Kate Jeffers, PharmD, MHA, BCOP is an Ambulatory Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She also serves as the Residency Program Director for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program and PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program. She is an adjunct faculty member, precepting pharmacy students in their 4th year of school, from the University of Wyoming, University of Colorado, and Drake University.
She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2007 and went on to complete her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 2011. She then completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY2 Oncology Residency, both at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Finally, she completed her Masters in Health Care Administration with a specialization in Health Care Leadership through Capella University in 2017.
She has been involved at the national level with a number of Professional Organizations on various committees and positions over the year. Within the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), she is currently a Residency Accreditation Guest Surveyor, the hematology/oncology network facilitator, and is a member on the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners Compensation and Practice Sustainability Advisory Group. Through the Hematology Oncology Pharmacist Association (HOPA), she is currently a member of the Leadership Development Committee. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Advanced Practitioner Society of Hematology Oncology (APSHO) since 2016, participating on the Education Committee and the JADPRO Live Planning Committee. Most recently, she was elected as Secretary of the Board in January 2019. Lastly, she is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). At the local level, she has been involved with the Colorado Pharmacist Society as the past-chair of the Academy of New Practitioners and the current Secretary/Treasurer of the Academy of Health System Pharmacists.
Her oncology passions include patient (and staff) education, oral anti-cancer therapy adherence, supportive care management, solid tumors, and quality improvement initiatives to advance and improve patient care. Her personal passions include outdoor activities (hiking/biking in the summer, snowboarding in the winter), cheering on the Broncos, shopping (of course!), and spending time with friends, family, her fiancé, Nate, and her blue heeler, Kalli.
Larry is the Director of Pharmacy and one of the preceptors for the Pharmacy Practice Management rotation. Larry earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Nebraska. After graduation, he completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Prior to arriving at UCHealth Memorial Hospital, Larry was the Director of Pharmacy for United Health Services Hospitals in Binghamton, New York for 15 years and Assistant Director of Pharmacy for the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas for 9 years. Larry spends his free time bow hunting and golfing. He also enjoys cooking and spending time with his family.
Chris is the Pharmacy Manager for clinical services and one of the preceptors for the PGY1 Practice Management rotation. Chris earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy. After graduation, he completed a specialty practice residency in pharmacotherapy and earned a MS in Pharmacy degree from The University of Texas College of Pharmacy. Prior to arriving at Memorial, Chris was a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas College of Pharmacy and at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine. When Chris isn’t working, he enjoys spending time in the Colorado great outdoors with his family, smoking Texas style barbeque and cheering for the Longhorns – Hook’em Horns!
Alyssa is one of the Critical Care clinical pharmacists and a preceptor for the Critical Care rotation, as well as the PGY2 Critical Care Program Director. Alyssa received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and then completed a PGY-1 and PGY-2 Critical Care residency, both at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and exploring beautiful Colorado, driving up to Denver to re-live her city life, traveling back and forth from Minnesota and Illinois to visit family, spending time with her husband and daughters, cheering for the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Twins, and not being in the Midwest during the winter!
Paige graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 2004. She completed her PGY1 residency training at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2005 and her PGY2 specialty residency in Critical Care/Nutrition Support at Regional One Health/University of Tennessee in 2006 in Memphis. She then practiced as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Critical Care at Regional One Health and was an Assistant Professor for the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy until 2016, when she moved to Colorado. Here, Paige practiced as a Clinical Pharmacist and Preceptor in Critical Care at UCHealth Memorial Hospital for 3 years before transitioning into her current role as Clinical Coordinator. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring beautiful Colorado with her husband and dogs, traveling, and the constant quest for the world’s best restaurant.
Angie is the primary preceptor for Internal Medicine working primarily with our Surgical-Trauma and Orthopedic patients. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Newman University in Wichita, Kansas and her PharmD from Creighton University. Angie completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas and has been with UCHealth Memorial Hospital since 2011. Angie enjoys hiking the Incline, keeping up with her three kids and watching Kansas City Chiefs football.
