The Christ Hospital's Pharmacy Residents for 2020-2021

The Christ Hospital Pharmacy Residency - Residents

Read about our wonderful residents below!

Sarah Berman, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Sarah Berman, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Mooresville, IN
Pharmacy School: Cedarville
Interests: In my free time, I love to explore new parks and trails with my rescue pup, Roo! I am an avid coffee drinker and love trying new coffee shops. I also enjoy baking, cycling, Mexican food, and spending time with family and friends.
Why TCH? After coming to TCH for my interview day, I knew there was something different about this program. The preceptors are deeply invested in their residents, and they want to see you succeed both personally and professionally. Even during my interview, I could see that the preceptors were truly interested in who I was as a person and welcomed me with open arms. I knew the mentorship I would receive at TCH would shape me as a new practitioner and challenge me to grow to my greatest potential. I also love TCH because it offers a wide variety of services with pharmacy integrated throughout the hospital, giving so many opportunities to learn while maintaining the close knit community hospital feel.
Advice for students interested in pursuing a residency: Keep an open mind while you explore your options for residency. During my first year of pharmacy school, I thought I knew exactly where I wanted to go and what specialty I wanted to pursue. During my P4 year and APPE rotations, my plans completely changed, and that is 100% okay! If I had not been willing to explore other options and look at hospitals I had never been to before, I would not be where I am today. Remember to treat every opportunity and rotation like you might work there some day. Getting to know your programs at residency showcases and other events throughout pharmacy school will help you make your decision easier, and on top of that, it helps ease some of the nerves on interview day!

Anastassia Blewett, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Anastassia Blewett, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Mason, OH
Pharmacy School: University of Cincinnati
Interests: I enjoy going on long walks and cuddling with my dog, Jax Tuffy. I also enjoy trying new foods and drinks with friends, running, and teaching group exercise classes, especially indoor cycling. If I wasn't a pharmacist, I would've studied meteorology because I love weather! I think tracking storms is super fascinating!
Why TCH? Words cannot describe how much I love the people at TCH! Every single person makes me feel so welcome here, which is something that really stood out to me during the interview process when comparing other residency programs. The team is passionate about my success and challenges me to continuously develop into a strong clinical pharmacist. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to learn from the best preceptors in the area. They are the perfect balance of seriousness and fun, and I'm fortunate to work with this amazing pharmacy team each day!
Advice for students interested in pursuing a residency: Remember to be yourself when interacting with residency programs. There are many qualified candidates applying to the same programs, so show your personality and find something that makes you stand out. It's also important to make sure your personality fits well with the culture of the program. Choose a program that makes you feel welcome and excited to come to work every day! If match day doesn't go as planned, it's going to be okay! You may encounter some obstacles on your journey towards achieving your pharmacy career goals but staying open-minded and persevering can set you up for success in the end. You will eventually end up with the program you're meant to be with when the timing is right. Remember to stay positive during the process!

Ariana Hester, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Ariana Hester, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Parma, OH
Pharmacy School: University of Cincinnati
Interests: In my free time I enjoy going to concerts, checking out local farmers markets, and trying new restaurants. I also enjoy binging trashy reality tv shows with my friends and rewatching The Office for the tenth time. I love true crime podcasts and will always say yes to going anywhere with a rooftop/patio or live music.
Why TCH? TCH strikes the perfect balance between challenging and fun. The preceptors show a love of the profession and are genuinely invested in your growth. They will push you to become better both personally and professionally. The close-knit group of pharmacists, both clinical and staff, make you feel welcomed into the pharmacy family from the moment you walk through the door. It is rare to find an institution that makes you feel so at ease right from the start and TCH manages to do just that.
Advice for students interested in pursuing a residency: My biggest piece of advice would be to prioritize “fit” when interviewing for programs. It can be easy to get bogged down with preconceived notions about which program is the “best” and where you think you should rank. You will be devoting a year of your life to a residency program and it is imperative you go where you feel the strongest connection. Focus on how the staff interacts with each other, incorporation of pharmacy on interprofessional teams, other candidates interviewing with you, conversations with preceptors, etc. Choosing a program you feel comfortable at will make a huge difference!

Katie Wilson, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Katie Wilson, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Milford, OH
Pharmacy School: University of Cincinnati
Interests: I'm a big fan of doing anything I can outdoors. I live and commute from the east side of Cincinnati and I love running on the bike trail, kayaking or tubing in the Little Miami river, and taking my two dogs to the park. I'm also really into comedy and love going to the local comedy clubs.
Why TCH? I chose TCH because of the preceptors and because of Alissa. The preceptors were very welcoming, encouraging and I felt included. I also knew Alissa was and is a very dedicated and organized director that invests heavily in her residents. TCH's preceptors have a strong training background and from my previous experiences as a student, I knew that a residency at TCH would challenge me and therefore prepare me to have a successful career.
Advice for students interested in pursuing a residency: Go with your gut feeling when choosing a program. Residency is a tough year, but you'll be successful at a place that's a right fit for you. If you are trying to decide whether a residency is right for you, think of a PGY1 as a career investment. It's a year, but the year goes by fast. Whether you want to do 1 year or 2 years, the knowledge you gain will undoubtedly give you the confidence to be an interdisciplinary team member that makes a difference in patient's lives.