Charlotte Kasl once stated, “A life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of time together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood”. This beautifully articulated statement speaks to my heart’s desire in regards to where I want to make my impact within the field of pharmacy. Having an active clinical role in providing a child that “life-long blessing” by simply providing them with more time. Before the start of my pharmacy career, I knew pediatrics was a specialty that genuinely held my interest and has consistently remained a niche within the field of pharmacy I would like to pursue. My passion for this area of practice has never wavered ever since I discovered this specialized profession during my pharmacy school’s open house four years ago. With that said, my name is Winfield Whittington III, and it is with great enthusiasm that I write this letter to express my heartfelt interest in the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency program. An ASHP-accredited program with unique opportunities that I am excited about taking the journey to discover.
Weight-based dosing, off-label drug usage and specialized compounding highlight some of the many challenges faced when treating this patient population. Making it vital to have specially trained pharmacists who are capable of working intimately with doctors and hospital personnel to meet the needs of the individual patients. Attention to detail, critical thinking, and compassion are all core elements required when it comes to caring for this population. In addition to my work ethic, I know that I possess the qualities that would allow me to excel in this specialized area of practice. Even with said elements, I still lack the clinical training and experience desired by potential employers and future colleagues. Thus making the pursuit of a PGY1 pediatric residency pivotal in reaching my short-term goals of pediatric-focused residency training followed by a PGY2 in a specialized area of interest.
The Nemours/Alfred I. duPont PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program most certainly fits the bill in fulfilling my goals of pediatric-focused residency training. With the institution being ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation in a variety of specialty areas. I have no doubt that my clinical knowledge and skills will be nurtured and cultivated under the care of medical staff who are consistently ranked among the “Best Doctors in America” year after year. I value and search for programs that place heavy emphasis on their commitment to the development of their residents. That the structure and opportunities provided not only allow for a customized learning experience but also produces competent and highly skilled clinical practitioners upon completion. I appreciate the fact the program works with a resident’s interests to develop a rotation that best fits them with the added bonus of a steering committee that’s there to guide and assist you. Furthermore, the program provides a multitude of opportunities that coincide with my own interest and long-term goals. With a dedicated research rotation, it gives me the opportunity to continue my involvement in discovering novel potential agents in the treatment of therapy-resistant epilepsy. My years spent in the Jackson-Ayotunde lab synthesizing novel compounds, learning about medicinal chemistry and drug discovery, has inspired me towards working on my own research path in regards to epilepsy and the pediatric population. Long-term, I foresee the realm of academia as another role that I would like to fulfill in addition to a career as a pediatric clinical pharmacist in an academic teaching hospital. I hope that as an educator I’ll be able to foster and encourage students to search for areas within the field of pharmacy practice to specialize and showcase the wealth that pediatrics has to offer. Overall, the kind of training provided by your program aligns with my career interests and will give me the knowledge and skills necessary of any practicing clinician in the pediatric setting.
Attention to detail, critical thinking, and clear written and verbal communication were all skills that I developed throughout my four years of conducting pharmaceutical research and various leadership roles. Synthesizing novel compounds with the potential to treat therapy-resistant epilepsy has provided different modalities for learning outside of my didactic studies. My oratory skills were refined and improved via poster and oral presentations at various research symposiums. Conducting organic synthesis reactions enhanced my critical thinking in regards to knowing the reasoning and purpose behind the utilization of chemical reagents, and why specific processes were employed. This skill translates to the need of clinical pharmacist having a thorough understanding of the drugs utilized in the treatment of individual disease states. In addition to my work ethic, I know that I possess the qualities and skills that would allow me not only to excel in your program but in my practice as a healthcare professional.
As stated previously, time is the gift that I would like to offer to this cherished patient population. Time to make memories with their loved ones, to experience the joys and wonders that this world has to offer. Time to discover their dreams and the opportunity to turn them into realities. Being a pediatric pharmacist is more than just its title, you’re in a position where you can give a young patient a fighting chance at life. As a pharmacist, I want to be able to establish meaningful relationships with my patients and their families. To empower them to the point where they are confident in being an active participant in the patient care process. Moreover, what I most enjoy about the prospect of this career, is that you get the potential to see these young patients turn into young heroes. Champions who’ve faced their afflictions with great tenacity and pride and overcame them like the victorious conquerors they are. Which is an image that puts a smile on my face every time I think about it. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the kids you work with on a daily basis grow up into amazing individuals and it makes my heart happy when I know I played a small part in that process.
I respectfully would like to request the opportunity for an on-site meeting during the specified interview cycle to further discuss the prospect of a residency opportunity. Should you need more detailed information, my curriculum vitae is attached within the application for your review. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
With heartfelt sincerity,