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Pharmacy Residency Program

The FirstHealth of the Carolinas PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

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Pharmacy Residency Information

 

Requirements

  • Completion of application materials
  • Graduate of an ACPE-accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Eligibility for licensure to practice pharmacy in the State of North Carolina

 

Salary/Benefits 

  • Approximately $45 000 salary
  • Benefits package equivalent to full-time employee with FirstHealth of the Carolinas
  • Travel allowances for professional meetings
  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (December)
  • Southeastern Regional Residency Conference (April)
  • North Carolina Association of Pharmacists Annual Convention (October)

 

Service/Staffing

  • Staff every other weekend
  • Work one of two summer holidays (Memorial Day or Labor Day)
  • Work one of two winter holidays (Thanksgiving or Christmas) 

 

Residency Rotations

Required

  • General inpatient medicine (2 months)
  • Critical care (2 months)
  • Emergency Medicine (2 months)
  • Pharmacy Practice Management (longitudinal)
  • Pharmacy Practice (longitudinal)
  • Education (longitudinal)

Electives

  • Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Pharmacy Information Systems

Longitudinal

  • PN&T Committee
  • Medication Safety
  • Administration/Leadership

 

Department of Pharmacy Information

Personnel

  • 31 Pharmacists (including management)
  • 28 Pharmacy Technicians
  • 1 Automation technician 1 Information Systems Analyst (pharmacist)
  • 1 CPOE Specialist (pharmacist)

Operational Services

  • Centralized unit-dose Robot-Rx technology
  • Automated dispensing cabinets (Omnicell) house-wide
  • Computerized Physician Order Entry
  • Bedside Medication Administration
  • USP <797> compliant IV clean room
  • TUG delivery robots
  • After-hour order entry to other FHC hospitals (Richmond Memorial Montgomery Memorial, Hoke Campus)
  • Outpatient pharmacy serving patients and employees
  • Sterile compound preparation utilizes image capture and barcode scanning

Clinical Services

  • Antimicrobial stewardship and management
  • Automatic renal dosing for antibiotics
  • Pharmacokinetic services
  • Anticoagulation management for heparin, LMWH and warfarin
  • TPN/Electrolyte monitoring
  • Critical care rounds with Hospitalists
  • Multi-disciplinary rounds: critical care, medicine

 

Meet Our Team 

Drew Kessell

Drew Kessell, PharmD, MBA, MS
Residency Program Director


Dr. Drew Kessell began his academic training at Davidson College. After completing the prerequisites for pharmacy school, he enrolled at Campbell University. Dr. Kessell graduated in 2007 from Campbell University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. Wishing to continue his didactic management and leadership training while expanding his clinical experiences, Dr. Kessell completed a two-year residency program at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In conjunction with completion of his residency, Dr. Kessell also completed a Master of Science in Health-Systems Pharmacy Administration from the Ohio State University.

Currently, Dr. Kessell is the Clinical Director of Pharmacy at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC.  In addition, he serves as a preceptor for IPPE and APPE students from several schools of pharmacy in North and South Carolina. He also serves as the Residency Program Director for Moore Regional’s PGY-1 pharmacy residency program.  

 

 Wes Cowell

Wes Cowell, PharmD
Administrative Director

Wes is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. After completing pre-pharmacy requirements at Middle Tennessee State University, he pursued his PharmD degree at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis. His professional career began with Owen Healthcare, Inc., a hospital pharmacy management company, in their director-in-training program. After training, Wes became director of pharmacy for a client hospital near Pensacola, Florida. After several transfers within the company as both pharmacy director and clinical pharmacy manager, he went to work for the newly-formed BayCare Health System based in Clearwater, Florida as a clinical pharmacy manager at South Florida Baptist Hospital near Tampa. He served two terms as president of the Southwest Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists, a regional chapter of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists, in 2001 and again in 2008.

