Welcome from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the PGY 2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program offered by Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Ohio. We are pleased you have taken time to learn more about our residency program.

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, anticoagulation dosing, drug information activities and involvement with the family medical residency program. Residents can participate in a teaching certificate program through the University of Findlay, as well as teach and mentor pharmacy students, pharmacy and medical residents and other healthcare 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!

Staci Dotson, Pharm D, BCPS, BCACP, BC-ADM | Program Director

Pharmacy School: Ohio Northern University

Dr. Dotson has experience in community practice, government and institutional collaborative practice where she has been in involved with multiple disease state management clinics, including anticoagulation, pain management, diabetes, hypertension, lipids, tobacco cessation, heart failure, asthma and employee health. She is currently residency program director for the PGY 2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program and clinical pharmacist at the Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, OH. She is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and board-certified in advanced diabetes management and ambulatory care. 

In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she continues to maintain a teaching practice, working with pharmacy students and residents on a daily basis as well as serving as adjunct faculty for Ohio Northern University. She is a member of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists and the American Association of Diabetic Educators. She is a past member of ASHP’s Section Advisory Group on Medication Management and current member of ASHP’s Section Advisory Group on practice sustainability committee. Her practice interests include collaborative practice, advanced diabetes management, preventative cardiology, asthma and heart failure.

Core Faculty

Brian Latham, PharmD
Chelsea Ebert, PharmD, BCPS
Kristi Ziegenbusch, PharmD, BCPS
Lisa Block, PharmD, BCPS, CACP, TTS
Debra Parker, PharmD, CLS, CDE
Jessica Walles, PharmD, BCPSID

Contact Us

Program Director: Dr. Staci Dotson, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BC-ADM
Email address: srdotson@mercy.com 
Phone: 419-996-5693