College of Pharmacy student supports veterans through residency placement

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November 9, 2018

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At The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, we take pride in celebrating and supporting not only our veteran and active duty students, but also veterans in the community. Through our Pharmacy Residency Program, our students are able to work with and learn from some of America’s heroes at sites dedicated to supporting veterans.  

As pharmacy residents, students obtain experience in ambulatory care settings to develop, implement and deliver patient care, as well as pursue practice, leadership and academic positions. In the past six years, more than 20 students have gone on to complete residencies at sites dedicated to supporting veterans. One such site is the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center, where Ohio State student Morgan Brauner is completing her PGY1 residency.

Like most residency programs across the nation, the Chalmers P. Wylie VA participates in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) residency match process. Students submit applications, including a letter of intent for why they want to complete their residency at that location. For Brauner, it was about serving our nation's heroes.

“I completed an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotation at the Dayton VA last year as a fourth-year PharmD student and it was such an honor to be able to care for veterans. I knew a residency at the VA would be a perfect fit for me,” Brauner said. “Pharmacists have such a broad scope of practice and the VA truly allows pharmacists to work at the top of their licenses.”

In her residency, Brauner has been able to build relationships with veteran patients, hear their stories and collaborate with an interprofessional team to provide them with the best possible care. One of her main roles is serving veterans in the pharmacist-run Medication Therapy Management and Anticoagulation clinics, where she sees patients for chronic disease state management, including diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia.

“Working in the clinic gives me a place to touch base with my patients between primary care appointments,” Brauner explained. “In addition to being able to adjust their medication regimens, I also provide education on Direct Oral Anticoagulants and ultimately help patients meet their health goals.”

Through it all, Brauner expressed her gratitude to Ohio State, the VA and the people who have served our country.

“A residency at the VA has allowed me to continue my passion of serving the veteran population, while refining my patient care skills and developing my own practice style,” Brauner said. “In my future career, I hope to continue my passion of serving veterans as a clinical pharmacist within the VA health care system. I am very grateful to the university for providing me the foundation for a successful pharmacy career, to the VA for providing excellent training in a fulfilling environment and most of all to the veterans who have served our country.”