I decided to pursue a residency to get further training and gain more exposure to various clinical sites. I was drawn to this residency program because of the relationships I formed with my preceptors, including the pharmacy residency program director Dr. Miller, during my rotations at CFVHS as a student. It was also close to where my husband was stationed, and I liked the teaching component that is integrated into the program.
This residency gave me numerous opportunities to work with other healthcare professionals and to see new things outside of a typical pharmacists’ role. For example, I was able to watch medication administration during surgeries, which helped me to understand the full medication use process and put everything into perspective. One of my favorite parts was working closely with the family medicine medical residents; it was a unique opportunity to form strong relationships with other providers.
Reflecting back on the last year, I gained a lot of practice experience as a pharmacist. My biggest areas of growth were in my teaching skills and research experience. I feel more confident in my ability to provide a meaningful learning experience and engage my audience during presentations and other educational activities. Now I have a better appreciation for the time and effort that goes into a research project. I am proud of all of the hard work my team and I put into my project this year and of the effects it will have on this health system.
I am grateful for all of the guidance and support during my residency. I have accepted a position at an outpatient pharmacy at a military treatment facility in Washington. My goal is to eventually move into a clinical pharmacist position there.
Beginning my first year in pharmacy school, I knew that I wanted to pursue a residency but I joined the Air Force after graduating. After 3 years in the work force, I decided that it was the right time to get more in depth training and experiences in the field of pharmacy.
From this year as a resident, I have full confidence in my role as a clinical pharmacist, teacher and researcher. I am looking forward to my role as an inpatient clinical pharmacist at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
The Cape Fear Valley/SR-AHEC residency program was my number one choice for a number of reasons. First, this residency gives you a two-fold residency experience. Cape Fear Valley gave me the big hospital experience and SR-AHEC gave me the ambulatory care experience. Second, SR-AHEC has a Family Medicine Residency program and throughout the pharmacy residency I was able to form incredible multidisciplinary relationships with the medical residents. And third, my wife was born and raised in Fayetteville and being close to family is very important to me.
One of my favorite experiences as a resident was the elective surgical rotation which gave me some invaluable learning experiences. I had the chance to work closely with surgical personnel and actually witness surgical procedures in the operating room. This opportunity gave me the chance to really understand and see how the medications are used and how they affect the human body.