PGY1 Pharmacy Residents

Rachel Burgoon, PharmD

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Rachel Burgoon

Education

Pharmacy Education: Cedarville University
Previous Education: BS Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cedarville University

Hometown

Frederick, Maryland

Professional Interests

Infectious Diseases, Academia

Research

PGY1: Clinical utility of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) nasal surveillance swabs in skin and skin structure infections

Involvement

Pharmacy Residency Professionalism Committee
Pharmacy Residency Recruitment Committee

Outside of Pharmacy

I enjoy trying new restaurants in Charleston, hanging out with co-residents, traveling, and being outside to enjoy the warm weather.  A fun fact about myself is that I have never had a cavity and hoping the streak continues!

Why MUSC

I chose MUSC for its long history of training pharmacy residents, the wide variety of learning opportunities available, and the opportunity to learn at a large academic medical center. What I didn't realize, is that I was going to also have the best co-residents out there! Having a large residency class that supports and encourages one another is by far my favorite part of MUSC. 

Email Dr. Burgoon at burgoonr@musc.edu#TwitteRx @RachB_PharmD


Taylor Carcella, PharmD

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Taylor Carcella

Education

Pharmacy Education: Jefferson College of Pharmacy
Previous Education: BS Biology & BA Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Hometown

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Professional Interests

Solid Organ Transplant, Ambulatory Care, Academia

Research

PGY1: Variability in therapeutic trough concentrations for extended-release tacrolimus in de novo kidney transplant patients

Involvement

Pharmacy Residency Professionalism Committee
Pharmacy Residency Recruitment Committee
Pharmacy Residency Wellness Committee

Outside of Pharmacy

I enjoy running, spinning, hanging out with husband and 2 pups, and visiting the Charleston beaches. A fun fact about myself is that I used to be able to run a mile in 4:52, but now I’m training to be a spin instructor!

Why MUSC

During my residency search, I wanted a large academic medical center with a wide variety of rotations as a PGY1 to become well rounded in all different areas of pharmacy. As I have an interest in academia, I was drawn towards the Academician Preparation Program and the opportunity to lecture and precept students from the MUSC College of Pharmacy. I wanted a program with a 24-hour in house, on-call component for a hands-on experience with higher level patient care cases. Lastly, I knew I wanted a large residency class to continue to learn alongside my peers and have ongoing support during my post-graduate training.

Email Dr. Carcella at carcella@musc.edu
#TwitteRx @TaylorLee_Rx


Marissa Duco, PharmD

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Marissa Duco

Education

Pharmacy Education: Butler University

Hometown

Columbus, Ohio

Professional Interests

Hematology/Oncology, Pediatrics, Addiction Medicine

Research

PGY1: Evaluation of VTE prophylaxis in gynecologic oncology patients

Involvement

Pharmacy Residency Social Committee

Outside of Pharmacy

I enjoy going to the beach, finding new breweries, and petting all of the dogs in Charleston. A fun fact about myself is that I studied abroad in Italy!

Why MUSC

The pharmacy residency program at MUSC Health is one of high caliber. It is a program valued for challenging its residents but with extremely supportive preceptors. This year I know I will be outside of my comfort zone most days, but I will also grow exponentially as a pharmacist. Amidst all of the hard work, an added bonus is that I have also found some of my best friends in my coresidents!

Email Dr. Duco at duco@musc.edu
#TwitteRx @DucoPharmD


Gracie Giang, PharmD

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Gracie Giang

Education

Pharmacy Education: Samford University
Previous Education: BS Chemistry & BS Pharmaceutical Studies, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Hometown

Helena, Alabama

Professional Interests

Internal Medicine, Academia, Ambulatory Care

Research

PGY1: Evaluation of the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of omadacycline in the treatment of mycobacterium abscessus: A case series

Involvement

Pharmacy Residency Recruitment Committee

Outside of Pharmacy

I enjoy trying new restaurants and breweries with my co-residents, cooking, watching Hallmark Christmas movies ('tis the season!), and taking therapeutic walks around Target. A fun fact about myself is that I was in London during the royal wedding of Harry and Megan - my invitation got lost in the mail, but that's okay, because my friends and I went to a watch party at an English pub instead!

Why MUSC

The most important features I looked for in a pharmacy residency program were a challenging year that would stimulate growth, a wide variety of pharmacy experiences, and a great support system. MUSC checked all of those boxes! I knew the opportunities I would receive here were exactly what I needed to start my pharmacy career. I absolutely love that I have 30+ co-residents who I can lean on whenever I need them. I can't imagine being anywhere else but MUSC for my PGY1!

