The Christ Hospital's Pharmacy Residents for 2020-2021

The Christ Hospital Pharmacy Residency - Residents

Read about our wonderful residents below!

Sydney Novak, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Sydney Novak, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: New Lenox, Illinois
Pharmacy School: University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
Interests: Listening to podcasts, drinking coffee, outdoor walks/runs, weekends at my lakehouse, spending time with friends and family (and my dogs)
Why TCH? The program caught my interest because of many aspects including their PGY2 options. But what really sold me were the interactions with all the preceptors I had during my interview. Their passion for the program and genuineness was apparent, and I immediately was able to picture myself at TCH. It's truly an environment where I know I will develop to my greatest potential as a pharmacist and have many laughs along the way. The program will not be without its challenges, but the pharmacy team makes it fun and are beyond supportive. I'm looking forward to continuing to develop both personal and professional relationships with everyone and see what I will accomplish here!
Advice for students interested in pursuing a residency: Focus on how you feel during the interview. Choose the program with the culture you want and that you can actually picture yourself being at for a full year. Also, be intentional with your APPE rotations. Take advantage of the opportunities that are offered to you (and aren't offered) and challenge yourself to learn the most that you can in that year - even on the "easier" rotations.

Samantha Gross, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Samantha Gross, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Wilmington, OH
Pharmacy School: Cedarville University School of Pharmacy
Interests: Church, piano, exercise, any new thrill-seeking adventure
Why TCH? When I was considering places to apply for residency, The Christ Hospital immediately stood out as a place where I could grow into the practitioner I aspire to be. Even as a candidate, I felt welcome and knew that I would be supported among a wonderful group of clinicians. My hope is to eventually specialize in the realm of critical care or emergency medicine, and I am confident that my rotations this year will serve to prepare me well for a future role in these areas.
Advice for students interested in pursuing a residency: I would highly recommend having an established mentor prior to applying for and entering residency, whether that be one of your preceptors or a faculty member from your pharmacy school. My mentor gave me a lot of great advice as I was applying for residencies and was able to help me think through what my career plan trajectory might look like. The wisdom you glean from a mentor’s experience is truly invaluable.

Nicole Wendeln, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Nicole Wendeln, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Mason, OH
Pharmacy School: University of Toledo
Interests: Clinical-Ambulatory Care; Outside of pharmacy, I like checking out coffee shops, hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends.
Why TCH? Besides having required and elective rotations that I am interested in, it was the intangibles that helped me know that TCH was the right place for me. From my first interaction with the program, I could tell that residency training is placed as a priority and that Alissa is organized and dedicates time to make the program great. We have a knowledgeable group of preceptors who care about the residents as people in addition to our development as pharmacists.
Advice for students interested in pursuing a residency: Make the most out of your APPE rotations! Take bits and pieces of how different preceptors do things and find what works best for you. Decide what is most important to you in a residency and talk to as many programs as you can to help you find your fit. Lastly, take into account the type of learning environment and support you will have, and make sure pharmacy is extremely valued at the institution.v

Laura Heckenmueller, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Laura Heckenmueller, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: originally from Loveland, OH; currently in Grove City, OH
Pharmacy School: The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Interests: I really enjoy catching up with friends at local coffee shops and exploring new restaurants in Cincinnati that were not around when I grew up here! My favorite ways to stay active are by taking walks at parks and dancing at Zumba classes. When I visit my family during my time off, I love playing board games and card games like Euchre.
Why TCH? After completing several different APPE rotations, I had the great problem of liking almost every practice setting I was exposed to. TCH offered a wide variety of specialties for me to explore my interests. I was attracted to the PGY-1 residency class size of four residents because you always have someone to grab lunch with and bounce ideas off of. Most of all, I felt at home during my residency interview and all the preceptors were very personable and welcoming.
Advice for students interested in pursuing a residency: One of the pieces of advice that I got as a student looking to pursue a residency was to make a list of attributes you are looking for in a program and jot down characteristics of each potential program that align with your list. Staying organized with lots of different due dates and applications can be difficult during APPE rotations, so starting sooner rather than later is definitely helpful. Take full advantage of your APPE rotations by volunteering to take on an extra project or help collect data for a research project. These experiences will help prepare you for residency!