Meet Our Residents

 

Angela Marsella

  • Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy- PharmD, Class of 2017
  • Samford University Brock School of Business- MBA, Class of 2017
  • Huntingdon College- BA Chemistry, Class of 2011

Residency Project:

During my pharmacy school career, I discovered I had strong passion for helping those with mental health issues and knew as a pharmacist I wanted to further pursue this interest. For my residency project, the pharmacy team and I will be implementing a new first fill mental health medication callback program in a community pharmacy setting focusing on patients receiving a new medication for the treatment of depression and anxiety. Many of the top 200 hundred medications dispensed in the community setting are indicated for patients with depression and anxiety; however, many of these patients do not receive adequate follow-up with the initial prescriber or the dispensing pharmacy. It is especially important for these classes of medications as patients often experience adverse effects prior to symptom improvement. The first fill mental medication callback program will focus on providing a service to these patients to ensure they achieve maximum benefit from their medication, promote patient adherence, and identify and address any adverse reactions to mental health medications early in therapy.

Career Goals:

I want to work in a community setting which enables me to change the perception of pharmacy through the education of students, patients, and colleagues and to practice at the top of my license in a pharmacy that encourages the innovation of services for patients.

Factors I considered when choosing a residency program:

When considering which residency programs to apply to last year, I focused on factors such as opportunities to further explore my interests in pharmacy and make the best use of my business management skills. Additionally, as one of my goals is to become an educator, I wanted to find a residency program that valued my passion for educating others and had opportunities to teach and pursue a teaching certificate. Finally, as someone who has always been passionate about the value of community outreach and involvement with pharmacy organizations, I wanted to find a program where the pharmacists are deeply involved in their community and with pharmacy organizations, both nationally and locally.

Why I chose this program:

The community pharmacy residency at the Medicine Shoppe in Two Rivers stood out to me because the site coordinator, Dr. Marv Moore, wanted to provide a residency experience with plenty of opportunities to provide groundbreaking services for patients in an approachable environment. During my interview with Marv, I could tell this pharmacy was truly something special and wanted the best for their patients and their community. Additionally, the Medicine Shoppe and Marv offers ample opportunities for me to expand my business management skills and to become a proficient educator through interactions with patients and precepting of pharmacy students. Furthermore, the University of Wisconsin community pharmacy residency program provides the opportunity to complete a teaching certificate program and a business plan in the community pharmacy setting. Through this residency program, I knew I would be supported to be as involved as I want with local and state pharmacy organizations and continue my involvement with national pharmacy organizations. It is because of all these reasons and more that I chose to leave my home state of Alabama and come to Wisconsin to complete my residency in community pharmacy, which has been a wonderful decision as a pharmacist and a person.

Advice for future residents:

  • When determining the residency programs that are the most suitable for you, first examine your CV because your CV should reflect where your passions lay and will assist you in making key decisions about what residency programs will be a best fit for you.
  • Prior to any interview, practice!
  • During your interviews, remember to be yourself and remember there are no perfect answers. You want the interviewers to get to know you.

Andrew Saether Photo of Resident, Andrew Saether

  • Concordia University of Wisconsin – PharmD,  2017
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse – BS Chemistry,  2012 

Residency Project:

I am continuing a Transitions of Care program with Bellin Hospital for patients being discharged home from skilled nursing facilities.

Career Goals:

I want to become an effective and trusted ambulatory care or independent community pharmacist with an emphasis in diabetes or anti-coagulation care.  And I hope to work in a community where I can get to know patients on a personal level to better improve their health with the help of our unique pharmacy services.

Factors I considered when choosing a residency program:

I wanted a great pharmacy team environment. I also considered  the types of pharmacy services provided, location, and the learning opportunities that would be offered.

Why I chose this program:

Streu’s of Green Bay, has a great reputation in the community pharmacy world and is known for providing a great learning environment for students and residents.  I was excited about the unique Transitions of Care program and getting the opportunity to work with patients one-on-one.  I immediately had a great professional and friendly connection with my eventual pharmacist preceptor during my interview.   Also, I have always been a fan of the Green Bay area (especially being a die-hard Packer fan) and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work here. 

Advice for future residents:

Being organized is essential and will serve you well during residency.  Always try new things if the opportunities come up, but don’t be afraid to say “no” if you have enough on your plate at a given time.  Be efficient and don’t over-work if you don’t have to.  Make room for social time outside of residency (ie. Find a new hobby, make new friends, attend events, etc.)