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Pharmacy Practice Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in the Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at Frederick Health Hospital.

Thank you for your interest in the Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at Frederick Health Hospital. Founded in 1898 by a group of Frederick City's leading ladies, Frederick Health has been serving the health care needs of the Frederick community and the surrounding regions since it opened its doors in 1902. Today, Frederick Health Hospital is a 309-bed hospital with a fully integrated electronic medical record and information services meeting HL7 standards. Additionally, Frederick Health offers state of the art imaging services, advanced Interventional Cardiology and Endovascular Surgery, and has been designated as a primary stroke center by the American Heart Association Additionally, Frederick Health is a certified member of the MD Anderson Cancer Network.

Under the leadership of Cherryl Peterson, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy Services, the residency program is led by Brian Stump, PharmD, BCCCP, Residency Program Director. The staff at Frederick Health is committed to delivering a top-quality Residency Program. We are committed to helping you become confident, competent practitioners equipped with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges facing pharmacy practice now and, in the years, to come. As members of our healthcare team, residents will be accountable and responsible for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes. Residents will be expected to exercise skill and proficiency in educating other healthcare professionals, patients, and the community on drug-related topics.

Frederick Health currently offers two PGY1 pharmacy practice residency positions per academic year. The Department of Pharmacy consists of a team of clinical pharmacy specialists and clinical pharmacists providing service in multiple area of practice. The Department currently provides clinical services to the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Internal Medicine, Transitions of Care, Pediatrics and Neonatal Intensive Care, and Oncology. We have a fully functioning anticoagulation clinic in addition to other ambulatory care services.

Choosing your residency program is an important professional decision and an investment in your future. We appreciate that you have chosen to learn about our program and look forward to receiving your application.

Our Mission

The Frederick Health Pharmacy Practice Residency Program has been designed to develop practitioners who are self-directed and prepared to assume an advanced practice in a hospital environment. The resident will acquire the skills necessary to enhance pharmaceutical care, leadership, and administrative skills. Residency graduates will demonstrate time management and independent thinking skills that will make them leaders within their practice setting and the profession.


Every Frederick Health Pharmacy Resident will deliver formal presentations and actively contribute to case study presentations and clinical teaching. Residents will also teach various allied health professionals and precept pharmacy students on clinical rotations. The Pharmacy has academic affiliations with many schools of pharmacy including, University of Maryland, Shenandoah University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy, among others. Residents may also work toward a teaching certificate through the University of Maryland.


Research skills are an essential component of Frederick Health Hospital's pharmacy residency program. Each resident will complete a research project suitable for publication and presentation in a selected area of pharmacy practice. Residents will also be expected to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Eastern States Regional Pharmacy Residency Conference.

Required Rotations

■ Pharmacy Orientation

■ Decentralized Pharmacist

■ Clinical Skills/Internal Medicine

■ Critical Care

■ Medication Safety

■ Care Transition

■ Informatics

Required Longitudinal Rotations

■ Anticoagulation Clinic

■ Drug Information

■ Administration

■ Medication distribution

■ Code Response

Elective Rotations

■ NICU / Pediatrics

■ Antibiotic Stewardship

■ Oncology

■ Emergency Medicine

■ Acute inpatient psychiatry

■ Ambulatory Care – Primary Care

Salary and Benefits

Pharmacy residents receive a salary from Frederick Health Hospital as well as all benefits collected by full-time employees. These include medical, dental, and life insurance, and more.

Paid Time Off

Residents are provided a total of 10 days of paid time off (PTO). PTO can be used for interviews, vacation, or sick time.

Pharmacy Residency Program Application Information

A completed application file is necessary before scheduling for an onsite interview can occur. The deadline to apply for the residency is January 5th. Applicants should comply with all requirements through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application System (PhORCAS). Nothing should be sent directly to Frederick Health.

Requirements for Successful Completion of the Residency

• 80% of goals achieved

• Completion of residency project and written manuscript

• Pharmacist licensure by September 1 in the State of Maryland

• Presentation of Pharmacotherapy Rounds

• Minimum of six hours of teaching activities

• Staffing every other weekend and up to one shift every 3 weeks in the central pharmacy

For more information, please contact:

Brian Stump, Pharm.D., BCCCP

Residency Director, Frederick Health Hospital Pharmacy Practice Residency

Pharmacy Services Department

400 West Seventh Street

Frederick, MD 21701


Cherryl Peterson, Pharm.D.

Dr. Peterson, Regional Director of Pharmacy; Trivergent Health Alliance MSO. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Bemidji State University and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Idaho State University. She completed ASHP Clinical Residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Additional training includes ASHP traineeships in Anticoagulation and Hyperlipidemia and participation in the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Institute at Boston College School of Management. Dr. Peterson enjoys golfing, woodworking and home renovation projects.

