Christa Brutscher, Pharm.D.University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, Class of 2022
Areas of interest: Oncology, ambulatory care, internal medicine
Why did you choose Norton Healthcare?
I chose Norton Healthcare for my residency training because I knew the health system experience would be optimal in allowing me to develop into a confident and well-rounded clinical pharmacist. I also was able to experience clinical rotations at Norton Healthcare locations and witnessed firsthand the dedicated commitment of the program preceptors to the residents’ success. Norton Healthcare also offers ample experiences in each of my specific pharmacy interests, and I am excited for the opportunity to explore those further.
Research Topic: Impact of a nimodipine dose protocol on clinical outcomes in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage
McKenzie McCammon, Pharm.D., MPHUniversity of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, 2022
Areas of interest: Oncology, cardiology, infectious diseases
I chose Norton Healthcare because I value family and support. I could feel how genuine each person was throughout every encounter. I knew the people I would be surrounded by would make a difference in my residency experience. Norton Healthcare also has a wide range of electives that interested me, especially the opportunity in pediatric hematology/oncology.
Research topic: Development of a pharmacist-driven protocol for outpatient management of hypercalcemia of malignancy
Emma Kempf, Pharm.D.Purdue University College of Pharmacy, Class of 2022
Areas of interest: Internal medicine, ambulatory care
I was able to work as an intern at Norton Healthcare during pharmacy school and loved the people and the culture. I knew it was an environment that would support me and my well-being while challenging me through the wide variety of practice sites offered within the health system. Through that variety of practice sites, Norton Healthcare offers a well-rounded experience to prepare me for my career.
Research topic: Development and implementation of an anesthesia automated dispensing cabinet inventory optimization process
Aaron Ridenour, Pharm.D.University of Cincinnati James Winkle College of Pharmacy, Class of 2022
Areas of interest: Infectious diseases, critical care
I was drawn to Norton Healthcare for its approach in treating all aspects of patient care with excellence, compassion, and innovation. The PGY1 program offers a wide variety of rotation experiences to ensure its pharmacy residents receive the comprehensive training and clinical decision-making skills necessary to provide care for patients with a vast array of complicated disease states. Comprehensive professional development is encouraged through interdisciplinary collaboration, longitudinal leadership, scholarship, research, and the opportunity to teach and precept students from Sullivan University College of Pharmacy. I especially value the emphasis that Norton Healthcare places on the personal growth and well-being of its residents. The robust support provided by the preceptors was readily apparent, and I knew this was the program I was looking for.
Research topic: Evaluation of adherence to a health system’s guidelines for treatment of community acquired pneumonia
Dakota Smith, Pharm.D., M.S.Manchester University, Class of 2022
I chose Norton Healthcare because it feels like a place where everyone has your back and will help support you in any way. It also provides many different experiences in ID and critical care as well as being able to experience working in different hospital environments at each Norton location. Norton made me feel very welcome during my interview despite being virtual which to me was a strong indicator of where I wanted to be.
Research Topic: Evaluation of fluid status in critically ill patients with sepsis at Norton Healthcare facilities
Sarah Wise, Pharm.D., M.S.Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Class of 2022
Areas of interest: Internal medicine, critical care, emergency medicine
I chose Norton Healthcare because of the robust opportunities afforded the residents. The program’s teaching certificate with Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, leadership and elective opportunities drew me to Norton Healthcare because of the well-rounded experience and opportunity to explore different areas of pharmacy. All of which will make me a better clinical pharmacist. The people at Norton Healthcare were so welcoming, and they made me feel like part of the family from the beginning. I am excited to further expand my therapeutic knowledge, build relationships with my colleagues and become a well-rounded clinical pharmacist throughout my pharmacy residency at Norton Healthcare.
Research topic: Evaluation and optimization of the therapeutic enoxaparin dosing and monitoring protocol in high-risk populations
2021-2022 PGY1 PHARMACY RESIDENCY CLASS
Emily Bryan, Pharm.D.
Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, Class of 2021
Project: Creating an ambulatory pharmacy initiative aimed at decreasing emergency department visits among Norton Healthcare’s self-insured health plan members
PGY2: Ambulatory care, Norton Healthcare
Hannah Corbin, Pharm.D.
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, Class of 2021
Project: Evaluating early interclass transitions between oral P2Y12 receptor-inhibiting therapies in a community health system
Chuck McMahan Jr., Pharm.D.
University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, Class of 2021
Project: Impact of a pharmacist-driven alcohol withdrawal adjunct pharmacotherapy standardization on clinical outcomes
Clark Moehlenbrock, Pharm.D.
University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, Class of 2021
Project: Evaluation of a health system’s adherence to monitoring parameters for oral chemotherapy agents
PGY2: Oncology, Norton Healthcare
Shaina Smoger, Pharm.D.
Project: Development of a pharmacist-driven, guideline-directed medication therapy optimization service for hospitalized patients with chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction
Xuping Yan, Pharm.D.
