Norton Children’s Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in the residency programs at Norton Children’s Hospital. Our pharmacy residency program offers PGY1 and PGY2 opportunities accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Our program provides residents with a comprehensive experience that focuses exclusively on the pediatric population, from newborns to young adults, across all specialties. Norton Children’s Hospital is structured as a decentralized pharmacy where residents will be embedded team members in the units.

About Norton Children’s

As Kentucky and Southern Indiana’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital, Norton Children’s Hospital, along with its predecessor hospitals, have cared for children for more than a century without regard to their families’ ability to pay. The 300-bed hospital is Louisville’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

  • Level I Pediatric Trauma Center has more than 60,000 visits annually.
  • Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has 101 beds and cares for more than 1,500 babies annually.
  • The Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) is the largest dedicated CICU in Kentucky, equipped with 17 private rooms and the newest technology available for heart care.
  • Home to a 34-bed pediatric intensive care unit (PICU).
  • Neonatal and pediatric extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) services provider recognized as an Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Gold Center of Excellence.
  • Congenital heart surgery program ranked two stars by The Society for Thoracic Surgeons.
  • Transplant programs include heart, kidney, and stem cell and bone marrow.
  • Largest Children’s Oncology Group center in Kentucky and the oldest continuously accredited children’s oncology program by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.
  • Comprehensive suite of additional specialty services including endocrinology, infectious diseases, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, psychiatry, pulmonology and rheumatology, among others.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The pharmacy residency is a one-year experience that offers extensive exposure to all aspects of pediatric pharmaceutical care. Daily activities for all residents include, but are not limited to participating in multidisciplinary rounds, providing drug information to other health care professionals, consulting on pharmacokinetics, conducting nutritional evaluations, medication safety management, patient and caregiver counseling, and topic and patient discussions with preceptors. Two PGY1 positions are available.

Rotations

Core rotations

  • Orientation
  • General pediatric medicine/surgery
  • Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
  • Cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) or cardiology
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Precepting
  • Administration

Elective rotations

  • Academia
  • Emergency medicine
  • Investigational drug services
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry
  • Repeat core rotation

Longitudinal rotations

  • Clinical practice management
  • Research
  • Service (second-shift staffing twice in four-week blocks and every fourth weekend)
  • Teaching and learning

Additional Activities

  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification
  • Teaching certificate
  • Formal presentations and journal clubs
  • Newsletter article
  • Drug monographs and Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee involvement
  • Platform presentation of research project at Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA) annual meeting
  • Medication use evaluation (MUE) poster presentation
  • State and national meeting attendance
  • Code and trauma response

Salary and Benefits

All pharmacy residents are eligible for full employee benefits through Norton Healthcare. Each PGY1 resident is salaried and receives a stipend of $48,000 plus benefits. Each position requires a one-calendar-year commitment. Estimated start date for residents is the last week of June.

 

Benefits at a glance

  • Medical insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Office space with computer for each resident
  • Travel stipend available for various professional meetings
  • Free parking
  • PALS certification

 

Program Alumni

Class of 2020

Mason Holt, Pharm.D.

Current practice: PGY2 Pediatric Oncology Resident

Norton Children’s Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky

Amy Kennedy, Pharm.D.

Current practice: Clinical Pediatric Pharmacy Generalist

WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital, Morgantown, West Virginia

Class of 2019

Stephanie Johnson, Pharm.D.

Current practice: CICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Norton Children’s Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky

Charlie Johnson, Pharm.D.

Current practice: Neonatal Critical Care Pharmacist

University of Alabama at Birmingham Women & Infants Center

Class of 2018

Alexandra Ferrante, Pharm.D.

Current practice: PICU/NICU Pharmacist

Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Louisiana

Lisa Infanti, Pharm.D., BCCCP

Current practice: Clinical Pharmacist – ICU Float

Norton Children’s Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky

Class of 2017

Kendra Hays, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Current practice: NICU Clinical Pharmacist Specialist

Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, Indiana

Savannah Gulley, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Current practice: Pediatric Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tennessee

Class of 2016

Hillary Orr, Pharm.D.

Current practice: Pediatric Critical Care and Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Specialist

Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston, Texas

Deni Trone, Pharm.D.

Current practice: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee

Class of 2015

Sarah Shields, Pharm.D.

Current practice: Clinical Specialist – Informatics

Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Bethany Wattles, Pharm.D.

Current practice: Clinical Pharmacist – Child and Adolescent Health Research Design Support Unit

University of Louisville

Class of 2014

Christy Fisher, Pharm.D.

Current practice: Clinical Pharmacist

The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

Class of 2013

Jordan Klein, Pharm.D.

