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Beacon Charitable Pharmacy Residency PGY1 Testimonial
The Beacon Charitable Pharmacy PGY1 residency program offered me a unique experience unlike any other because of its focus on the underserved population in the area. In my time as a pharmacist at Beacon, I felt like I was able to truly make a difference in my patients lives as we provided essential medications and health monitoring services these patients may have otherwise not had access. As the first resident in this program, I had the opportunity to help build it from the ground up and make it something that would not only benefit me in my future career but also benefit many generations of residents to come. I loved working closely with different healthcare centers such as Summa Health and Lifecare and getting involved in local organizations like the Opioid Task Force of Stark County. By practicing pharmacy in these settings, I obtained a wide variety of skills and expanded my clinical knowledge so when I left, I was qualified for a job in almost any setting. Most importantly, Beacon’s preceptors took interest in me as a pharmacist and created learning experiences geared toward my future career goals as an ambulatory care pharmacist with a focus on diabetes management.
Currently, I am a clinical pharmacist at Lima Memorial Hospital. We have a decentralized model that allows the pharmacists to be on the floor and work directly with physicians and nurses as well as patients. I have roles staffing in the inpatient pharmacy and the outpatient pharmacy, as well. Because of my training at Beacon, I am also able to work in the Coumadin Clinic and will help staff the Diabetes Clinic when it opens its doors in the near future. I believe that my residency training at Beacon prepared me exceptionally well for this position and the variety of skills it requires.
Kelsey Commager Hemmelgarn, PHARM D., RPh
Ohio Northern University
Beacon Charitable Pharmacy PGY-1 Resident
7-1-19 – 6-30-2020