Carrie is the preceptor for the Investigational Drug Services rotation. She attended University of Nebraska as an undergraduate and received her PharmD from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Carrie then completed a PGY-1 residency at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington. She started working at UCHealth Memorial Hospital in 2013. Carrie has pharmacy practice experience in internal medicine, women’s services, cardiology, oncology, and anticoagulation. She enjoys photography, beach vacations, the arts, watching college hockey and spending time with her family.
Lauren is the preceptor for the Women’s Services Rotation. Lauren earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Colorado. Her experience includes women’s services, internal medicine, neonates and pediatrics. She has a passion for Women’s Health issues and recently worked to obtain a grant from the state of Colorado to provide long acting contraceptive devices to hospitalized patients in need. Outside of work she enjoys leisurely bike rides, live music, practicing yoga, kombucha brewing, spending time with friends and long Vespa rides.
Joe is an Ambulatory Oncology Clinical Specialist and a preceptor for the Ambulatory Oncology oncology rotations of the PGY-1 and the PGY-2 oncology programs. The product of a nomadic life, he isn’t really “from” anywhere but is now fiercely proud to call the West home. Joe received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. He completed a PGY-1 residency with UCHealth in Colorado Springs, and a PGY-2 Oncology Pharmacy residency at the Mountain States Tumor Institute in Boise, ID.
His professional interests include novel chemotherapies, hematologic malignancies, bow ties, Stoic philosophy, and Sasquatch. He greatly appreciates cavalier use of the English language. When not at work, Joe can be found climbing, skiing, mountaineering, or mountain biking. He is a proud devotee of Mark Twight, Fred Beckey, Edward Abbey, and the American West.
Alex is the Infectious Diseases Clinical Specialist, preceptor of the Infectious Diseases rotation, and co-chair of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Subcommittee. He was born and raised in Washington Township, NJ. He dual-majored for his Doctor of Pharmacy and Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology degrees from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, graduating in 2010. From there he worked for almost 4 years at Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, VA as a clinical pharmacist. Alex then decided it was time to pursue residency training and did his PGY-1 Acute Care Pharmacy Residency at the University of California San Diego Medical Center and then his PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at the University of Colorado Hospital. With the free time he has he enjoys spending it with his wife, playing video games, skiing, exploring Colorado, and eating delicious food.
Elizabeth (Betty) is one of the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice (staffing) preceptors. Betty graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University School of Pharmacy in 2002, and later obtained a Master of Science degree in Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2010. She completed her PGY1 Residency at the University of Virginia Health System in 2003, and went on to practice as a Staff, Consultant, and Oncology Pharmacist at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland, before moving to Colorado in 2017. Currently, Betty practices as a Clinical Pharmacist at UCHealth Memorial Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and climbing in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains with fellow high-altitude enthusiasts and pursuing her goal to climb all the glaciated peaks in East Africa.
Lisa is the preceptor for the PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Practice (staffing) rotation. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in 2002. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in 1995. She practiced as a Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado from 2002-2010 where she staffed inpatient and outpatient pharmacy, the majority in oncology. Since 2010, Lisa practices as a Clinical Pharmacist in Oncology at UCHealth Memorial Hospital. She received her Board Certification in Oncology Pharmacy in 2018. Her hobbies include spending time with her wife and dogs, backyard chickens, community involvement as a volunteer, concerts, snow skiing and vacationing in Costa Rica.
Allison is the Emergency Medicine preceptor for the PGY1 program. Allison graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ferris State University in 2017 and completed her PGY1 residency at UCHealth Memorial Central in 2018. Allison currently practices pharmacy in the emergency department as well as on the medical-surgical units. In her free time, Allison enjoys hiking around Colorado, traveling to new countries, and attempting to snowboard.
