Overview

Massachusetts General Hospital main entrance
The main entrance at Mass General.

Massachusetts General Hospital is a 1,000-bed, academic teaching hospital in Boston, MA. It is the largest hospital in New England, and the third oldest in the United States. Consistently ranked as one of the top hospitals in the nation by US News & World Report, Mass General’s history and achievements have earned it a reputation as one of the foremost medical centers in the world for centuries, dating as far back as 1846, the first public demonstration of the use of ether as an anesthetic during surgery took place in the Mass General Ether Dome. Mass General is affiliated with Harvard Medical School and conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the U.S.

Department of Pharmacy

Established in 1845, the Mass General Department of Pharmacy provides innovative and comprehensive direct patient care and operational services to the inpatient hospital and numerous outpatient clinics.

The Department of Pharmacy encompasses a staff of approximately 400 fulltime employees, a $350 million annual drug budget, and 15 locations including the Gray Main Inpatient Pharmacy, Jackson Compounding Pharmacy, Lunder Inpatient Oncology Satellite, Wang Outpatient Pharmacy, Yawkey Ambulatory Oncology Infusion Pharmacy, General and Oncology Clinical Trials Pharmacy, as well as numerous outpatient and ambulatory oncology pharmacies off-campus. Over 6 million medication doses are dispensed annually and are supported by medication carousels, IV robotics, anesthesia workstations, and automated dispensing cabinets. The hospital has a fully implemented electronic medical record across the institution. Pharmacists are involved in complex medical management, integrated into multidisciplinary teams and provide services such as therapeutic drug monitoring, patient counseling, drug information, medication reconciliation and acute emergency response.

Pharmacy Residency Training

Mass General Ether Dome
The Ether Dome at Mass General.

Our mission is to provide a dynamic, goal-oriented environment to develop a well-rounded clinical expert, educator and leader and to assure each resident is thoroughly trained in the provision of individualized direct patient care, clinical and didactic teaching, practice-based research, and patient-centric pharmacy leadership. The Mass General Pharmacy Residency Programs are committed to adhering to the accreditation standards set forth by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and therefore strive to meet and exceed those standards.

A multitude of clinical learning experiences are offered to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a resident into an independent practitioner. Under the direction and guidance of expert-level clinical pharmacists, residents will ultimately assume ownership and responsibility of their patients’ pharmaceutical care and become vital members of medical teams. In addition, numerous longitudinal expectations will allow residents to experience interdisciplinary teamwork, pharmacy operations, pharmacy practice management, clinical trials and process improvement. At Mass General, we take pride in being able to effectively place every residents’ professional objectives at the center of their training, thereby enabling them to excel in a variety of career paths. We instill passion for the practice of pharmacy and empathy for patient care such that each resident is also committed to the advancement of the profession.

Curriculum

The Mass General Department of Pharmacy offers the following Pharmacy Residency Programs:

Graduate Pharmacy Education

All of the Pharmacy Residency Programs at Mass General are unified together as Graduate Pharmacy Education. Collectively, these criteria-based, post-graduate training experiences are designed to develop trainees into autonomous clinicians with the skills needed to lead patient-specific programs in acute care practice settings.

While on clinical service, post-graduate year one (PGY1) and post-graduate year two (PGY2) residents collaborate and serve as the primary pharmacists for their assigned patients. As members of integrated healthcare teams, residents work cooperatively with other providers to deliver safe medication therapy and achieve optimal outcomes.

Residents participate in multidisciplinary bedside rounds, develop patient care plans, and optimize medication therapy. In all programs, residents develop skills in clinical and didactic teaching, research methodology, critical thinking, and pharmacy practice leadership.

Learning Experiences

  • Required core learning experiences
  • Elective learning experiences chosen based on resident’s interest
  • Longitudinal learning experiences

Presentations

  • ACPE-accredited Clinical Seminar
  • Pharmacy Grand Rounds
  • Journal club and case presentations
  • Multidisciplinary in-services

Research

  • Longitudinal research project
  • Guidance from mentor(s) and the Residency Research Committee
  • Poster presentation at the Vizient Council Meeting and/or the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition
  • Platform presentation at the Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors

Residents Teaching Seminar

  • Optional monthly teaching seminar series coordinated for Massachusetts-based pharmacy residents
  • Teaching certificate issued in collaboration with Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University

Pharmacy Practice Experience

  • Decentral pharmacy practice experience (PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents)
  • Central pharmacy practice experience (PGY1 pharmacy residents)
  • Acute emergency response with ACLS certification
  • Cystic fibrosis-aminoglycoside pharmacokinetics consult service

Leadership Opportunities

  • Residency officer positions and resident-run committees
  • Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee
  • ASHP Visiting Leaders Program
  • ASHP Whitney Reception
  • John W. Webb Lecture

Meetings and Conferences

  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition
  • Vizient Pharmacy Council Meeting
  • MSHP Annual Meeting
  • Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors
  • Other (with approval from Residency Program Director, Director of Graduate Pharmacy Education and Chief Pharmacy Officer)

