Current Residents - Milwaukee VA Medical Center
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Milwaukee VA Medical Center

 

Current Residents

 

Current PGY-1 Residents

 James Winslow 

James Winslow (James.Winslow2@va.gov)
Hometown: Fleming Island, FL
Pharmacy school: University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Gainesville, FL

What attracted you to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center?
The residency program at the Milwaukee VA impressed me with its diversity in rotations and with the flexibility to build my schedule to fit my interests and professional goals. I was also interested in the program’s focus on professional development, including opportunities for mentorship, teaching, and precepting. After interviewing on-site and meeting the wonderful faculty and staff, I knew this program would offer the supportive and welcoming environment I was seeking.

What are your professional interests and goals?
I have a wide-ranging area of interests within pharmacy which I hope to gain more experience with during this residency. I am planning on pursuing a PGY-2 after completion of this program, and I will likely seek board in the coming years. I am also interested in serving as a preceptor in the future, so I plan to obtain a teaching certificate during this PGY-1 year.

What do you love most about Milwaukee so far?
Milwaukee offers a huge number of opportunities including many festivals, great food options, diverse breweries, and numerous outdoor activities without the intimidating size and inconvenience of a larger city. I am very excited to explore all of these adventures in the coming year.
 

 Josh Kirchner 

Josh Kirchner (Joshua.Kirchner@va.gov)
Hometown: Urbandale, IA
Pharmacy School: University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

What attracted you to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center?
After my first few APPE rotations in a VA environment I knew I would be most satisfied by serving the veteran population. The Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center satisfies this and provides a great balance between both inpatient and ambulatory focused rotations. As well, the smaller residency size allows you to have a very customizable and unique residency year. They are also involved with a few local colleges of pharmacy and give you the opportunity to precept many different students, participate in labs, and additionally the option to acquire a teaching certificate. What solidified my interest in Clement J. Zablocki was meeting the pharmacy staff. They are all extremely supportive and welcoming and will do everything they can to help you succeed and develop your clinical skills as a pharmacist! .

What are your professional interests and goals?
Currently I am most interested in ambulatory care focusing on educating patients and managing their diabetes, CHF, anticoagulation, and HIV. It allows you to develop personal relationships with patients and still be able to utilize your clinical knowledge as a pharmacist. I also have a strong interest in Infectious Disease and Geriatrics. I look forward to getting more experience in the inpatient realm as I progress through the residency year to become a more well-rounded pharmacist. Currently, I plan to become board certified in ambulatory care pharmacy after I complete my residency.

What do you love most about Milwaukee so far? 
It’s a hard toss-up between their art museum, cheering on the Brew Crew, and all of the unique festivals going on throughout the summer! I have plenty of restaurants left to check off my list but not one so far has disappointed me with their cheese curds.
 

 Meghan Martin 

Meghan Martin (Meghan.Martin@va.gov)
Hometown:Memphis, TN
Pharmacy school: University of Wisconsin-Madison

What attracted you to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center?
The Clement J. Zablocki VAMC was a great option for me as my career interests were uncertain and this program allows its residents the opportunity to grow and learn both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Additionally, I liked having the resources to begin developing my preceptor skills as there is ample opportunity to work with students from several different pharmacy school programs. Finally, the preceptors at this VA are dedicated in their fields and really show a passion for teaching and helping residents succeed.

What are your professional interests and goals?
While still uncertain, my main interests at this time include primary care disease state management and cardiology. I am hoping PGY-1 year will help to narrow my interests and potentially lead me to a PGY-2 program.

What do you love most about Milwaukee so far?
There is always something to do in Milwaukee! Between Summerfest, Bastille Days, German Fest, State Fair, breweries, sports, you can always find something to try or something to do!
 

 Alex Gidal  

Alex Gidal (Alex.Gidal@wisc.edu)
Hometown: Madison, WI
Pharmacy school: University of Wisconsin – Madison

What attracted you to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center?
I believe that good patient care requires understanding the entire patient, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Of all of the programs I was interested in, the PGY1 residency at the Milwaukee VA offered the most balanced experience between inpatient and outpatient care. It was this, along with the extremely welcoming and friendly environment, the large teaching role residents here, and the opportunity use my clinical skills to serve the vets that initially drew me to this program.

What are your professional interests and goals?
I have interests in ambulatory care and cardiology, as well as academia. I’m hoping to use this year to focus and develop my clinical expertise, and advance myself toward a career as both an ambulatory care pharmacist, and teacher at a school of pharmacy.

What do you love most about Milwaukee so far?
Milwaukee is an amazing city with so much to do. Between the food, the beach, and the baseball, I’ve never been bored. Even after living here for many of my APPEs, I’m still finding new things to do and see every day.

