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PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program


The St. Joseph’s/Candler Ambulatory Care PGY2 Residency Program is designed according to ASHP standards build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings.  Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.


The SJ/C PGY2 Ambulatory Care residency program provides a 12-month broad based training experience in ambulatory care pharmacy practice. The residency program will strive to provide an optimal environment for residency learning through continued preceptor development, frequent two-way feedback between the resident and preceptors/administrators, and a commitment to the individual goals and interests of each resident. The residency will be structured with as much flexibility as possible allowing the resident to explore areas of interest while meeting the primary goals and objectives set forth by ASHP. The program is currently seeking accreditation through ASHP.

Rotations/Program Structure

Longitudinal Rotations:
  • Anticoagulation
  • Primary Care
  • Projects
  • Transitions of Care

Quarterly Rotations:

  • Cardiology
  • Hepatitis C Clinic
  • Orientation (1 month)
  • St. Mary’s Clinic
  • Tobacco Cessation

Training Site

St. Joseph’s/Candler is a 714-bed community-based regional referral health system comprised of two hospitals with multiple associated outpatient clinics and primary care offices. The main practice site is the Center for Medication Management (CMM) at Candler Hospital, where a clinical team of pharmacists and nurse practitioners work in collaboration to provide advanced pharmaceutical care. In addition to the CMM, rotations will take place at the Georgia Infirmary, Physician Network primary care offices and St. Mary's Health Center. A variety of elective rotations are also available.

Residency Benefits

Residents are paid a competitive stipend by St. Joseph’s/Candler for the 52-week residency year. Participation in health, dental, and vision insurance benefits is available to the resident through the health system. Residents must complete physical and health screening examinations and a background check prior to starting the residency. Residents are provided a travel allowance to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, the Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC), and the spring Georgia Society of Health System Pharmacists (GSHP) statewide meeting. Membership in GSHP is paid by the health system. Reimbursement for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties exam upon successful completion or reimbursement for study materials is available. Membership in ASHP or other organizations is maintained by the resident.


The director of the PGY2 Ambulatory Care residency program is Elizabeth Clements, PharmD, BCACP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care. Other preceptors involved in the training year may include Carrie Cooper, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Internal Medicine; Geneen Gibson, PharmD, MS, BCPS (AQ-ID), Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Disease; Bruce Jones, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Disease; Melissa Johnson, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care; Chelsea Keedy, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Ambulatory Care; Erica Merritt, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Emergency Medicine; Anne Misher, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM, CDE, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy; Allison Presnell, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care; Grace Simpson, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care/Clinical Assistant Professor at South University; and Ashley Woodhouse, PharmD, BCACP, CACP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care

Number of Positions


ASHP Resident National Match Program

The St. Joseph’s/Candler pharmacy residency programs participate in the ASHP Resident National Match Program. All applicants must be registered for and participate in the Match. The resident candidate should complete the Resident Matching Program “Applicant Agreement”. This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant. Further information, rules and regulations, and the Applicant Agreement, can be found on the ASHP website at

Match Number: 780265.

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants for the PGY2 residency in Ambulatory Care should have graduated from an accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program and completed a clinically oriented, ASHP accredited PGY1 residency. Basic Life Support (BLS) certification should be current and maintained throughout the residency year. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is required for participation in the Emergency Medicine Elective.

Pharmacist Licensure

Due to the provision of ambulatory care pharmacy services provided by St. Joseph’s/Candler across state lines, this PGY2 ambulatory care training program requires licensure in Georgia and South Carolina. Licensing fees for additional state may be reimbursable by hospital. It is recommended that resident complete licensure applications through the respective boards of pharmacy within 30-60 days of matching to initiate the process and receive the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) authorization(s) to test. Residents must be licensed no later than September 30th of the residency year.

Georgia licensure is initiated through filing an application with the Georgia Board of Pharmacy. Georgia requires passing the GA MPJE and GA practical exam. If residents will not be licensed in Georgia prior to start of residency, they must obtain a Georgia temporary pharmacist license.

South Carolina licensure is initiated through filing an application with the South Carolina Board of Pharmacy. South Carolina requires passing the SC MPJE and attending a face-to-face meeting with the board (held once monthly) in Columbia, SC. to receive license.


Interviews are an integral part of the evaluation of potential residents. PPS interview may be offered at Midyear; however, it is expected that serious applicants will want to evaluate the program and clinical site at St. Joseph's/Candler. Therefore, an on-site interview in Savannah, Ga., will be required for candidates selected to move forward in the application process. Deadline for receipt of completed application materials is January 4th. All application materials must be complete and received by the deadline in order to be considered for an interview. All interviewees will be expected to complete a 30 minute presentation on an ambulatory care topic of his or her choice.

If you require further information or have questions, please email the PGY2 Ambulatory Care  Residency Program Director at The St. Joseph’s/Candler website ( will provide other interesting and important information about the organization and medical, research and educational programs.

St. Joseph's/Candler PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residents

2019-2020: not currently enrolled

2018-2019: Chelsea Keedy, PharmD
School of Pharmacy: Western New England University College of Pharmacy, Springfield, MA
PGY1 Residency: St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, Savannah, GA

Application Process and Requirements

Application submission is required via PhORCAS by the deadline of January 4th to be considered for an onsite interview. Mailed or emailed applications are not accepted and will not be reviewed for consideration. Application submission must include a letter of recommendation from your PGY1 Residency Program Director or Residency Program Coordinator and a letter of intent. The letter of recommendation from your PGY1 RPD/RPC must include a statement confirming resident is in good standing and whether resident has ever been on probation/disciplinary action. The one-page letter of intent should discuss why you are interested in our program and in ambulatory care.

Application submission must include:

  • A letter of recommendation from your PGY1 Residency Program Director. This letter must include a statement confirming PGY1 resident is in good standing and whether the resident has ever been on a performance improvement plan, probation, or disciplinary action.
  • A one page letter of intent discussing why you are interested in our program and in ambulatory care
  • Answers to the following questions. These answers should ideally be 3-5 sentences each, but must be no more than 500 words total.
    • Tell us about a time where you made a patient intervention in an ambulatory care setting.
    • Tell us about a time when you received difficult feedback from a preceptor, physician, or other healthcare provider and how you handled it.
    • You can invite three guests to dinner, dead or alive. Who would you invite?


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