Benefits

  • Competitive stipend
  • Health insurance options
  • Vacation days, paid holidays and sick time
  • Professional materials (laptop, pager, lab coat, office space, drug information resources, etc.)
  • Travel reimbursement for approved conferences
  • Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists membership
  • Discounted subway/train passes
  • Discounted health club membership
  • “MGH Perks” for various activities in the New England area

Faculty

Residency Leadership

Christopher Fortier, PharmD, FASHP
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Director, PGY1/2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency

Russel Roberts, PharmD, FCCM, BCCCP
Director, PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency

Ramy Elshaboury, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID
Director, PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency

Bryan D. Hayes, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT, FASHP
Senior Attending Pharmacist, Emergency Medicine & Toxicology
Director, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Gayle Blouin, PharmD, BCOP
Director, PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency

Tasleem Khansia Spracklin, PharmD, BCPS
Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Ronak Gandhi, PharmD, BCPS
Coordinator, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Jonathan Sin, PharmD, BCPS
Coordinator, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

 

Preceptors

Cardiology and Cardiology Critical Care

  • Alexander Toyoda, PharmD - Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Andrew Tom, PharmD, BCPS - Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Benjamin Laliberte, PharmD, BCPS - General Cardiology
  • Debbie Yen, PharmD, BCPS - General Cardiology and Cardiology Critical Care
  • Krishna Shroff, PharmD - Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care
  • Russel Roberts, PharmD, FCCM, BCCCP - Clinical Administration, Cardiology and Critical Care Services

Critical Care

  • Danielle Evans, PharmD, BCCCP - Surgical Intensive Care
  • Hsin Lin, PharmD, BCCCP - Surgical Intensive Care
  • Jonathan Sin, PharmD, BCPS - Adult Critical Care
  • Kelly Newman, PharmD, BCPS,BCCCP - Surgical Intensive Care
  • Kristy Phillips, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP - Medical Intensive Care
  • Michael Bodock, RPh - Neurosciences Intensive Care
  • Natasha Lopez, PharmD, BCPS,BCCCP - Medical Intensive Care
  • Russel Roberts, PharmD, FCCM, BCCCP - Clinical Administration, Cardiology and Critical Care Services

Clinical Trials/Oncology Clinical Trials

  • Elke Backman, PharmD, BCPS
  • Svetlana Rashkova, PhD, PharmD, BCPS
  • John Vetrano, PharmD

Drug Policy

  • Jaqueline MacCormack-Gagnon, PharmD, BCPS, CGP
  • Prabashni Reddy, PharmD, MMedSc

Emergency Medicine

  • Bryan Hayes, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT, FASHP
  • Lanting Fuh, PharmD, BCPS
  • Nancy Balch, PharmD

Infectious Diseases

  • Ramy Elshaboury, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID
  • Ronak Gandhi, PharmD, BCPS

Internal Medicine

  • Christine Ji, PharmD, BCPS
  • Christopher Lyman, PharmD
  • Erica Tavares, PharmD, BCPS
  • Marina Rozov, PharmD, BCPS
  • Susan Jacob, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, CPPS
  • Tasleem Khansia Spracklin, PharmD, BCPS
  • Tu Tran Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS

Medication Safety

  • Kristin Tuiskula, PharmD
  • Tanya John, PharmD, CPPS

Oncology

  • Amanda Manoogian, PharmD, BCOP - Gynecologic Oncology
  • Barbara Li, PharmD, BCOP - Oncology Pharmacy Practice and Education Series
  • Bridget Kim, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP - Lymphoma/Multiple Myeloma
  • Christine Chio, PharmD, BCOP - Gastrointestinal Oncology and Pediatric Oncology
  • Gayle Blouin, PharmD, BCOP - Thoracic Oncology, Palliative Care, and Oncology Stewardship
  • Jaime Griffin, PharmD -  Oncology Pharmacy Practice
  • Katherine Hanger, PharmD, BCOP - Clinical Administration, Inpatient Oncology Services
  • Katie Lafleur, PharmD - Oncology Pharmacy Management
  • Kelley Doherty, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP - Melanoma
  • Leila Rostamnjad, PharmD - Genitourinary Oncology and Thoracic Oncology
  • Loriel Solodokin, PharmD - Hematologic Malignancies
  • Mark Zangardi, PharmD, BCOP - Breast Oncology
  • Phuong Dao, PharmD - Medical Oncology
  • Samantha Luk, PharmD - Hematologic Malignancies
  • Uvette Lou, PharmD - Medical Oncology

Pediatrics

  • Robert Young, RPh - Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Christine Do, PharmD, BCPPS - General Pediatrics
  • Iman Moawad, PharmD, BCPS - General Pediatrics
  • Ji Lee, PharmD,BCPPS - Pediatric Intensive Care

Plastics/Burns

  • Lucy McNamara, RPh

Psychiatry/Substance Use Disorder

  • Jessica Moreno, PharmD, BCPP

Solid Organ Transplantation

  • Sarah Shao, PharmD, BCPS
  • Thais Gift Silva, PharmD, BCPS

Transitions of Care

  • Joanne Doyle Petrongolo, PharmD
  • Laura Carr, PharmD

 

