Current Residents

Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

Pharmacy Residents
July 2014 - June 2015 

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residents: 

 

Justin Arnall, PharmD
Justin ArnallSchool of Pharmacy: UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy               
Undergraduate:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill           
Hometown:
Kernersville, NC                      
Professional Interests
: Oncology              
Email:  
jarnall@wakehealth.edu             

Why WFBMC:  

Attaining a pharmacy residency was a goal since early first year of pharmacy school.  In the application process I wanted a PGY1 program that would best facilitate my ambition of becoming a hematology/oncology pharmacist while also providing me a broad range of clinical experiences, meaningful and innovative research and projects, and opportunities to teach.  Further, I was looking for a program that would allow me to interact with a motivated and encouraging group of pharmacists on a daily basis.  In WFBMC I found all of these characteristics and more.  In addition to the positive characteristics of the program, the energy and positivity that came across during the interview was impressive and indicated a program that would inspire and push me professionally to become the best pharmacist I can be!  I am very excited to be a member of the WFBMC team and achieving my goals through the PGY1 program!

Current Project:

The purpose of my study is to evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of standard first induction chemotherapy in adult obese AML patients compared to non-obese AML patients.  The study will be a retrospective, non-interventional chart review at WFBMC Cancer Center of AML patients over the past seven years. Patients will be identified by diagnosis and screened for inclusion then categorized based on percent difference between their total and lean (ideal) body weight.  Once categorized the researchers will perform a retrospective chart review to identify and evaluate complete remission rates.

 

 


Rebecca Bookstaver, PharmD
Rebecca BookstaverSchool of Pharmacy: South Carolina College of Pharmacy- USC Campus   
Undergraduate:
University of South Carolina                     
Hometown:
Aiken, SC   
Professional Interests:
Critical care, Cardiology
Email:  
rbooksta@wakehealth.edu        

Why WFBMC:  

When I began the process of applying to residency programs, I wanted a program that offered a variety of challenging rotations, knowledgeable preceptors, and a supportive learning environment.  I also looked for programs that would allow for strong critical care experiences, interaction among multiple healthcare disciplines, and research opportunities.  While interviewing at Wake, I found that they not only had everything on my "residency wish-list", but I was able to see the dedication the preceptors had to their residents and how much the residents enjoyed their experiences.  I knew I wanted to be a part of that!  I am beyond excited by the opportunity to work with and learn from so many wonderful people. 


Marie Cavalier, PharmD

Marie CavalierSchool of Pharmacy:
  South Carolina College of Pharmacy – USC Campus 
Undergraduate: 
University of South Carolina
Hometown:  
Montgomery, WV
Professional Interests:
Oncology
Email:
mcavalie@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:  

When I began my search for residency programs, I wanted a program at a large academic medical center that offered a wide variety of rotations, opportunities to teach, and strong preceptors who were approachable and willing to help foster my growth as a new pharmacist.  I also looked at programs that had a PGY-2 residency in oncology.  Most importantly, I wanted to fit in at my future residency program and be happy to come to work each day; I knew as soon as I interviewed at Baptist that WFBMC was the place where all of my criteria could be found.  The pharmacy staff was incredibly kind, welcoming, and genuinely happy; I felt like a part of the family by the time I left my interview.  I am beyond thrilled to be at this institution and am confident that WFBMC will give me the tools and experience I need to become an extraordinary pharmacist.

Current Project: 

Obese and overweight patients pose pharmacological challenges for correct medication dosing, especially of narrow therapeutic index drugs, such as chemotherapy. I am conducting a retrospective cohort study that is evaluating pediatric patients with newly diagnosed acute lymphoblasic leukemia (ALL) during induction therapy.  The primary outcome is determining the incidence of common treatment-related toxicities. The hypothesis is overweight or obese patients will have more treatment-related toxicities when compared to patients of normal weights.

 

 


Ashley Wester, PharmD
School of Pharmacy: University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
Ashley WesterUndergraduate:
University of Michigan
Hometown:
Ortonville, MI          
Professional Interests:
Pediatrics, Critical Care
Email:  
awester@wakehealth.edu      

Why WFBMC:

The residency search process can be quite overwhelming, and in the midst of all the stress and uncertainty, Wake Forest Baptist Health was a pleasant surprise. I was in search of a program at a large, academic medical center where I would be working with pharmacists who were experts in their fields. I was also seeking opportunities to explore my interests in pediatrics and critical care, and an environment where I would have the opportunity to teach and precept pharmacy students. The pharmacist’s role in a multidisciplinary team was also extremely important to me, and the fact that the Department of Pharmacy at Wake has excellent integration into the medical team and strong representation on all services is something that really attracted me here. I’m looking forward to being a resident here at Wake and exploring all the opportunities in store!