Purdue University College of Pharmacy, Class of 2021
Project: Evaluation of IV vs. oral antibiotics at discharge for the treatment of urinary source gram-negative bacteremia
PGY2: Infectious diseases, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
2020-2021 PGY1 PHARMACY RESIDENCY CLASS
Martin Brenneman, Pharm.D.
Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy, Class of 2020
Project: Evaluation of urinalysis and urine culture use for diagnostic stewardship within a community health system
PGY2: Infectious diseases, Norton Healthcare
Emily Followell, Pharm.D.
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, Class of 2020
Project: Standardizing the implementation of pharmacist-led patient care protocols in the ambulatory setting
PGY2: Cardiology, TriStar Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Erin Ottman, Pharm.D.
Project: Impact of a pharmacist-driven intervention tool on adherence to guidelines related to the use of bone modifying agents (BMAs) in patients with advanced solid tumor malignancies with metastatic disease to the bone
Tori Penick, Pharm.D.
Project: Revision of the Advanced Hospital Practice Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotation: Standardizing learning experiences among student pharmacists
PGY2: Ambulatory care, University of Louisville
Rachel Sowell, Pharm.D., MPH
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, Class of 2020
Project: Development of pharmacist-driven transition of care intervention in acute ischemic stroke patient population
Adele Venable, Pharm.D.
University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, Class of 2020
Project: clinical impact of an anticoagulation protocol revision for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) patients
PGY2: Critical care, St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky
2019-2020 PGY1 PHARMACY RESIDENCY CLASS
Alex Anderson, Pharm.D.
Research topic: Identifying opportunities for optimization of the use of continuous infusion anti-hypertensive therapies in the emergency department
Megan Cummins, Pharm.D.
Research topic: The effect of dexmedetomidine use on concomitant benzodiazepine exposure in mechanically ventilated neonates
PGY2: Pediatrics, UK Healthcare, Lexington, Kentucky
Alexandria Dingess, Pharm.D.
Research topic: Elevating safety and efficacy of anticoagulation practice: Closing the gap on national patient safety goals
Ashley Jatczak, Pharm.D.
Research topic: Evaluating patient outcomes associated with the use of guideline-directed supportive care for diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome
James Mitchell, Pharm.D.
Research topic: A systematic approach to improve and maintain compliance with revised USP 797 guidelines in a health system
Lindsay Otis, Pharm.D., MBA
Research topic: Assessment of the management of immunotherapy-related toxicities in oncology patients presenting to community hospital system emergency departments
2018-2019 PGY1 PHARMACY RESIDENCY CLASS
Evan Bryson, Pharm.D.
Research topic: Therapeutic enoxaparin in high-risk patients: An evaluation of a pharmacist-driven anti-Xa monitoring and dose adjustment protocol
PGY2: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Emily Hampton, Pharm.D., MPH, BCPS
Research topic: Directed education and feedback to nonphysician providers to reduce treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria at a community hospital
Justin McCann, Pharm.D.
Research topic: Risk factors for venous thromboembolic events in patients following elective total hip and total knee arthroplasty in the community hospital setting
Ashley Mullins, Pharm.D.
Research topic: Optimizing use of the electronic medical record to improve transitions of care for oncology services
Joanna Towles, Pharm.D.
Research topic: Burnout among pharmacy technicians: The impact of strategic initiatives
Kimber Woodrum, Pharm.D., MPH
Research topic: A systematic approach to optimizing opioid prescribing by standardizing order sets
2017-2018 PGY1 PHARMACY RESIDENCY CLASS
Lars Almassalkhi, Pharm.D.
Research topic: Engaging pharmacist to effectively manage clinical decision support alerts
PGY2: Emergency medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Kathleen Gillen, Pharm.D.
Research topic: Evaluation of facility-specific risk factors for opioid-induced respiratory depression
PGY2: Ambulatory care, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
Amanda Kuszmaul, Pharm.D.
Research topic: Designing a tool to standardize pharmacist workflow in an ambulatory care specialty practice
Abby Taylor, Pharm.D.
Research topic: A process for the development of clinical pharmacy tools within an electronic medical record
Brittany Wyatt, Pharm.D.
Research topic: Describing the potential impact of a pharmacist-driven protocol to prevent febrile neutropenia
2016-2017 PGY1 PHARMACY RESIDENCY CLASS
Danielle Henry, Pharm.D.
Research topic: Implementation of a process to ensure the safe and efficient use of cytotoxic medications for non-oncologic indications
Kelli Noel, Pharm.D.
Research topic: A retrospective review to determine the efficacy of fecal microbiota transplantation via colonoscopy in a community hospital for recurrent, refractory, or severe Clostridium difficile infection
Jessica Robinson, Pharm.D., BCPS
Research topic: Evaluation of the potential impact of a darbepoetin alfa indication restriction and dosing guideline in an inpatient setting
Lauren Schmitt, Pharm.D.
