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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Duration: 12 months (PGY-1)
Number of Positions: 2
Starting Date: July 1
Estimated Stipend: $51,126
Interview Required: Yes

The Post Graduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program at United Health Services Hospitals provides a structured training experience at a community teaching hospital that prepares its graduates to successfully practice in patient care positions and/or pursue further training in a PGY2 residency program in the area of their choice.

Upon successful completion of the program, the resident will be competent in their ability to:

  • Manage and improve the medication-use process
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills
  • Demonstrate project management skills
  • Provide medication and practice-related education/training
  • Utilize medical informatics.

United Health Services Department of Pharmacy Distributive Services (inpatient):

  • Decentralized pharmacy workstations
  • Computerized pharmacy operation and patient information system
  • Fully decentralized unit-based drug distribution system (BD Pyxis Medstations)
  • Computerized physician order entry (CPOE with Epic EMR)
  • Decision Support Software
  • 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year service
  • IV admixture services

Available Learning Experiences:

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Behavioral Health
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Internal Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Pharmacy Operations
  • Transitions of Care
  • Emergency Medicine

During your residency year, you will complete required rotations in a number of areas, including, ambulatory care, critical care, internal medicine, pharmacy administration, and pharmacy operations (staffing). Elective rotations are also available and can be personalized to meet your interests. 

Elective Rotations (including but not limited to):

Behavioral Health
Cardiology
Emergency Medicine
Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship
Oncology
Transitions of Care
Further experience in any required rotation can be customized to meet resident's interest.

Through experiences in patient centered care, pharmacy operations, and leadership, the resident will have the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills and confidence in pharmaceutical care. You will function as a key member of the healthcare team and be accountable for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes for patients. Along the way you will develop the skills necessary to become a confident, valued provider of education on medication therapy-related topics to patients, to other healthcare professionals and to the community.

Upon successful completion of the program you will have built a solid, personal philosophy of practice excellence and a commitment to the profession of pharmacy. You will have the skills necessary to provide exceptional pharmaceutical care to patients in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

Benefits

Health care: Residents will receive medical, dental, and vision insurance.

Time off: Residents will receive 15 days paid time off (PTO) to be used for sick days, holidays, interview days, vacation, etc.

Parking: Residents will have access to free parking.

Preceptor Bios

Leigh Briscoe-Dwyer is currently the System Director of Pharmacy for UHS. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. John’s University. She is a certified pharmacist immunizer and is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy. She maintains Adjunct Clinical Faculty positions at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Binghamton University School of Pharmacy, and is an Affiliate Associate Clinical Professor at St. John’s University. She was a member of the NYS Board of Pharmacy for 10 years and served in several capacities, including Chair of the Executive Committee. Dr. Briscoe-Dwyer is a Past President of both the Long Island Society of Health-system Pharmacists and New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists, and is currently a member of the ASHP Board of Directors.  She has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Dr. Briscoe-Dwyer serves as a preceptor for the administration rotation.

Valerie Butash received her Pharm.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.  Dr. Butash is the Supervising Pharmacist at UHS Wilson Medical Center, and serves as the preceptor for the pharmacy operations rotation.

Brent Carlson received his Pharm.D. from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy. He completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at UPMC Hamot in Erie, PA and a PGY2 specialty residency in critical care at Prisma Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, SC. Dr. Carlson holds board certifications in pharmacotherapy, critical care, and infectious diseases. Dr. Carlson serves as the PGY1 pharmacy residency program director and preceptor for the critical care rotation.

Lyndsay Carlson received her Pharm.D. from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at The Erie Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Erie PA and a specialty residency in ambulatory care at The James A. Haley Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Tampa FL. Dr. Wormuth is board certified in ambulatory care clinical pharmacy. Dr. Wormuth is actively involved in the United Health Services Anticoagulation clinic and is working on a transitions of care program for patients with CHF discharged from Wilson Medical Hospital. Dr. Wormuth serves as the Residency coordinator and precptor for the Ambulatory Care Anticoagulation Clinic rotation.

Caitlyn Ganesh received her Pharm.D. from Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY and is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. Dr. Burnett serves as a preceptor for the internal medicine rotation and emergency medicine elective rotation.

Janine Marie Garcia received her Pharm.D. from the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School, and completed an academic/community pharmacy PGY1 residency through the University of Texas at Austin/H-E-B. Dr. Garcia is working towards board certification in ambulatory care. She serves as a lead preceptor for the Transitions of Care elective rotation.

Amber Jerauld received her Pharm.D. from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She then completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at the Denver VA in Denver, CO and a PGY-2 Primary Care residency at Kaiser Permanente in Denver, CO. Amber is a board certified ambulatory care specialist. She has a wide variety of experiences in ambulatory care including anticoagulation management, diabetes, hypertension and lipid management. She currently serves as one of the Ambulatory Care preceptors at United Health Services.

