PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at UAB Hospital is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). It builds 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. Upon completion, residents will be eligible for board certification and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. This program provides a structured learning environment in which residents gain experience in all aspects of pharmacy practice, while allowing flexibility so that residents may pursue areas of interest.

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at UAB Hospital includes a combination of required learning experiences (rotations) and elective learning experiences tailored to the residents’ interest areas.

Orientation provides a general overview of the departmental organization, support units, and resident responsibilities. Benefits include health and accident insurance, holiday time off, and support to attend residency related professional conference(s).

Current Residents
Lauren Cummins Pharmacy Resident
Lauren Cummins, PharmD
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Resident 2022-2023
  • Hometown: Hartselle, Ala.
  • Pharmacy Education: Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Clinical Interests: critical care, emergency medicine
  • Current Research Project: “Evaluation of Dose-Optimized, Extended-Infusion Piperacillin-Tazobactam”

Why did you choose UAB Medicine?
I was fortunate to experience UAB Medicine through multiple clinical rotations during pharmacy school. While here, I met many in administration and leadership, pharmacists and other health care professionals in outpatient settings, and numerous pharmacist preceptors in acute care settings. It was the attention they gave to my education – regardless of how long they’d known me or how busy they were – that left the largest impact on me while here and after leaving. During the residency recruitment process, I was additionally drawn to the extensive experiences UAB offers, the challenging environment that promotes constant learning, and the opportunities within the program to strengthen my practice and knowledge base. And after hearing from previous residents how fantastic the preceptors are, I was sold. I am so excited and grateful to begin my career as a pharmacist at UAB.

Clay Hayes Pharmacy Resident
Clay Hayes, PharmD
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Resident 2022-2023
  • Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
  • Pharmacy Education: Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Clinical Interests: hematology/oncology, internal medicine, infectious diseases
  • Current Research Project: “Impact of Opioid Stewardship on Pain Management After Renal Transplant”

Why did you choose UAB Medicine?
I chose UAB Medicine for my first year of residency because I felt that the program here was the perfect fit for me to achieve my goals for residency training. As a residency applicant, I had not yet discovered my passion in an area of pharmacy practice, and I viewed residency training as an opportunity to identify the areas of practice where I could best serve patients. I wanted to match with a program that is part of a robust pharmacy department with a progressive practice model and learning experiences in a variety of practice areas. With over 250 pharmacists in the department and 80 resident preceptors, I knew that UAB would provide me with the opportunity to explore all of my practice interests and discover my passion as a pharmacist.

Kyle Humphreys Pharmacy Resident
Kyle Humphreys, PharmD
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Resident 2022-2023
  • Hometown: Madison, Miss.
  • Pharmacy Education: University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy
  • Clinical Interests: critical care, emergency medicine
  • Current Research Project: “Calcium Supplementation in ED and Trauma ICU Patients”

Why did you choose UAB Medicine?
During the residency search process, I knew I wanted a program that would offer me the chance to see unique things that I might not get to see at other institutions. UAB Medicine drew me in with the variety of high-acuity patient care environments it offers, the multitude of preceptors to choose from, and the many different rotation options available to residents. Having so many options for critical care, emergency medicine, and other specialty services was a big part of the draw to this program. I was also attracted by the chance to be part of and learn from multidisciplinary care teams in an academic medical center of this size. Getting to hear from preceptors about the relationships they have with residents and the care that goes into our development was also something I knew I was looking for. I wanted a place where I would be challenged every day, and it felt like UAB could offer this opportunity. I knew after talking to current residents and preceptors that UAB had what I was looking for in a residency program.

Michael Miller Pharmacy Resident
Michael Miller, PharmD
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Resident 2022-2023
  • Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
  • Pharmacy Education: Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Clinical Interests: oncology, infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ+ health
  • Current Research Project: “GO LONG! Comparing Intermittent and Prolonged Infusion Strategies of Cefepime and Meropenem at an Academic Medical Center”

Why did you choose UAB Medicine?
I made a checklist of “must-haves” when applying for residency programs, and UAB Medicine checked off all of the items on my list. I knew that I wanted to be at an academic medical center, to be in a program with a vast array of rotational opportunities, and specifically at an institution with strong opportunities in my primary interest areas of oncology and HIV/AIDS treatment. Further, I was able to get ample firsthand experience at UAB through my time as a pharmacy technician and pharmacy intern. Through these experiences, I was able to solidify my choice that UAB was a place where I’d love to be during my PGY1 year.

Recent Graduates

2021-2022 PGY1 Pharmacy Residents

Demi Leara, PharmD
Pharmacy Education: University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

Alec Raley, PharmD
Pharmacy Education: Auburn University School of Pharmacy

Andrew Rowe, PharmD
Pharmacy Education: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy

Madeleine Tilley, PharmD
Pharmacy Education: Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy

2020-2021 PGY1 Pharmacy Residents

Aasna Patel
Pharmacy Education: University of Georgia

Chris Thai
Pharmacy Education: St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Leanna Borges
Pharmacy Education: Western New England College of Pharmacy

Mary Pat Holder
Pharmacy Education: Auburn University


Our goal is to develop a highly skilled practitioner who will be successful in any setting they choose to practice after graduation.

Adam Dodson, PharmD, BCPS

Adam Woodson, PharmD, BCPS

Adrienne Darby, PharmD, BCCCP

Alexandra James, PharmD, BCPS

Amber Rasco, PharmD, BCPS

Amy Player, PharmD

Amy Weiss, PharmD, BCPS

Barry Diamond, PharmD

Beth Erwin Varnes, PharmD, BCCCP

Brad Burk, PharmD, BCPP

Brandon Powell, PharmD, BCCCP

Brendan Meyer, PharmD, BCPS

Brian Jenkins, PharmD

Charlie Darling, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Chris Allen , PharmD, BCOP

Chris Chapleau, PharmD, PhD

Christian Conley, PharmD, MS

Cindy Holcombe, PharmD

Claire Rummage, PharmD, BCOP

Clay Tynes, PharmD, BCOP

Courtney Hebert, PharmD

Daniel Brackin, PharmD, MSHA, BCCCP

DeAnn Jones, PharmD, BCPS

Doug Wylie, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Elizabeth Hudgins, PharmD, BCPS

Elizabeth Truppner, RPh

Emily Green, PharmD, MSHS, BCCCP

Emily Higdon, PharmD, BCCCP

Emily Lachiewicz, PharmD, BCOP

Emma Chee-How, PharmD

Erica Goff, PharmD, BCPS

Ginny Tyler Meadows, PharmD, BCPS

Glenn Weldon, PharmD

Grant McGuffey, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Hibah Missoum, PharmD, BCPS

Jarrod Pesactore, PharmD, BCPS

Jed Burroughs, PharmD

Jennifer Chapman, PharmD, BCPS

Jennifer Peterson, PharmD

Jessica Rivera, PharmD, BCPS, DABAT

Jonathan Fowler, PharmD, BCPS, MPH

Josh Banbury, PharmD

Josh Oliver, PharmD, BCOP

Josh Tessin, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Juliana Leedy, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Kaitlin Moulton, PharmD

Kaitlin Nutley, PharmD, BCCCP

Kasy J. Cross, PharmD, BCOP

Katie McIntyre Jones, PharmD

Kelsey Lirette, PharmD, MS

Kimberly W. Ross, PharmD

Kris Gutierrez, PharmD

Kristina Crump, PharmD

Lakeyra Palmer, PharmD

Leah A. Durham, PharmD, BCPS

Lindsey DeLoach Flynn, PharmD

Margaret Pate, PharmD, BCPS

Maria Taylor, PharmD, MS

Matt Brown, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Matt Todd, PharmD

Maury Donovan Moody, PharmD

Meagan S. Fowler, PharmD, MHA, BCPS

Meredith Holt Johnson, PharmD

Michael Denaburg, PharmD, MBA, BCCCP

Michael Peters, PharmD, BCPS

Mike James, PharmD, MBA

Misty Gaddis, PharmD

Mohammad Rahman, PharmD

Morgan Frawley, PharmD, BCCCP

Phillip Steele, PharmD

Rachael Blalock, PharmD, BCPS

Rachel Jones, PharmD, BCPS

Sarah Worth, PharmD, BCPS

Seth Edwards, PharmD, BCIDP

Stephen Lirette, PharmD, BCOP

Steven Lawley, PharmD

Susan Vu, PharmD, BCCCP

Tarana Billups, PharmD, AAHIVP

Tim Lewis, PharmD, BCCCP

Tina Fogel, PharmD

Tomie Ann Boackle, PharmD

Thomas Babakitis, PharmD, BCPS

Tyson Kilpatrick, PharmD, BCCCP


The applicant must possess a PharmD degree from an ACPE-accredited college or school of pharmacy and be eligible for licensure in Alabama. All applications must be submitted through PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application System) by January 2. The required components of the application include a letter of intent, three references, curriculum vitae, and a pharmacy school transcript. For the letter of intent, the applicant should state his or her future career goals and explain how the UAB Pharmacy Residency Program can help with the achievement of these goals. For references, it is encouraged that at least two of these be from clinical rotation preceptors. The reference forms in PhORCAS must be completed by all three references. An interview is required.

Tomie Ann Boackle, PharmD Tomie Ann Boackle, PharmD Program Director
Required Rotations
  • Central Pharmacy Services
  • Critical Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Leadership
  • Therapeutic Policy Management
Longitudinal Requirements
  • Ambulatory Care Clinic
  • Major Project
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Practice Coverage
  • Teaching and Learning Certificate
Elective Rotations

Acute Care

  • Abdominal Transplant
  • Cardiology Critical Care
  • Cardiac Surgery Critical Care & Mechanical Ventilation
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hepatology
  • Heart Transplant
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant
  • Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Investigational Drug Service
  • Medical Critical Care
  • Neonatal Critical Care
  • Nephrology
  • Neuroscience Critical Care
  • Obstetrics
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatric Medicine
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Trauma/Burn Critical Care

Ambulatory Care

  • Gastrointestinal Medicine Clinic
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Clinic
  • Hepatology Clinic
  • HIV Clinic
  • Neurology Clinic
  • Oncology Clinic
  • Rheumatology Clinic
  • Sickle Cell Clinic
  • Transplant Clinic

Contact UAB Pharmacy Residency

Misty Gaddis, PharmD
Coordinator of Residency Programs
JT 1728 / 619 19th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35249-6860

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