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PGY1 Pharmacy Residents

 

PGY1 Pharmacy

Name: Laura Hill Bannister, PharmD
PharmD Education:

University of Georgia College of Pharmacy

Undergraduate Education: University of Georgia
Residency Research Project: Evaluation of Single Dose Ceftriaxone Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections
Professional Interests: Critical Care, Infectious Diseases, Emergency Medicine
Hobbies: Health/fitness, cheering on Georgia sports teams, exploring Richmond, spending time with friends and family
Why VCU Health System? I was looking for a program at an academic medical center with diverse rotation experiences and high acuity patients. Each day you have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from highly trained health professionals. One of the best parts about VCU Health is the overwhelming sense of community amongst the residents, preceptors, and directors. The program provides a challenging yet supportive environment and is tailored to fit each residentís professional and personal goals.

 

Name: Ashley Boone, PharmD
PharmD Education: Purdue University College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: Purdue University
Residency Research Project: PCA Dosing in Vaso-Occlusive Crisis
Professional Interests: Internal Medicine, Academia
Hobbies: Exploring the restaurant scene in Richmond, binge-watching Netflix, mentoring collegiate Relay for Life events with the American Cancer Society, wearing my cheese-head as I cheer on the Green Bay Packers
Why VCU Health System?

I chose VCU Health because I was looking for an academic medical center that would provide a well-rounded experience. What really sold me was my interview day, where everyone took an interest in me as a person and I really felt at home. The preceptors are extremely invested in your personal and professional growth, and they are not afraid to remind you about work-life balance!

 

Name: Brittany Hardek, PharmD
PharmD Education: University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: University of Pittsburgh
Residency Research Project: Characterization of Bivalirudin-Based Anticoagulant Dosing in ECMO Patients
Professional Interests: Critical Care (Cardiac Surgery, Trauma, Pulmonary Hypertension)
Hobbies: Exploring restaurants in Richmond, Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, spending time with friends and family, cooking
Why VCU Health System? I wanted a program at a large, academic medical center that would provide me with the opportunity to treat high acuity patients allow pharmacists to play a key role on the healthcare team. VCU offers this type of environment with a wide variety of clinical rotations. Additionally, the preceptors are incredibly dedicated to your education and growth as a young practitioner, and they make sure you receive the support you need to succeed.

 

Name: Julia Lea, PharmD
PharmD Education: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: Virginia Tech
Residency Research Project: Evaluation of High-Dose Melphalan Toxicity by Age in Patients Undergoing Autologous Stem Cell Transplant for Multiple Myeloma
Professional Interests: Oncology, Transplant, Genetics
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, playing flute, antique shopping
Why VCU Health System? VCU provides a special environment for residency training that was recognizable to me as a VCU student, and all the more apparent as a resident. The pharmacists here are passionate about what they do and work hard to provide a learning environment that is challenging and rewarding. Everyone involved in the residency program is invested in seeing residents succeed and support them throughout the process.

 

Name: Jeff McKenzie, PharmD
PharmD Education: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: University of Virginia
Residency Research Project: Assessment of Institution-Specific Guidelines for Treatment of Clostridium Difficile Infection in Patients with Neutropenia
Professional Interests: Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, Solid Organ Transplantation Therapeutic/Practice Issue Interests: Indigent Transitional Care, Cirrhosis, Anticoagulation, Pharmacy Informatics
Hobbies: Netflix binging, brewery hopping, dominating trivia and board games, running, domestic and international travel (bucket list is to set foot in all 50 states)
Why VCU Health System? I chose VCU Health System for my pharmacy residency because not only is it based in a large urban academic medical center that serves an indigent population, but I feel like I have been incorporated into a family. Furthermore, not only do the preceptors challenge you in order to help you develop into a critical thinker and effective practitioner, but they also give you respect, build your confidence, and push you outside of your comfort zone. Richmond is also such a fun and dynamic place to live, and sharing adventures here with 14 fellow residents makes this experience even better.

 

Name: Parth Parikh, PharmD
PharmD Education: South Carolina College of Pharmacy, University of South Carolina
Undergraduate Education: Rutgers University
Residency Research Project: Evaluation of High- versus Low-Dose Valganciclovir for Cytomegalovirus Disease Prevention in Liver Transplant Recipients
Professional Interests: Critical Care (Cardiac Surgery), Emergency Medicine, Academia
Hobbies: Playing volleyball and other sports, eating out at all the different restaurants in Richmond, Netflix-binge watching, tinkering with computers
Why VCU Health System? VCU offered many of the experiences that I was looking for, including a variety of core and elective rotations, meaningful teaching opportunities at the VCU School of Pharmacy, and a challenging environment where I could advance my skills as a clinical pharmacist. In addition, the preceptors at VCU are extremely supportive and are invested in your personal and professional growth.

