vcu banner

Resident Profiles

PGY1 Pharmacy Residents

 

PGY1 Pharmacy

Name: Caroline Beaulieu, PharmD
PharmD Education:

University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

Undergraduate Education: University of Tulsa
Residency Research Project: Evaluation of the effect of rituximab sequencing with EPOCH in CD20-positive lymphoma
Professional Interests: Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Academia
Hobbies: Running, playing sports, cooking, trying new coffee shops, and exploring new restaurants
Why VCU Health System? I wanted to complete my residency training at a large academic medical center offering a wide variety of clinical experiences where pharmacists play a key role on interdisciplinary teams. The preceptors are very flexible, knowledgeable, and dedicated to provide the best possible learning experience based on your individual preferences and professional goals. Everyone is very supportive and eager to help you learn and succeed as a new practitioner.

 

Name: Mathew Johnson, PharmD
PharmD Education: Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: Ohio Northern University
Residency Research Project: Evaluation of outcomes in prolonged treatment of C. Diff. infections with concurrent antibiotics
Professional Interests: Critical Care, Internal Medicine
Hobbies: Running, hiking, reading, watching sports, playing trivia and board games
Why VCU Health System?

Being at VCU Health satisfied my goal of working at a large institution and treating a variety of complex and critically ill patients. The pharmacy residency program at VCUHS has a great reputation, and there are plenty of opportunities to learn and grow in a variety of areas. The preceptors are invested in your professional and personal growth, and they do a good job of ensuring you maintain a healthy work-life balance.

 

Name: Payal Kakadiya, PharmD
PharmD Education: University of Georgia
Undergraduate Education: Georgia Institute of Technology, BS Biochemistry
Residency Research Project: Use of Ciprofloxacin for UTI Prophylaxis in Post-Renal Transplant Patients with Ureteral Stent Placement
Professional Interests: Internal Medicine, Solid Organ Transplant
Hobbies: Running, Volleyball, Exploring new places, Cooking, Shopping
Why VCU Health System? The people here are the most welcoming and fun group of people you will ever meet. Along with the health system, they are what make the VCU Pharmacy Residency program one of the top in the nation. They are really invested in us, residents, and are really supportive. Richmond is also a great small city to explore with a variety of food and activities. All in all, great place to live and train at!

 

Name: Samantha Kush, PharmD
PharmD Education: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS Molecular and Cellular Biology
Residency Research Project: Evaluation of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors in Oncology
Professional Interests: Hematology/Oncology, Solid Organ Transplant
Hobbies: Brunching, checking out wineries/breweries, spin class, traveling, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers during NFL season
Why VCU Health System? I chose VCU Health, because I felt the staff was genuinely interested in getting to know me on interview day, the high acuity and complexity of the patient population, and the unique teaching and clinical opportunities available. I knew VCU would provide a highly challenging yet supportive environment, allowing for personal and professional growth. Since day 1, my co-residents and preceptors have been a strong support system, making the transition from student to resident much smoother than anticipated.

 

Name: Kiersten Pasternak, PharmD
PharmD Education: The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: The Ohio State University, Bachelors of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Residency Research Project: Evaluation of psychotropic medications in children six years and under
Professional Interests: Psychiatry, Ambulatory Care
Hobbies: Crossfit, yoga, exploring farmers markets, drinking local roasted coffee, eating donuts from Sugar Shack
Why VCU Health System? I knew I wanted a large academic medical center with a wide range of rotations and specialties. I also wanted to explore psychiatry and VCUHealth offers experiences in both pediatric and adult patient populations. My interview here felt personalized to my interests and I can now say that that ideology still holds true. Besides, Richmondís food scene is on point, I have not had a bad meal yet!

 

Name: Rashmi Patel, PharmD
PharmD Education: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Undergraduate Education: North Carolina State University
Residency Research Project: Relationship of clinical characteristics and biomarkers to the mortality and morbidity of contemporary patients with acute and chronic heart failure: a retrospective chart review study
Professional Interests: Oncology, Internal Medicine
Hobbies: Exploring new restaurants in Richmond, spending time with friends and family, and going on hikes
Why VCU Health System? I chose VCUHS for the well-rounded experience provided with the unique rotations as well as the specialized focus that can be implemented throughout the year. All of the preceptors are focused on preparing you to be the drug expert as well as a clinical pharmacist. Most importantly, I chose VCUHS for its supportive environment to grow as a pharmacist.

 

Name: Patrick Reed, PharmD
PharmD Education: University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: University of Mississippi
Residency Research Project: Evaluation of oral naloxone on opioid requirements in adult ICU patients
Professional Interests: Critical Care, Infectious Diseases, Academia
Hobbies: Running, tennis, golf, and coffee
Why VCU Health System? The program offers a wide variety of rotations in an academic medical center setting, as well as numerous teaching opportunities at the School of Pharmacy. The preceptors at VCU Health challenge each resident to become a better practitioner and meet his or her professional goals. Our class of 15 co-residents creates a supportive environment to develop as a resident, all while spending time together exploring Richmond.

Health-System Pharmacy Administration

Name: Ashley Street, PharmD
PharmD Education: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: Virginia Commonwealth University, BS Anthropology
Residency Research Project: Implementation and evaluation of automated discharge phone calls
Professional Interests: Transitions of care, ambulatory pharmacy services, leadership, healthcare policy and advocacy, specialty pharmacy
Hobbies: Trying new breweries and wineries, travel, live music
Why VCU Health System? VCU Health System's pharmacy administration program offers individualized training to prepare future administrators for a variety of positions while being mentored by world-class pharmacy leaders and clinicians. The people in the department of pharmacy are truly a family and genuinely care about residents' professional development. In addition, the MSHA program is one of the top programs in the country and provides a rigorous interdisciplinary educational backbone for the residency.

