MHW PGY1 Pharmacy Residents

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Learn about the current and past residents in the Memorial Hospital West PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program.

Current Residents

Kimberly Benavente

Kimberly Benavente, PharmD, MBA

Kimberly was born and raised in Florida and attended Palm Beach Atlantic University, where she earned a B.S. in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry. She continued her education at the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy (GSOP) where she received a PharmD/MBA degree with an interest in Administration and Medication Safety. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, binge watching Netflix series, and spending quality time with family, friends and her sulcata tortoise.

PGY1 Research

“Development of an acuity-based calculator to predict the critical care pharmacist to-patient ratio in the ICU [ABC-ICU]”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program

Kimberly values the family atmosphere and the opportunity to grow oneself at Memorial Hospital West.

Contact
kbenavente@mhs.net


Georandy Bernard

Georandy Bernard, PharmD

Georandy practiced as a Clinical Pharmacist and is currently a non-traditional PGY1 Pharmacy Practice resident at Memorial Hospital West. He was born and raised in Miami and earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Florida A&M University. After residency he aspires to take on an administrative role and continue research in the area of HIV. He appreciates the warm weather here in South Florida and his days off are spent dancing and watching anime.

PGY1 Research

“Can the implementation of an antiretroviral(ARV) stewardship decrease the amount of errors found with continuation of inpatient ARV?”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program

It provides opportunities to develop the resident clinically and professionally.

Projects/Presentations/Activities
  • Teaching Certificate Program
  • Continuing Education presentation “Pharmacist Role in LGBT pharmacotherapy”

Contact
gebernard@mhs.net


Amer El Ghali

Amer El Ghali, PharmD

Amer was born and raised in Ormond Beach, FL and he is of Lebanese, Sicilian and French descent. He graduated with a PharmD degree from the University of Florida College with an interest in Infectious Diseases, Critical Care/EM, and Psychiatry. His immediate goals for this year are to be an asset to MHS and grow in the areas of pharmacotherapy, leadership, research, and teaching. One of his favorite hobbies is snowboarding, which is hard to do here in South Florida. However, he tries to take at least one trip a year to Colorado or Lake Tahoe to decompress. Working out has always been a part of his lifestyle and is something that has contributed to many of his successes. One of the positives from COVID-19 is that he has picked up fishing and kayaking again, which is something I haven’t been active in for a few years and has really opened him back up to all the beauty that Florida has to offer. One interesting fact about Amer is that while he was in pharmacy school, I worked at a local brewery and established their fermentation program which involved culturing and plating yeast, as well as preforming viability counts and teaching aseptic technique.

PGY1 Research

“Super-imposed or over-exposed? Incidence of co-infections in COVID-19 patients”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program

From the beginning, the Memorial Hospital West residency program has truly challenged me to grow on a day to day, week to week basis. The preceptors truly care about my success and while expectations to grow are high, they offered me the resources and advice I need to make the most out of my experiences. I truly feel like I am part of a family, which was something I valued very highly when selecting a program

Contact
aelghali@mhs.net


Kevin Liu

Kevin Liu, PharmD

Kevin was born on Cinco De Mayo and raised in Orlando. He attended the University of Central Florida where he was a phlebotomist for a couple years while pursuing his biomedical sciences degree. He earned his PharmD degree at Larkin University College of Pharmacy with an interest in Infectious Disease and Critical Care. He may pursue a career in consultant pharmacy in the future. When he's not wearing his “clinician hat," he enjoys landscape and portrait photography, seeking adventure and thrills, playing acoustic guitar, and a well-made burrito with guacamole and Jarritos on the side.

PGY1 Research

“Efficacy and Safety of Ticagrelor and Aspirin in Patients with Stroke or TIA Who Failed Clopidogrel Plus Aspirin (STASIS-ASA)”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program

The residency program offers a supporting cast of intelligent and caring pharmacists that are passionate about facilitating the growth and well-being of their residents.

Contact
kliu@mhs.net

Madison Wood

Madison Wood, PharmD

Madison is originally from Mississippi but moved to Florida when she was four. She attended high school in Connecticut, which is where she developed an interest in health care. She pursued her pre-pharmacy studies at the University of Mississippi (Hotty Toddy) and her PharmD degree at Nova Southeastern University with an interest in Pediatrics and Infectious Disease. In her free time, she enjoys baking, watching comedy television shows or marvel movies, or taking a full day at the beach as a great reset.