Brian Stump, Pharm.D., BCCCP

Dr. Stump graduated from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 2007 and completed two years of post-graduate training at the University of Maryland Medical Center and York Hospital Wellspan Health specializing in critical care medicine. Dr. Stump had served as the clinical pharmacy specialist for critical care service at Frederick Health Hospital prior to taking on the management role in 2017. He has a passion for advancing the role of the pharmacist in a wide variety of clinical settings and understands the impact pharmacists make on patient outcomes. Dr. Stump has an active yoga practice, enjoys hiking and being outdoors as well as cooking.

Abena Ayim-Bediako, Pharm.D., BCPS

Dr. Abena Ayim Bediako has been working as a Clinical Pharmacist at Frederick Health Hospital since July 2011. Prior to this, she worked as a staff pharmacist at Rite Aid pharmacy from 2005 to 2011. Abena, first received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana in 2001. Afterwards, she moved to the United States in 2003 and became a registered pharmacist in 2004 after meeting the necessary requirements for foreign pharmacists. She then went on to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the Virginia Commonwealth University School and graduated in 2010.Due to her interest and passion for clinical pharmacy practice, she decided to pursue a career in the hospital and ambulatory care setting and left the retail setting in 2011. In 2016, she became a board-certified Pharmacist in Pharmacotherapy. Apart from her interest in direct patient care, Abena is also interested in didactic and experiential teaching of pharmacy students as well as other healthcare professional students. She has served as preceptor for APPE 4th year Pharmacy students of University of Maryland School of Pharmacy since 2012 and volunteers teaching physician assistant students Clinical Pharmacology at Frostburg College. In her spare time, she likes to read and watch Neflix movies. She lives in Brunswick, Maryland with her husband and children.

Mary Colson, Pharm.D., BCGP

Dr. Colson received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). In 2017 she graduated from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy with a Doctorate in Pharmacy and went on to complete a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Frederick Health Hospital. Following residency, she was hired as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Transitions of Care. Additionally, she serves as student preceptor for both Shenandoah and the University of Maryland Schools of pharmacies as well as PGY-1 Care transitions preceptor. Dr. Colson sits on the sepsis outreach, heart failure, and COPD committees and coordinates medication education for pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation.

Jennifer Donato, Pharm.D., BCPS

Dr. Donato is originally a New Englander, born and raised in the state of Connecticut. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Bridgeport in May 2015 and then pursued her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy in May 2018. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT in June 2019. She is in the process of becoming a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Now a Marylander, Dr. Donato enjoys spending time outside, going on hikes or going to the beach during the summer. She also is an animal lover and has two cats and a Chocolate Labrador Retriever.

Jane-Hwa Huang, Pharm.D., BCPS

Dr. Huang is a Clinical Pharmacist providing services spanning the last 11 years to patients at Frederick Memorial Hospital. She precepts for Clinical Skills and Decentralized Pharmacist rotations. Dr Huang received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida and her BS in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Dr Huang has received numerous awards. Among these awards was the prestigious International REAL AWARD for clinicians, presented to her on Capitol Hill in 2014. Dr Huang continues to expand her knowledge of pharmacy and medicine by serving the needs of a diverse population by utilizing her extensive experience. Dr Huang enjoys zumba, crafting, traveling and KenKen puzzles. Her professional interests include becoming an international preceptor, oncology, diabetes, and teaching.

Patricia (Patty) Grunwald, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCOP

Dr. Grunwald is the oncology pharmacy specialist for the James M. Stockman Cancer Institute and Frederick Health Hospital. Sher received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Doctor of Pharmacy/ residency from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. She then served as an oncology specialist at the University of Cincinnati before moving back to Maryland. Before joining the cancer institute, Dr. Grunwald served in leadership roles as clinical coordinator, clinical manager, and interim director. She is board certified in both pharmacotherapy and oncology. Dr. Grunwald has many years of experience teaching/precepting pharmacy and nursing students as well as pharmacy residents and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Dr. Grunwald serves as the preceptor for the oncology rotation for both residents and pharmacy students. In her other life she is a musician, avid knitter/sewist/embroiderer, and dabbles in living history.

Jessica Jordan, Pharm.D., BCGP

Dr. Jordan graduated from the University of Toronto pharmacy school in 2009 before immigrating to the US in 2010. After obtaining pharmacist licensure in 2011, she has since worked at Frederick Health and obtained her PharmD from the University of Florida in 2015. Dr. Jordan has worked in a variety of areas including emergency medicine, care transitions and ambulatory care. She was an integral part of advancing the inpatient and outpatient care transitions program and spearheaded the integration of pharmacists into the primary care setting at Frederick Health. During this time, she discovered her passion for optimizing medication management in older adults and obtained board certification in geriatric pharmacy. She continues to be involved in expanding geriatric pharmacist services at Frederick Health and works as a clinical pharmacist in emergency medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys thrifting and reselling at a local antique store and enjoys caring for her many pets and houseplants.

