Rhodes Group, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is recruiting for a one-year, full-time fellowship position to support a unique research and patient care initiative involving pharmacy and the clinical laboratory. The fellow will gain experience in health services research while demonstrating the value of clinical laboratory insights to improve patient outcomes and reduce the total cost of care including pharmaceuticals. The research conducted involves new models to support value based health care, population health, chronic disease management, and predictive analytics.
The fellowship candidate will work with pharmacists at the largest reference laboratory in the state to improve patient outcomes for New Mexicans. The fellow will participate in creating unique clinical and data services that provide clinical insights and data interpretation of laboratory results. The research initiatives look across the entire spectrum of a disease or condition including screening, diagnosis, monitoring and the impact of clinical interventions for high prevalence and high risk diseases. Research areas may include infectious diseases, hepatitis, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions.
Additional duties include teaching, presentations at state and national meetings, publication opportunities, and multidisciplinary patient experiences. Completion of a first year pharmacy residency and/or laboratory science experience is preferred.
The position starts July 5, 2021 and ends July 1, 2022.
FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM TEAM
Monique Dodd, PharmD, PhC, MLS(ASCP)CM
Manager, Enterprise Clinical Solutions
Monique Dodd has been working as a Pharmacist Clinician at TriCore Reference Laboratories since July 2016. She is currently Manager of Enterprise Clinical Solutions for the Diagnostic Optimization team with the Rhodes Group. Her role is to design laboratory-driven targeted interventions to optimize screening, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of high cost, high risk and high frequency health conditions throughout the population. Her areas of focus are infectious diseases, chronic pain management and anticoagulation.
Dr. Dodd has a unique education background which brings laboratory diagnostics and pharmacy together. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in 2007. She was hired at TriCore as a Medical Technologist working for the Infectious Disease Research and Development team where she worked for three years. She was then accepted to the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy in 2010 where she interned in the infectious disease lab. Upon graduation in 2014, she entered into a collaborative Post-Graduate Year-One Residency with TriCore and the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy, with a focus in clinical pharmacy and laboratory diagnostics. Through this existing partnership, she continued her training and earned her Pharmacist Clinician license while completing a Pharmacy Fellowship in 2016 with TriCore. As a Pharmacists Clinician with the Rhodes Group, Dr. Dodd focuses on designing actionable and real-time targeted intervention for payers, health systems and providers with the aim to improve how healthcare is delivered.
Teofilo Borunda, PharmD, MS
Clinical Solutions Specialist
Dr. Teofilo Borunda has been working as a Pharmacist at TriCore Reference Laboratories since July 2019. As a pharmacist, Dr. Borunda designs actionable and real-time targeted interventions for the healthcare system, ultimately aiming to improve the delivery of healthcare. He focuses on using longitudinal clinical laboratory results to design targeted interventions for the optimization of screening, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of high cost, high risk and high frequency health conditions. His areas of focus are chronic disease management and opioid abuse.
Dr. Borunda earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from New Mexico State University in 2014. He was awarded a dual PharmD – Master of Science degree from the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy in 2018. He continued his training and completed a postgraduate fellowship at TriCore Reference Laboratories in 2019.
Marcus Garcia, PharmD, MA
Clinical Research Fellow
Dr. Marcus Garcia, PharmD, MA, is the current Clinical Translational Care and Outcomes Research fellow.
Dr. Garcia is a native New Mexican who grew up in Las Vegas, New Mexico. He earned his Bachelor of Science in biology in 2013 and a Master of Arts degree in 2015 from New Mexico Highlands University. He was awarded his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy in 2020. During his Graduate program, he performed four years of research in respiratory toxicology, focusing on reproduction and maternal cardiovascular health.
As a fellow, Dr. Garcia is excited about the unique opportunity that the Rhodes Group and TriCore Reference Laboratories provides. Dr. Garcia states that TriCore’s footprint extending across the state of New Mexico creates a unique opportunity for building population health initiatives using the longitudinal data for New Mexico residents. This geographic footprint allows him to have a more significant impact on patient care not only in the Albuquerque area but throughout New Mexico and its rural communities.
As a fellow, Dr. Garcia participates in the development of laboratory results analytics driven targeted population health interventions that optimize clinical outcomes for chronic conditions. His area of focus is renal transplant, toxicology and reproductive health.