Pharmacy Residency


The JPS Health Network PGY1 & PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Programs strive to develop highly qualified independent practitioners able to provide patient-centered care in various clinical settings. Residents provide direct care, education to healthcare providers, and actively participate in research and scholarly activity. Pharmacists completing this program will be capable of conducting their practice with a high level of maturity and leadership.

The residency selection process is an important professional decision, an investment that will reap rewards for many years to come. We are pleased that you are interested in JPS and hope that you complete an application to our program.

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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.

The JPS PGY1 pharmacy residency is designed to prepare the resident to independently practice in an acute care setting. The resident will be exposed to a diverse patient population in a multidisciplinary teaching environment. Residents will be actively involved in precepting, medication safety, research, and stewardship activities. The graduating resident will be a competitive candidate for PGY2 residency or a hospital clinical pharmacist position.

Click here to view our PGY1 Residency Overview Video.


For more information about the JPS Health Network PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, please contact:

Esteban Montemayor, PharmD, BCPS
Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist
PGY1 Residency Program Director

Application Deadline: January 2, 2022

Complete applications include the following:

  • Registration with the National Matching Service
  • An application form submitted through the PhORCAS Application Portal
    • Cover letter (approximately 1 page)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Pharmacy College transcripts
    • 3 Recommendations (2 from clinical preceptors preferred)
  • JPS Health Network Human Resources portal application
    • The Human Resources portal application for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency position will be posted in mid-November and will be found in the "Careers" section of the JPS website
    • The JPS Human Resources Talent Plus questionnaire must also be completed by all candidates by the application deadline listed above. Please make sure to give yourself sufficient time to complete this questionnaire (30+ minutes) and to answer all questions honestly. Please also use the same email address for the Phorcas and Human Resources application.


Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by the residency program director to discuss available dates. Interviews will be held in February.


  • PGY 1: approximately $47,500



Medical and dental insurance is offered for the resident and immediate family members. JPS also provides disability and professional liability coverage.


Maternity/Paternity Leave 

  • JPS grants maternity and paternity leave in accordance with the Family Medical Leave Act.


Paid Time Off (PTO)


Other Benefits

  • Parking
  • Lab Coat
  • 24-hour Medical Library
  • Direct Deposit
  • Medical and Dental Benefits
  • Vision Plan (Available for purchase by Employee)

Required Rotations

  • Eight required rotations (four week rotations unless otherwise noted).
    • Critical Care (MICU or SICU)
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Infectious Diseases I
    • Internal Medicine I
    • Internal Medicine II
    • Orientation (July)
    • Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (December, 5 weeks)
    • Psychiatry I
  • Longitudinal
    • Medical Emergencies
    • Patient Care Services
    • Research


Elective Rotations

  • Choose four elective rotations (one per calendar month).
    • Academia
    • Ambulatory Care (Anticoagulation/Medication Management)
    • Cardiology (Outpatient Cardiology Clinic)
    • Critical Care (MICU, SICU)
    • Infectious Diseases II
    • NICU
    • Psychiatry II
    • Transitional Care

Q: What makes the JPS Health Network PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program unique?
A: As the public-served hospital of Tarrant County, we receive patients from all around the world with various beliefs, customs, and languages. Our program allows residents to experience a variety of healthcare issues and services in a diverse patient population. Opportunities to experience a specific practice area and/or participate in unique research projects are available. Residents work with pharmacy clinical specialists that have trained at institutions across the country, and will have access to cutting edge information and technology. 


Q: How many positions are available?
A: JPS Health Network currently has two PGY1 residents. We hope to expand the PGY1 program and add PGY2 specialty residencies in the near future. We also have a PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency.


Q: What are the staffing requirements?
A: Residents will be required to work every 4th weekend independently as a decentralized clinical pharmacist. Residents will also staff one evening per month in central pharmacy for the first half of the year and in the emergency department for the second half.


Q: What rotations are required?  What elective rotations are offered?
A: Please see our Curriculum.


Q: How flexible are the rotation schedules?
A:  All residents will complete Orientation in July and Research in December. The remaining required and elective rotations can be scheduled based on resident preference if there is preceptor availability. Rotation schedules will be evaluated quarterly. Elective rotations can be interchanged based on the resident's interests.


Q: What teaching opportunities are available for residents?
A: Residents will have the opportunity to precept pharmacy students alongside our clinical pharmacists. We currently take students from Texas Tech, University of Texas, and University of North Texas. Residents will also be involved in formal presentations for nursing and medical residents. There will also be opportunity to earn a Teaching Certificate and lecture in a didactic setting at the University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy.


Q: What software does JPS utilize for its Electronic Health Record (EHR)?
A: Epic


Q: What research opportunities are available for residents?
A: Residents are required to complete a research project and submit a final manuscript at the end of the residency year. In addition to MUEs, case reports, and other projects that can be undertaken during the residency training, we offer the opportunity for our residents to learn additional skills for growth in an academic setting with the University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy.

Achieving Better Patient Outcomes

  • Pharmacists will document all recommendations and write progress notes in the permanent medical record
  • Improve outpatient care through pharmacist documentation in the hospital
  • Pharmacists utilize medication therapy protocols to enhance patient care and safety (including narrow therapeutic drugs, stress ulcer prophylaxis protocol, bowel protocol, IV to PO, fall consults, renal dosing, warfarin, vancomycin, and aminoglycoside consults)
  • Pharmacists automatically order serum drug concentrations and other pertinent labs
  • Pharmacists actively participate in various stewardship activities
  • Pharmacists provide feedback during interdisciplinary rounds
  • Pharmacists provide drug therapy management 24/7
  • Pharmacists provide discharge counseling for high risk patients 



  • Pharmacists will be board certified
  • Pharmacists will have completed post-graduate training (residency)
  • Pharmacists may undergo credentialing and privileging process beyond licensure that defines and authorizes pharmacists' scope of practice
  • Pharmacists will actively participate in the training of pharmacy and medical students and residents


Medication Safety

  • Pharmacists will conduct prospective review of all medication orders before administration
  • Provide continual follow-up and monitoring of interventions and medication error trends
  • Improve medication reconciliation process on admission and discharge

PGY1 Residency Preceptors


Current Residents

  • Lilibeth Hernandez, Pharm.D.
  • Paul Vanemmerik, Pharm.D.



  • Kelsey Habighorst, Pharm.D.
    • Current Position: PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident at UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Madison Holbrook, Pharm.D.
    • Current Position: PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital



  • Matt Blaha, Pharm.D.
    • Current Position: Clinical Pharmacist at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital
  • Noor Atiyah, Pharm.D.
    • Current Position: Clinical/Staff Pharmacist at UT Southwestern Medical Center



  • An Nguyen, Pharm.D.
    • Current Position: Pharmacy Clinical Manager at Methodist Charlton Medical Center
  • Stephanie Cox, Pharm.D.
    • Current Position: Critical Care Overnight Clinical Pharmacist at JPS Health Network



  • Pamela Carter, Pharm.D.
    • Completed PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident at JPS Health Network.
    • Current Position: Ambulatory Care Specialist at JPS Health Network
  • Sitara Paladugu, Pharm.D.
    • Current Position: Clinical Pharmacist at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas



  • Esteban Montemayor, Pharm.D., BCPS
    • Current Position: Internal Medicine Clinical Specialist at JPS Health Network
  • Emily Selby, Pharm.D., BCPP
    • Completed PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas
    • Current Position: Senior MSL at Syneos Health in partnership with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


The JPS Health Network's ASHP-Candidate status PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency is a 12 month residency focused on preparing the resident in all aspects of ambulatory care at an advanced level. This includes direct therapy management for chronic diseases, education of patients and other healthcare providers with varying levels of pharmacy knowledge, and research. The residency aims to accomplish three major goals: development of a confident, independent clinical practitioner through understanding of evidence-based guidelines and therapy, appropriately communicate therapeutic plans to the healthcare team within the electronic medical record and provide appropriate follow-up. The resident will also gain experience precepting pharmacy students as well as providing education to other healthcare practitioners including medical residents and nursing staff. Lastly, the resident will gain experience in completing a research project to contribute to the medical literature.