Kim is the Pharmacy Manager for Memorial North Hospital, a 135-bed hospital within the UCHealth Colorado Springs region. She is a preceptor for the Clinical Service Development PGY1 elective rotation. Kim earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. After graduation, she began her career in the San Luis Valley at a 50 bed rural community hospital as a clinical staff pharmacist. There is a San Luis Valley legend about frogs, which she likes to share when people ask how she came from Canada to live in a remote alpine desert in Colorado. Make sure you ask her, if you find yourself here at Memorial. After 8 years, she became the Director of Pharmacy of the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center. Her goal was to bring evidence-based pharmacy services to this rural community. She is most proud of her role in creating an outpatient oncology infusion center so patients did not have to drive over a mountain pass to receive chemotherapy. She never aspired to be a pharmacy leader, but has found great satisfaction in supporting the development of individuals and a vision for the pharmacy profession. Kim’s favorite place to be is anywhere near water as she enjoys kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.
Natalie is one of the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice (staffing) preceptors. Natalie graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University in 2011. She accepted a clinical staff pharmacist position at Memorial Hospital Central in 2011 and transitioned to the UCHealth Memorial North Hospital in 2017. She earned her BCPS certification in 2018, and enjoys using her experience to train new clinicians. Outside of work, Natalie spends her time time with her husband and four kids, baking, and running.
Jaimie is one of the PGY1 and PGY2 Inpatient Oncology preceptors at Memorial. Jaimie graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy in 2015, then went on to complete her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at Marshfield Clinic Health System in Marshfield, Wisconsin. After completion of residency, she stayed on at Marshfield Clinic Health System to practice as an Oncology Pharmacist before moving back to her home state of Colorado in 2019 to join the Clinical Oncology Pharmacist team at UCHealth Memorial Hospital. Outside of work, Jaimie spends her time hiking and snow-shoeing around Colorado with her husband and two dogs, and planning her next adventure.
Jenna is one of the PGY1 and PGY2 inpatient hematology/oncology preceptors. Jenna graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2015. She completed her PGY1 Residency at Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky before moving to Colorado in 2016 and accepting a position at UCHealth Memorial Hospital as an Oncology Clinical Pharmacist. In her free time, she enjoys running, mountain biking, snowboarding, reading and spending time with her family.
Eric is a Critical Care and Emergency Medicine clinical pharmacist and preceptor for the Critical Care and Emergency Medicine rotations for the PGY1 and PGY2 Critical Care Residencies. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis. He then completed a PGY-1 residency at Regional One Health in Memphis, followed by a PGY-2 in Critical Care residency at Regional One Health/University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. Outside of work, he enjoys hosting friends and family in Colorado Springs, skiing, hiking, and smoking Memphis-style BBQ.
Michelle is a preceptor for the cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery rotations for the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice and PGY2 Critical Care residencies. Michelle graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2017. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Inova Fairfax Medical Center in Fairfax, Virginia in 2018 and her PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency at the University of Chicago Medicine in Chicago, Illinois in 2018 prior to taking her position as a Cardiology Clinical Pharmacist at UCHealth Memorial Central Hospital in 2019. In her free time, she enjoys trying local restaurants and exploring all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer, such as hiking and skiing.
Shelley is a preceptor for the PGY1 Internal Medicine rotation working in the Neuroscience and Renal medicine units. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2015 and completed a two-year specialty residency in pharmacotherapy from the University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy in San Antonio, Texas. Shelley joined the UCHealth team in 2019. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, biking and gardening.
Patricia (Tricia) is one of the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice preceptors. Tricia graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Colorado in 2005. She completed her pediatric specialty residency at Children’s Hospital of Colorado in 2006 and obtained six sigma yellow belt certification in 2017. Tricia has served as the pharmacy leader at Pikes Peak Regional Hospital since 2007. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, hiking, camping and reading.
Ashley graduated from Purdue University College of Pharmacy in 2017. She completed her PGY1 at Grady Health in 2017-18 followed by a PGY2 in Emergency Medicine at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin 2018-2019. Immediately post PGY2 Ashley joined the Memorial Hospital team as an Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist and PGY2 Critical Care Residency Preceptor. When not attending traumas and strokes, Ashley enjoys snowboarding, listening to true crime podcasts and hanging out with her cats.