 Brad Endres 

Brad Endres (Bradley.Endres@va.gov)
Hometown: Menomonee Falls, WI
Pharmacy school: University of Houston College of Pharmacy

What attracted you to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center?
The reasons I was attracted to the Milwaukee VA were three-fold: it offered a challenging, yet rewarding environment that would allow me to develop clinically, it allowed for flexibility when scheduling rotations, and it provided many opportunities to teach, precept students, and be actively involved in research projects. After meeting with the preceptors during my onsite interview, I knew the Milwaukee VA would be a great place to do residency.

What are your professional interests and goals?
Currently my clinical interests lie in the fields of oncology and infectious disease. My ultimate goal is to work in an academic clinical setting where I can have a clinical practice site and have opportunities for teaching and research. For my clinical practice, I would like to be an integral part of the health care team, giving physicians medication recommendations to improve patient care.

What do you love most about Milwaukee so far?
After living in Texas for almost 5 years, I am most excited about being closer to family and friends. I am also enjoying the mild summer and Midwest hospitality.

Current Milwaukee PGY-2 Residents

 Kate Snyderr 

Kate Synder (kate.synder@va.gov) – Medication Safety
Hometown: Lenexa, KS
Pharmacy school: University of Rhode Island
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: Cape Regional Medical Center, Cape May Court House, NJ

What attracted you to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center?
I have always been interested in pursuing a career within the VA, and medication-use safety has been an interest of mine since pharmacy school. Besides offering a strong medication-use safety residency program and a chance to work with an interdisciplinary team of patient safety fellows, the Milwaukee VA became my obvious choice when selecting a residency program due to the friendly and welcoming staff.

What are your professional interests and goals?
My interests include medication-use safety, patient safety, and geriatrics. My career goal is to become a Medication Safety Officer or a clinical pharmacist with a heavy emphasis in medication/patient safety.

What do you love most about Milwaukee so far?
Having moved away from Minnesota when I was younger – I must say that I have very much missed eating cheese curds, and now I can’t get them enough! Besides eating cheese curds in my free time, I’ve really enjoyed going to all the summer events Milwaukee has to offer!

 Lindsay Mailloux  

Lindsay Mailloux (lindsay.mailloux@va.gov) – Psychiatry
Hometown: Xenia, OH
Pharmacy School: Cedarville University School of Pharmacy in Cedarville, OH
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI

What attracted you to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center?
In my search for residency I had three main criteria – a robust and flexible mix of inpatient and outpatient experiences, a friendly and welcoming staff, and a city I wanted to live in. The Milwaukee VA fit this perfectly as well as offering unique elective and teaching experiences.

What are your professional interests and goals?
This year I am looking to gain more practical experience in management of antidepressants, metabolic syndrome, clozapine, and substance abuse, specifically opioid use disorder. Ultimately I would like to work in an outpatient position with an interdisciplinary health team providing medication management services for mental health-related conditions.

What do you love most about Milwaukee?
While I have finally started claiming Ohio as my home state, I am originally from Minnesota. I am so happy to be returning to the upper Midwest and it’s a definite plus that my four nieces and nephews also call Milwaukee their home. Also, so happy to be so close to some water and so many other fun things to do!

 Stephanie Cailor 

Stephanie Cailor (stephanie.cailor@va.gov) – Internal Medicine
Hometown: Lilburn, GA
Pharmacy School: Cedarville University School of Pharmacy in Cedarville, OH
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: Dayton VAMC, Dayton, OH

What attracted you to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center?
After completing my PGY1 at a VA hospital, I knew that I wanted to stay within this healthcare system. Not many VA’s offer Internal Medicine PGY2 programs, and Milwaukee stood out with its larger facility which would offer me a wide variety of experiences. During my interview, my interactions with the clinical pharmacy staff was a huge encouragement that my year here would not only allot for a great learning experience, but also for an encouraging work environment!

What are your professional interests and goals?
I don’t have one main clinical interest, which is why I love internal medicine… You get to see something new every day! I enjoy how it allows me to work interprofessionally and advocate for pharmacy services. As I also like precepting/teaching students, my ideal job is in academia: I can teach students while still maintaining a practice site!

What do you love most about Milwaukee?
Having never been to Wisconsin before my interview day, it’s been exciting to live in such a new place! There are tons of new restaurants to try, events to go to, and places to visit.

 Grace Mortrude  

Grace Mortrude (grace.mortrude@va.gov) – Infectious Diseases
Hometown: Portsmouth, RI
Pharmacy School: University of Rhode Island
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI

What attracted you to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center?
Nearby family, wonderful ID program, but most of all the people here make you feel at home.

What are your professional interests and goals?

  • Antimicrobial stewardship in long term care
  • Academia
  • Save the world from antimicrobial resistance

What do you love most about Milwaukee?
So many fun festivals and events!!