Current Residents

Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

Pharmacy Residents
July 2016 - June 2017 

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residents: 

 

Eileen Chen, PharmDEileen Chen
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident
School of Pharmacy: Medical University of South Carolina                
Undergraduate: 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hometown:  Charleston, SC                      
Professional Interests
:  Oncology             
Email: 
jechen@wakehealth.edu             

Why WFBMC:  

While it is well known that WFBMC has a strong residency program, what really drew me here was the connection I had with the preceptors and the overwhelming sense of mentorship I experienced on the day of my interview.  When I was applying for a PGY1 residency position, I knew I wanted to be a part of a program that nurtures its residents and shares my desire for optimal patient care program at a large academic medical center. Additionally, I wanted knowledgeable and personable preceptors that would continually foster my growth as a leader, pharmacist, and teacher. The selection of rotation electives, the opportunity to complete and publish your research, and the balance of clinical, academic, and administrative roles are all impressive at Wake Forest Baptist Health. I also appreciated the flexibility of the PGY1 rotation schedule to meet my personal interests and career goals, while also having ample clinical experiences to explore further. I am amazed at all of the opportunities Wake Forest Baptist Health has given me, however, what really hits home for me are the close-knit and supportive relationships that I have created thus far and will continue to create in the future. I am so thankful to be a part of WFBMC and am extremely excited I have found the right place for me!


Katelyn E Palmer, PharmDKatelyn Palmer
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident
School of Pharmacy:  Wintage University
Undergraduate: 
Wintage University                     
Hometown: 
Minnetonka, MN   
Professional Interests:  Hematology/Oncology, Pediatrics, Academia
Email: 
kepalmer@wakehealth.edu        

Why WFBMC:  

Since beginning pharmacy school I knew that I wanted to pursue a residency upon graduation in order to expand my clinical knowledge, foster my professional development, and provide my patients with the best possible pharmaceutical care. As pharmacy school progressed, I discovered my love for academia and knew that I wanted to pursue a residency at a large academic medical center where I would have the opportunity to precept and mentor students. I was fortunate enough to complete the majority of my clinical fourth year rotations at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC) and I fell in love. The variety of strong clinical rotations, the vast number of PGY2 specialty residency programs, the prospects for ground breaking research, the incredible precepting opportunities, and the numerous chances for mentorship are second to none; however, what really set WFBMC apart for me were the amazing people and the phenomenal culture. As a student, the preceptors and residents were highly invested in our education and experience and I can only imagine how that will expand this year as a resident. At WFBMC you are surrounded by brilliant minds and they all want to help you learn, grow, and succeed. I am so excited to begin this next journey as I start my career as a PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at WFBMC.    


Diep Phan, PharmDDiep Phan
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident

School of Pharmacy:
  Wingate University
Undergraduate:  University of Arizona
Hometown:  Phan Thiet, Vietnam
Professional Interests:
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care
Email:  dphan@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:  

From the very beginning of my pharmacy education, I knew that I wanted to become a clinical pharmacist and be involved in academia. To help achieve this goal, I wanted to pursue a residency at a large academic medical center with a wide variety of clinical rotations and many teaching and research opportunities. The WFBMC PGY1 program offers exactly what I was looking for and more! In addition to a strong, structured residency program, what I love most about Wake Forest are the people. Last year, I had the opportunity to complete most of my APPE rotations at WFBMC and absolutely fell in love with the supportive environment and the great mentorship at WFBMC. I worked with exceptional preceptors who have a great passion for teaching. Despite their busy work schedule, my preceptors were willing to give up their time to foster my clinical and professional growth. I wholeheartedly believe that WFBMC will provide me the best training to achieve my goals for residency and am thrilled to be training as a resident at WFBMC and looking forward to a great year!


Jessica Smith, PharmD, MBAJessica Smith
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident
School of Pharmacy:  University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
Undergraduate: 
Furman University
Hometown: 
Franklin, Tennessee        
Professional Interests:
  Infectious Diseases, Cardiology, Academia
Email: 
jessmith@wakehealth.edu      

Why WFBMC:

Throughout pharmacy school, I knew that I wanted to pursue a PGY1 residency at a large academic medical center. As I began to narrow my search, I looked for programs that offered a wide variety of rotations and PGY2 specialties as well as opportunities to further develop my teaching, leadership, and research skills. While many programs met these requirements, it became very clear during the interview process that WFBMC was the perfect fit for me. Not only did it exceed all of my requirements, but it also provided a supportive environment in which I knew I could thrive. I am so excited to be part of this excellent program, and I look forward to how much I will grow as a person and a practitioner over the next year.

