Current Residents

Madeline Belk

PGY1 Resident

Jessica Brown Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Francis Marion University, 2013

Medical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy, University of South Carolina, 2019

About Madeline Madeline was born and raised in Florence, South Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Francis Marion University, and went on to obtain her PharmD from the University of South Carolina. Madeline is passionate about all things cardiology, infectious diseases, and academia. In her spare time, she listens to medical podcasts (she highly recommends The Curbsiders), attends boxing/spin/yoga classes, and, most important, enjoys spending time with her beloved husband, Gregory.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I chose Baptist because I have a strong interest in cardiology and there are endless opportunities in this program! I also knew going through residency would be a challenging experience, so having seven other co-residents to go through the journey with me was of utter importance. Residency is what you make it and Baptist provides you with the opportunity and support to get the most out of your year.

What is your day like?
My day is full of patient care, topic discussions, meetings, and making time for longitudinal projects such as CE presentations. Every day brings something new, which is both challenging and rewarding. I enjoy the challenge of managing my time so that I meet my deadlines, and I’m rewarded by having the opportunity to improve the life and quality of care for my patients.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
Actually, my favorite thing about the city is the people I get to explore it with, my co-residents. However, the food is a close second. If you get the chance please go get the BBQ nachos from Central BBQ and some fried chicken from Gus's--10/10 recommend!

Personal interests outside of the residency program.
Spin and yoga are my mental health lifesavers. I've joined a local gym that has multiple locations so there is always a class available for me to go to and forget about the hardships of residency. Shelby Farms Park and the local Farmers Market are also places that bring me joy on my days off.

Why pharmacy as a career?
I chose pharmacy because it combines my love of math and science with healthcare. I take pride in being the "drug expert" and do my best to stay up to date with current literature so I can provide the best care for my patients. It's an absolute privilege to be able to care for other humans.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Residency is a challenging but rewarding opportunity and Baptist provides countless opportunities to grow into a proficient and efficient pharmacist. The greatest strength of the program is the number of residents they take each year. You will form bonds with your co-residents that will carry you through this year of growth and, most important, that last a lifetime.

Allison Brunson

PGY1 Resident

Cory Chastain Medical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy, 2019

About Allison
Originally from Star City, Arkansas, Allison attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello for undergrad where she studied biochemistry for two years before earning her PharmD at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy in Little Rock. Allison has been married for two years to her husband Troy, who holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. In her spare time, she enjoys anything outdoors, attending sporting events with her husband, playing with their dog Dixon, reading, and exploring new cities.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I was originally drawn to Memphis to be near family and great food, but I chose Baptist because of the people. The interview process here was welcoming and I lucked out with some of the best co-residents and mentors.

What is your day like?
I like that each day is a mix of activities; there's always something new to keep me on my toes. I like that I can tell that I'm learning and improving each day. And it's always rewarding to see a difference that I've made in a patient's care.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
My favorite thing about Memphis is the variety of things to do. Before we moved here we came for Grizzlies games, but we've found a lot of other fun things to try, like getting outdoors at Shelby Farms, checking out new places to eat, and shopping.

Why pharmacy as a career?
I always knew I wanted to work in healthcare, but I chose pharmacy because I had mentors that helped me pick a career that played to my strengths. I like problem solving and having variety throughout my work day.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
I would recommend Baptist because there are so many opportunities to see different specialties and areas of practice, to learn from smart and helpful preceptors, and to see yourself grow as a pharmacist.

Wade Dickerson

PGY1 Resident

Melissa ChinnUndergraduate degree
Pre-Pharmacy Concentration, Tennessee Technological University

Medical degree

Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee, 2019

Where did you grow up?
Wichita, KS

About Wade
Wade was born and raised in Hartsville, Tennessee, a small town outside of Nashville. He is the youngest of three, and his older siblings are an RN and a pharmacist. He completed his undergraduate coursework at the Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee and earned his PharmD at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Outside of residency he enjoys DIY projects and being a handyman, listening to podcasts, playing with other people's dogs, and exploring the outdoors whenever and wherever possible.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I chose Baptist because the rotations offered were matched perfectly with my practice interests, the size of the residency class appealed to me, and the added opportunity to work with students.