Click here to view our PGY2 Residency Overview Video.


Residency Program Director
Ashley Gutierrez, Pharm.D., BCACP
Clinical Pharmacist
JPS Cardiology Clinic


Residency Coordinator
W. Cheng Yuet, Pharm.D., BCACP, CDCES
Clinical Pharmacist
JPS Southeast Medical Home
817-702-6313 or 817-702-6362

Application Deadline: First Friday in January
JPS Health Network's Match Number: 730865



  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited institution
    • FPGEC graduates are not accepted at this time
  • Pharmacist licensure in Texas by July 1
  • Completion of a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency or proof of PGY1 waiver from ASHP
  • Eligible to work in the United States


Completed applications should be submitted through the PhORCAS Application Portal and should include the following:

  • Letter of intent as to why you want to pursue an Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at JPS Health Network
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Pharmacy academic transcripts
  • Three letters of reference

Number of positions: 2
Estimated stipend: $50,500


Personal Time Off (PTO)

  • Residents will have 14 days of personal time off (PTO)
  • PTO includes holidays, sick leave, interviews, and personal days



  • JPS observes the following holidays: Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day


Other Benefits

  • Parking
  • Lab coat
  • 24-hour medical library
  • Direct deposit
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits available
  • Employee discounts
  • 403(b)

The program consists of a 12-month period of longitudinal experiences in all aspects of Ambulatory Care practice. The program is flexible in that it will adapt to the needs of the individual ambulatory care pharmacy resident. Nevertheless, the program will provide the basic foundation for quality ambulatory care practice.

The program incorporates traditional models of ambulatory care throughout the JPS Health Network clinic sites. This exposure allows the residents to experience similarities and differences of various ambulatory care practice settings so they are prepared for any setting.


Core Longitudinal Rotations

  • Chronic Disease State Management (diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, anticoagulation, medication management)
  • Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Transitions of Care Services/Hospital Discharge Clinic
  • Geriatrics
  • Medication Safety
  • Research
  • Professional Activities (see below)

Elective Rotations (select 2: one in the fall, one in the spring):

  • Cardiology (outpatient cardiology clinic)
  • Infectious Diseases (HIV/Hepatitis C)
  • Homeless Clinic
  • Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT)
  • Psychology
  • Additional Chronic Disease Management
  • Other electives can be arranged at the request of the ambulatory care resident and the approval of the Ambulatory Care RPD. In general, no more than one off-site elective learning experience will be approved


  • Residents will staff one weekend per month in Inpatient Transitions of Care

Professional Activities

  • Required formal presentations
    • One-hour ACPE accredited continuing education lecture
    • One-hour journal club lecture
    • One 30 min case presentation
    • Platform/poster presentation on research project 
  • Teaching/precepting activities
    • Serve as co-preceptors and primary preceptors with faculty members for Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience rotations (P3 and P4 clerkship students)
    • Present a presentation regarding an outpatient disease state to family medicine residents 
    • Present in-service(s) to medical and clinic staff, as needed


Each resident will complete a formal IRB-approved research project during the residency year. Each year, a list of potential projects will be generated and approved by the RPD and RAC Research Committee. The resident will present his or her research project at JPS Research Day and where other opportunities present themselves.

Current Residents

  • Kelsie Basso, Pharm.D.
  • Jacob Rogers, Pharm.D.


Past Residents

PGY2 Past Residents

Preceptor List

PGY2 Preceptor List

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  • Kelsie Basso, Pharm.D.
  • Jacob Rogers, Pharm.D.
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