 

PGY1 Community Pharmacy Resident:

 

Amanda Carter, PharmDAmanda Carter
PGY1 Community Pharmacy Resident

Pharmacy Education: Wingate University
Undergraduate:
  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hometown:  Kannapolis, NC
Professional Interests:  Population Health
Email:  amacarte@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

As a fourth year pharmacy student, I had the honor of rotating through many clinical sites at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. During my Advanced Community rotation, I worked closely with others in outpatient settings including Transitions of Care, Baptist Specialty Pharmacy, Cancer Center Pharmacy, and Downtown Health Plaza. These pharmacy teams dedicate all of their time to improving patient care and safety through innovative practices. After completing this rotation, I was immediately intrigued by the Community Pharmacy Residency as these sites are included in the program. This residency program is one of the few in the country that is embedded in a hospital, so it provides many unique opportunities for residents.  I am thankful to be a part of an institution that empowers its pharmacy staff to develop and implement patient-centered programs.

Helen Northup, PharmDHelen Northrup
PGY1 Community Pharmacy Resident
Pharmacy Education: University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Undergraduate:
  Sumy State Pedagoogical University
Hometown:  Sumy, Ukraine
Professional Interests:  Ambulatory Care, Specialty Pharmacy, Population Health
Email:  onorthru@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

Helping people has always been my calling in life and I further realized my passion for direct patient care during pharmacy school. Once I learned about WFBMC’s Community Residency Program I knew it was a perfect fit for me. The wide range of experiences offered here, from community and specialty pharmacy to ambulatory care, transitions of care and administration, ensures a residency year filled with multifaceted learning experiences involving direct patient care. During my interview, I was immensely impressed with WFBMC’s commitment to excellence in health care and the genuine desire of each pharmacist to go the extra mile to help a patient. At that moment I knew I wanted to be a part of the WFBH family!

 

PGY2 Specialty Residents:

 

Lauren Payne, PharmDLauren Payne
PGY2 Pediatric Resident
Chief Resident 2016-2017

PGY1 Residency: Wake Forest Baptist Health
School of Pharmacy:  University of Kentucky  
Undergraduate:  
University of Kentucky                      
Hometown:  
Crestwood, KY   
Professional Interests:  Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Critical Care and Internal Medicine
Email:  lapayne@wakehealth.edu        

Why WFBMC:  

 As I was applying for PGY1 Practice Residency, my overall goal was to find a program that would help me create a strong, well-rounded foundation as a pharmacist and prepare for a specialty year. Wake Forest made me feel so welcomed by all of the pharmacy staff and respected in multidisciplinary patient care. I saw the countless opportunities to grow as a pediatric specialist and was lucky to be able to stay as the PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Resident. With a Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center, in addition to a Level IV NICU, Brenner Children’s Hospital provides training in over 30 clinical specialties across inpatient and outpatient care. The support from preceptors and medical team colleagues allows residents to practice at and advanced level, in preparation for a variety of post-residency positions. Over this next year, I am looking forward to being challenged in clinical rotations, research, practice management, teaching and professional leadership.

 

Ali Cook, PharmDAli Cook
PGY2 Hematology/Oncology Resident

PGY1 Residency:  University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
School of Pharmacy:  South Carolina College of Pharmacy - USC Campus
Undergraduate: 
North Carolina State University
Hometown: 
Lumberton, NC
Professional Interests:
Hematologic Malignancies, Infectious Diseases in Immunocompromised Hosts, Pharmacogenomics
Email: 
ascook@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:  

When looking for PGY2 Oncology programs, I knew that I wanted to continue to train at a large academic medical center, be surrounded by knowledgeable preceptors who were passionate about developing new clinicians, and be at a program with strong acute care and ambulatory rotations. WFBH met all of those requirements and more. Being one of the largest referral centers in the country provides exposure to rare disease states within the oncology specialty. Dr. Kennedy and the rest of the heme/onc preceptors have been incredibly welcoming and encouraging thus far. I'm looking forward to the rest of my year at WFBH! 

