Pharmacy Resident: Class of 2009-2010

Houston Methodist PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident Class


Wendy Covert
University of Houston College of Pharmacy graduate
What I like about Houston Methodist:I was drawn to the Houston Methodist pharmacy residency program after completing an oncology rotation at Houston Methodist. My interests include oncology as well as infectious diseases and transplant, and I could gain more experience in all of these areas at Houston Methodist. The program also has a reputation for being a very comprehensive program, and I also wanted to strengthen my general knowledge of clinical pharmacy
Future Plans: PGY-2 Oncology Residency at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center



Sapana Desai
Tel. 713.441.4534
Email: sdesai@houstonmethodist.org 
University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy graduate
What I like about Houston Methodist: I was drawn to Houston Methodist because of its widespread support of clinical pharmacy services, which is evident by our large clinical specialist staff. Also, there are four second year residencies at the hospital, which was an important factor for me in deciding where I wanted to complete my PGY-1 residency due to my strong desire to complete a second year post-graduate residency.
Future Plans: Staying with the Houston Methodist family as a PGY-2 Critical Care Resident



Jenny Devos
Tel.713.441.3316
Email: jmdevos@houstonmethodist.org 
University of Kansas School of Pharmacy graduate
What I like about Houston Methodist:
 I was drawn to Houston Methodist Hospital residency because of the variety of opportunities for rotations and variety of learning opportunities available. I am interested in research and teaching, along with a strong focus on clinical work and I felt that the Houston Methodist residency gave me adequate opportunities in all of those areas. The pharmacy staff at Houston Methodist was well educated, passionate about their careers and was willing and eager to work with, teach and mentor the residents. I am also very interested in completing a PGY-2 residency and Houston Methodist has the PGY-2 program I was looking for.
Future Plans: Staying with the Houston Methodist family as a PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant resident



Chase Janak
Tel.713.441.1075
Email: cejanak@houstonmethodist.org 
University of Houston College of Pharmacy graduate
What I like about Houston Methodist: I chose Houston Methodist because I had done two rotations here and I felt that the hospital itself is an amazing one. Also, I knew that the residency program was one in which I would gain a lot. The clinical pharmacists that I had interacted with had excellent knowledge and many of them had trained at Houston Methodist. The Pharmacy Department seemed really intent on how well their residents were performing and I knew I would be pushed to do my best work. 
Future Plans: Staying with the Houston Methodist family as a PGY-2 Infectious Diseases resident



Amila Patel
University of Houston College of Pharmacy graduate
What I like about Houston Methodist: I ranked Houston Methodist because, as a student, the two rotations I had here were my favorite and I really enjoyed my experiences here. I learned a lot and my preceptors challenged me and helped me grow as a clinician and that is what I also wanted out of a residency. 
Future Plans: PGY-2 Oncology Resident at Lee Moffitt Cancer Center



Josh Swan
Tel.713.441.2609&
Email:jtswan@houstonmethodist.org
University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy graduate
What I like about Houston Methodist: I was attracted to residency programs with large clinical pharmacy staff, affiliations with a school of pharmacy, psychiatry rotations and opportunities to conduct meaningful research. Houston Methodist provides a rigorous program that will help me develop core clinical practice abilities, but is flexible enough to allow me to pursue areas of interest.
Future Plans: Staying with the Houston Methodist family as a PGY-2 Critical Care Resident



PGY-2 Critical Care Residents


Valerie Belden
Tel.713.441.2868 
Email:vsbelden@houstonmethodist.org
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy graduate
PGY-1 Residency: Saint Vincent Health System, Erie, PA
What I like about Houston Methodist: Working at a recognized hospital located in the   impressive Texas Medical Center, I knew I would get valuable experience in many critical  care settings. The diversity in Houston and at Houston Methodist is ideal for becoming a well-rounded practitioner. Even though it is such a large hospital, employees are still  caring and compassionate toward patients and each other. You really feel like you are part of a team at Houston Methodist. 
Future Plans:Staying with the Houston Methodist family as a Clinical Specialist in the NICU



Sylvia Best
Hampton University School of Pharmacy graduate
PGY-1 Residency: Harris County Hospital District, Houston, TX
What I like about Houston Methodist:The culture at Houston Methodist is a very diverse and welcoming environment. Many of my preceptors are graduates from Houston Methodist residency programs. My preceptors provide autonomy and encouragement and make themselves available to me
Future Plans: Clinical Coordinator at Sentara Williamsburg Regional  Medical Center



PGY-2 Internal Medicine Resident


Katie Cain
University of Texas at Austin School of Pharmacy graduate
PGY-1 Residency: Scott and White Memorial Hospital, Temple,TX
What I like about Houston Methodist: I am attracted to Houston Methodist because of its world class reputation and that it is located in the world´s largest medical center. Because the Internal Medicine Residency offers a wide variety of rounding opportunities with physicians of all specialties, I believe you get a very well-rounded experience. I also enjoy taking advantage of all the opportunities to teach (medical staff, nurses, pharmacists and students) informally (in-services, journal clubs) and formally (CE, ASHP). 
Future Plans: Clinical Specialist in Internal Medicine at M.D. Anderson



PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Resident


Kyle Dawson
University of Toledo School of Pharmacy graduate
PGY-1 Residency: Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX
What I like about Houston Methodist: I came to Houston Methodist for the solid organ transplant program.  I was looking for a large-volume transplant center that offered experience with a variety of organs, and Houston Methodist does liver, kidney, heart, lung and pancreas, with additional experience offered in bone marrow and islet cell transplantation.
Future Plans: Staying with the Houston Methodist family as a Clinical Specialist in Solid Organ Transplant