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Graduate Testimonials

I chose Winchester Medical Center for my residency because I was impressed by the breadth of rotations offered and the ability to interact with a variety of patient populations. I also felt that the preceptors and staff were very warm and inviting during the interview and this held true throughout my residency year. My experiences during residency prepared me for my career because I was trained to become an independent practitioner. Not only did my clinical knowledge grow, but I also learned valuable communication and leadership skills that now help me in my day to day life.” – Molly Rincavage, Pharm.D., Graduating Class of 2018, Staff Pharmacist, Winchester Medical Center, Winchester VA

Winchester Medical Center has a great PGY-1 pharmacy residency program. Advantages to the program involve the opportunity to practice independently, contribute to the antimicrobial stewardship program, become a preceptor for Shenandoah University students, and obtain a teaching certificate. I was also able to gain experience in the neonatal and adult intensive care units, which helped prepare me to care for patients of all ages. Additionally, I appreciated the opportunities to collaborate with the other Shenandoah University-affiliated residents. I can truly say that I felt more prepared to work as a clinical pharmacist after graduating the program. The preceptors and staff were receptive to any issues I had and helped to prepare me for the career I have today.” – David Parker, Pharm.D., Graduating Class of 2018, Clinical Staff Pharmacist, UPMC Pinnacle, Harrisburg, PA

Winchester Medical Center, and particularly the pharmacy department, is always looking for ways to advance services and improve patient care. The pharmacy residents are able to play a big role in achieving this goal through their involvement in medical services and research. Another feature somewhat unique to WMC is the large hospital setting without what some may consider the overwhelming feeling of an academic medical center and large class of residents. I would recommend this residency to other students because it is not just something to put on a resume and it is not just a year of working harder than you thought possible. It is a chance to explore your interests, make professional connections, and decide on the career path that will be most fulfilling for you. The preceptors recognize this and strive to provide residents with experiences that will help them meet their goals.” – Joe D’Astoli, Pharm.D., BCPS, Graduating Class of 2017, Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA

I would recommend the Valley Health residency program because it improves patient care ability, pharmacotherapy knowledge and communication skills. It also allows you to gain more confidence as a new practitioner and improve level of independence as well as work with pharmacists and other healthcare providers that are personable, very experienced/knowledgeable and perform at the top of their scope.” – Adenike Atanda, Pharm. D. Graduating Class of 2015, Assistant Professor of Pharmacotherapy, UNT Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX

The PGY1 residency at VH helped me improve my confidence in making recommendations to physicians, expanded my knowledge base, and made me ready for both a PGY2 program and my career. The program and preceptors not only provided me with broad pharmacotherapy knowledge, but the flexibility of the program allowed me to further pursue my passion for infectious diseases.” – Emily Ray, Pharm. D., Graduating Class of 2014, PGY2 in Infectious Diseases at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY, Class of 2015, Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, Virginia