PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residents
I graduated from The University of Iowa and am originally from Bellevue, IA. Throughout my 7 years of undergraduate studies and pharmacy school, I was exposed to many areas of pharmacy. During my years as a technician and student pharmacist, I considered the idea of completing a residency. In 2010, I began my career in pharmacy as a technician at Mercy Family Pharmacy in Dubuque. This was the first time I interacted with community pharmacy residents through the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy's residency program.
My goal was to search for a residency that fit my personal and professional goals, while aligning with my interests (community pharmacy, hospice & palliative care, long-term care, and academia). I knew I was looking for a program that was very clinical in nature. I also desired a site which would allow me to establish close relationships with patients, and to gain experience with research and didactic teaching. These aspects lead me to choosing Towncrest Pharmacy.
During this year of residency, I will have the pleasure of consulting for group homes in the Iowa City/Coralville area, providing clinical services, assisting Towncrest Pharmacy with quality improvement and research projects, and achieving a teaching certificate. I look forward to working with Towncrest Pharmacy and The University of Iowa as I complete my residency and begin my career as a pharmacist.
I decided to pursue a residency to further my experience in providing pharmaceutical care in the community setting. The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy has an exceptional history of demonstrating the impact pharmacists make with various patient care programs that the individual sites maintain. After completing this experience, I hope to become a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist and continue to work within a community setting offering clinical services.
The University of Iowa Community Residency Program is the longest running accredited multi-site community practice residency program in the nation. Partnering with the UI program was an obvious decision once we decided we were going to start a residency program at Greenwood Pharmacy. The program has a history of producing exceptional pharmacist leaders, and it has a reputation for being the gold standard for community practice residency programs. I knew that becoming the first resident at Greenwood Pharmacy as the newest site in this program would allow me the benefit of two aims: the expertise of Resident development in the UI's established program and the culture of community practice innovation at Greenwood Pharmacy.
As a young girl, I remember watching the local community pharmacist serve as the sole healthcare professional in my small hometown. I realized quickly that I wanted become a pharmacist to help educate patients in order to promote the safe and effective use of medications, as well as serve as a trusted healthcare professional that is easily accessible within the community.
My passion for community pharmacy lies within my desire to build strong patient-pharmacist relationships. I not only enjoy talking with patients about their medications, but I also enjoy getting to know them on a personal level. I also enjoy the clinical aspect of pharmacy and working to come up with the most appropriate drug therapy for each individual patient.
The University of Iowa’s Community Pharmacy Residency program is the perfect fit for me. This program will allow me opportunities to provide excellent care through patient-centered services including MTM services, medication synchronization, immunizations, diabetes education, etc. Innovation is prevalent within the college and each residency practice site, as the state of Iowa is nationally known for being a strong advocate for the progression of pharmacy practice. I am looking forward to collaborating with other community pharmacy leaders in order to help create and implement new services to ensure that patients are receiving the highest quality of care.
Another attractive feature about this program is the numerous teaching opportunities available through the College of Pharmacy, as I am interested in pursuing academia in the future. I am excited to have the opportunity to not only precept pharmacy students, but to teach lectures at the college with both small and large class sizes.
I am very excited to expand my pharmaceutical care skills throughout my residency year and to be a part of the legacy of the University of Iowa’s Community Pharmacy Residency program!
In May 2017, I graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy in Omaha, Nebraska, and I am a current PGY1 community pharmacy resident through the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. My practice site is the Hy-Vee Drugstore in Iowa City where I have the opportunity to be involved in many clinical pharmacy services and patient care activities. I am excited to spend my time working directly with patients through these activities including the travel vaccine clinic, smoking cessation and diabetes education classes, MTM, and patient counseling. I am eager to continue learning more about all of the opportunities available to pharmacists in the community pharmacy setting. Outside of pharmacy, I enjoy exploring this new city with my family and friends.