PGY1 Residency Program Newsletter

Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Introducing 2017-18 Residents

Katie Beachner, PharmD

Hometown: Lee's Summit, MO

Pharmacy School: Drake University

Area of Interest: Internal Medicine and Ambulatory Care

Hobbies: I enjoy reading books, taking naps and playing with my dogs.

Fun Fact: I am a coffee enthusiast and sports fan with a competitive spirit!

Nahirony Sanchez, PharmD

Hometown: Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

Pharmacy School: Nova Southeastern University

Area of Interest: Infectious Disease and Cardiology

Hobbies: I love trying new food and enjoy watching Asian Drama Movies.

Fun Fact: I am bilingual (Spanish/English) and desire to learn the Korean language as well!

2016-17 Residents - Where are they now?

Lauren Aversman, PharmD

Professional Education

Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum and Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC)


Post-Residency Position

Clinical Pharmacist

St. Luke's East Hospital

Lee's Summit, MO


From Lauren

"I chose LMH partly because I wanted to stay close to family during my residency year. Little did i know, the PEOPLE at LMH would become my family! I am forever grateful to have had such a supportive and knowledgeable group of mentors to learn and grow from during my time at LMH; and I know they will continue to support me throughout my pharmacy career. The culture at LMH and the experiences I gained have not only prepared me for my career ahead, but have also shaped the way I practice pharmacy. I could not be more proud to say I am an LMH residency alumni!


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Dr. Aversman awarding a Leadership Series - Certificate of Completion to Faculty Member at University of Nairobi School of Pharmacy. This experience was part of the K2K Medical Mission Experience offered in June of the residency year.

Shannon Sullivan, PharmD

Professional Education

Bachelor's in Human Development and Aging and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Southern California


Post-Residency Position

PGY2 Emergency Medicine Resident

University of Arizona College of Pharmacy

Banner - University Medical Center Tucson


Areas of Interest

Academia and Toxicology


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Dr. Sullivan playing with children during a break at the Maai Maihu Medical Mission Sight in Kenya. Drs. Aversman and Sullivan donated money to buy a battery powered nebulizer machine that was used to alleviate symptoms in many of their clinic patients.

New in 2017 - Emergency Department Pharmacy Services!

The Emergency Department Pharmacy Team provides support in the Emergency Department 7 days per week from 10 AM to 10 PM. Our program now offers a PGY1 ED Pharmacy Residency Learning Experience for all incoming residents!


Our residents also participate in a Longitudinal Code Response learning experience. Core competencies are developed in the following scenarios:

  • rapid sequence intubations
  • code blue
  • code stroke
  • code trauma
  • medication evaluation team
  • code stroke

Ambulatory Care at LMH

Longitudinal Learning Experiences


  • Health Care Access is a clinic serving Douglas County residents with limited financial means. Residents gain valuable physical assessment skills and assist providers to optimize medication therapy and education. Additionally, the residents coordinate the annual flu clinics held in the fall.
  • LMH Anticoagulation Clinic - Residents provide initial and follow-up management care for patients who require anticoagulation therapy.


Concentrated Learning Experiences with Ambulatory Care Components

  • Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Disease

This award from The Kansas Hospital Association recognizes individuals who demonstrate leadership, teamwork, dedication and perseverance. While Pat was speechless by this recognition, those who have worked with him are not surprised. His leadership and influence has changed the way pharmacy is practiced at LMH and beyond. Graduates of our clinical intern and residency programs are enthusiastic about patient care, pharmacy leadership and making a difference in their careers.


Congratulations Pat, we are very proud of you!

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Congratulations "stporto"!

Stephanie Porto, a.k.a. "stporto", retired in September 2017. We celebrated at The Burger Stand at the Casbah in Lawrence, one of Stephanie's favorite burger spots in Lawrence. Lucky for us, Stephanie will be volunteering as the LMH IRB Chair. She will no doubt continue to share her infinite wisdom with future interns and residents.


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Stephanie is front and center surrounded by our pharmacy team at the 2016 PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Banquet. Stephanie was honored with Preceptor of the Year!

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Our team left many remarks for Stephanie. We will share a few:


"I can't thank you enough for your endless advice, support and friendship! Your energy and passion for everything you do has always been inspiring to me."


"Your smile and sense of humor kept our days light and fun, your knowledge kept our patients in the best hands and kept the rest of us on our toes!"


"I'm so grateful for the many times you've paused in the middle of a hectic moment to pass on a bit of your wisdom."


"Sophia Loren once said, "There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents,the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. " Thank you for sharing your fountain of youth and inspiring me professionally and personally! You truly live up to your login of stporto."

Pharmacy Week 2017

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Introducing New Pharmacists to the team!

Amanda Parker, PharmD

Dr. Parker graduated from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in 2007, then completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at The University of Kansas Health System in Kanas City, KS. She comes to our program with a decade of experience in clinical practice as well as precepting pharmacy residents and students. Dr. Parker will be leading our inpatient internal medicine rotation.

Amanda Walters, PharmD

Dr. Walters graduated from the University of Kansas then joined our team after 6 years of experience of clinical practice at Stormont Vail Health. She has a keen ability for the systems and the medication use process. Dr. Walters will be a valuable resource for internal medicine and oncology learning experiences.

Kyle McDaniel, PharmD

Dr. McDaniel graduated from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in 2015. He completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at UC Health in Colorado Springs. His focused training has led to his leadership in our new ED Pharmacy Services. He has already played an active role in practice advancement through new initiatives and projects with our students and residents.
LMH Staff receive support to give back to the profession as reflected in the Oath of the Pharmacist: "I will embrace and advocate changes that improve patient care." The following LMH staff serve on the Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacy (KCHP) Board:


Christina Graham, PharmD, BCPS, DPLA

PGY1 Residency Program Director

President-Elect


Janine Ohler, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist, 2015-16 LMH Resident

District 2 Director


Tonya Galyan, CPhT

Chief Pharmacy Technician

Technician Board Representative

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LMH PGY1 Residency Program - Midyear Booth #6065


Stop by to meet us and learn more about our program!


Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

1 to 4 PM

Join the LMH Team!

Our program is recruiting two residents who possess a passion for patient care.


Please visit our website and reach out to learn more.


Application Deadline:

Monday, January 8, 2018