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PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency: Athens

Program Description

This ASHP-Accredited PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency is offered by the UGA College of Pharmacy in collaboration with the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and Mercy Health Center, both located in Athens, GA. It is a 12 month specialized program designed to develop an expertise in ambulatory care disease state management. The resident will provide patient care primarily at the Athens VA Outpatient Clinic and Mercy Health Center. Opportunities for elective rotations at other sites are available. Rotations will be longitudinal in nature. An additional feature of the program includes teaching and academia. Residents will be able to take advantage of the strengths of the UGA College of Pharmacy and gain experience in a variety of teaching activities, including didactic, small group/laboratory and experiential teaching skills. An emphasis will also be placed on scholarly pursuits. UGA Residents are classified as graduate students and will receive a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy in addition to the Residency Certificate upon successful completion of the program.

Patient Care

Primary practice sites:

  • VA Outpatient Clinic, Athens, GA
  • Mercy Health Center, Athens, GA 

Clinic Opportunities:
Pharmacotherapy
Anticoagulation
Lipid
Addiction Pharmacy
Administration 

Disease State Management:

The following is a list of diseases in which the resident will gain significant experience in managing during the course of the residency. In addition, residents will also be exposed to and have a chance to improve pharmacotherapy regimens in many other chronic diseases.

  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
  • Cardiovascular Risk Reduction
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Nicotine Dependence
  • Chronic Anticoagulation
  • Chronic Heart Failure 

Group Patient Education:
Diabetes mellitus
Obesity

Optimize Medication Use:

  • Adherence
  • Identification and management of all drug-related problems

Teaching/Academia

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy – UGA Residents are appointed as graduate students in the College of Pharmacy. Upon completion of the program, they received a graduate certificate.

Advanced Teaching in Pharmacy Practice (Formerly Teaching Certificate Program)  As graduate students, all residents will enroll in this course and have the opportunity to further develop their teaching skills, teaching portfolio, and teaching philosophy.

Didactic and Small Group Teaching - Residents will have the opportunity to utilize techniques learned in the teaching course by practicing their teaching skills in the large classroom setting as well as in a variety of small group settings, many of which are outlined below.

Ambulatory Care APPEs/IPPEs – Residents will have the opportunity to participate in the delivery of ambulatory care advanced and introductory pharmacy practice experiences in the College of Pharmacy.

Pharmacy Skills Laboratories and Recitation Leaders – Residents serve as facilitators in the Pharmacy Skills Laboratories as well as recitation, the setting in which UGA pharmacy students learn and practice clinical skills needed for direct patient care. In addition, the resident will have the opportunity to revise or develop these activities.

Research Project – Residents have the opportunity to complete a clinical or scholarship of teaching research project and present the results at the Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC). Publication of the results is also strongly encouraged.

Scholarly Pursuits/ Manuscript Development – Residents will identify at least one opportunity for scholarship (e.g., focused review article, research publication or book chapter).

Faculty Development – Formal discussions are held with residents related to faculty development. Additionally, residents experience academia first-hand by participating in various programs, meetings and activities in the College of Pharmacy.

Residency Trip – Residents in the past have visited other residency programs during the year.

Ambulatory Care Residency Brochure

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Application Process and Materials

Successful candidates for the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency must have a Pharm.D. degree and PGY1 Certificate of Residency completion, be a U.S. citizen and supply proof of pharmacy licensure.

Applications will be accepted on PhORCAS (https://portal.phorcas.org/) until January 13th.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early to facilitate scheduling of the on-site interview.

All application materials listed below are required to complete the PhORCAS application process:

  • Completed application form: Ambulatory Care Application (National Match Service Code: 618265)  
  • Letter of Intent
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Academic Transcripts
  • 3 References as submitted through PhORCAS 


 

Ambulatory Care Residency FAQ

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Current Resident

Past Residents

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Residency Preceptors

Beth Bryles Phillips, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP, BCPS , BCACP
Rite Aid Professor
Residency Program Director, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency
Practice Site: Athens Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Pharm.D.: University of Kansas
Pharmacy Practice Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Ambulatory Care Specialized Residency: VA Medical Center, Iowa City, IA
Practice Interests: hypertension, cardiovascular risk reduction, anticoagulation and residency training
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Catherine Bourg, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Practice Site: Mercy Health Center and Athens Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Pharm.D.: Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: West Virginia University Hospital, Morgantown, WV
PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency: University of Georgia/Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center Practice Interests: diabetes mellitus type 2, cardiovascular risk reduction, residency training, and teaching
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Larry Guthrie, Pharm.D., MPH
Clinical Pharmacist, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
Practice Site: Athens Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Practice Interests: health promotion and prevention, nutrition as it relates to diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases and cancer
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Micheal Lovett, R.Ph.

Clinical Pharmacist, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
Practice Site: Athens Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Practice Interests: lipid management, anticoagulation management, adherence
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Rebecca H. Stone, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP
Clinical Assistant Professor, UGA Clinical & Administrative Pharmacy
Practice Site:  Mercy Health Center
Pharm.D.: The University of Georgia
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency:  Puget Sound VA Health System, Seattle, WA
PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
Practice Interests:  Contraception, Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation, Emergency Contraception, Diabetes
Other Interests:  Yoga, running, and travel
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Michael Thiman, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor
Practice Site: Athens Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Pharm.D.: University of Georgia
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency: Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, NC
PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency: University of Georgia/Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
Practice Interests: diabetes mellitus type 2, cardiovascular risk reduction, role of epigenetics in cardiovascular risk, residency training, and experiential education
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Contact the Residency Director

Beth Bryles Phillips, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP, BCPS , BCACP
Rite Aid Professor
Director, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency
University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
260B RC Wilson Pharmacy Building
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: (706) 542-4794
Fax: (706) 542-5228
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