Resident Community

Who We Are

Each year, the Mass General Department of Pharmacy recruits top candidates for the Pharmacy Residency Programs. Our residents come from all across the United States, and bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to the department and institution. Our clinical pharmacy preceptors are experts in their chosen specialty and are dedicated to the continual growth and development of our residents and programs.

current residents
Our 2017 PGY1 and PGY2 residents have diverse backgrounds and training. Learn more about our current residents

Residency Activities

  • Resident welcome outing
  • Massachusetts Society of Health System Pharmacists (MSHP) sunset dinner cruise
  • Dinner celebration at American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition
  • Department of Pharmacy holiday party
  • Residency graduation ceremony
  • Resident Professional Development Experience (off-campus visit)

Life in Boston

boston skyline

As a Mass General resident, you will be based in Boston, home of the Red Sox, excellent clam chowder, Dunkin’ Donuts, and some of the nation’s oldest historical attractions. Mass General’s main campus is located in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, known for its characteristic brownstone buildings and brick sidewalks. Explore the boutiques and eateries on Charles Street and stroll along the Charles River Esplanade. Head over to Newbury Street for high-end shopping. For history buffs, the Freedom Trail takes you to the site of the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere’s house and Faneuil Hall. Just across the Charles River is the city of Cambridge, home to world-renowned institutions Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

How to Apply

Applicants for PGY1 and PGY2 programs must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and be eligible for immediate licensure by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy. Successful completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is required for those applying for the PGY2 programs. Previous experience in pharmacy practice, a sound academic record and other scholarly and leadership activities are also important considerations.

Applications for all programs should be submitted via PhORCAS and must include:

  • Completed application
  • Formal Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official pharmacy school transcripts and undergraduate transcripts (if applicable)
  • Three standardized references completed via PhORCASThe deadline for receipt of a completed PhORCAS application is December 31. After applications are reviewed, qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule an on-site interview in Boston, Massachusetts. All of the Pharmacy Residency Programs at Mass General participate in the ASHP Resident Matching Program.

The deadline for receipt of a completed PhORCAS application is December 31. After applications are reviewed, qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule an on-site interview in Boston, Massachusetts. All of the Pharmacy Residency Programs at Mass General participate in the ASHP Resident Matching Program.

International applicants who have completed a pharmacist training program affiliated with MCPHS University may submit an application to the International PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program. The completed application must include all the items as indicated above. Applicants must register for the ASHP Resident Matching Program and use the NMS code designated for the International PGY1 Program at Mass General.


NMS Codes:

  • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (General Track): 180513

  • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (International Track): 180521
  • 
PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency: 648652

  • PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency: 715660
  • PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency: 751269
  • PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency: 751455

Contact Information

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency:
Tasleem Spracklin, PharmD, BCPS
Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency   
TSpracklin@mgh.harvard.edu 

PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency:
Russel Roberts, PharmD, FCCM, BCCCP
Director, PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency
RJRoberts@mgh.harvard.ed

PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency:
Gayle Blouin, PharmD, BCOP
Director, PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency
GBlouin@mgh.harvard.edu

PGY2 Emergency Medicine
Bryan D. Hayes, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT, FASHP
Director, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency
BDHayes@mgh.harvard.edu

PGY2 Infectious Diseases
Ramy Elshaboury, PharmD, BCPS AQ-ID
Director, PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency
RElshaboury@mgh.harvard.edu

PGY1 Pharmacy

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is a directed experience in hospital practice and general pharmacotherapy. The purpose of this program is to prepare an individual to practice as a clinical generalist or to pursue clinical specialty training through a variety of PGY2 residencies. Our mission is to provide a dynamic, goal-oriented environment to develop a well-rounded clinical expert, educator and leader, and to assure each resident is thoroughly trained in the provision of individualized direct patient care, clinical and didactic teaching, practice-based research, and patient-centric pharmacy leadership.

Throughout the year, the program reinforces the knowledge, thought processes and confidence for residents to provide pharmaceutical care to an assortment of patient populations. Residents gain experience in all pharmacy programs and services by working as an autonomous pharmacist within the pharmacy operations and longitudinal oversight of medication order review, physician order verification, and medication preparation, all while delivering comprehensive clinical pharmacy services. Through a range of experiences, the PGY1 resident develops independent practice skills and pharmacy leadership.

We currently offer seven positions for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency. Six positions are for the general track and one position is for the international track.

Program Goals

  • Ensure continuity of care during patient transitions between care settings
  • Prepare, dispense, and manage medications to support safe and effective drug therapy for patients
  • Demonstrate ability to manage formulary and medication-use processes, as applicable to the organization
  • Demonstrate ability to evaluate and investigate practice, review data and assimilate scientific evidence to improve patient care and/or the medication-use system
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Demonstrate management skills
  • Provide effective medication and practice-related education to patients, caregivers, health care professionals, students, and the public (individuals and groups)
  • Effectively employ appropriate preceptor roles when engaged in teaching students, pharmacy technicians or fellow health care professionals

Learning Experiences

The first month of residency is an orientation to the Department of Pharmacy, after a 1.5-day hospital orientation. Activities include competency lectures on basic clinical skills, training on the Mass General computerized order entry system, and side-by-side decentralized training with clinical pharmacy preceptors. Additionally, residents will understand the structure of the Residency Program Design and Conduct, which is the backbone of how residency training is put into action.

