Erika Hauenstein, Pharm.D.
I was born and raised in Indiana where I attended Purdue College of Pharmacy. I have known since high school I wanted to be a pharmacist and complete a pharmacy residency program. A residency allows me to work directly with patients and play an active role on the treatment team. It was through pharmacy school I discovered I had an interest in the specialty areas of pediatrics, women’s health, and ambulatory care.
I was impressed that the Cape Fear Valley Health/Southern Regional AHEC pharmacy residency program not only offered rotations in all my specialty interest areas, but also gave me the opportunity to work with underprivileged populations through volunteering at the CARE Clinic. Participating in the teaching activities at Better Health, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and Fayetteville State University will provide me with the skills needed to teach community health education sessions and precept pharmacy students in the future.
Having the opportunity to build strong relationships with the Duke/SR-AHEC Family Medicine residents in a collaborative learning environment is exciting. Past pharmacy residents spoke to how Dr. Miller and the other preceptors are dedicated to the pharmacy residency program and provide constant support throughout the residency year. I am confident that with their support and encouragement I will be able to step outside my comfort zone and achieve more than I ever thought possible and be well prepared to pursue a PGY2.
I am very excited to see what this year has in store for me and to explore Fayetteville!
Reina Shimozono, Pharm.D.
I am originally from Greenville, South Carolina and completed my undergraduate degree in biology at University of South Carolina and pharmacy school at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. I’ve always had an interest in patient care and medicine, thus I decided that pharmacy encompassed both. I wanted to continue to challenge myself and provide the best patient care, and residency was the best way for me to do just that.
Interprofessional healthcare, serving the underserved, and excellent patient care were all values that the residency program has that aligned with mine, which is why I chose the Cape Fear Valley Health/Southern Regional AHEC residency program.
Furthermore, I wanted to have a diverse experience to become a well-rounded pharmacist through the wide opportunities provided such as research projects, variety of rotations both inpatient and outpatient, and teaching both to students and the community.
I was amazed by the multidisciplinary healthcare team that work alongside great mentors such as Dr. Miller and all the other pharmacy and medical preceptors. I look forward to being part of that team and am excited/nervous to start a challenging year full of both professional and personal growth. The Carolinas has always been my home and I am glad to continue to call it home here in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Brittany Spitznogle, Pharm.D.
My path to a PGY1 residency did not occur upon graduation from pharmacy school, but after working in the community setting. It was in the pharmacy community setting that I witnessed the importance of continuity of care and the impact pharmacists can make in improving patient outcomes.
During my residency search, I wanted a program that focused on patient care in an outpatient setting while still providing valuable inpatient experience. This, coupled with an environment that allowed for teaching/precepting, community involvement and program implementation was very important to me. After further research the residency program at Cape Fear Valley Health /Southern Regional AHEC seemed to be a perfect fit!
I am confident that this program will provide me with the opportunities needed to further develop my skills and prepare me for a PGY2 or a career as a well-rounded clinical pharmacist. Additionally, I am very excited to be under the mentorship of Dr. Miller, Dr. Mittleider and preceptors throughout the program.
I am very excited to be part of the CFVH/SR-AHEC family and can’t wait to see what this year has in store!
Glenn Thorp, Pharm.D.
I am excited to be back in Fayetteville, NC as one of the inaugural Ambulatory Care PGY1 Pharmacy Residents. I grew up in Connecticut, completed pharmacy school at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill, and spent most of my fourth year clinical rotations in and around Cape Fear Valley Health. I always knew I wanted to pursue a residency after pharmacy school, but I decided on ambulatory care because of the direct patient care opportunities, interprofessional atmosphere, and constantly evolving practice models.
When searching for residencies, the Cape Fear Valley Health/ SR-AHEC PGY1 Ambulatory Care Track attracted me because it encompassed all of my interests. It offers many opportunities in diverse interprofessional clinical areas both with inpatient and outpatient clinics, opportunities for leadership, involvement in meaningful outpatient administrative projects, and experience with volunteering in the underserved communities. Additionally, the new track of the program offers endless opportunity for growth and research as we will work in clinics that have never had a pharmacist in them. With my interests in quality improvement, chronic care management, and pharmacy practice advancement, I knew this would be a good fit for me.
Dr. Susan Miller, Dr. Autumn Mittleider, and all the preceptors have an incredible amount of enthusiasm for pharmacy practice, patient care, and overall pharmacy resident development. I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead and the guidance and leadership I will receive from my preceptors as I begin my journey towards becoming a confident clinical pharmacist.