First PGY-2 Graduate Student Arrives

Two highly educated and motivated health care pioneers have just joined the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy at Palm Beach Atlantic University, as post-graduate residents.

Jennifer Wick is the very first Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident in Palm Beach Atlantic University’s brand new PGY-2 program, said Residency Director Amy Henneman, PharmD.  PGY stands for “post graduate year.”

Henneman, a PBA alumna, said, “We’re unique in that we focus not only on being a good pharmacist, but how to be a servant leader. We focus on the underserved in the community. We stretch ourselves to give back.” 

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Wick added, “…Empathy [is] a central part of the patient care process. It is extremely important for pharmacists…to focus on their patient as an entire person rather than as a simple diagnosis and drug therapy.”

Wick, who is licensed in West Virginia and Kentucky, volunteered in a Salvation Army clinic for four years and a pharmacy for three years.

Henneman said candidates are attracted to the new PGY-2 residency because of the autonomy they will have at the West Palm Beach (Veterans Affairs) VA Medical Center, as well as experience at the Community Health Center of West Palm Beach.

Wick added, “The primary reason I chose PBA for my residency was the wealth of opportunities the university provides. In addition to exceptional primary practice sites…PBA also provides the opportunity for electives in psychiatry, pain management and medical missions…I am able to pursue these opportunities while holding true to my personal belief system. PBA’s Christian values align strongly with my own beliefs in patient empathy and compassion as a part of the care process.”

The next pioneer is alumna Nicole Jara, PharmD ‘18, who has entered the new Community program in PGY-1. Jara, who interned at a Publix Pharmacy as a student; will now be at the independently-owned Atlantis Pharmacy, improving the retail experience by focusing on the entire patient and giving relevant advice.

At PBA, Jara was an Alumni Scholarship recipient, along with her sister Melissa and a Presidential Ambassador.

Keri DePatis will be a PGY-1 resident. She is interested in primary care, diabetes management and anti-coagulation. She has interned at pharmacies at Walgreen’s, CVS and Target, as well as working at Sinai Health System in Chicago.

“Ambulatory care saves money on the cost of care, by saving people from hospitalization and getting better outcomes,” Henneman said.

She added, “We are also unique because of our academic component. The residents will be training future generations, whether or not they are in the classroom.”

Wick relishes the thought. “I will be pursuing shared clinical and faculty roles. I have a passion for teaching, and look forward to sharing my residency and other clinical experiences with students.”  

Learn more about post-graduate programs in pharmacy.