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Current Residents

Postgraduate Year One

 

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Brittany La-Viola, PharmD (2017-2019) 

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy, 2017Notre Dame of Maryland University School of PharmacyBaltimore, MD 

Clinical Focus

Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Cardiology 

Research Focus

How does Lecture Capture affect student outcomes? 

Why UIW?

I chose UIW’s Pharmacotherapy Residency Program because the program has all of the core components that I was looking for in a residency program. One core component UIW offers is a wide variety of rotation opportunities at various practice sites and institutions in the San Antonio area. As a pharmacist, I will be working with a multitude of diverse populations throughout my career. Having the opportunity to work with different practice sites throughout the San Antonio area will help me gain experience working with a variety of patient populations, as well as, expose me to alternate ways to practice pharmacy. Another core component UIW offers, a strong academia focus. Throughout pharmacy school I had a great passion for helping others along their academic journey in pharmacy school. I knew early on in pharmacy school that I wanted to pursue a career in academia. I strongly believe that the program will help me grow as a clinical pharmacist and equip me with the experiences and tools to pursue a career in a variety of different practice areas.

 

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Ryan A. Popp, Pharm.D. (2017-2019)

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy, 2016University of Texas at Austin College of PharmacyAustin, TX 

Clinical Focus

Ambulatory Care, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine

Research Focus

Effect of therapeutic interchange on medication changes between admission and discharge

Why UIW?

I chose UIW because of the diverse set of clinical, academic, and research experiences it offers. UIW truly allows you the freedom to choose the direction you want to take your residency, and I like that I have time to explore various clinical environments as a PGY1 before selecting what I will focus on in the PGY2 year. As a new pharmacist, I look forward engaging in the diverse series of rotations around many great hospitals in San Antonio, as well as interacting with students in the classroom. With the assistance and support from the wonderful faculty and practitioners of the Feik School of Pharmacy, I am confident that I will not only emerge from this program as a capable, competent, and confident pharmacist, but also with the skills and knowledge to provide professional education and pursue research for the rest of my career. I am so happy to be a part of the Incarnate Word family, and I look forward to a great residency ahead!

 

Postgraduate Year Two

 

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Rebekah M. Benitez, PharmD (2016-2018)

Education
Doctor of Pharmacy, 2016
University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy
San Antonio, Texas
 
Clinical Focus

Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Ambulatory Care

Research Focus

Identification of factors driving prescribing patterns of P2Y12 inhibitors following acute coronary syndromes and comparison to patient values.

Why UIW?

I choose UIW because it offered a varied and dynamic approach to learning.  Coming out of my fourth year APPE rotations, I knew that I wanted to pursue a residency but was unsure which focus to choose.  Fortunately, the UIW residency program encompasses the full spectrum of opportunities within the profession of pharmacy.   The rotations allow me to experience hospitals and ambulatory care clinics throughout San Antonio, in a wide array of patient settings. In addition, this program’s affiliation with the Feik School of Pharmacy allows for exceptional experiences in academia.   Having the opportunity to gain a teaching certificate while actively engaging in lab facilitation and didactic lectures is such a unique aspect of this program.  Last but not least, I knew from my years as a student at UIW just how great the faculty and staff were.  UIW is a very friendly and learning-centered environment, and I am so fortunate to be a part of it.

 

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Jenna Snoga, PharmD (2016-2018)

Education
Doctor of Pharmacy, 2016
University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy
San Antonio, Texas
 
Clinical Focus

Ambulatory Care, Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases

Research Focus

Evaluation of Non-selective Beta-blockers on Mortality in Patients with Decompensated Cirrhosis

Why UIW?

I chose UIW’s Pharmacotherapy Residency Program because it offered all of the essential components I was looking for in a residency program. UIW offers a broad variety of clinical rotations throughout the San Antonio area at several different healthcare institutions. This exposure will allow me to explore the many different avenues of pharmacy and I will also have to opportunity to work with a diverse patient population. The other appealing components of this program consist of teaching and research opportunities, endless networking opportunities, and the privilege to work with faculty who are compassionate, dedicated, and remarkable preceptors. All of these components will provide me with the skills necessary to become a competent clinical pharmacist.

 

 Former Residents

Shelley Glaess, PharmD (2015-2017)

Education
Doctor of Pharmacy, 2015
University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy
San Antonio, Texas

Clinical Focus

Internal medicine and critical care

Research Focus

Evaluation of Prophylactic Antibiotic Regimens on Recurrence and Mortality in Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis (SBP)

Current Position

Clinical Pharmacist, Intensive Care Unit, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Westover Hills, San Antonio, Texas

Why UIW? 

I chose UIW's Pharmacotherapy Residency Program because it offers great exposure to ambulatory and acute care  medical settings. During clinical rotations in Pharmacy School, I was drawn to these specializations and therefore compelled to focus my post-graduate work on them.  Additionally, UIW offers a well-rounded program through its partnerships with many San Antonio area hospitals and healthcare institutions. UIW's strong academic backbone facilitates ample opportunities to work with students and other faculty members in a challenging educational setting. 

