Students, alumni land residency programs

Congratulations to the 37 graduating UA COP students who matched with postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) residency programs and postgraduate fellowships, and to the 10 previous graduates who will enter PGY2 residency programs. COP students who applied for residencies and fellowships had an overall acceptance rate above 70 percent. Thirty-two of the graduating students will enter American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-accredited PGY1 programs, three will enter Indian Health Service PGY1 programs (outside the match) and two will enter postgraduate fellowship training. The matches were announced on national resident “Match Day” March 18.

Dean John Murphy comments, “I am extremely proud of our graduates and their ability to be successful in securing residency positions and fellowships. Of course we are proud of all of our graduates, no matter the path they choose in the profession. We expect great things from each and every one of them as they go out into the world to take care of patients – directly or indirectly. Congratulations to those receiving residencies and fellowships.”

Smiling Asian woman with long dark hairHanna Phan, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and founder of the Residency-Fellowship Preparation Program at COP, says, “Congratulations to all our students and alumni who matched or secured other postgraduate training this year. I am proud that our PharmCats continue to demonstrate excellence in securing postgraduate training each year in a competitive market. Of the 37 students reported to have matched or secured post-graduate training, 35 of them participated in the Residency-Fellowship Preparation Program we have at UA COP. A big THANK YOU to all the faculty, preceptors and resident mentors who have volunteered their time and expertise as part of the Residency-Fellowship Preparation Program. Since the program’s start in 2011, we have successfully provided a support system for our students seeking postgraduate training. Without great mentors, this program would not have been possible.”

Michael Katz, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and head of COP residency programs, adds, “Congratulations to our PharmCats who successfully obtained postgraduate residency and fellowship positions. We know you will continue to make us proud, and we look forward to your continued success. While the residency match is increasingly competitive, our students perform in the match significantly better than the national average. This speaks to the high quality or our students and their motivation to succeed, and to the quality and motivation of our faculty who work with the students to prepare them for postgraduate training.”

The students, their residency programs and fellowships are as follows (locations are in Arizona unless otherwise noted):

PharmD Class of 2016

  • Rahma Ali, Banner Baywood Medical Center, Mesa, PGY1
  • Pearce Engelder, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Yakima, WA, PGY1
  • Chyi-Jade Fann and Richard Robertson, TMC Healthcare, Tucson, PGY1
  • Martin Faridian, Fry’s Pharmacy/Midwestern University – Glendale, PGY1 – Community
  • Hilary Boles and Brieanna Flores-Keown, Indian Health Service – Phoenix (not in match), PGY1
  • Tyler Gallo, UA College of Medicine (not in match), Phoenix, Fellowship
  • Cassia Griswold, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA, PGY1
  • Kevin Hawkins, Providence Health Plan, Beaverton, OR, PGY1 – Managed Care
  • Alyssa Hinchman, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson/University of Arizona, Tucson, PGY1
  • Sara Hodges, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, PGY1
  • Alina Jaeger, Providence Health and Services, Portland, OR, PGY1 – Providence Portland Medical Center
  • Elizabeth Jing, Eric Ly, Morgan Robertson, Tyler Stuntz and Alicia Vu, Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Healthcare Systems, Tucson, PGY1
  • Trishna Kuber, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Houston, TX, PGY1
  • Sue Lee-Chuu, Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa, PGY1
  • Aaron Leyba, VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System, Denver, CO, PGY1 – General
  • Kyle Malhotra, Intermountain Healthcare, Murray, UT, PGY1 – Intermountain Medical Center
  • Nisha Maymana and Caroline Riedel, Aetna Medicaid, Phoenix, PGY1 – Managed Care
  • Meghan Menke, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, PGY1
  • Scott Mirgeler, Oklahoma City Department of Veterans Affairs, Oklahoma City, OK, PGY1
  • Deo Mopera, University of Arizona/Northwest Medical Center, Tucson, PGY1
  • Mel Nelson, Pharmacy Quality Alliance (not in match), Fellowship
  • Adam Odeh, HonorHealth – Scottsdale Medical Centers, Scottsdale, PGY1
  • Julia Olson, Indian Health Service – Shiprock (not in match), PGY1
  • Saul Ortega, Navitus Health Solutions, LLC, Madison, WI, PGY1 – Managed Care
  • Hoang Phan, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Hillsboro, OR, PGY1 – Community
  • John Riddle, Yuma Regional Medical Center, Yuma, PGY1
  • Tatiana Sawyer, VA Northern California Health Care System, Mather, CA, PGY1 – VAHCHCS – Pharmacoeconomics
  • Bryant Wong, Phoenix VA Health Care System – Acute Care, Phoenix, PGY1 – Acute Care
  • Wendy Wong, Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, Biloxi, MS, PGY1 – Mental Health Focus
  • Rona Zhou, VA Northern California Health Care System, Mather, CA, PGY1 – VANCHCS – Ambulatory Care Sacramento

PharmD Class of 2015

  • Amanda Condon, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, PGY2 – Solid Organ Transplant
  • Kellie Goodlet, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT, PGY2 – Infectious Diseases
  • Aaron Pavlik, The Ohio State University/Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH, PGY2 – Pharmacy Informatics
  • Brian Do, Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System, Tucson, PGY2 – Oncology
  • Emily Kilber, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson/University of Arizona, Tucson, PGY2 – Emergency Medicine
  • Alina Kurita, Intermountain Medical Center, Murray, UT, PGY2 – Critical Care
  • Roxana Lang and Stephanie Lee, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, Loma Linda, CA, PGY2 – Psychiatric
  • Amy Nguyen, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, PGY2 - Pediatric

PharmD Class of 2014

  • Caitlin Dirvonas, VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville, TN, PGY2 – Psychiatric

Editor's note, April 8, 2016: The following students from the PharmD Class of 2016 also matched with residencies following the original publication of this story.

  • Bradley Bingham, Mosaic Life Care - Heartland Regional Medical Center, Saint Joseph, MO, PGY1
  • Raina Lad, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, FL, PGY1
  • Douglas Lee-Chan, University of Arizona/Northwest Medical Center, Tucson, PGY1

Photo caption: Hanna Phan

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