PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The Anne Arundel Medical Center Pharmacy will welcome its third class of pharmacy residents to the post-graduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy practice residency program in July 2020. The 12-month candidate ASHP PGY1 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.”

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency conducted by Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis Maryland has an accreditation candidate status with ASHP.

Residency Duration

The PGY1 residency program is a 12 month learning experience with two positions available per year.

Required Rotations

  • Internal Medicine I
  • Infectious Diseases & Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Critical Care I
  • Administrative
  • Anticoagulation Services
  • Ambulatory Care*
  • Medication Safety*
  • Inpatient Staffing/Operations*
  • Pharmacotherapy*
  • Research*

* Longitudinal rotations

Elective Rotations
(Select 3)

  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Critical Care II
  • Internal Medicine II
  • A teaching certificate program is available in collaboration with Shenandoah University and the School of Pharmacy at Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • Participate in University of Maryland’s monthly residency development and professional networking program
  • Participate and present at Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Pharmacy Grand Rounds
  • Design and complete a medication use evaluation
  • Attend and present at the ASHP Midyear Clinical meeting
  • Attend and present at the Eastern States Pharmacy Residency Conference
  • 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 providing clinical pharmacy services as scheduled
  • Develop mentoring skills
  • 4 hours during the week in the evening
  • Every 3rd weekend shift (8 hours each on Saturday and Sunday), beginning in August and continuing every 3rd weekend
  • 2 Holiday shifts (8 hours; 1 major, 1 minor)
  • 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; which is divided into biweekly pay periods.

  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Full flexible benefits plan, including a combined leave benefit (a combination of vacation, sick time and personal days) of 22 days per year. Combined leave is accrued on a pay period by pay period basis. In addition, you are eligible for seven paid holidays annually. Professional time-off is provided to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (4 days), off-site professional meetings, and Eastern States Conference (2 days).
  • Subsidized professional education/travel reimbursement of up to $2,100 total to present at the ASHP Midyear Clinical meeting and Eastern States Residency Conference (i.e., includes Registration fees, Travel and Lodging).
  • Electronic Resources Available (i.e., Pharmacists Letter, Micromedex, Medical Library resources, etc.)
  • Free parking at AAMC
  • ACLS/BLS training
  • Access to Professional Growth & Development sessions provided by Human Resources.
  • On-site exercise equipment
  • Two available positions
  • Current or eligible for Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from an accredited college of pharmacy
  • Licensed or eligible for Pharmacist Licensure in Maryland
    • Maryland licensure to be obtained within 60 days of the start date; Maximum 90 days
  • Application documents are to be submitted by December 31, 2019 via the PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service) Applicant Portal. For support, contact PhORCAS at (617) 612-2868 from 9am-5pm EST or via email at Required documents include:
    • Letter of intent/personal statement
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Transcript(s) from pharmacy school
    • Three professional references
  • On-site interviews will be extended to successful applicants. Candidates will be required to provide a prepared, 10-minute presentation about a therapeutic topic.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment health screening results, criminal background investigations and/or any other appropriate documentation.

Contact Us

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

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Pharmacy Director:

James B. Caldwell, PharmD

Residency Program Director:

John Ness, PharmD

Program Preceptors

Andre Allen, PharmD
Specialty Area: Oncology
Zinkeng Asonganyi, PharmD
Specialty Area: Ambulatory Oncology/Infusion Pharmacy, Pharmacy Administration
Wai Chan, PharmD, BCPS
Specialty Areas: Internal Medicine; Pharmacotherapy
James Caldwell, PharmD
Specialty Area: Pharmacy Administration
Dana Hack, PharmD
Specialty Area: Ambulatory Oncology/Infusion Pharmacy
Richard Jiang, PharmD, BCPS
Specialty Areas: Internal Medicine; Pharmacotherapy
Megan Jensen, PharmD, BCACP
Specialty Area: Ambulatory Care
Veronica Kerner, PharmD, BCACP
Specialty Area: Anticoagulation
Aamir Kokan, PharmD
Specialty Area: Pharmacotherapy
Nirvana Maharaj, PharmD, BCPS
Specialty Area: Pharmacy Operations
Heather Morgan, PharmD
Specialty Area: Pediatrics
John Ness, PharmD
Specialty Area: Infectious Disease & Antibiotic Stewardship
Breanne Nestor, PharmD, BCCCP
Specialty Area: Critical Care
Sumati Rao, PhD, RPh, CJCP
Specialty Area: Medication Safety/Regulatory Compliance
Sahil Sheth, PharmD, BCCCP
Specialty Areas: Critical Care; Pharmacotherapy; Administration

Current Residents
Cecelia McConnon, PharmD (left) and Randi Jenkins, PharmD (right) width=
Cecelia McConnon, PharmD (left) and Randi Jenkins, PharmD (right)

Randi Jenkins, PharmD

Randi Jenkins was born and raised in Southern Maryland. She completed her bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Salisbury University and then went on to complete her Doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, MD. Randi’s areas of clinical interest are in cardiology and critical care. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, camping, and watching The Office. She is extremely excited for this opportunity to be a resident at Anne Arundel Medical Center and is grateful to everyone who has supported her along the way.

Cecelia McConnon, PharmD

Hailing from Muskego, Wisconsin, Dr. Cecelia McConnon graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, serving as a naval aviator and earning her Master’s in Space Systems before transitioning to the Naval Reserves. She earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of California, San Diego. In her spare time, she enjoys camping and traveling with her husband and 2 boys. She is thrilled to be back in Annapolis and grateful to be part of the second PGY-1 Pharmacy class.