James Jester received his Bachelors in Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and a Pharm.D. from the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University. Dr. Jester serves as the PGY1 pharmacy residency preceptor for the Pharmacy Administration rotation.

Christopher Martens received his Pharm.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy, and completed a pharmacy practice residency at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, New York. Dr. Martens is board certified in pharmacotherapy and infectious disease. Dr. Martens serves as a preceptor for the infectious disease rotation.

Rachel Reed received her Pharm.D. from Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Dr. Reed is currently the lead pharmacist at UHS Medical Oncology outpatient infusion center and is working toward board certification. Dr. Reed serves as a preceptor for the oncology elective rotation.

Earle Reome received his BS in Pharmacy from Union University-Albany College of Pharmacy and his Pharm.D. from University of Colorado. Dr. Reome is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. Dr. Reome serves as the PGY1 pharmacy residency Behavioral Health preceptor.

Megan Thomas received her Pharm.D. from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Dr. Thomas is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. Dr. Thomas serves as a preceptor for the internal medicine rotation.

Tad Williams received his BS Pharm. from the University of Toledo, and his Pharm.D. from Shenandoah University. Dr. Williams is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist, and serves as the preceptor for the PGY1 cardiology rotation.

Current Residents

Zoé Martin
Email: zoe.martin@nyuhs.org
Pharmacy School: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Why I chose UHS: When deciding what residency program would be the best fit for me, UHS was a program I was highly considering. What initially made me interested was the transitions of care elective which was something I was seeking in a program and did not see this elective in many others. Still, I was not sure if UHS would be able to offer everything I was looking for. However, this program was willing to tailor opportunities to help me achieve goals and have experiences that benefited my long-term ambitions. I was able to aid in the development of a new elective that was made because of my interests and goals. A huge factor in choosing this program fell onto my interview because I felt welcomed as I talked to the residency director and different preceptors. Everyone is dedicated to help residents become better pharmacists with the vast knowledge and support they bring. I cannot say enough about how happy I am with the decision I made to become apart of the UHS team!

Stephanie Schwartz
Email: stephanie.schwartz@nyuhs.org
Pharmacy School: Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Why I chose UHS: When looking at residencies, I wanted a program that would support me not only as a resident but also as a person. I had the opportunity to work as an intern during school at UHS, and got to work with some of the preceptors in the program. The preceptors are all great and truly want to see you succeed. I relied on them for support during school and know that they will be there throughout my residency year! I also wanted the ability to choose electives that were geared towards my interests and the program at UHS allows me to do just that. I am excited for the year and cannot wait to see the way it shapes my future career as a clinical pharmacist!

Past Pharmacy Residents

2020-2021

Veronica Arceri
Pharmacy School: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 
Position after Residency: PGY2 Endocrinology resident at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Albany Medical Center Division of Community Endocrinology (Albany, NY)
Research Project: Pharmacist recommended deprescribing of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) in the geriatric  

Tenzin Legdup
Pharmacy School: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 
Position after Residency: PGY2 Infectious Disease resident at St. Joseph’s Health and Wegmans School of Pharmacy (Syracuse, NY)
Research Project: Evaluation of corticosteroid prescribing for immune-mediated adverse effects associated with pembrolizumab and nivolumab in an outpatient oncology clinic setting

2019-2020

Madeline Ciccone
Pharmacy School:
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Position after Residency: Clinical Pharmacist at UHS Wilson Medical Center (Johnson City, NY)
Current Position: Transitions of Care Clinical Coordinator at Garnet Health Medical Center (Middletown, NY)
Research Project: Impact of antimicrobial stewardship bundled interventions for Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia in a rural community health system

Mark Gryskevicz
Pharmacy School: 
Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
Position after Residency: Clinical Pharmacist at UHS Medical Center (Johnson City, NY)
Current Position: Clinical Pharmacist at Christiana Care Hospital (Newark, DE)
Research Project: Implementation of a clinic-level population health management intervention by ambulatory care pharmacists to decrease re-admissions

2018-2019

Abigail Klutts
Pharmacy School:
University of Maryland College of Pharmacy
Position after Residency: PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (Baltimore, MD)
Current Position: Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, MD)
Research Project: Comparing fixed and weight based dosing strategies using 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrate (4PCC) for emergent warfarin reversal 

Brooke Schooler
Pharmacy School:
University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
Position after Residency: Clinical Pharmacist at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (Minneapolis, MN)
Research Project: Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis use at a community teaching hospital

2017-2018

Rebekah Harris
Pharmacy School:
Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
Position after Residency: Clinical pharmacist at Guthrie Towanda Medical Center (Towanda, PA)
Current Position: Clinical Pharmacist at Ascension Lourdes Hospital (Binghamton, NY)
Research Project: Evaluation of the Glasgow Modified Alcohol Withdrawal Scale plus heart rate on alcohol withdrawal outcomes

