2012-2013 Residents

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residents

Shannon Fuller
Email: sefuller@houstonmethodist.org
Texas A&M HSC College of Pharmacy graduate
What I like about Houston Methodist: I chose Houston Methodist Hospital for residency knowing that the hospital, as a system, is focused on patient care and “leading medicine.” I also appreciate the diversity of the program’s available rotations as a PGY-1 program. The preceptors are wonderful; they are experts in their respective fields and are focused on teaching the residents and helping them to develop and transition into clinical practitioners. The program also provides numerous opportunities for research and education and allows the residents to influence and improve patient outcomes on a daily basis. I am confident that this program will help us as residents to establish a strong foundation on which to build throughout our careers in clinical pharmacy. 
Future Plans: To pursue a career in internal medicine and academia

Jessica George
Email: jageorge@houstonmethodist.org
University of the Sciences - Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
What I like about Houston Methodist: As a resident at Houston Methodist, I have the opportunity to be a part of a progressive and innovative health care environment. I know that I am being trained by the best, by those who see and experience first-hand what it is to lead medicine. The pharmacy clinicians at Houston Methodist are well integrated into multi-disciplinary teams and they are dedicated to the profession. I know that the residency program at Houston Methodist will facilitate my growth in becoming a confident clinician and provide a multitude of experiences to guide me in my future career path. 
Future Plans: I plan to pursue a PGY-2 in critical care or infectious diseases.

Eleanor Hobaugh
Email: echobaugh2@houstonmethodist.org
University of Houston College of Pharmacy graduate
What I like about Houston Methodist: While on rotation at Houston Methodist as a student, I was impressed with not only the high level of clinical involvement of the pharmacist in the medical team but also the clinicians’ commitment to personalized patient care and pharmacy practice. In addition, it was evident that the program preceptors clearly had a strong desire to teach and challenge the students and residents to help them reach their greatest potential. I am honored to be given such an incredible opportunity to take part in the strong clinical training program offered here at Houston Methodist, an institution on the cutting edge of medicine and a recognized leader in one of the best medical centers in the world. I am looking forward to the challenges and experiences this year will bring!
Future Plans: During this first year of residency training, I hope to explore a variety of different opportunities available within clinical pharmacy to help narrow my area of special interest and then go on to pursue a PGY-2 in oncology, solid organ transplant or internal medicine.

Samantha Kuten
Email: sakuten@houstonmethodist.org
University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy graduate
What I like about Houston Methodist: I chose Houston Methodist because of its progressive clinical pharmacy practice model and interdisciplinary collaboration. The pharmacists are extremely enthusiastic in their efforts to serve as preceptors and mentors to residents, improve patient care, and advance the profession of pharmacy. The residency program offers an ideal balance of professional advancement, research experience and leadership training in a welcoming environment. I feel that Houston Methodist is a great place to complete a residency because of its commitment to excellence in training future clinicians.
Future Plans: I hope to complete a second year of residency training specializing in solid organ transplant.

Adebayo Ogunniyi
Email: aogunniyi@houstonmethodist.org
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy graduate
What I like about Houston Methodist: Initially, I decided to pursue my pharmacy residency at Houston Methodist because of the solid reputation of the program. The pharmacy department is well respected and the clinical pharmacists are not only intelligent but are constantly searching ways to improve the quality and outcomes in patient care. While at Houston Methodist, I have had a chance to make clinical interventions while rounding with the medical team. Pharmacists are well respected and incorporated in the team and I have experienced this first hand. Those aspects of Houston Methodist, along with the various clinical rotations, opportunities to obtain a teaching certificate and advance my knowledge in a specialty, are the reasons I chose this program. I believe that I will become a skillful clinician at the end of my PGY-1 residency.
Future Plans: I plan to pursue a PGY-2 residency in either infectious disease or oncology

Leah Sanchez
Email: lrsanchez@houstonmethodist.org
University of Missouri – Kansas City College of Pharmacy graduate
What I like about Houston Methodist: I was initially drawn to Houston Methodist because of the diverse opportunities, including various rotations, teaching and research opportunities, as well as potential to specialize through many different second year programs. Houston Methodist’s pharmacy team is very enthusiastic and progressive in their commitment to the pharmacy profession, with quality patient care as their primary objective. I am confident that my time at Houston Methodist will provide me with a solid foundation of clinical knowledge necessary for my future career in clinical pharmacy. 
Future Plans: I plan to pursue a PGY-2 in infectious diseases or critical care.

PGY-2 Critical Care Residents

Amaris Fuentes
Email: afuentes@houstonmethodist.org
University of Houston College of Pharmacy graduate
PGY-1 Residency: Houston Methodist Hospital
What I like about Houston Methodist: I chose to continue my training at Houston Methodist in critical care, given the variety of ICU patient populations and the history of the pharmacy department in the care of these patients. As a tertiary referral center, the acuity level demands a multi-disciplinary approach to care well recognized by physicians and allied health professionals. The pharmacy department focuses on the development of strong, independent practitioners with an emphasis on patient care and clinical research. My two years of training at the institution will undoubtedly prepare me for my future professional endeavors. 
Future Plans: Obtain a critical care pharmacy position with a preference for an emergency medicine or cardiology focus.

