PGY-1 Managed Care Pharmacy Residency Program

Program Purpose

The purpose of The Ohio State University Health Plan (OSUHP) PGY-1 Managed Care Pharmacy Residency Program is to build on the Doctor of Pharmacy education and outcomes to develop pharmacist clinicians with diverse patient care, leadership and education skills who are eligible for board certification and PGY-2 pharmacy residency training. A managed care pharmacy residency will provide systematic training of pharmacists to achieve professional competence in the delivery of patient care and managed care pharmacy practice.

Program Specifics

Residents will actively participate in pharmacy-related management and functions of a self-insured health plan. Through participation in various learning experiences, each resident will acquire exposure and training in the following areas: 

  • Pharmacy benefit design
  • Formulary management
  • Utilization management
  • Drug information
  • Medication therapy management
  • Account management
  • Vendor management
  • Data analysis
  • Project management
  • Program implementation
  • Policy development
  • Outcomes evaluation
  • Quality improvement
  • Population health services
  • Value-based contracting
  • Teaching (both didactic and experiential)

For more information, view our Pharmacy Residency Program Brochure 

What Makes Our Program Unique

While Ohio State itself is a large campus with many opportunities, our residents benefit from a small, intimate atmosphere with frequent one-on-one interactions with preceptors who are highly committed to developing and growing the residents’ knowledge and skills. Our program is designed to provide exposure to multiple aspects of managed care pharmacy, allowing our residents the opportunity to discover their passions and to advance in a variety of managed care roles. As a result of our relationship with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, residents also have the option to obtain a teaching certificate and participate in networking opportunities with ambulatory, community, and medical center pharmacy residents.


Amanda Bain, PharmD, MPH, MBA
Residency Program Director
Director, Pharmacy and Care Management

Amanda Bain is the Director of Pharmacy and Care Management for The Ohio State University Health Plan. She is also the director for the managed care pharmacy residency program and serves as the primary preceptor for the clinical programs management, pharmacy leadership, and residency project learning experiences. She has had the pleasure of chairing and/or serving numerous Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) committees and representing AMCP on several expert panels and workgroups. She is a past president of The Ohio State University AMCP chapter and a past Secretary/Treasurer of the Ohio-Kentucky Affiliate. In addition to training managed care residents for their future careers, she enjoys implementing winning strategies for OSUHP’s pharmacy residents and friends team in their pursuit of further titles at the Buckeye Wellness Amazing Race to Wellness and Dodgeball Classics.

J.L. Nelson, PharmD
Residency Preceptor
Specialty Practice Pharmacist

JL Nelson is a specialty practice pharmacist at The Ohio State University Health Plan. They are a former OSU Health Plan pharmacy resident and are proud to have joined the preceptor team. JL serves as the primary preceptor for the formulary and utilization management learning experience and co-precepts the longitudinal patient care learning experience with Erika Smith. Between residency and becoming a preceptor, JL worked for Molina and Aetna in multiple managed care roles (prior authorization review, telephonic MTM services, quality improvement). As a preceptor, JL specializes in providing targeted feedback to develop policy writing skills and critical analysis of clinical trial data.

Erika Smith, PharmD
Residency Preceptor
Specialty Practice Pharmacist

Erika Smith is a specialty practice pharmacist at The Ohio State University Health Plan. She is the primary preceptor for the advanced drug information learning experience and co-precepts the longitudinal patient care learning experience with JL Nelson.  Erika completed her BS and PharmD at the University of Michigan before moving out west to complete a PGY1 at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System.  She worked in a variety of inpatient and ambulatory care settings and gained board certification before transitioning to a position in oncology and investigational drug management. Erika eventually came back to the Midwest to be near her family and found a place in the OSU Health Plan managed care pharmacy team.  As a preceptor, Erika is passionate about helping residents and students become comfortable with the “gray area” of medicine where there are no clear answers.

Greg Wilson
Residency Preceptor
Director, Benefits & Analytics

Greg Wilson is the Director of Pharmacy Benefit Services and Data Analytics for the OSU Health Plan. He precepts the Client and Vendor Management rotation, drawing on his 30+ years of experience in the private and public sector with PBM organizations. Greg is passionate about optimizing benefit design and contracting as well as identifying areas of fraud, waste, and abuse to decrease costs for our members.

Tasneem Motiwala, PhD, MPH, SMBA
Residency Preceptor
Advanced Analytics Consultant

Tasneem Motiwala is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and an Analytics/Informatics Consultant at The Ohio State University Health Plan. Her work is focused on population health, outcomes evaluation for the different member intervention programs we offer, and establishing bundle payment agreements with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Prior to completing a Masters of Public Health and transitioning her career to population health and analytics, Tasneem was a research scientist specializing in understanding the mechanisms of cancer to help identify novel therapeutic targets. As the primary mentor for the residency research projects, Tasneem is passionate about guiding the residents through the different steps of the project from inception to culmination in a poster presentation at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Annual meeting. 

Current Residents



Taylor Blevins, PharmD
Ohio Northern University



Courtney Reilly, PharmD
Albany College of Pharmacy


Past Residents

Nikolina Janakievski, PharmD

Ohio Northern University

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Bryan Quinn, PharmD

State University of New York at Buffalo

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Emma Casteel, PharmD

Butler University

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Sterling Harpst, PharmD

The Ohio State University

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Michelle Liang, PharmD

St. John's University

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Emily Harrison, PharmD

University of Michigan

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Vicky Zhang, PharmD

The Ohio State University

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Ashleigh Cheek, PharmD

University of Cincinnati

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Brent Milovac, PharmD

University of Pittsburgh

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Irina Smith, PharmD

Sullivan University

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Jenna Wood, PharmD

University of South Florida

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Vimal Reddy, PharmD

The Ohio State University

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Candace Zheng, PharmD, BCPS

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

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Faon Bridges, PharmD, BCPS

University of Charleston

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Joy Marquez, PharmD, BCACP

The University of New Mexico

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Matt Harman, PharmD

University of Kentucky

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J.L. Nelson, PharmD

Butler University

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Sonal Gupta, PharmD

Midwestern University

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Heesung Yoon, PharmD

University of Iowa

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Recent Residency Projects

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How To Apply

The 12-month program begins on or near July 1st each year.

For the 2022-2023 program year, candidates must apply through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) by January 3, 2022.

Visit PhORCAS to apply. OSU Health Plan participates in and adheres to the rules of the Resident Matching Program. The ASHP NMS Match code is 192514.

Candidates must include the following information with their PhORCAS application:

  1. Letter of intent
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Three professional letters of recommendation
  4. Official university transcript from a PharmD program at an ACPE-accredited school or university

Program News & Updates

To learn more about the program, join us in-person at AMCP NEXUS and/or virtually at ASHP Midyear. Additionally, we will be holding two dates for meet and greet sessions in 2021. On December 14 and 28, preceptors and residents will make themselves available between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to answer any of your program questions. Email to reserve a specific time and receive the meeting link. Please specify if you would like a session with the preceptors, the residents, or both. If these dates/times don’t work, let us know, and we would be happy to schedule you into an alternative date/time.

Our Location

The OSU Health Plan Pharmacy Residency program is located on The Ohio State University campus, with the main office located on Ackerman Road. Our residents benefit from close access to popular Columbus locations, like the Short North, Arena District, Grandview Heights, and easy highway access to many surrounding suburbs. Learn more about making Central Ohio home.