Current Residents

Tara Bergland

Tara Bergland, PharmD
Education: Wayne State College Wayne Ne University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha Ne
Interest Areas: Pediatrics and Critical Care
Project: Impact of a Daptomycin Dose Adjustment Protocol on Clinical and Economic Outcomes in Obese Patients
Future plans: considering a PGY2 in pediatrics with the goal of someday working in a pediatric hospital setting

Jenna Dietrich

Jenna Dietrich, PharmD
Education: University of Iowa
Interest Areas: Emergency Medicine, Cardiology
Project: Evaluate if a positive vancomycin resistant enterococcus rectal swab is associated with resistant enterococcus infections
Future plans: PGY2 residency or clinical pharmacist position

Rachel Dyke

Rachel Dyke, PharmD
Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Molecular and Cellular Biology & Material Science Engineering; Pharmacy: University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
Interest Areas: pediatrics and oncology
Project: Comparing the incidence of VRE bacteria between HSCT patients receiving meropenem and cefepime
Future plans: Clinical specialist working at an academic medical center; serve as a student preceptor and have an appointment within a college of pharmacy

Meredith Ginn

Meredith Ginn, PharmD
Education: Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy
Interest Areas: oncology, academia, critical care, infectious disease
Project: Evaluating prescribing patterns and efficacy of different antithrombotic prophylaxis regimens in multiple myeloma patients on immunomodulatory therapy with thalidomide or its analogues
Future plans: PGY2 Oncology pharmacy residency, practice oncology pharmacy at a large academic medical center with focus on inpatient adult heme/onc

Patrick Kinn

Patrick Kinn, PharmD, MPH
Education: BA Chemistry from Indiana University – Bloomington, PharmD/MPH from University of Iowa
Interest Areas: Acute care clinical practice in cardiology, infectious disease, or emergency medicine
Project: Investigation of the onset and magnitude of drug-drug interactions between nafcillin and calcineurin inhibitors
Future Plans: Undecided at this point. Contemplating between a PGY2 specialty in one of the above interest areas or diving into an acute care clinical pharmacist position

Alex Mersch

Alex Mersch, PharmD
Education: University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy
Interest Areas: Administration, Internal Medicine, Research, Critical Care, Leadership Development, Process Improvement
Project: Evaluation of Enoxaparin Treatment Dose Capping in Patients with Obesity and Renal Impairment
Future plans: Pursue clinical pharmacist position and MBA