Following are our 2009-2010 residents' answers to the question, Why did you choose AGH for your pharmacy residency program?
Jenna Brinkman, PharmD - I was interested in the diversity of the program with an emphasis in solid tumors as well as experiences in hematological malignancies and transplant.
Mike D. Corpman, PharmD - Allegheny General Hospital was an appealing choice for a residency for me because of its large clinical pharmacy department and wide variety of learning opportunities available. I also liked the fact that the residency program was well established with years of experience.
Selma Du, PharmD - I chose Allegheny General Hospital because of its wide variety of opportunities in many practice areas, and the knowledgeable preceptors that are available. I’ve never been to Pittsburgh, so I’m excited to see what the city has to offer.
Nicole Hahn, PharmD - I chose AGH because of the variety of core and elective rotations offered, the large number of clinical specialty pharmacists, and the fact that it is a large teaching institution. Pittsburgh is a city I had never been to before, but I wanted to venture outside of my hometown area while still being only a reasonable car ride away.
Molly McGraw, PharmD - I completed my PGY1 residency here and really enjoyed the program and preceptors. This program has a variety of critical care experiences available here to allow me to grow as an independent practitioner.
Kara M. Plauger , PharmD - After completing pharmacy school I wanted to move to a new city and I thought Pittsburgh would be a fun place to live! AGH offers a well-rounded program in a friendly learning environment, and I was interested in the size of this residency program.
Valerie Vuylsteke, PharmD - As I neared completion of my pharmacy education, I knew that I wanted to leave Illinois (for the time being) and experience pharmacy practice in a different region of the country. Allegheny General Hospital offered several types of clinical experiences that I did not have available to me while on rotations in Chicago. The variety of electives, the strength of the health system in general, and the friendly working/learning environment inspired me to make the move to Pittsburgh. I have not since regretted that decision!