 

Emily Brysch, PharmD (2015-2017)

Education
Doctor of Pharmacy, 2015
University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy
San Antonio, Texas
 
Clinical Focus

Geriatrics, Ambulatory care, Internal Medicine

Research Focus

Reduction of Medication Regimen Complexity in Geriatric Patients and the Effect on Quality of Life and Functional Capacity

Current Position

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, South Bexar Outpatient Clinic, South Texas Veterans Healthcare System, San Antonio, Texas

Why UIW? 

I chose UIW because the academic, research and wide array of rotation opportunities provide the resident with the tools to become a knowledgeable, effective, and well-rounded clinical pharmacist. Not every residency program can offer a multitude of practice sites; however, UIW does. This is a great opportunity to work with different populations, network, and have experience at different facilities. UIW also allows you to earn a teaching certificate. Some of the most effective learning is through teaching and no matter what field of pharmacy I work in, I will need to be able to successfully communicate and teach.   Finally, I was privileged to earn my Pharm.D. at UIW; therefore, I know that the faculty are extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, and great educators. The faculty is easy to work with and will be able to help me grow into a proficient and confident clinician.

Alireza Fakhri Ravari, PharmD (2014-2016)

Education
Doctor of Pharmacy, 2014
Texas A&M Irma Lerma University Rangel College of Pharmacy
Kingsville, Texas

Clinical Focus

Infectious disease and internal medicine

Research Focus

Evaluation of Optimized Cefepime Dosing Based on MIC and Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Bloodstream Infections Caused by Gram-negative Bacilli.

Emerging Hepatitis C treatments

Current Position

Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences, California Health Sciences University College of Pharmacy, Clovis, California

Why UIW?

I chose UIW because it had everything that I was looking for in a residency program. The appealing components consist of presentation and teaching opportunities, a diverse patient population, research opportunities, a wide variety of rotations, and many networking opportunities throughout San Antonio. It was also appealing that academia and research occur longitudinally throughout both years of the program, which would allow me to have adequate time to work on a research project and achieve desirable results.

 

Ashley Zurek, PharmD (2014-2016)

Education
Doctor of Pharmacy, 2014
University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy
San Antonio, Texas

Clinical Focus

Internal medicine and ambulatory care

Research Focus

Statin therapy utilization in U.S. Veterans > 75 years of age for the Primary Prevention of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease

Current Position

Clinical Pharmacist, Internal Medicine Ambulatory Clinic, San Antonio Military Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas

Why UIW?

I chose UIW because it offers a wide variety of clinical experiences among various San Antonio hospitals with diverse populations. It also provides a strong longitudinal teaching component and truly focuses on the residents’ education. There are so many specialty options in pharmacy, and this program allows for further exploration of multiple areas and development of the residents’ interests. Additionally, UIW provided me with an excellent pharmacy school foundation, and I know that this residency and its experienced faculty will equip me with the skills necessary to become a competent and confident clinical pharmacist.

 

Braden Adamson, PharmD (2013-2015)

Education
Doctor of Pharmacy, 2013
Midwestern State University
Glendale, Arizona
 
Clinical Focus

Critical care medicine and infectious diseases

Research Focus

Risk factors for selected pathogens in community-dwelling pneumonia patients from the CDC National Hospital Discharge Survey

Current Position

Assistant Professor, Roseman University of Health Sciences –  South Jordan Campus. South Jordan, Utah

Why UIW?

I chose to do my residency with the UIW FSOP Pharmacotherapy Residency Program because I have always had a desire to work with pharmacy students and participate in their training and education. I find satisfaction in watching the progression of students as they advance from didactics to clinical rotations, graduation, and post-graduate experiences and know that I helped along the way. Another reason I came to this residency program is that it offers rotations with multiple hospital sites and systems which allows for many different learning opportunities. I feel the opportunity to work with many different faculty and non-faculty preceptors has given me a stronger foundation in pharmacy practice. I have no regrets and this has been the best decision I have made for my future as a clinical pharmacist.

Post-residency

Looking back on the two years when I had the opportunity to complete a pharmacotherapy residency at UIW-FSOP I am grateful for the time and effort that was put into it to improve my experiences. The residency program allowed me to reach my short term career goals and start me on the path to reach my long-term career goals. I had opportunities to pursue clinic specialist positons but felt that academia was how I would reach my fullest potential and be the happiest. I look forward with excitement to my future career and know that I owe my success in part to the support and training I received from my residency program, through the preceptors, mentors, and support of the FSOP faculty members.