PGY1 Research

“Assessment of inappropriate treatment of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program

I value the MHW program for the friendly supportive staff and the conducive interprofessional learning environment.

Contact
mawood@mhs.net

Past Residents

2019-2020 Pharmacy Residents

Alexandra Hagan

Alexandra Hagan, PharmD

PGY2 Pediatric Resident at Joe DiMaggio Children Hospital

PGY1 Research
“The impact of patient controlled analgesia on pain management in vaso-occlusive crisis”



Projects/Presentations/Activities

  • Teaching Certificate Program
  • Pulmicort Medication Use Evaluation
  • Chlorthalidone monograph and formulary review
  • ACTH vs prednisolone for Infantile Spasm
  • “What’s in the Crash Cart?” in-service presentation

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program
The program is dedicated to fueling the resident’s interests and providing constructive feedback. Memorial Hospital System’s culture of teamwork and uncompromising patient care is contagious.


Dana Holger

Dana Holger, PharmD

Fellowship in Infectious Diseases Outcomes at the Anti-Infective Research Lab and Wayne State University

PGY1 Research
“Impact of Pre-emptive Immunosuppressant Dose Changes on Immunosuppressant Levels in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients Initiating Antifungal Therapy”

Projects/Presentations/Activities

  • Teaching Certificate Program
  • Continuing Education presentation “Update in HIV”
  • Cresemba Medication Use Evaluation
  • Polymixin B/Cresemba order set
  • Colistin Medication Use Evaluation
  • Symtuza monograph

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program
The tremendous support of the preceptors is the most valuable aspect of the MHW residency program. Everyone is willing to offer their expertise and advice in order to help the resident succeed.


Vanessa Huffman

Vanessa Huffman, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist at Memorial Hospital West

PGY1 Research
“Impact of Nasal Swabs on Empiric Treatment of Respiratory Tract Infections (INSERT-RTI)”



Projects/Presentations/Activities

  • Teaching Certificate Program
  • Continuing Education presentation “What a blood bath! Andexxa makes a splash! Current trends in anticoagulation reversal”
  • Creation of a system-wide antimicrobial stewardship adult pocket guideline book
  • Initiative to prevent contrast-induced acute kidney injury in post cardiac cath patients
  • Surgiflo vs Floseal Medication Use Evaluation
  • “Treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus infection with crushed ledipasvir/sofosbuvir administered through a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube in a patient with HIV co-infection: case report

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program
Guidance provided by our inspiring preceptors and our Residency Program Director.


Nicole Ianniello

Nicole Ianniello, PharmD

PGY2 Hematology & Oncology Resident at Memorial Cancer Institute

PGY1 Research
“Repeat dosing of ondansetron and dexamethasone for preventing CINV in multiple myeloma patients receiving melphalan prior to autologous stem cell transplant”

Projects/Presentations/Activities

  • Teaching Certificate Program
  • Creation of a system-wide antimicrobial stewardship adult pocket guideline book
  • “Native valve infective endocarditis due to Micrococcus luteus in a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patient” case report published in ID Cases
  • Updated Memorial Healthcare System Chemotherapy and Biologicals IV stability resource
  • Initiative to prevent contrast-induced acute kidney injury in post cardiac cath patients
  • Pulmicort Medication Use Evaluation

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program
All of the pharmacists are extremely knowledgeable, valuable resources, and provide an excellent support system during residency. Not only are they colleagues and mentors, but also friends.


2018-2019 Pharmacy Residents

Julia Gonzalez

Julia Gonzalez, PharmD, MS

Clinical Pharmacist at Memorial Hospital West

PGY1 Research
“Cost consequence analysis of single-dose dalbavancin versus standard of care for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections in a multi-site healthcare system”


2017-2018 Pharmacy Residents

Nayeli Montes

Nayeli Montes, PharmD, MSBI, BCCCP

Critical Care Specialist and Pharmacy Residency Coordinator at Memorial Hospital West

PGY2 Critical Care Residency at Ascension St. Vincent’s Hospital

PGY1 Research
“Impact of a 24-hour Stop Time of Opioid and Sedative Infusions on Mechanical Ventilation Duration in Critically Ill Patients”