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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Introduction

Thank you for visiting the website of the Westchester Medical Center (WMC) PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program. 

WMC is an academic medical center and the flagship hospital of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network. As a tertiary and quaternary care hospital, WMC is a referral hospital for the Hudson Valley region’s 2.4 million residents.   

Our PGY1 program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions and who are eligible for board certification and postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Our residents will gain diverse clinical and operational experience, participate in institutional and departmental committees, attend local, state, and/or national meetings and complete several longitudinal projects and presentations over the course of the program. Residents will also be given the opportunity to participate in a teaching certificate program and engage in didactic lectures, small group teaching and co-precepting of pharmacy students.

Please feel free to contact us via WMCPharmacyResidency@WMCHealth.org if you have any questions. We look forward to speaking with you.

Sincerely,

Darko Todorov, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Internal Medicine 
Program Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency 
WMCPharmacyResidency@WMCHealth.org

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Department of Pharmacy is to be accountable for the provision of advanced pharmaceutical care for all patients. This care must be reliable, innovative, patient focused and delivered in an environment that is professional, respectful and based on communication and trust.

The Pharmacy vision is to:

  • Serve as the provider of reliable pharmaceutical care for all patients in a manner that is dignified and meets the core values of our network
  • Be accountable for optimal outcomes related to medication use across the continuum of care that are clinically sound and fiscally responsible
  • Collaboratively design systems to optimize safe medication use in accordance with all regulatory requirements
  • Foster an environment of continuous quality improvement throughout our network
  • Be viewed as a valued partner in the provision of undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate pharmacy education

About the Department

The Department of Pharmacy at WMC consists of a main inpatient pharmacy, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and multiple pharmacy satellites, including pediatrics, oncology and an outpatient chemotherapy and transfusion center. The hospital and the Department of Pharmacy utilize electronic health records (EHR) to maintain medication profiles for all patients. Unit dose medications are dispensed utilizing automated dispensing cabinets (Pyxis). The Pharmacy prepares all compounded medications in an aseptic environment and utilizes state-of-the-art facilities to compound ready-to-administer non-hazardous admixtures.

The Department of Pharmacy coordinates the review of all adverse drug events or medication occurrences through the Medication Use Safety Subcommittee, which reports directly to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Additionally, the Pharmacy is responsible for all aspects of investigational drug use, which include maintenance of all research protocols, provision of information, safe storage, record keeping, dispensation of investigational products, patient education and monitoring of therapy, and return or disposal of unused investigational products.

The Department of Pharmacy utilizes the expertise and skills of clinical pharmacy specialists in the areas of critical care, emergency medicine, hematology/oncology/stem cell transplantation, infectious diseases, internal medicine, pain management, pediatrics/neonatology, and solid organ transplant.

PGY1 Program Structure

The 12-month PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program develops clinical and operational pharmaceutical skills while providing sound pharmacotherapeutic care to the patient. The residency program is divided into monthly required and elective rotations, outlined below. Other elective and longitudinal learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability.

Our program is currently in ASHP Pre-Candidate status. We are actively reviewing applications for acceptance into the program which will start on July 3, 2023.

Available Rotations

Core (mandatory):

  • Internal Medicine 
  • Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship  
  • Critical Care Medicine 
  • Hematology / Oncology / SCT (Adult or Pediatrics) 
  • Pediatrics 
  • Pharmacy Administration 
  • Emergency Medicine 
  • Solid Organ Transplant 
  • Research 

Elective:

  • Neonatology
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/SCT
  • Elective Internal Medicine
  • Elective Critical Care 
  • Investigational Pharmacy* 
  • Medication Safety *
  • Pharmacy Informatics*

*optional two-week rotation

Longitudinal:

  • Patient Discharge Counseling
  • Antibiotic Stewardship Surveillance
  • Pharmacy Operations Staffing

Residency Project and Presentations

Each resident is required to complete one major, IRB-approved project relating to a specific aspect of clinical pharmacy practice, medication use or any research deemed appropriate by the RPD. The resident is also encouraged to participate in continuing education programs provided at WMC as well as through attendance at local and national professional pharmacy societies.

The resident shall:

  • Participate in a monthly pharmacy journal club/case conference to be held at the end of rotation
  • Provide in-services to pharmacy staff and other healthcare professionals throughout the residency
  • Present a poster at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Present their residency practice related project as a platform presentation at the Eastern States Residency Conference (May)
  • Present their research to the pharmacy staff 
  • Prepare a final written narrative, suitable for publication
  • Present CE/clinical pearl at a local organization meeting

Weekend Coverage

The primary goals of the residency weekend coverage program are to enhance the resident's pharmacy practice responsibilities and experiences as well as to assist the pharmacy staff with clinical/operational and staffing support. Weekend coverage will occur every third weekend.

Meetings and Conferences

Residents are expected to attend local, state and national meetings. The meetings that the resident is expected to attend are the Westchester County Society of Health - system pharmacist local chapter meetings (WCSHP), ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Eastern States Residency Conference.

Preceptors

Lisa Simmons, BS Pharm, RPh, MBA
Assistant Vice President, Regional Pharmacy Services
WMC Health

Varghese (Gigi) Thankachen, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy 
Westchester Medical Center/Valhalla campus

Caitlin Aberle, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Assistant Director
Clinical Pharmacy Services

Darko Todorov, PharmD, BCPS
Program Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Internal Medicine

Jason Abraham, PharmD, BCACP, BCPS
Senior Clinical Analyst
Pharmacy Informatics

Colleen Bond, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Emergency Medicine 

Nicholas Feola, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Antimicrobial Stewardship 

Alina Forin, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Pediatric Critical Care 

Victor Fiorillo, PharmD, RPh, GCPM
Network Director of Pharmacy Automation and Informatics  

Gabrielle Hodson, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Neonatology/Pediatrics

Liana Klejmont, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplantation

Matthew Li, PharmD, MHA, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Trauma/Surgical/Burn ICU 

Anthony Maddalena, PharmD, RPh
Pharmacy Manager

Myroslava Sharabun, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Emergency Medicine

Maria Riccardi, BS Pharm, RPh
Pharmacy Manager
Investigational Pharmacy

Nadine Sarkissian, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Solid Organ Transplant 

Richard Sweeney, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Adult Hematology/Oncology/SCT 

Leslie Yee, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Infectious Diseases 

Compensation and Benefits

Residents will receive a competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, paid sick leave, paid vacation, paid conference days and travel support to local, state and national meetings.

How to Apply

Total available positions: Two (2)

Application Requirements

  • Candidates must be a graduate, or graduate candidate, of an ACPE accredited College of Pharmacy 
  • Candidates must be eligible for New York State (NYS) licensure and employment in NYS
  • Participate in the ASHP Residency Match Program. National Matching Service Code: 305413. 
  • Eligible candidates must submit the following documents via PhORCAS for consideration by January 6, 2023:
    • Curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Letter of intent 
    • Official college transcripts  
    • Three (3) letters of recommendations from current or previous employers, preceptors or faculty members

Interview

  • To ensure a uniform interview process that is equitable for all applications, all interviews will be held virtually
  • All candidates will be required to participate in a knowledge-based assessment

Contact Us

WMCPharmacyResidency@WMCHealth.org