Welcome from the Program Director
PGY 1 pharmacy residency programs build on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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 (PGY 2) pharmacy residency training.
Residents obtain experience in a wide variety of practice settings under the guidance of experienced and caring preceptors. Monthly rotations include core rotations along with a wide variety of elective options allowing the resident to explore individual interests. Residents gain valuable experience through the design and execution of their residency research project, longitudinal committee and leadership activities, staffing and drug information activities. Residents may participate in a teaching certificate program through Ohio Northern University as well as teach and mentor pharmacy students, medical students and residents and other health care professionals during the residency.
Our educational philosophy is residents learn more from doing than from seeing or hearing. This program is designed to facilitate growth in clinical practice and will focus on communication, critical assessment, teaching, and leadership in team-based care and quality improvement projects. Upon completion, the resident will have the necessary skills to function as an independent, competent pharmacy practitioner with the ability to work with multidisciplinary teams and diverse patient populations.
Again, thank you for your interest in our residency at Mercy Health St. Rita’s. We are proud of the program we have developed and the opportunities available to our pharmacy residents. We look forward to the possibility of meeting with you!
Kristi Ziegenbusch, PharmD, BCPS | Program Director
Pharmacy School: Ohio Northern University, 2006
Residency: Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center
Dr. Ziegenbusch has worked at Mercy Health St. Rita’s for more than 15 years in a variety of roles, starting as a clinical staff pharmacist and eventually moving into her current role as pharmacy clinical manager and PGY 1 residency program director.
Dr. Ziegenbusch precepts pharmacy students and residents on practice management and orientation rotations, as well as research projects. She is passionate about staff development and teaching the next generation of pharmacists. Managing both clinical activities and professional staff in the pharmacy department provides variety to her responsibilities and helps her maintain a growth mindset. She enjoys participating in professional organizations and served as president of the West Central Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists from 2018-2019.
Lisa Block, PharmD, BCPS
Lisa Brady, PharmD, MBA
Staci Dotson, PharmD, BCPS
Courtney Holtzapple, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Elizabeth Legros, PharmD, BCPS
Amanda Maag, PharmD, BCPS
Betsy Maag, PharmD, BCPS
Keith Pohlman, PharmD, BCPS
Suzanne Marques-Hammel, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Laura Schulz, BSPH, BCPS
Krista Shepherd, PharmD, BCPS
Amber Walker, PharmD, BCPS
Program Director: Kristi Ziegenbusch, PharmD, BCPS
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