Residencies & Schools

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The Department of Pharmaceutical Services has approximately 120 employees (70 full-time equivalents) on three campuses. We provide clinical pharmacy services in the following areas – Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Oncology and Nutritional Support. We have ten clinical specialists who have completed ASHP-accredited residencies and/or obtained board certification in their specialty. The clinical specialists are the primary preceptors for our residency program, which has been in existence since 1987 and accredited since 1992. In addition, DeKalb Medical serves as a practice site for two faculty members from the Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The purpose of the DeKalb Medical Pharmacy Practice Residency PGY1 Program is to train pharmacists who are competent and confident in providing pharmaceutical care to a broad patient population with a variety of disease states to prepare them for clinical positions in acute care settings or for pursuing further specialty training in a PGY2 residency program. These pharmacists will exercise skill in the educating of other healthcare professionals, patients and the community on drug-related topics. These pharmacists will demonstrate professional maturity by showing self-initiation in dealing with practice-related problems, by self-monitoring their work, and by being committed to the advancement of the profession. At the completion of this residency program, these pharmacists will possess current and future marketable job skills. The goal of our program is to produce independent clinical practitioners.

Our PGY 1 residents have the following required rotations: Pharmacokinetics/General Clinical, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Neonatology, Drug Information, Pharmacy Practice Management, Nutritional Support, Infectious Diseases and Oncology. There are also elective periods that we will tailor to each resident's interests and career goals. These may include advanced rotations in a previously completed learning experience, academia, cardiology, nephrology, anticoagulation management, investigational drug management or emergency medicine. Our residents have many opportunities to precept pharmacy students from Mercer University and the University of Georgia. Our residents also have the option of participating in a teaching certificate program offered by Mercer University. Our past residents have gone on to take academic positions (in pharmacy and medical schools), research positions and clinical practice positions in acute care settings. We are proud of our former residents and the contributions they are currently making to pharmacy practice.

Our deadline for applications is January 15. All applicants must be participating in ASHP's National Matching Program and PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service).

Applicants should submit the following information via PhORCAS:

  • A letter of intent (why you want to do a residency and why DeKalb Medical)
  • Three recommendations. The standard form on PhORCAS should be completed.
  • A current curriculum vitae that gives detailed descriptions of clinical rotations
  • Official transcript from Pharmacy School
  • Notice of any work status-related issues (work visas and permits). DeKalb Medical Pharmacy Residency program does not sponsor visa applications.
  • Confirmation that 1500 intern/extern hours will be completed before starting the residency

Our Preceptors

Rodna Larson – Rodna is the Residency Program Director and Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator. She is a member of the Pharmacokinetics Service and her primary areas of practice include General Surgical Patients and Neonatology. Her interests include in-patient anticoagulation management. She has B.A. in Molecular Biology from Vanderbilt University and she received her Pharm.D. from Mercer University. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at DeKalb Medical. She is a previous winner of the "Preceptor of the Year" award from the University of Georgia.

Donna McAuley – Donna is a member of the Pharmacokinetics Service. She has a B.S. in Biology from Carson-Newman College and a Pharm.D. from Mercer University. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the VA Medical Center in Atlanta and a specialty residency in Pharmacokinetics at the University of California San Francisco. She is a previous winner of the "Preceptor of the Year" award from Mercer University and GSHP "Young Pharmacist of the Year" award.

Carol Story – Carol leads the Oncology Clinical service. She has a B.S. and Pharm.D. from the University of Georgia. She is also a board-certified Oncology Pharmacist. She is adjunct faculty at Mercer University and lectures on oncology disease states. She is a preceptor for Mercer University and the University of Georgia, and received the University of Georgia "Preceptor of the Year" award in 2007. She is a member of P&T, Cancer Committee and Cancer QI. She is a member of ASHP, ASCO and HOPA, and is on the HOPA BCOP Recertification Committee.

Vorlak Hong – Vorlak is a member of the Pharmacokinetics Service and her primary area of practice is Internal Medicine. She coordinates the Investigational Drug Service for the Pharmacy department. She has a B.S. in Nutrition and Marketing from Loyola University and a Pharm.D. from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at DeKalb Medical.

Jana Mills – Jana is member of the Pharmacokinetics Service and her primary area of practice is Critical Care. She has a B.S. and a Pharm.D. from the University of Georgia. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at DeKalb Medical. Her other areas of interest include infectious diseases and in-patient diabetes management.

Stephanie Thompson – Stephanie is a member of the Pharmacokinetics Service. Her specific interests include anticoagulation, investigational drugs and neonatology. She received her Pharm.D. from the University of Georgia and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at DeKalb Medical.

Megan Langley – Megan is a member of the Nutrition Support Team. She has her specialty board certification in Nutrition Support. She received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her Pharm.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Medical Sciences.

If you would like more information about the program, please contact Rodna Larson (Residency Program Director) at 404.501.5542 or at rodna.larson@dekalbmedical.org.