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Pharmacy Residents

Current Residents

Rachel Lukas – Minneapolis, MN | University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, class of 2020

Why St. Charles?
My goal in residency is to strengthen my ability to make concrete therapeutic recommendations and to advance my leadership skills in order to promote the optimization of patient care. The variety of rotation opportunities at St. Charles and the residency class size of two offers an ideal balance of clinical diversity, mentored training, and autonomy that supports me in these endeavors. A customizable rotation schedule in the setting of a Level II Trauma Center allows me to explore all of my interest areas. The Pharmacy Department’s commitment to maintaining a supportive learning culture is exemplified by the camaraderie among the staff as well as the collaboration between preceptors and residents.

Residency Project: Evaluation of patient outcomes following administration of 3% sodium chloride versus 3% sodium chloride: sodium acetate to traumatic brain injury patients in a community ICU

Future Plans: After residency, I intend to practice in a hospital setting where I can continue to enhance my clinical competency and contribute to interdisciplinary, comprehensive patient care. I look forward to serving as a preceptor to pharmacy students and residents. It would be an incredible opportunity if I were able to join the team at St. Charles.

Art Sarkissian – Portland, OR | Oregon State University College of Pharmacy, class of 2020

Why St. Charles?
I first learned about the St. Charles residency program while working as a technician with one of the first resident graduates from St. Charles. She spoke very highly of the culture, support she received, and how much she learned during her residency year. After interviewing at St. Charles, I was blown away with the progressive practices, how pharmacist here practice at the top of their license, the supportive environment from the pharmacy staff, the flexibility of rotations, and the opportunity to train in a variety of pharmacy fields. I left my interview with an incredible feeling about the program and was beyond excited when I matched with St. Charles. Thankfully, all of my intuitions about the program and the pharmacy staff here have all been true. Whether it’s pharmacists or pharmacy technicians, everyone here takes an interest in my learning while simultaneously giving me the tools necessary to progress, succeed, and make sure I receive an individualized experience. To add a cherry to the top of an already amazing sundae, Bend is an incredibly beautiful place to live. 

Residency Project: Fixed dose sugammadex for reversal of variable depth of muscular blockade.

Future Plans: I still haven’t fully decided if my future involves the pursuit of a PGY2. I have a variety of specialized interests, including oncology, informatics, and administration. However, the more time I’ve spent at St. Charles the more I see the positives of practicing as a generalist. It would be an amazing opportunity to stay on with St. Charles at the end so that I could continue to work in this amazing culture, practice in a variety of my interests and not have to sacrifice on committing to one specialty.

2019-2020
Christopher Cheun – Portland, OR | Pacific University School of Pharmacy, class of 2019
Residency Project: EPIC: Clinical scoring tool optimization
Current Position: Clinical pharmacist at St. Charles Bend

Rachel Smith – Salt Lake City, UT | Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, class of 2019
Residency Project: Retrospective review of the implementation of opioid sparing order sets in the ED.
Current Position: Clinical pharmacist at St. Charles Bend

2018-2019
Tori Stavish - Frenchtown, MT | University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy, class of 2018
Residency Project: Retrospective comparison of a joint cocktail vs. liposomal bupivacaine in total knee arthroscopy.
Current Position: Clinical pharmacist at St. Charles Bend

Kara Hamlik - Grants Pass, OR | Oregon State University/Oregon Health & Science University, class of 2018
Residency Project: Evaluation of pharmacist managed glycemic control of surgical patients in a community hospital.
Current Position: Clinical pharmacist at St. Charles Bend

2017-2018
Gracie Sorge- Little Rock, AR | Medical University of South Carolina- Charleston, class of 2017
Residency Project: Implementing a pharmacist-managed stress ulcer prophylaxis protocol to promote appropriate use of acid suppressive therapy in the ICU.
Current Position: Clinical pharmacist at Children’s Hospital of Colorado

Rachel Sullivan- Spokane, WA | Washington State University, class of 2017
Residency Project: Implementation of a penicillin skin testing protocol in the ICU
Current Position: Clinical pharmacist at St. Charles Bend

2016-2017
Alex Miller- Omaha, NE | Creighton University, class of 2016
Residency Project: Creation of a Pharmacy Technician Checking Validation Program
Current Position: Clinical pharmacist at St. Charles Bend

Cody Weidenhaft- Cheyenne, WY | University of Wyoming, class of 2016
Residency Project: Implementation of a Total Parenteral Nutrition Per Pharmacy Protocol
Current Position: Ambulatory Care Pharmacist VA Cheyenne, WY

2015-2016
Steven Diaz- San Jose, CA | Pacific University, class of 2015
Residency Project: Implementation of a Glycemic Control Protocol
Current Position: ED Pharmacist – VA Portland

Stephanie Jacobson- Eagle River, AK | Pacific University, class of 2015
Residency Project: Implementation of a bedside prescription delivery service
Current Position: Clinical pharmacist at Asante Medford, OR

2014-2015
Tabitha Leinbach- Portland, OR | Oregon State University, class of 2014
Residency Project: Implementation of a Pharmacist-led bedside delivery service to improve discharge outcomes
Current Position: Clinical pharmacist at St. Charles Bend

Jeanie Chen- Los Angeles, CA | Pacific University, class of 2014
Residency Project: Formalized the oral chemotherapy program at St. Charles Cancer Center
Current Position: ED Pharmacist California