Pharmacy Practice Resident Projects

Here is a list of some of the projects our former residents completed:

Nour Baalbaki, PharmD
Azithromycin versus Beta-Lactams in Acute Exacerbation of COPD
Rasburicase Use in Cancer Patients

Brian Feldpausch, PharmD
Inpatient Venous Thromboembolism: Are Glucocorticoids a Prime Suspect?
Timing of Anticoagulation in Atrial Fibrillation Following Ischemic Stroke

Julia Fuhst, PharmD
Changes in Opioid Prescribing Patterns from Urban Emergency Department After Implementation of State-Wide Opioid Reform
Evaluating the Use of Injectable Calcitonin

Tsz Hin Ng (Kevin), PharmD
Management of Venous Thromboembolism in Morbid Obesity: Rivaroxaban or Warfarin?
Vancomycin Dosing and Monitoring in Hemodialysis Patients

Carly Burns, PharmD
Evaluation of Pediatric Vancomycin Dosing
Evaluation of Cisplatin Induced Nephrotoxicity in an Outpatient Setting

Christopher DeBiase, PharmD

No Drugs for these Bugs:  An Evaluation of Meropenem Utilization
To Bleed or Not to Bleed: Enoxaparin vs UFH for VTE Prophylaxis in Renally Impaired ICU Patients

Nicole Elkhoury, PharmD
Resurrection of Valproic Acid for Agitation in the Intensive Care Unit
Implementation of Standardized Anticancer Order Sets at a Community Teaching Hospital

Jamie George, PharmD, MBA
Corticosteroid Exposure in the Treatment of Severe COPD Exacerbations
Insulin Glargine versus Detemir: Inpatient Glycemic Variability in Diabetic Patients

Safana Atwan, PharmD

Medication Safety in the Neonatal Patient Population: Assuring Appropriate Dosage Selection
Opportunities for the transition from dexmedetomidine to enteral clonidine

Katie Chernoby, PharmD
Impact of clinical decision support on QT-prolonging medications
Caving Under Pressure: Management of Hypertensive Crisis

Rachel Neu, PharmD
Pharmacy-Led Heart Failure Transition of Care
Medication Use Evaluation: Piperacillin-Tazobactam Use in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at an Academic Medical Center

Adina Poparad-Stezar, PharmD
Does Melatonin Decrease the Use of As-Needed Antipsychotics in Non-Critically Ill Hospitalized Patients?
Appropriateness of Tacrolimus Level in Kidney Transplant Recipients

Michelle Crisher, Pharm.D.
Risk factors associated with extended spectrum beta lacatamase escherichia coli positive urine cultures in patients at St. John Medical Center emergency center and time to administration of appropriate antibiotic
Comparison of insulin detemir and insulin glargine use in hospitalized diabetic patients

Domenico Grande, Pharm.D.
Evaluation of digoxin use in serum concentrations in atrial fibrillation
Effectiveness of multimodal analgesia with gabapentin and methocarbamol in critically ill trauma patients

Vitaliy Perets, Pharm.D.
Evaluation of metformin dosing in patients with type 2 diabetes
Effects of calcium replacement on ionized calcium levels in surgical intensive care unit patients

Bradley St. Pierre, Pharm.D.
Assessment of anticoagulation in patient receiving ultrasound-assisted, catheter-directed thrombolysis for treatment of pulmonary embolism
Short term knowledge change following a sacubitril/valsartan educational video

Nathan French, Pharm.D.
Continuous infusion midazolam in critically ill patients
Evaluation of a Clinical Pharmacist Competency Program

Raymond Phung, Pharm.D.
Evaluation of Medications upon Discharge Following Automatic Therapeutic Interchanges
Improve Heart Failure Care Transitions with Pharmacy Service Implementation

Annie Phuong Thao Nguyen, Pharm.D.
Salty or Sweet? Safety of Hypertonic Saline versus Mannitol for Intracranial Hypertension
Daptomycin Utilization in Patients with MRSA Bacteremia Failing Vancomycin

Samantha Scalia, Pharm.D.
Tissue plasminogen activator (tPa) administration accuracy and timing in the emergency department (ED) with a pharmacist versus no pharmacist present
Creation of an Intravenous Vancomycin Nomogram Utilizing Population Pharmacokinetics at St. John Hospital and Medical Center

Hana Alawy, Pharm.D.
Impact of PCA Lockout Period in Post-Operative Pain Management
Appropriateness of Antiplatelet Therapy in Patients on Oral Anticoagulation

Kallie Amer, Pharm.D.
Characterization of Emergency Department Frequent Users in a Large, Urban, Community Teaching Hospital
Evaluation of Regadenoson Versus Dipyridamole in Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

Kaitlin Baisden, Pharm.D.
Implementation and Assessment of a Pharmacist Managed Smoking Cessation Clinic
Evaluation of Vasopressin Use in Patients with Septic Shock

Sara Brown, Pharm.D.
Using a Video to Teach Children Inhaler Technique
Poractant alfa versus beractant for neonatal respiratory distress syndrome: a retrospective pharmacoeconomic and outcomes analysis

Haya Abu-Seir, Pharm.D.
Influence of Computerized Physician Order Entry Interventions on Proton Pump Inhibitor Utilization
Utilization Patterns of Proton Pump Inhibitors in an Urban Teaching Hospital

Jordan Masse, Pharm.D.
Incidence of Hypoglycemia with the Utilization of Long-Acting Insulins in Non-Diabetic Intensive Care Unit Patients
Evaluation of Argatroban Management Following Implementation of a Modified Dosing Protocol

Jessica Probst-Wesolek, Pharm.D.
Effect of Vancomycin Initial Dosing on Sepsis Resolution in Patients with Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia
Identifying an Association between Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy and Hypoglycemia in Critically Ill Patients

