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Galveston / Houston Regional Internship Program
Regional Director
Regional Coordinators
Cities Encompassed by the Region
Interesting Facts about the Region
Types of Internship Experiences Available in the Region
Internship Facilities
Things to Consider When Choosing Where to Live
Base Campus/Where Studends will Gather for Meetings
Availability of Services on Affiliated Campus
General Facts
Summary

REGIONAL COORDINATORS


Regional Director:
Sharla Tajchman, Pharm.D.

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Sharla Tajchman serves as a Critical Care / Nutrition Support Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She received her BS in Biology from Texas Tech University and her PharmD from Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. She completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas and an ASHP-accredited PGY2 residency in Critical Care / Nutrition Support at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She is board certified in both pharmacotherapy and nutrition support.

Sharla's current responsibilities include providing direct patient care in the intensive care unit and on the nutrition support service at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She serves as the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy Regional Internship Director for the Galveston / Houston area and is appointed as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. She also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy since MD Anderson serves as a teaching site for both colleges. Sharla's professional experience includes a variety of direct patient care, teaching and research activities.

Sharla is an active member of several professional organizations at local, state and national levels, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the American Society of Health-System Pharamcists. She has presented research at state and national conferences.


Advanced Hospital Practice Coordinator:


Todd Canada, Pharm.D., BCNSP,FASHP
tcanada@mdanderson.org

PHOTOTodd W. Canada, Pharm.D., BCNSP, FASHP serves as a clinical pharmacy services manager for the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  He received his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and his Pharm.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  He completed a specialized residency in Critical Care / Nutrition Support at the University of Tennessee-Memphis and is board certified in nutrition support.

His current responsibilities include providing direct patient care and serving as the director for the ASHP-accredited PGY-2 critical care/nutrition support residency at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  He serves as the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy regional internship director for the Galveston/Houston area and is appointed as a Clinical Assistant Professor.  He also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston College Of Pharmacy since M.D. Anderson Cancer Center serves as a teaching site for both colleges.  Todd's professional experience includes a variety of direct  patient care, teaching, and research activities focusing on the critically ill in several large health-systems and academic centers in Dallas, San Antonio and Houston.

Todd is currently serving on the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties -- Nutrition Support Specialty Council, the TSHP Board of Directors and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Board of Directors.  He has held elected offices for several pharmacy- and nutrition-related societies.  Currently, he serves as the President of the Gulf Coast Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  Todd has presented and published in a variety of areas including parenteral drug therapies, safe practices for parenteral nutrition, critical care pharmacy practice and pharmacy mentoring.


Advanced Clinical Practice Coordinator:

Nicole Keller, Pharm.D., BCNSP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Critical Care / Nutrition Support
Michael E. DeBakey VA Hospital
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-791-1414 ext 4202

PHOTONicole R. Keller, PharmD, BCNSP is a clinical pharmacy specialist in critical care / nutrition support at the MEDVAMC in Houston, TX. She received her BS in Biochemistry, Cellular / Molecular Biology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and her PharmD from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. Dr. Keller completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee and an ASHP-accredited PGY-2 critical care / nutrition support specialty residency at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She currently holds academic appointments as clinical instructor at U of H College of Pharmacy and Baylor College of Medicine and is the clinical coordinator for the Houston/Galveston region with UT College of Pharmacy.


Advanced Community Practice Coordinator:

Consuelo Worley, MS, R.Ph.

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Consuelo Worley is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She received her BS in pharmacy in 1988 and her masters in pharmacy administration in 2002.

Her employment experience includes Walgreens, Drug Emporium, and Randalls Pharmacies.

Consuelo has previously taught technician certification classes and has been a pharmacist preceptor since 1989 for the University of Texas and the University of Houston. Her practice includes administrating various immunizations, conducting Medication Therapy Management consultations, Outcome Measures, Medication Review Consultations and Diabetic Counseling. She has been active in the local and state pharmacy associations.