Ryan Lally
Pharmacy School: 
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Position after Residency: Clinical Pharmacist at Bassett Medical Center (Cooperstown, NY)
Current Position: Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital (Greenville, SC)
Research Project: Determining the impact of pharmacy resident led medication reconciliation and education at critical transitions of care on all cause 30-day heart failure readmission rates

2016-2017

Taylor Kelsey
Pharmacy School:
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Position after Residency: PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident at Western Missouri (Kansas City, MO)
Current Position: Pharmacist-in-Charge and Psychiatric Team Lead at the University of Kansas Health System Strawberry Hill Campus (Kansas City, KS)
Research Project: Clinical impact of a pharmacist-managed renal dosing service

Neha Kumar
Pharmacy School:
St. John’s University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Position after Residency: PGY2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Resident at New York Presbyterian (New York, NY)
Current Position: Internal Medicine and Transitions of Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital (New York, NY)
Research Project: Determining the impact of a pharmacy-driven transition of care program on heart failure patient readmission rates at a community teaching hospital 

2015-2016

Tuan Trinh
Pharmacy School: 
University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC)
Position after Residency: PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident at Lutheran Hospital (Cleveland, OH)
Current Position: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Oregon Poison Control Center (Portland, OR)
Research Project: Implementation of a nursing education program to improve patient satisfaction with pain management in a community teaching hospital

2014-2015 

Gina Puglisi
Pharmacy School: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Position after Residency: PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident at the Veterans Affairs Maine Healthcare System (Augusta, ME)
Current Position: Primary Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Lexington Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (Lexington, KY)
Research Project: Impact of pharmacy resident’s involvement with transitions of care in a patient centered medical home at a community teaching hospital

Fabienne Chou
Pharmacy School:
University of Washington
Position after Residency: PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident at the Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System (Buffalo, NY)
Current Position: Mental Health Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Seattle Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (Seattle, WA)
Research Project: Impact on length of stay and time between acute psychiatric readmissions when converting schizophrenia patients from oral to long-acting injectable antipsychotics

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you participate in the Personnel Placement Service (PPS) during the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting?

  • No, our PGY1 program does not participate in PPS. Preceptors and current residents will be happy to answer all of your questions during the residency showcase at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.

Can you sponsor visas for residents who are not U.S. citizens?

  • We currently do not sponsor visas for residents who are not U.S. citizens.

When choosing elective rotations, is your residency program flexible?

  • Yes! We strive to structure each resident’s rotation schedule to reflect the resident’s career goals and interests.

Where do residents go after completing a PGY1 Residency at United Health Services?

  • Approximately 62% of former PGY1 residents have went on to complete PGY2 specialty residency training. All other former PGY1 residents have found professional positions.

Are teaching opportunities available to residents?

  • The United Health Services PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program strives to help residents meet their professional goals. Many teaching opportunities are available to residents including: Assisting with precepting pharmacy students on rotation at the hospital, providing educational lectures and presentations to medical residents, pharmacy professionals at local meetings, as well as the general public.

Does your program offer a teaching certificate?

  • Yes, it is offered in conjunction with the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

What are your program's staffing requirements?

  • Residents will gain detailed instruction and exceptional experience from highly motivated pharmacists during the orientation rotation prior to starting staffing duties. After ample training, residents are required to staff every other weekend, with Monday off following their staffing weekend.

Do I have to be a New York State (NYS) Registered Pharmacy Intern to enter the program?

  • All matched residents that are not a NYS Licensed Pharmacist prior to starting the residency program MUST obtain a NYS Pharmacy Limited (Intern) Permit. Failure to have a valid NYS Pharmacy Limited (Intern) Permit prior to starting the residency will result in dismissal from the program. 

Do I have to take the New York State (NYS) Board of Pharmacy Part III Compounding Examination?

  • Part III examination may be waived using Pharmacist Form 4B: “Certification of Completion of Pharmacy Practice Residency Competencies".
    If the candidate has unsuccessfully attempted passage of NYS Board of Pharmacy Part III Compounding Examination prior to acceptance into the UHS Residency Program, then the candidate MUST successfully pass the NYS Board of Pharmacy Part III Compounding Examination to successfully be licensed as a Pharmacist in NYS.
To Apply

Requirements:

To be considered for the Pharmacy Residency, you must be a U.S. citizen and a graduate of an accredited college of pharmacy, and be eligible for New York State licensure (must be licensed by October 1st).

Application Process:

All of the following materials must be submitted via PhORCAS, which can be accessed at https://portal.phorcas.org:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest (including your main area of clinical interest)
  • Transcripts (Doctor of Pharmacy program only)
  • Three letters of recommendation/references submitted using the form provided on PhORCAS.

The Mission of Our Pharmacy

The mission of the United Health Services Pharmacy Department is to optimize patient outcomes through medication management across the continuum of care.

Contact
Brent Carlson

If you have any questions, contact Brent Carlson, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, BCIDP Residency Program Director, at brent.carlson@nyuhs.org
(607) 763-5657.