Emergency Medicine Pharmacy
(Adult and Pediatric)

Richard (“RJ”) LaCoursiere, Pharm.D.

“RJ” is a Doctor of Pharmacy graduate of Jefferson College of Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. After graduation, he completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. As a resident, RJ precepted several Jefferson pharmacy students on hospital and direct inpatient rotations and was a Healthcare Communications laboratory instructor for first year Jefferson pharmacy students. During his residency he also developed and implemented an opioid withdrawal treatment protocol which was approved as the standard of practice for 14 hospitals across the Jefferson Enterprise. He moved to the Augusta area after completing his residency and joined the AU Medical Center Pharmacy Department in October 2018 as a Medicine Team pharmacist. In April 2019, he helped establish pharmacy services in the Emergency Department (ED).  Since then he has worked with the Emergency Medicine Pharmacy team to establishe critical bedside medication preparation recommendations, develop ED policies and protocols, optimize medication inventory, and serve as a drug information resource to the nurses and providers in the ED. He is a member of American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Georgia Society of Health System Pharmacists. RJ’s professional interests include cardiac arrest response, toxicology, substance use disorder, antimicrobial stewardsip, and mass casualty response/decomtamination. RJ is a preceptor for the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, and a residency preceptor-in-training.

Contact: rlacoursiere@augusta.edu

 

Katie Weigle Pharm.D.Katherine (Katie) Weigle, Pharm.D., MSCR, BCPS

Katie received her Pharm.D. and Masters of Science in Clinical Research from Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Her previous career as a critical care registered nurse originally ignited her passion for helping others and gives her a unique perspective as part of high-functioning interprofessional care teams.  Katie completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. There, she explored her professional interests in emergency medicine, code response, sepsis, and clinical toxicology. Katie also helped develop the hospital’s first high-dose insulin protocol for beta blocker or calcium channel blocker overdose. After residency, Katie began her career as a third shift clinical pharmacist before joining AU Medical Center as an emergency medicine pharmacist in January 2019 and is part of the team who implemented our Emergency Medicine pharmacy service. She is excited to begin precepting both students and residents this year. Katie is also a member of the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP).

Contact: kweigle@augusta.edu

 

Jimmy Pruitt, Pharm.D.

Jimmy Pruitt is originally from Orlando, FL and received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy in 2017. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy residency at Florida Hospital Orlando. then went on to Grady Health System in Atlanta GA for his PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency. During his PGY2 year, he participated in a 24-hour in house on-call program and completed a teaching certificate program.   Jimmy joined AU Medical Center as an emergency medicine clinical pharmacy specialist in July 2019 and is part of the team implementing our new Emergency Medicine pharmacy services.  Jimmy is an active member of the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and was awarded the Grady Pharmacist of the Year in 2019 by Emory Department of Emergency Medicine. Jimmy’s professional interests include emergency medicine, free open access education (FOAM ED), cardiac arrest, shock, trauma, and endocrine disorders. He is excited to begin precepting both students and residents as he starts his preceptor training this year.

Contact: jipruitt@augusta.edu  

 

Devon Burhoe, Pharm.D., BCPS

Devon received her BS in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida and then went on to pursue her Doctor of Pharmacy at Auburn University. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy and PGY2 Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy/ UI Health in Chicago, Illinois. As a resident, Devon completed a teaching certificate program along with a PGY2 advanced academic teaching certificate. She precepted both students and residents, along with lecturing in the clinical toxicology elective at UIC College of Pharmacy. She also obtained her Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist recognition as a PGY2. She currently is an active member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and a new member of the Georgia Society of Health System Pharmacists (GSHP). Her interests in emergency medicine include clinical toxicology, transitions of care and infectious disease. She is excited to  join the Emergency Medicine team in the fall of 2019 to help bring pharmacy services to the ED.

Contact: dburhoe@augusta.edu

 

Alicia SanchezAlicia C. Sanchez, Pharm.D.

Alicia C. Sanchez received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy in 2016. She then completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, where she earned a teaching certificate. Following her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, Alicia completed her PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at Children’s Hospital of Georgia at Augusta University Health and The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and a concurrent Clinical Pharmacy Graduate Certificate Program at UGA. Upon completion of her PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency, Alicia worked as a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist at Children’s National Medical Center. She re-joined the pharmacy team at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia at Augusta University Health in July 2019, where she practices as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Pediatric Emergency Department. She is currently a preceptor-in-training for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. Her interests include emergency medicine, critical care, toxicology, and medication safety. Alicia is an active member of American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP), and Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG).

Contact:  alsanchez1@augusta.edu