Sara Harstad, Pharmacy Resident

PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Resident

Hometown

Chatfield, Minn.

Pharmacy School/Graduation Year

LECOM School of Pharmacy, 2017

PGY1 Location

Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wis.

PGY2 Rotations

Required Hematology/Oncology rotations, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology elective, Palliative care elective

PGY2 Residency Project

Retrospective review of changes in bone density in patients receiving denosumab (Prolia®) versus zoledronic acid in adjuvant breast cancer and non-metastatic prostate cancer patients

Why did you choose to pursue a residency?

I chose to pursue a PGY2 in oncology for numerous reasons. First, I love the oncology patient population – they are the most humble, kind, and grateful patients I have ever encountered. I also love how oncology is ever-changing and evolving with new therapies and clinical trials. Oncology is also one area that has adapted the use of pharmacogenomics into its everyday practice and I think that is pretty cool. For all these reasons, I felt a PGY2 in oncology would expedite my learning in a field that is so specialized.

What attracted you to the Froedtert & MCW pharmacy residency program?

The Froedtert & MCW PGY2 program had experiences in all my interests – pharmacogenomics, investigational drug services/clinical trials, inpatient & outpatient heme, and electives in ID and pediatrics. I also loved that the program has multiple PGY2 onc residents and has a significant amount of staffing worked into the schedule so I can build on my general skills and confidence as a pharmacist, as well.

Professional Interests

Lots! Ambulatory care, infectious diseases, pharmacogenomics, and clinical trials/investigational drug services – all of which are prominent in the hem/onc world. I also think my interests lie more toward the liquid tumors, but I am open to solids, as well!

Hobbies

Outdoors activities (mostly associated with water – kayaking, boating, beaching, but I also like hikin), volleyball, and checking out the local food/drink scene – especially local breweries.

Favorite Things to Do in Milwaukee

Riverfront and lakefront activities – i.e walking/running, Screaming Tuna for sushi, and various other breweries and restaurants

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