Current Residents - Milwaukee VA Medical Center
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Milwaukee VA Medical Center

 

Current Residents

 

Current PGY-1 Residents

 Karolyn Mosbacher 

Karolyn Mosbacher (Karolyn.Mosbacher@va.gov)
Hometown: Neenah, WI
Pharmacy school: Rosalind Franklin University School of Pharmacy

What attracted you to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center?
Initially, it was the program flexibility and range of rotations and experiences that I felt would help me grow as a pharmacist that attracted me to the Milwaukee VA. After I met with the residents and preceptors, I felt assured that this program would give me the tools I need to be successful in my career. I also feel that the pharmacy staff has been extremely warm and welcoming to the residents.

What are your professional interests and goals?
The flexibility of the program allows residents to explore many different interests, even if they change throughout the year. I am currently interested in internal medicine, geriatrics, academia, and cardiology. In addition to my rotations, I’m looking forward to completing the Concordia teaching certificate program to help facilitate my professional goal of being a life-long learner.

What do you love most about Milwaukee so far?
There is so much to do around Milwaukee! I love to try different restaurants and spend time downtown. I also love that you can travel a few minutes outside of Milwaukee and find some great walking trails and parks. A bonus perk is being near my family again.

 Christy Varghese 

Christy Varghese (Christy.Varghese@va.gov)
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Pharmacy school: Cedarville University School of Pharmacy (Cedarville, OH)

What attracted you to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center?
The Residency Program at the Milwaukee VA drew my attention with its well-rounded inpatient and outpatient experiences, flexible scheduling, caring preceptors, and the ability to serve the Veteran population.

What are your professional interests and goals?
Currently I am interested in ambulatory care pharmacy, mental health, cardiology, and I am excited to explore other areas of pharmacy as well. My goals for this year include completing a teaching certificate with MCW and becoming a well-rounded clinical pharmacist.

What do you love most about Milwaukee so far?
I love that Milwaukee is closer to home and I can spend time with family. I have enjoyed the wonderful summer and finding good places to eat.

 Ana Tomaich 

Ana Tomaich (Anamarie.Tomaich@va.gov)
Hometown: South Milwaukee, WI
Pharmacy school: Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy

What attracted you to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center?
The opportunities for learning and growth are endless. I completed a longitudinal advanced practice pharmacy experience at the Clement J. Zablocki VAMC, and I knew I only began to scratch the surface of what is offered. The wide variety of clinical rotations and customizable schedule rotation ensured that my residency year would be tailored to my career aspirations. On paper, the program checked all the boxes for what I needed in a residency program; however, the people are really what set this program apart from others. Everyone emphasizes the importance of teaching and never hesitates to answer my questions or just chat about life. I knew everyone would challenge me and give me the opportunity to grow professionally.

What are your professional interests and goals?
My current interests include internal medicine, ambulatory care, and psychiatric pharmacy but I look forward to becoming a well-rounded clinician during my PGY-1 residency. I plan to either pursue a PGY2 program in an area of interest or begin working as a clinical pharmacist in a clinic or inpatient setting.

What do you love most about Milwaukee so far?
Since I grew up around the Milwaukee area, I have learned all of the great food spots. I love exploring for new restaurants/coffee shops (and going back to my favorites), eating all the local custard, all while enjoying the lakefront!

 Matt Bemis 

Matt Bemis (Matthew.Bemis@va.gov)
Hometown: Greendale, WI
Pharmacy school: University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Pharmacy

What attracted you to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center?
After completing the VALOR internship at the Milwaukee VA in 2019, I knew I wanted to practice pharmacy at this institution. I have found that veterans are one of the most gratifying populations to serve, and the preceptors at this facility are truly invested in teaching. The residency program offers well-balanced inpatient, outpatient, and longitudinal opportunities that can be tailored to any resident’s interests, especially considering the small PGY-1 class size relative to the facility size.

What are your professional interests and goals?
My short-term professional goal is to practice as a decentralized, inpatient pharmacist, ideally in the VA system. Some specialty areas of interest for me include internal medicine, cardiology, and infectious disease. I am hoping to use my PGY-1 year to narrow my interests, which may then lead to either a PGY-2 or staff pharmacist position.