Core Learning Experiences:

  • Orientation
  • General Pediatrics
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Transitions of Care

Selective Learning Experiences:

  • Specialty medicine (select one)
    • Cardiology
    • Medical Oncology
    • Neurology
    • Solid Organ Transplantation
  • Critical care (select one)
    • Cardiac Intensive Care
    • Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care
    • Medical Intensive Care
    • Surgical Intensive Care

Elective Learning Experiences:

    • Ambulatory oncology
    • Burn ICU/Plastics
    • Emergency Medicine
    • ED Observation
    • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
    • Leukemia
    • Medication Safety
    • Medical Oncology
    • Neonatal ICU
    • Pediatric ICU
    • Solid Organ Transplant
    • Substance Use Disorders
    • Certain experiences may be repeated as an advanced rotation

Longitudinal Experiences:

      • Clinical trials pharmacy
      • Center for Drug Policy: medication use evaluations and formulary reviews
      • Cystic Fibrosis and Aminoglycoside Consult Pager
      • Emergency response with ACLS certification
      • Pharmacy and therapeutics committee
      • Pharmacy practice experience: centralized and decentralized clinical operations
      • Research project and manuscript development
      • Residents teaching seminar / teaching certificate at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University
      • Resident officer positions and committees
      • Pharmacy student precepting

Contact Information

Tasleem Spracklin, PharmD, BCPS
Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Clinical Pharmacist, Internal Medicine
TSpracklin@mgh.harvard.edu

PGY2 Critical Care

The PGY2 residents who complete this ASHP-accredited residency will provide pharmaceutical care in many patient care environments, trained to meet the challenges of current and future pharmacy practice. Graduates of the program will be prepared to function as independent practitioners in an adult intensive care unit as a critical care clinical pharmacist and have skills that will allow them to establish an area of specialty in cardiology, medicine, neurology, surgery and trauma management. Our graduates follow a personal philosophy of practice, have the ability to monitor and improve their own performance, and are committed to direct patient care and the pharmacy profession.

The accredited PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program adheres to the regulations and standards outlined in the ASHP Regulations on Accreditation of Pharmacy Residencies and the ASHP Accreditation Standard for Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Pharmacy Residency Programs.

We currently offer one position for the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency.

Program Goals

  • Optimize outcomes in critically-ill patients by applying evidence-based medication therapy as an integral member of the interdisciplinary team
  • Participate effectively, efficiently and independently in the management of medical emergencies
  • Conduct and take ownership of a critical care research project from the initial concept/design to the preparation of a final publication-worthy manuscript
  • Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills and exhibit essential personal skills of a practice leader
  • Participate in the health-system formulary process for pharmacotherapeutic agents used in critically-ill patients
  • Establish excellence in the provision of training including preceptorship of pharmacy students and development of educational activities for healthcare professionals and trainees
  • Display attributes required to function in an academic setting and exercise teaching skills essential to pharmacy faculty

Learning Experiences

The first month of residency is an orientation to the Department of Pharmacy, after a 1.5-day hospital orientation. Activities include competency lectures on basic clinical skills, electronic health record (Epic®) training, and side-by-side decentralized training with clinical pharmacy preceptors. Additionally, residents will understand the structure of the Residency Learning System, which is the backbone of how residency training is put into action.

Core Learning Experiences:

  • Orientation
  • Medical Intensive Care (two months)
  • Surgical intensive Care (two months)
  • Cardiac intensive Care
  • Neurosciences Intensive Care
  • Infectious diseases

Elective Learning Experiences:

  • Burn Intensive Care
  • Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Repeat a required core rotation
  • Other experiences based on the resident’s interest

Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Co-chair of the Critical Care Pharmacist Forum
  • Emergency Response
  • Pharmacy practice experience: decentralized clinical operations
  • Secretary of the Pharmacy Critical Care Committee
  • Research project and manuscript development
  • Resident officer positions and committees (optional)
  • Residents teaching seminar / teaching certificate at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University (optional)

Contact Information

Russel Roberts, PharmD, FCCM, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Manager, Cardiology, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine Services
Director, PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency
RJRoberts@mgh.harvard.edu

PGY2 Oncology

The PGY2 residency in oncology pharmacy is designed to transition PGY1 residency graduates from generalist practice to specialized practice focused on the care of patients with cancer. Following completion of the PGY2 residency, graduates will be equipped to meet the challenges of current and future oncology pharmacy practice. Residency graduates will be prepared to participate as integral members of the interdisciplinary teams caring for individuals with cancer in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and assume responsibility for pharmaceutical care.

Graduates will gain significant knowledge of neoplastic diseases, cancer-related and cancer treatment-related disorders and supportive care/palliative care management. Graduates will also acquire knowledge of the preparation and distribution of anti-cancer medications including safe handling and disposal of hazardous substances.

