Baptist Golden Triangle PGY1 Pharmacy Residents

Mary Ables

PGY 1 Resident

Mary AblesMedical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; Samford University; Birmingham, Alabama

About Mary
Mary grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, in a military family and married into another one. She and her husband Cody have two beautiful girls, Malea and Makena, and they are an Air Force family. She has lived on Kwajalein Atoll, a small island in the Pacific Marshall Island chain, as well as Venice, Italy. Since graduating from Samford University, she and her family have lived in Columbus, Miss., Abilene, Texas, Rapid City, South Dakota, and San Antonio, Texas. She also studied abroad in China on one of her pharmacy rotations to experience how other countries practice pharmacy. In addition enjoy spending time with her family and being a mom, Mary also enjoys running and boating.

Why did you choose Baptist?
Seven years ago, I took a leap and moved to Columbus, Mississippi. I had no idea what was in store for me. I applied for a job at Baptist Memorial Hospital because I believed in their mission. I felt that Baptist would be the perfect fit to help me grow both professionally and personally. As a resident, I hoped to continue to learn from all of the quality providers at Baptist.

What's your favorite thing about Columbus?
Columbus lives up to its name - The Friendly City. It was the first city I moved to where I was completely on my own. The people of Columbus were so welcoming and it quickly became home. The friends I made became family and I am so thankful to be back and for my daughters to meet "my family."

Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?
I always knew I wanted to be in healthcare. My mother and my father helped encourage me to pursue pharmacy and the more I learned about the profession, the more I knew it was a great fit. It has not always been a clear road for me. As an Air Force family, I have had to learn about personal sacrifice, specifically with regard to my career. However, every setback and every side-road God has joined me on, I feel that He has led me to this residency. I am blessed with talented and patient mentors and I would not have made it to where I am today without their help.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Baptist is a family. I enjoy not only spending time with all of my coworkers but also learning from them every day. The providers that I am lucky enough to interact with teach me the importance of keeping up with my education as well as how to work as a team to put the patient first. Baptist is a team with one simple goal: to provide quality patient care. I would recommend Baptist to someone who wants to join a team of dedicated professionals and who wants to take their practice to the next level.

Mallory Slay

PGY 1 Resident

Mallory SlayUndergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences; University of Mississippi; Oxford, MS 

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

About Mallory
Mallory was born and raised in Quitman, Mississippi. While at Ole Miss, she was an active member of Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International and served on the leadership team. She enjoys water sports, such as skiing and wakeboarding, live music events, and shopping. I also enjoys cooking and entertaining for family and friends.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I chose Baptist because it felt like a community that I was already a part of. Walking in to the interview, I felt a sense of familiarity, even though I had never been to Baptist Golden Triangle or met any of the Pharmacy staff. Additionally, the size was a factor for me. I wanted a hospital that was small enough that I would be able to foster meaningful relationships with hospital staff but large enough to afford me numerous experiences. Baptist Golden Triangle encompassed both of these elements.

What's your favorite thing about Columbus?
It’s a town that seem to just automatically embrace you. The people are so warm and friendly, which really makes being in the health care profession extra rewarding.

Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?
I chose the profession of pharmacy because I wanted a career that would require me to continuously learn and better myself. Pharmacy allows me to do that while also providing me the opportunity to serve others and my community.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
If you are looking for a residency program that’ll give you real hands-on experience and mentoring from talented, incredibly knowledgeable preceptors who are generous with their time and talents, Baptist is the place for you.