Leah Goeres

Leah Goeres

Alumna, Class of 2009
Major(s): Health Sciences
Hometown: Klamath Falls, OR

Post-graduate program: Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) OSU / OHSU

Pharm.D. graduation year: 2013

What are you doing now, career-wise (or what do you plan to do after graduating)?

Right now I am a post-doctoral fellow with Oregon State University. With this position I am receiving extra training in epidemiology and biostatics. The application of this training allows me to conduct research in databases of older populations. Essentially we look for patterns in prescription drug usage and try to predict various health outcomes such as heart-attack or death. This is a top down approach to try and assess whether medications are helpful in older populations, regardless of what the drug is actually supposed to be treating.

Is there any other achievement or involvement that you'd like to share?

My first publication (ok I am basically last author) is coming out very soon!

Lee DSH, Markwardt S, McAvay GJ, Gross CP, Goeres L, Ling H, Peduzzi P, Han L, Dodson J, Tinetti ME. Effect of Beta Blockers on Cardiac and Pulmonary Events and Death in Older Adults with Cardiovascular Disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Medical Care. Volume 52, Number 3, Supplement 2. Released on-line on 25-Feb-2014.

My second publication (I am third author) is also in press at JAMA Archives of Internal Medicine. I don't know when it is coming out.

Lee DSH , Markwardt S, Goeres L, Lee CG, Eckstrom E, Williams CD, Fu R, Orwoll E, Cawthon P, Stefanick M, Mackey D, Bauer D, Nielson C. The Effect of Statins on Physical Activity in Older Men, The MROS Study. JAMA Internal Medicine. In press.

What is one thing that you really appreciated about our program at Oregon Tech?

I benefited from professors knowing who I was and what my career objectives were. I felt that through various projects and even some in-class instruction, I received an education that was customized to my interest in pharmacy, yet very well rounded.

At OIT, there was a partnership that happened between me as a student and the faculty; I felt like my triumphs were their success. I also appreciated the professors with clinical backgrounds which gave me a leg-up in a clinical professional school.

What is one piece of advice that you would give to a student in our program today?

It's always good to get A's but sometimes you learn more when you get a B.

Profile updated Feb 2014