Overall, graduates will gain experience participating on interdisciplinary teams to successfully serve healthcare organizations as a valuable resource for information about anti-cancer medications and decision-making affecting the care of patients with cancer.

We currently offer one position for the PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency.

Program Goals

  • Serve as an authoritative resource on the optimal use of medications used to treat individuals with cancer
  • Optimize the outcomes of the care of individuals with cancer by providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as an integral member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Manage and improve the medication-use process in oncology patient care areas
  • Demonstrate excellence in the provisions of training or educational activities for health care professionals and health care professionals in training
  • Assume an active role in patient education activities: including direct patient counseling, adherence/knowledge assessment and development of education materials
  • Promote health improvement, wellness and cancer prevention
  • Sustain ongoing development of expertise and professionalism in the practice of oncology pharmacy
  • Conduct oncology pharmacy practice research
  • Function effectively in oncology settings participating in clinical investigations

Learning Experiences

The first month of residency is an orientation to the Department of Pharmacy, after a 1.5-day hospital orientation. Activities include competency lectures on basic clinical skills, training on the Mass General computerized order entry system, and side-by-side training with clinical pharmacy preceptors. Additionally, residents will understand the structure of the Residency Learning System, which is the backbone of how residency training is put into action.

Core Learning Experiences:

  • Orientation
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Breast Oncology
  • Thoracic Oncology
  • Gastrointestinal Oncology
  • Genitourinary Oncology
  • Genitourinary and Gynecologic Oncology
  • Melanoma
  • Pediatric Oncology

Elective Learning Experiences:

  • Palliative Care
  • Pediatric Oncology

Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Pharmacy practice experience – decentralized inpatient clinical operations and ambulatory oncology practice
  • Oncology clinical trials
  • Education Series (includes weekly BCOP discussions)
  • Oncology stewardship and oncology pharmacy management
  • Research project and manuscript development
  • Residents teaching seminar / teaching certificate at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University (optional)
  • Resident officer positions (optional)

Contact Information

Gayle Blouin, PharmD, BCOP
Director, PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency
GBlouin@mgh.harvard.edu

PGY2 Emergency Medicine

The PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency is designed to prepare clinical pharmacy specialists with the qualifications needed for emergency medicine practice positions and adjunct or non-tenure track faculty appointments. Graduates of the program will be prepared to function as an independent practitioner in a level 1 trauma center emergency department and serve as an ED clinical pharmacist/specialist. They will learn the skills to establish an area of specialty in emergency medicine, critical care, infectious diseases, toxicology, trauma management, and education.

We currently offer one position for the PGY2 EM Pharmacy Residency.

Program Goals

Our new program begins in the 2018-2019 academic year; we are currently pre-candidate status for accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The resident will complete the following ASHP-established outcomes:

  • Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills
  • Optimize the outcomes of EM patients by providing evidence-based medication therapy as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Demonstrate excellence in the provision of training, including preceptorship, or educational activities for health care professionals and health care professionals in training
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to conduct an EM pharmacy research project
  • Develop an evidence-based approach when providing EM medication-related information
  • Participate in the management of medical emergencies
  • Describe the role of the poison center or medical toxicologist in the care of the toxicology patient
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide appropriate evidenced based recommendations for the patient in need of toxicologic intervention in the ED setting

Our program adheres to the Goals and Objectives for a Post-Graduate Year Two Program in EM set forth by ASHP.

Learning Experiences

The first month of residency is an orientation to the Department of Pharmacy, after a 1.5-day hospital orientation. Activities include competency lectures on basic clinical skills, training on the Mass General computerized order entry system, and side-by-side decentralized training with clinical pharmacy preceptors. Additionally, residents will understand the structure of the Residency Learning System, which is the backbone of how residency training is put into action.

Core Learning Experiences:

  • Orientation
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Emergency Medicine 1, 2, 3
  • Medical ICU
  • Pediatric ICU/Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • ED Observation
  • Cardiology/CCU combined experience
  • Emergency Medicine Service
  • Emergency Medicine Precepting

Elective Learning Experiences:

  • Burn/Trauma/Surgical ICU
  • Substance Use Disorder

Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Emergency response
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacy practice experience: decentralized clinical operations
  • Cystic fibrosis and aminoglycoside consult pager
  • Research project and manuscript development
  • Residents Teaching Seminar/Certificate at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (optional)
  • Resident officer positions (optional)

Contact Information

Bryan D. Hayes, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT, FASHP
Senior Attending Pharmacist, Emergency Medicine and Toxicology
Assistant Professor of EM, Harvard Medical School
Director, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency
BDHayes@mgh.harvard.edu

PGY2 Infectious Diseases

This dynamic specialty residency offers residents a range of learning experiences to develop critical skills in infectious diseases pharmacotherapy.  Residents work collaboratively with pharmacy preceptors and infectious diseases fellows and faculty (5 general adult, 1 transplant and 1 pediatric ID consult services) to deliver and ensure optimal treatments and outcomes.  The resident will play an active role in clinical and administrative antimicrobial stewardship initiatives across all hospital departments.  Participation in the pharmacy department and ID division active learning opportunities (e.g. case conference, pharmacy teaching seminar, and medicine grand rounds) provides residents with tailored learning environments to excel and develop teaching and leadership skills.  Teaching experience is provided through pharmacy and ID division group discussions, pharmacy students and residents’ preceptorship, and an optional teaching certificate program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  Finally, residents contribute to local and system-wide interdisciplinary committees pertaining to infectious diseases management, antimicrobial stewardship, and antimicrobial usage.