Steven Atallah
Email: seatallah@houstonmethodist.org
University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy graduate
PGY-1 Residency: University of California, Irvine Medical Center
What I like about Houston Methodist: 
As a large, renowned medical center, I was confident the Houston Methodist would expose me to a number of different critically ill patient populations, allowing me to further develop my clinical skills in this setting. Houston Methodist also has a strong clinical pharmacy program in which pharmacists consistently play an important role in providing optimal care to our patients. In addition, Houston Methodist provides its residents with ample teaching and research opportunities.
Future Plans: 
I will pursue a critical care pharmacist position at a large teaching hospital.

PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Resident

Wenjing Wei
Email: wwei@houstonmethodist.org
University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy graduate 
PGY-1 Residency: St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas
What I like about Houston Methodist: When I was looking for PGY-2 residencies specializing in infectious diseases, I desired to learn from a multitude of infectious disease cases from the general medicine population to the critically ill or severely immunosuppressed population, and Houston Methodist Hospital offers exactly that. As a renowned large tertiary hospital located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, Houston Methodist Hospital is able to provide a variety of patient care experiences, innovative research opportunities, and has a group of knowledgeable and experienced preceptors that are dedicated to the resident’s growth and development.
Future Plans: I desire to pursue a position as a clinical specialist in infectious diseases

PGY-2 Internal Medicine Resident

Mobolaji Adeola
Email: madeola@houstonmethodist.org
Temple University School of Pharmacy graduate
PGY-1 Residency: Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh PA
What I like about Houston Methodist: My ideal internal medicine PGY-2 program embodies challenge, growth and support - Houston Methodist is a perfect fit. The learning opportunities are comprehensive and facilitated by passionate pharmacists with exemplary leadership. I value the progressive pharmacy practice, unique patient population, integrated culture and networking opportunities at Houston Methodist. 
Future Plans: Pursue a clinical pharmacist position.

PGY-2 Oncology Resident

Mohammed Elayan
Email: mmelayan@houstonmethodist.org
Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy graduate
PGY-1 Residency: Houston Methodist Hospital 
What I like about Houston Methodist: I enjoyed my rotations and experiences during my PGY-1 year. There always seemed to be at least one interesting case or learning opportunity daily, and I truly enjoyed working with all of my preceptors. Pharmacists are an integral member of the healthcare team here, and this allowed me to frequently make a positive impact on a patient's overall health.
Future Plans: I hope to find a job working as an inpatient clinical pharmacist after completing my PGY-2.

PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant Residents

Arin Jantz
Email: asjantz@houstonmethodist.org
Wayne State University College of Pharmacy graduate
What I like about Houston Methodist: There are a number of things that attracted me to the solid organ transplant PGY-2 residency at Houston Methodist. This program is extremely well rounded and offers strong experiences in kidney, pancreas, liver, heart and lung transplant. Additionally, the research and teaching opportunities available here are unique strengths of the program. Finally, and most importantly, the preceptors are great mentors and outstanding clinicians. 
Future Plans: To pursue a position as a clinical specialist in the area of solid organ transplant

Health System Pharmacy Administration Residents

Patrick Birney
Email: pjbirney@houstonmethodist.org
Northeastern University School of Pharmacy graduate 
What I like about Houston Methodist: The wide range of specialties, extensive inter-departmental collaboration and location within the Texas Medical Center put Houston Methodist in a position to develop young practitioners into leaders of their profession. I chose to pursue an administration residency to develop the skills necessary to operate a high-performing department, which is increasingly necessary given the direction healthcare is moving in the United States. My experience at Houston Methodist will allow me to make meaningful changes to the department and residency program’s operation, and continue to improve upon a strong foundation of success.
Future Plans: I will continue my professional development at Houston Methodist during my PGY-1 and PGY-2 years, and pursue a career in pharmacy leadership at an academic medical center.

Christy Gorbach
Email: cmgorbach@houstonmethodist.org
Purdue University College of Pharmacy graduate
What I like about Houston Methodist: The professional relationships, patient-centered care, and career advancements are a few of the reasons why I chose to do a two-year residency at Houston Methodist. I was attracted to Houston Methodist because of the diverse array of opportunities for pharmacy, as well as being located in the world renown Texas Medical Center. Pharmacy has an integral role in providing quality care to patients and the Pharmacy Department at Houston Methodist is dedicated to doing so by their comprehensive services. Houston Methodist is a hospital system that allows pharmacy residents to be at the forefront of pharmacy and assist in the professions' growth.
Future Plans: After graduating from the residency program, I hope to obtain a pharmacy management position within an academic medical center.