 

Bradley Yelvington, PharmDBradley Yelvington
PGY2 HematologyOncology Resident

PGY1 Residency:  Greenville Health System
School of Pharmacy:  Auburn University
Undergraduate: Auburn University
Hometown:  Alpharetta, GA
Professional Interests:  Hematology/Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant, Infectious Disease
Email: 
byelving@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

When I decided to pursue further training in oncology, I began doing research on PGY2 programs.  I was looking for a program at a large academic medical center that provided a wide variety of rotations, preceptors who practice at the top of their fields, opportunities to teach and perform research, as well as a positive environment where it is possible for work to be fun.  WFBMC met all of these criteria and I am so excited to become a part of the team.  Additionally, the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest offers an incredible atmosphere for training in an innovative and patient-centered environment.  I look forward to a great year of learning and professional development! 

 

Matt Watson, PharmDMatt Watson
PGY2 Critical Care Resident

PGY1 Residency:
Wake Forest Baptist Health
School of Pharmacy:  Purdue University College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate:  
Indiana University
Hometown:  
Chandler, IN        
Professional Interests:
  Critical Care, Infectious Diseases, Academia
Email:  
mrwatson@wakehealth.edu      

Why WFBMC:

As I began my residency search, I knew that I wanted to pursue a program at a large academic medical center with a variety of clinical rotations, teaching opportunities, and knowledgeable preceptors who would challenge me and facilitate my development into a competent and confident clinical pharmacist. Additionally, I also sought out programs that would provide excellent critical care and infectious diseases experiences. After my interview at WFBMC, it was clearly evident that this program contained everything that I desired. My choice was made even easier by the fact that I felt a strong sense of community amongst such a supportive learning environment. I am extremely excited for this opportunity to become a part of the WFBMC team, and I look forward to this upcoming year as I grow both personally and professionally.

 

Mary Banoub, PharmDMary Banoub
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Resident

PGY1 Residency:
  The Johns Hopkins Hospital
School of Pharmacy:  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Undergraduate:
  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hometown:
  Charlotte, NC
Professional Interests:
  Infectious Diseases
Email: 
mbanoub@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

I chose Wake Forest for my ID training because it is a highly reputable program with a vastly integrated pharmacy department, balanced learning opportunities in all major areas of ID pharmacy, and notable mentors who create a supportive learning environment. The ID pharmacy residency at Wake is an interdisciplinary experience through frequent interactions with ID physicians, microbiologists, and even Infection Control. An example of this integration is CAUSE – the antimicrobial stewardship program of which ID physicians and ID pharmacists, as well as the ID pharmacy resident, are active delegates for the appropriate use of antimicrobials. It was important to me to find a program with an established stewardship program balanced with focused learning opportunities in inpatient ID consults and outpatient (HIV/HCV/OPAT) care and Wake is one of the best programs that does this. While well-accomplished in the field, the preceptors are excellent teachers and mentors who maintain a high degree of collegiality with the resident, and take an interest in the resident on a personal level. The expectations for the resident are high, but so is the level of support. The proof of Wake’s strength is the production of many successful ID specialists practicing in various positions throughout the country and I am excited to be a part of the Wake Forest ID legacy!

Julie Carrington, PharmD
jc photoPGY2 Internal Medicine Resident
PGY1 Residency:
Wake Forest Baptist Health
School of Pharmacy:  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Undergraduate:  
Virginia Tech       
Hometown:  
South Boston, VA                      
Professional Interests
:  Internal Medicine and Care Transitions
Email:  
jcarring@wakehealth.edu             

Why WFBMC:  

 I always knew a residency program would be my next step to become an independent and confident pharmacist after graduation. Since I wasn’t sure of my exact career path, I wanted a program with a wide variety of rotation experiences and skilled, approachable preceptors to foster my growth and learning. I was also looking for teaching opportunities and a great group of co-residents with whom to collaborate on meaningful projects! When deciding where to pursue residency training, WFBMC had everything on my list and more! From my very first interaction with WFBMC team members, I could tell it was a supportive and caring place to work. I knew that it was the right place for me! I am so thrilled to start my career as a pharmacist at WFBMC and look forward to a great year!

 

Health System Pharmacy Administration Residents:

 

Alex Raymond, PharmDAlex Raymond
PGY1 HSPA/MS Candidate

School of Pharmacy:  University of Mississippi
Undergraduate:  
University of Mississippi
Hometown:  
Metairie, LA
Professional Interests: 
Pharmacy Administration, Medication Safety, Health Policy, Specialty Pharmacy Care
Email:  
apraymon@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

When deciding to pursue a Health System Pharmacy Administration residency, I knew I wanted a program that would challenge me as both a leader and clinician. The mentoring opportunities and robust clinical experiences at Wake Forest exceeded my requirements for a residency program. The pharmacy leadership team is constantly challenging the status quo through advancements in medication delivery and continuity of care. An added bonus to Wake Forest is the Masters of Science component through the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. The opportunity to share practice experiences from this institution, as well as learn from your peers around the state, is second to none. I cannot wait to experience my growth as a clinician and a pharmacy leader throughout this year.  

