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Resident Biographies - Brittany Finocchio

My name is Brittany Finocchio and I am a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Bayhealth. I am originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but l have lived in Delaware most of my life. I completed my undergraduate coursework at The University of Delaware, and transferred to Shenandoah University for pharmacy school.

Prior to beginning my residency, I had the opportunity to work in both hospital and retail pharmacy. I began my pharmacy career at Happy Harry’s Pharmacy, a small chain in Delaware and Pennsylvania, which was eventually taken over by Walgreens. After working at Happy Harry’s for a few years, I obtained a job through Christiana Care at Wilmington Hospital Inpatient Pharmacy. I loved working in the hospital, and it was at this point that I decided to apply for pharmacy school. Prior to beginning pharmacy school, I obtained a job at CVS Pharmacy, and then after moving to Virginia, I was fortunate enough to acquire a job with Valley Health at Warren Memorial Hospital Inpatient Pharmacy. I completed the majority of my advanced pharmacy practice rotations at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and fell in love with clinical pharmacy. From there I obtained my PGY-1 position at Bayhealth, and I am very excited to see where this residency year takes me.

During pharmacy school, I assisted in the development of a new charitable organization, The Boat Village Health Effort. I helped draw a roadmap for the development of a club designed to send medical aid to the Vietnamese Boat Villagers in Cambodia. As this population is denied rights to Cambodian citizenship, the residents of this population are isolated to the Tonle Sap Lake, and do not have access to healthcare or education. After hearing about this population, which is not very well known and therefore does not receive much support, a friend and I saw an opportunity and gathered a group of classmates who shared our desire to help this population. Our process began with us gaining support from local board members, and continued as we created and sustained contact with a medical missionary serving the area. From here, our founding group developed a constitution, and gained approval for our organization through Shenandoah University. Once we were approved, we welcomed new members and divided and conquered to solicit donations from local healthcare entities in the form of medications and hygiene supplies. During my third professional year, I was elected president of our organization. Our first successful shipment of OTC supplies was sent at the end of our third professional year, at which point we focused on promoting awareness and recruiting members from the classes below us in order to sustain the organization. Throughout this process, I saw first hand what can be accomplished with strong teamwork, and also gained a great deal of leadership experience.

Outside of school I enjoy running, swimming, and playing tennis. I also love to travel, and have been to Costa Rica, my favorite travel spot, three times. Lastly, I love spending time with friends and family, and unwinding at home with a DVD.

I am very excited to complete my PGY-1 residency at Bayhealth and I am eager to pursue a PGY-2 residency in either internal medicine or infectious disease thereafter. Ultimately, I wish to practice as a clinical pharmacist in an acute care setting. I am also interested in teaching and precepting students in the future.

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