Samantha Matchock-Kitko, PharmD
Pharmacy school: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Erie Campus
Research project: Comparison of Effectiveness and Safety Outcomes in Patients with Dose Escalation of Empagliflozin in Practice
Position after graduating from residency: MTM Pharmacist at Geisinger Bellefonte Family Practice
How did residency prepare you for your current position? "Along with the knowledge gained, I feel that residency helped me to have the confidence needed to be a run a single-pharmacist ambulatory care clinic day to day."
MeiLing Montross, PharmD, MBA, RPh
Pharmacy school: Cedarville University School of Pharmacy
Research project: Impact of Interdisciplinary Case Management and Pharmacist Transitions of Care Interventions on 30-Day Readmissions
Position after graduating from residency: Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist for Geisinger/Prime Med in Clarks Summit (Non-Traditional, Population Health-Based, Primary Care MTDM)
How did residency prepare you for your current position? "It gave me the clinical experience to be confident in caring for my patients. Residency also introduced me to a team of resources across the system including other pharmacists and various drug information resources."
Elena Marines (Denger), PharmD
Pharmacy school: Wilkes University’s Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
Research project: Sacubitril-valsartan 24-26 mg twice daily versus target dose angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin-receptor blockers in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction
Position after graduating from residency: Clinical Medication Therapy Disease Management (MTDM) pharmacist in primary care with Geisinger; preceptor and interim assistant program director for the Geisinger Clinics West PGY1 Residency
How did residency prepare you for your current position? "Geisinger Clinics West PGY1 Residency prepared me for my current position by exposing me to a multitude of disease states and various clinical situations. With the experience I gained in my year of residency, I feel more equipped and prepared to handle more complicated clinical scenarios. I was able to step into my role as an MTDM pharmacist at a busy Geisinger clinic relatively seamlessly because of the training that I had during my residency year."
Lauren Pheasant, PharmD
Pharmacy school: Duquesne University School of Pharmacy
Research project: Comparison of total cost of care for patients with select chronic disease states when utilizing mail order pharmacy services compared to a community pharmacy
Position after graduating from residency: Clinical MTDM pharmacist in dermatology with Geisinger
How did residency prepare you for your current position? "Residency helped prepare me for my current position as a dermatology clinical pharmacist at Geisinger by helping me to develop my critical and clinical thinking, improve my drug information skills, as well as strengthen my communication when discussing patients with other members of the healthcare team. It also allowed me to have experience practicing at the top of my license."