Email Dr. Giang at giang@musc.edu
#TwitteRx @GracieGPharmD


Aaron Hamby, PharmD

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Aaron Hamby

Education

Pharmacy Education: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Previous Education: BS Pre-Professional Studies, University of Tennessee

Hometown

Ooltewah, Tennessee

Professional Interests

Infectious Diseases, Academia

Research

PGY1: Empiric Coverage of Patients with Polymicrobial Klebsiella pneumoniae or Escherichia coli Bacteremia

Involvement

PGY1 Chief Pharmacy Resident
Pharmacy Residency Professionalism Committee
Pharmacy Residency Social Committee
Pharmacy Adult On-Call Committee
Pharmacy Residency Committee

Outside of Pharmacy

I enjoy spending time with my dog Hank, an adorable yellow lab. Additionally, I enjoy playing volleyball with my co-residents in a beach volleyball league here in town, trying new restaurants (especially Italian), and playing trivia with my friends. Lastly, and most importantly, I am obsessed with going on a good ghost tour, which Charleston has so many to offer. A fun fact about myself is that my first job ever was working at a haunted house!

Why MUSC

MUSC offers a vast array of opportunities that align with both my professional and personal goals. Our program offers a plethora of rotation experiences with some of the top leading pharmacist in their fields. I was drawn to MUSC's close connection to its College of Pharmacy which has given me the opportunity to mentor, precept, and lecture to students throughout the year, as I am interested in academia. Additionally, I was attracted to the 24-hour in house on-call program. This on-call program has challenged and taught me more in these first few months then I ever dreamt I would learn, and I will forever be grateful for having this experience. Personally, I wanted a bigger program that offered a large number of PGY2 specialties because it allows for the additional support in the layer learning model. I have personally look to all of my PGY2 colleagues for advice and guidance during the transition from student to pharmacist and helping navigate residency. The PGY2s have been nothing but supportive and encouraging to all of us PGY1s. MUSC is at the forefront of research and resident development. It has laid a strong and firm foundation for my overall knowledge, and everyone in this program is helping me to achieve my goal of obtaining a PGY2 in infectious disease. Lastly, MUSC is in Charleston, South Carolina, one of the gorgeous and welcoming towns in America, so who would not want to live here. I am so glad to be able to call MUSC my home.

Email Dr. Hamby at hambya@musc.edu
#TwitteRx @AHamby_PharmD


Morgan Morrell, PharmD

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Morgan Morrell

Education

Pharmacy Education: Virginia Commonwealth University
Previous Education: BA Biology, University of Virginia

Hometown

Chesapeake, Virginia

Professional Interests

Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Infectious Disease

Research

PGY1: Comparison of Definitive Intravenous Antibiotics versus Intravenous Transitioned

Involvement

Pharmacy Residency Recruitment Committee

Outside of Pharmacy

I enjoy spending time with my husband and friends, trying new restaurants, going to the beach, and attempting to grow an herb garden. A fun fact about myself is that I have a black and white rescue cat named Milkshake!

Why MUSC

I wanted to do residency at a large, academic medical center that had a long-standing history of providing excellent training to pharmacy residents. What set MUSC apart was the large residency class size and the comradery I witnessed among the residents. I also wanted to participate in a 24 hour in-house on-call program that would provide additional emergency response experience.

Email Dr. Morrell at morrellc@musc.edu
#TwitteRx @CMMorrellPharmD


Kaleb Morris, PharmD

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Kaleb Morris

Education

Pharmacy Education: The Ohio State University
Previous Education: BS Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Hometown

Concord, North Carolina

Professional Interests

Emergency Medicine

Research

PGY1: 4 Factor PCC for Acute Reversal of Coagulopathy in Acute and Acute on Chronic Liver Failure

Involvement

Pharmacy Residency Recruitment Committee
Pharmacy Residency Wellness Committee

Outside of Pharmacy

I enjoy running, cheering on THE Ohio State Buckeyes, exploring breweries, and trips to the beach. A fun fact about myself is that I had an opportunity to perform as a drummer at Disney World!

