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    Meghan Caylor, PharmD, BCPS

    PGY2   Critical Care

    Education:
    • PGY1 Program – Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    • PharmD – University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
    • Undergrad – University of Georgia
    Research:
    • Time to appropriate antibiotics in patients transferred from a floor unit to the medicine intensive care unit: retrospective assessment of an early warning score to prompt earlier recognition of sepsis
    Why UNC?
    • I knew UNC was the right choice for me not only because of the strength of its critical care program, but because it is well-rounded in every aspect. It was obvious from my interview that residents are well-supported and genuinely love what they get to do every day. That is the exact environment I was looking to train in, and have found it to be everything and more than I expected.
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    Molly Howard, PharmD, CPP, BCPS

    PGY2   Ambulatory Care

    Education:
    • PGY1 Program – Durham VA Medical Center
    • PharmD – Creighton University
    • Undergrad – Carleton College
    Research:
    • The Feasibility of Telephone Follow-up to Assess Patient Safety and Adherence to Target Specific Oral Anticoagulants
    Why UNC?
    • I chose to complete my residency training at UNC because of the extensive opportunities in advanced clinical practice, teaching, precepting, and research, all of which align with my career goals. For ambulatory care specifically, UNC offers experiences in progressive ambulatory care practice working with Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners in a wide variety of specialty areas. I am extremely confident that my training at UNC will prepare me well for a successful ambulatory care pharmacy career. I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to train at an institution so focused on high quality clinical practice, patient care, education, and advancement of the profession of pharmacy.
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    Jacqueline Isip, PharmD, BCPS

    PGY2   Infectious Diseases

    Education:
    • PGY1 Program – Indiana University Health
    • PharmD – University of Michigan
    • Undergrad – Michigan State University
    Research:
    • Clinical Evaluation of Posaconazole Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Comparing Delayed Release Tablets and Oral Suspension Formulations
    Why UNC?
    • I was most drawn to completing a specialty residency at UNCH because of the ample opportunities for professional growth the program provides their residents. Despite having been part of the UNCH family for only a few months, the support offered from preceptors, mentors and co-residents already has me feeling at home. I continue to look forward to the high quality, well-rounded experience in the challenging, yet genuinely supportive environment that is UNCH.
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    Katie Kaminski, PharmD

    PGY2   Hematology/Oncology

    Education:
    • PGY1 Program – UNC Hospitals and Clinics
    • PharmD – University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
    • Undergrad – University of Michigan
    Research:
    • Comparative evaluation of eculizumab versus standard of care in hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) in the pediatric population
    Why UNC?
    • The residency program at UNC initially attracted me for many of the obvious reasons: being leaders in patient care, the wealth of expert clinicians to learn from, research and teaching development opportunities, and a focus on mentorship. All these were extremely important in my decision to come to UNC. However, what really made the choice easy for me was the overwhelmingly supportive and nurturing environment I encountered. I have felt the presence of the "UNC Family" since day one and I know that everyone around me genuinely wants to help me succeed in developing into a proficient clinician who puts patient care first. The people and atmosphere at UNC are deeply energizing and motivating and that is truly what made UNC "just click" for me.
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    Andrew Lipshutz, PharmD, BCPS

    PGY2   Pharmacotherapy

    Education:
    • PGY1 Program – MedStar Washington Hospital Center
    • PharmD – University of Florida
    • Undergrad – University of Florida
    Research:
    • Accountable Care in Transitions (ACTion): Evaluation of an interdisciplinary care transitions program at University of North Carolina Family Medicine Center
    Why UNC?
    • I was drawn to UNC by the quality of clinical training as well as the opportunity to work alongside Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners (CPPs) in local clinics. The work here at UNC in transitions of care and continuity of care is a model for the future of both the practice of clinical pharmacy and overall healthcare. It is exciting and rewarding to be learning and practicing as part of that team. The relationships in the resident class as well as the mentorship component provide a personal and professional support system that is unmatched.
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    Amber E. Proctor, PharmD

    PGY2   Hematology/Oncology

    Education:
    • PGY1 Program – UNC Hospitals and Clinics
    • PharmD – University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Aurora, CO
    • Undergrad – University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
    Research:
    • Identification of risk factors associated with 30-day readmissions in patients with cancer at a university-health system
    Why UNC?
    • I chose UNC to complete my PGY1 residency because of the exciting new approach to residency research projects, the opportunity to teach and get involved at the nearby Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and the impact that clinical pharmacists have on patient care as members of interdisciplinary care teams here. After spending my first few months in the company of some of the most accomplished and motivating preceptors in the country, I knew there was nowhere else I would rather be to complete my PGY2 residency in Hematology/Oncology. UNC offers the opportunity to work with and learn from preceptors who are reputable in their fields and who make the development of future clinicians a priority. I continue to be inspired by the leadership, the preceptors, and my fellow residents at UNC. I immediately felt a sense of family here and am grateful for this amazing support system as I challenge myself to learn and grow as a clinician.
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    Jonathan Ptachcinski, PharmD, MAT, BCPS