Current Project:

I will be exploring whether the use of aprepitant and fosaprepitant for relief of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting is associated with an increased incidence of negative cardiovascular events in pediatric solid tumor and lymphoma patients. This study will be a retrospective chart review and will contribute to the knowledge deficit surrounding the safety profile of these drugs in this patient population. 

PGY2 Specialty Residents

 

Katie Wallace, PharmD PGY2 Infectious Diseases Specialty Resident & Chief Resident
Katie WallacePGY1 Residency:  
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
School of Pharmacy:  Purdue University College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate:  
Purdue University
Hometown:  
Fort Wayne, IN
Professional Interests:
Infectious Diseases 
Email:  
klwallac@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:  

At the start of my PGY1 year at WFBMC, I had clinical interests in infectious diseases, critical care, and oncology. I quickly realized that the common denominator for my interest in each of these specialties was a passion for antimicrobial management.  Selecting ID as a specialty was an intuitive decision, and choosing to pursue a PGY2 in ID at WFBMC was an even simpler one. The program offers a wide variety of opportunities including ID clinic, ID consult service, antimicrobial stewardship, and diverse electives. With the variety and breadth of experiences provided by this residency, I knew I would have the opportunities necessary to become a proficient ID pharmacist. I also appreciated the unparalleled complexity of the ID patient cases and the opportunities to teach, conduct research, and work in the microbiology lab.  This residency experience is rounded out by the ability to learn from an incredible ID pharmacy group and medical staff who I look forward to collaborating with. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to pursue ID at WFBMC and am excited for the year ahead!

Current Project:

Delay in initiation of appropriate antimicrobials in patients with bacteremia is independently associated with increased mortality. The FilmArray® Blood Culture Identification Panel (BCID) reduces the time to pathogen identification by 24-48 hours. The objective of my study is to determine the impact of the FilmArray® BCID on time to optimal antibiotic therapy in ICU and oncology patients with a gram-stain positive blood culture. The study will be conducted in three phases: pre-implementation, post-implementation phase I, and post-implementation phase II. Post-implementation phase II will utilize an on-call pharmacy resident who will communicate the result and a therapeutic recommendation to the on-call physician

 
Rachel Filipek, PharmD, PGY2 Critical Care Specialty Resident

PGY1 Residency:  
Wake Forest Baptist Medical CenterRachel Filipek 
School of Pharmacy:
Northeastern University
Undergraduate:
Northeastern University 
Hometown:
Westfield, MA
Professional Interests:
Critical Care 
Email:
rfilipek@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

When I was applying for residency positions, I was looking for a program that could provide me with a variety of experiences, qualified and approachable preceptors, and a challenging environment that would motivate me to improve as a professional. It was not long after starting here that I realized Wake would far surpass any of my expectations, which made the decision to commit for a second year an easy one. There are countless opportunities for me to expand my knowledge base, participate in research, and develop professional relationships with others in my specialty area. I am looking forward to being exposed to the variety of critical care subspecialties available at Wake and sharing my passion for this patient population with those surrounding me. I am so thankful for the opportunity to complete my specialty residency at Wake and excited to remain a part of the Baptist team.

​Current Project:

There is currently a high incidence of atrial fibrillation in septic shock patients which is linked to increased mortality, duration of stay, and in-hospital stroke. My research project will be a case control study that will assess whether medications that are known to induce arrhythmias in other populations are independently associated, in a dose-dependent manner, with the development of atrial fibrillation in septic patients requiring intensive care and the subsequent consequences.

 

 


Beth Sawrey, PharmD

PGY1 Residency:  
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Beth SawreySchool of Pharmacy: Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Undergraduate
: North Carolina State University
Hometown
: Marmora, NJ
Professional Interests
: Pediatrics
Email
: emigliac@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

I wanted to find a residency that would provide me with a range of opportunities to grow professionally. I looked for a program that offered a variety of rotations, the opportunity to participate in research and undertake meaningful projects -- but most importantly, I wanted to find a program that had preceptors who would take a genuine interest in my goals. I found all of these things at Wake Forest Baptist for my PGY1 pharmacy practice residency. With that first year experience completed, I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead as I stay here for my PGY2 pediatric specialty residency. Working with children and their families has always been rewarding, and I look forward to taking advantage of the professional opportunities to grow and develop as a pediatric clinical pharmacist.

​Current Project:

I will be evaluating a new BSA-based vancomycin dosing algorithm compared to standard weight-based dosing in pediatric patients. This will be a retrospective study evaluating pediatric patients ages 1-12 years old. Outcomes will be evaluating vancomycin levels and nephrotoxicity. 

