Resident Reflections - Community-Based Residency

 Kirklin Bowles, PharmDKirklin Bowles, PharmD

As a pharmacy student, I had the opportunity to work as an outpatient pharmacy technician at North Tower Pharmacy (NTP). After three years of experience in NTP I developed a passion for community pharmacy and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Unlike most, I really enjoyed the high pace atmosphere and the continuous effort being put forth to provide excellent care for our patients and employees. Working as a technician I was fortunate to gain exposure to the Discharge Prescription Services (DPS) provided at WFBH. Through this exposure, I came to find a passion for assisting patients in their transition from the hospital to their home. I found DPS to be extremely valuable for our patients. Discovering my passion to practice in the community setting lead to my pursuit of an innovative community pharmacy residency program that would challenge me to become a well-versed community pharmacist. Being embedded in a large academic medical center, I felt the community pharmacy landscape at WFBH would provide me with the tools to develop as a pharmacist and pursue my desires. I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had through WFBH, and I am extremely blessed to continue serving our patients through our outpatient pharmacy services.

Tiffany Sherod-Harris, PharmDTiffany Sherod-Harris, PharmD

Understanding early on that I wanted a career in healthcare, I knew pharmacy was where I belonged. My passions are to diminish health care disparities and increase health literacy one patient at a time.  Attending Midyear during my last year in pharmacy school provided me the opportunity to experience the dynamic culture at Wake Forest Baptist Health. The genuineness and friendliness I experienced during midyear was reciprocated when I was able to interview here for my current residency position. Walking through the doors of WFBH changed my life tremendously, especially with being unfamiliar with the area and not knowing anyone in the area; however, I knew it was where I needed to be at this stage in my life. WFBH ensured that I would have a multitude of exclusive outpatient community and ambulatory experiences. These experiences continue to fulfill my personal and professional goals. The opportunity to collaborate with other disciplines and work alongside other pharmacists will continue to allow me to grow in the challenges I am faced with in the ever-changing world of healthcare. I am blessed that I was able to join WFBH and look forward to making memories with my awesome Pharmily!

Amy Stewart, PharmDAmy Stewart, PharmD

When I think of pharmacy, I think of leadership, compassion, and most importantly, interpersonal relationships. Pharmacy encompasses such core values, which is why I chose to pursue this profession. My interests in pharmacy include community pharmacy, ambulatory care, and transitions of care. Wake Forest Baptist Health has given me the opportunity to explore each of my pharmacy interests through their diverse and unique rotational program. I will rotate through ambulatory care clinics, specialty pharmacies, community pharmacies, transitions of care, and take on several longitudinal projects (e.g. home based primary care, population health chart reviews, and quality improvement projects). At WFBH, I will experience various environments of outpatient pharmacy and receive the quality feedback and support I need to grow into the best pharmacist I can be.