Pharmacist Tar Neitzel
Tara Neitzel, PharmD, BCPS; PGY1 Residency Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program! Our pharmacy team is committed to the development of outstanding clinical pharmacists. We are dedicated to customizing your experience based on your strengths, interests and career goals. See below for the details of our program. Be sure to click on the links for more information.

Located only 34 miles from Lexington, Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center offers a Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency program, which is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).  Two positions are available.  PGY1 candidates must apply through the ASHP application and matching process.

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The 12-month residency program begins with orientation during the last two weeks of June.  PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on pharmacy 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.

The residency program has been successful in graduating its residents with the skills necessary to obtain positions at community hospitals, academic medical centers, PGY2 residency positions, ambulatory care clinics, children’s hospitals, and academic appointments.

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Our residency program is affiliated with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. The UK College of Pharmacy combines innovative teaching and hands-on interactive learning in a world premier facility. They provide the type of education that produces leaders in the field, which is evident in their nationally ranked Top 10 program. The College offers a four-year PharmD degree as well as MS and PhD degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and continues to offer innovative solutions around pharmacy practice and drug delivery. Via this affiliation with the college, our residents will be enrolled in the Student Precepting and Teaching Certificate for Pharmacists Program as offered by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. The college provides teaching opportunities in the classroom and Patient Care Laboratory to help fulfill the requirements of the program.

Learning Experiences

Our PGY1 program provides the following required learning experiences (six weeks)

  • Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Critical Care
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine

In addition, the following longitudinal studies are also required

  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Hospital Pharmacy Practice
  • Research Project
  • Student Precepting and Teaching Certificate (affiliated with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy)

Elective opportunities available as part of our PGY1 program include (four weeks)

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Clinical Informatics
  • Oncology
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Advanced Critical Care
  • Advanced Cardiology
  • Advanced Emergency Medicine
  • Advanced Internal Medicine – Renal
  • Pharmacy Practice Change or Service Expansion
  • 340B Management and Compliance


During the 12-month program, our residents will receive a stipend estimated at $48,000 with standard benefits provided – health insurance, life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment coverage, retirement savings with up to 8% employer match, 80 hours of vacation pay and short-term illness accrual.  Optional benefits include dental and vision insurance, flexible spending account and long-term disability.  Outpatient Pharmacy and meal discounts are also provided to residents.

Our resident pharmacists work a flexible schedule with holiday and weekend rotation, plus they have an opportunity to attend one state and one national professional meeting with monetary support from the program.

Application Process

Application deadline is January 1.

PGY1 candidates must apply through the ASHP Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) and participate in the ASHP Resident Matching Program (The Match).  We utilize PhORCAS for all residency candidate applications. After applications have been reviewed, selected candidates will be invited to participate in a virtual interview process.  Applicants must be licensed in Kentucky by October 15.  

For additional information, please review our Pharmacy Residency Manual.

For more information about the Pharmacy Department at EMH, check out our Pharmacy Fact Sheet and our 2018-19 Annual Report.

We also invite you to learn more about our Current and Past Residents, their Research Projects and our team of Pharmacy Preceptors.

Any additional questions about the residency program should be directed to Tara Neitzel, PharmD, BCPS, the Residency Program Director, at or (859) 239-1717.

Tentative start dates for the 2022-2023 residency program year: Hospital Orientation is June 13; Pharmacy Orientation begins June 20.

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