ROCHESTER GENERAL HOSPITAL
PHARMACY RESIDENCY

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ROCHESTER GENERAL HOSPITAL
PHARMACY RESIDENCY

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PHARMACY RESIDENCY

ROCHESTER GENERAL HOSPITAL
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Look to us for the highest quality education. We sharpen your clinical skills, teach you to teach, cultivate your scholarship potential and invest in your success.

DIRECTOR’S LETTER

Thank you for your interest in the PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Rochester General Hospital.

The program offers a broad range of rotations for a well-rounded experience. Our residency preceptors bring over 200 years combined specialized clinical and research expertise facilitating a deeper understanding of concepts and practices. These preceptors work closely with the resident to help them achieve professional growth throughout their residency. Residents will be challenged to advance their clinical knowledge, critical thinking, and lifelong learning skills with the goal of transitioning into a competent, independent clinical pharmacist focused on patient-centered care.

Here at Rochester General Hospital, teamwork and a passion for learning are highly valued. Through a multidisciplinary approach, residents are able to gain invaluable experience interacting with physicians and other healthcare professionals to deliver high-quality medical care within a diverse patient population. Please take a moment to review our website to learn more information about our program and our team. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Dr. Reiss
Program Director

About

The Rochester General Hospital Department of Pharmacy PGY-1 residency is a 12 month full time program building on the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education. Our mission is to prepare thoroughly competent, independent pharmacists through patient-centered practice in a high acuity hospital. By developing fundamental skills, including clinical problem-solving, self-evaluation, and interdisciplinary communication, the Program aims to bring forth future leaders in the profession of pharmacy.

Rochester General Hospital Pharmacy residents learn in a setting that embraces teamwork – both within the department and throughout the hospital. In our program, residents receive training in essential elements that allow them to become key members of a comprehensive health care team. These elements include:

  • Managing and improving the medication-use process
  • Providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams
  • Exercising leadership and practice management skills
  • Demonstrating project management skills
  • Providing medication and practice-related education and training
  • Utilizing medical informatics

Rochester General Hospital
Department of Pharmacy

Our department has a 797 compliant IV admixture room and uses medication dispensing stations throughout the hospital which are fully integrated into the hospital’s electronic medication system. Enhanced clinical pharmacy services are provided in internal medicine / surgery, antimicrobial stewardship, critical care and anticoagulation.

Accreditation

The Rochester General Hospital PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency is accredited with the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

Curriculum

Required Rotations

Anticoagulation
Ambulatory Care
Critical Care
Infectious Diseases / Stewardship
Medical / Surgical
Orientation
Pharmacy Management
Pharmacy Staffing Practice

Longitudinal Rotations

Pharmacy Staffing Practice
Pharmacy Topics Discussion Group
Teaching Certificate (optional)
Pharmacokinetic Boot Camp
Minor Project
Major Project

Elective rotations

Academic Internal Medicine
Advanced Critical Care
Advanced Infectious Disease
Emergency Medicine
Geriatrics
Oncology
Pediatrics
Administrative

How to Apply

Requirements for Admission

  • Graduate from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education accredited college of pharmacy
  • New York State Pharmacy Intern Permit
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in New York State

How to Apply

The Rochester General Hospital Department of Pharmacy’s residency program utilizes ASHP PhORCAS for applications at http://www.ashp.org/phorcas

More Information

Please contact Bob Reiss, Pharm.D. MPA, for more information about the Rochester General Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program.

Bob Reiss, Pharm.D. MPA
Associate Director Clinical Pharmacy Services, Residency Director
Bob.Reiss@rochesterregional.org

Benefits and Compensation

Salaries are paid on a bi-weekly basis. The salaries for the 2017 – 2018 academic year will be:

$47,500

PGY-1

The following is a list of benefits granted to all residents at no charge.

