The following information is provided to let you learn more about our current pharmacy resident class at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Please feel free to contact our residents if you would like their insight regarding any of our three pharmacy residency programs.
Kembral Nelson, PharmD
Title: Master of Science and Health-System Pharmacy Administration Resident – 1st Year
Hometown: Bolivar, TN
Undergraduate Education: Vanderbilt University
Pharmacy School: University of Tennessee
Reason for Residency: My ultimate goal is to obtain professional and personal growth in hopes to advance pharmacy practice and improve patient outcomes. I also desire guidance from an intensive HSPA residency program at a progressive pediatric hospital in order to develop administrative and clinical expertise. Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a culture conducive to learning alongside a strong team of knowledgeable and invested administrators and clinicians. I am able to step outside of my comfort zone and embrace numerous opportunities to explore interests, enhance strengths, and develop weaknesses. It is such an honor to match at Nationwide Children’s!
Areas of Interest: Medication Safety, Informatics, Transition of Care, Ambulatory Care, Operational and Clinical Management, Quality Improvement, Finance
Personal Interests: Traveling, exploring Columbus, spending time with friends and family, attending Buckeye games,
Email Address: Kembral.Nelson@NationwideChildrens.org
Kasandra Chambers, PharmD
Title: Master of Science and Health-System Pharmacy Administration Resident – 2nd Year
Hometown: Hebron, Kentucky
Undergraduate Education: Cedarville University School of Pharmacy
Pharmacy School: Cedarville University School of Pharmacy
Reason for Residency: My goal for completing the combined MS/HSPA residency is to expand upon my clinical and leadership skills as well as gain experience collaborating on projects at a health-system level to advance patient care. I was drawn to Nationwide Children’s residency program because of its innovative atmosphere, unique opportunities with specialty pharmacy and managed care, ever-expanding ambulatory care, and the incredibly positive and inspiring people who are invested in the success of their residents and achieving the best outcomes for the patients they serve!
Areas of Interest: Operations, Leadership, Pediatrics, Ambulatory Care, Managed Care, Specialty Pharmacy
Personal areas of Interest: Traveling, reading, DIY projects, running, and exploring the parks and foods of Columbus!
Title: PGY1 Community Care Pharmacy Practice Resident
Hometown: Beaver, Pennsylvania
Education/Pharmacy School: Cedarville University
Reason for Residency: I chose to pursue a residency after graduation to continue building a strong clinical foundation focused on pediatrics while also developing my research, teaching, and leadership skills. Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a unique array of opportunities to engage in many outpatient clinics while working alongside an interdisciplinary healthcare team to advance patient care. The commitment of the program leadership and preceptors to the success of their resident, both professionally and personally, was apparent from the beginning and made it obvious this was where I wanted to train and learn. I am confident I will leave this year as a well-prepared, independent pharmacist able to advance my profession and provide the best possible care to my patients.
Areas of Interest: Ambulatory Care within a pediatric setting, academia, neurology, transitions of care
Personal Interest: music, running, spending time with friends and family, exploring the amazing Columbus food scene
Title: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Resident
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Undergraduate Education: University of South Carolina
Pharmacy School: South Carolina College of Pharmacy- USC Campus
Reason for Residency: I chose to complete a PGY-1 residency in pediatrics to expand my pediatric pharmacy knowledge, and expose myself to different areas of practice within pediatrics. Nationwide Children’s provides me the opportunity to be exposed to many disease states, while learning from great preceptors and mentors!
Areas of Interest: Infectious disease, Pulmonary, Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Personal Interests: Spending time with friends and family, trying new restaurants, kayaking at the beach, Carolina Gamecocks
Cody Lovejoy, PharmD
Title: PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident
Hometown: Lima, OH
Undergraduate Education: Ohio Northern University
Pharmacy School: Ohio Northern University
Reason for Residency: I love working with kids and I was looking for a challenge that would both push me to broaden my knowledge base and think creatively while taking care of a variety of patients. A pediatric residency allows me the opportunity to take the various aspects of my formal education and craft a unique and individualized regimen for each of my patients. The pharmacy department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers me these opportunities while providing a strong family like atmosphere to help me grow as a pharmacist and as a person.
Areas of Interest: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Personal Interests: Playing with my nephews, cooking/ baking, and finding ways to exercise, such as rock climbing, obstacle courses, and any/ all sports
Jane Choi, PharmD
Title: PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Resident
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Pharmacy School: The Ohio State University
Reason for Residency: I decided to pursue a PGY1 and PGY2 residency in a pediatric hospital because I wanted to expand my knowledge in pediatric pharmacy and contribute to patient care. I believe Nationwide Children’s has so much to offer through its diverse learning opportunities, collaboration among multidisciplinary team members and amazing preceptors.
Areas of Interest: Critical Care, Transplant, Infectious Diseases
Personal Interests: Traveling, playing tennis, going to baseball games, trying new foods
Brett Leja, PharmD
Title: PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Resident
Hometown: Jackson, Michigan
Undergraduate Education: The Ohio State University
Pharmacy School: University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy – Twin Cities Campus
Reason for Residency: During pharmacy school, I developed an in interest in pediatric clinical pharmacy. I completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Nationwide Children that allowed me to explore several diverse areas in Pediatrics, while also building a general clinical knowledge base. I decided to pursue a PGY2 in Pediatric Pharmacy in hopes of developing a niche within pediatric clinical pharmacy as well as gain additional experience.
Areas of Interest: Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy at a hospital devoted to teaching co-workers, students, and residents. Interest areas include infectious disease, bone marrow transplant, and critical care.
Personal Interests: Being active and exploring the outdoors (cycling, running, hiking, etc), spending time with family, singing, cooking, and cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes.