Wilkes University


Wilkes Pharmacy Rocks in Residency Matching!

Graduates from the School of Pharmacy are well educated and ready for practice. Some graduates seek to pursue additional training to further refine their skills in clinical pharmacy. Residency training in pharmacy is not mandated as it is in professions like medicine and podiatry, so those students who take on the responsibility of extra training are committed to Wilkes' value of being lifelong learners. This year, we had greater than one-third of our graduating class pursue a residency position and, after two rounds of the match, 27 were matched to residency programs. This was an 90% match rate for those seeking residency, with 33% of our graduating class in residency training programs. This is the highest number of graduates placed in one year in the history of the program.

Casey Anzulavich; Cape Regional Medical Center, Cape May, NJ
Geoffrey Arentz; York Hospital/Wellspan Health System, York, PA
Mark Attilio; Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
Cailtyn Bloom; New York Harbor Health System, Brooklyn, NY
Kassandra Bugg; Kaiser Permanente – South Sacramento, Sacramento, CA
Alisa Daniels; VA Connecticut Healthcare System; West Haven, CT
Erika Green; PerformRx, Philadelphia, PA
Matthew Hadginske; Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Gregory Hood; Moses Taylor Hospital; Scranton, PA
Jeffrey Kinney; UPMC Health Plan; Pittsburgh, PA
Catherine Knapp; VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System; Wappinger Falls, NY
Holland Kunkel; Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center; Wilkes-Barre, PA
Lauren Lockus; St. Louis College of Pharmacy; St. Louis, MO
Kelsey Noss; Albert Einstein Medical Center; Philadelphia, PA
Jaclyn Palummo; Jersey Shore University Medical Center; Neptune, NJ
Lauren Para; Geisinger Medical Center; Danville, PA
Kishan Patel; York Hospital/Wellspan Health System, York, PA
Trina Patel; Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Nicholas Patricia; WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, NC
Rachel Quinn; VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System, Wappinger Falls, NY
Omar Richardson; Thomas Jefferson University Health System, Philadelphia, PA
Elizabeth Taber; CJW Medical Center, Chippenham Hospital, Richmond, VA
Christine Truskey; Lebanon VA Medical Center, Lebanon, PA
Elizabeth Walters; Valley Health, Winchester, VA
Jacqueline Werkheiser; Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia, SC
Brittany Wills; Greenville Health System, Greenville, SC
Tyler Young; Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Ninety percent is a phenomenal rate, especially for the number of those entering the match. Nationally, the match rate was 68%, placing Wilkes well above the average.
In addition, there were 20 graduates from the class of 2015 who pursued residency training. Of these, 10 pursued even more specialized residency training in a particular field of study such as critical care, pediatrics, psychiatry, ambulatory care, and drug information. We are happy to share that 100% of graduates from the class of 2015 who sought specialty training were matched with programs.

Elizabeth Cook; University of Oklahoma HSC Tulsa Campus // Ambulatory Care, Tulsa, OK
Lindsey Coval; Palmetto Health Richland // Critical Care, Columbia, SC
Ashley Graham; Wm Jennings / Brian Dorn VA Medical Center // Psychiatry, Columbia, SC
Erin Hanley; University of Kentucky Medical Center // Pediatrics, Lexington, KY
Marissa Hoffman; Children's Hospital of Philadelphia // Pediatrics, Philadelphia, PA
Amanda Holyk; Houston Medical Center // Critical Care, Houston, TX
Morgan Peterman; Lebanon VA Health Center // Ambulatory Care, Lebanon, PA
Kristofer Rivers; Rutgers University // Drug Information, New Brunswick, NJ 

Bethany Sharpless; Johns Hopkins Hospital // Pediatrics, Baltimore, MD

Jennifer Sobeck; Wm Jennings/Brian Dorn VA Medical Center // Ambulatory Care, Columbia, SC
Paul Boylan; Nova Southeastern University // Transitions of Care, Davie, FL
Claudia Casset; The Ohio State University // Pain & Palliative Care, Dublin, OH

Two graduates from classes prior to 2015 were also matched in specialty training programs.
This has been a tremendous accomplishment for Wilkes Pharmacy. We are so very proud of all of our graduates and are elated that so many who wished to continue their training beyond pharmacy school are able to do so.