Jordan Sedlacek, Pharm.D.
Use of an Educational Video to Improve Patient Understanding of Rivaroxaban (Xarelto®)
Assessment of Discharge Medications in Patients with Heart Failure Readmissions

Vivian S. Baek, Pharm.D.
The Impact of Post-Discharge Pharmacist Telephone Calls on Hospital Readmissions in High-Risk Patients
Procedure-related bleeding risk in patients receiving bivalirudin during percutaneous coronary intervention

Anuvrat Chopra, Pharm.D.
Assessment of Post-operative Pain Control with an Elastomeric Pain Pump Following Cardiothoracic Surgery
Assessment of Anticoagulation in Patients Experiencing Bleeding Events Following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Katrina McGonigal, Pharm.D., MSc.
Safety and Efficacy of a Pharmacist-Managed Patient Controlled Analgesia Service in Post-Surgical Patients
Evaluation of admission medication reconciliation accuracy at an academic medical center

Brenda Thiel, Pharm.D.
The Effect of Electronic Criteria Monitored Antibiotic Order Forms on Antimicrobial Usage
Continuation of Intensive Care Unit Delirium Treatment upon Transitions of Care

Meghan Rogozinski, Pharm.D.
Comparison of mannitol and hypertonic saline for intracranial hypertension
Long-term warfarin use in the rehabilitation unit

Kristen Tedders, Pharm.D.
Efficacy and safety of analgosedation with fentanyl versus traditional sedation with propofol
Evaluation of pharmacist management of dabigatran in an inpatient setting

Adam Brancaccio, Pharm.D.
The impact of a phenytoin loading dose program in the emergency department

Carrie Zechmeister, Pharm.D.
The role of statins and vasopressor usage in septic shock
Continuation of statin therapy in patients with sepsis

Patrick Arnold, Pharm.D.
The effect of a hypoglycemia treatment protocol on glucose variability in critically ill patients
Evaluation of hypoglycemia management and glucose variability in critically ill patients

Zahra Hashemipour
Evaluation of argatroban dosing in critically ill and non-critically ill patients
Addition of a pharmacist to the cardiopulmonary resuscitation team

Hannah Bursiek, Pharm.D.
Evaluation of vancomycin dosing in hospitalized pediatric patients

Jason Watt, Pharm.D.
Comparing efficacy of metronidazole and vancomycin in the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection
Evaluation of oral vancomycin prescribing in patients treated for Clostridium Difficile infection

Wasim S. El Nekidy, Pharm.D.
Optimization of vancomycin dosing in intermittent hemodialysis patients utilizing high-flux hemodialysis membranes
Retrospective analysis of appropriate empiric antibiotic therapy use in adult patients with severe sepsis and septic shock

Rachel Zimmerman, Pharm.D.
Assessment of a low-dose heparin protocol in patients with a high risk of bleeding
Evaluation of the effectiveness of supplemental magnesium in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Deborah L. Virant-Young, Pharm.D.
Retrospective study comparing the use of levetiracetam and phenytoin for seizure prophylaxis
Levetiracetam use in the Surgical Intensive Care unit for seizure prophylaxis after traumatic brain injury

Beata Slomiany, Pharm.D.
Medication use evaluation of imipenem and meropenem
Development of a warfarin dosing nomogram for an INR goal of 2.5 – 3.5

Amy Wang, Pharm.D.
Development and validation of the vancomycin nomogram 10-20
Medication use evaluation of Angiomax and Integrilin for percutaneous coronary intervention

Denise Russ, Pharm.D.
Determining the role of a pharmacist in the emergency department
Nicardipine IV medication use evaluation

Jason Taylor, Pharm.D.
Medication use evaluation of daptomycin and linezolid at St. John Hospital and Medical Center
Evaluation of an infectious disease pharmacist at a large community teaching hospital and medical center

Rayf Aboezz, Pharm.D.
Medication use evaluation and pharmacist management of inpatient warfarin therapy
Use of vitamin B12 in neuropathic pain in diabetic patients

Renee Alexander, Pharm.D.
Evaluation of propofol utilization in the critically ill
Continuous infusions versus intermittent boluses of magnesium for hypomagnesemia in critically ill patients

Jaimie Conroy, Pharm.D.

Drug usage patterns of intravenous pantoprazole in a community teaching hospital
Drug usage patterns of intravenous pantoprazole before and after implementation of prescribing criteria

Heather H. Hessleson, Pharm.D.
Appropriate use of milrinone for CHF in a community teaching hospital
Pharmacy automatic renal dose adjustment service

Jessica J. Ellis, Pharm.D.
Cost and outcomes analysis of newly implemented intensive care unit sedation guidelines
The effect of concomitant use of garlic and warfarin clinical study

Kimberly Dornbrook, Pharm.D.
Development and validation of a vancomycin nomogram 10-20 at a community teaching institution
Medication use evaluation lansoprazole
Establishment and implementation of an ambulatory low molecular weight heparin financial assistance program

Nicola L Jusysta, Pharm.D.
Re-engineering of a community teaching institution adverse drug reaction reporting program
Expansion of a community teaching hospital pharmacist managed anticoagulation dosing service

Daryl Depestel, Pharm.D.
Implementation of albumin usage guidelines at a tertiary care institution to promote appropriate and cost effective use

Tyra Gatewood, Pharm.D.
Expansion of pharmacist managed anticoagulation service at a tertiary care facility

Deepali Dixit, Pharm.D.
Impact of the trigger tool methodology on reducing adverse events

Joseph Terebesi, Pharm.D.
The impact of ambulatory pharmaceutical care in a managed care environment

Heidi Browne, Pharm.D.

Pharmaceutical care clinic research, planning and implemented at a Ascension St. John Hospital owned ambulatory care center