We currently offer one position for the PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency.

Program Goals

Our new program begins in the 2017-2018 academic year; we are currently pre-candidate status for accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The resident will complete the following ASHP-established outcomes:

  • Promote health improvement, wellness, and the prevention of infectious diseases.
  • Optimize the outcomes of individuals with an infectious disease by providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as an integral member of an interdisciplinary team or as an independent clinician.
  • Manage and improve anti-infective-use processes.
  • Demonstrate excellence in the provision of educational activities for health care professionals and health care professionals in training centering on optimizing anti-infective pharmacotherapy.
  • Serve as an authoritative resource on the optimal use of medications used to treat individuals with an infectious disease.
  • Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills.
  • Conduct infectious diseases pharmacy practice research.

Learning Experience:

The first month of the residency is an orientation to the Department of Pharmacy, after a 1.5-day hospital orientation. Activities include competency lectures on basic clinical skills, training on the Mass General computerized order entry system, and side-by-side decentralized training with clinical pharmacy preceptors. Additionally, residents will understand the structure of the Residency Learning System, which is the backbone of how residency training is put into action.

Core Learning Experiences:

  • Orientation
  • General Adult Infectious Diseases
  • Infectious Disease Specialist (attending only team)
  • Transplant Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Clinical Microbiology Laboratory and Infection Control

Elective Learning Experiences:

  • Adult Critical Care - medical or surgical
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • HIV/ID clinic
  • MUE Drug Policy
  • Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy
  • Emergency response with BLS/ACLS certification
  • Pharmacy practice experience: decentralized clinical operations
  • Cystic fibrosis and aminoglycoside consult pager
  • Research project and manuscript development
  • Residents teaching seminar / teaching certificate at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Systems (optional)
  • Resident officer positions (optional)

Contact Information

Ramy Elshaboury, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID
Director, PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency
RElshaboury@mgh.harvard.edu

 

PGY1/PGY2 Pharmacy Admin

PGY-1/PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program

The PGY-1/PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA) Residency program is a 24-month program at Massachusetts General Hospital with a combined Masters’ Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from the University of North Carolina (UNC) Eshelman School of Pharmacy (#1 ranked pharmacy school in the country). Graduates of the program will be prepared to serve in various leadership roles within an academic medical center health-system pharmacy department.

In the first year of the program, residents will complete the same requirements of the Mass General PGY-1 residency program, supplemented with the MS degree. Our mission is to provide a dynamic, goal-oriented environment to develop a well-rounded clinical expert and to assure each resident is thoroughly trained in the provision of individualized direct patient care, clinical and didactic teaching, practice-based research and patient-centric pharmacy leadership. The PGY-1 year will develop the resident into an independent generalist practitioner with a strong clinical foundation. After completion of the first year of residency, the resident will receive a PGY-1 residency certificate.  

In the second year of the program, residents work closely with the entire Mass General Pharmacy Department Leadership Team and hospital administrators to develop competence in clinical leadership, pharmacy operations, budgeting and finance, medication safety, drug use policy, regulatory affairs, process improvement, pharmacy informatics and enterprise-level management. The second year electives are customizable to each resident's interests and career goals. Additionally, the resident can participate in a corporate pharmacy leadership role within Partners Healthcare, founded by both Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and includes 10 additional community hospitals within the system.

The Mass General PGY-1/PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency will follow all standards and regulations outlined in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Regulations on Accreditation of Pharmacy Residencies and the ASHP Accreditation Standard for Postgraduate Year Two (PGY-2) Pharmacy Residency Programs. The residency program will be seeking accreditation status within the first year of the program.

We currently offer one position for the combined PGY-1/PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program.

Program Goals

  • Prepare, dispense and manage medications to support safe and effective drug therapy for patients
  • Design, implement and manage a safe and effective medication-use system
  • Apply contemporary quality methodology to the management of pharmacy services
  • Lead and manage the health system pharmacy’s human resources
  • Manage the health system pharmacy financial performance within the context of the broader health system
  • Leverage technology and automated systems to optimize the medication-use system
  • Demonstrate personal leadership qualities and business acumen essential to operate effectively within the health system and advance the profession and practice of pharmacy
  • Attain board certification (BCPS)

Learning Experiences

The first month of the PGY-1 residency is an orientation to the Department of Pharmacy, after a 1.5-day hospital orientation. Activities include competency lectures on basic clinical skills, training on the Massachusetts General Hospital Epic® information system and side-by-side training with clinical pharmacy preceptors. The PGY-1/PGY-2 HSPA resident will travel to Chapel Hill, NC and the UNC campus in the beginning of their PGY-1 year for a one-day orientation to the Master’s program. Additionally, residents will understand the structure of the Residency Learning System.

