Residency Program

Pharmacy – PGY1

Unity Hospital

About the Program

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Unity Hospital is a 12-month full-time program. This intensive training program consists of required acute patient-care experiences in the areas of internal medicine, critical care medicine, emergency medicine, antibiotic stewardship, surgical services, and pharmacy practice. Residents will have the opportunity to advance their pharmacy practice clinical skills and application to practice in both centralized and decentralized pharmacy practice.

Residents will contribute to providing optimal patient care through participation in documentation in the electronic medical record, use of clinical surveillance systems, pharmacokinetic dosing, renal dose adjustment, intravenous to oral dose conversion, direct patient care, sterile product preparation and use of automated dispensing cabinets. Residents will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of pharmacy’s- role and learn how to integrate themselves as a contributing member of the healthcare team. They will become an active member of the healthcare team during multi-disciplinary patient care rounds.

Some additional opportunities provided to residents include:

Our Purpose

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Pharm.D. education and outcomes to contribute to the development of a clinical pharmacist responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

ACLS Certification
Committee participation
Pharmacy and Therapeutics Presentations
Precepting/teaching of pharmacy students
ASHP Midyear Meeting (poster presentation)
Eastern States Conference (platform presentation)
Teaching Certificate Program offered through Wegmans School of Pharmacy

Our Facility: Unity Hospital Inpatient Pharmacy

Curriculum

Required Rotations

  • Internal Medicine I
  • Internal Medicine II
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Surgical Services
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Anticoagulation Stewardship

Required Longitudinal Rotations

  • Staffing
  • Leadership and Management
  • Projects / Research
  • Teaching Certificate (Optional)

Elective Rotations

  • Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Medication Safety
  • Palliative Care

How to Apply

The Unity Hospital of Rochester Department of Pharmacy’s residency program utilizes ASHP PhORCAS for applications.

Applicants should contact their pharmacy schools, or see the ASHP Web site for more information on this service.

Deadline for Application: January 6, 2023

Looking for more Information?
Please contact Shashi Patel, Pharm. D., CGP, for more information about the residency program at The Unity Hospital of Rochester.
Shashi Patel, Pharm. D., CGP
Unity Hospital
Pharmacy Department
1555 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626
Email: shashi.patel@rochesterregional.org

1197

Program ID

225613

ASHP Program NMS Code

Requirements

  1. Graduate from a Doctor of Pharmacy Program accredited by the American Council for Pharmacy Education.
  2. Must be a United States Citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States.
  3. New York State Pharmacy Intern Permit to start program on June 19, 2023.
  4. Residents must be eligible for New York State Licensure and must officially be licensed no later than October 31, 2023.

Benefits & Compensation

The following is a list of benefits granted to all residents.

Vacation

2 Weeks of Paid Vacation Per Year. 

Compensation

Paid travel, registration and conference days to the ASHP Midyear Meeting and Eastern States Conference

Insurance & Disability

Medical Insurance: plans available for selection
Dental Plan: Options available
Term Life Insurance: available for purchase
Short-term Disability: available to purchase after 6 months of employment
Long-term Disability: Available for purchase
Retirement Program: 403b available for enrollment

Wellness Center

Free membership to state of the art Rochester Regional Health fitness center, including classes offered at the center.

Salaries are paid on a bi-weekly basis. The salaries for the 2022-2023 academic year will be:

$47,500

PGY-1

Preceptors

Chris Greco, Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany, NY
Preceptor Focus: Surgical Services, Antimicrobial Stewardship

Rebecca Guida, Pharm. D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Rochester, NY
PGY–1 Pharmacy Practice Residency St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse, NY
Preceptor Focus: Internal Medicine

Susan Kang, Pharm. D.

