14 UH Hilo DKICP students accepted to post-graduate programs

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Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy celebrated the recent March Match Day with 13 of its students from the Class of 2021 and one student from the Class of 2020 receiving good news.

“Residency match is a highly competitive process and occurs in two rounds, the first in late March, and a second in April,” explained Dean Carolyn Ma. “This year, 12 of the 24 DKICP students applying for residencies were matched in the first round. These impressive results demonstrate the high-quality of academics, service and scholarship these students achieved over their four years here.

“In addition, two students from the Class of 2021 have accepted fellowships at very prestigious post-graduate programs, making this year’s March Match results even more impressive,” she added. “On behalf of the DKICP faculty and staff, I congratulate all of these students on their accomplishments.”

Students who received offers for a post-graduate year-one (PGY1) residency include:

• Nichole Chaffin, Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, WA
• Brooke Higa, VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System, Reno, NV
• Raha Hosseini, Western Arizona Regional Medical Center, Bullhead City, AZ
• Feng Ming Huang, Western Arizona Regional Medical Center, Bullhead City, AZ
• Noelle Lovesy, Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, CA
• Christian Macaspac, VA Maryland Health Care, Baltimore, MD
• Shahrzad Mohammadi, VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System, Reno, NV
• Kimo Okamoto, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Hilo, HI
• Henry Quach, San Francisco VA Health Care System, San Francisco, CA
• Tiana E. Ramos, CHI St. Alexius Health Mandan Pharmacy, Mandan, ND
• Donald Waddell, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Taylor Hori, Class of 2020, will be in a year-two residency at Kansas City VA Medical Center, Kansas City, MO. Currently, she is completing a PGY1 residency at the VA Southern Nevada Health Care System, North Las Vegas, NV.

Karmen Wong, Class of 2021, has been accepted into the world-renowned Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program, which partners with leading pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies. One of 159 PharmD Fellows selected from 950 applications, she will take part in training to develop leadership in various areas of drug development, including clinical trial planning and execution, pharmacovigilance and safety, medical strategy and regulatory affairs.

Qixin (Sandy) Li, Class of 2021, has been accepted into the the Bayer and University of Washington Health Economics and Outcomes Research Fellow Program. This two-year program provides training and hands-on experience in a broad range of topics, and is structured to allow the Fellow to gain proficiency in these areas of research as conducted in both the academic and pharmaceutical industry settings.

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