Pharmacy Residency Program

Madalyn (Maddie) Kirkwood is a PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at University Medical Center New Orleans. She originally grew up in Natchez, Mississippi. Maddie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (2015), and her Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science (2016) before pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (2019). Prior to coming to UMCNO, she had been a pharmacy intern at an independent pharmacy in Monroe, Louisiana (St. John Pharmacy). While pursuing her pharmacy degree she was involved in a number of research projects including, “Are fishbowl activities effective for teaching pharmacotherapy and postformal thinking, Influence of clinical pharmacy career development elective course on pharmacy student success in the PGY1 ASHP resident matching process and Comparing weight perception and actual weight in pharmacy students throughout their didactic pharmacy school career”. While in pharmacy school, she served as Vice Presidentof Rho Chi Honor Society, Secretary for Phi Lambda Sigma--Alpha Omega Chapter, Operation Immunization Clinical Co-Chairand Operation Heart Committee Member for the American Pharmacists Association–Academy of Student Pharmacists and was elected student representative to ULM College of Pharmacy Ethics Committee. In addition, to her many activities outside the class room, Maddie tutored numerous students in Biology, Chemistry, and Math.

PGY1 Research

Interprofessional Opinion of Pharmacy Participation in Code Blue

My Favorite Aspects of the UMCNO Pharmacy Residency Program

  • Tertiary referral center with an emphasis on critical care
  • A teaching environment where learning new aspects of care daily
  • Preceptors that are engaged and willing to teach and learn
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship is well-developed and recognized by providers
  • Opportunities to participate in day-to-day patient care
  • Can both teach and learn of a daily basis


  • UMCNO Antimicrobial Stewardship – Member
  • LCMC Antimicrobial Stewardship – Ad Hoc member
  • UMCNO Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee - Participant

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Defining Quality

  • Joint Commission National Quality Approval Award
    The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
  • American College of Surgeons: Verified Trauma Center
    The Norman E. McSwain, Jr, MD, Spirit of Charity Trauma Center only verified Level 1 Trauma Center in South Louisiana.
  • City Business - Best Places to Work
    The Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Center (CPHC) at University Medical Center New Orleans was awarded top-tier accreditation from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA).
  • PHA Center of Comprehensive Care Award
    University Medical Center New Orleans is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center with a full stroke team on call 24/7 to immediately care for patients with stroke symptoms.
  • American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Primary Stroke Center
  • Commission on Cancer Accedited Program logo
    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
  • Commission on Cancer Accedited Program logo
    University Medical Center has been designated an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (ISDA).