COP grad completes residency, plans wedding

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Since graduating from the College of Pharmacy in 2012, Libby Giesler has continued her education by going into residency programs. After two years of advanced learning, she is now ready to launch her career and make big changes in her personal life.

group of smiling pharmacy residentsGiesler spent her first year of residency in Memphis at Methodist University Hospital. She then went on to a PGY2 emergency medicine pharmacy residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital, which is a part of the Detroit Medical Center. Next she is headed to Texas, which is home to her, to work with the John Peter Smith Health Network in Ft. Worth. Giesler will work primarily in the emergency department, but she will spend time in the intensive care units, as well.

Giesler spent much of her PGY2 residency in Detroit in the emergency department, and was also able to spend time in ICU, toxicology, and emergency medicine services, where she worked with paramedics and the fire department.

“My experience at Detroit Receiving Hospital has been amazing. I got plenty of opportunities to practice in the emergency departments and intensive care units, while also spending a lot of time giving lectures and doing research,” says Giesler. “The pharmacy and emergency department staff have been amazing to work with and very focused on teaching and research, as well as patient care.”

Three smiling womenThe differences between Tucson and Detroit were both positive and negative for Giesler.  She appreciated the experience of a larger city with lots of activities going on. She enjoyed exploring Detroit and the lakes that surround the city. But she was not so pleased with the difference in weather.

“It snowed from November until April, quite a switch from sunny Tucson,” says Giesler.

Giesler is looking forward to her new job with John Peter Smith Hospital, which is a level one trauma teaching hospital, but her thoughts might be more occupied with her upcoming wedding to her fiancé, RJ. Giesler met RJ through a classmate while attending the UA College of Pharmacy, and they have decided to get married in the Bahamas this August.smiling man and woman

“Our close friends and family will be there, of course, including some COP classmates, to spend a weekend boating, snorkeling and enjoying the islands,” says Giesler.

Giesler is excited to return to Texas, which was home before she began attending UA almost 10 years ago. She is ready to settle down after living in several cities and states over the last several years.

“I know Texas is where I want to permanently call home, though the Wildcats will always be my team no matter where I am!”


Story by Rebecca Wingate

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