Current practice: Pediatric Pharmacist

St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri

Anthony Zacheretti, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Current practice: Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky

Class of 2012

Ashley Casper, Pharm.D.

Current Practice: Clinical Pharmacist

Norton Children’s Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky

Lindsay Cunningham, Pharm.D.     

Current practice: Clinical Pharmacist

Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri

Class of 2011

Jordan Anderson, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS

Current practice: Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

University of Missouri Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Columbia, Missouri

Sarah Jacobson, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Current practice: NICU Clinical Pharmacist

Norton Children’s Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky

Class of 2010

Hannah Dyk, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Current practice: Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa, Arizona

Rachel Mathews, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Current practice: Pediatric Clinical Specialist

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Class of 2009

Andrea Chamberlain, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS

Current practice: PICU Pharmacy Clinical Specialist

Cincinnati Children’s, Cincinnati, Ohio

Courtney Edwards, Pharm.D.

Current practice: Clinical pharmacist

Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital, Charleston, South Carolina

Class of 2008

Madeline O’Bryan, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Current practice: NICU Clinical Specialist

Norton Children’s Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky

Class of 2007

Sarah Sobotik, Pharm.D., BCPS

Current practice: Clinical Pharmacist

Methodist Children’s Hospital of South Texas, San Antonio, Texas

Class of 2006

Melissa Hunt, Pharm.D.

Current practice: Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist

Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children, Huntsville, Alabama

Class of 2005

Kendra Bosley, Pharm.D.

Current practice: Pediatric Pharmacy Coordinator

The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial, Nashville, Tennessee

Norton Children’s Hospital Pharmacy offers one of only a few specialized pediatric critical care pharmacy residencies available in the country. The one-year experience offers extensive exposure to all aspects of pediatric critical care. The resident will be responsible for providing direct patient care through daily participation in multidisciplinary rounds, will carry a code pager and participate in trauma resuscitations.

Rotations

Core rotations

  • Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
  • Cardiac intensive care unit (CICU)
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • Adult medical intensive care unit (MICU)
  • Pediatric emergency medicine
  • Toxicology

Elective rotations

  • Administration
  • Adult emergency medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Stem cell transplant

Longitudinal rotations

  • Clinical practice management
  • Research
  • Service (second-shift staffing twice in four-week blocks and every fourth weekend)
  • Teaching

Additional Activities

  • PALS Certification (if needed)
  • Teaching certificate (if not already completed in PGY1)
  • Formal presentations and journal clubs
  • Newsletter article
  • Drug monographs and Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee Involvement
  • Platform presentation of research project at Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA) Annual Meeting
  • Medication use evaluation (MUE) poster presentation
  • State and national meeting attendance

Salary and Benefits

All pharmacy residents are eligible for full employee benefits through Norton Healthcare. PGY2 residents are salaried and receive a stipend of $52,000 plus benefits. Each position requires a one-calendar-year commitment. Estimated start date for residents is the last week of June.

 

Benefits at a glance

  • Medical insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Office space with computer for each resident
  • Travel stipend available for various professional meetings
  • Free parking
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification

 

[Sub-head] Program Alumni

Class of 2020

Stephanie Johnson, Pharm.D.

Current practice: CICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Norton Children’s Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky

Class of 2019

Lisa Infanti, Pharm.D., BCCCP     

Current practice: Clinical Pharmacist – ICU Float

Norton Children’s Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky

Class of 2018

Kendra Hays, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Current practice: NICU Clinical Pharmacist Specialist

Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, Indiana

Class of 2017

Hillary Orr, Pharm.D.

Current practice: Pediatric Critical Care and Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Specialist

Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston, Texas

Class of 2016

Bethany Wattles, Pharm.D.

Current practice: Clinical Pharmacist – Child and Adolescent Health Research Design Support Unit

University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

Class of 2015

Cynthia McCune, Pharm.D., MBA, BCCCP

Current practice: Pediatric Critical Care Clinical Specialist

Dell Children’s Medical Center, Austin, Texas

Class of 2014

Jordan Klein, Pharm.D.

Current practice: Pediatric Pharmacist

St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri

Class of 2012

Jordan Anderson, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS

Current practice: Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

University of Missouri Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Columbia, Missouri

Norton Children’s Hospital initiated a PGY2 in oncology, providing support for Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, and the Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center. This one-year program provides the resident with a broad range of experiences in pediatric hematologic and oncologic diseases, as well as young adult cancer care.

