Baptist DeSoto Pharmacy Residency PGY1 Residents

Dean Higgins

PGY1

Dean Higgins 

Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science; Christian Brothers University; 2014

Pharmacy degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; University of Tennessee; 2020

About Dean
Dean was born and raised in Memphis, TN. He enjoys watching college and professional basketball, and spending as much time as his busy schedule allows with his family.

Why did you choose Baptist?
Baptist is a great place to serve patients and grow as a healthcare professional. It only takes a day to realize how dedicated the staff here is to their mission of preaching, healing and teaching.

What is your day like?
As a pharmacy resident, I work with all members of the healthcare team to strive for the best care for each person in the hospital. It is particularly rewarding to collaborate with the many passionate employees in this system.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Baptist is a strong healthcare system with lots of resources and incredible staff. I recommend any applicant give strong consideration of Baptist if they are looking to get real hands-on experience in a variety of disciplines, or intense, personalized instruction and mentorship in a particular area. 

Ken Orr

PGY1

Kenneth Orr 

Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science in Biology; University of Colorado-Denver; 2013

Pharmacy degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; University of Colorado; 2020

About Ken
Ken launched his career in pharmacy after serving five years in the U.S. Navy. He enjoys watching almost all sports and running, and spending time with his wife and young daughter.

Why did you choose Baptist?
My wife has family in the South, so I focused my search on hospitals in this region. Baptist simply had the best combination of hands-on opportunities, a high volume of patients in many areas and disciplines, and an emphasis on mentoring with highly skilled, knowledgeable preceptors who make themselves available to you.

What is your day like?
Always busy and full of opportunities to learn and make an impact on a patient’s care and well-being. The most rewarding part of my day is getting to work with and learn from my amazing co-residents.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Residency at Baptist means you’ll be immersed in a learning environment, and fully and broadly prepared to begin a career in pharmacy, however you envision yours to be. The people at Baptist-DeSoto are very kind and generous with their time and knowledge. 

Tanya Tye

PGY1

Tanya Tye 

Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Psychology, Biology, & Chemistry; Arkansas State University; 2014

Pharmacy degree
Doctor of Pharmacy; Union University College of Pharmacy; 2020

About Tanya
Tanya grew up in Southern California before moving to Arkansas when she was a teenager. She enjoys hiking and, in the pre-COVID days, going to concerts.

Why did you choose Baptist?
As a pharmacy student, I had the opportunity to complete a rotation at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto. I really enjoyed working with the talented staff here and the friendly learning environment they’ve created. The people here are great.

What is your day like?
Regardless of what setting you work in, a pharmacist always has busy days. The best part of the day is making interventions with the medical team to help ensure the best patient gets the best care possible.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
As with any job, one of the most important aspects is the people you work with. The instructors, staff and administration at Baptist are fully committed to their goal of providing the best care possible for all all patients, and it shows in how they work together and share their knowledge and experience with you. It truly is a great place to learn and work.