What do you love most about Milwaukee so far?
Growing up in the Milwaukee area, I have always been a huge local sports fan. I love tailgating for Brewers games and have especially enjoyed going to the “Deer District” and Fiserv Forum for Bucks games this year. (Bucks in 6! World Champions!!) I also like staying active through local rec sports leagues, the extensive park system, and the many great disc golf courses. Lastly, I enjoy exploring breweries, beer gardens, restaurants, and festivals. There is always something to do in Milwaukee, and I love calling it home.

Current Milwaukee PGY-2 Residents

 Cameron Quan 

Cameron Quan (Cameron.Quan@va.gov) – Medication Safety
Hometown:Dallas, Texas
Pharmacy school: Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital

What attracted you to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center?
The Milwaukee VA offers a robust curriculum with diverse and various rotations to refine my skills. Their involvement with the National Center for Patient Safety allows me to network and further my goal of being a champion for patient safety.

What are your professional interests and goals?
I am interested in patient safety and using technology to improve patient care, reduce errors, and streamline healthcare processes. My professional goal is to become a medication safety officer or informatics pharmacist with a strong focus on patient safety and quality improvement.

What do you love most about Milwaukee so far?
Moving from my PGY-1 in Cleveland, I have loved the diverse and welcoming atmosphere that the Midwest is known for. I am looking forward to exploring more of Milwaukee, especially the restaurant scene and Summerfest.

 Arianna Johnson 

Arianna Johnson (Arianna.Johnson@va.gov) – Psychiatry
Hometown: Muskego, WI
Pharmacy school: Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC in Aurora, Colorado

What attracted you to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center?
I love how well-rounded the psychiatric pharmacy program is and the large emphasis in academia. I previously did a rotation at this VA when I was a pharmacy student, and the warm culture where everyone says hello and helps each other, even if random strangers, was incredibly welcoming. I knew I wanted to complete my PGY-2 in a place that provided a variety of experiences but also had a great culture! I felt the staff and pharmacists I have interacted with were truly invested in the resident’s learning. My great-grandfather, a WW2 vet (Navy), had also received excellent care from this VA for many years.

What are your professional interests and goals?
I would love to become an experiential faculty member within a college of pharmacy that teaches part of a course per semester but has primary responsibilities of precepting students in a clinical setting. I have not yet decided which particular mental health service I will pursue, but the primary goal would be to stay within the VA due to the unique scope of practice pharmacists have in this system. Thus far I believe I prefer outpatient mental health services, but I am open to new experiences I will have during PGY-2!

What do you love most about Milwaukee?
My family is from the area, so definitely getting to see them on more than just holidays is great! So much has changed in the city since I left for school and PGY-1 residency, so I am excited to re-explore the area!

 Inez Pabian 

Inez Pabian (Inez.Pabian@va.gov) – Internal Medicine
Hometown: North Hills, CA
Pharmacy school: Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI

What attracted you to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center?
What initially attracted me to the ZVAMC as a prospective resident was the variety of clinical rotations and the opportunity to learn in both inpatient and outpatient settings. As a PGY-1 resident I developed strong interests in internal medicine, cardiology, hematology/oncology, and precepting. Thus, I elected to stay on as PGY-2 in internal medicine to further develop clinically in these areas of interest.

What are your professional interests and goals?
My goal is to become board certified in pharmacotherapy before completing PGY-2. Additionally, I want to continue to develop my clinical and precepting skills. After PGY-2, I hope to stay within the VA health system as an inpatient clinical pharmacist.

What do you love most about Milwaukee?
I love summers in Milwaukee! There are so many music and cultural festivals to attend, outdoor activities, and restaurants to explore.

 Abby Bonjour 

Abby Bonjour (Abigail.Bonjour@va.gov) – Infectious Disease
Hometown: Sauk Prairie, WI
Pharmacy school: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences-Worcester Campus
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency:PGY1 Pharmacy Residency:Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI

What attracted you to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center?
The Milwaukee VA residency program drew my attention due to the wide variety of clinical rotations, the residency size which allows flexibility to customize rotation schedules, and the wonderful veteran population the VA serves. After coming to my on-site interview and meeting the preceptors I knew the opportunities for growth at Milwaukee VA were endless!

What are your professional interests and goals?
To become an ID clinical pharmacy specialist within the VA system.

What do you love most about Milwaukee?
Milwaukee is a fun city with so many things to do. I’ve enjoyed checking out different running trails, restaurants, and exploring the area!