Spotlight: Christine Gamble

gamChristine “Christie” Gamble of Houston, Texas

Sometimes it’s tough for today’s pharmacy graduates to land a residency opportunity. According to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, more than 5,000 graduating pharmacy students and new practitioners from 180 programs across the nation this year were seeking postgraduate year one (PGY1) and postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residencies.

The Class of 2015 has 10 graduates in residency programs and eight more seeking positions.

Christine “Christie” Gamble of Houston, Texas, who graduated cum laude from the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy, will begin a PGY1 institutional residency position this summer at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minn., 75 minutes away from the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.

She will spend most of her time in the Mankato clinics and hospital and will have two to four months at the main teaching hospital at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

“To be a strong resident, you need to be a dedicated scholar and leader,” said Victoria Pho, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice. “Christie’s achievements demonstrated great dedication, scholarship and leadership qualities.”

Gamble consistently pushed herself to excel in clinical skills competitions in Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP), Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Gamble placed in the Top 10 of the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy’s SSHP Clinical Skills Competition in September.

She completed a Compounding Boot Camp with Professional Compounding Centers of America and was certified in Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery by the American Pharmacists Association.

In addition, Gamble served as the historian for the college’s chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP).

Her colleagues recognized her commitment to APhA-ASP by awarding her the Mortar & Pestle Professionalism Award on May 20 at the College Awards for her exceptional service and commitment through involvement at the regional, state and national levels, and in other extracurricular learning opportunities, while excelling academically.

“Her dedication came with great success because she effectively managed her time to balance her many responsibilities as a leader and the demanding community services, academic and clinical workload,” Pho said.

Faculty noticed that Gamble was kind and considerate. Her compassion and generosity were conveyed through the many events she participated in. She traveled on medical mission trips to countries such as Peru, the Dominican Republic and Honduras to offer medical care to underserved individuals. She traveled to the colonias, which are unincorporated subdivisions often lacking access to basic infrastructure and health care services, to provide immunizations and health screenings at the Helping Hands and Feet Clinic in Laredo, Texas.

“Her empathy and concern were also evident while seeing patients on my rotation,” said Andrea Luce, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice. In addition, Luce noticed that Gamble discussed rotation issues as if she were already in a PGY1 position.

Gamble is interested in infectious diseases and plans to pursue her goals to practice as a clinical pharmacist after her PGY1 experience. “I feel that Texas A&M and its faculty and preceptors prepared me clinically for fourth-year rotations and what is to come ahead,” Gamble said.