WVU Hospitals and School of Pharmacy Residency Program

West Virginia University School of Pharmacy

Community Pharmacy Residency Program (PGY-1)


The purpose of the WVU Community Pharmacy Residency Program (CPRP) is to:

Produce a clinical community pharmacist with leadership skills to develop, implement and direct patient care services, manage a dispensing pharmacy, and integrate these two roles to move the profession of pharmacy forward.

This PGY-1 residency shall provide the resident with training experiences and additional opportunities to meet this goal by providing the resident with:

1) Structured time with residency preceptors at her/his primary site as well as providing mentorship by senior pharmacy administration in clinical community pharmacy management;

2) Instruction and mentorship by WVU School of Pharmacy faculty members in the areas of teaching and scholarship during designated time spent at the School and,

3) Collaboration and time spent with other health care professionals, including physicians, through designated time in outpatient clinics at WVU Hospitals, Chestnut Ridge Hospital campus.

The School’s vision is to create residency graduates who will advocate and implement change to make community pharmacist-delivered patient care and Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services a vital component in the healthcare system.


The WVU CPRP currently has three residents practicing at unique sites, located in Morgantown and Charleston, WV as listed below:

1. Kroger Pharmacy (Morgantown, WV- 1 resident; Charleston, WV- 1 resident)

2. Waterfront Family Pharmacy (Morgantown, WV- 1 resident).


Residents will be expected to exhibit competency in the following activities and areas (% of residency time allotted):

  • Patient care (50%)
  • Staffing (20%)
  • Practice management and leadership (10%)
  • Teaching (10%)
  • Elective rotations (5%)
  • Research (5%)


The residency is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists in partnership with the American Pharmacists Association.


The objectives of this residency program are as follows:

1. To provide compassionate patient care in a community pharmacy setting.

2. To educate other healthcare professionals, as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

3. To provide education to students of pharmacy to include serving as a role model.

4. To serve as an educator for health, wellness, and disease prevention to the community.

5. To acquire management skills in order to function within a chain community pharmacy setting.

6. To develop research skills and complete a residency project, related to the needs of the community.

7. To build leadership skills needed for advancing community pharmacy practice.

To accomplish these objectives, residents engage in a variety of integrated experiences including longitudinal practice activities at the community pharmacy residency site, WVU School of Pharmacy and Chestnut Ridge Hospital outpatient psychiatry clinics.


  • PharmD degree from an accredited School of Pharmacy
  • Eligibility for West Virginia Pharmacist Licensure prior to beginning the residency
  • Application deadline is January 15 of the year in which the residency begins via PhORCAS
  • On-site interview
  • Resident applicants must be registered for the Match


The resident receives in addition to salary:
  • Paid vacation time
  • Medical, dental, and prescription benefits (optional)
  • Allotment of funds for professional travel
  • Retirement investment opportunities through TIAA-CREF
  • Adjunct instructor appointment at WVU School of Pharmacy

Contact Information

Betsy Elswick, PharmD, Residency Director belswick@hsc.wvu.edu Phone: 304-293-6204

Gretchen Garofoli, PharmD, BCACP, Primary Preceptor, Waterfront Family Pharmacy Gretchen.garofoli@hsc.wvu.edu Phone: 304-293-1456

Julie Rumbach-Austin, RPh, MBA, Primary Preceptor, Kroger Pharmacy julie.rumbachaustin@stores.kroger.com Phone: 304-716-6348

Krista Capehart, PharmD, MSPharm, BCACP, AE-C Assistant Residency Director and Site Coordinator Kroger-Charleston practice site kdcapehart@hsc.wvu.edu; Phone: 304-347-1385

Current Community Pharmacy Residents (2016-17):

Donnie Allison

Donnie Allison is a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Practice Resident with West Virginia University and Kroger. As the inaugural Charleston resident, he looks to pioneer the new post-graduate position, while connecting with many of the Kroger patients in the greater Charleston area. His primary interests revolve around ambulatory care, and he also hopes to combat the large number of opioid overdoses with his naloxone dispensing research pursuits. He is a recent graduate of Ohio Northern University (2016) and is from Youngstown, Ohio.

Abbi Blevins

Abbi Blevins is from Parkersburg, West Virginia, and completed her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from West Virginia University. In addition to her pharmacy degree she obtained her MBA. Abbi chose to stay and complete a PGY-1 community residency with West Virginia University and Kroger due to outstanding quality of the program as well as the welcoming and friendly staff involved from Kroger and the university. Her goals include implementing and improving clinical services in community pharmacies as well as developing precepting abilities to share her passion for community pharmacy with future students and residents. Her research interests include flu testing in the community pharmacy setting.

