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Pharmacy Residency Program

PharmacistThank you for your interest in developing your pharmacist career with Mercy Medical Center. The purpose of the Mercy Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in preparation for health-system pharmacist positions, board certification, or post-graduate year two pharmacy residency training.


The program is currently in pre-candidate status with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Program Overview

Mercy PGY1 Residents play a vital role in the healthcare team and will learn a broad array of skills to ensure patients receive the highest quality of pharmaceutical care. Residents will have the opportunity to participate in the following experiences:

  • Practice management and leadership
  • Committee involvement
  • Inter-professional care rounds
  • Drug information questions
  • Education of other healthcare providers and students

Rotations include:

  • Anticoagulation Ambulatory Clinic
  • Birthplace/Pediatrics/NICU
  • Cardiac/Stroke
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hospice/Palliative Care
  • Intensive Care
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Surgical


Applicant must be a graduate of an accredited College of Pharmacy and eligible for licensure in the State of Iowa.

Candidates must apply online using PhORCAS system (information available at Requirements include:

  1. Completed residency application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Current official academic transcripts
  4. Letter of Intent stating professional goals, qualifications
  5. Three letters of recommendation

Deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 1, 2016. On-site interviews will be scheduled in January or February.

Preceptor Bios

Lauren Cumings, PharmD
Residency Program Director

Lauren joined Mercy in 2006.  She graduated from Drake University with her PharmD in 2006.  She has held various leadership positions in the pharmacy department and is currently the Clinical Practice Manager.  She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Iowa and coordinates IPPE and APPE student rotations.  In 2014, she participated in The Pharmacy Leadership Institute through Boston University School of Management. 

Jamie S. Sinclair, MS, RPh, FASHP
Director, Pharmacy Services

Jamie joined Mercy in 2013.  She is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (BS Pharm) and the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy (M.S.). She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Methodist Hospitals of Memphis. Jamie has held health-system pharmacy leadership positions for nearly 20 years in community-based and large hospitals. During her career, she has positioned pharmacists in roles to improve patient care through the expansion of services, and developed intern and technician models to support care provision through clinical and operational excellence. Jamie has been active in professional pharmacy societies throughout her career. She has served ASHP in many capacities, including: Committee on Nominations, Commission on Affiliate Relations-Chair, and the Pharmacy Practice Council. She is a past treasurer and president of the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Jamie currently serves on the ASHP Women in Pharmacy Leadership Steering Committee and is a member of the Iowa Pharmacy Association Hospital Pharmacy Leadership Team.

Nadiya Baumhover, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist

Nadiya completed Her Chemistry BS and PharmD at the University of Iowa. She then completed her PGY1 residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) in 2010. She worked as a Clinical Pharmacist at the UIHC from 2010-2012 followed by serving as a Pharmacy Director at Marengo Hospital from 2012-2014. She has been working as a Clinical Pharmacist at Mercy Medical Center since March of 2014. She completed her BCPS certification in 2014.

Andrea Bennett, PharmD
Manager, Pharmacy Operations

Andrea became part of the Mercy team in 2014. She attended Iowa State University as an undergraduate; earning bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and dietetics. She graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2013 and completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from 2013-2014. Her practice interests include pediatrics, nutrition and oncology.

Megan Bernabe, PharmD, MPH, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist

Megan joined Mercy in 2013. She received a BA in biology from Grinnell College in 2008, graduated from the University of Iowa with her PharmD and MPH in 2012, and then completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, KS. Her primary area of practice is the Intensive Care Center and Cardiac/Stroke Center, and her secondary area is Birthplace/Pediatrics/NICU. She has a strong interest in infectious diseases and is co-chair of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee at Mercy and completed the MAD-ID Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Program. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Iowa.

Jill Bonsall, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Jill recently joined Mercy in 2015.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wartburg College and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa.  Before coming to Mercy, Jill worked at Loyola University Medical Center in the pediatric and perioperative patient settings. At Mercy, Jill’s primary clinical areas include Surgical/Oncology, Cardiology and ICU. 

Jennifer Goings, PharmD, MBA
Manager, Outpatient/Transitions of Care & MTM

Jennifer joined Mercy in 2010. She graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2008 and the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business in 2014. She has work experience in both community and inpatient clinical pharmacy practice. She has served on the Iowa Pharmacy Association Legislative Advisory Committee and is a current member of ASHP. Jennifer is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and coordinates APPE ambulatory care student rotations in the pharmacist-led anticoagulation clinic.

Christine Griffith, RPh
Clinical Pharmacist

Christine joined Mercy in 2003. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa (BS Pharm). Her career includes four years managing an independent clinic pharmacy, five years of part-time retail, and 13 years of hospital practice. Since 2006, she has served as the Hospice Clinical Pharmacist for Hospice of Mercy. In 2009, she also joined the Palliative Care Team at Mercy. Christine is a member of the pain management committee.

Zac Kotowske, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Zac graduated from the University of Iowa with his PharmD in 2011. He joined the clinical pharmacist team at Mercy where his emphasis is acute care pharmacy. He serves on the Pharmacy Operations Counsel, and also works to represent pharmacy as part of an institution-wide Professional Practice Committee. He is a hospital preceptor for students completing Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE).

Shelly LeFebure, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Shelly Lefebure has been a Pharmacist at Mercy Medical Center since July 2014. She graduated with a Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree in May 2013. Her first year post-graduation involved a Pharmacy Care Residency at Shepley’s Pharmacy in Mount Vernon. Following the residency, she began her career here at Mercy. She has served on the Falls Committee, Ped’s Committee, and is currently part of the Residency Advisory Council. She is currently involved in Medication Therapy Management for employees participating in the Healthier You Partnership. 

Ariel Loring, PharmD, MPH
Clinical Pharmacist

Ariel joined the Mercy pharmacy department in 2011. She graduated from the University of Iowa with her PharmD and Masters in Public Health in 2010. She is active within many department committees and councils. She is  also an adjunct faculty member/preceptor at the University of Iowa.

Megan Mormann, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Megan is a 2012 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, where she graduated with distinction. Upon graduation, she went on to complete a post-graduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency at the Northeast Iowa Medical Education Foundation in Waterloo. Megan joined Mercy in January 2014 as a clinical pharmacist and works primarily in the Mercy Anticoagulation Clinic (MAC Clinic) and the Mercy Emergency Department.

Deb Ratchford, RPh
Clinical Pharmacist, Hall Perrine Cancer Center

Deb joined Mercy in 2010. She graduated from the University of Iowa School of Pharmacy with a BS degree in Pharmacy in 1987. She worked in both retail and hospital pharmacy positions before beginning her oncology pharmacy position in 1995. She has worked closely with the physicians and clinical staff to implement processes that ensure patients are receiving optimal pharmaceutical care. The latest pharmacy-related project is the implementation of IVStation Onco, which is a robot that compounds chemotherapy preparations for patients.

Contact Information

Lauren Cumings, PharmD
Residency Program Director
Pharmacy Manager-Clinical Practice
Residency Program Director

Jamie S. Sinclair, MS, FASHP
Director, Pharmacy Services