STLCOP Resident Finds Inspiration
Published on 12 November 2015
As a PGY2 resident, Shane Austin '14 cares for a variety of patients through his internal medicine residency program at St. Louis VA Health Care System – John Cochran.
“Internal medicine includes a wide array of disease states that present opportunities for patient interaction. I was drawn to the St. Louis VA Health Care System because of the opportunity to care for our nation’s veterans, work with high-quality preceptors, and gain different types of experiences provided at the site,” says Austin.
The St. Louis VA Health Care System includes services in acute care medicine, surgery, inpatient subspecialties, and general and specialty ambulatory care. Located in midtown St. Louis, the John Cochran division provides care to veterans and their families throughout the Midwest.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy partners with the St. Louis VA Health Care System to provide residents with the opportunity to participate in clinical tracks in acute care, ambulatory care, and a second-year residency experience in internal medicine. STLCOP preceptors mentor residents as they transition from the classroom to practical settings. Through the program, preceptors help residents develop the skills they need to pursue a career in direct patient care, health systems pharmacy, or practice management.
“Every STLCOP preceptor I have had during my first- and second-year has inspired me in some way. They all have different attributes that make them effective pharmacists. Trying to adopt their characteristics has helped me grow as a clinician,” says Austin.
Austin looks forward to inspiring the next generation of pharmacist just as his preceptors have inspired him to provide exceptional patient care. During his first year, Austin gained professional development and teaching skills by participating in the College’s teaching and learning curriculum that is exclusive for resident trainees.
“As a STLCOP alumnus and a participant in the teaching certificate program, I feel honored to help educate the future of pharmacy. I plan to continue teaching, obtain a clinical pharmacist position in internal medicine, and eventually help develop a residency program.”