 

Lauren VerboskyLauren Verbosky
PGY1 HSPA/MS Candidate
PGY1 Residency:  Tampa General Hospital
School of Pharmacy:  University of Florida
Undergraduate: 
University of Florida
Hometown: 
Tampa, FL
Professional Interests:  
Administration/Leadership, Transitions of Care, Medication Safety, Inpatient Operations
Email: 
lverbosk@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:

When I began researching residencies, I was looking for a program that provided a well-rounded experience where I could launch my career in pharmacy administration. I knew the best place to start was at WFBMC. There is an incredible organizational focus on clinical innovation supported by an extensive, highly accomplished pharmacy leadership team. I continue to be impressed with the amazing advancements in technology, automation, and community-focused expansion that are being built to optimize patient-centered care. The huge network of dedicated preceptors creates a positive learning environment while providing unique experiences and meaningful mentorship to maximize my professional and personal development. Additionally, I will be able to enhance my didactic training with a Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. I am so excited to be a part of the pharmacy team and have the opportunity to work in an outstanding organization..


Ali Baker, PharmD
Ali Lloyd
PGY2 HSPA/MS Candidate
PGY1 Residency:
Wake Forest Baptist Health
School of Pharmacy:  Samford University
Undergraduate: 
Samford University
Hometown:
  Atlanta, GA
Professional Interests:
  Administration/Leadership, Drug Safety, Clinical and Community Service
Email: 
alloyd@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:  

WFBMC was my first choice because of its focus on the key principles I was seeking from my residency experience: medication safety commitment, outstanding patient care and meaningful mentorship opportunities. Secondly, I believe in the mission of the hospital and share its values. The entire institution is committed to daily collaborative meetings to address patient and medication safety issues from the previous 24 hours, striving to provide the highest degree of patient care. Preceptors and pharmacy department management alike were authentic throughout the interview process and worked to know me personally and to learn my goals for residency. WFBMC is a leading teaching hospital and I sought this type of learning environment where learning is continuous, questions are encouraged, and processes can be challenged as teams are seeking to be the best in patient care.  The opportunity to continue my education in pursuing a Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences from UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy while gaining substantial practical expertise at WFBMC makes this program one of the best in class in the United States. I look forward to many learning opportunities throughout these next two years both professionally and personally and hope to make a meaningful contribution to the program and the patients we serve. 

 

Mac Ovenell, PharmDMac Ovenell
PGY2 HSPA/MS Candidate
PGY1 Residency:
Wake Forest Baptist Health
School of Pharmacy:  Oregon State University College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate: 
George Fox University          
Hometown: 
Cashmere, WA
Professional Interests:
  Health System Pharmacy Administration
Email: 
movenell@wakehealth.edu

Why WFBMC:   

My PGY1 experience at Wake Forest Baptist Health was excellent and provided a strong foundation for the second part of the Pharmacy Administration Residency program.  At WFBH, I have found supportive preceptors aiming to advance the profession of pharmacy who encourage and challenge pharmacy residents to become their best.  The learning environment at this institution cultivates new ideas and collaborations with the goal to deliver exceptional and safe patient care.  I’m most excited for the PGY2 experience since it will build on the first year of clinical rotations with challenging administrative rotations.  Initially, my specific interests in leveraging automation and technology to accelerate the efficiency and safety of medication use processes to provide patient care drew me to WFBH.  The opportunities that I have seen to gain experience in these areas confirmed to me what a great place this institution is to work, learn and develop in as a pharmacy resident!

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Current Residents

Current Pharmacy Residents

Front Row (left to right): Lauren Payne, Helen Northrup, Eileen Chen, Amanda Carter, Diep Phan
Middle Row (left to right): Ali Baker, Mary Banoub, Ali Cook, Alex Raymond, Bradley Yelvington
Back Row (left to right): Lauren Verbosky, Jessica Smith, Matt Watson, Mac Ovenell, Katelyn Palmer, Julie Carrington 

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Residency Kickball

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