Baptist DeSoto Pharmacy Residency PGY1 Residents

Colleen Hughes, PharmD

PGY1 Resident

Dean Higgins 

Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science; Freed Hardeman University; 2017

Pharmacy degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy; 2021

About Colleen
Colleen was born and raised in Hernando, Mississippi. She enjoys being outdoors, reading, and spending time with her family.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I had the opportunity to complete a rotation at Baptist Memorial Hospital Desoto while in pharmacy school, which allowed me to see how dedicated, knowledgeable and friendly everyone here is. I knew this would be a rewarding and challenging place to work and to improve myself.

What is your day like?
Each day as a pharmacy resident presents new challenges and experiences. I get the opportunity to learn about every aspect of pharmacy in the hospital and work with other members of the healthcare team to provide patient care. There are also many opportunities to explore my areas of interest through rotations and projects.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Baptist supports numerous opportunities to learn and grow every day. The staff provide excellent mentorship and many resources for a unique learning experience. Residents participate in a wide variety of presentations, projects, and daily tasks in the hospital to form a strong foundation on which to build a strong career.

Kaitlyn Inman, PharmD

PGY1 Resident

Kenneth Orr 

Undergraduate degree
Pharmacy Prerequisites; Union University

Pharmacy degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; Union University College of Pharmacy; 2021

About Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn grew up in a small town in West Tennessee. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing with her puppy Reece, and spending as much time with my family and friends as possible.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I initially applied to Baptist because I have interests in both cardiology and critical care, and this program offers plenty of opportunities in both areas. During my interview, I was especially drawn in by the friendly and welcoming nature of all the staff.

What is your day like?
No matter what setting I’m in at the time, I’m able to work together with other members of the health care team to accomplish what’s best for the patient. Whether I am completing consults or responding to codes, I feel like I am making a difference.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
I would recommend Baptist to a prospective student because the preceptors are committed to helping you become your best as a new practitioner. The program is large enough to offer a variety of rotation experiences with a diverse patient population, but small enough to not lose the strong community feel.

Cre Rupert, PharmD

PGY1 Resident

Tanya Tye 

Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science in nursing; Union University; 2015
Bachelor of Science in microbiology; Mississippi State University; 2014

Pharmacy degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; South College School of Pharmacy; 2021

About Cre
Cre was born and raised in Tupelo, Mississippi. He launched his career in pharmacy after several years of working as an ICU nurse in Nashville, Tennessee. He enjoys traveling, spending his time with friends and family, video games, streaming new shows, and being a Mississippi State bulldog fan.

Why did you choose Baptist?
Baptist offered the perfect balance between patient’s acuity, mentoring, independence, diverse patient populations, and a progressive scope of practice through hospital support of the pharmacy department, which was my ideal environment to learn and grow as a clinician.

What is your day like?
A typical day as a pharmacy resident is usually busy and can vary depending on what rotation you are in and presentations you have coming up. My day includes patient care, topic discussions, and meeting and working on longitudinal projects such as CE, research, and lectures.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
One of my favorite things about Baptist DeSoto is the friendly environment. No matter what department you are from, everyone is treated like equals. Anywhere you walk in the hospital you are greeted with a smile and people are genuinely interested in getting to know you. As a resident, it is very easy to get burnt out; however, Baptist DeSoto offers the support needed to help push you through it. Baptist offers a challenging environment, a wide variety of rotations, listens to your feedback, and cares about your wellbeing.