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Pharmacy Residency Alumni 2012

Dawn Battise, Pharm.D.
Johanne Bennett

As a pharmacy student, my initial interactions with the CFVHS/SR-AHEC residency team made it clear that this program would be a great fit for me. So many aspects of the program lined up with what I was seeking from a residency. When I was considering residency programs my dream was to find one that would effectively combine inpatient care, outpatient care and academia. While many programs were strong in one or two areas only SR-AHEC offered the total package. In speaking with previous residents and current preceptors I learned that the residency committee was committed to creating the best, individualized experience possible and that the team would support me throughout the program. I know that I will be challenged over the course of the year to step far outside my comfort zone but that by its completion I will have grown into an excellent clinical pharmacist who is prepared to provide evidence-based, patient-centered care in any setting.

During my residency program research last winter, I was immediately drawn to the CFVHS / Southern Regional AHEC program. This program offers an impressive array of opportunities that fit my needs and desires. I am interested in acute care, but I wanted to be able to explore ambulatory care during my residency. This program is unique because there are two practice sites; the acute care rotations are offered at Cape Fear Valley Health System and the ambulatory care rotations at SR-AHEC. This allows the resident to experience two different practice environments. There are required rotations in acute care and ambulatory care, and the program offers electives in both areas as well. The electives offered are numerous and my choices- infectious diseases, critical care, and cardiology- will provide a diverse experience. I wanted a program that would allow me to work directly with pharmacy students. There is a strong emphasis on teaching at SR-AHEC; we participate in a teaching certificate program through Fayetteville State University in the fall and teach students at the UNC Care Lab during the spring semester. I was excited to learn about the service component of this program as well. Each month we volunteer one night at the Care Clinic, a clinic that provides free services and medications to the underserved in Fayetteville. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community as well as get to know other local healthcare professionals. I am excited to continue this year-long journey and work hard to strengthen my skills as a clinical pharmacist, teacher, and leader. I am confident that the Cape Fear Valley Health System / Southern Regional AHEC residency program will help me achieve these goals.