Wes joined FirstHealth of the Carolinas in 2008 as pharmacy director and subsequently administrative director in 2009. His professional interests include legal and regulatory advocacy surrounding professional pharmacy practice standards and the pharmaceutical supply chain. He presently chairs Premier Inc.’s Pharmacy Affairs Subcommittee of their National Pharmacy Committee. His involvement in the residency program includes participation in longitudinal rotations, pharmacy administration topic discussions and regular meetings with the residents to review their progress and developing interests. 

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Matt Bamber, PharmD, MBA, BCCCP

Dr. Matthew Bamber began his academic training at Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts. After completing his prerequisites for pharmacy school, he completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. Post-graduation he continued his education by completing a Master of Business Administration degree at Western New England University while working as a pharmacist. Desiring to grow in his clinical pharmacy background Dr. Bamber went on to complete a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Sentara Healthcare in Virginia Beach, Virginia and a PGY-2 Critical Care residency at Orlando Heath in Orlando, Florida.

Currently, Dr. Bamber serves as a preceptor for the Emergency Medicine residency rotation and as well as an elective Emergency Medicine rotation for APPE students from local pharmacy schools. In addition, he serves as the Residency Program Coordinator for the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at FirstHealth.

Dr. Bamber enjoys spending time with family and friends, serving at church, reading, working out, playing sports, serving on international medical missions, and working as a part time real estate agent and investor.

 

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Jim Beaty, PharmD

Originally from Florida, Jim moved to North Carolina in 1992 to attend Campbell University.  Upon completion of pharmacy school, he completed a pharmacy practice residency at Gaston Memorial Hospital (currently Caromont Regional Hospital) near Charlotte, and joined FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in 1999. 

Jim spent his first eight years at FirstHealth as a clinical staff pharmacist.  In 2007 he transitioned into an Associate Director role where he is primarily responsible for inpatient pharmacy operations.  He is a preceptor for Campbell University pharmacy students, and precepts the practice management residency rotation as well as the administration and operations electives.

 

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Jennifer Campbell, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Jennifer Campbell began her academic training at The University of Arizona where she earned her B.S. in Health Sciences with minors in Chemistry and Business.  After completing her undergraduate training, she worked for McKesson Specialty helping indigent patients gain access to medications.  Wishing to continue her education, Dr. Campbell enrolled at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and graduated in 2011 with a Doctorate in Pharmacy.  She went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at FirstHealth of the Carolinas.

Dr. Campbell is a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.  She is currently serving as a preceptor in training for the General Medicine practice experience of the PGY1 residency program and recently became BCPS certified.

Dr. Campbell's personal interests include indoor cycling, running, and being a mother of two high energy boys.

 

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Josh Depew, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Josh Depew obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from D’Youville College School of Pharmacy.  After finishing pharmacy school, he completed a Post Graduate Year One (PGY-1) Pharmacy Practice Residency at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, North Carolina.  During his residency experience, Dr. Depew became interested in emergency medicine leading to his current position at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital as the Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist.  He obtained his BCPS certification in July 2017. Dr. Depew is planning on pursuing BCCCP certification when eligible. His professional interests include critical care, specifically as it pertains to emergency medicine. 

 

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Heather Gibson, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Heather Gibson began her academic career at Colorado School of Mines where she earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Public Affairs.  After working several years in the engineering field, her desire to work in healthcare led her to enroll at Mercer University College of Pharmacy where she received a Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2011.  After graduation, she completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at FirstHealth of the Carolinas Moore Regional Hospital.  She is BCPS certified and is currently pursuing a certificate in Antimicrobial Stewardship through the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists.  

After completion of her residency, Dr. Gibson worked as a clinical pharmacist at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital for 5 years.  During this time she also cross trained in the emergency department and outpatient oncology.  In January of 2017, she took the new position of Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist at FirstHealth where she currently remains.  

Dr. Gibson has served as an APPE preceptor for UNC School of Pharmacy since 2014.  At FirstHealth, she serves as preceptor in training for the PGY1 infectious disease elective. 

Dr. Gibson's personal interests include reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.  

