About the Pharmacy Residency Program PGY-1 Career Path

PGY 1 Pharmacy Residency

Residency Program Director:  Nicole Fabre'-Lacoste, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP
Phone: (504)-842-3767
Fax: (504)-842-5473
Email: nlacoste@ochsner.org

Director of Pharmacy:  Jason Chou, Pharm.D., M.S.
Phone: (504)-842-3043
Fax: 504-842-4246

Residency Overview:

This ASHP- accredited program is an intense twelve month program designed to develop a confident, independently practicing clinician by providing exposure to a clinical environment that offers diverse training in a variety of pharmacy practice areas.  The resident will become proficient in a broad range of services structured to develop their individual strengths and advance the growth of their clinical judgment.  At the completion of the program, the resident will be prepared to function as a general clinical practitioner in an acute care setting and also be prepared to pursue a PGY 2 residency.

Program Goals:

  1. To develop competent practitioners with an understanding of rational drug therapy and the ability to ensure safe, effective, and economical use of drugs.
  2. To provide a broad scope of experiences which enhances the resident’s ability to design, implement, provide, and improve clinical pharmacy services.
  3. To develop oral and written communication skills including enhancement of teaching skills and scholarly activity.
  4. To develop investigative and problem-solving skills.

Residency Rotations:

Resident rotations are typically sequenced so that all required rotations are scheduled prior to the scheduling of any elective rotations.  This is done so that in the event problems/concerns are identified with the resident’s performance there is still sufficient time in the program year to rectify these concerns with additional rotations in the areas. 

Required Rotations:




Internal Medicine


8 weeks

Jenny Puchot, Pharm.D., BCPS

Ashley Casey, Pharm.D., BCPS

Kyle Simmons, Pharm.D., BCPS

Britta Staubes, Pharm.D.

Kyle Davis, Pharm.D., BCPS

Chioma Obih, Pharm.D., BCPS

General Pediatrics

4 weeks

Mersina Lawrence, Pharm.D.

Infectious Diseases

4 weeks

Julius Li, Pharm.D.

Cynthia Nguyen, Pharm.D., BCPS

Critical Care

4 weeks

Katherine Jennings, Pharm.D., BCPS

Ngoc Vu, Pharm.D., BCPS

Yana Bukovskya, Pharm.D., BCPS

Practice Management

4 weeks

Jason Chou, Pharm.D.

Drug Information

4 weeks

Sheena Babin, Pharm.D.


Longitudinal Rotations (12 months)



Hospital Pharmacy Practice

Nicole Fabre’-LaCoste,Pharm.D.,BCPS, CGP

Research Project

(Preceptor identified once project selected)

Ambulatory Care

Transitions in Care – Priority Discharge Clinic

Nicole Fabre’-LaCoste,Pharm.D.,BCPS, CGP

Elective Rotations (4 weeks):

  • Ambulatory Care (anticoagulation clinic, diabetes boot camp)
  • Transplant Ambulatory Clinic (only after transplant rotation)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Neonatology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Nephrology
  • Cardiology
  • Peri-operative Care
  • Kidney/Liver Transplant
  • Critical Care – Neurology


Each resident must complete an orientation period during the first month of the residency program.  This is to provide the resident with a fundamental background in basic operational functioning of the pharmacy department.  Likewise, educational modules in various core areas of pharmacotherapy will need to be completed as well as competency testing. 


  • Licensure: Pharmacy licensure in the state of Louisiana is a requirement for all residents and must be obtained before the residency begins in July.  The resident is also required to have an active Louisiana intern license.  
  • Staffing: All pharmacy practice residents will staff in the hospital pharmacy every other weekend and one evening shift a week (5:00PM-9:00PM).  General switching of weekends between residents is discouraged.  In the event that a situation arises where a weekend switch must be made, this will need to be approved by either the Program Director or Program Coordinator prior to finalizing any plans.
  • Teaching Responsibilities: Residents will participate in the teaching activities of the Pharmacy department within the Ochsner Medical Center. The purpose of such activities is to foster development and refinement of the resident’s communication skills, to build confidence, and to promote the effectiveness of the resident as an educator.  Teaching responsibilities may include clinical and didactic teaching of Pharmacy students, pharmacy department staff, medical residents and students, hospital personnel.  Teaching activities may involve formal lectures, small group seminars, case studies, in-service presentations, or discussions throughout the residency year. 
  • Residency Recruitment: Residents may be required to assist in recruiting prospective candidates for the upcoming residency year.  Residents attending the ASHP Midyear clinical meeting are expected to participate with recruitment.  The Residency coordinator, Manager Clinical Services or Program Director will inform the residents of any other showcases that will be attended.

Research Project:

The completion of an appropriate project is a requirement for all pharmacy practice residents.  The projects may be original research or evaluation of some aspect of pharmacy operations or patient care services.  The resident will work under the mentorship of a preceptor to enhance the resident’s skills in study design, data collection, data analysis and results reporting.  The overall goals of the research project are to:

  1. Design, execute, and report results of investigations of pharmacy practice related issues.
  2. Participate in clinical, humanistic and economic outcomes analyses
  3. Enhance the resident’s communication skills, both written and verbal
  4. Enhance computer skills through information/data retrieval and data manipulation


  • Salary: Each Pharmacy Practice resident receives a competitive stipend.  Residents will be paid bi-weekly.
  • Insurance: Health, dental, life, disability, accidental death insurance available.
  • General Purpose Time (includes Vacation and Sick Time): Residents are allotted 80 hours (10 days) of general-purpose time (GPT).  The resident must have a vacation request form signed by the rotation preceptor and submit the form to the Residency Program Director for final approval. Vacation may not be allowed during a specific time period due to rotation requirements.
    • A resident may not be absent from a rotation for >5 days, except to fulfill program-required leave. 
  • Holidays: Residents are entitled to the seven official holidays of Ochsner Health System:  New Year’s Day, Mardi Gras Day, Good Friday, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
  • Professional Leave / Business Days:  Professional leave may be granted to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, the MidSouth Residency Conference, recruitment, and other meetings approved by the Residency Director.  The resident may attend other professional organization meetings; however approval must first be obtained from the Residency Director as well as the rotation preceptor (for a maximum of 5 days in the year).