Meet Clare Siebenberger '15
With a passion for science and problem solving, St. Louis College of Pharmacy PGY2 resident Clare Siebenberger '15, Pharm.D., knew pharmacy was the ideal profession for her.
“Pharmacy is a great fit because it is science-based, requires strong problem-solving abilities and most importantly, helps others,” Siebenberger said.
After graduating from the College, Siebenberger applied for a residency with Missouri Baptist Medical Center.
“Two of my preceptors provided substantial mentorship and played a vital role in me pursuing a second year of residency,” Siebenberger said. “They served as excellent role models and inspired me to seek a career as fulfilling and impactful as theirs.”
Siebenberger is now in her second residency at the VA St. Louis Health Care System-John Cochran Division. The VA St. Louis Health Care System is a full service health care facility that provides an assortment of services including ambulatory care, inpatient medicine, surgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation and a variety of subspecialties to veterans throughout the Midwest.
With a progressive pharmacy model, the VA St. Louis Healthcare System allows Siebenberger and her fellow clinical pharmacists to gain a broad scope of practice.
“I have a passion for internal medicine,” Siebenberger said. “I love the challenges it poses as it requires a mastery of an array of disease states. I was drawn to the program because it had a strong internal medicine focus, while also providing ample opportunity to explore academic pharmacy.”
Siebenberger acknowledges the obstacles in pursuing a residency but still encourages student pharmacists to consider clinical pharmacy.
“Residencies are a lot of hard work but are worth every second,” Siebenberger advises. “There is so much opportunity in the future for clinical pharmacists. This is an exciting time to pursue a residency and help contribute to the pharmacist’s expanding role.”