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  • 06/07/2022 11:19 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP Membership Spotlight

    Anhmy-Eliane Nguyen

     

    What initially motivated you to join VSHP?

    I was drawn to VSHP due to the numerous opportunities to network with clinical health-system pharmacists and gain mentorship from them, such as the annual CV Review and Mentor-Mentee program. The goals of this organization aligned with my interests in health-system pharmacy, which is why I have been a member for 4 years since I was a first year pharmacy student.


     

    What school are you attending and what year? 

     

    I am a fourth year at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy

     

    Do you currently work in a pharmacy and if so what practice setting?

     

    I currently work as a pharmacy intern at Walgreens Pharmacy.

     

    What advice would you give to a P1 student or someone interested in pharmacy school?

     

    During your P1 year, be as involved as you can in pharmacy-related extracurricular activities, whether that be shadowing, fulfilling a leadership position, or joining an organization. This was incredibly helpful for me to explore different areas of pharmacy and build strong leadership skills that I have been able to use in rotations. Also, pharmacy is a small world! Build good relationships with your professors, mentors, classmates, and upperclassmen. Their guidance and insight will be incredibly valuable in every year of pharmacy school and beyond. Good luck!

     

    Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?

     

    I enjoy exploring restaurants and breweries around town!

     

    What is your favorite place to vacation?

     

    San Francisco, California

  • 06/07/2022 11:11 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP Membership Spotlight

    Kaylin Loch

     

    What initially motivated you to join VSHP?

    When I came to pharmacy school, I had very little pharmacy experience. I joined VSHP to learn more about health system pharmacy and get opportunities to shadow and receive mentorship from a variety of pharmacists.


     

     

    What school are you attending and what year? 

    I’m a P2 at VCU School of Pharmacy.

     

    Do you currently work in a pharmacy and if so what practice setting?

    I currently work in the retail/community practice setting at CVS.

     

    What advice would you give to a P1 student or someone interested in pharmacy school?

    Go in with an open mind and be willing to say yes to as many opportunities and experiences as you can.

     

    Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?

    I love swimming and reading!

     

    What is your favorite place to vacation?

    My favorite place to vacation is the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

  • 06/07/2022 11:01 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP Membership Spotlight

    Carrie Carter, PharmD, BCPS

     

    What initially motivated you to join VSHP?

    I first joined VSHP as a pharmacy student as a way to learn more about hospital pharmacy as a career and access resources such as the Residency Showcase and student programming at the Fall Meeting. Now as a practicing pharmacist I enjoy the continuing education opportunities available and ability to network with other health-system pharmacists across the state.


     

    Where did you go to pharmacy school?

    I graduated from VCU School of Pharmacy in 2019.

     

    Where have you trained or worked?

    I completed a PGY1 residency with Sentara Healthcare Hampton Roads and am currently an inpatient clinical pharmacist at Augusta Health in Fishersville, VA.

     

    Describe your current area of practice and practice setting:

    Augusta Health is a 255-bed independent community hospital primarily serving the Staunton-Augusta County-Waynesboro region. I mainly work with our progressive care/step-down unit, general medical unit, and central staffing.

     

    What advice would you give to student pharmacists?

    Take advantage of a variety of volunteer opportunities – the experiences you have during these events will provide exposure to a wide range of patient populations and practice settings and can also lead to lifelong professional connections.

     

    Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?

    I enjoy going to the beach, reading, crafting, and spending time with my dachshund, Miley.

     

    What is your favorite place to vacation?

    Outer Banks, NC every summer with my family

     

  • 06/07/2022 10:51 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP Membership Spotlight

    Banks Vickhouse

     

    What initially motivated you to join VSHP?

     

    As a P1 I wanted to get involved in a big organization that would expose me to many different opportunities for shadowing and volunteering. I have an interest in Health-System pharmacy, so this organization felt perfect for me.


     

    What school are you attending and what year? 

     

    I am currently a P2 attending Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy.

     

    Do you currently work in a pharmacy and if so what practice setting?

     

    I work at a Kroger pharmacy and also am applying for a position at a hospital pharmacy.

     

    What advice would you give to a P1 student or someone interested in pharmacy school?

     

    Look into all the organizations that you can become a part of, and keep your options open for all avenues of pharmacy. You never know what you may want to do until later on in your education. I find new interests in every area of pharmacy that I learn about.