Why MUSC

I chose to come to MUSC as I wanted to complete my residency training at an academic medical center where pharmacy was well integrated into clinical practice. MUSC offers me the opportunity to be highly interactive with the multidisciplinary team to provide care to a complex patient population. The 24-hour call program was another reason I was drawn to the program as this offered me a chance to push myself out of my comfort zone and enhance my critical thinking and triaging skills. Furthermore, the ability to tailor my residency experience to include my interests and have experience at a level one trauma center attracted me to the program. Overall, after interviewing at MUSC I knew this was a robust experience that would start to develop me into a well-rounded clinician.

Email Dr. Morris at morrikal@musc.edu
#TwitteRx @KalebPharmD


Abigail Shockley, PharmD

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Abigail Shockley

Education

Pharmacy Education: Purdue University

Hometown

West Lafayette, Indiana

Professional Interests

Oncology, Academia, Pediatrics

Research

PGY1: Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Gastrointestinal Cancer

Involvement

Pharmacy Residency Wellness Committee
MUSC COP Supplemental Instruction Leader

Outside of Pharmacy

I enjoy hanging out with my new 11 best friends (my PGY1 co-residents), spending time at the beach on my post-call days, doing yoga, and going to breweries.  A fun fact about myself is that I have 8 siblings!

Why MUSC

As a student, I knew I wanted to do my PGY1 residency at a large academic medical center. MUSC not only was able to help me achieve my long-term goals, but when I came to interview at MUSC, I immediately felt like I was home. The clinical specialists and residents were so personable and compassionate about pharmacy. In that moment I knew that I wanted to be a part of this organization that truly cares. Additionally, MUSC was able to provide me with an amplitude of academia experience. Here we have the opportunity to apply to be a clinical associate professor at the college of pharmacy, mentor students through their leadership academy, and work with them on research projects which is very unique! I am so lucky to be at an institution with an amazing and supportive pharmacy team!

Email Dr. Shockley at shocklea@musc.edu 
#TwitteRx @ShockleyPharmD


Amelia Slane, PharmD

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Amelia Slane

Education

Pharmacy Education: University of South Carolina
Previous Education: BS Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of South Carolina

Hometown

Charlotte, North Carolina

Professional Interests

Psychiatry, Academia

Research

PGY1: Survey of Non-Controlled Medication Misuse Patterns

Involvement

Pharmacy Residency Philanthropy Committee
Pharmacy Residency Wellness Committee

Outside of Pharmacy

I enjoy going to concerts, visiting local coffee shops, and watching football. A fun fact about myself is that I was born on my due date (only 5% of babies are)!

Why MUSC

I chose to complete my PGY-1 residency at MUSC because the program provided opportunities to meet all of my professional goals. From the Academician Preparation Program to the Institute of Psychiatry, MUSC checked ALL of the things on my list. I had no doubt that MUSC would push me out of my comfort zone and mold me into a well-rounded pharmacist. Specifically, the 24 hour in-house on-call program with code response is a unique and rare opportunity ensuring personal growth. On my interview day, the cohesiveness amongst the residents and preceptors stood out and I feel very grateful to be a part of the MUSC family!

Email Dr. Slane at slane@musc.edu
#TwitteRx @SlaneAmelia


Abigail Takacs, PharmD, MHIT

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Abigail Takacs

Education

Pharmacy Education: University of South Carolina
Previous Education: MHIT, University of South Carolina; BS Natural Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Hometown

Berwick, Pennsylvania

Professional Interests

Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Health Informatics

Research

PGY1: Safety outcomes of insulin infusions initiated in the Emergency Department

Involvement

Pharmacy Residency Recruitment Committee
Pharmacy Residency Social Committee

Outside of Pharmacy

I enjoy traveling (16 countries and counting), playing ultimate frisbee, eating my way around Charleston, and cheering on the Carolina Gamecocks. A fun fact about myself is that I moved to a different state or country for almost all of my APPE rotations during pharmacy school!

Why MUSC

There are so many reasons why I chose MUSC but it really comes down to one thing: MUSC feels like home. While MUSC has a variety of offerings to further my pharmacy training, such as exceptional clinical rotations at an academic medical center, a 24-hour in-house call program, a research certificate program, an academician preparation program, and leadership opportunities, the people are truly second to none. At MUSC, not only are you supported by your RPD, your advisor, fellow pharmacists, and your 30+ co-residents, everyone that works within the healthcare system acts as one to continuously improve patient care, as well as your personal learning experience.

Email Dr. Takacs at takacsab@musc.edu
#TwitteRx @AT_PharmD