Zachary Gruss, PharmD, 2021
My perspective to the question “Why Wake?” is unique, as I am currently in my third year at the institution. Fortunately, I was able to complete the majority of my fourth-year pharmacy school rotations here at Wake Forest Baptist Health, which provided me a sense of what the ideal learning environment should be. As a student, I wanted to complete my residency training at an institution that is dedicated to education, treats a complex patient population, and contributes to practice-changing research. To this date, Wake Forest Baptist continues to meet all of these requirements. During my PGY1 year, I was able to capitalize on the numerous elective rotation experiences and teaching certificate the program offers. Truthfully, the program structure is the epitome of personalized, resident-centered learning. This helped me grow as a well-rounded pharmacist and solidify my decision to complete a PGY2 in infectious diseases. My experience thus far has been extraordinary, as I have been able to train alongside some of the most intelligent and influential professionals. For these reasons, I am elated to call Wake Forest Baptist home. Here’s to another great year!
Tyler Stone, PharmD, 2020
During pharmacy school, my academic and experiential education opportunities highly influenced the characteristics I wished to pursue for residency training. I discovered that my career goals correlated with receiving residency training at a large academic medical center. I placed emphasis on residency programs that include a robust variety of rotations, PGY2 opportunities, research, and teaching experiences. It was essential that I find a program that could challenge me while maintaining a supportive atmosphere. As a PGY1 at Wake Forest Baptist, I quickly realized that it was the perfect place to complete my PGY2. I could not be happier to be completing my PGY2 in infectious diseases alongside such a talented group of highly skilled healthcare providers that support my efforts to grow as a budding Infectious Diseases pharmacist.
Liz Caulder, PharmD, 2019
Wake Forest Baptist not only met, but exceeded all of the qualities I was looking for in a residency program. I knew that I wanted to continue my clinical training through a PGY1 and a PGY2 residency at a tertiary academic medical center. Wake Forest Baptist provided many acute care rotation opportunities and a multidisciplinary environment that would allow me to teach, learn, and grow on a daily basis. Wake Forest Baptist had impressive research opportunities, a teaching certificate, and many flexible rotation options. What ultimately solidified my decision to pursue a residency at Wake Forest Baptist was the supportive and caring environment of the pharmacy department. I was overwhelmed by the passion for patient care and the incredible culture that Wake Forest Baptist upholds. Going into my PGY2 year, I am proud to call Wake Forest Baptist home and excited for another great year!
Where Are They Now?
- 2003-04 Carmen Faulkner-Fennell: Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Coordinator, Prisma Health-Upstate, Greenville, SC
- 2004-05 Heather Cox Hall: Clinical Coordinator for Infectious Diseases and PGY2 Infectious Diseases RPD, University of Virginia Health, Charlottesville, VA
- 2005-06 Brandon Bookstaver: Associate Professor and Director of Residency and Fellowship Training, University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy
- 2006-07 Ashley Marx: ID Specialist and Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Medical Center, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
- 2007-08 Hannah Russo: ID Specialist and Program Director of Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Fellowship, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Houston, TX
- 2009-10 Whitney Jones: Nesbitt Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Pharmacist Specialist and PGY2 Infectious Diseases RPD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
- 2010-11 David Cluck: Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University Gatton College of Pharmacy, Johnson City, TN
- 2011-12 Rebekah Wrenn: Coordinator of Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Programs and PGY2 Infectious Diseases RPD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
- 2012-13 Kate Kupiec: ID Specialist, Oklahoma University Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK
- 2013-14 Kristina Rokas: ID Specialist, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME
- 2014-15 Katie Wallace: ID Specialist and PGY2 Infectious Diseases RPD, University of Kentucky HealthCare, Lexington, KY
- 2015-16 Dustin Carr: ID Specialist, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
- 2016-17 Mary Banoub: ID Specialist and Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Medical Center and UM School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, MD
- 2017-18 Jessica Smith: ID Specialist, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH
- 2018-19 Elisabeth Caulder: ID Specialist, Lee Health, Fort Myers, FL
- 2019-20 Tyler Stone: ID Specialist, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, NC