Pharmacy Residency Partnership BeginsJuly 10, 2018
PCOM Doctor of Pharmacy graduates Lauren Avery, PharmD ‘18, and Irandokht Khaki, PharmD
‘18, were selected for a PGY1 residency program, a partnership between PCOM and Wellstar
On July 1, 2018, two PCOM School of Pharmacy graduates began a Post Graduate Year One (PGY1) pharmacy practice residency, a partnership between the PCOM School of Pharmacy in Suwanee, Georgia, and Wellstar
North Fulton in Roswell, Georgia.
Lauren Avery, PharmD ‘18, and Irandokht Khaki, PharmD ‘18, were selected for the 12-month
program which will prepare them to practice in a variety of patient care clinical
settings, as well as in academia.
Dr. Khaki said, “I really enjoy the challenging nature of working as part of a multidisciplinary
team focused on tackling complex clinical cases.”
Her plans are to become board certified in critical care and eventually to become
a clinical assistant professor involved in research, precepting pharmacy students
and residents, and assisting in educating other healthcare professionals in a clinical
She said, “I was impressed by the way PCOM preceptors were invested in the development
of students and residents.”
Dr. Avery plans to become a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist, to practice
as a clinical pharmacist and to one day pursue a career in academia.
She said, “I am excited to be a part of this residency program because GA-PCOM feels
like home to me. I have been fortunate to learn from faculty during my four years
here and look forward to working alongside them as colleagues.”
The PGY1 residency program builds on educational outcomes from doctor of pharmacy programs, while contributing to the development of clinical pharmacists who will
be responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions.
This training prepares residents for board certification and for PGY2 pharmacy residency
The program operates under the direction of Residency Program Director Samuel John, PharmD, BCPS, an associate professor in the department of pharmacy practice at PCOM School of
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Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and physician assistant
studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM Georgia focuses on educational
excellence, interprofessional education and service to the wider community. The campus
is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine
clinic, which is open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500.
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