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Pharmacy Residency

Our Program


  • Stipend: starting at $41,000
  • Health Care benefit package
  • Paid time off
  • Discount meals
  • Travel allowance
  • Onsite childcare available
  • Onsite fitness center
  • 15 days PTO/Holiday

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program at Parkview Medical Center builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.  The program will develop well-rounded, independent, competent clinical pharmacists who are prepared to practice pharmacy. The resident will be prepared to precept students and, in the future, function as a residency preceptor.

The Program provides an environment of learning and training designed to advance the practice of post-graduate pharmacists. The resident will develop knowledge and skills in direct patient care with experiences in both acute and ambulatory care settings, teaching, and research. Additionally the resident will be mentored in the development of pharmacy leadership skills that will serve the graduate well in a variety of integrated health care systems. It is the overarching goal of the program for the graduate to develop into a future leader in pharmacy practice by giving them the knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary to further the field of pharmacy.

Our program is a 12-month postgraduate curriculum that offers experiences in broad areas of pharmacy practice. Learning experiences are available in anticoagulation, internal medicine, critical care, cardiology, nutrition support, antimicrobial stewardship and administration. Residents present in-services, case presentations and journal clubs.  They are assigned projects based off the administration experience and required to do one major research project.  During orientation and the staffing experience the resident will be exposed to pharmacokinetics, drug information, pediatrics, behavioral health, oncology, medication management, medication safety, emergency medicine and trauma.  Residents will gain the necessary experience and develop critical thinking skills needed to move forward in the ever changing world of pharmacy practice.

The program is based on six outcome measures:

  • Understand all aspects of the medication use process
  • Providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy using an interdisciplinary approach
  • Demonstrate proficiency in providing pharmaceutical care for various patient populations
  • Participate in pharmacy practice leadership activities to advance the profession
  • Educate patients and health care providers on effective and safe drug use
  • Incorporate medical informatics into the medication use process

The residency program is designed to build a strong knowledge base aimed at developing a skilled and competent practitioner. Required elements of the program include completing a major research project, patient education, student mentoring, providing pharmacy services, and developing leadership and communication skills and completing the required learning experiences. Upon successful completion of the program, residents will be awarded a program certificate.

Details on Parkview


Parkview Medical Center remains one of only two large community hospitals that continue to operate independently in Colorado. It is a nationally recognized award-winning 350 acute-care bed Hospital. Parkview Medical Center provides a full range of healthcare services to include the region’s only certified and verified Level II Trauma Center as well as the region’s first certified Stroke Center. Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives. Learn more about Parkview.

Pharmacy Residency Preceptors

Melissa Balizan

Melissa Balizan
Pharmacy Operations Manager

Sarah Boardman

Sarah Boardman
Clinical/Staff Pharmacist

Mandy Bradign

Mandy Bradigan
Clinical/Staff Pharmacist

Aaron Griffin

Aaron Griffin
Clinical/Staff Pharmacist

Greg Meier

Greg Meier
Clinical/Staff Pharmacist

Matt Thielbar

Matt Thielbar
Pharmacy Clinical Manager

Lisa Clodfelter

Lisa Clodfelter
Clinical/Staff Pharmacist

Geri Weinstein

Geri Weinstein
Clinical/Staff Pharmacist


Kyle Caldwell
Clinical/Staff Pharmacist

Our Residents

Rebecca NuyenRebecca Nuyen

My name is Rebecca Nuyen and I am originally from Chalfont, Pennsylvania. I attended Temple University in Philadelphia for my undergraduate career and loved it so much that I stayed to obtain my Pharm. D. degree. After a rotation in the ICU, my interest in clinical pharmacy was sparked and I decided to pursue a residency. I am most passionate about critical care, ambulatory care, and anticoagulation. When I'm not focusing on pharmacy, I love attending concerts, catching up with my favorite TV shows, hanging out with dogs, and playing my guitar when I have the chance. I'm very excited to start my clinical career and I can't wait to join the Parkview staff and experience everything Pueblo has to offer! 