 

Hansita B. Patel, PharmD (2013-2015)

Education
Doctor of Pharmacy, 2014
Texas A&M Irma Lerma University Rangel College of Pharmacy
Kingsville, Texas

Clinical Focus

Ambulatory care

Research Focus

Utilization of twice daily dosing of insulin glargine in type 2 diabetes mellitus

Current Position

Assistant Professor, The University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy, San Antonio, Texas

Why UIW?

I chose UIW because it had all the components of a residency program that will help me achieve both my current and future career goals. Upon completion of the program, I hope to pursue a career in ambulatory care and academia. This program will not only adequately prepare me to be an excellent clinician but an excellent faculty member as well. I particularly enjoy working with the clinical faculty at the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy, many of whom are experts in a wide variety of specialties from ambulatory care, critical care, infectious diseases, pediatrics, cardiology, and more. The faculty members here are not only mentors to me, but role models as well. Even if I was not pursuing a career in academia, this program offers the unique opportunity to have diverse rotation experiences at several institutions in the area. Working at a variety of institutions is not only an excellent way to broaden one’s horizons, but it provides networking opportunities as well.

 

Merlyn Joseph, PharmD (2012-2014)

Education
Doctor of Pharmacy, 2012
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy
Amarillo, Texas
 
Clinical Focus

Internal medicine and ambulatory care

Research Focus

Statin therapy utilization in U.S. Veterans > 75 years of age for the Primary Prevention of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease

Current Position

Clinical Pharmacist, internal medicine ambulatory clinic. San Antonio Military Medical Center, San Antonio, TX

Why UIW?

When I started pharmacy school, we took the “Oath of a Pharmacist” during our white coat ceremony. The following tenets stuck with me: “I will accept the lifelong obligation to improve my professional knowledge and competence” and “I will apply my knowledge, experience, and skills to the best of my ability to ensure optimal outcomes for my patients”. I took these to heart and felt I could further my knowledge to better serve my patients with residency training.

As I choose a residency, I considered many different factors. Will rotations be at an academic teaching hospital? Are there opportunities for interdisciplinary teamwork?  Will there be a variety of electives available? The answers to my initial questions were a resounding “yes”, yet, the pharmacotherapy residency at the University of the Incarnate Word struck me as different.  

During my residency search, my mentors advised me on the amazing faculty at UIW….and they were right! The nurturing faculty at UIW strived to give me every possible opportunity that I needed or wanted (like good parents)! Whether it was more teaching experience, a particularly competitive elective rotation, or a longitudinal clinic experience, if there was a possibility that could be explored, consider it done!  

As a pharmacotherapy resident, I knew I would develop clinical skills to ultimately provide excellent patient care as a clinical pharmacist. However, my “parents” have encouraged me to strive further than I ever imagined. I never thought I would be comfortable teaching 100 students, but I did it more than once! They’ve encouraged me to always look beyond the obvious and critically analyze literature to make patient-specific recommendations. I’ve gained the knowledge and the confidence to effectively practice in the community.

As I complete my residency, I come to fully appreciate one of the last tenets of the “Oath of a Pharmacist” – “I will utilize my knowledge, skills, experiences, and values to prepare the next generation of pharmacists.” Having been fortunate to be trained from such amazing faculty and preceptors, I look forward to giving back to my profession. By pursuing a career in academia, I hope to share the core values of a pharmacist each time a student wears a white coat.

 

Tina C. Lee, PharmD  (2012-2014)

Education
Doctor of Pharmacy, 2011
Campbell University
Buiess Creek, North Carolina
 
Clinical Focus

Internal medicine

Research Focus

Clinical evaluation of potassium supplementation in hospitalized adults

Current Position

Assistant Professor, The University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy, San Antonio, Texas

Why UIW?

Although it was a daunting idea to leave North Carolina to a new state where I did not know anyone, I knew UIW was the right residency for me. I was uncertain what area of pharmacy, if any, I wanted to focus on. Therefore, a pharmacotherapy residency was perfect for me. I felt that there were so many different topics that learned in pharmacy school but did not get to see clinically on rotations. Being a pharmacotherapy resident would give me the opportunity to continue to learn about so many disease states and medications, both with more in depth discussions but also clinical experience.

UIW offered a broad variety of clinical rotations at different sites in San Antonio. It was perfect to be exposed to so many different avenues of pharmacy while learning about different systems each hospital used. I had the flexibility to pick elective rotations that interested me, but to also help me grow as a pharmacist. Being with majority of preceptors that worked for a pharmacy school meant that their priority was teaching both me and students, and that was important to me. And while I was still learning new things myself, I loved that I was able to interact with the pharmacy students at both the school and on rotation. UIW also provided opportunities to give back to the community by doing a health fairs and participating at local events.

These past 2 years have gone by so quickly. I never once regretted my decision to come to UIW’s residency program. I know I have grown personally, clinically, and spiritually by coming to UIW. The relationships built with UIW faculty and staff are ones to be cherished and were vital in helping me to become a compassionate pharmacist, teacher, and human being.