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Preceptors

Lisa Blanchette, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID

Clinical Specialty: Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Pharmacy Health System Administration

Residents will gain experience supporting the infectious diseases/antimicrobial stewardship needs across a 14 hospital system. The resident will support multidisciplinary projects and communications across the acute and ambulatory space, develop and support system-level antimicrobial stewardship initiatives, gain experience with approach to demonstrating value of antimicrobial stewardship efforts through development of dashboard metrics, benchmarking, and reporting, and lead discussion at system level meetings. Additionally, the resident will be involved in formulary management process as well as interface with clinical improvement and infection prevention team members.

Ongoing Projects: antimicrobial stewardship services expansion, dashboard development and tracking, surgical prophylaxis improvement project, hospital admission avoidance programs, management of high-risk cultures, credentialing and privileging, penicillin skin testing.

University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT

Email: lmblanchette@novanthealth.org

Jacinta Chin, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Infectious Diseases

The resident will collaborate with providers and other pharmacists in the antimicrobial management of patients at multiple community hospitals with an emphasis on antimicrobial stewardship principles. Topic discussions will be tailored to the resident's experience during rotation and may include infectious disease states, microbiology, and comprehensive review of antimicrobials. Projects may include a patient case presentation, journal club presentation, and/or other projects based on current events.

Ongoing Projects: Variety of infectious diseases-focused projects for system-wide Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee and Infectious Diseases Subcommittee, participation in resident-led research and medication use evaluation projects

Temple University School of Pharmacy
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL.

Email: JacintaChin@novanthealth.org

Sarah Green, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Specialty: Clinical pharmacy specialist, ID

My rotation provides the opportunity for residents to participate in antimicrobial stewardship activities across multiple acute care centers in the Novant Health system. This unique practice will provide the resident direct experience in management of multiple facilities simultaneously, each with their own patient populations, resistance profiles, and education oppotunities. Collaboration with the Infectious Diseases MD/PA team, Microbiology Laboratory, and Infection Control at each site as available will be an ongoing component of this community-focused rotation.

Projects: Ongoing stewardship education for providers and pharmacists across sites, resident project precepting, Clostridium difficile infection prevention.

Email: sarah.green@novanthealth.org

Lacie McKamey, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Infectious Diseases – Antimicrobial Stewardship

Residents will be able to improve their antimicrobial stewardship skills in a tertiary care facility as it relates to a variety of clinical specialties including, critical care, hematology/oncology and pediatrics. Residents will review daily reports to evaluate opportunities for antibiotic streamlining and overall appropriateness of therapeutic regimens. The resident will participate in topic discussions, including medication classes and microbiology, as well as literature evaluations throughout the rotation to improve knowledge base.

Ongoing Projects: Medication Use Evaluation, Antibiotic duration of therapy recommendations, Cefepime extended infusion dosing protocol, BioFire blood culture identification implementation

Purdue University College of Pharmacy
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, TN
PGY2 Infectious Disease Residency at UF Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL

Email: ljmckamey@novanthealth.org

Gift Nweke, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Clinical Specialty: Pharmacoeconomics, Drug Information, Research, Quality Improvement, Pharmacy Health System Administration

Residents will develop critical skills that will support professional and effective practice in pharmacoeconomics, applied outcomes research, teaching in academia and overall pharmacy leadership. Residents that successfully complete the rotation will be equipped to develop, implement, monitor and maintain pharmacy formulary strategies informed by outcomes-based research and will gain enhanced skills in teaching in academic settings.

Ongoing Projects: pipeline drug reporting, drug forecasting, formulary improvement initiatives, pharmacy program management, quality improvement research, outcomes based pharmacy research studies.

Email: gnweke@novanthealth.org

Alyssa Gould, PharmD

Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Stewardship

The resident will have the opportunity to participate in various antimicrobial stewardship activities at multiple community hospitals within Novant Health. Residents will evaluate antimicrobial regimens and collaborate with providers and other pharmacists to ensure patients receive appropriate and streamlined therapy. Topic discussions may include antimicrobial drug classes, infectious disease states, and microbiology. The rotation will be tailored towards the resident’s knowledge and interests within infectious diseases.

