Meet the PGY1 Pharmacy Residents

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Meet the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residents 

Dana Chavez, PharmD 

Pharmacy School: The Ohio State University 

Hometown: Toledo, OH 

Residency Project: First Dose Serum Vancomycin Concentration to Design Dosing Regiment

Career Interests: Cardiology, Critical Care, Infectious Disease, NICU/Obstetrics 

Hobbies: Going out with friends, travel, cheese curds and Big Ten football 

Why UnityPoint Health – Meriter?
What I love most about Meriter is that I am a part of a progressive pharmacy team that utilizes the most advanced technology and resources to provide patient care in a community-based hospital setting. I feel lucky to be surrounded by such amazing and supportive preceptors who are practicing at the top of their profession and providing high-level care alongside other professionals as part of a healthcare team. With its diverse selection of rotations and emphasis on teaching and research, I know Meriter's residency program will shape me into the type of practitioner I hope to be for my patients. It also doesn't hurt that I get to spend the year in the beautiful city of Madison! 


Megan L. Burley, PharmD

Pharmacy Education: University of Wisconsin – Madison 

Hometown: Hazelhurst, Wisconsin  

Reseidency Project:  Standardizing use of vaginal dinoprostone versus vaginal misoprostol for cervical ripening  

Career Interests: Infectious diseases, general medicine and oncology  

Hobbies:  Heading north to my hometown where I can listen to the peace and quiet of the Northwoods, kayak the lakes and ski one of the many cross-country trails. I enjoy travelling throughout the United States and soaking up the Florida sun. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with those I love and eating good food! 

Why UnityPoint Health – Meriter? 
First and foremost, the people! As a fourth-year student, I was able experience a rotation at Meriter hospital. I was most impressed with the kindness and patience offered by the pharmacy staff. Meriter offers a well-rounded residency program that will provide me adequate training for my future as a clinical pharmacist. In my short time with Meriter, I have witnessed exceptional patient care through evidence based medicine and a maximized team approach. Pharmacists' presence is highly valued and I am honored to be a part of the Meriter healthcare team. 


Evan Hurley, PharmD 

Pharmacy Education: University of Wisconsin – Madison 

Hometown: Twin Cities, MN 

Residency Project:  Implementation of a pharmacist guided antibiotic de-escalation algorithm in the adult ICU Career Interests: Critical care, infectious disease, and medication safety 

Hobbies: Enjoying the numerous cycling trails in Dane County, WI.  Dining out at restaurants and food carts or cooking with ingredients from the famous Madison farmer's markets. Attending concerts at great venues near the Capitol Square. 

Why UnityPoint – Meriter:    
As a resident at UnityPoint Health – Meriter, I am a part of a cohesive pharmacy team that works alongside knowledgeable preceptors, staff, and medical team members.  Meriter offers a residency program that tailors to my specific interests as well as offers unique opportunities within a large community hospital including neonatal critical care, obstetrics, adult critical care, and infectious disease.