Pharmacy Residency Program

The Anne Arundel Medical Center Pharmacy will welcome its second class of pharmacy residents to the post-graduate year one (PGY-1) pharmacy practice residency program in July 2019. The 12-month candidate ASHP PGY-1 program is designed to prepare pharmacists for general and specialized clinical pharmacy practice. Individuals completing the program will be able to provide direct patient care in a broad range of both inpatient and outpatient clinical practice settings. Pharmacy experiential settings include Acute Inpatient Care, Women’s and Children’s Pharmacy, Ambulatory and Employee/Outpatient Pharmacy, Anticoagulation Clinic, Outpatient Infusion Center Pharmacy and Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Services. These expanded services provide many opportunities to gain experience within a variety of therapeutic areas including intensive care, oncology, infectious disease, geriatrics, and pediatrics.

Designed for ASHP Accreditation
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“PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.”

Residency Duration

The PGY1 residency program is a 12 month learning experience with two positions available per year. Residents complete a six-week introductory orientation and nine learning experiences.

Required Rotations

  • Inpatient Pharmacy Operations
  • Clinical Pharmacy Training
  • Internal Medicine I
  • Infectious Disease & Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Critical Care I

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Medication Safety
  • Longitudinal Projects

Elective Rotations

  • Geriatric Pharmacotherapy
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Critical Care II
  • Internal Medicine II
  • Design and complete a medication use evaluation
  • Design and complete a residency research project
  • Present continuing education seminar to the pharmacy staff
  • Present journal clubs and other presentations to students and pharmacy staff
  • Participate in Adult Code Blue coverage
  • Participate in the clinical pharmacy services on-call coverage
  • Participate in staffing and clinical pharmacy services as scheduled
  • Participate in precepting pharmacy students
  • Participate in Maryland’s monthly residency development and professional networking program
  • Attend and present at the Eastern States Pharmacy Residency Conference
  • Attend the ASHP Midyear meeting
  • An optional teaching certificate program is available in collaboration with University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
  • 4 hours during the week in the evening
  • 14 weekend shifts (8 hours each on Saturday and Sunday), beginning in August and continuing every 3rd weekend
  • 2 Holiday shifts (8 hours)
  • 16 on-call shifts, consultative via telephone during the night shift

Licensure Deadline
Residents must be licensed as a pharmacist in the state of Maryland within 90 days of hire

Residents receive a stipend of $50,000 annually, divided into biweekly pay periods.

  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • Free parking
  • ACLS/BLS training
  • On-site exercise equipment
  • Subsidized professional travel reimbursement
  • Stipend
  • Two weeks of paid vacation
  • Combined sick and professional leave paid time off
  • Two resident positions are available. Candidates must have a current (or be eligible for) Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Must possess (or be eligible for) Pharmacist licensure in Maryland. Maryland licensure to be obtained within 60 days of the start date. Maximum 90 days with approval

Application documents must be submitted by December 31, 2019, to PhORCAS at

  • Letter of intent/personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcript(s) from pharmacy school
  • Three professional references
  • One personal reference

Contact Us

Residency Program Director
John Ness, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Manager
Anne Arundel Medical Center
2001 Medical Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 443-481-4834
Fax: 443-481-4844

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Pharmacy Residency
Program Leads & Preceptors

Residency Program Director:

John Ness, PharmD,
Clinical Pharmacy Manager

Pharmacy Director:

James B. Caldwell, PharmD


Andre Allen, PharmD
Specialty: Oncology
Zinkeng Asonganyi, PharmD
Specialty: Outpatient Infusion Pharmacy
Jared Calish, PharmD
Specialty: Clinical Pharmacy Training
Wai Chan, PharmD, BCPS
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Kathryn Higbee, MS, RPh
Specialty: Pharmacy Administration
Megan Jensen, PharmD, BCACP
Specialty: Ambulatory Care
Veronica Kerner, PharmD
Specialty: Anticoagulation
Nirvana Maharaj, PharmD, BCPS
Specialty: Pharmacy Operations
John Ness, PharmD
Specialty: Infectious Disease & Antibiotic Stewardship
Breanne Nestor, PharmD, BCCCP
Specialty: Critical Care
Sumati Rao, PhD, RPh
Specialty: Medication Safety

Current Residents
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Christina Do, PharmD

Originally from Tinton Falls, New Jersey, Dr. Christina Do moved to Maryland in 2011. She attended the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy where she received her Doctorate of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include infectious disease and pediatrics. Outside of pharmacy, she enjoys reading, eating ice cream, hiking, camping, and traveling with friends and family. She is extremely grateful for the support and encouragement that her mentors, patients, family, and friends have provided her over the years.

Katherine Rogers, PharmD

Dr. Katherine Rogers was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Washington College and went on to complete her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of New England College of Pharmacy in Portland, Maine. Katie’s clinical areas of interest include ambulatory care and critical care. In her spare time, Katie enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be a part of Anne Arundel Medical Center’s first class of pharmacy residents.