Pharmacy Residency Receives Accreditation

November 26, 2018 2:36 pm Published by

Magnolia Regional Health Center (MRHC) has received an eight year accreditation from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists for approval of its Pharmacy Residency program.

Throughout the nation, pharmacy residency programs can receive an accreditation of one year, four years, or eight years, with eight being the maximum length of years a program can be approved for, stemming from one accreditation process.  Based on prior accreditation periods, approximately 50% of all programs receive the maximum accreditation term. Magnolia joins only 12 other PGY1 (postgraduate year 1) Pharmacy Residency Programs in Mississippi.

“Throughout the entire accreditation process, numerous team members at MRHC contributed in many ways”, said Raymond Mathis, Pharm.D., MBA, Director of Pharmacy Residency. “Accreditations such as this typically require large amounts of effort and work from numerous specialty areas, so I’m really proud of the work our team did. There’s no doubt that the residency program at MRHC has an extremely bright future.”

MRHC’s residency program, originally started in July of 2017, accepts two residents each year for a one year term and recently graduated its first class in June of this year. Residents have five week-long rotations in various areas of the hospital including internal medicine, critical care, nephrology, behavioral health, cardiology, emergency medicine, informatics, and administration. During that time, the residents will also complete longitudinal learning experiences in hospice, academia, and ambulatory care.

“The experiences I gained through residency at MRHC are priceless and have made me a well-rounded clinician, better able to provide my patients with the very best care I can give them”, said Caitlin Corker Relph, PharmD, MAT.

Throughout the academic year, residents work with the healthcare team at MRHC to provide quality care to patients. The residents also serve as preceptors for pharmacy students and teach students at The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, while completing a teaching and learning certificate through the university. Pharmacy preceptors include Katrina Taylor, Pharm.D., Todd Cox, Pharm.D., Allison Green, Pharm.D., Steven Burton, Pharm.D., Diana Spencer, RPh, Natalie Sleeper, RPh, Caitlin Corker Relph, Pharm.D., MAT, Iver Vandiver, Pharm.D., MPH, and Raymond Mathis, Pharm.D., MBA. Physician preceptors include Greg Hale, MD, Nephrologist, Jennifer Madeo, DO, PhD, Infectious Disease, Amy Davis, MD, Emergency Medicine, and Aaron Earles, DO, Cardiology.

(From L to R) Back Row: Lisa Davidson, Executive Assistant to VP of Ancillary Services; Iver Vandiver, Pharm.D., MPH; Todd Cox, Pharm.D.; Raymond Mathis, Pharm.D., MBA; Mark Studdard, VP of Ancillary Services Front Row: Samantha McBryde, Pharm.D.; Caitlin Corker Relph, Pharm.D., MAT; Natalie Sleeper, RPh; Allison Green, Pharm.D; Rachel Rossi, Pharm.D., M.S.







“The program gives clinical pharmacy an opportunity to expand services into areas such as research and more direct patient contact.  These areas require the human resources that a residency program affords.  An educational environment can be provided to the residents while enhancing patient care”, said Todd Cox, Pharm.D., Pharmacy Clinical Manager. 

“The Pharmacy Residency Program provides a platform for pharmacy education and services growth”, said Mathis. “The program allows pharmacy staff to spend more time assisting other clinical staff to ensure we provide the highest quality care to our patients. We’ve been able to pilot various programs, as we seek to enhance the overall care we can provide here at MRHC.”

“I’m extremely proud of the tremendous work all of the team did during the accreditation process”, said Ronny Humes, CEO at Magnolia Regional Health Center. “To receive an accreditation such as this speaks volumes for the program and the team members we have in place. We’re excited to see how it positively impacts our organization and patient care moving forward.”

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