Welcome to the Pharmacy Residency Program from Valley Hospital

Message from the Director, Edna Cheung, PharmD, BCPS:

What many people may not know about Hospital pharmacists is that their role and responsibilities far exceeds simply filling and dispensing medications. Hospital pharmacists critically evaluate physician’s medication orders for appropriateness and accuracy.

Completing a pharmacy residency is an excellent way to begin a career in clinical pharmacy. Our pharmacy program is a post-graduate year one (PGY-1) training program and 12 months in length. During this 12-month training process, residents are faced with a variety of experiences and projects that accelerate their growth beyond what entry-level experiences may provide. The resident will perform as a licensed practitioner under the supervision of an experienced preceptor and will be exposed to a broad variety of clinical scenarios. Learning experiences are organized in block rotations in a specific area. Residents will also participate in committee meetings, develop and revise policies and procedures, conduct quality/performance improvement efforts and complete one major research project. 

Although these experiences are challenging; the skills, competencies and confidence that is gained is invaluable. Being residency trained gives the pharmacist a competitive advantage in the job market as health systems are looking for this requirement for clinical positions.

Edna Cheung, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Valley Hospital Medical Center
620 Shadow Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Phone: 702-388-8476

Pharmacy Administration

Zephanye L. Sistrunk, BS, PharmD, BCGPZ. Sistrunk

Director of Pharmacy

Pharmacy School: Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

Learning Experience: Administration

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer M. Rogers, PharmDJennifer Rogers

Assistant Director of Pharmacy

Pharmacy School: Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL

Learning Experience: Orientation, Service Commitment (Staffing)

 

 

 

 

 

Desiree Chang, PharmD, BCPSDesiree Chang

Clinical Pharmacy Manager

Pharmacy School: Roseman University, Las Vegas, NV

Post-Graduation Training: Valley Hospital Medical Center (PGY-1)

 

 

 


Residency Program Director

Edna Cheung headshotEdna Cheung, PharmD, BCPS

Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Pharmacy School: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Post-Graduation Training: Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center (PGY-1)

 

 

 


Preceptors

Daniel Delnero, PharmDDaniel Delnero

Emergency Room Pharmacist

Pharmacy School
University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA

Professional Interests
Critical care and emergency medicine

Personal Interests
Golf and woodworking

Learning Experience Overview

The Emergency Room experience is a month long learning experience at Valley Hospital. The resident fulfills drug distribution duties by delivering medications when needed, verifies orders, monitors patient's drug therapies and provides drug information when needed. Daily clinical responsibilities include but are not limited to antimicrobial stewardship, dosing and monitoring, pharmacokinetics, pain/agitation/delirium management, anticoagulation, participating in code situations and hemodynamic support.


Jennifer KiddJennifer Kidd, PharmD, BCPPS

Neonatology and Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Pharmacy School
Howard University College of Pharmacy, Washington, DC
Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL

Professional Interests
NICU, general pediatrics and infectious disease​

Personal Interests
Vegas Golden Knights hockey, movies, travel, cooking and spending time with family

Learning Experience(s) Overview

Pediatrics (PEDS) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is an elective, month long learning experience at the Children's Medical Center at Summerlin Hospital. The Children's Medical Center provides care to infants, children, adolescents and teenagers and includes a PICU with 12 beds and a general Pediatric Unit with 46 rooms. Other pediatric services include the pediatric ER.

Neonatology is an elective, month long learning experience at the Children's Medical Center at Summerlin Hospital. The Children's Medical Center provides care to infants, children, adolescents and teenagers and includes a neonatology intensive care unit (NICU), also known as a Level III Nursery, which is the highest level of nursery care for newborns. Summerlin Hospital recently expanded its Level III NICU adding additional beds and advanced technology, making it one of the largest NICUs in the state of Nevada.


Jun Wen Lin, PharmD, BCPS, BCOPJun Wen Lin

Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Pharmacy School
Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

Professional Interests
Acute leukemia, lymphoma, stem cell transplant, and infectious diseases in immunocompromised hosts​

Personal Interests
Hiking, swimming and cooking

Learning Experience Overview

This is a four week elective oncology learning experience for PGY-1 residents which will take place at Summerlin Hospital Cancer Center servicing both adult and pediatric patients with hematologic and oncologic malignancies. The oncology rotation will give residents the opportunity to develop knowledge of the complex pharmaceutical care for patients with cancer. The resident will gain experience with chemotherapy regimens for adult and pediatric as well as the supportive care provided to these patients. At the end of this rotation, pharmacy residents are expected to be proficient at chemotherapy order verification and safe compounding of hazardous medications.


