Baptist Memphis PGY1 Community Residents

Joanna Tang

PGY1 Community Resident

Joanna Tang 

Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science in chemistry; University of Tennessee; 2017
Bachelor of Science in pharmaceutical sciences, University of Tennessee Health Science Center; 2020

Graduate degree
Master of Business Administration; University of Memphis; 2020

Pharmacy degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy; 2021

About Joanna
Joanna is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, who enjoys spending time with friends and getting bubble tea or tacos, watching a good show on Netflix, and walking her dog. She’s also a big foodie who loves trying new restaurants.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I chose Baptist because of the positive learning environment and the variety of learning experiences offered by the program. I had the opportunity to have an APPE rotation at Baptist as a student and everyone was very welcoming, and the preceptors are truly invested in your learning and personal growth. I also felt very welcomed during my interview and I could tell that everyone enjoyed what they did.

What is your day like?
Most days consist of working in the heart failure clinic in the morning, and working either in the Walnut Grove Plaza Pharmacy or on COPD Transition of Care in the afternoon, as well as other longitudinal projects. A challenge with any residency program is time management because you will be juggling multiple tasks. The most rewarding thing about my day is to be able to make positive interventions that help patient care.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
My favorite thing is the variety of food. Memphis has some of the best tacos I have ever had.

Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?
I chose pharmacy because I wanted to make a positive impact on people. I can help improve patient care and their quality of life.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Baptist offers a wide variety of experiences focusing both on outpatient and inpatient care. The program has such a positive learning environment and very supportive preceptors who really want to see your grow and succeed.

 

John Nguyen

PGY1 Community Resident

John Nguyen

Pharmacy degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; Xavier University of Louisiana; 2021

Internship
Ochsner Medical Center; New Orleans, LA; 2021

About John
John was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He loves watching and playing sports especially basketball and Saints football. He also enjoys board games, fishing, playing golf, trying new restaurants, and taking his German shepherd, Nala, to the park.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I chose Baptist because of the diverse opportunities within the outpatient and inpatient setting. The program's opportunities for ambulatory care experiences such as the Advanced Heart Failure clinic and Church Health clinic, as well as its heavy involvement in transitions of care, really interested me. The welcoming atmosphere and patient-first mentality at Baptist also drew me in.

What is your day like?
A typical day for me is working in the heart failure clinic in the mornings, where we see patients and make clinical recommendations to providers. My afternoons often involve working in either the outpatient Plaza pharmacy, mail order pharmacy, or specialty pharmacy, or assisting with transitions of care for COPD patients to optimize therapy and inhaler education. The most rewarding part of the day is finding areas of improvement in patient's therapy and being able to make a difference in their lives.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
The people in Memphis are very friendly and welcoming. I also enjoy the food and Memphis bbq.

Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?
I chose pharmacy because I am really interested in ambulatory care and the interactions and relationships we get to build with patients. As a pharmacist, I can make a significant difference in the lives of my patients and that is big motivator and a source of professional and personal satisfaction.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Baptist is a wonderful program that includes diverse opportunities for both outpatient and inpatient experiences. It also offers many ambulatory care opportunities. And you’ll get to work with incredible preceptors who will continue to challenge you and push you further.