Pharmacy residency location
UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital
Department of Pharmacy
1024 S. Lemay Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80537
Residency program director
Gina Harper, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Coordinator and Residency Program Director
Email: [email protected]
PGY1 program overview
The Poudre Valley Hospital residency program began in 2011 and currently offers two Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) positions. We are accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). See our PVH Residency Overview.
- Duration: 12 months
- Number of Positions: 2
- Application Deadline: 1/5/2024
- Starting Date: ~July 1
- Estimated Stipend: $62,000
- Interview Required: Yes
Residency special features
Poudre Valley Hospital offers a well-rounded training program via multidisciplinary, 4-6 week experiences in Critical Care, Inpatient Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship, NICU/Pediatrics, Oncology and Trauma. Many longitudinal experiences occur over the 12-month period. Two to three elective experiences of 2-4 weeks each are to be selected by the resident. A major residency project is required and also may be chosen by the resident. Various presentations include patient cases and journal clubs. Teaching opportunities are available through the University of Wyoming, School of Pharmacy. A teaching certificate is available through the University of Colorado.
Fringe benefits: Health, dental, disability and life insurance; ~21 days off for vacation, sick time, interviews, holidays; travel allowance.
- Training Site Type: Hospital
- Owner Affiliate: UCHealth
- Model Type(s): Community Hospital
- Tax Status: Non-profit
- Professional Staff: 25
- Non-Professional Staff: 17
- Number of Medical Centers: 4 in the northern Colorado region, 12 total in UCHealth
- Total Beds: 300
- Average Daily Census: 190
Site special features: Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins specializes in orthopedic surgery, neuroscience, oncology, bariatric weight-loss surgery, and women and family services for residents of northern Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. Only an hour north of Denver, the area is rich with year-round outdoor activities, the beauty of four seasons and a generally mild climate.
Contact the Residency Program Director, Gina Harper, Pharm.D., BCPS for additional information: [email protected]
All applications must be submitted through Phorcas and include the following:
- General Phorcas requirements
- Letter of Intent
- Provide specific reason(s) you want to complete residency training
- Include why you want to be a resident at PVH
- Include your clinical interests and short/long term goals
- Curriculum vitae: be sure to include the following in your CV:
- Length of 4th-year APPE clinical rotations (e.g. 4 weeks, 6 weeks)
- Future APPEs to be completed in your 4th year
- Description of APPE rotation activities
- Official pharmacy school transcript
- Three letters of recommendation
- One recommendation must be from a current pharmacy faculty instructor
- Two recommendations must be from pharmacist-preceptors or pharmacist-employers
Following the deadline, applications will be reviewed for virtual and in-person interviews this year. Candidates will be contacted as soon as the review process is complete. If you are offered an interview, they are typically held during certain days at the end of January/beginning of February.
Activities during the half-day interview include formal one-on-one discussions with our preceptors and residency director, time with our current residents and other activities with our interview team. Presentations are also required. More information will be provided with your interview offer.
Program manual and rotations
The Residency Program manual includes an overview of the requirements, expectations and responsibilities of pharmacy residents at PVH.
Required learning experiences are completed at Poudre Valley Hospital, with the exception of Trauma at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.
Orientation (5 weeks)
Required learning experiences (4-6 weeks each)
- Critical Care
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine
- Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit/Pediatrics
- Trauma, at Medical Center of the Rockies
Optional learning experiences, two-three to be completed (2-4 weeks each)
- Transitions of Care
- In-depth version of a required rotation
- Rotations offered at other UCHealth hospitals (e.g. University of Colorado Hospital), as scheduling allows
Longitudinal learning experiences (throughout)
- ACLS and Code Blue response
- Career development
- Formulary Management: monthly meetings, Medication Use Evaluation, P&T monograph, newsletter article
- Major Residency project
- Medication safety: adverse drug reactions and medication errors
- Staffing: every other weekend (8.5 hours per day), varying day shift times; one summer and one winter holiday
- Presentations: patient cases or journal club with each rotation
Preceptors and residents
Gina Harper, PharmD, BCPS
Gina is the UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital PGY1 RPD and helps precept the Infectious Diseases and Critical Care rotations.
Gina grew up in Florida and received her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Florida in Gainesville (back when there was only one UF site). She completed a residency at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, NY and then continued her career in Buffalo as a Clinical Coordinator at Millard Filmore Hospital. In 2000, she moved to New York City and was Clinical Manager at Roosevelt Hospital followed by a move to Richmond, Virginia where she was a Clinical Manager at Chippenham Medical Center. She has been in Colorado since 2006 and a proud member of the Northern Colorado pharmacy team as Clinical Coordinator at UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital since 2007.
Gina enjoys residency precepting as it helps keep her on her toes learning from the resident as well as the process of patient care every year! In her spare time, Gina enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with her family.