Amanda Nguyen

Amanda Nguyen

Amanda is a proud Colorado native from Brighton, Colorado. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Integrative Physiology. Amanda then went to the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and received her PharmD in 2017. She worked as a pharmacy clerk throughout her undergraduate schooling and then went to work as a pharmacy intern for Kaiser Permanente during pharmacy school. Amanda is ecstatic to be joining the incredible staff at Parkview Medical Center whose passion is providing the highest quality health care to its community, and the opportunity to learn from the incredible preceptors and health care team. 

Pharmacy Residency Preceptors in Training

Leticia RitzLeticia Ritz - Clinical / Staff Pharmacist

Leticia is originally from Los Angeles, California and has been living in Colorado since 2010. She attended UCLA for her undergraduate career and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. In 2010 she decided to leave the big city and move to Fort Collins, Colorado for her Master’s degree in Toxicology. There she met her soon to be husband, Michael and decided to stay in Colorado for Pharmacy School at Regis University School of Pharmacy in Denver. Leticia completed her PGY1 Residency at Parkview Medical Center as one of the first pharmacy residents of the program. She is excited to stay on as a staff pharmacist and preceptor in training to help further develop the program and watch it grow. Leticia has been involved in Nutrition Support, Antimicrobial Stewardship, ID Core Team, Readmissions and the Anticoagulation Clinic. Leticia enjoys multiple areas of the hospital but her main interests include critical care, pediatrics and anticoagulation. Outside of the pharmacy, Leticia enjoys anything Harry Potter reading, sleeping, eating and chasing her two year Kennedy around.

Cesar Rodriguez

Cesar Rodriguez - Clinical / Staff Pharmacist

Cesar received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and his Doctor of Pharmacy from Pacific University in Oregon.  He currently works as a staff/clinical pharmacist at Parkview Medical Center since 2015.  His current staffing duties include inpatient and outpatient anticoagulation services, providing pharmacy services to emergency and operating rooms and working with interdisciplinary team on medical/surgical units.  Area of interest includes cardiology, anticoagulation, and internal medicine. Outside of work Cesar enjoys spending time with his wife Adah, gaining toddler knowledge from his daughter Elyanna, exploring Colorado with his family and Lab Kyila, golfing at high elevation, and any outdoor activities in Colorado.

Krista Sanchez

Krista Sanchez - Clinical / Staff Pharmacist

Krista is originally from Pueblo, Colorado and has been in hospital pharmacy since 2010. She attended Colorado State University- Pueblo to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and obtained her Doctorate of Pharmacy at  the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy, graduating in 2016. Krista completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Parkview Medical Center, and was one of the program’s very first residents. She enjoyed being part of the development of the Pharmacy Residency, and is excited to continue to grow the program. Krista has been involved in pain team, Acute Delirium Prevention, Nutrition Support, Antimicrobial Stewardship, ID Core Team, and the Anticoagulation Clinic. She has helped to implement pharmacy technicians into the Medication Reconciliation process, incorporate pharmacists into multidisciplinary rounding with internal medicine residents, and worked with nursing and physicians to create an Opioid Withdrawal Protocol. Krista enjoys multiple areas of hospital pharmacy, but her main interests include infectious disease, critical care, and anticoagulation. Outside of the pharmacy, Krista enjoys reading, attending Rockies and Nuggets games, visiting new places, and spending time with her significant other Bryce, her family, friends, and her Yorkie, Coco.

Joseph Surek

Joseph Surek - Clinical / Staff Pharmacist

A Colorado native, Joe earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2015 after having significant experience as a chemist throughout the state.  His past experience ranges from prior work in forensics, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical regulatory affairs and drug development, to becoming a certified clinical pharmacologist.  Since joining Parkview Medical Center, Joe has further developed his clinical abilities as an inpatient clinical pharmacist and is involved in virtually all areas of pharmacy practice within the hospital. 

His unique background has led him to serve as a pharmacotherapy consultant for our medical staff, helping to further define a more involved clinical role for our pharmacists here at Parkview.

As a resident preceptor in training, Joe works closely with our already diverse and experienced staff, ever learning, yet bringing a new perspective to our program. 

Joe's non-professional interests include travel, fitness, and everything outdoors Colorado has to offer.

Melissa Balizan

Pharmacy Operations Manager
Residency Program Director
Pharmacy Department - 6th Floor

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