     

    Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?

     

    Outside of work I enjoy traveling and hiking. I love exploring new places, whether it be on a mountain or at a beach.

     

    What is your favorite place to vacation?

     

    My favorite place to vacation is anywhere warm! I love Miami, the Caribbean, really any place that has great attractions to see and warm temperatures to enjoy them in.

  • 03/31/2022 2:00 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP Membership Spotlight

    Heather Robbins, CPhT


    What initially motivated you to join VSHP?

    I joined VSHP to connect with other pharmacy professionals in Virginia as well the various educational opportunities offered, including CE credits.


     Where have you trained or worked? 

    I worked retail pharmacy (Rite Aid) for 14 years before transitioning to hospital pharmacy- Riverside Health System, including Riverside Regional Medical Center and Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg. I am nationally certified as well as licensed in the state of VA.

    Describe your current area of practice and practice setting:

    I currently serve as a Pharmacy 340B Analyst for Riverside Health System, responsible for oversight of the 340B program and maintaining compliance.

    What advice would you give to a new technician?

    Pharmacy can be stressful, but it is so rewarding! The work that we do is important and the world of pharmacy is constantly changing. A career is pharmacy can take you even further than you could imagine! 

    Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?

    Crafting, spending as much time as possible with my niece and nephew, bringing awareness to and fundraising for Pancreatic Cancer research.

    What is your favorite place to vacation?

    Anywhere with a beach! My husband and I love taking cruises to the Caribbean!

  • 03/07/2022 2:48 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP Membership Spotlight

    Sarah Wheeler

     

    What initially motivated you to join VSHP?

    I’ve always found that joining state and local pharmacy organizations is a great way to network, keep up to date with practice advancements, and learn from my peers. I joined VSHP when I first moved (back) to Virginia as a pharmacist.

     

    Where did you go to pharmacy school?

    The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy

     

    Where have you trained or worked? 

    I completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, and a PGY2 ambulatory care residency at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. My first post-residency position was as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at VCU Health in the Adult Cystic Fibrosis and Anticoagulation clinics.

     

    Describe your current area of practice and practice setting:

    I now work as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Shenandoah University. My position is co-funded by Valley Health, and my clinical practice sites are the Page Memorial Hospital primary care clinics, which are designated as Rural Health Clinics. I primarily manage diabetes and hypertension. Because of our remote location, my patients may struggle to seek specialty care, so I often get asked to provide recommendations in challenging situations for other therapeutic areas which keeps me on my toes!

     

    What advice would you give to student pharmacists?

    Pick a pharmacy organization and get involved. Don’t JUST join. Attend conferences. Get involved in a committee. Talk to students at other chapters. Volunteer at patient care events. I found as a student that in the middle of the semester it was common to feel overwhelmed with exams and learning new material, and going to a conference or volunteering helped refresh me and reminded me of the reason I started training to become a pharmacist. I can say I know pharmacists in almost every state because of my involvement with pharmacy organizations as a student and early in my career.

     

     

    Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?

    My husband and I adopted our first puppy last year, and since then my biggest hobby has been training her and doing different dog activities. We taught her scent work, and she can now very reliably find a single drop of birch oil hidden in the house or in our yard. So, if anyone ever misplaces their birch beer, we’ve got your back.

     

     

    What is your favorite place to vacation?

    I don’t have a regular vacation spot, but my goal is to visit every national park in my lifetime. One of my favorites has been Zion, and I’m excited to continue to explore the parks in the southwest US.

     

  • 03/01/2022 11:05 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP Membership Spotlight

    Alissa Clayton-VSHP Mentorship Program Student Vice Chair

     

    What initially motivated you to join VSHP?

    I chose to join my student chapter of VSHP due to the unique opportunities for networking, career development, and residency preparation. I was especially intrigued by the VSHP Mentorship Program because I viewed it as a fantastic opportunity to gain mentorship and advice relating to specific fields of pharmacy that were of interest to me.

    What school are you attending and what year? 

    Virginia Commonwealth University, Class of 2022

     

    Do you currently work in a pharmacy and if so what practice setting?

    N/A

     

    What advice would you give to a P1 student or someone interested in pharmacy school?

