Baptist Golden Triangle PGY1 Pharmacy Residents

Taylor Hayes

PGY 1 Resident

Taylor HayesUndergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science in pharmaceutical sciences; University of Mississippi; Oxford, MS

Medical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

About Taylor
Taylor grew up in Columbus, Mississippi and went to Ole Miss, where her interest in pharmacy was sparked in her sophomore year. At Ole Miss, she served as the Community Chair Coordinator for the Oxford Campus. Her professional interests include oncology and nutrition support, but she says the more she learns, the more her interests grow.

Why did you choose Baptist?
While in pharmacy school, I completed a few IPPEs and APPEs at Baptist GTR. All of the staff - from the preceptors to the physicians and nurses - will go above and beyond to give you opportunities to learn and grow in your healthcare career. I knew this was a group of pharmacists that would laugh with me on the good days and remind me that there’s always something good to come out of the bad days.

What's your favorite thing about Columbus?
The houses in Downtown Columbus have such character. Walking the streets in Downtown is like being in your own Southern Living magazine where everyone is so welcoming. There’s always people out and about, whether it’s on a run at the Riverwalk or eating at some of the best restaurants in town (shoutout to the Cafe on Main Street!).

What do you like to do outside your work?
During my breaks in pharmacy school and now residency, I like to travel. I’ve been to 3 out of the 7 continents with my favorite countries being either Italy or Australia. For my downtime in Columbus, I have a puppy that loves to be outdoors so we go on a lot of walks around downtown.

 Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?
For me, pharmacy was the perfect balance between independent critical thinking and being a part of something that is bigger than myself. I like the challenge of having to stay on top of new information that comes out in the medical world along with having to think outside the box on some patient cases or problems that may arise in the pharmacy. Also knowing that I can make a difference and be an extra smiling face for a patient and their families in a vulnerable time of their lives is really rewarding.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Stepping into Baptist feels like stepping into one giant support group that will not only facilitate your learning, but also push you to be proactive and hands-on in your learning. The hospital here is the perfect size to see a variety of clinical cases but not get lost in the crowd of learners. People really dedicate their time to fostering you in your residency year. 

Giang Le

PGY 1 Resident

Giang LeMedical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; Xavier University of Louisiana; New Orleans, LA; 2021

About Giang
Giang was born and raised in Vietnam before moving to New Orleans in 2014 to study medicine. She graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy in 2021. During pharmacy school, Giang worked at an independent pharmacy associated with a family medical clinic in New Orleans. She says her clinical professors who are enthusiastic about their fields inspire her to excel every day.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I had a chance to talk to the previous class of pharmacy residents at Baptist GTR about their experience at Baptist, and it just impressed me wholly. During my application process, I got to know the pharmacy department and it just felt like a family that I want to be a part of. I believed that Baptist would be the perfect place for me to develop my professional and personal growth, and I still do believe that even more today.

What is your day like?
My daily responsibilities vary depending on the rotation. It can be a little overwhelming at times, but my preceptors have been very supportive and helpful. It is a steep learning curve to go from a didactic environment to a real pharmacy practice. At the end of the day, it does feel rewarding to reflect on what I have learned and how much I have grown.

What's your favorite thing about Columbus?
The people of Columbus are very friendly and welcoming. This is the first time I moved to a place where I lived by myself, and I have really enjoyed my time here. I take kickboxing classes and it has been my favorite place in town after work.

What do you like to do outside your work?
I enjoy martial arts, kickboxing, reading and shopping. I also like to try out new restaurants in Columbus and nearby areas with my husband when he visits me from New Orleans.

Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?
Because I love working in healthcare. I get to be a part of a team that makes a direct impact on patients’ lives. As new clinical trials come out every day and new medications are being developed, pharmacy is a rewarding career that allows me to be a problem-solver and a life-long learner.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Baptist has great preceptors and mentors that are always happy to help you. If you are looking for a program with flexibility to accommodate your requests, personalize your schedule and give you lots of room for independent growth, Baptist is the right place for you.