Ongoing Projects: Antimicrobial stewardship education for pharmacists and providers, participation in resident-led research projects

Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Nebraska Medicine, Omaha, NE
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency at University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy/Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia, SC

Email: alyssa.gould@novanthealth.org

Michael Gooch, Pharm. MS

Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Pharmacy Health System Administration

My rotation is tailored to the learner’s educational background in infectious diseases/antimicrobial stewardship. I support Intensive Care Units at a large community hospital (900 beds) as well as two nearby community hospitals and work closely with Infectious Disease service. The resident will be involved in the development of clinical guidelines, protocols, education efforts for physicians and pharmacy services, chart reviews for antimicrobial stewardship, and infection prevention. There is a strong focus on communication skills and critical thinking. Teaching will be based around Infectious Disease Society of America guidelines and current literature.

Ongoing Projects: Vancomycin dosing protocols, admission avoidance, effects of stewardship interventions.

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Oregon State University

Email: mdgooch@novanthealth.org

Ryan Chapin, PharmD

Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Stewardship

The resident will focus on expanding their infectious diseases knowledgebase and developing antimicrobial stewardship skills. Collaboration with different provider groups and departments contributing to care for the infectious diseases patient will be ongoing component. Topic discussions and presentations will be tailored the resident’s experience and areas of interest. Projects will include team member education, clinical guideline development, and antimicrobial formulary management as needed.

Ongoing Projects: Ongoing education for providers, pharmacists and learners, diagnostic stewardship, and desensitization protocols

University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Concord Hospital, Concord, NH
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Email: rwchapin@novanthealth.org

Steven W Johnson, PharmD, BCPS, CPP, AAHIVP

Infectious Diseases, Academia

Residents will have the opportunity to focus on various aspects of academia including: scholarship, teaching, and service. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, collaboration on research projects, teaching at Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, precepting of pharmacy students and attending various committee meetings. Opportunities will also exist with the preceptor’s practice. This includes an internal medicine service at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and clinic service with Novant Health Infectious Diseases Specialists. Clinic experience with focus on HCV and HIV management.

Ongoing Projects: Identification of risk-prediction models for various resistant bacteria, clinical outcomes studies with new HCV therapies and secondary CDI prevention
School of Pharmacy: University of Colorado School of Pharmacy
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
PGY2 Infectious Diseases/Internal Medicine/Academia Residency at Duke University/Campbell University, Durham, NC

Hannah Dills, PharmD

Emergency Medicine

Brief Rotation Description: During this 4-6 week emergency medicine rotation, residents will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of providers in the 80 bed emergency department at NHFMC. They will respond to all medical emergencies, including cardiac arrests, strokes, STEMIs, and intubations. Additionally, residents will review patient profiles to optimize medication therapy, complete ED culture reviews, answer drug information questions, and make available education for ED providers. Initially, the preceptor will mentor the resident at bedside, with the goal of the resident independently performing all clinical specialist duties by the end of the learning experience.

Ongoing Projects: ED Culture Review, ED Opioid Stewardship, ED Pyxis Standardization
School of Pharmacy: UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY2 Emergency
Medicine Residency at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA

Email: hrdills@novanthealth.org

Amy Holmes, PharmD, BCPPS

Clinical Specialty: Neonatal intensive care

Brief Rotation Description: On my rotation residents spend their morning rounding with the multidisciplinary team in our 56 bed level IIIb NICU. With pediatric residents, medical and NNP students, and neonatology fellows, it is an environment very conducive to learning. Afternoons are often spent doing topic discussions, attending meetings, or working on special projects. Topic discussion include but are not limited to neonatal abstinence syndrome, medications in lactation, apnea or prematurity, respiratory distress syndrome, chronic lung disease, and TORCH infections.

Projects: Antimicrobial stewardship in the NICU (focus on late onset sepsis in 2017); developing a writing program for the residency program; evaluating effects of long-acting progesterone only contraception on lactation in pump-dependent women; system-wide effort to reduce cost of cervical ripening.