Leonor M. Rojas, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDPLeonor Rojas

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Antimicrobial Stewardship

Pharmacy School
Roseman University

Post-Graduate Training
University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (PGY-1)

Professional Interests
Infectious diseases

Personal Interests
Yoga and hiking

Learning Experience Overview

Antimicrobial Stewardship (ASP) is a required, month long learning experience at Valley Hospital. The service evaluates antimicrobial therapy on all patients currently hospitalized. On a daily basis, the resident will be responsible for assessing all the patients in the ICU, patients on days 2-3 of antibiotics, and patients receiving any of the 6 restricted antibiotics (daptomycin, ceftaroline, linezolid, tigecycline, ertapenem, and micafungin) via MUEs.


Anthony Sayegh, PharmDAnthony Sayegh

Emergency Room Pharmacist

Pharmacy School
Roseman University of Health Sciences, Henderson, Nev.


Professional Interests

Emergency medicine, critical care, psychiatry, and pharmaceutical research


Personal Interests

Vegas Golden Knights Hockey, hiking, craft beers, adventures

Learning Experience Overview

See Emergency Room. 


Roseman University of Health Sciences Faculty

Becky JayakumarBecky Jayakumar, PharmD, BCIDP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Disease

Pharmacy School
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND

Post-Graduate Training
University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas (PGY-1); Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT (two-year Infectious Disease Fellowship)

Professional Interests
Multi-drug resistant infections, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics and fungal and viral infections

Personal Interests
Yoga, fitness, and food

Learning Experience Overview

Infectious disease (ID) is a required, month long learning experience at Valley Hospital. There are 2 ID teams, each includes an attending physician, PGY-1 neurology residents, PGY-2 medical residents, medical students, and pharmacy students. Typically the ID teams will be responsible for 5 - 20 patients. The pharmacy resident on the team is responsible for ensuring safe and effective medication use for all patients admitted to the team. Routine responsibilities include: reconciling medications, drug requests, and therapeutic drug monitoring. Residents will also provide drug information and education to healthcare professionals as well as patients and caregivers.


Velliyur Viswesh, PharmD, BCIDP, BCCCPVelliyur Viswesh

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Pharmacy School
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Post-Graduate Training
University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus, Tucson, AZ (PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY-2 Infectious Disease Pharmacy Residency)

Professional Interests
Critical care pharmacotherapy, antimicrobial stewardship and pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics of antimicrobials

Personal Interests
Hiking, backpacking, canyoneering, kayaking, travel, movies, good food, craft beer, concerts and shows

Learning Experience Overview

The critical care rotation will occur primarily in Valley hospital's medical and surgical ICUs (MICU and SICU). The pharmacy resident will serve as the pharmacist on a pulmonary/critical care medicine interdisciplinary team often consisting of a Pulmonary/Critical Care attending physician, a Pulmonary/Critical Care fellow, 4 to 5 physician residents, and 2 to 4 medical students. In addition, the team may also have 2 to 3 pharmacy students for whom the resident will play a significant role as a preceptor. Daily clinical responsibilities will primarily involve optimization of pharmacotherapy for all patients on the assigned ICU service. This includes but is not limited to, antimicrobial stewardship, dosing and monitoring, pharmacokinetics, and ensuring appropriate use of stress ulcer prophylaxis, pain/agitation/delirium management, anticoagulation and hemodynamic support.


Evan Williams, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCACPEvan Williams

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice; Core Faculty

Pharmacy School
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Post-Graduate Training
Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, AZ (PGY-1)

Professional Interests
Trainee wellbeing, patient education and Transitions of Care

Personal Interests
The outdoors, grilling and swimming

Learning Experience(s) Overview

Internal Medicine (IM) is a required, month long learning experience at Valley Hospital. There are 300 beds in the hospital and 4 IM teams to cover the patients, 3 of which are teaching teams. Each of the teaching teams includes an attending physician R1 medical residents, R2/3 medical residents, MS3/4 medical students, pharmacy students, and a case manage. Typically, the IM teams will be responsible for 20-35 patients each. The Pharmacy Resident on the IM rotation will ensure safe and effective medication use for all patients admitted to the team. Routine responsibilities include reconciling medications, conducting therapeutic drug monitoring, making antimicrobial stewardship recommendations, and optimizing medications for discharge planning. The resident will also provide drug information and education to healthcare professionals as well as patients and caregivers.

 The Academic Teaching and Practice elective is an in-depth, month long learning experience with faculty at Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy, designed to immerse residents in the day to day tasks of clinical faculty and develop skills essential for success as future clinical faculty members.


Alana Whittaker, PharmD, BCPS, Alana WhittakerBCGP

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice; Core Faculty

Pharmacy School
Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Post-Graduate Training
Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, VA (PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice); Seton Family of Hospitals/University of Texas at Austin (PGY-2 Internal Medicine)

Professional Interests
Diabetes, asthma, COPD and statistics

Personal Interests
Reading, cooking, watching crime shows and volunteering

Learning Experience(s) Overview

 See Internal Medicine.