Riya Patel is from Bowling Green, Kentucky. She completed her BS in biology at Western Kentucky University and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis. Her interests include oncology, transplant, ambulatory care, and academia. Her future plans include a PGY2 in one of her areas of interest; long-term, she plans on obtaining a position in academia while maintaining clinical practice. In her spare time, Riya enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys cooking, reading, and trying new restaurants. A fun fact about her is that she can read one novel a day.
Laura Brewer is from Broomfield, Colorado, and earned her PharmD from University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Her clinical interest is oncology and her PGY1 research project is evaluating re-challenge of immunotherapy after an immune-related adverse event. In her spare time, Laura enjoys kayaking, fishing, and watching Harry Potter movies. Upon completion of her first year of residency, she plans to pursue a second-year residency in her clinical interest. She is excited to explore all the opportunities that UCHealth Memorial and Colorado Springs have to offer.
Rachel Jenson is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree as well as a BS in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin Madison (On Wisconsin!). Her clinical interests include infectious disease and internal medicine. She enjoys backpacking in the Rockies with her husband and dogs during the summer, and snowboarding during the winter.
Luisa Hoyt is originally from Montpelier, Vermont. She completed her BS degree in animal science at the University of Vermont and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Her clinical interests include internal medicine, infectious disease, and ambulatory care. Luisa spends most of her spare time with her horse, Nik, but also enjoys cooking, skiing, yoga, and indoor cycling.
Joe Oropeza completed his Bachelor of Science degree at University of Colorado. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Denver, and completed his PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Joe is now completing his PGY-2 in Critical Care at UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, participating in local races, and snowboarding.
Abdi Bile received his Doctorate in Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, where he also completed his PGY1 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. Abdi is now completing his PGY-2 in Oncology at UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In his free time, Abdi enjoys sharing memes with friends, reading, and hiking.
Pharmacy practice (resident staffing)
- Each resident shall obtain a Pharmacist License within the state of Colorado by August 1.
- Residents who fail to obtain a Pharmacist License in the state of Colorado by August 1 must set up an individual meeting with the RPD and Director of Pharmacy. Residents who fail to obtain a Pharmacist License in the state of Colorado by October 1 will be suspended from the residency program until they become licensed. Time missed in the program will be added on to the end of the residency year. Residents may continue to work as pharmacy technicians and continue to receive a student intern salary until they are licensed. Residents not licensed as a pharmacist in the state of Colorado by January 1 will be dismissed from the program.
- Residents will receive quarterly staffing evaluations in PharmAcademic.
- During orientation the residents will receive:
- Training for procedural issues and systems
- An orientation checklist (Department, Residency, and Clinical)
- PGY1 Residents will practice every 3rd weekend as well as an evening shift on Thursday and Friday every 4th week (on opposite weeks).
- Staffing changes/switches will be managed by the residents. Any staffing changes/switches must be communicated to their rotation preceptor in advance of the shift, ideally at the time of the change/switch.
- During the second half of the year, based on resident performance and staffing needs, residents may be transitioned to two Friday evening shifts, rather than a Thursday evening shift, or may be scheduled to staff at Memorial Hospital North
- The PGY2 Critical Care Resident will staff every 4th weekend in the ICU, three evening shifts per month (on average), and one ED weekend shift per month (following completion of their ED rotation).
- Residents will be allowed to submit their requests for which day they would like to work the evening shift each week and which day they would like to work the ED weekend as well as what shift they prefer.
- The PGY2 Oncology Resident will staff every 3rd weekend as well as two day shifts per month in the Infusion center. The resident will also take clinical call one week per month.
Holiday Staffing Coverage. Residents, as a part of the professional staff of the department are expected to assist with holiday coverage during the residency year. Every effort will be made to accommodate a resident’s preference for the specific holiday assignment.
- Residents will be expected to cover two holiday shifts (Labor day, Thanksgiving day, Christmas day, New Year’s day, Memorial Day).
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