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PGY1 Residents

Kelsy Combs

Kelsy Combs, PharmD

PGY1 Ambulatory Care

Moses Cone Memorial Hospital

Education: Eshelman School of Pharmacy; University of North Carolina Asheville Campus

Hometown: Crumpler, North Carolina

Residency Research: Pharmacist Implementation of an Opioid Monitoring Program

Why Residency?: I chose Moses Cone because of the opportunity to train in both the inpatient and ambulatory care settings. This is a unique feature to the residency program at Moses Cone and I felt this was important to me as professional opportunities for pharmacists continue to grow.

Email: kelsy.combs@conehealth.com

Meagan Decker

Meagan Decker, PharmD

PGY1 Acute Care

Moses Cone Memorial Hospital

Education: Eshelman School of Pharmacy; University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Campus

Hometown: Morehead City, North Carolina

Residency Research: Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia

Practice Interests: Critical Care, Emergency Medicine

Why Residency: I chose to do a residency so I could obtain additional clinical training and to prepare myself for the rigors of a PGY2 in Critical Care. I came to Moses Cone because they offer a lot of unique opportunities that other residency programs don’t!

Email: meagan.decker@conehealth.com

Aubrey Jones

Aubrey Jones, PharmD

PGY1 Acute Care

Moses Cone Memorial Hospital

Education: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma

Residency Research: Safety and efficacy of heparin versus bivalirudin in patients with ACS undergoing radial PCI

Practice Interests: Cardiology

Publications:

Jones AN, Schwier N, Scalese M. A Review of the Pharmacotherapy of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Expected Pharmacotherapy (In-progress). [Review]

Jones AN, Golding CL, Hagemann TM, Miller JL, Lewis TV, Owora AH, Peek L, Johnson PN. Identification and evaluation of unrounded medication does in a children’s hospital. Am J Health Syst Pharm (Accepted October 2016). [Original Research]

Van Tuyl JS, Jones AN, Johnson PN. Meropenem-induced neutropenia in a neonate. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther 2016;21(4):353–357. [Case Report]

Why Residency: Moses Cone’s residency program builds on the doctor of pharmacy program and creates a supportive environment conducive to developing the skills necessary to become a successful clinical pharmacist. In addition to the development of a strong clinical foundation, I will also improve my research, mentoring, public speaking, leadership, and teaching skills. I choose Moses Cone because it was so welcoming! I felt I would be able to excel in a program that offered both a friendly environment and commitment of program leadership.

Email: aubrey.jones@conehealth.com

Alyson Leonard

Alyson Leonard, PharmD

PGY1 Acute Care

Moses Cone Memorial Hospital

Education: University of South Carolina

Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina

Residency Research: Evaluating Vancomycin Use in Febrile Neutropenia

Practice Interests: Oncology

Publications:

Leonard AN, Love BL, Norris LB, Siddiqui SK, Wallam MN, Bennet CL. Screening for viral hepatitis prior to rituximab chemotherapy. Ann Hematol. 2016 Jan;95(1):27-33. DOI 10.1007/s00277-015-2502-0. Epub 2015 Sep 18

Leonard AN, Love BL, Norris LB. Summary of: Screening for viral hepatitis prior to rituximab chemotherapy. Atlas of Science. 2015 Sep 30. http://atlasofscience.org/summary-of-screening-for-viral-hepatitis-prior-to-rituximab-chemotherapy/

Why Residency: I value Cone's long standing history of training residents! The scope of practice for pharmacists here at Moses Cone is unparalleled compared to other programs. The physicians and other providers are also very open to pharmacist input on patient care!

Email: alyson.leonard@conehealth.com

Meagan Miles

Meagan Miles, PharmD

PGY1 Acute Care

Moses Cone Memorial Hospital

Education: University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)

Hometown: Sumter, South Carolina

Residency Research: High Intensity Statin Use in Post MI patients

Practice Interests: Cardiology

Why Residency: I decided to complete a residency for many reasons, the most important to me being the education value. It is a great learning opportunity and provides the perfect environment to be able to refine my patient care practices. I chose Cone specifically because they offer a variety of cardiovascular rotation opportunities as well as a PGY2 in cardiology. I also chose Cone because of the great physician-pharmacist relationships that exist here. Lastly, I chose Cone because of all of the wonderful things I had heard from the current and past pharmacy residents.

Email: Meagan.miles@conehealth.com

Cristy Reyes

Cristy Reyes, PharmD

PGY1 Acute Care

Moses Cone Memorial Hospital

Education: Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Residency Research: Impact of Pharmacy on Timely Antibiotic Administration for Septic Patients Admitted to the Emergency Department

Practice Interests: Infectious Disease

Why Residency?: I chose to complete a residency to gain more clinical experience and knowledge in order to prepare for a PGY2 specialty program. Moses Cone was an easy choice for me because of the culture of the pharmacy, independence pharmacists have, and focus on patient care at this institution.

Email: cristy.reyes@conehealth.com

Taylor Stone

Taylor Stone, PharmD

PGY1 Acute Care

Moses Cone Memorial Hospital

Education: University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)

Hometown: Manchester, NH

Residency Research: The Management of Positive Blood Cultures in Patients with Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices (CIED)

Practice Interests: Infectious Disease

Why Residency: I decided to do a residency because I wanted to continue to expand my clinical knowledge. Here at Cone, I have the ability to see many different patient populations and develop a solid foundation for general knowledge. In the future, I hope to complete a PGY2 in infectious disease and eventually go on to be involved in academia.

Email: taylor.stone@conehealth.com

Robert Vincent

Robert Vincent, PharmD

PGY1 Ambulatory Care

Moses Cone Memorial Hospital

Education: East Tennessee State University

Hometown: Highland, New York

Residency Research: Establishing an outpatient dyslipidemia management program for T2DM

Why Residency?: Being interested in ambulatory care pharmacy, I felt residency was a necessity in order to bridge the gap between student and clinician. The ambulatory care PGY1 at Cone Health offers experiences in a variety of clinics with varying business models and an extremely diverse patient population. The culture at Cone Health is also incredibly supportive and it's evident they value patient care above all else. I truly feel what I do here is highly valued and it's great to be a part of the Moses Cone family.

Email: Robert.vincent@conehealth.com

Sheema Hallaji

Sheema Hallaji, PharmD

PGY1 Acute Care

Alamance Regional Medical Center

Education: Appalachian College of Pharmacy

Hometown: Elon, NC

Areas of interest: Infectious Disease and Critical Care

Residency Research Project: Community-Acquired Pneumonia Quality Improvement Through Antimicrobial Stewardship

Why residency/Why ARMC: A pharmacy residency not only allows me to enhance my knowledge and skills, but is a necessary step in reaching my goal of becoming a skilled clinical pharmacist and effective patient advocate. The residency program at Alamance Regional Medical Center has the perfect balance of the community hospital environment with one on one experiences and the opportunity to learn in multiple specialty focus areas.

Email: sheema.hallaji@conehealth.com

Allison Tharakan

Allison Tharakan, PharmD

PGY1 Acute Care

Alamance Regional Medical Center

Education: UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Class of 2016

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Areas of Interest: Emergency Medicine, Ambulatory Care

Residency Research: Effect of Education on the Reduction of Treatment for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in a Community Hospital

Publication Citations:

Mann, J., Dipper, A., Rowe, E., & Hatfield, C. (2014, September 17). Lean Six Sigma in the Pharmacy Department. Pharmacy Times.

Carraway-Stage, V, Henson, SR, Dipper, A, Spangler, H, Ash, SA, and Goodell, LS. Understanding the State of Nutrition Education in the Head Start Classroom: A Qualitative Approach. American Journal of Health Education. Vol. 45, Iss. 1, 2014.

Why ARMC?: Cone Health-Alamance Regional Medical Center has the unique combination of a community hospital feel, where you really feel you can make an impact as a resident, while maintaining the opportunities of a larger health system. With my joint interests being emergency medicine and ambulatory care, I love that ARMC allows me to experience these diverse interests via staffing in the emergency department as well as a longitudinal ambulatory care experience.

Email: Allison.tharakan@conehealth.com