PGY2 Pharmacy Residents

 

Critical Care

Name: Kimberly Means, PharmD
PGY1 Training: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
PharmD Education: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing
Residency Research Project: Characterization of midodrine use for liberation from vasopressors
Professional Interests: Critical Care, Emergency Medicine
Hobbies: Running, cooking, swimming, reading, tennis, hanging out with family and friends
Why VCU Health System? The preceptors are so dedicated to your education and making sure that you receive the support that you need. There are so many great preceptors, rotations, teaching, and precepting opportunities. The residency program and directors are also dedicated to your specific professional growth and interests.

Name: Allison Oswalt, PharmD
PGY1 Training: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
PharmD Education: University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: University of Florida, BS Chemistry
Residency Research Project: Characterization of the use and complications associated with peripheral vasopressor administration in the emergency department
Professional Interests: Critical Care, Cardiology, Infectious Diseases
Hobbies: Watching University of Florida sports, running, trying new restaurants
Why VCU Health System? I was looking for a program at a large, academic medical center with high acuity patients that would challenge me throughout the year. The residency program at VCUHS offers just that and has the additional benefits of offering a wealth of clinical rotations and dedicated preceptors. However, what really made the choice easy for me was the overwhelmingly supportive environment and strong sense of community at VCUHS.

Oncology

Name: Kathryn Maples, PharmD
PGY1 Training: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
PharmD Education: University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: University of Georgia
Residency Research Project: Characterization of Maintenance Azacitidine for Relapse Prevention Post Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Professional Interests: Hematology/Oncology, Transitions of Care
Hobbies: University of Georgia football, traveling, spending time with family and friends, going to the lake, and exploring new restaurants throughout Richmond
Why VCU Health System? I originally chose VCU Health System for the diverse rotation experiences, the relationship with the College of Pharmacy, and a PGY2 opportunity in my area of interest. I had the desire to stay at VCUHS for my PGY2 because pharmacy is very well respected here due to our dedicated and highly trained preceptors. I believe the best part about VCU Health is the overwhelming amount of support and community not only amongst the 15 co-residents but also from the department as a whole. This residency program provides opportunities for me to achieve both my professional and personal goals.

Internal Medicine

Name: Sarah Turley, PharmD
PGY1 Training: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
PharmD Education: Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: Ohio Northern University
Residency Research Project: Cost-effectiveness analysis of bivalirudin in the cardiac surgery ICU for avoidance of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia
Professional Interests: Internal Medicine, Academia
Hobbies: Running, being outdoors, exploring new areas of Richmond, trying new restaurants, traveling
Why VCU Health System? VCU Health was a great fit for me, as I was looking for a large medical center with opportunities to take rotations in diverse subject areas with critically ill populations. The program is tailored to fit each resident's needs and long-term goals, and the program directors go out of their way to facilitate individual learning. The pharmacy department has extremely supportive and caring team members who made me feel very welcome on my interview day and made the transition to residency easy.

Name: Kylie Weigel, PharmD
PGY1 Training: Inova Health System - Fairfax Campus
PharmD Education: University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: Niagara University, BS Biochemistry
Residency Research Project: Evaluation of DOACs as discharge anticoagulation for VTE
Professional Interests: Internal Medicine, Cardiology
Hobbies: Running, playing with my dog, watching baseball, eating pizza
Why VCU Health System? VCU Health System afforded no only the ability to care for a diverse patient population in the setting of an academic medical center but also many teaching opportunities with VCU School of Pharmacy. Additionally, the pharmacy department has a great reputation with strong interdisciplinary relationships and presence in health system endeavors.

Psychiatric Pharmacy

Name: Kevin Bozymski, PharmD
PGY1 Training: Eskenazi Health
PharmD Education: Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Undergraduate Education: Butler University
Residency Research Project: Evaluation of the effectiveness and safety of caffeine sodium benzoate for electroconvulsive therapy augmentation
Professional Interests: Neuropsychiatry, Antipsychotic-Induced Metabolic Syndrome, Academia
Hobbies: Exploring new restaurants, reading, attending concerts, seeing movies, and cheering for Butler basketball
Why VCU Health System? I was looking for a PGY2 program with a passionate director, ample clinical and teaching opportunities, and a focus on serving the underserved. VCUHS is a large academic medical center with 5 inpatient psychiatry treatment teams, unique rotations in pediatric psychiatry and neurology, close ties to a school of pharmacy, and an atmosphere welcoming creative ideas for new PGY2 experiences. I have truly felt at home since day one.

Health-System Pharmacy Administration

Name: Bethany Baker, PharmD
PGY1 Training: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
PharmD Education: University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: Missouri State University
Residency Research Project: Expansion of Specialty Pharmacy Services and Operations at a New Facility
Professional Interests: Leadership, human resources, clniical management
Hobbies: Music, traveling, cooking, being outdoors, hanging with Beau (my dog).
Why VCU Health System? The emphasis on teamwork, quality and safety, and continued learning was what drew me to VCU Health. In addition to providing a well-rounded administrative residency that offers experiences in both not-for-profit and for-profit settings, VCU has an MSHA program that is known as one of the top masters programs of its kind. Once I realized the opportunities I would have at VCU Health and got a chance to meet with some of the amazing pharmacy team members, I knew that I had found the perfect place to spend the next two years.