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Pharmacy Department Vision:
In everything we do, our steps guide us toward focused pharmaceutical care for our patients.

Department Description:
Our practice model is patient-centric, and we are focused on moving our practice closer to the patient.  In addition to expanding the operational function and scope of our technicians, we are also developing more clinically focused pharmacists.

We are also attentive on growing and optimizing our hybrid decentralized model which includes IT integration and automated dispensing.

The Pharmacy department at Memorial Hospital Gulfport employs over 30 pharmacists and provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Pharmacist specialists practice in a wide variety of clinical areas including critical care, infectious disease and ambulatory care.  Our staff provide a variety of services across the continuum of care.

Memorial PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

  • Two positions/year
  • Competitive stipend
  • Comprehensive benefits package (health, dental and vision insurance)
  • Paid time off
  • Travel reimbursement for national, regional and state meetings

Eligibility and Application

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from ACPE-Accredited School of Pharmacy
  • Licensed or eligible to apply for licensure in the state of Mississippi
  •  Participant in the ASHP Residency Matching Program
  •  Completed application submitted to PhORCAS by deadline and must include:
  •   Letter of Intent
  •   Copy of pharmacy school transcript
  •   Three professional references/evaluations
  •   Curriculum Vitae

If selected, on-site interview for Phase I of the Match

Residency Mission:

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 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.

Purpose Statement:

Our residency program aims to develop graduate pharmacists into independent pharmaceutical care practitioners in acute care settings, potential educators or adjunct faculty, and/or ready for further training in PGY2 residency or fellowship programs. Residents interact with a variety of healthcare professionals including pharmacists, pharmacy specialists, physicians, medical residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, dietitians, social workers and other healthcare professionals. The residency offers a full range of experiences in areas including: Critical Care, Infectious Diseases, Hematology/Oncology, Internal Medicine, Drug Information, Administration/Practice Management, Ambulatory Services, Nutrition, Emergency Medicine, and Informatics. In addition, residents gain valuable experiences through multidisciplinary rounds, medication use evaluations, patient consults, and staffing. Residents will also have the opportunity to complete a quality improvement project, precept doctor of pharmacy students on rotations (both APPE and IPPE), and provide in-services to pharmacy as well as other health care providers.

Rotation Scheduling:

The following are required learning experiences along with their durations:

Required Rotations



4 weeks

Central Pharmacy Operations

4 weeks

Infectious Diseases

4 weeks

Critical Care I

4 weeks

Critical Care II

4 weeks

Unit Based Clinical Pharmacy

4 weeks


4 weeks

Drug Information

4 weeks

Transition of Care

4 weeks

Practice Management


P&T Committee


Residency Project


Staffing and Service Commitment



Elective Learning Experiences:

Elective learning experiences are available in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings that allow residents to tailor the program.  Each resident will have two elective blocks for a total of 8 weeks.  The following elective rotations are offered:

Elective Rotation



4 weeks

Emergency Services


Infectious Diseases II

4 weeks

Medication Safety

4 weeks


4 weeks

Outpatient Pharmacy

4 weeks


The month of December will be reserved for attending ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and concentrated time for working on residency project and other longitudinal rotation responsibilities.


Preceptors                                                                               Specialty Rotation(s)


Jon Arnold, Pharm.D.                                                              Orientation, Unit-Based Clinical
 Pharmacy, Nutrition Elective
 P&T Committee

Betty Burns, Pharm.D.                                                             Infectious Diseases

Shaun Chastka, B.Pharm., MBA, RPh,                                   Practice Management

Rabiah Dys, Pharm.D.                                                             Drug Information

Carolyn Hebert, PharmD                                                         Critical Care II

Jessica Johnson, PharmD, BCPS                                           Academia elective, ESD elective

Maria Jones-Harrison, B.Pharm., RPh                                    Central Operations, Service Commitment

Ashley Ladner, PharmD                                                          Outpatient pharmacy elective

Lauren Martino, Pharm.D., BCPS                                           Critical Care I

David McKenzie, B.Pharm., MDiv, RPh                                  Transition of Care, ESD elective

Lee Ann Reesor, Pharm.D.                                                     Central Operations, Service Commitment

Kenneth Runyan, B.Pharm., RPh                                           Oncology

Valerie Sheehan, Pharm.D.                                                    Drug Information

Timothy Wheat, Pharm.D.                                                      Unit-Based Clinical Pharmacy and P&T Committee

For more information, contact Jon Arnold, PharmD at (228) 867-4025 or by email (preferred) at joarnold@mhg.com