PGY-1 Core Learning Experiences:

  • General Medicine
  • General Pediatrics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacy Administration (8 weeks)
  • Transitions of Care

PGY-1 Selective Learning Experiences:

  • Specialty Medicine (Choose 1)
    • Cardiology
    • Medical Oncology
    • Neurology
    • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Critical Care (Choose 1)
    • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
    • Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit
    • Medical Intensive Care Unit
    • Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit
    • Surgical Intensive Care Unit

PGY-1 Elective Learning Experiences:

  • Ambulatory Oncology
  • Drug Policy
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant
  • Leukemia
  • Medication Safety
  • Medical Oncology
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Burn ICU/Plastics

PGY-1 Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Partners Healthcare Center for Drug Policy
  • Clinical Trials Pharmacy
  • Emergency Response
  • Pharmacy Practice Experiences (PPE) – Centralized and Decentralized Clinical Operations
  • Cystic Fibrosis and Aminoglycoside Consult Pager
  • Research Project and Manuscript Development
  • Resident Officer Positions and Committees
  • Pharmacy Student Precepting

PGY-2 Core Learning Experiences:

  • Executive/Enterprise Leadership (8 weeks)
  • Hospital Executive Rotation (2 weeks)
  • Clinical Leadership (6 weeks)
  • Advanced Operations (8 weeks)
  • Budgeting and Finance (4 weeks)
  • Quality, Compliance, and Regulatory Affairs (4 weeks)

PGY-2 Elective Learning Experiences:

  • Ambulatory Operations
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Medication Safety
  • 340b Drug Program/Supply Chain
  • Clinical Trials Pharmacy
  • Retail Pharmacy Management
  • Other experiences based on the resident’s interest

PGY2 Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Administrator On-Call
  • Department of Operations Committee Chair
  • Supervisor for Pharmacy Interns/Co-ops

Application Requirements:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited program
  • Eligible for licensure in Massachusetts
  • Application materials must be submitted through PhORCAS by December 31, 2017
    • Completed application
    • Formal letter of intent
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Official university/college transcripts
    • Three letters of recommendation through PhORCAS (at least 1 letter of recommendation needs to be from a clinical preceptor)
  • Complete a UNC Graduate School Application by December 31, 2017

Contact Information

Christopher R. Fortier, PharmD, FASHP
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Director, PGY-1/PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency
Massachusetts General Hospital 
cfortier@partners.org

 

Current Residents

PGY-1 Residents

  • Ohood Alshareef

    Dr. Alshareef is from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and graduated from South Carolina College of Pharmacy at University of South Carolina. Her practice interests include pediatrics and internal medicine. She enjoys traveling and exploring new cultures. She plans to pursue a PGY-2 residency upon the completion of her PGY-1.

     

  • Sana’A Alsulami

    Dr. Alsulami is from Saudi Arabia and graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in Missouri. Her practice interests include cardiology, critical care, and research. She enjoys baking, photography, learning new languages, playing with her cat (Feora), and hanging out with family and friends. She plans to pursue a PGY-2 in Cardiology next year

     

  • Rachel Bigos

    Dr. Bigos is from Reading, PA and graduated from the Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. Her practice interests include critical care, emergency medicine, and oncology. She enjoys travelling, trying new foods, drinking coffee, and spending time with her family, friends and pet rabbit. She plans to pursue a PGY2 residency upon completion of her PGY1.

     

  • Jessica Bugg

    Dr. Bugg is from Fairview Heights, IL and graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Her practice interests include critical care, internal medicine, and emergency medicine. She enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, reading, and University of Kentucky basketball (GO CATS!). She plans to pursue a PGY-2 in her area of interest and would like to have opportunity to teach and precept students and residents in the future.

     

  • Mia Choi

    Dr. Choi is from Anaheim, CA and graduated from Loma Linda University School of pharmacy. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, critical care and infectious diseases. She enjoys traveling, hiking, playing tennis and trying new food. She plans to pursue a PGY-2 residency after completion of her PGY-1.

     

  • Michael Griggs

    Dr. Griggs is from Lebanon, OH and graduated from the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. His practice interests include cardiology, trauma, critical care and outcomes based research. He enjoys drinking coffee, eating lobster rolls, hiking and photography. He plans to pursue a PGY-2 pharmacy residency upon completion of his PGY-1.

     

  • Arzo Hamidi

    Dr. Hamidi is from Annandale, VA, and graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia. Her practice interests include internal medicine and critical care. She enjoys cooking, trying new food, and exploring Boston. She plans to pursue a PGY-2 in her area of interest upon completion of her PGY-1. 

     

  • Michael O’Brien

    Dr. O’Brien is from West Union, IA and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. His practice interests include emergency medicine and critical care. He enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and spending time with friends and family. He plans to pursue a PGY-2 in one of his interest areas with a specific emphasis in toxicology and cardiology.