Lauren Marchone, Pharm.D., BCPS

Dr. Lauren Marchone is a clinical pharmacist at Frederick Health Hospital. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, Maryland in 2008. Afterwards, she ventured into retail pharmacy briefly before switching to a clinical role at Frederick Health Hospital. She has been involved in several aspects of pharmacy at FHH including the anticoagulation clinic, decentralized pharmacist, ICU, NICU, and Emergency Department. Dr. Marchone took on the role of preceptor for the Anticoagulation Clinic longitudinal rotation and eventually obtained board certification in pharmacotherapy. In her free time, she enjoys raising her busy family with three energetic boys!

Rhiannon Marselli, Pharm.D., BCCCP

Dr. Rhiannon Marselli is the Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Frederick Health Hospital. She completed her undergraduate course work at University of Connecticut before graduating with her Pharm.D. from Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy in 2017. She completed her PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Meritus Medical Center. Dr. Marselli has also completed her teaching certification through Shenandoah University and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Frostburg State University in the Physician Assistant Studies Program. She is interested in pursuing a board certification in critical care. In her free time, Dr. Marselli enjoys travelling, baking, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.

Annie Shanton, Pharm.D., BCPS

Dr. Annie Shanton is a graduate of University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Following graduation, she completed her post-graduate year 1 acute care residency at UC San Diego Health, during which time she earned her teaching certificate. Prior to joining Frederick Health Hospital, she worked full time as a clinical staff pharmacist at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, CA as well as Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida where she completed the SIDP Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate Program for pharmacists. At Frederick Health Hospital, she is a clinical pharmacist and precepts for Clinical Skills and Decentralized Pharmacist rotations. Her interests include antimicrobial stewardship, internal medicine, and transitions of care.

Adam Shimoda, Pharm.D.

Dr. Shimoda graduated from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 2014. Dr. Shimoda assumed the Manager, Pharmacy Operations role for Frederick Health in November 2021. Prior to taking on this role Dr. Shimoda served as the Regional Director of Pharmacy Operations for a National provider of long-term care pharmacy services overseeing pharmaceutical care to 18,000 skilled nursing beds across 10 states. He strives to educate new and established pharmacists in LEAN principles and their impact on operational and clinical outcomes. Dr. Shimoda enjoys spending time with his two young children and a variety of outdoor activities.

Thomas Smoot, Pharm.D., BCPS

Dr. Tom Smoot received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Mount St. Mary's University in 2007 and then obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Maryland in 2011. After graduation, he left Maryland for Michigan and completed his PGY1 and PGY2 residency in Critical Care at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. After working in the ICU briefly, he began working as an Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Specialist at Henry Ford Hospital. After 3 years working in Emergency Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital, Tom moved back East and joined the team at Frederick Health Hospital as the ICU Clinical Specialist.

Sabrina Staas, Pharm.D.

Dr. Staas graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy in 2020 and completed post-graduate training at Frederick Health Hospital with particular interest in critical care medicine. She has a passion for learning and utilizing her knowledge of pharmacotherapy to improve patient care. Dr. Staas enjoys traveling, tacos and time with family & friends.

Hannah Wilkoff, PharmD, BCPP

Dr. Wilkoff graduated from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 2019 and completed a PGY1 at Shady Grove Adventist HealthCare Medical Center and a PGY2 at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center specializing in psychiatric pharmacy. Dr. Wilkoff works on the Behavioral Health Unit and Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Program and manages the Frederick Health Pharmacogenomics Program. She is an active member in the American Association of Psychiatric Pharmacists (AAPP) and enjoys reality television, exercise, and spending time outdoors with her dog Ramona.

Anne Williams, Pharm.D., BCPS

Anne Williams, PharmD, BCPS, is a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Frederick Health Hospital. Dr. Williams received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and completed a specialty pharmacy residency in Primary Care at UPMC, St Margaret in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Additionally, she has completed a two-year, inter-professional Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. At Frederick Health Hospital, Dr. Williams practices as an outpatient clinical specialist with a focus in integration of clinical pharmacy services into outpatient practices. She is also actively involved in the education of pharmacy students and residents.

Zainab Alsamarae, Pharm.D., BCACP

Dr. Alsamarae graduated from University of Michigan College of Pharmacy in 2018 and completed two years of post-graduate training at St. Joseph Medical Center and Michigan Medicine specializing in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy. Dr. Alsamarae has served as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice in Ambulatory Care and has experience working at a Federally Qualified Health Center. Her passions are education, mentoring, patient care, and quality improvement. She spends her free time enjoying the outdoors, reading, and creating culinary delights in the kitchen.