Rotations

Core rotations

  • Pediatric oncology
  • Pediatric stem cell transplant
  • Pediatric immunosuppressed infectious diseases
  • Investigational drug services
  • Adult oncology
  • Adult bone marrow transplant
  • Pediatric hematology/oncology clinic

Elective rotations

  • Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
  • Administration
  • Academia
  • Palliative care

Longitudinal rotations

  • Clinical practice management
  • Research
  • Service (second-shift staffing twice in four-week blocks and every fourth weekend)
  • Teaching

Additional Activities

  • PALS Certification (if needed)
  • Teaching certificate (if not already completed in PGY1)
  • Formal presentations and journal clubs
  • Newsletter article
  • Drug monographs and Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee involvement
  • Platform presentation of research project at Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA) Annual Meeting
  • Medication use evaluation (MUE) poster presentation
  • State and national meeting attendance

Salary and Benefits

All pharmacy residents are eligible for full employee benefits through Norton Healthcare. PGY2 residents are salaried and receive a stipend of $52,000 plus benefits. Each position requires a one-calendar-year commitment. Estimated start date for residents is the last week of June.

 

Benefits at a glance

  • Medical insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Office space with computer for each resident
  • Travel stipend available for various professional meetings
  • Free parking
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification

 

Program Alumni

Class of 2021

Mason Holt, Pharm.D.
Current practice: Clinical Pharmacy (PICU/NICU, Adult Oncology)
New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, North Carolina

Class of 2020

Devin Dinora, Pharm.D.     

Current practice: Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Pharmacist Specialist

Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, Indiana

Class of 2019

Kaley Hughes, Pharm.D.

Current practice: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinical Specialist

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia

Class of 2018

Savannah Gulley, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Current practice: Pediatric Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tennessee

Class of 2017

Sarah Mitchell, Pharm.D.

Current practice: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinical Specialist

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tennessee

Kassandra Fetz, Pharm.D.

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Jasonville, Indiana

Pharmacy education: Harding University College of Pharmacy, Searcy, Arkansas
Interest areas: Hematology/oncology
Research: PGY1 – Penicillin Allergy De-labeling Project
Hobbies: Hiking, paddle boarding, traveling, hanging out with friends

Why did you choose Norton Children’s Hospital?

I originally looked at Norton Children’s because it checked all of the boxes I was looking for, but I chose this program because of the people. Norton Children’s had an atmosphere that was unlike anywhere else I was looking; the pharmacy department really is a family and it was very evident even during the interview process. I have loved starting my pharmacy career here! I have been able to learn so much while having very realistic expectations placed on me. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a single thing, and would pick this program again in a heartbeat!


Alexis Hamelink, Pharm.D.

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Pharmacy Education: University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, Ann Arbor
Interest Areas: Pediatric Oncology

Why did you choose Norton Children’s Hospital?

I chose Norton Children’s because the pharmacy department feels like a family, and I was excited to learn in an environment where I would be pushed by outstanding preceptors who would help me grow as a pharmacist and as a person.

 


Shannon Ramsden, Pharm.D.

Title: PGY2 Critical Care Resident

Hometown: Clovis, California

Pharmacy education: University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Denver
Interest areas: Pediatric critical care, pediatric psychiatry

Research:

  • PGY1 – Evaluation of Antifungal Prophylaxis in Patients With Acute Leukemia and the Incidence of Fungal Infection
  • PGY2 – Utilization of Low-dose Epinephrine Boluses in Critically Ill Children

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, trying new restaurants

Why did you choose Norton Children’s Hospital?

I chose Norton Children’s because I was able to focus my second year of residency specifically in critical care. Aside from being able to focus on pediatric critical care, which is ultimately what I want to do, I am able to become more well-rounded and experience adult critical care rotations as well. Everyone here has been so welcoming and has made this year great so far! I am so excited to continue with the rest of the year and learning from this amazing group of people!

 


Tracie VanHorn, Pharm.D.

Title: PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Pharmacy education: University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Denver
Interest area: Critical care

Research:

  • PGY1 – Utility of routine gentamicin serum trough level monitoring for early onset sepsis in a Level IV neonatal intensive care unit

Hobbies: Recreation league sports, hiking, snowboarding (back in Colorado) and exploring new taco and food places

Why did you choose Norton Children’s Hospital?

I was first attracted to Norton Children’s Hospital for their unique rotation experiences they offered. Between the required and elective rotations offered, I could tailor my PGY1 to include every experience that I was interested in. The specialized PGY2 programs they offer also intrigued me. I have always been interested in critical care and this was only one of two hospitals in the nation that had a specific pediatric critical care program. This program allows applications for early commitment, which was a major selling point for me. The preceptors I had spoken with at PPA and ASHP midyear showcase as well as during the interview were all very genuine, and I instantly could tell they were a close-knit, supportive group that prioritized work-life balance. Overall, I have loved my PGY1 experience here thus far and look forward to the rest of the year!