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Pharmacy Residency Program

CHI Health offers both a PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residency program.

PGY1 - Pharmacy Residency Program

Purpose Statement

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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 two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Four Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency Programs are offered within CHI Health Nebraska; three programs are located in Omaha – CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy, CHI Health Immanuel, and CHI Health Lakeside and one program is located in Lincoln – CHI Health St. Elizabeth’s. A separate application is needed to apply to each residency program.

Each program develops the knowledge and skills of the resident in various areas including: medication therapy management, communication, practice management, critical thinking, time management, clinical research, drug information and teaching. Each program also offers the resident the opportunity and stimulus to develop, to the highest degree obtainable, his/her professional expertise as a practitioner. Graduates of a CHI Health pharmacy residency program will be highly qualified to practice as pharmacist clinicians in patient care positions, adjunct faculty positions, or for PGY2 training in their area of choice.

  • CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy
  • CHI Health Immanuel
  • CHI Health Lakeside
  • CHI Health St. Elizabeth

  1. The candidate must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree awarded from an ACPE-accredited College of Pharmacy.
  2. The candidate must be eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in Nebraska.
  3. Membership in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is required.
  4. To be considered for an onsite interview, the candidate must apply via the PhORCAS online application system by the listed deadline. The list of application materials may be found within the PhORCAS online application, and will include the standard PhORCAS application, a Curriculum Vitae, pharmacy college transcripts, and three letters of reference.

CHI Health Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency Programs offer a competitive stipend and additional benefits. Please consult with the Residency Director for more information and details.

We welcome your questions regarding the Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at CHI Health.

CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy

Jennifer M. Anthone, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director
Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist
7500 Mercy Road, Omaha, NE 68124
P: (402) 398-5659
[email protected]

CHI Health Immanuel

James Bird, PharmD, BCCCP
PGY1 Residency Program Director
6901 N. 72nd Street | Omaha, NE 68122
P: (402) 572-2240
[email protected]

CHI Health St. Elizabeth 

Ashley Stark, PharmD, RP, BCPS
555 South 70th St.
Lincoln, Nebraska 68510
P: (402) 219-7143
F: (402) 770-7831
[email protected]

CHI Health Lakeside

Spencer Evans, PharmD
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director
Pharmacy Supervisor
16901 Lakeside Hills Ct, Omaha, NE 68130
P: (402) 717-8618
[email protected]

Eric Bierle, PharmD, BCPS
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Coordinator, Clinical Coordinator
P: (402) 717-8648
[email protected]

PGY2 - Pharmacy Health System Administration and Leadership

The Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (HSPAL) program at CHI Health is specifically designed for pharmacists who wish to build upon PGY1 leadership and administrative experiences in order to further develop skills and experience in operational, clinical, financial and human resources management. The program develops pharmacy leaders by providing organized learning experiences across multiple practice settings of the pharmacy enterprise. Professional skill refinement in the areas of communication, critical thinking, and time management are a focus.

The resident will gain experience and competency in a wide range of pharmacy practice management including: medication use policy, medication safety, clinical and operational leadership, finance, human resources, strategic planning, process improvement, and project management. The program offers the resident the opportunity to develop, to the highest degree obtainable, professional expertise as a practitioner and leader. Graduates of this program will be qualified for leadership positions across the pharmacy enterprise. 

Purpose Statement

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs 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.

  1. The applicant must be participating in, or have completed, an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program or one in the ASHP accreditation process (i.e., candidate or preliminary accreditation status).
  2. Applicants to pharmacy residencies should be graduates or candidates for graduation of an accredited pharmacy degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). At a minimum, the program must be a five-year pharmacy degree program.
  3. The applicant must be eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in Nebraska prior to the start of the residency program.
  4. To be considered for an on-site interview, the candidate must apply via the PhORCAS online application system by the listed deadline. The list of application materials may be found within the PhORCAS online application, and will include the standard PhORCAS application, a Curriculum Vitae, pharmacy college transcripts, and three letters of reference.
  5. CHI Health PGY1 Residency Program Residents are eligible to early commit to the HSPAL program. Residents should contact the PGY2 RPD if they have an interest in early commitment. Early commitment applications are due by November 1st.

Month Long Learning Experiences

  • Acute Care Pharmacy Operations (R)
  • Acute Care Pharmacy Clinical Services (R)
  • Ambulatory Care Services Administration (E)
  • Critical Access Hospital Pharmacy Admin (R)
  • Durable Medical Equipment and Billing (R, 2 week)
  • Health System Pharmacy Executive Operations (R)
  • Health System Pharmacy Clinical Services (R)
  • Orientation and Training (R)
  • Pharmacy Informatics (Focused) (E)
  • Pharmacy Regulations and Advocacy (E)
  • Retail Pharmacy Operations & Clinical Services (R)
  • Supply Chain/Contracting/Inventory Management/340b (R, 2 week)

Longitudinal (Multi-Month) Learning Experiences

  • Health System Pharmacy Informatics
  • Human Resources
  • Pharmacy Finance and Budgeting
  • Research & Project Management
  • Safe Medication Administration Committee
  • Staffing and Practice Development

David Schmidt, Pharm.D., BCPS, DPLA
PGY2 HSPAL Residency Program Director
Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services
[email protected] 

Residency Opportunities


Please download the desired campus brochure for more information on opportunities available at select campuses, including required, longitudinal and election rotations offered at each site.

PGY1

PGY2