The Christ Hospital's Pharmacy Residents for 2020-2021

The Christ Hospital Pharmacy Residency - Residents

Read about our wonderful residents below!

Reilly Kiger, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Reilly Kiger, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Pharmacy School: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Interests: As someone who recently moved to Cincinnati, I like to spend my free time exploring the city and finding new restaurants, parks, and coffee shops. I love to spend time with friends, family, and my girlfriend when they have the chance to visit me in my new home. I'm a sucker for The Food Network, so I also like to pretend I'm the next Bobby Flay when I need to de-stress.
Why TCH? When searching for residency programs last year, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and looked for programs across the country and was lucky enough to find TCH! I felt welcomed the minute that I met everyone during my interview and have enjoyed continuing to build the personal and professional relationships with this group of passionate and successful pharmacists. Every single preceptor is invested in you as a resident and will push you to grow as a pharmacist and clinician. Although the program is filled with its expected challenges, it's also filled with a lot of fun and I can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store.
Advice for students interested in pursuing a residency: Focus on finding the best fit for yourself! You might feel a lot of pressure to choose a program based on its location or "prestige", but it's more important that you pick a place where you would be happy spending the next year. Trust your gut and try to find a program where you can really picture yourself fitting in. Keep in mind that during the interview process you're interviewing the program just as much as they're interviewing you. And lastly, don't be afraid to push yourself out of your comfort zone!

Kjersti Fry, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Kjersti Fry, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Blue Ash, Ohio
Pharmacy School: Cedarville University School of Pharmacy
Interests: Hiking, running, drinking coffee, and spending time with family and friends
Why TCH? From the very first interaction I had with the pharmacy team at TCH, I loved the family environment. Everyone is very encouraging and supportive, and in just a few months I have already formed several great relationships. All the preceptors are extremely intentional about our professional and personal growth as residents, and they have a true passion for their work. The residency program at TCH incorporates so many valuable, challenging experiences that I knew would help me grow as a competent pharmacist. From clinical rotations to staffing to code response to presentations, residents at TCH are constantly learning and developing their skills. I know that at the end of the year, I will be equipped for whatever area of pharmacy I wish to pursue!
Advice for students interested in pursuing a residency: During your residency search and your interviews, be intentional in learning about the culture of the residency program and the pharmacy department. Think about the environment you want for your residency year that will help you to excel. After talking with a residency program, make notes to yourself about what stood out to you. Keep your priorities and long-term goals in mind, and find the program that helps you to reach those goals.

Phillip Gruber, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Phillip Gruber, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Springboro, OH
Pharmacy School:Ohio State University
Interests: Hiking, biking, watching/playing sports, attending concerts
Why TCH? Being from southwestern Ohio, I already knew TCH had a strong reputation within the region for being a great hospital. But what made TCH stand out even more was how welcoming and friendly everyone was during my interview. They made me feel comfortable and I felt that they had a great support system in place for the residents. From the very beginning of the application process, I could also tell that Alissa was an organized, dedicated RPD that invests a lot of time into the program.
Advice for students interested in pursuing a residency: Make sure you get the most out of your hospital APPE rotations. If you push yourself during your hospital rotations, it will make the transition to being a resident a little easier. Picking challenging rotations may seem intimidating, but it will pay dividends in the long run. Not only will you gain a lot of clinical knowledge, but you will also be able to talk about all the challenges and learning experiences you encountered on rotations during residency interviews.

Bradley Taranto, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Bradley Taranto, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Miamisburg, Ohio
Pharmacy School: University of Cincinnati
Interests: Infectious Diseases, Oncology
Why TCH? I had a great APPE experience at TCH where I witnessed firsthand how valued pharmacists were as members of multidisciplinary health care teams. Throughout the interview experience, it was evident that the preceptor group was both knowledgeable and invested in the growth of the residents.
Advice for students interested in pursuing a residency: Cultivate a desire for learning. Each day is full of opportunity to expand your knowledge and become a better practitioner.