate the medication safety committee meeting and complete safety/quality projects. The informatics pharmacist will assign the resident various projects, quality alert reviews, dose range checking auditing/building, and participate in informatics meetings.


Preceptor: Dawn LaFleur, RPh

The oncology rotation is an elective rotation that gives the residency exposure to oncology services at Mercy Hospital. The resident will be a part of the multi-disciplinary team providing care to the cancer patients. Activities include: reviewing, preparing, and dispensing chemotherapy, as well as, participating in multi-disciplinary planning of care and counseling activities.


Preceptor: Gayle Thompson, PharmD, MBA

Throughout July, the pharmacy resident will be oriented to inpatient pharmacy operations and clinical activities performed by clinical staff pharmacists. The resident will be working in a variety of pharmacy areas in order to become familiar with pharmacy processes and increase confidence in their skills.

Practice Management and Service

Preceptor: Ankur Patel, PharmD and Anela Ribo, PharmD, BCPS

Residents staff in the inpatient pharmacy every other weekend. The resident will develop a personal philosophy of practice, enhance leadership and communication skills, and become integrated into the profession.

Residency Projects

Each resident will complete a research project for presentation at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference, at the ASHP Midyear, and to CPS and Mercy health care providers. Additionally, the resident will perform a medication use evaluation. Residents can choose from a wide variety of research project ideas. Residents will become familiar with the investigational review board process, improve their research skills and promote effective medication use for the institution. The resident also will gain experience in preparing manuscripts and improve his/her public speaking skills through formal presentations.