Email: apholmes@novanthealth.org

Amanda Edwards, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP

Clinical Specialty: Oncology

Brief Rotation Description: Oncology is an elective four to six week learning experience at Novant Health Forsyth medical Center. There are 34 inpatient oncology beds. The oncology team consists of medical oncologists, gynecological oncologists, hospitalists, physician extenders and the clinical pharmacy specialists along with nutritionists, case management, nurses, physical, occupation and speech therapy and consulting services including palliative care. The clinical pharmacy specialist on the team is responsible for ensuring safe and effective medication use for all patients admitted to the team. Routine responsibilities on rotation include therapeutic drug monitoring, anticoagulation, chemotherapy regimen review and evaluation, active participation in morning rounds, daily palliative care rounds, education of healthcare providers, patients and caregivers and participation in oncology and palliative care committees/meetings.

Projects:

  • Current
    • Resident project: Retrospective evaluation of the management of immune mediated toxicities post immunotherapy in cancer patients across Novant Health
    • Resident Medication Use Evaluation (MUE): Assessment of safety outcomes associated with serum creatinine capped dosing of carboplatin
  • Various ongoing projects related to chemotherapy stewardship, staff education and oncology treatment plan reviews

Email: akedwards@novanthealth.org

Christina Roels, PharmD, BCPS, CPP

Clinical Specialty: Neurology

Brief Rotation Description: Neurology/Neurocritical care is an elective, 4-6 week learning experience at NHFMC. NHFMC is a Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center. The service is a rounding team service with the pharmacists playing an integral role in optimizing medication therapies. The rounding service includes the Neuro-ICU, Intermediate Neuro-critical care unit, the Neurosciences floor, the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, and the Outpatient Stroke Bridge Clinic.

Projects:

  • The Joint Commission
    • VTE Technical Advisory Panel Member
  • External research
    • Sub-investigator: CREST-II, ARAMIS
    • Primary investigator: MARISS trial
  • Internal research
    • Clinical Outcomes of Thrombophilia Testing in Ischemic Stroke Patients: an Economic Analysis (project with PGY1 resident), Cross-sectional Study of Vitamin D Deficiency and Insufficiency in NHFMC Neurosciences, Statin Prescribing Practices after Intracerebral Hemorrhage (collaborative multi-site project), Assessment of Four Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrates (KCentra) Dosing Practices within Neurocritical Care (collaborative multi-site project)
    • Optimizing internal anticoagulation reversal time for intracranial hemorrhage

Email: croels@novanthealth.org

Jeremy Hodges, RPh, BCPS

Clinical Specialty: Medical/Surgical intensive care

Brief Rotation Description: As a member of our advanced pharmacy practice model, residents will provide pharmacy consult services to physicians and patients in our 30 bed ICU, including pharmacokinetic dosing, renal dosing, and documentation of interdisciplinary recommendations in the medical record. The goal for the resident is to independently perform the duties of the clinical specialist by the end of the learning experience.

Projects: Opportunities include projects related to sepsis, sedation, pain, vasoactive agents, respiratory, and acid-base therapies.

Email: jlhodges@novanthealth.org

Ryan Kammer, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Specialty: Cardiology

Brief Rotation Description: The Acute Care Cardiology rotation consists of 4-6 weeks in the 24-bed cardiac ICU and step-down units. The clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) is responsible for optimizing medication therapy and providing drug information to healthcare providers and patients. The CPS is the lead pharmacist on the cardiac team, consisting of clinical staff pharmacists and technicians. The CPS attends multiple service line meetings, leads the cardiac subcommittee of P&T, and assists with order set and policy development. Throughout the rotation, the resident will progressively take on the responsibilities of the preceptor (CPS). The preceptor will directly mentor the resident initially, and continue to facilitate learning as the resident progresses during the rotation.

Email: rtkammer@novanthealth.org

Evan Tatum, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Specialty: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Brief Rotation Description: The cardiovascular surgery rotation involves coverage of the cardiovascular surgery intensive care unit and related step-down unit. Strong focus will be placed on advanced understanding of invasive hemodynamic monitoring techniques. Responsbilities include, but are not limited to: optimizing medication therapy and providing drug information to healthcare assistance with order set and policy development within the cardiothoracic service line. Throughout the preceptor will directly mentor the resident initially, and continue to facilitate learning as the resident progresses during the rotation.

Email: etatum@novanthealth.org