Clinical Pharmacist 

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Buffalo, NY
Preceptor Focus: Staffing

Shashi Patel, Pharm. D., CGP

Pharmacy Clinical Service Director

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany, NY
Preceptor Focus: Critical Care, Project/Research

Jennifer Petronis, Pharm. D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist- Pharmacy Operation Supervisor

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Buffalo, NY
PGY–1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Carolinas Medical Center Northeast, Concord, NC
Preceptor Focus: Critical Care

Lindsay Schieb, Pharm. D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany, NY

PGY–1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Unity Hospital of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Preceptor Focus: Internal Medicine

Ashley Skipper, Pharm. D.

Clinical Pharmacist

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University, Boston, MA
Preceptor Focus: Internal Medicine

Bonnie Yu, Pharm. D., BCGP

Clinical Pharmacist

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Buffalo, NY

Preceptor Focus: Staffing

Alexander Arau, Pharm. D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University, Worcester, MA
PGY–1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Preceptor Focus: Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine

Tia Bullard, Pharm. D.

Clinical Pharmacist

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Rochester, NY
PGY–1 Pharmacy Practice Residency UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, PA
PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Preceptor Focus: Emergency Medicine

Kara Cutaia, Pharm. D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Rochester, NY
PGY–1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Unity Hospital of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Preceptor Focus: Anticoagulation Stewardship

Mariah Haley, Pharm. D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist- Pharmacy Operation Supervisor

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Rochester, NY
PGY–1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Unity Hospital of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Preceptor Focus: Emergency Medicine

Casey Kern, Pharm. D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Rochester, NY
PGY–1 Community-Based Pharmacy University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences/ Middleport Family Health Center, Buffalo, NY
Preceptor Focus: Internal Medicine

Asha Kurian, Pharm. D.

Clinical Pharmacist

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany, NY
PGY–1 Pharmacy Practice Residency the University of Vermont Health Network- Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Plattsburgh, NY
Preceptor Focus: Internal Medicine

Asha Kurian, Pharm. D.

Clinical Pharmacist

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany, NY
PGY–1 Pharmacy Practice Residency the University of Vermont Health Network- Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Plattsburgh, NY
Preceptor Focus: Internal Medicine

Stephen Nemeth, Pharm. D., BCSCP

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist- Oncology

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Buffalo, NY
Preceptor Focus: Oncology

Pamela McCartan, Pharm. D., BCPS, BCOP

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist- Oncology

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany, NY
Preceptor Focus: Oncology

Mariam Said, Pharm. D.(FPGEC), BCPS, BCIDP

Clinical Pharmacist

Education and Training: Doctor of pharmacy graduated from Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
Certified by the NABP Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC)
Preceptor Focus: Internal Medicine, Surgical Services

Why Rochester?

The Greater Rochester area, in the Finger Lakes region of New York, is a truly unique place to live and work. Rochester’s urban arts, entertainment and dining venues are complemented by surrounding suburban, rural and lakefront communities. This results in a wealth of options for work and play.

Current Residents

Faezeh Azizi, Pharm. D.

Doctor of Pharmacy from EACPHS- Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Michael Dinh, Pharm. D.

Doctor of Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany NY

Rufina Tsur-Tsar, Pharm. D.

Doctor of Pharmacy from LECOM School of Pharmacy, Erie, PA

Graduates

Class of 2022

Gina Belfiore, Pharm. D.

PGY-2 Infectious Disease Resident, UF Health Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

Sabina Kendic, Pharm. D.

Clinical Pharmacist, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, NY

Samantha Sallerson, Pharm. D.

PGY-2 Infectious Disease Resident, Baystate Health, Springfield, MA

Class of 2021

HongHao Li, Pharm. D.

Clinical Pharmacist, Brigham and Women’s Health, Boston, MA

Karishma Patel, Pharm. D.

Clinical Pharmacist- Oncology, Virtual Health, NJ

Annalyse Ryan, Pharm. D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist, Pennsylvania hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Class of 2020

Mariah Haley, Pharm. D.

Clinical Pharmacist- Pharmacy Operations Supervisor, Unity Hospital, Rochester, NY

Samad Minhaj, Pharm. D.

Clinical Pharmacist, Wilmot Cancer Institute, Rochester, NY