Categories

Benefits

Vacation

2 weeks of paid vacation per year

Medical Insurance

Opportunity to join one of two comprehensive medical insurance plans

Term Life Insurance

Available to purchase

Plan for Short-term Disability

Available to purchase after 6 months of employment

Long-term Disability

Available to purchase

Retirement Program

Available to enroll in 403b retirement program

Dental Plan

Option to purchase one of two plans available

Wellness Center

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

Current Residents

Diane Rudy, Pharm.D.

D’Youville College School of Pharmacy, Buffalo, NY

Research Projects

Minor: Inpatient management of individuals with active intravenous heroin abuse in a community teaching hospital

Major: An evaluation of time to optimal antibiotic therapy based on blood culture and sensitivity results for Staphylococcal aureus

Kristin Woodring, Pharm.D.

St. John Fisher Wegman’s School of Pharmacy, Rochester, NY

Research Projects

Minor: A quality improvement project evaluating the rate of allergy re-labeling following a negative penicillin skin test and the potential clinical implications

Major: Evaluating the clinical impact of emergency department sepsis order sets stratified by penicillin allergy severity

Edwin E. Phillips III, Pharm.D., MS

St. John Fisher Wegman’s School of Pharmacy, Rochester, NY

Research Projects

Minor: A quality improvement project quantifying reasons then reducing the number of telephone calls to an inpatient community hospital pharmacy.

Preceptors

Mary Lourdes Brundige, BS, Pharm.D.

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Infectious Diseases

Education and Training: Bachelor of Pharmacy, Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Albany NY

Doctor of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia PA

Practice Area: Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infectious Disease
Residency Preceptor for core practice rotation

Email: marylourdes.brundige@rochesterregional.org

Alex DeLucenay, Pharm.D., BCACP

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College & Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Ambulatory Care

Education and Training: BS biology from St John Fisher College. Doctor of Pharmacy from Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College.

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency in the Ambulatory Care Setting from Mission Hospitals and Mountain Area Health Education Center, Asheville, NC

Practice Area: Ambulatory Care

Current Practice Area: Ambulatory Care/Academia
Residency Preceptor for Ambulatory care.

Email: alexander.delucenay@rochesterregional.org

Christine Hamby, BS, Pharm.D.

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist – Internal Medicine


Education and Training: 
B.S. Pharmacy from University of Kansas, Lawrence KS.

Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI.

Pharmacy Practice Residency from St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit MI.

Current Practice Area: Internal Medicine

Email: christine.hamby@rochesterregional.org

Douglas J. Hosie, BS Pharmacy, MBA 

System Director of Pharmacy Rochester General Hospital Rochester NY.

Education: Masters in Business Administration Rochester Institute of Technology,

Bachelors of Science (Pharmacy) SUNY at Buffalo NY.

Current Practice Area: Pharmacy Management

Residency preceptor for core pharmacy management rotation and longitudinal discussion topics rotation.

Email:doug.hosie@rochesterregional.org

Christine Randall RPH MS, BCGP DSRIP

Clinical/Consultant Pharmacist

Education and Training: University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy, Buffalo, New York

Masters of Science, International Studies, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York

Current Practice Area:  Geriatric Pharmacy Practice

Residency preceptor for pharmacy practice rotation

Email: christine.randall@rochesterregional.org

Taylor Rider, Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Surgery

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from St. John Fisher Wegman’s School of Pharmacy, Rochester, NY.

PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Rochester General Hospital, Rochester NY.

Practice Area: Surgery

Residency Preceptor for Surgery

Email: taylor.rider@rochesterregional.org

Kevin M. Silinskie, Pharm.D.

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Critical Care

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from Wilkes University. Pharmacy Practice Residency

(PGY1) at Allegheny General Hospital and a Critical Care specialty residency

(PGY2) at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

Practice Area – Surgical & Cardiothoracic Critical Care.

Residency Preceptor for Critical Care

Email: kevin.silinskie@rochesterregional.org

Mary L. Staicu, Pharm.D.

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Infectious Diseases

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

PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency

PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY.

Practice Area: Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infectious Diseases

Residency Preceptor for Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infectious Diseases

Email: mary.staicu@rochesterregional.org

Maura Wychowski, Pharm.D., BCPS, CACP

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist – Anticoagulation

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

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Kaleida Health – Buffalo General Medical Center.