 

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Andrew Krupp, PharmD

Dr. Andrew Krupp began his academic training at North Carolina State University where he earned his B.S. in Microbiology with a Minor in Genetics. Following this, Dr. Krupp enrolled at the University of North Carolina's Eshelman School of Pharmacy where he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2012.  Dr. Krupp continued his training by completing a PGY-1 residency at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, where he eventually stayed on as a Clinical Pharmacist.

Currently, Dr. Krupp is a Pharmacy Supervisor, co-preceptor of the Critical Care PGY-1 Residency Rotation and maintains being a Clinical Pharmacist. His special interests include infectious diseases, critical care and teaching/precepting. His future plans involve becoming BCPS certified.

Dr. Krupp's personal interests include traveling, technology, gaming, reading, exercise and the lifelong study of Karate.

 

Bill Mang

Bill Mang, PharmD

Dr. Bill Mang began his academic training at the State University of New York College at Geneseo where he earned his B.S in Biology with a concentration in Biotechnology. After completing his undergraduate training, he worked in pre-clinical oncology research at Cyclis Pharmaceuticals and ArQule Biomedical Institute in Massachusetts. Following this, Dr. Mang enrolled at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2009.

Dr. Mang is a Pharmacy Supervisor, preceptor for the General Medicine practice experience and Pharmacy Practice experience, and Clinical Pharmacist. He precepts APPE students from UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Dr. Mang is also a strong supporter of community health and serves on the local county Board of Health. 

Dr. Mang’s interests include entering sweepstakes, reading, running, listening to live music, and spending time with friends and family.

 

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Thom Morris, PharmD

Thom Morris graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1990 with a BS in Pharmacy. During his final internships he was awarded the Smithkline Beecham award for excellence in pharmacy practice. Initially he worked at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. During those nine years he gained clinical pharmacist experience with a concentration in IV therapy and oncology.  He transferred to FirstHealth in 2001 and practiced as a clinical pharmacist in the inpatient setting until 2011. Wanting to advance his role as a leader and gain management experience he accepted a position at the Outpatient Cancer Center Pharmacy as manager. This position is challenging and he enjoys sharing the experience with students and residents. He currently offers an elective rotation in Oncology. His goal is to educate and open opportunities for those interested in the field of oncology.

His personal interests include fishing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, gaming, movies and travel to domestic or international destinations with his family.

 

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Christina Thurber, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Christina Thurber attended Ohio Northern University's Raabe College of Pharmacy.  After completing her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, she completed her PGY1 residency at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio. Following her residency, Dr. Thurber began her career as a clinical staff pharmacist in the hospital setting and obtained her BCPS certification.

Currently, Dr. Thurber is a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC.  She is serving as a preceptor in training for the General Medicine rotation of the PGY1 Residency program.  Over the coming years, Dr. Thurber has intentions to precept IPPE and APPE students from local schools of pharmacy.  Areas of interest include internal medicine and cardiology.

Dr. Thurber's personal interests include reading, watching movies, spending time with friends and family, and being a dog mom.

 

Our Current Residents

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Shelby Hudson, PharmD, MS

Dr. Shelby Hudson began her academic training at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She continued her education to obtain a Master of Science in Chemistry from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she stayed on as a full time instructor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 2007 – 2013. She then entered the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy where she earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy.

Dr. Hudson has special interest in the geriatric patient population, cardiology, pharmacy education, and administration.

Her personal interests include spending time with her husband and young daughter, browsing estate sales, and playing guitar.

 

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Han Lin, PharmD

Dr. Han Lin began his academic training at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he completed his three year pre-requisite coursework. He later earned a Doctorate in Pharmacy from UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. 

Dr. Lin has a special interest in infectious diseases, critical care, nutrition support, and teaching/precepting.   His short term plans include becoming BCPS certified and securing a position as a clinical and staff pharmacist. He plans to take a precepting role further down the road, hoping to inspire future student pharmacists.

His personal interests include spending time with friends, listening to Taylor Swift, playing basketball and board games, trying new food, and Overwatch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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