Baptist Golden Triangle PGY1 Pharmacy Residents

Shannon Bates

PGY 1 Resident

Shannon has always been interested in the healthcare field and decided to attend pharmacy school during her last year as an undergrad. Originally from Corinth, Mississippi, she and her husband moved to Ohio where she earned her PharmD at Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. There she had the opportunity to take part in patient care in many different settings, including outpatient and inpatient. Shannon enjoys reading and writing in her spare time.

Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science, Biomolecular Engineering; Mississippi State University; 2015

Medical degree
Doctorate of Pharmacy; Ohio State University; 2019

Are you married? Do you have any children?
I am married.

Where did you grow up?
Corinth, MS

Why did you choose Baptist?
I chose Baptist because it is a well-known and well-respected hospital system in the South, and I knew it would provide me with an excellent learning experience.

What is your day like?
There really is no such thing as a typical day for me as my experiences constantly change based on the patients I am caring for. But if there’s one thing consistent about my days as a resident, it’s the feeling of accomplishment as I overcome new challenges.

Personal interests outside of the residency program (golf, weight lifting, scrap booking, etc.)
I enjoy reading and writing.

Why pharmacy as a career?
I chose pharmacy as my career because I wanted to help others and work in an environment that fosters critical thinking and continuous learning.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
I recommend the Baptist Pharmacy residency program because it allows you to transition from pharmacy student to hospital pharmacist. It provides the perfect environment to develop your skills and grow as a professional in the "real world" of pharmacy practice.

Jonathan Tucker

PGY 1 Resident

Jonathan was born and raised in the heart of Cajun Country in Eunice, Louisiana. He met his wife, Kate, in pharmacy school, and they were married shortly after graduation. While at Samford, he was an active member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and served on the industry committee. Jonathan loves travel and had the opportunity to complete a fourth-year rotation in Haiphong, Vietnam with Kate, visiting neighboring countries on their off days. The newlyweds can’t wait to take a celebratory trip upon completion of residency.

Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science; Samford University; Birmingham, AL; 2017

Medical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; Samford University; Birmingham, AL; 2019

Why did you choose Baptist?
As a pharmacy student nearing graduation, I was in search of residency programs in the Southeast with a focus in critical care and oncology. Baptist checked all the boxes for me. While the program is new this year, it has challenged me daily and I am confident that I will be practicing at the top of my license upon completion of this residency.

What is your day like?
It begins at 6:30 a.m. when I stop by the central pharmacy to print out my patient list for the day. After a quick review, I head to morning report where I collaborate with medical residents and physicians upon presentation of a patient case. Following morning report, I work up patients until 10:00 when I begin rounding with the medical team on the floor, which lasts around two hours. Following rounds, I work on pharmacy consults and verify orders. I am able to make clinically significant recommendations throughout the day, which is the most rewarding part of my job. I continue with consults throughout the day and I am also available to hospital staff on the floor to answer questions. I typically leave the hospital around 6:00 p.m., but my day doesn’t end there. I have journal clubs, in-services, and topic discussions that I work on at night.

What's your favorite thing about Columbus?
The people here are so friendly and welcoming. I look forward to fully experiencing Columbus and getting to know this great city even more.

Why pharmacy as a career?
I have always been interested in a career in healthcare, but was unsure which route I would take. After talking with a pharmacist, I realized the abundance of opportunities available to pharmacists, which piqued my interest. From clinical pharmacy to managed care, I have chosen a profession that will always be rewarding.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
At Baptist, you learn the importance of independent and continual self-learning. I applied for residency with the desire to learn from clinical pharmacists in many areas, but that turned out to be only a small portion of my day. Residency can be stressful and challenging, but I am confident Baptist will make me a better pharmacist.