Teresa Bowman, PharmD
Teresa is the Pharmacy Operations Manager at UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital. She precepts the longitudinal and elective Leadership rotation.
Teresa grew up in Bloomington, Illinois and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. She worked at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center, for 7 years where she specialized in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine. In 2019, she and her family moved to Colorado to balance work/life via outdoor exploration and careers with UCHealth.
She is an avid hiker and lover of water activities. Teresa is waiting for her 2 younger kids to grow larger feet (and tolerate longer road trips) so they can explore more mountains.
Lisa Costanigro, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP
Lisa is currently an inpatient clinical pharmacist and precepts the Critical Care rotation. Lisa earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and completed a PGY1 at Sacred Heart Medical Center and a PGY2 in Infectious Diseases, both in Spokane, Washington.
She then joined the pharmacy team at Poudre Valley Hospital in 2008 and has held both co-chair of antimicrobial stewardship program for UCHealth Northern Colorado and interim supervisory pharmacy roles.
Outside of work, you’ll find her cooking and traveling with her family, trying to groom her rescued poodle, and encouraging colleagues to join her in group fitness classes because we all need more stress relief in our lives.
Andrew Harmon, PharmD
Andrew is the Director of Pharmacy for UCHealth Northern Colorado and is critical to the support and function of the program.
He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of New Mexico in 2004 and then completed a PGY-1 residency at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Andrew has primarily worked in community hospital settings in New Mexico and Colorado where he ultimately found his calling in pharmacy management. Andrew has multisite management experience in Emergency Medicine and inpatient/outpatient pharmacies.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and four beautiful children and their plethora of activities. He also loves playing golf, racquetball, home improvement, and going for a jog.
Jeff Homann, PharmD, BCPS
Jeff is the Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist for UCHealth Northern Colorado and serves as the preceptor for the pediatric/neonatal rotation.
Jeff was born and raised in Sturgis, South Dakota. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from South Dakota State University before completing his PGY-1 Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Jeff has worked in northern Colorado his entire career, practicing at North Colorado Medical Center (Greeley) and Poudre Valley Hospital (Fort Collins). He became board certified (BCPS) in 2009. His areas of interests include pediatrics and critical care. Jeff is proud to have served on the Neonatal Colorado Antibiotic Stewardship Steering Committee (CASC) and contributed questions for the BCPPS exam.
When not at work, Jeff enjoys golfing, skiing, biking, hiking, camping, hunting, watching sports, and spending time with his wife (Julie), son (Bryce), and daughter (Bryn).
Andrew Hunter, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP
Andrew precepts the Infectious Diseases & Antimicrobial Stewardship rotation. His favorite part of precepting is promoting antimicrobial stewardship and staying up to date on infectious diseases by teaching and learning from residents.
Andrew earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Texas at Austin, then completed a PGY1 at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX and a PGY2 in Infectious Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. He was an Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Infectious Diseases PGY2 Residency Program Director at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center prior to joining UCHealth. He is an active member of ACCP ID PRN, SIDP and IDSA.
Outside of work, you’ll find him walking the trails around northern Colorado with his dog Sadie.
Brandi Koepp, PharmD, BCPS
Brandi is the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator for Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR) with outreach support to Greeley Hospital (GH) in Greeley and is the preceptor of the Trauma rotation at MCR.
She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy in Albuquerque and went on to complete a PGY1 followed by a PGY2 in Hospital Pharmacy Administration (with an emphasis on critical care) at Shands at the University of Florida (now UF Health Shands).
When not at work, she loves on her dogs and enjoys spending time with family and friends all the while participating in the activities available depending on the Colorado weather.
Becky Linn, PharmD, BCPS
Becky is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy and a core faculty member with the Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency Program. She earned her B.A. (Chemistry) and Pharm.D. from the University of Wyoming.
Becky’s career legacy began at Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH) where she worked as a clinical staff pharmacist and held multiple roles including the pioneering of critical care pharmacy services and education coordinator. She joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming and Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency in 2013 and received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 2017 and 2020 with the Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency Program.
Becky is an active member of ASHP, AACP, and CPS. Current roles include the ASHP Education Steering Committee and Committee of Nominations, and AACP Women’s Faculty SIG Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Task Force Chair. At the university level, she was appointed to the Faculty Dispute Resolution Panel and as a Senator on the university’s Faculty Senate. Appointments at the school and college include the Chair of the Faculty Development Committee and members of the Strategic Planning and Accreditation and College of Health Sciences Faculty Development Committees.
Her current nationally recognized research and publications include infectious diseases, well-being, and innovative practice models. Becky has mentored pharmacy residents (critical care, and now family medicine) since the Pharmacy Residency Program’s inception at PVH.
When not at work, Becky enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, trying new things, and spending time with friends and family.
Cheryl Nacos, PharmD, BCOP
Cheryl is the Oncology Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator and main preceptor for the Oncology rotation.
Cheryl received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Georgia and completed a PGY1 residency at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health system in Savannah, Georgia, where she focused on oncology. Post residency, Cheryl returned to her hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado and continued pharmacy career with UCHealth starting in 2006. Cheryl obtained her board certification in oncology (BCOP) in 2013 and has fostered the growth of the oncology pharmacy program from a single pharmacist to a team of 17 pharmacists in multiple regions. Cheryl has always had a passion for Oncology and thrives on sharing the “fun facts” she has learned over the years with residents.
In her free time, she loves to travel and will try almost anything at least once, especially if it has to do with food or a beverage. In the fall and winter you will also find her hiking, skiing or watching the Georgia Bulldawgs play football.
Emily O’Brien, PharmD, BCACP
Emily is the Pharmacy Transitions of Care Manager for UCHealth – North. In her role, she is responsible for managing the pharmacy medication reconciliation process at admission and has expanded this program to include pharmacist involvement at discharge. She precepts the elective Transitions of Care rotation.
Emily grew up in Minnesota and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Then, she completed a PGY-1 residency with the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. After residency, Emily worked at a family medicine clinic for over 5 years, where she was able to provide ambulatory care and population health services, work directly with patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases, and precept and teach pharmacy and medical residents.
In 2020, Emily and her husband moved to Colorado to be closer to the mountains and outdoor activities. In her spare time, Emily enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, skiing, cooking, and spending time with her husband.
Lexi Schneider-Smith, PharmD, BCCCP
Lexi is an inpatient clinical pharmacist at Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR) and preceptor for the Career Development/Leadership rotation.
Lexi received her Bachelors of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Mississippi. She then completed her PGY1 and PGY2 Critical Care residencies at Common Spirit St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, CO. She is board certified in Critical Care.
Lexi enjoys professional development and is an active member of ACCP Critical Care PRN as well as the SCCM Clinical Pharmacy/Pharmacology section. Within UCHealth, Lexi sits on the Regional Stroke Committee, Neurology/Neurosurgery Mortality Committee, and Mass Casualty Committee. Lexi’s interest include neurocritical care, emergency medicine, and antimicrobial stewardship.
When not at work, you can find Lexi hanging out with her family (including two fur babies), practicing yoga, or painting.
Morganne Smyth, PharmD, BCPS
Morganne is currently an inpatient clinical pharmacist and the staffing preceptor for PGY1 residents.
She was raised in Cheyenne, WY and attended the University of Wyoming for her undergraduate and Doctor of Pharmacy studies. Following graduation, Morganne completed her PGY1 residency at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. After residency, Morganne accepted an inpatient clinical pharmacist position at Poudre Valley Hospital where she staffs in multiple areas, including the intensive care unit, surgical and medical units.
As the staffing preceptor, Morganne oversees the residents’ orientation schedule and central pharmacy staffing requirements. She enjoys helping residents apply their clinical and time management skills and watching their confidence grow in their abilities to function as a pharmacist.
When not working, you can usually find Morganne taking advantage of outdoor life in Colorado by biking, snowboarding, or snowshoeing. She is also a dog lover and avid hiker seeking out destinations around the world.
Brianna Staubo, PharmD
Brianna is an Emergency Medicine clinical pharmacist, primary preceptor for the Emergency Medicine and Code Blue rotations, and co-preceptor for the Career Development/Leadership PGY1 rotation.
Brianna grew up in Bismarck, ND and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. She then completed a PGY1 residency at UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, CO and a PGY2 Emergency Medicine residency at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ. She likes to precept residents and students, individually working with them to pursue their interests and reach their specific career goals.
When not titrating vasopressors, she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, trivia/game night, and watching Colorado Eagles hockey games.
Jillian Beaudry, PharmD
Jillian is originally from Smithfield, Rhode Island. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy in Kingston, RI. She chose to pursue residency to gain further clinical training and experience to improve her clinical skills, and become a competent and confident clinical pharmacist.
Her current interests include emergency medicine, critical care, infectious diseases, and oncology.
In her free time, she loves to explore Colorado, make new friends, hike at Horsetooth, and go to Red Rocks concerts!
Sydney House, PharmD
Sydney is originally from Anna, Texas. She completed both her undergraduate degree and Doctor of Pharmacy at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. She chose to pursue residency to explore different fields of pharmacy and build confidence as a practitioner. Sydney’s pharmacy interests include emergency medicine and infectious diseases. She plans to pursue a career after the first year of residency.
In her free time, you will find Sydney exploring areas around Fort Collins with her fiancé or taking her golden retriever, Margot, on walks/hikes.