 

 


Lindsey Gruber, PharmD—PGY2 Oncology Specialty Resident

PGY1 Residency: 
Indiana University Health
Lindsey GruberSchool of Pharmacy:
  Purdue University 
Undergraduate:  
Saint Mary’s College 
Hometown:  
Goshen, IN
Professional Interests:
  Oncology
Email:  
lgruber@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

In my searched for PGY2 programs in oncology, I spoke with many different programs at Midyear.  Wake Forest’s program made quite an impression, and they have only exceeded my expectations since my initial meeting with LeAnne.  The program at Wake is unique in that it combines the benefits of an academic medical center, including a wide variety of incredibly well qualified preceptors and a wide variety of rotations, with the benefits of a smaller residency class.  I am thankful for the opportunity to train with such wonderful group of pharmacists in a variety of rotations such as bone marrow transplant, hematology, medical oncology, palliative care, and many more.  I look forward to spending my PGY2 year at WFBH preparing for my career in oncology pharmacy and getting to know such a great group of people!

 

Amanda Sierzchulski, PharmD PGY2 Oncology Specialty Resident
PGY1 Residency:
Froedtert Hospital (Milwaukee, WI)
Amanda SierzchulskiSchool of Pharmacy:
Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
Undergraduate:
University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)
Hometown:
Greenfield, WI
Professional Interests:
  Oncology
Email:
asierzch@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

While looking for a PGY2 oncology program, there were some qualities I knew were very important to me. I wanted to continue my training at an academic medical center that offered opportunities for experiences in both inpatient and outpatient oncology practice, as well as opportunities to work with a pediatric oncology population. This program meets all of these qualifications, and then some. There is a large variety of rotation opportunities in all oncology specialties. And it was evident from the first time I spoke with them, that the oncology team was incredibly encouraging and positive regarding their practice. I could sense the passion immediately. I knew this was the perfect fit for me to continue my residency training. I am looking forward to this year and excited to complete my PGY2 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

​Current Project:

My project is looking at the use of loratadine for prevention and treatment of growth-factor induced bone pain in patients with hematologic malignancies. We will be surveying patients following the administration of loratadine to assess the efficacy of the practice change.

 

 

Pharmacy Administration Residents 


Jerod Braschler, PharmD (PGY1 – Administration)

School of Pharmacy:
University of Houston
Jerod BraschlerUndergraduate: 
Texas Tech University
Hometown:
Amarillo, Texas
Professional Interests:
Administration, Policy/Advocacy, Transitions of Care
Email:
jbraschl@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:  

My decision to come to Wake Forest was clear cut; they had all of the administration residency elements I was looking for.  The innovative and progressive leadership was very evident from the moment my interview day started.  I was able to get a true sense of how the management team came together and worked on ideas, tasks, and improvements within the department.  The automation, advanced technologies, department structure, patient-centered care, and positive attitudes were just some of the advantages I saw here.  Having a balanced perspective on patient-care and developing the necessary leadership skills was extremely important to me and Wake Forest was able to deliver on both.


Amanda J. White, PharmD (PGY1- Administration)
Amanda WhiteSchool of Pharmacy:
University of Connecticut 
Undergraduate:
University of Connecticut           
Hometown:
Guilford, CT
Professional Interests:
Administration, Ambulatory Care 
Email:
ajwhite@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:  

The vision of the pharmacy department was very important to me when looking for an administration residency. I wanted to be a part of a team that was actively trying to align their department with the needs of evolving healthcare. For me, that meant the expansion of pharmacy services into the community.  I am so excited to be learning in an environment with influential department leaders and innovators, who I get to call my preceptors. There are endless opportunities at Wake and I couldn’t be more excited to get this year started!

 
Joanna Robinson, PharmD (PGY2 - Administration)

School of Pharmacy: 
University of Kansas
Joanna RobinsonUndergraduate:
University of Kansas
Hometown: 
Lawrence, Kansas
Professional Interests: 
Administration, Leadership, Advocacy, Government Affairs
Email: 
jmrobins@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

When looking for a program, I knew Wake Forest would offer exactly what I was looking for.  I wanted a program where I can develop my leadership skills, build upon my pharmacy practice experience and where I am integrated into a pharmacy model that is focused on clinical knowledge and hands-on management experience. During my interview, there were several elements of the program that convinced me that Wake Forest is where I want to complete my administration residency. I was encouraged to see such positive interactions between the leadership core, residents, and other members of the pharmacy staff. It is exciting that the Wake Forest pharmacy department is constantly re-defining the status quo and implements new technology and initiatives. I also appreciated the tremendous focus on patient-centered care that Wake Forest offers.  With great opportunities, excellent mentors, and clinical development, I knew Wake Forest was for me!

MS Project:

My MS project is a pre/post implementation analysis of a centralized, advanced preparation model for a small hematology oncology infusion clinic. The intervention includes preparing the patient’s infusion in a centralized pharmacy production area prior to the patient’s infusion appointment.  The proposed benefits are increased pharmacy oversight, vial optimization, and decreased hazardous medication exposure to nursing staff.

 

 

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