    I would highly recommend every P1 student joins VSHP and takes advantage of the VSHP Mentorship Program. It is extremely important to begin preparing for residency and career opportunities early on in pharmacy school and this is a crucial way to get started.

     

    Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?

    Outside of pharmacy, I am passionate about advocating for mental health awareness. I have also danced most of my life and continue to perform even as a pharmacy student!

     

    What is your favorite place to vacation?

    My grandparent’s live on the beach in a small town in New Jersey. This is my own little slice of heaven and my favorite place to be!

  • 01/24/2022 11:02 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP Membership Spotlight

    Serena Barden, PharmD, BCPS

     

    What initially motivated you to join VSHP?

    I was an active member of the student VSHP chapter at VCU School of Pharmacy during my time in pharmacy school. After graduating, I continued my membership with VSHP due to the learning opportunities (ie CE’s and seminars). I also see the value in networking and fostering professional relationships within the pharmacy profession.


     

    Where did you go to pharmacy school?

    VCU School of Pharmacy

     

    Where have you trained or worked? 

    I completed a PGY-1 residency at Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina. After residency, I moved back to Richmond, VA and worked as an inpatient pharmacist with VCU Health Medical Center. I transitioned to a specialty pharmacist position with VCU Health Specialty Pharmacy where I worked primarily with solid-organ transplant recipients and patients with neurological conditions.

     

    Describe your current area of practice and practice setting:

    Currently I work as a consultant clinical pharmacist for a government contracting company. I consult with several state Medicaid programs on their PDL and criteria for use for drugs. I also complete drug information requests and contribute to company clinical publications.

     

    What advice would you give to student pharmacists?

    I would encourage student pharmacists to take advantage of each opportunity to learn a new aspect of pharmacy. Oftentimes the career path you choose for yourself in pharmacy school is not exactly how things turn out. Embrace the journey and know you will always achieve what you decide to achieve.

     

    Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?

    I picked up baking during the start of the pandemic. I like to collect cookbooks and try new recipes each weekend.

     

    What is your favorite place to vacation?

    I love OBX beaches! I try to go every summer with my friends and family.

     

  • 01/17/2022 11:53 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP Membership Spotlight

    Lamar A. Johnson, CPhT

     

    What initially motivated you to join VSHP?

    I was motivated by the opportunity to advocate for the advancement of Pharmacy Technicians in Virginia and for the networking opportunities.


     

    Where have you trained or worked? 

    I received my diploma of Pharmacy Technician Studies at Virginia College in 2013. Since then I have worked at an independent and chain retail pharmacy and am currently working at VCU Health.

     

    Describe your current area of practice and practice setting:

    I am a controlled substance technician. I am part of a small team responsible for dispensing, auditing, ordering, and monitoring the controlled substances throughout the health system, inpatient and outpatient.

     

    What advice would you give to a new technician?

    Be willing to learn and to take constructive criticism. It will only make you better and more knowledgeable of your profession.

     

    Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?

    I am a musician. I enjoy playing piano and drums and listening to all genres of music. I also love spending time with my 3 daughters doing outdoor activities whether it be sports or camping.

     

    What is your favorite place to vacation?

    Morro Bay, CA

  • 01/04/2022 10:32 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP Membership Spotlight

    Rucha Bond

     

    What initially motivated you to join VSHP?

     

    Before moving into an administrative role at VCU SoP, I was a residency trained ambulatory care practitioner. I have always found ASHP and the state associated organizations of VSHP to be my clinical home for professional activities.

     

     

    Where did you go to pharmacy school?

     

    The University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy

     

    Where have you trained or worked?

     

    Lovelace Sandia Health System; Albuquerque, NM

    The University of New Mexico School of Pharmacy; Albuquerque, NM Belmont University School of Pharmacy; Nashville, TN

    Tullahoma Drug Store; Tullahoma, TN

    Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy; Richmond, VA

     

     

    Describe your current area of practice and practice setting:

     

    I am currently the Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Associate Professor at VCU School of Pharmacy

     

    What advice would you give to student pharmacists?

     

    FInd your passion in the practice of pharmacy and use that passion to better your community.

     

    Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?

     

    Running, Orange Theory (gym), reading, movies, chauffeur for my 3 kids


    What is your favorite place to vacation?

     

    Hawaii

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