Zachary Pape

Zach Pape is originally from Cedar Rapids, IA, and attended school at Drake University in Des Moines, IA where he earned his PharmD. He moved to Morgantown in order to be a part of a PGY-1 community pharmacy residency program which allowed him opportunities in the outpatient setting with the friendly and welcoming staff of Waterfront Family Pharmacy, as well as in the classroom with West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. His responsibilities at the pharmacy include diabetes care/education, immunizations, medication therapy management, and medication synchronization programs at the pharmacy. As a faculty member with WVU, he serves as a part of the Pharmacy Practice and Management series educating students on various outpatient related subjects. His future goals include practicing in an outpatient setting which allow him to be a part of an academic institution as clinical community faculty, and to be heavily involved in national association’s movement for the advancement of pharmacy practice. His research topic for the PGY-1 year includes the evaluation of community pharmacist’s role in hepatitis B immunization regimens as a part of the independent community pharmacy setting in West Virginia.

Residency Graduates

1. Judy Thompson, PharmD, CDE, BCPS, Residency: WVU-Rite Aid Community Pharmacy Practice Residency, Year: July 2002 – June 2003, Current Position: Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacy Practice Residency Director, Diabetes Educator, Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, AK

2. Dani Dolin, PharmD, CDE, CPT. , Residency: WVU-Rite Aid Community Pharmacy Practice Residency, Year: July 2003 – June 2004, Current Position: Clinical Community Pharmacist; White Hall Pharmacy, Fairmont, WV.

3. Michael Grimes, PharmD, Residency: Rite-Aid Community Pharmacy Practice Residency Year, July 2005 – June 2006, Current Position: Staff Pharmacist, Rite Care Pharmacist, Rite Aid Corp., Pittsburgh, PA

4. Emily DeVault, PharmD, Residency: Rite-Aid Community Pharmacy Practice Residency, Year: July 2006 – June 2007, Current Position: Anticoagulation Specialist, Smith Clinic, Marion, OH

5. Melissa Efaw, PharmD, Residency: Rite-Aid Community Pharmacy Practice Residency, Year: July 2007 – June 2008, Current Position: Clinical Pharmacist, Anticoagulation Specialist, Veterans Administration, Clarksburg, WV

6. Erica Hutton, PharmD, Residency: Rite-Aid Community Pharmacy Practice Residency, Year: July 2008 – June 2009, Current Position: Staff pharmacist, wellness center director, Trivillian’s Pharmacy, Charleston, WV

7. Christy Williams, PharmD, Residency: Rite-Aid Community Pharmacy Practice Residency, Year: July 2009 – June 2010 Current Position: Staff Pharmacist, Rite Aid Corp., West Virginia

8. Renee Chieco, PharmD, Residency: Rite-Aid Community Pharmacy Practice Residency, Year: July 2010 – June 2011, Current Position: Staff Pharmacist, Rite Aid Corp., Charlotte, North Carolina

9. Megan Devlin, PharmD: Year: July 2011-June 2012, Current: Clinical Pharmacist, Transition of care model, Current Position: DuBois Regional Medical Center, DuBois, Pennsylvania

10. Ashley Bailey, PharmD: Year: July 2012-June 2013, Current Position: Pharmacist, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Charleston, WV

11. Ashleigh Barrickman, PharmD: Year: July 2013-June 2014, Current Position: Pharmacist, White Hall Pharmacy, Fairmont, WV

12. Daniel Ventricelli, PharmD: Year: July 2013-June 2014, Current Position: Community Pharmacy Practice Research Fellow (focus: addictions); MPH Candidate; East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, Johnson City, TN

13. Deborah Bourquin, PharmD: Year: July 2014-June 2015, Current Position: Staff Pharmacist, Kroger Pharmacy, Westland, MI

14. Jessica Hinson, PharmD: Year: July 2014-June 2015, Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor, Ohio Northern University School of Pharmacy, Ada, OH

15. Brian Bedwick, PharmD. Year: 2015-16. Current Position: Pharmacist at Bedwick’s Pharmacy in Wilkes Barre, PA.

16. Hilary Hicks, PharmD. Year: 2015-16. Current Position: Pharmacist at Smith’s Pharmacy near Salt Lake City, UT.