PGY-2 Residents

  • Michelle Maguire

    Dr. Maguire is from Denver, CO and graduated from Regis University School of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY-1 at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, CO. Her practice interests include toxicology, trauma, infectious disease, and academia. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs, hiking, camping, and exploring all the city of Boston has to offer. Upon completion of her PGY-2 residency, Dr. Maguire plans to work as an emergency medicine clinical specialist at a level one or two academic medical center.

     

  • Samantha Steiger

    Dr. Steiger is from Ridgefield, CT, and graduated from University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY-1 residency at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT. Her practice interests include treatment of multi-drug resistant organisms and antimicrobial stewardship. She enjoys trying new restaurants, drinking coffee, traveling, and playing fantasy football. Upon completion of her PGY-2 residency, Dr. Steiger plans to work as an infectious disease clinical specialist at a large academic medical center.

  • Elena Serpico

    Dr. Serpico is from Douglassville, PA, and graduated from the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY-1 residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her practice interests include infectious diseases, emergency medicine, and research. She enjoys traveling and exploring new places, running races, doing firework shows, cooking and spending time with family and friends. Upon completion of her PGY-2, Dr. Serpico plans to work as a critical care clinical specialist in a setting where she will provide direct patient care, conduct research, and have ample teaching opportunities.

  • Ying Long

    Dr. Long is from Seattle, WA and graduated from University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY-1 residency at Loma Linda University in Southern California. Her practice interests include ambulatory oncology, bone marrow transplant and medical oncology. She enjoys sampling the Northeast seafood, running along the Charles River, and traveling. Upon completion of her PGY-2 residency, Dr. Long plans to work as a clinical specialist in a disease group of her interest.  

Alumni

  • 2017: PGY1 Pharmacy

    • Sara Alsayed
    • Khalid Bin Saleh
    • Jessica Corio
    • Kimberly Friend
    • Caroline Mejas-De Jesus
    • Jaclynne Metayer
    • Elena Serpico

  • 2017: PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy

    • Rose Cheng

  • 2017: PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy

    • Alicia Sacco

  • 2016: PGY1 Pharmacy

    • Mousa Alahmari
    • Lina Alnajjar
    • Jessica Buchheit
    • Reese Cosimi
    • Chloe Siu
    • Alexandru Ulici

  • 2016: PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy

    • Mark Zangardi

  • 2016: PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy

    • Jonathan Sin

  • 2015: PGY1 Pharmacy

    • Ohoud Almalki
    • Erica Iantuono
    • Sawsan Kurdi
    • Kanizeh Visram
    • Jessica Wallace

  • 2014: PGY1 Pharmacy

    • Thamer Almangour
    • Alya Alruwaili
    • Yana Bukovskaya
    • Yin Wong

  • 2014: PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy

    • Danielle Evans

  • 2013: PGY1 Pharmacy

    • Kimberleigh Stan
    • Leo Tabayoyong
    • Abrar Thabit

  • 2013: PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy

    • Niyati Vakil

  • 2012: PGY1 Pharmacy

    • Noha Ashy
    • Anastasia Manning (Manchette)
    • Iman Moawad

  • 2012: PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy

    • Emily Vigil

  • 2011: PGY1 Pharmacy

    • Brendan Sendrowski
    • Jerrica Shuster

  • 2010: PGY1 Pharmacy

    • Christina McCloskey (Quicquaro)
    • Greg Herman

  • PGY1 Pharmacy: 2000s

    • 2009: Sukhraj Mudahar, Thais Gift Silva
    • 2008: Margaret Jorgenson, Tara Higgins (McCabe)
    • 2007: Katie Lafleur, Katherine Skillman
    • 2006: Petra Khoury (Bassil), Ellen Dancel (Diedrichsen)
    • 2005: Niamh Higgins, Laura Carr
    • 2004: Yvonne LeBlanc (Czyz), Robert Maloney
    • 2003: Carla Bouwmeester, Sami Ahmed
    • 2002: Lisa Morlitz (Moran), Trisha LaPointe (Ford)
    • 2001: Michael Murno
    • 2000: Nancy Balch

  • PGY1 Pharmacy: 1980s

    • 1986: Ellen Franco
    • 1985: Patricia Talburtt
    • 1984: Marissa Seligman
    • 1983: Erica Hola
    • 1982: Margaret Dempsey Clapp
    • 1981: Eileen Conlon
    • 1980: Robert McCarthy

  • PGY1 Pharmacy: 1970s

    • 1979: Forrest Smith
    • 1978: David Solomon, Susan Fish
    • 1977: Sandra Bardas
    • 1976: Barbara Ameer
    • 1975: Henry Pfeifer
    • 1974: Miller Krauss
    • 1973: Ingeborg Galunic
    • 1972: Max Lager, Evan Davis
    • 1971: Frederick Abramek, P. Robert Pax
    • 1970: John Monahan, Richard Giovanoni

  • PGY1 Pharmacy: 1960s

    • 1969: John Rapoza Jr., Fredric Jones
    • 1966: Anthony Ricciardone

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