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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (Ambulatory Care) Greenville - Director's Welcome

Welcome from the director

Thank you for your interest in our pharmacy residency program in the ambulatory care setting! I’m honored you are considering this program, and I believe we have a competitive program to offer you. When looking for a program, I know you will consider the clinical opportunities, the people you would work with, and the location among other factors, so I’d like to introduce myself and my team.

I knew early on in my career that I loved connecting directly with patients and creating longitudinal relationships. Therefore, I pursued ambulatory care during pharmacy school and residency. Prisma Health was my first pharmacy position after residency, and I have worked in the ambulatory care department since 2016. On the weekends, I have also worked in the inpatient and community pharmacy spaces which has tremendously helped me understand the patient journey and gain a global perspective. This perspective is why my group and I have designed our program with a variety of opportunities while still focusing on the ambulatory care setting. On the administrative side, I have a graduate certificate in project management which has supported the launch of new ambulatory care services.

When I first started with Prisma Health, our team focused mostly on warfarin management. Yet, over the years, my colleagues and I worked hard to build provider relationships and expand pharmacy services, so we could reach more patients in our community. The need is there! Yet, it is not easy starting a new service, and my colleagues (your future preceptors) have that fresh perspective on what it takes to start a new clinic or service. 

I decided to step up as the residency program director because:

  • I have a passion for building-up others through mentorship, teaching, and leadership opportunities
  • I like sharing my excitement for Ambulatory Care where we build long-term patient and colleague relationships
  • I enjoy the administrative side of organizing and managing a residency program

Although the residency year is vigorous, I believe in a healthy amount of work life balance where the resident is challenged to set new expectations and boundaries but not to a breaking point. Lastly, my teaching style minimizes the modeling phase, and I challenge residents to spend most of their time in the coaching and facilitation phases, so they get as close to independence as possible. The physicians we work with thoroughly enjoy having pharmacy residents and foster a similar teaching style where they lean on you.

Outside of pharmacy, I love to get outside, so you will often see me walking around the campus during lunch! I also enjoy being a swim coach for the Special Olympics and spending time with family and friends.

I wish you the best in your pharmacy journey, and my colleagues and I look forward to meeting you!

Kristina Vizcaino, PharmD, CACP, PMP
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director, Ambulatory Care Department 

Residency Leadership- Ambulatory Care Department

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Leaders

Carrie Curtis, Kristina Vizcaino, Jennifer Endres

Kristina Vizcaino, PharmD, CACP, PMP
Residency Program Director

Carrie Curtis, PharmD, BCPS
Jennifer Endres, PharmD, CACP
Residency Program Coordinators