What is your day like?
My day is a mix of different responsibilities. Between rounding on patients, completing pharmacy consults, and working on projects, it can be challenging to get the most out of the day. For me, it's rewarding to see how much I learn and improve on a daily basis.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
The community. Even though Memphis is a city of 670,000, it has the amenities of city life without the traffic and bustle of other large cities. Also, it has Gus' Fried Chicken.

Why pharmacy as a career?
I chose this path after working at an independently-owned pharmacy in my hometown. The way the pharmacists interacted with patients and the difference they made in people's lives appealed to my desire to help people and make a difference in the community. Experience working as a technician in the hospital setting further confirmed my interest.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
I would recommend Baptist because it just has a lot to offer. We have great preceptors and mentors, exceptional rotation experiences, and a large group of co-residents to bond with.

Allie Funderburk

PGY1

Kelsey KnochUndergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Foods, East Tennessee State University, 2013

Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Studies, 2016

Medical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy degree, 2019

About Allie
Allie was born and raised in Southaven, Mississippi and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Mississippi. She went on to complete her PharmD at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. She was recently married, and loves to dote on her ‘fur’ children.

Why did you choose Baptist?
The people. During my interview, everyone was so friendly and welcoming.

What is your day like?
My days go by so fast. From working up patients, to rounds, to working on consults, my days are non-stop. Though the days are busy, it is rewarding to see the positive impact that we as pharmacists can have on our patients' lives.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
Great shopping, great food, and I am close to my family

Personal interests outside of the residency program
Shopping, decorating my house, traveling and cheering on the Ole Miss Rebels.

Why pharmacy as a career?
One of my favorite teachers was a former nurse. During class, she would tell us stories of her time spent in nursing. From then on, I knew I wanted to work in healthcare when I grew up. I realized my love of pharmacy as a sophomore in college when I shadowed Dr. Joy Allen at Baptist Memphis.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
The fact that we have eight pharmacy practice residents and two community residents. I truly cannot imagine going through this year without sharing an office with my amazing co-residents. Everyone has their own unique strengths and we are able to help each other out.

Ben Hampton

PGY1

Carissa SchmittouUndergraduate degree
Bachelor's degree in biology, Trevecca University, 2014

Medical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy degree, Belmont University College of Pharmacy, 2019

Why did you choose Baptist?
The various cardiology rotations at Baptist Memphis, like the CV-ICU, cardiology, heart transplant and the heart failure clinic, initially drew me to this program. I also liked that the program offered advanced rotations for residents that wanted to delve deeper into their area of interest. I knew that I wanted to join Baptist Memphis during my interview. The pharmacy specialists were welcoming, kind and obviously passionate about pharmaceutical sciences. It quickly became evident that the staff were dedicated to maintaining a professional environment that promoted learning, critical thinking and leadership.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
The food!

Personal interests outside of the residency program.
My interests include tennis, disc golf, hiking, playing games, everything related to space, reading in my Eno, hanging out with my co-residents and spending time with my wife.

Alyssa Morgan

PGY1

Stephen Turner

Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2015

Medical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2019

About Alyssa
Alyssa was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. She attended UNC where she received a BA in chemistry with a minor in Spanish for a health profession and African American studies. After graduation, she completed her Doctor of Pharmacy there as well. She’s a huge UNC sports fan and she lives for March Madness. She enjoys traveling to new places in the U.S. and in other countries and eventually wants to work in spaces that impact global health. She’s interested in oncology, pediatrics, and academia.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I was very impressed with the preceptors that I met at ASHP Midyear. Everyone was so personable and really enjoyed the work that they do at Baptist. I wanted to be in an environment where I would be challenged to assess patients with high acuity. Baptist offers diverse rotation experiences and numerous opportunities to learn and grow as a new clinical pharmacist. I also wanted a program that offered experiences in hematology/oncology, stem cell transplant, and solid organ transplant. Baptist offers all of these experiences in a community hospital setting.