CITIES ENCOMPASSED BY THE REGION

Most rotations are at the Texas Medical Center in Houston or in Galveston at UTMB. Other cities include:

Baytown
College Station
Friendswood
Humble
Huntsville
Katy
League City
Pasadena
Pearland
Sugarland
The Woodlands
Webster


INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE REGION

Diverse population

4th largest city in America

Population - Houston-Galveston-Brazoria 4,669,571

Metrorail is a 7.5 mile rail line that connects downtown to the museum district, Texas Medical Center, and Reliant Park. Metro operates more than 1400 accessible buses.

Professional Sports  
Houston Texans http://www.houstontexans.com/
Houston Astros http://www.astros.com/
Houston Rockets http://www.rockets.com
   
Cultural Activities  
Theater District http://www.houstontheaterdistrict.org/
Museum District http://www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org/
Grand 1894 Opera House http://www.thegrand.com/
Arts Festival http://www.bayoucityartfestival.com/
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts http://www.hobbycenter.org
   

Entertainment

 
Space Center Houston http://www.spacecenter.org/
Kemah Boardwalk http://www.kemahboardwalk.com/
Moody Gardens

http://www.moodygardens.com

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston Island

http://www.galveston.com/schlitterbahnwaterpark


TYPES OF INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES AVAILABLE IN THE REGION

Adult Medicine
Ambulatory Care
Ambulatory Care- Infectious Disease
Anticoagulation
Cardiology
Clinical Pharmacy Management
Community Management
Compounding Pharmacy
Critical Care Medicine
Drug Information
Emergency Medicine
Home Healthcare
Institutional
Infectious Disease
Investigational Drugs
Medication Safety
Neonatology
Neurology
Nuclear Pharmacy
Nutritional Support
Oncology
Pediatrics
Institutional Pharmacy Management
Pharmacoeconomics
Psychiatry
Poison Control Center
Transplant
Veterinary Medicine


INTERNSHIP FACILITIES

Facts about the Texas Medical Center - the largest medical center in the world
Texas Medical Center

UT-MD Anderson Cancer Center - 550 beds, specializing in cancer treatment and research
http://www.mdanderson.org/
UT-MD Anderson Cancer Center

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital - 600 beds, home of the Texas Heart Institute
http://www.sleh.com/sleh/

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital

The Methodist Hospital - 1,514 beds, teaching hospital for Baylor College of Medicine
http://www.methodisthealth.com/

The Methodist Hospital

The VA Medical Center - Houston - 360 hospital beds, a 40-bed Spinal Cord Injury Center, and a 120-bed transitional care unit for long-term care.
http://www.houston.med.va.gov/

The VA Medical Center

Facts about the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) - Texas' first medical school

University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)

Methodist San Jacinto

Methodist San Jacinto

Texas Children's (TIRR)

Texas Children's (TIRR)

 


THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A PLACE TO LIVE

Parking Considerations

Parking can be difficult in the Medical Center as well as at UTMB. Some Medical Center hospitals have designated parking lots available for students with a shuttle bus. You can ride the campus shuttle bus if you have your medical center ID badge. Contract parking is available. Check with your preceptor for available parking options. At UTMB you will be eligible for student parking which is around $25/semester. Contract parking is available. Parking at the VA as well as the most of the other hospitals outside of the medical center and UTMB is free.


BASE CAMPUS/WHERE STUDENTS WILL GATHER FOR MEETINGS

Students will meet primarily at MD Anderson on the Texas Medical Center Campus or at UTMB in Galveston. Be prepared to travel to any of these facilities at any time.

AVAILABILITY OF SERVICES ON AFFILIATED CAMPUSES

Student Services
Houston

Student Health: The University of Texas Health Services - Houston

Galveston - UTMB


General Facts

Transportation

Cultural Activities

Museum District

Theme Parks


SUMMARY

The Galveston/Houston region offers a variety of internship opportunities for students. The region is also rich in cultural and recreational activities. All of these factors combined make the Galveston/Houston area an excellent experiential region.

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Last Reviewed: May 9, 2011

College Information

Mailing Address:
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas
at Austin
2409 University Ave.
Stop A1900
Austin, TX, USA
78712-1113

Email Address: pharmacy
@austin.utexas.edu

Phone:
1-512-471-1737

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