Pharmacy Residency Programs

Thank you for your interest in Community Health Network's pharmacy residency programs! Our pharmacy residency programs provide training for four residents in the PGY1 year with additional residents in ambulatory care, pharmacotherapy and psychiatry.

Congratulations on your decision to pursue residency training! As a resident in our program, you will train in a community-based hospital and healthcare system. Our residents enjoy training opportunities in settings ranging from acute care hospitals and a specialty cardiology hospital to pediatrics, and extensive array of primary care and specialty care clinics, and the largest behavioral care pavilion in the state.

Each program may afford the resident with an opportunity to pursue an academic experience with close faculty mentorship to lead case discussions and serve as a co-preceptor during the year.

We encourage you to communicate with any of our faculty/preceptors or residents. Our residents are our greatest assets, and for prospective applicants are often the best sources of insider information regarding our program. Experience has shown us that the more you get to know us, the more likely you will want to join our program.

Practice Experiences/Rotations Benefits

For more information about a particular program, please contact the program director below. We invite you to review how to apply and hope to hear from you!

How to Apply

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

ASHP accredited pharmacy residencyThe pharmacy practice residency started in July 2002 and is fully accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Each year, Community Health Network recruits four pharmacy practice residents. The residency experience is shared among Community Hospital East, Community Hospital North, Community Hospital South and Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, all within our network of community-based hospitals in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Residency training includes required practice experiences in general medicine, ambulatory care, drug information, critical care, cardiology, formulary management and practice management. The resident has a great deal of flexibility in selecting elective experiences, including infectious diseases, psychiatry, pediatrics/NICU, oncology, as well as additional experiences in one of the required rotations. The resident also has the benefit of being involved in a longitudinal academic rotation providing instruction to pharmacy students at Butler University College of Pharmacy. Other aspects of pharmacy practice in which our residents may become involved include pharmacy on-call service, formal and informal presentations, journal club, performance improvement initiatives and mentorship of student pharmacists on rotation.

Sarah Lackey, PharmD, BCPS
Network Clinical Pharmacy Director
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director

PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency

ASHP accredited pharmacy residencyThe postgraduate year two (PGY2) ambulatory care residency offers two positions at Community Health Network. The ambulatory care residency experience is concentrated within outpatient primary care clinics throughout the greater Indianapolis area. The ambulatory care pharmacy resident will be integrated into a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians and other clinic staff. It is a 12-month specialized program designed to develop an expertise in ambulatory care disease state management. The residency program is designed to prepare the resident for a career as a clinical pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care practice or as ambulatory care clinical faculty at an academic institution.

The resident will sign a collaborative drug therapy management (CDTM) agreement with physicians allowing him or her to be an integral part of the patient’s healthcare team to optimize medication use and obtain desired therapeutic outcomes. Agreements are in place for the following pharmacy services:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Continuous blood glucose monitoring
  • Diabetes and hyperglycemia
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hypertension
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Medicare annual wellness visits
  • Naloxone assessment
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pharmacotherapy review
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Vaccinations

Nick Sciacca, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care
PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program Director
9996 E. 146th St., Suite 250, Noblesville, IN 46060

PGY2 Pharmacotherapy Residency

ASHP accredited pharmacy residencyThe pharmacotherapy residency started in 2009 (formerly family medicine begun in 2004) and is designed to provide both clinical teaching and practical experience in the inpatient, outpatient and university settings. Each year, Community Health Network recruits one pharmacotherapy specialty resident with primary responsibilities at Community Hospital East, the Community Group Family Medicine Center and Butler University. The resident works closely with Community’s family medicine medical residents and physicians. Please visit the Family Medicine Residency website for more information.

The resident’s training experience will include required rotations with the inpatient family medicine team, outpatient family medicine center and an administrative academic experience at Butler University. Elective rotation opportunities can be tailored for the resident’s interests and career goals.  Elective experiences may include, but are not limited to, the areas of infectious disease, cardiology, critical care, behavioral care, oncology and administration. Residency activities will include inpatient rounding, disease state management in the pharmacotherapy clinic, medication counseling, healthcare provider education, and mentorship of pharmacy students and PGY1 residents. The resident will serve as primary preceptor to student pharmacists from Butler University and participate in classroom instruction (both didactic and case-based interactive discussion) of Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students. Additional requirements of the residency include staffing every fourth weekend, a poster presentation at ASHP Midyear, and a residency project presentation at the Great Lakes Regional Conference. The resident’s experiences are not limited to the above, allowing the resident to tailor the experience to his or her professional interests.

Tracy Costello, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Butler University
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Family Medicine
PGY2 Pharmacotherapy Residency Program Director

PGY2 Psychiatry Residency

ASHP accredited pharmacy residencyThe behavioral care specialty residency started in 2010 and is for PGY1 residency graduates who desire to become leaders in psychopharmacology/neurology. Residents in this program are called upon to resolve real-life challenges and issues in a supportive and nurturing environment while working with an integrated healthcare team consisting of psychiatrists, social workers, case managers, nursing and pharmacy, as well as psychiatry residents and students.

The behavioral care pavilion at Community Hospital North consists of nine units and is approximately 120 beds, allowing the resident to gain experience in multiple and diverse areas of behavioral care.

Requirements of the residency include staffing every fourth weekend, a poster presentation at Midyear or the annual College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) meeting, and academic involvement at Butler University which will include leading a case conference in therapeutics, delivering one or more therapeutics lectures in the area of psychiatry, assisting with the Therapeutics of Psychiatry elective in the spring semester, and precepting rotation students at the hospital.

The following rotation opportunities are available: general adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, geropsychiatry, integrated recovery/addiction medicine, psychiatry consult team, academia and leadership skills enhancement (through Butler University), severe mental illness, affective and personality disorders, involvement in outpatient clinics including psychiatry, as well as other options (including other off-site rotations).

Types of daily experiences may include, but are not limited to, patient care activities including physician requested medication consults and treatment teams, drug information services, leading patient-focused medication groups, in-services to pharmacists and nursing staff, grand rounds, participation in network and hospital level committees and projects, and participation in formulary review. The opportunities provided allow for individualized tailoring of the residency experience to the unique interests of the resident.

Upon completion of the residency the resident is expected to function with the knowledge, confidence and competence a leader is expected to show in this specialty area, as well as be equipped with the appropriate knowledge to pursue BCPP certification if the resident so chooses. As a part of Community Health Network, the resident will be associated with an integrated healthcare delivery network that ranks among the top 20 in the nation.

Laura Ruekert, PharmD, BCPP, BCGP
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Butler University
Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Psychiatry/Behavioral Care
PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program Director