    PGY2   Hematology/Oncology

    Education:
    • PGY1 Program – Norton Healthcare - Louisville, KY
    • PharmD – Duquesne University
    • Undergrad – University of Pittsburgh
    Research:
    • Adherence and Safety Profile of a Standardized Protocol for Administration of High-Dose Methotrexate
    Why UNC?
    • I chose UNC because I immediately felt welcomed and that I was a valued member of the team. The leaders of the program made it clear that one of their goals was to see us succeed both as residents and also as we begin our professional careers. It was also evident that all of the oncology practitioners were leaders in the profession and were regularly contributing to the fields of cancer research, evidence-based medicine, and improved patient care. I also felt that I would be able to have opportunities to precept students on rotations as well as participate in lecture and case-based courses at the school of pharmacy.
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    Imran Qureshi, PharmD

    PGY2   Psychiatry

    Education:
    • PGY1 Program – Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
    • PharmD – University of Maryland Baltimore
    • Undergrad – University of Maryland Baltimore County
    Research:
    • Use of Gabapentin for Management of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome Inpatients
    Why UNC?
    • Being at UNC has given me numerous unique learning experiences that are difficult to find elsewhere. During the interview process I knew I would be help manage specialized and treatment refractory psychiatric patient populations which would allow me to become a well-rounded clinical pharmacist who can bring a little extra to any healthcare setting. UNC has also supported my desire to be in academia by allowing me to act as a teacher, preceptor and mentor to pharmacy students. The residency program is a family at its core and I am privileged to be part of an organization that is so heavily invested in its residents.
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    Andrea Sikora Newsome, PharmD, BCPS

    PGY2   Critical Care

    Education:
    • PGY1 Program – UNC Hospitals and Clinics
    • PharmD – University of Georgia
    • Undergrad – University of Georgia
    Research:
    • The Effect of Inhaled Prostacyclins on Oxygentation in Inhalational Burn Injury
    Why UNC?
    • I chose to pursue critical care residency training at UNC because of the emphasis on mentorship, the culture of teamwork, the abundance of teaching and precepting opportunities available through the close relationship with UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, the wide variety of critical care rotations available to residents, as well as the dynamic and innovative nature of pharmacy practice at this institution.
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    Kristen Szempruch, PharmD, BCPS

    PGY2   Solid Organ Transplant

    Education:
    • PGY1 Program – Mayo Clinic Hospital - Rochester
    • PharmD – University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
    • Undergrad – University of Saint Thomas (Saint Paul, MN)
    Research:
    • Impact of tacrolimus trough concentrations on rejection in kidney transplant recipients
    Why UNC?
    • I was drawn to UNC’s Solid Organ Transplant Residency Program for the multiple clinical rotations in transplantation, which provide both inpatient and longitudinal outpatient experiences. In addition, there are extensive opportunities and platforms for teaching and presenting and excellent collaboration with the interdisciplinary team. The institution’s great mentorship and devoted preceptors focus on individualizing the program to achieve residents' professional goals.
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    Joseph Van Tuyl, PharmD, BCPS

    PGY2   Cardiology

    Education:
    • PGY1 Program – University of Oklahoma Medical Center
    • PharmD – University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy
    • Undergrad – University of Oklahoma
    Research:
    • Elimination of Daily Aspirin from the Antiplatelet Regimen after Implantation of a HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist Device: Effect on Patient Outcomes
    Why UNC?
    • The cardiology residency at UNC offers excellent academic and clinical opportunities to develop as a cardiovascular pharmacy specialist. The preceptors are leaders in clinical pharmacy, and their dedication to mentorship is invaluable for my professional development. The collective experiences provided by the program will prepare me for a career in clinical pharmacy and academia.
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    Lucas Wind, PharmD

    PGY2   Hematology/Oncology

    Education:
    • PGY1 Program – University of Kentucky HealthCare
    • PharmD – University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
    • Undergrad – University of North Carolina at Wilmington
    Research:
    • Evaluation of a Transitions of Care Model for Malignant Hematology
    Why UNC?
    • The UNC Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Residency program has an outstanding reputation for providing an excellent residency experience that is both challenging and rewarding. The abundance of teaching and precepting opportunities due to the partnership with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy was also appealing to me. Furthermore, I appreciated the emphasis placed on building camaraderie among the residents and the high quality of mentorship provided by the preceptors, as well as the many avenues for research.
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    Leigh Ann Witherspoon, PharmD

    PGY2   Pediatrics

    Education:
    • PGY1 Program – UNC Hospitals and Clinics
    • PharmD – UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
    • Undergrad – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Research:
    • A Survey of Pediatric Physicians and Pharmacists Regarding Extended-Interval Aminoglycoside Dosing Practices
    Why UNC?
    • After being immersed within UNC throughout my pharmacy career, I am thankful to be completing my residency training as a Tarheel. Extensive teaching and leadership opportunities and a large variety of clinical experiences all complement the sense of family within the residency class and the pharmacy department as a whole. What has continued to draw me to complete my PGY2 in pediatrics at the North Carolina Children's Hospital is the practitioner's unwavering dedication and compassion that has led to the progression of pharmacy practice in order to provide the highest level of care to our pediatric patients.

 

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