Research topic: A standardized pharmacist-driven process for anticoagulation education: Evaluating the impact on patient outcomes and opportunities for optimization
Haley Willett, Pharm.D.
Research topic: Optimizing a pharmacy dashboard to improve success at implementation
PGY2: Ambulatory care, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee
Maryam Yazdanshenas, Pharm.D.
Research topic: Rate of deviation from evidence-based protocols in neo-adjuvant and adjuvant breast cancer treatment regimens
2015-2016 PGY1 PHARMACY RESIDENCY CLASS
Rachel Connors, Pharm.D.
Research topic: Potential impact of a pharmacist-driven protocol to improve Staphylococcal bacteremia care
Kassandra Fernsler Mohler, Pharm.D., BCACP
Research topic: Defining a standardized pharmacist-driven process for inpatient warfarin education
Michael Frazier, Pharm.D., BCPS
Research topic: A comprehensive, systematic, and multidisciplinary approach to continuous optimization of clinical decision support
Lindsay Hazelden, Pharm.D.
Research topic: Evaluation of empiric direct thrombin inhibitor therapy with optimization of the heparin-induced thrombocytopenia laboratory testing protocol and pharmacist intervention
PGY2: Oncology, John Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland
Jamie Kraemer Mahan, Pharm.D., BCPS
Research topic: Designing and implementing a pharmacist-driven process for inpatient novel oral anticoagulant education
Michael Robinson, Pharm.D., BCPS
Research topic: Optimization of antibiotic regimen selection and dispensing in the perioperative setting
2014-2015 PGY1 PHARMACY RESIDENCY CLASS
John Holston, Pharm.D.Research topic: Implementing transitions of care in a health care system — pilot study on patients discharged on anticoagulants
Courtney McDonald, Pharm.D.Research topic: Impact of a pharmacist in the patient-centered medical home
Christie Lee Scott, Pharm.D.Research topic: Identifying operational barriers to initiation of appropriate antimicrobial therapy following a positive blood culture
Josh Senn, Pharm.D., BCPSResearch topic: Evaluation of intravenous immunoglobulin grams averted with implementation of an inpatient IV immune globulin restricted use and dosing guidelineTara Haworth Wright, Pharm.D., BCPPS, BCOPResearch topic: Characterizing clinical decision support alerts within an electronic health record systemPGY2: Pediatrics, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
2013-2014 PGY1 PHARMACY RESIDENCY CLASS
Ashley Stack Bane, Pharm.D., BCPSResearch topic: Evaluation of the safety and efficacy of a colistin dosing protocol
Jonathan Ptachcinski, Pharm.D.Research topic: Impact of a pharmacist-directed intervention on duration of aminoglycoside empiric therapy for health care-associated pneumoniaPGY2: Hematology/oncology, UNC Health, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Yvonne Egbudin Umeh, Pharm.D., BCCPResearch topic: The Impact of a vancomycin interchange protocol on costs and length of stay
2012-2013 PGY1 PHARMACY RESIDENCY CLASS
Michael Braun, Pharm.D., BCPSResearch topic: Creating and implementing a dosing protocol for intravenous immune globulin
Khyati Desai, Pharm.D.Research topic: Utility of gram stain to identify the pathogen in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) pneumonia
Kelsi Peay, Pharm.D.Research topic: Expansion of a generic medication pilot project within an integrated delivery network
2011-2012 PGY1 PHARMACY RESIDENCY CLASS
Jeffrey Bahng, Pharm.D., BCPSResearch topic: Engaging pharmacists to become effective stewards of the formulary system through the use of education, documentation and communication
Susan Martin, Pharm.D.Research topic: Maximizing generic prescribing in an integrated delivery network: Impact of the pharmacist
Thomas Stoltz, Pharm.D.Research topic: Comparison of individualized versus standardized parenteral nutrition for adult inpatients in a health care system
2010-2011 PGY1 PHARMACY RESIDENCY CLASS
Julianne Jeffries, Pharm.D.Research topic: Impact of an antimicrobial stewardship pilot project for the treatment of candidiasis on prescribing practices patient outcomes, and cost
Kelly Kampschmidt, Pharm.D.Research topic: Pharmacist comfort at codes: Due to knowledge or experience?PGY2: Oncology, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
Brittany Surface, Pharm.D.Research topic: Implementation of a basal-bolus insulin order set as a test of change
2009-2010 PGY1 PHARMACY RESIDENCY CLASS
Kimberly Blanton, Pharm.D., BCPSResearch topic: Evaluation of vancomycin trough levels before and after implementation of pharmacist-driven dosing and monitoring guidelinesCurrent position: Clinical oncology pharmacist, St. Joseph East Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky
Mary Douglas Miracle, Pharm.D., BCPSResearch topic: Pharmacist medication reconciliation and discharge counseling in a heart failure population
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