 

Health-System Pharmacy Administration

Name: Natalie Russell, PharmD, MBA
PharmD Education: University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: Georgetown College
Residency Research Project:

The Evaluation of Metabolic Monitoring in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Population

Professional Interests: Supply chain management, specialty pharmacy, ambulatory pharmacy services, chronic disease state management, transitions of care
Hobbies: Being outdoors, spending time with my dog (Dexter), exploring new restaurants, watching Kentucky basketball and the Green Bay Packers
Why VCU Health System? VCU Health Systemís pharmacy department is truly a family. They are very involved and dedicated in making your experience at VCU an individualized training. The preceptors genuinely care about your development and growth throughout the residency program. Additionally, the MSHA program is one of the best in the country and provides future administrators with a solid foundation.

PGY2 Pharmacy Residents

 

Ambulatory

Name: Julie Patel, PharmD
PGY1 Training: Emory University Hospital
PharmD Education: Mercer University College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: Georgia State University, BS Biology
Residency Research Project: Effectiveness of Oral Chlordiazepoxide in Alcohol Withdrawal Patients Discharged from the Emergency Department
Professional Interests: Ambulatory Care
Hobbies: Traveling, movies, coffee, and anything funny
Why VCU Health System? The PGY2 program at VCUHS offers a variety of subspecialty rotations, which allows for a unique experience within the ambulatory care setting. In addition, VCUHS is a large, academic medical center that treats both a diverse and complex patient population. My decision to choose the program was furthermore driven by the director’s enthusiasm and passion for the program. The director and preceptors here are dedicated to ensuring residents have the most ideal learning environment and are supportive to the residents.

 

Critical Care

Name: Caroline Beaulieu, PharmD
PGY1 Training: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
PharmD Education: University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: University of Tulsa
Residency Research Project: Characterization of the Effect of Therapeutic Hypothermia on Serum Electrolytes in Adult Patients Following Traumatic Brain Injury
Professional Interests: Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Diseases
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: Patrick Reed, PharmD
PGY1 Training: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
PharmD Education: University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: University of Mississippi
Residency Research Project: Bivalirudin versus Heparin for Anticoagulation in an Impellaģ Ventricular Assist Device
Professional Interests: Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, and Cardiology
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. Our class of 15 co-residents creates a supportive environment to develop as a resident, all while spending time together exploring Richmond. What has always stood out to me most is the preceptors who challenge each resident to become a better practitioner and meet his or her professional goals.

Oncology

Name: Heather Moore, PharmD
PGY1 Training: Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System
PharmD Education: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Undergraduate Education: North Carolina State University
Residency Research Project: The Impact of Beta Lactam Allergy on the Treatment of Febrile Neutropenia: A Retrospective Matched Cohort Study
Professional Interests: Bone Marrow Transplant, Pediatrics
Hobbies: NC State athletics, playing with my dog, baking, traveling
Why VCU Health System? I chose VCUHS for the variety of clinical rotations available in the hematology/oncology setting but mostly for the people. From day one, the dedication the preceptors have for their practice and for the profession is overwhelmingly evident. The same enthusiasm and focus is put into the residency program to further hone the residentsí skills and interests.

Internal Medicine

Name: Payal Kakadiya, PharmD
PGY1 Training: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
PharmD Education: University of Georgia
Undergraduate Education: Georgia Institute of Technology, BS Biochemistry
Residency Research Project: Evaluation of Clinical Efficacy Using Anti-TNF Therapy in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Professional Interests: Internal Medicine, Immunology, Infectious Diseases
Hobbies: Running, Volleyball, 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: Rashmi Patel, PharmD
PGY1 Training: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
PharmD Education: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Undergraduate Education: North Carolina State University
Residency Research Project: Persistence Rates of Oral Anticoagulants for Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation in Obese Patients
Professional Interests: Cardiology, Oncology, and Infectious Disease
Hobbies: Running, playing with my dog, watching baseball, eating pizza
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.

Psychiatric Pharmacy

Name: Seema Patel, PharmD
PGY1 Training: Carolinas Medical Center
PharmD Education: University of the Sciences in Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, BS Pharmaceutical Healthcare and Sciences
Residency Research Project: Evaluation of Parenteral Olanzapine and Ziprasidone in the Medically Ill Population
Professional Interests: Substance Abuse, Schizophrenia, Academia
Hobbies: Playing the flute, music, attending concerts, watching psychological thrillers, and reading
Why VCU Health System? It was important for me to do my PGY-2 at an academic medical center, where I had ample clinical and teaching opportunities at a nearby school of pharmacy. I also looked for specific rotational experiences in areas of my therapeutic interest. This institution offers opportunities to work with multiple psychiatric pharmacists, which helps the resident gain different perspectives in a complex specialty. The residency program director tailors the program to the residentís needs and long-term goals, while fostering personal and professional growth. .

Health-System Pharmacy Administration

Name: Ashley Street, PharmD
PGY1 Training: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
PharmD Education: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
Undergraduate Education: Virginia Commonwealth University, BS Anthropology
Residency Research Project: Assessment of Appropriate Inpatient Use of Patientís Own Insulin Pump
Professional Interests: Transitions of care, healthcare policy and advocacy, leadership development, clinical operations, specialty pharmacy
Hobbies: Live music, trying new breweries and wineries, travel, video games
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.