PGY-2 Internal Medicine Specialty Residency

Pharmacy residency training at Grady occurs under the preceptorship of full-time, Grady-employed clinical pharmacists. All members of the clinical staff have one or two years of residency training from an accredited program. Residents participate in a 24-hour, in-house, on-call program unique to only a few programs nationally. In this capacity, they are responsible for addressing drug information questions, responding to pharmacokinetic consults and anticoagulation consults, and participating as a member of the Code Blue and Stroke response teams. Internal Medicine services at Grady consist of 17 IM teaching teams and faculty hospitalist services staffed by physicians from Emory and Morehouse Schools of Medicine.

The Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency offers diverse opportunities for the resident to concentrate on broadening their clinical skills and knowledge base in the area of internal medicine. The environment of an academic medical center with extensive medical specialties and a diverse patient population provides ample learning experiences for one to develop into a successful independent practitioner. The expertise of a large clinical pharmacy staff provides a strong group of mentors within the different specialties of the profession.

Learning experiences available to the Internal Medicine Specialty Resident include:

Required Experiences (4-5 weeks per learning experience)

  • Orientation (1)
  • Internal Medicine I, II, III, IV (4 – Emory and Morehouse Schools of Medicine Teaching Services, Hospitalist Services, Unit-Based Services)
  • Medical ICU (1)
  • Infectious Diseases (1 – ID Consults or HIV Inpatient Service)
  • Clinical Research (1)

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Pharmacotherapy Clinic (weekly, 9 months)
  • 24-hour in house Clinical On-Call Program (12 months)
  • Administration and Medication Use (12 months)
  • Journal Club (monthly, 12 months)
  • Inpatient Staffing/Pharmacy Operations (12 months)
  • Professional Development Series (9 sessions, 12 months)

Elective Experiences (4)

Flexible and are arranged based on the needs and interests of the resident

  • Ambulatory Clinic (variety)
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care (Surgical/Trauma, Neuro, Burn)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases (ID Consults, HIV Inpatient Services, Antimicrobial Stewardship)
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Toxicology/Poison Control

Other Learning Experiences

  • Teaching Certificate Program via Mercer University (if not completed during PGY1)
    • Experiential and Didactic Tracks
    • Precepting, Facilitation, Lecture, Teaching Philosophy
  • 2 ACPE-accredited presentations (Seminar/Grand Rounds and Clinical Case)
  • Medication Use Evaluation (MUE)
  • Residency Research Advisory Committee seminars
  • Flipped Research Project (Present at Vizient and SERC)


Current Resident (see bio on main residency page):

  • Rachele Hollis, PharmD

Core Preceptors (see bios on main residency page):

  • Irene Bemis, PharmD, BCPS
  • Sarah Boyko, PharmD, BCPS
  • Kristina Evans, PharmD, BCPS
  • Michael Knauss, PharmD, BCPS, AACC, FGSHP
  • Olivia Morgan, PharmD, BCCCP, BCGP
  • Manish Patel, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS
  • Melissa P. Patel, PharmD, BCPS
  • Marina Rabinovich, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM
  • Ted Walton, PharmD, BCPS
  • Stella Ye, PharmD, BCPS

Recent Graduates

Hiba Yacout, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist – Ambulatory Care
Grady Health System, Atlanta, GA

Hannah Leschorn, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Internal Medicine Clinical Specialist
Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Johns Creek, GA

Stella Ye, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist – Transitions of Care
Grady Health System, Atlanta, GA

Sarah Boyko, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist – Internal Medicine
Grady Health System, Atlanta, GA

Tina Wang, PharmD, BCPS
Transitions of Care/Internal Medicine Clinical Hospital Pharmacist
Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL

Recent flipped projects presented at national meetings:

  • Evaluation of inpatient initiation of sodium glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors for heart failure (current project)
  • Evaluation of patients initiated on long-acting injectable antipsychotics during psychiatric hospitalization
  • Bleeding risk associated with dual antiplatelet therapy in percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement
  • Deprescribing medications among older people to reduce polypharmacy at a comprehensive academic medical center (Sr Care Pharm. 2021 Apr 1;36(4):208-216)
  • Safety of anticoagulation in patients with an intracranial hemorrhage at a comprehensive stroke center (Journal of Stroke Medicine. 2020;3(2):138-143)
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Grady participates in the PhORCAS online residency application process. For more information please see

Specific Requirements (should be submitted by January 5)

Specific requirements for application to the Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency program (submission deadline January 5):

  1. Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited college of pharmacy
  2. Successful completion of an ASHP accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy residency
  3. Eligibility for licensure in the state of Georgia
  4. Personal and leadership qualifications for successful completion of a PGY-2 residency
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. PhORCAS references (see below)
  7. Questionnaire (see below)

PhORCAS References

Submit four (4) references that will utilize the Standardized Reference form provided in PhORCAS. Three (3) references should be provided by residency preceptors and one (1) from the residency program director.


Please answer the following questions and upload them to PhORCAS:

  1. Which clinical learning experiences in your residency program did you most like and which did you least like? Why?
  2. What would your residency preceptors say are your strengths and weaknesses?
  3. Describe your most rewarding experience from residency or pharmacy school.
  4. Describe the ideal PGY-2 residency program.
  5. What job do you plan to pursue at the conclusion of the PGY-2 Internal Medicine residency?

Applicants invited for an on-site interview during January or February will be required to present a professional presentation on a topic related to clinical pharmacy practice (may present a residency research project if some data collection and analysis has been completed).

For additional questions, please contact Dr. Michael Knauss, Director of the Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency program at (404) 616-0420 or by e-mail at [email protected].