Current PGY2 Residents
Emily McElhaney, PharmD
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Education: University of Florida
Hometown: Jupiter, Florida
Residency Research: Optimization of vancomycin therapy post-open heart surgery utilizing pharmacokinetic monitoring
Practice Interests: Cardiovascular ICU, heart failure, chronic cardiovascular disease management
Why Cone: This residency program has numerous unique opportunities, including getting involved with ongoing cardiovascular clinical trials and a push for prospective residency projects. Additionally, the cardiologists have a deep respect and close relationship with the pharmacy department, truly valuing our input on patient care, with a passion for teaching. I also enjoy the opportunities in both the inpatient and clinic setting, with the ability to make direct changes to optimize medication therapy for high risk cardiovascular patients and heart failure patients.
Susannah Franco, PharmD
Cone Health Women's Hospital
Education: Northeastern University
Hometown: Keller, Texas
Residency Research: Oral Precedex for Pain and Sedation in the NICU
Practice Interests: Neonatology, public health, pediatric infectious disease
Why Cone: The pediatric residency program at the Women's Hospital was previously specifically a neonatology residency program, so I knew I would receive the very best neonatal training here. It was also important to me that I complete my residency training in a region and institution that is progressive in its pharmacy practice so that I can best develop myself into an independent pediatric clinician. This program allows me to rotate to multiple sites and see a variety of patients and practice styles, and I am encouraged to explore anything and everything that interests me. The pharmacy team is knowledgeable, welcoming, and dedicated to their patients and to their residents.
Shannon Parkey, PharmD
PGY2 Ambulatory Oncology
Cone Health Cancer Center
Education: ETSU Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy
Hometown: Erwin, Tennessee
Residency Research: AR-V7 testing in a community cancer center to aid in treatment decision making.
Practice Interests: Oncology
Why Cone: The culture at Cone Health is unparalleled and I ultimately chose Cone because of the amazing people. I immediately felt at home at Cone, but also knew that I would be challenged to grow into a well-rounded, independent clinical pharmacist. During my first year of residency at Cone I had the opportunity to complete rotations at the CHCC and loved the setting, healthcare professionals, and the patients! This program was well suited for me as I would be able to tailor projects and rotations to my specific oncology interests while also being engaged in the core rotations.
Erin Deja, PharmD
PGY2 Infectious Disease
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Education: University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Hometown: Union, Kentucky
Residency Research: Comparative Incidence of Acute Kidney Injury in Septic Patients Treated with Vancomycin in Combination with Piperacillin/Tazobactam vs. Cefepime
Practice Interests: Infectious Disease, Academia
Why Cone: I chose to complete a second year of training at Moses Cone to continue to broaden my knowledge in my area of interest and position myself to become an infectious diseases expert. The PGY2 program offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient opportunities, as well as experience in academia and leadership. However, my favorite part about working at Cone is the positive learning environment offered by our preceptors who are friendly, knowledgeable, and truly invested in providing the best residency training possible. Cone also has a reputation for providing outstanding care to their patients and encouraging a culture of collaboration between all healthcare professionals. I am grateful to be a part of a team where my skills as a pharmacist are valued and always a welcome addition to patient care.
Catie Travis, PharmD
PGY2 Ambulatory Care
Triad Healthcare Network
Education: Eshelman School of Pharmacy; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hometown: Greensboro, North Carolina
Residency Research: Impact of Pharmacist-Driven Intervention on Medication Reconciliation 30-Day Post-Discharge Quality Metric within an Accountable Care Organization
Practice Interests: Chronic disease state management (diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, etc.), quality, transitions of care, medication access
Why Cone: As a Triad native, I have always known Cone Health to be an innovative and patient-focused health system. I had the opportunity to complete my pharmacy school fourth year rotations here in Greensboro, and was able to see first-hand how the Pharmacy Department, and the pharmacy team at Triad HealthCare Network, truly exemplify these qualities. I am blessed to be able to work with and learn from such a great group.
I chose to come back to this PGY2 program because of the opportunity to work on the cutting edge of healthcare and shape the future of ambulatory care pharmacy. Triad HealthCare Network is one of the most successful Accountable Care Organizations in the country, and every day, we show the value that a pharmacist can bring to a patient’s healthcare team. Our overarching goal is to truly care for our patients, by assisting with medication access, overcoming adherence barriers, and providing care coordination. By giving each individual the attention they need, we can improve the overall quality and efficiency of the healthcare system. I am incredibly excited to work in such an advanced setting while giving back to the community that raised me.