What is your day like?
Every day is different on rotation. Each day brings new experiences and challenges as I'm adjusting to being independent and managing patients on my own. The most rewarding experiences for me have been recommending interventions that help patients improve and discharge home. We have late nights and early mornings, but my favorite part about every day is having eight awesome co-residents to grow and learn with.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
I recently moved to Memphis to begin residency. So far, I enjoy all of the great places to eat such as Central BBQ, Dyers, Whimsy Cookie, MemPops, and Huey's just to name a few. I can't wait to explore more of the city this year.

Personal interests outside of the residency program.
I enjoy trying new places to eat (especially for brunch and dessert), binge watching TV series on Hulu, volunteering with the kids at my church, hanging out with my friends and co-residents, and traveling to new places.

Why pharmacy as a career?
I enjoy learning about the science behind things. Pharmacy was a great way for me to understand the way the body works and how drugs can help alleviate issues caused by diseases. In pharmacy school I loved interacting with patients, and I knew this would be a profession where I could make an impact on patients' lives.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
This is a great program that offers diverse rotation experiences for a well-rounded PGY1 experience. In addition to the clinical learning opportunities on rotations, we also build our experiences through presentations, research projects, and teaching opportunities with UT SOP students. The pharmacy staff is great and everyone is willing to help you learn.

Kevin VanMaldeghem

PGY1

Stephen Turner

Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Michigan State University, 2014

Medical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, 2019

About Kevin
Kevin was born and raised in Shelby Township, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in Human Biology and attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for his PharmD. In his spare time he enjoys going to the gym, watching Netflix, and cheering on his Michigan State Spartans.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I chose Baptist for the variety of different rotations and opportunities that are available here. I am interested in critical care so I wanted a program that offered multiple experiences in critical care to help prepare for a PGY2.

What is your day like?
My day starts early with looking through patients that are on my assigned floor and familiarizing myself with why they are here. I then attend rounds, offer any suggestions I may have, and then finish consults. My day usually ends when consults are done, meetings are over, and topic discussions are complete.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
My favorite thing about Memphis is going to see the ducks march at the Peabody Hotel.

Why pharmacy as a career?
I chose pharmacy as a career because of all the different opportunities and environments that you can practice in. I also enjoy working in a field that is constantly evolving.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
I would recommend Baptist for applicants who want to be challenged but also learn a lot. As a Baptist pharmacy resident, you are given a lot of autonomy right off the bat to help you develop into a strong and independent clinician.

Lindsay White

PGY1

Stephen Turner

Medical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 2019

About Lindsay
Lindsay was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She attended the University of Memphis for her undergraduate studies and earned my Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She loves being with family and considers herself fortunate to have them all in Memphis including her parents, older brother, sister-in-law and her brand-new niece Alex!

Why did you choose Baptist?
I have always loved Baptist and knew I wanted to train here for my PGY1 residency. I mean, I was literally born at Baptist Memphis. And I worked as a pharmacy tech and intern as an undergraduate and pharmacy school student. But my favorite part about the Baptist Memphis Pharmacy department is all the great people I get to work with every day.

What is your day like?
I love having the opportunity to make an impact on my patients’ lives. One of my favorite things to do is to educate patients on their medications and get to put a face with a name. It makes my job so much more rewarding to meet the people I get to help.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
I was born and raised in the Memphis area so I am very familiar with the city. One of my favorite things about Memphis is how it's a big city, but also feels like a smaller community. I always seem to recognize people I know throughout the city and I love it.

Personal interests outside of the residency program.
I love hanging out with my family, walking my dog, kayaking, baking and photography.

Why pharmacy as a career?
I have always loved helping people and being able to build relationships with them. Pharmacists are such an accessible resource for patients and I love to build trust when helping patients with healthcare decisions.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Easy – the people. Everyone is always so friendly, even if you're just walking by them in the hall and have never met them before. I also love that Baptist is a faith-based organization and allows the opportunity for hospital-wide devotionals.