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Angel MendezAngel Mendez, PharmD

  • E-mail: [email protected]

  • Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

  • School of Pharmacy: Pacific University – Oregon

  • Professional Interests: Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Disease

  • Residency Research Project: Comparison of Fixed-Dose and Weight-Based Dose Inhaled Epoprostenol in Adult Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Patients

  • What attracted you to the SJHMC residency program? I knew I was interested in completing a PGY-1 residency at a large academic teaching hospital where I would have the opportunity to train with a variety of acute-care specialists. The available rotations and electives offered at SJHMC aligned with my interest areas and seemed like the perfect place to complete my PGY-1 training. At Midyear, I was able to speak with the RPD, her inviting personality, professionalism, and high praise for SJHMC’s residency program, solidified my interest in applying. After interviewing, I knew St. Joe’s was going to be my top choice, witnessing firsthand how invested the preceptors were in providing the best learning experience possible and how much praise the residents had for the program sold it for me.

Annie NikodemAnnie Nikodem, PharmD

  • E-mail: [email protected]

  • Hometown: St. Louis, MO

  • School of Pharmacy: Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

  • Professional Interests: Critical Care, ID, Transplant

  • Residency Research Project: Apixaban after lung transplant for treatment of VTE

  • What attracted you to the SJHMC residency program? I was first attracted to SJHMC because its program offered experiences in all of my areas of interest. I was looking for a program where I could complete rotations in Critical Care, ID, and Transplant, but that also offered a variety of other rotations that would provide me with a well-rounded PGY1 experience. Additionally, as an academic teaching hospital, I was attracted to the direct collaboration between pharmacists and other health care providers. SJHMC also offers opportunities for precepting and a teaching certificate – both of which I was looking for in a program. Overall, my interactions with the clinical pharmacists and residency preceptors is what stood out to me. They are truly dedicated to each resident’s success and provide individualized mentorship to ensure their residents meet their goals.

Byron StevensonByron Stevenson, PharmD

  • E-mail: [email protected]

  • Hometown: Chicago, IL

  • School of Pharmacy: Midwestern University College of Pharmacy, Glendale

  • Professional Interests: Cardiology, Emergency Medicine

  • Residency Research Project:
    • Intravenous to oral transition of amiodarone (IOTA): effect of various durations of overlap on atrial fibrillation post cardiothoracic surgery
    • Concomitant use of intravenous milrinone with beta blocker in patients admitted for treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (COMBAT-HF)

  • What attracted you to the SJHMC Residency program? What attracted me to SJHMC was the patient diversity, patient acuity, and rotations offered with the program. The program offers strong rotations with accomplished and passionate clinical pharmacists in the areas I find interesting. Furthermore, upon interviewing, the culture here really stood out amongst others. The culture is one of challenge, learning, growth, and most importantly, support throughout the process. This combination of clinical experiences and culture is what made SJHMC my top choice.

Clover TruongClover Truong, PharmD

  • E-mail: [email protected]

  • Hometown: Nha Trang, Vietnam

  • School of Pharmacy: University of Houston College of Pharmacy

  • Professional Interests: Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Academia

  • Residency Research Project: Universal fungal prophylaxis and risk of coccidioidomycosis in lung transplant recipients living in an endemic area

  • What attracted you to the SJHMC residency program?  I ranked SJHMC as my top choice for many reasons; one of which was due to my interest in infectious disease. With its positioning as one of the busiest lung transplant programs in the country and a level I trauma center, SJHMC will offer me the opportunity to work amongst some of the most immunosuppressed populations and see rare infections on a regular basis. That coupled with the genuine mentorship of devoted preceptors who are experts in their fields have led me to this program because I know that I will be challenged and grow tremendously at SJHMC.