The Department of Pharmacy at Wake Forest Baptist Health is committed to providing the highest quality of training to prepare pharmacists to be excellent, patient-centered practitioners.
- Vision: The vision of the Wake Forest Baptist Health Pharmacy Enterprise is to provide lifecycle medication management to our patients
- Mission: To improve health through the application of medication management expertise
The internship program at Wake Forest Baptist Health is progressive longitudinal program encompassing an 8-week summer curriculum and every 3rd weekend component during the academic year. Each year encompasses new challenges that build on prior activities and give the intern a comprehensive understanding of pharmacy services throughout our enterprise. Uniquely, participants will have the opportunity to identify and specialize in specific acute or ambulatory care services (e.g. pediatrics). Our graduates will be prepared to serve as leaders in the profession and deliver patient centered care across the spectrum of pharmacy services.
Internship Program Activities by Year
|Intern year 1 develops the student’s knowledge and skills through experiences in acute care pharmacy operations during the summer curriculum. Interns will be an active member of the distributive service line. First year interns are expected to complete a longitudinal project over the course of the year along with the opportunity to refine medical writing through submission of the project for publication. Leadership development is also a focus and longitudinal participation in the seminars is expected.|
(starts summer prior to pharmacy year 2)
|Intern year 2 builds on the previous activities through enhanced experiences and alignment with a specific clinical service line. Second year interns will transition to the transitions in care team, where they will obtain home medication lists, perform medication reconciliations, and provide patient educations. Second year interns are expected to complete and publish a longitudinal project, alongside participation in leadership opportunities.|
(starts summer prior to pharmacy year 3)
|Intern year 3 develops the student’s leadership, knowledge, and skills through experiences with enhanced clinical responsibilities. Clinical service line support will be provided through third year interns. Additionally, third year interns will serve as mentors for 1st and 2nd year interns, cultivating leadership and project management skills. Third year interns are expected to lead a longitudinal project over the course of the year along with small scale projects.|
Research boot camp: Interns participate in a summer research program, learning key concepts in clinical research and actively completing a team research project. The completed project is presented by all interns as a poster presentation at the local, state, or national level. See a list of our published works.
Leadership book club: All interns are provided leadership books and participate in a group discussion over the summer. We also combine this experience with the Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership residents, to glean insight and understanding from our pharmacy colleagues. Some examples of prior books discussed include “Dare to Lead” by Brene’ Brown and “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John C. Maxwell.
Personal and professional development opportunities: During the internship curricular year, senior interns plan and deliver various personal and professional development seminars. Prior examples include a CV workshop and sessions on maximizing professional social media sites (e.g. LinkedIn), delivering presentations, wellness during pharmacy school, and many more!
Residency preparatory series: Although not required, all interns are welcome to participate in our residency preparatory series delivered by current PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents. This typically occurs over the fall and winter months to help interested pharmacy students prepare for post-graduate training opportunities.
Intern names noted in bold.
Mihm AE, Cash MC, Nisly SA, Davis KA. Increased awareness needed for inpatient substance use disorder treatment in drug use-associated infective endocarditis. J Gen Intern Med 2020 [ePub ahead of print].
Jang C, Sturdivant B, Nifong E, Guzik B, Barnes S, Nisly S, Mihm A. Substance abuse resources provided to patients with drug use-associated infective endocarditis. Poster presented at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacy Midyear Clinical Meeting. Las Vegas, NV. December 2019.
Bliss S, Cash M, Barnes S, Nifong E, Coble B, Ayers K, Nisly S, Subramanian M. Safety and tolerability of high protein dosing in neonates requiring parenteral nutrition. Poster presented at the Wake Forest Baptist Health Quality Improvement Showcase. Winston-Salem, NC. May 2019.
Nisly S, Beardsley J, Brennan L, Davis S, Nifong E. Longitudinal development of resident mentorship skills using student presentations. Poster presented at the Wake Forest Baptist Health Quality Improvement Showcase. Winston-Salem, NC. May 2019.
Bliss S, Cash M, Barnes S, Nifong E, Coble B, Ayers K, Nisly S, Subramanian M. Safety and tolerability of high protein dosing in neonates requiring parenteral nutrition. Poster presented at the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 2019 Nutrition Science & Practice Conference. Phoenix, AZ. March 2019.
Davis KA, Puleo CR, Kovalic AJ, Nisly SA. Efficacy and safety of direct oral anticoagulant therapy for the treatment of venous thromboembolism in patients with chronic liver disease. Thromb Res 2019;176:27-29.
Cash M, Cunnane K, Fan C, Romero-Sandoval A. Evaluation of cannabinoid content in legalized medical and recreational cannabis programs in the Western region of the United States. Poster presented at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacy Midyear Clinical Meeting. Anaheim, CA. December 2018.
Puleo CR, Davis KA, Nisly SA. Efficacy and safety of direct oral anticoagulant therapy for the treatment of venous thromboembolism in patients with chronic liver disease. Poster presented at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacy Midyear Clinical Meeting. Anaheim, CA. December 2018.
Fan C, Cash M, Romero-Sandoval A. Is Cannabis in dispensaries suitable for medicinal or recreational purposes? A study on cannabis THC concentrations in the Northeast region of the United States. Poster presented at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy. Seattle, WA. October 2018.
Chuyin Fan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy Class of 2019
Mary Catherine Cash, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy Class of 2020
Shannon Ketchem, East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy Class of 2020
Charles Puleo, High Point University School of Pharmacy Class of 2020