WELCOME TO BENZIE COUNTY CENTRAL SCHOOLS FEATURED FRIDAY ALUMNI.
Today, we would like to recognize, Class of 2005 alumni, Rachael
Waterson Duncan, Pharm.D. Rachael graduated from Benzie Central High
School in 2005. With her father, Mr. Waterson, as her favorite high
school chemistry teacher leading her to an interest in the sciences, she
thought that pharmacy might be a good fit. She attended Ohio Northern
University where she graduated in 2011 with a Doctorate of Pharmacy.
Following graduation, she completed a PGY1 residency in Pharmacy
Practice and PGY2 residency in Adult Critical Care at Duke University
Hospital in Durham, NC. There, she met her now husband Charlie, who is
also in the medical field. After residency training, she moved to
Colorado where she still resides in Denver.
Rachael currently works
as a Clinical Pharmacist in the Emergency Department and Critical Care
Unit at Swedish Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center in the Denver
metro area. At Swedish she has led several initiatives to advance
patient care, most recently reduction of the use of opioids in the
Emergency Department. She was also instrumental in writing the recently
published "Colorado American College of Emergency Physicians 2017 Opioid
Prescribing & Treatment Guidelines" and led efforts in the
multi-center statewide Colorado Opioid Safety Pilot, which showed that
implementation of the guidelines led to a 36% decrease in opioid use in
Colorado Emergency Departments. Outside of work, she chairs a nonprofit
organization called Emergency Medical Minute, which provides free online
medical education and holds quarterly live educational events.
In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, and
traveling in the camper van with her husband and 2 adorable puppies.
Advice that Rachael would give to the next generation of Benzie
graduates, "Dream big - there are no limits to what you can accomplish.
Go after the next opportunity and make it into your passion - don't wait
for your dream to find you." She also echoes that growing up in Benzie
County was an incredible opportunity to be part of a close knit
community; ties that she still maintains and values today. "Benzie
County and Benzie Central High School made me into the woman I am today -
Rachael...we could not be more #OneBENZIE
proud of your accomplishments, the rewarding work you do each day, and
the difference you are making in the lives of many. You absolutely can
bank on how Mrs. Crossman feels...continue to like, love and share our
amazing alumni as we continue to support all of their ongoing endeavors.