Current Practice Area: Anticoagulation Stewardship

Residency preceptor for Anticoagulation Stewardship.

Email: maura.wychowski@rochesterregional.org

Greg Clark, BS, Pharm.D., BCOP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Oncology

Education and Training: BS Pharmacy SUNY at Buffalo,

Pharm.D.University at Florida.

Practice Area: Oncology Department

Residency Preceptor for oncology elective rotation.


Email: 
greg.clark@rochesterregional.org

Kathryn M. Dorward, Pharm.D.

Consulting Clinical Pharmacist

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY.

PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital/Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Syracuse, NY.

Practice Area: Ambulatory Care, Geriatrics

Residency Preceptor for elective practice rotation

Email:Kathryn.Dorward@rochesterregional.org

Mindee S. Hite, Pharm.D.

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Critical Care

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from Duquesne University.

Critical Care Residency at Allegheny General Hospital

Advanced Critical Care Residency at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

Practice Area: Medical Critical Care

Residency preceptor for Critical Care

Email:mindee.hite@rochesterregional.org

Justin Jopson, Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Pediatrics

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy Wegman’s School of Pharmacy, St John Fisher college.

Current Practice Area – Pediatrics

Residency preceptor for core and longitudinal staffing rotation

Email:justin.jopson@rochesterregional.org

Bob Reiss, BS, Pharm.D., MPA.

Associate Director

Education: Bachelors of Science (Pharmacy) SUNY at Buffalo NY. Doctor of Pharmacy SUNY at Buffalo, NY.

Master of Public Administration SUNY College at Brockport, NY.

Current Practice Area: Pharmacy Management

Residency Preceptor for core pharmacy management rotation and longitudinal discussion topics rotation.

Email: bob.reiss@rochesterregional.org

Christina Ruscio, Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Anticoagulation

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from Saint John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Rochester, NY;

PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY.

Practice Area: Anticoagulation Stewardship

Residency preceptor for core and longitudinal staffing rotation and anticoagulation stewardship rotation.

Email: christina.ruscio@rochesterregional.org

Thomas A. Sorrento RPh, CGP

Consulting Clinical Pharmacist – geriatrics

Education and Training: Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Pharmacy, May 1982.

Practice Area: Ambulatory Care Management/Geriatrics

Residency Preceptor for Ambulatory Care, Geriatrics elective

Email: tom.sorrento@rochesterregional.org

Melanie R. Symoniak, Pharm.D., BCPS

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, St. John Fisher College & Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Internal Medicine

Education & Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy; PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: West Virginia University Healthcare;

PGY-2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency – West Virginia University Healthcare/West Virginia University School of Pharmacy

Current Practice Area: Adult Internal Medicine; Academia

Residency Involvement: Preceptor – medicine

Email: melanie.woytowish@rochesterregional.org

Cori A. Wyman, Pharm.D., CDE

Consulting Clinical Pharmacist – GRIPA

Education and Training: Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Buffalo, NY;

Doctor of Pharmacy from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Buffalo, NY.

Practice Area: Clinical Ambulatory Pharmacy
Residency Preceptor for Ambulatory Care – Geriatrics elective

Email: cori.wyman@rochesterregional.org

Graduates

Class 0f 2016 – 2017

Kelly Lam, Pharm.D.
Staff Pharmacist
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, California

University of California Medical Center,
San Francisco, California

John Snyder, Pharm.D.
Staff Pharmacist
Clinical Pharmacist-Antimicrobial Stewardship & Critical Care

Wilson Medical Center, Johnson City, NY

Class 0f 2015 – 2016

Zachary Drawe, Pharm.D.
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist-Oncology
UR Medicine/Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY

Taylor Rider, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist-Surgery
Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY

Class 0f 2014 – 2015

Julie Engebrecht, Pharm.D.
Clinical Pharmacist
Clifton Springs Hospital, Clifton Springs, NY

Michele Troiano, Pharm.D.
Clinical Pharmacist
Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY