Pharmacy Residency Allen Hospital


Residency Programs Overview

Our PGY-1 pharmacy residents can look forward to being an active member of our team of healthcare providers involved in coordinated patient care. Pharmacists can expect to:

  • Provide confident and compassionate pharmaceutical care in multiple patient environments.
  • Promote optimal drug therapy outcomes as vital members of a healthcare team.
  • Receive advanced training in acute and ambulatory patient care, professional communications, pharmacy management and teaching.
Program Summary
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Number of Positions
    • Allen Hospital PGY1 Residency: 3, NMS matching #211313
    • Community-Based PGY1 Residency: 2, NMS matching #262315
  • Application deadline: January 6
  • Starting date: Mid- to late June
  • Estimated stipend: $48,505
  • Interview required: Yes, onsite or virtual depending on circumstances
Benefits of Joining Our Program
  • Exposure to wide range of clinical specialties
  • Achieve competency in all areas of hospital practice
  • Core and elective learning experiences leading to practice expertise, training and feedback from preceptors
  • Conduct major resident-led research project to be presented at a regional conference
  • Teaching opportunities, including both experiential and didactic experiences
  • Opportunity to complete a teaching certificate program as well as various other training activities
  • Other benefits include paid time off, Total Rewards benefits package, free and convenient parking, reimbursement for mid-year clinical meeting and regional residency symposium.
UnityPoint Health pharmacy residency programs are American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited.

Pharmacy Residency Tour

Application Information

Candidates must possess a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree or equivalent experience from school of pharmacy accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and be eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in their respective state. Candidates must also participate in the ASHP Resident Matching Program.
As an ASHP-Accredited site, we participate in the ASHP residency matching process. Candidates must complete the Phorcas residency application before the deadline listed on the ASHP residency site. It must also include a personal statement/letter of intent, curriculum vitae and verified pharmacy education transcripts.

Allen Hospital PGY-1 Residency 

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Variety of Learning Experiences 


  • Orientation
  • Critical care
  • Family medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Infectious diseases
  • Anticoagulation clinic
  • Pain management
  • Practice management
  • Teaching certificate program


  • Surgery
  • Palliative care
  • Rural care
  • Transitions of care
Resident Staffing

Resident staffing is every third weekend, two holidays, two evenings every three weeks, two shifts during the week between Christmas day and New Year's day 0700-1530 and two shifts during local spring break week (date TBD yearly) 0700-1530. 

Competitive Benefits

Competitive stipend and benefits package. Visit to learn more. 

Additional Information
  • 3 resident positions
  • ASHP accredited since 2012
  • NMS code: 211313
  • 100% job placement rate
Learning Experiences

The residents participating in our 12-month residency will be accountable for optimizing drug therapy and achieving the best outcome for every patient, every time as a member of the inpatient healthcare team. The residents will provide drug information and education to patients, other healthcare professionals, and students. In addition, the residents will become proficient in developing habits to be a life-long learner, monitoring his or her own skills, and embracing a commitment to the profession and the community we serve.

Pharmacy Clinical Services
  • 24-Hour Pharmacy Coverage for 7 UnityPoint Health Facilities
  • Ambulatory Surgery Pharmacy
  • Antibiotic Dosing Service & Stewardship Program
  • Automated Dispensing Machines
  • Epic CPOE
  • Intensive Care Unit and Family Medicine Multidisciplinary Rounding
  • Inpatient Warfarin Dosing Service
  • Inpatient Insulin Dosing Service
  • IV Admixture / TPN / Chemotherapy
  • Pharmacy Driven Medication Reconciliation
  • Outpatient Anticoagulation Clinics
  • Dedicated Emergency Department Pharmacist
  • Patient Support Groups / Education
  • Pharmacy Students / Residents
  • Renal Function Monitoring
  • Retail Pharmacy
  • Tech-Check-Tech Program

Our residency program is designed to develop practitioner excellence in the provision of patient-specific, evidence-based care and will focus on the development of knowledge and skills needed to become a competent and confident practitioner. Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Manage and improve the medication-use process.
  2. Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams.
  3. Exercise leadership and practice management skills.
  4. Demonstrate project management skills.
  5. Provide medication and practice-related education/training.
  6. Utilize medical informatics.
About Allen Hospital

Allen Hospital is a 204-bed JCAHO- accredited institution. As a member of UnityPoint Health, it is among the top healthcare systems in the nation. The ranking is based on clinical quality and efficiency, according to results of Thomson Reuter's 100 Top Hospitals: Health System Benchmarks Study. All health systems in the United States with two or more short-term, general, non-federal hospitals - a total of 255 - were assessed for the annual study. See more about Allen Hospital.

The hospital features an electronic medical record and bedside barcode scanning with computerized physician order entry. The Department of Pharmacy has extensive automation, technology, and a state-of-the-art IV clean room. The pharmacy provides 24-hour service to inpatients at Allen and to four additional affiliates, and third-shift service for multiple affiliates across the state. In addition, Allen offers outpatient services through a retail pharmacy, two anticoagulation clinics, community cancer center and an ambulatory surgery center support pharmacy. The pharmacy acts as a training site for the experiential education of introductory and advanced practice experience pharmacy students from University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and advanced practice experience students from Creighton University College of Pharmacy.

Meet Our Preceptors

Allen Hospital PGY-1 Residency

Allen Hospital Resident Bios

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Elizabeth Baumgarn, PharmD is originally from central Iowa. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Texas at Tyler Ben & Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include geriatrics and transitions of care. Upon completion of her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency, she plans to pursue board certification and provide patient care in an academic environment. In her spare time, she can be found outside with her dog or baking sweet treats.




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Felicity Sink, PharmD is originally from Fayetteville, Tennessee. She attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. She recently received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Union University College of Pharmacy in Jackson, Tennessee. Her current professional interests include psychiatry, transitions of care and emergency medicine. Following her PGY1, she hopes to obtain a PGY2. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, reading and enjoying live theater.




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Madeline Zettel, PharmD is originally from Menasha, Wisconsin. She recently received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, cardiology and surgery. Following residency, Mattie plans to pursue a board certification and look for a clinical position in a community hospital. In her free time, she enjoys camping, riding horses, playing soccer or catching a sports game. Go Pack Go!


AJ Dollmeyer, PharmD is originally from Polo, Illinois. He attended Augustana College in the Quad Cities where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. He recently received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in May 2022. His current professional interests include infectious disease, cardiology and critical care. Following residency, AJ is contemplating a PGY2 residency next year and long-term plans to obtain a clinical pharmacist position at a community hospital.

Kassidy Lawler, PharmD is originally from Burlington, Iowa. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in May 2022. Her current professional interests include infectious disease and emergency medicine. Kassidy hopes to obtain a clinical pharmacist position in the area following her residency. Go Hawks!

Logan Mougin, PharmD is originally from Bettendorf, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa where he received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2021. Prior to residency he worked in the Chicago area in a community/compounding pharmacy. His current professional interests include critical care, infectious disease and pain management. He hopes to obtain a clinical pharmacist position in Iowa or Illinois

Crystal McElhose, PharmD is originally from Hinton, Iowa, near Sioux City. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in May 2021. Her current professional interests include cardiology, infectious disease, internal medicine and anticoagulation management. She is looking forward to providing confident and compassionate care to her patients, while building upon her leadership skills and clinical knowledge and judgement. Following residency, Crystal accepted a position with UIHC Children's Hospital.
Clayton Miller, PharmD is originally from West Salem, Wisconsin. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Colorado in May 2021. His current professional interests include critical care, infectious diseases and pharmacogenomics. Clayton is moving back to Colorado following residency and looking for a clinical position in the Denver area.
Ashraf (Ash) Amadou, PharmD is originally from Benin in West Africa. He attended Bloomfield College in New Jersey where he received a minor in mathematics and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biology. He recently completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from South Dakota State University. His current professional interests include cardiology, infectious diseases, hospital administration, critical care, and pain management. Following residency, Ash plans to pursue a board certification and is contemplating a PGY2 residency.
Hannah Hemry, PharmD is originally from West Union, Iowa. She attended the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in May 2020. Her current professional interests include cardiology, internal medicine and critical care. Following her residency, Hannah took a job with UIHC in Iowa City.
Karli Welter, PharmD is originally from Gilbertville, Iowa. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in May 2020. Her current professional interests include cardiology, oncology, and critical care. Karli accepted a job with MercyOne hospital in Waterloo.

Brittany Faley, PharmD is originally from Johnston, Iowa. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in May 2019. She was part of the inaugural Palliative Care Certificate program offered at the college of pharmacy. Following her PGY-1, Brittany completed a PGY2 residency in pain management and palliative care at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center.

Morgan Jacks, PharmD is originally from Waverly, IA. She completed her undergraduate studies in math and biology at Wartburg College. She attended the University of Iowa where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a Palliative Care Certificate in May 2019. Her professional interests include palliative care, pain management, critical care, and academia. After residency, Morgan accepted a position with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as a clinical pharmacist in the Clinical Cancer Center/ Ambulatory Pharmacy.

Zach Lynch, PharmD is originally from Charles City, Iowa. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in May 2019. His current professional interests include critical care, hospital administration, and internal medicine. Zach is now a clinical pharmacist with Allen Hospital.

Community-Based PGY-1 Residency at Prairie Parkway Pharmacy

UnityPoint Health – Prairie Parkway offers a full range of services with a focus on primary care, including OB/GYN; pediatrics; family medicine; internal medicine; endocrinology; urgent care; lab; radiology; occupational, physical, and speech therapy; behavioral health services; LGTBQ clinic; retail and drive-through pharmacy; and rotating specialties.

Pharmacy Services Provided
  • Medication therapy management (MTM)
  • Immunizations (on and off site)
  • Disease state education and management through pharmacy and clinic sites
  • Unique opportunities with affiliated hospitals and clinics (LGBTQ, anticoagulation, diabetes & endocrinology, etc.)
  • Discharge medication review
  • Management opportunities
  • Partnership with a local free medical clinic

Meet Our Preceptors

Community-Based PGY-1 Residency

Community-Based Resident Bios


Christine Chang, PharmD is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 2018 and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in May 2022. Her current professional interests include diabetes, asthma/COPD and chronic disease state management. She hopes to obtain a position as an ambulatory care pharmacist in Illinois or Iowa.

Kalyca Nardy, PharmD is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She attended Iowa State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics. She recently received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Iowa in May 2022. Her current professional interests include cardiology, diabetes and anticoagulation management. Following residency, Kalyca hopes to obtain a community-based or ambulatory care pharmacist position somewhere in the Midwest.


Payton Augustine

Aubrey Myer


Michael Boller

Nichole Nunemaker


Jeni Carmody

Tucker Borel

Andrew Tenpas


Amanda Waggett

Erin Sorge

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all residents from Iowa or Iowa pharmacy schools?
No, Allen Hospital considers all residency applicants and strives to obtain diversity in the educational backgrounds of the residents. However, we are not able to sponsor Visas.
Do I need to have an Iowa license?
YES! All residents are required to pursue licensure in Iowa prior to beginning the residency training program and complete by August 1. If a resident fails to be licensed by August 1, the residency contract will be terminated.
Do residents have Internet and email access
Each resident is assigned a computer and will have access to computers in each nursing station as well as the pharmacy. All computers have internet access and email capabilities. Free Wi-Fi is available onsite.
Do residents have library privileges?
Residents have access to Allen College's library as well as online references from the Hardin Library of Health Sciences – University of Iowa. The Micromedex, Pharmacist's Letter and DynaMed systems are available through the hospital's intranet.
Do residents receive support to attend professional meetings?
Financial support is provided for all required meetings (ASHP MCM, Midwest Pharmacy Residency Conference). Total support includes hotel accommodations, airfare, conference registration, and meals to a maximum of $1000 unless otherwise specified.
How are residents evaluated?
At the beginning of the residency year, the resident will complete an initial assessment and the residency director will use this to create a development plan. Flexibility has been built into the program to allow the resident to adapt the program to meet their interests and focus on identified areas for improvement. This plan will be updated quarterly. The resident must be evaluated at the end of each learning experience by his/her preceptor. In addition, all assignments, including journal clubs and presentations, must be evaluated by all attendees.
How are the residents selected?
Resident selection involves an application process through PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application) and an onsite interview. Interviews are held in January and February of each year.
How is the resident's year structured?

Allen Hospital PGY-1 Program: The first 6-8 weeks of the residency involves orientation. During this period, the resident will spend time training in various pharmacy and patient care areas learning the pharmacy and hospital computer systems, becoming BLS and ACLS certified (if not already), exploring potential research projects, etc. Clinical rotations are typically 4-8 weeks. A research month may be scheduled based upon the magnitude and number of extra projects taken on by the resident in addition to appropriate progression of clinical experience. A week in December is reserved for attendance at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.

Community-Based PGY-1 Program: The first 4-6 weeks of the residency involves orientation. During this period, the resident will spend time training in various pharmacy and patient care areas learning the pharmacy and computer systems, becoming BLS certified (if not already), and exploring potential research projects, etc. Once orientation is completed, the resident will provide clinical services for the pharmacy and adjoining clinics. This may include but not be limited to MTM, disease state management, vaccine services (on and off site), discharge medication reconciliation and long-term care management. As a new residency, the potential for additional services is open. Residents may also have opportunities for experiences in the hospital.

How many residents are you recruiting?
  • Allen Hospital PGY-1 Program: 3, NMS matching #211313
  • Community-based PGY-1 Program: 2, NMS matching #262315
How much is the stipend?
The PGY-1 stipend is approximately $48,505. Residents are also offered a benefits package – more details provided upon request.
Is a transcript required?
Yes. Although the most current transcript may not be necessary. A transcript missing one or two clerkship/clinical rotation grades is easily supplemented by any letters or recommendations that are written by the preceptor/s of those rotations. In addition, a complete transcript can be sent at any time prior to January 30, once the final fall semester/quarter grades are available provided that a recent transcript has already been sent.
What else is there to do in the area?

Waterloo and Cedar Falls have an abundance of recreational opportunities including museums, visual performing arts venues, sports teams and arenas, and leisure activities. There is also an extensive bike and walking trail system throughout the Cedar Valley. A variety of local multi-cultural activities exist – see links below for calendars of events in the area. Both communities are family-friendly environments welcoming a diverse array of people from all walks of life.

Waterloo's shopping mall and movie theater are just the beginning of what the town offers. The outdoor water park accommodates hundreds of people daily and is a great family-friendly attraction. Waterloo is also home to a casino as well as two sports teams. The Waterloo Bucks are a pleasure for local baseball fans and the Waterloo Black Hawks hockey team floods Young Arena with its fans each season. Waterloo is home to Hawkeye Community College, Allen College, and an off-site alternative location for many other small colleges and universities.

Cedar Falls has many artistic venues to enjoy and a Main Street District that is enjoyable for all ages. With its historically renovated shops, theaters and art studios, as well as great restaurants, the area offers activity options for everyone. Cedar Falls is also home to the University of Northern Iowa. Not only does this allow for Panther sporting events and a beautiful campus to enjoy, but a well-rounded calendar of events for all interests.

The rural Cedar Valley also has hidden treasures not to be missed. Small town shops, town fairs and festivals, and beautiful scenery all give you the opportunity to engage in the rural life of local Iowans. There are plenty of things to see with just a short distance to drive. However, the Cedar Valley is conveniently located in the midst of several major cities that have their own flavor and attractions.

Distances to major cities: Des Moines, 125 miles; Minneapolis, 200 miles; Chicago, 268 miles; Omaha, 242 miles; Kansas City, 310 miles, St. Louis, 356 miles.

Visit the Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitor Bureau website to learn more about resident life in the Waterloo and Cedar Falls area.

What is involved in the staff requirement?
Allen Hospital PGY-1 residents will provide weekend pharmacy coverage rotating every third weekend (one resident per weekend), generally an eight-hour shift (0700-1530), also two evening shifts per three-week cycle (1500-2130) and two assigned holidays (0700-1530). Community-Based PGY1 residents will provide weekend pharmacy coverage. Your schedule will be provided at the beginning of the program.
What is the average cost for housing in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area?
You should expect to pay $400 – $1200/month for a one- or two-bedroom apartment. Housing will need to be arranged by the resident. Contact the Residency Coordinator or other pharmacy staff for suggestions on the area if needed.
What teaching opportunities are available?
Pharmacy residents will participate in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy's Pharmacy Educator Preparation Program for Residents (PEPPR) teaching certificate program. Allen Hospital (AH) maintains an affiliation with Allen College of Nursing and University of Iowa College of Pharmacy as a clinical teaching site for students. AH residents have opportunities to assist in the teaching of students from multiple disciplines including pharmacy, medicine, nursing, and nurse practitioners. Opportunities for didactic teaching may be available within the College of Pharmacy or Allen College of Nursing.
When is the application deadline?
The application, curriculum vitae, college transcripts, three letters of recommendation and a letter of intent must all be submitted by January 6, 2021 via the PhORCAS system. Interviews are planned to begin mid-January and throughout February.
When is the start date?
Typically, the Monday of the second to last or last week of June, with July 1 as latest possible start date. Start date is based on pay periods for the year. The start date will be communicated to the matched residents in April.
Will I need to work holidays?
Yes, each resident will work at least two and a maximum of three holidays throughout the year. These will be assigned. If a resident cannot work on a scheduled holiday, they will need to negotiate a trade with the other resident.