HealthEast Pharmacy Residency Program

HealthEast, a part of Fairview, offers post-graduate year-one (PGY1) pharmacy residency programs at three hospitals: Bethesda Hospital, HealthEast St. John’s Hospital, and HealthEast St. Joseph’s Hospital.

From the administration to the medical staff and pharmacy technicians, our hospitals offer collaborative learning environments. Our pharmacy residents have the opportunity to develop clinical, practice management, and leadership skills, while working with other health care providers to provide excellent care to members of our community.

Your resident experience

The pharmacy practice model is a decentralized integrated model, so you’ll experience the entire continuum of patient care. Our pharmacy residents have an excellent reputation for improving patient care through anticoagulation management, antibiotic stewardship, participation in patient care rounds, and the use of technology to assure patient safety.

Your resident experience will include staffing the pharmacy, participating in interdisciplinary care rounds, ensuring medication safety, providing patient education, giving educational talks to other health care providers, and completing a major research project. We also encourage you to think creatively about your rotations and take a leadership role in customizing your residency to get the most out of your experiences and meet your professional goals.

As a resident in this program, you’ll be part of a health care community that shares your passion for health and wellness. As a team, we foster trust and confidence, the kind of supportive work culture that leads to low employee turnover, high satisfaction scores — and unlimited opportunities to reach your potential.

About our programs

Learn more about our pharmacy residency programs at Bethesda, St. John's, and St. Joseph's hospitals

Bethesda Hospital PGY1 residency
St. John's Hospital PGY1 residency
St. Joseph's Hospital PGY1 residency


All three HealthEast PGY1 pharmacy residency programs are American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited.

How to apply

This has been an ASHP-accredited residency program since 2007. We are a participant in the National Residency Match program and will be at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting to take part in the Residency Showcase.


  • Graduation from an accredited doctor of pharmacy program.
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Minnesota.
  • Enrollment in National Matching Service.

Application materials

  • One-page letter of intent.
  • Official academic transcript.
  • Three recommendations submitted through PhORCAS.
  • Curriculum vitae.

Applying through PhORCAS

All three HealthEast residency programs will be utilizing the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) as part of the National Matching Service.

Important dates

  • All documents are required prior to the deadline posted on PhORCAS.
  • Select candidates will be contacted for an on-site interview. Residency candidates will be asked to give a short presentation or evaluate a patient case and will meet with the director of pharmacy, residency program director, preceptors, and current or past residents. Interviews will be held in the months of January and February.
  • Results from the match will be released by the National Matching Service in March.
  • All HealthEast pharmacy residencies begin on or around July 1.
Note: This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant. 

Residency program directors

Ashlee R. Anderson, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Director
Bethesda Hospital
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Leah Frantzen, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Director
St. Joseph's Hospital
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Rebecca Zeccardi, PharmD
Residency Program Director
St. John's Hospital
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Current pharmacy residents

Megan Neuberg, PharmD
PGY1 Resident, St. Joseph's Hospital
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Elizabeth Swanson, PharmD
PGY1 Resident, St. Joseph's Hospital
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Brian Cox, PharmD
PGY1 Resident, St. John's Hospital
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Chris Vang, PharmD
PGY1 Resident, Bethesda Hospital
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