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Cape Fear/Southern Regional AHEC Pharmacy Residents Begin Year-Long Enrichment

Battise and LemskyGrowing up in Hope Mills, North Carolina, right outside the Fayetteville city limits, and attending Campbell University School of Pharmacy, Dawn Battise was happy to find a residency program so close to home. "I did not know much about the AHEC until learning about the residency program," she admitted. "I am so thankful that this is where I will be spending the next year! It is going to be a challenging program, but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else."

(Photo right: Battise and Lemsky)

Battise said that she was attracted to the pharmacy residency to get a good foundation in patient-centered care in the inpatient and ambulatory care settings. "I’m also really looking forward to working with the medical residents and building those relationships," she said. By completing a residency, she hopes it will open the door for clinical pharmacy positions. "I really enjoy interacting with patients and more employers are requiring a residency for those positions."

Johanne Lemsky is a little bit farther away from home. She grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Although residency isn’t required for pharmacists, Lemsky sees it as an invaluable experience. "This year is a time for me to hone my clinical skills, develop my own methods for teaching pharmacy students, and become involved in the pharmacy community," she said. "This program attracted me because it provided opportunities to meet all of my goals. I was impressed with the variety of ways I would be involved with patient care." Lemsky said she was attracted to the Cape Fear/Southern Regional AHEC pharmacy residency program because it fit all her needs. "I hope a residency will provide me with the specialized skills needed to become an excellent clinician so that I am capable to work in any pharmacy setting," she said. Prior to her interview at SR-AHEC, Lemsky had never been to eastern North Carolina. "I am enjoying meeting new people and exploring the area," she said. "I love going to the beach and cannot wait to plan a trip to the mountains."