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Welcome to the Pharmacy Residency Program

Residents attend monthly seminars, facilitate bi-monthly small classroom sessions for LIU Pharmacy students, and gain clinical teaching experience under the guidance of teaching mentors and pharmacy practice faculty.

Our affiliation with Long Island University (LIU) Pharmacy enables residents to explore the elements of pharmacy academia, preceptorship, research, and an opportunity to earn a teaching certification

The Pharmacy Residency experience

Our curriculum offers experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, which prepares the resident for a career in pharmacy or further training in any of the pharmacy subspecialties. By the end of our program, graduating residents leave as expert practitioners in the care and treatment of major acute and chronic diseases.

Under the supervision of full-time faculty, practitioners, pharmacy managers, and attending staff, residents participate in daily rounds on each unit. Residents conduct patient interviews, develop treatment plans, adjust patient’s therapy, learn various specialties, and work with an interdisciplinary team, including nurses, physicians, nutritional support staff, social services, and patient relations. Residents gain a full understanding of the range of care and support services available to patients.

Residents participate in the following rotations:

  • Critical care
  • Drug information/investigational drug use
  • Emergency medicine
  • Infectious diseases
  • Internal medicine
  • Pediatric pharmacotherapy
  • Psychiatry

The amount of hands-on experience you receive is extraordinary here. You’re at the bedside with the medical team providing the most critical of care!

Phillip Thai

I am proud to be a Pharmacy Resident at Maimonides. The program supports personal development and aims to help residents achieve their goals. The diverse and complex patient population, as well as autonomous work environment make a great learning experience.

Tamara Hernandez

The diverse patient population and unique experiences at Maimonides Medical Center have allowed me to flourish as a new pharmacist. I am grateful to work in a positive environment with supportive preceptors and pharmacy staff.

Daniel Rampersad

Residency Overview

Maimonides Medical Center is one of the largest independent teaching hospitals in the United States. With services in over 70 primary and specialty areas, Maimonides Medical Center is an official New York State Department of Health approved level I adult trauma center, the only pediatric trauma center in Brooklyn, and a Joint Commission accredited Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Maimonides Medical Center currently has satellite pharmacies in the MICU and Emergency Department. The MICU satellite services the MICU, SICU, and CTICU units in the hospital, while the Emergency Department satellite pharmacy services an average of 100,000 patients per year.

The Pharmacy Residency Program

PGY-1

The Department of Pharmaceutical Services offers up to   ASHP accredited PGY-1 residency positions. Our PGY-1 residency trains students to provide the highest level of pharmaceutical care to a diverse patient population in various pharmacy practice settings.

Throughout this program,  our residents become integral members of the medical team by:

  • Learning about best practices to collaborate on patient care
  • Participating in medical emergencies and trauma codes
  • Promoting medication safety
  • Providing pharmacokinetic consults
  • Providing drug information and education to patients and other healthcare professionals
  • Utilizing evidence-based medicine

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency experiences include rotations in the following areas:

  • Cardiology
  • Critical care – Medical intensive care unit (MICU)
  • Critical care – Surgical intensive care unit/trauma (SICU)*
  • Drug information/investigational drug use
  • Emergency medicine
  • Infectious diseases (including HIV and HCV ambulatory clinics)
  • Internal medicine/stroke unit
  • Medication safety*
  • Oncology*
  • Pediatric pharmacotherapy
  • Pharmacy administration and management
  • Pharmacy operations psychiatry
  • Transitions of care*

*Elective rotation opportunities

Longitudinal experiences include:

  • Attending national meetings such as ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors
  • Designing and implementing a research project, poster presentation, and manuscript
  • Facilitating small classroom learning sessions at LIU Pharmacy
  • Obtaining teaching certification through LIU Pharmacy
  • Required short-call clinical coverage of the Emergency Department pharmacy satellite (including trauma and pediatric notifications and codes)
  • Serving on various hospital-wide committees, including the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committees

PGY-2

The PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Emergency Medicine at Maimonides is 1 of the few Emergency Medicine Residencies accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). This residency is designed for Pharmacy Practice Residency trained pharmacists who desire a subspecialty in Emergency Medicine, leading to certification in Emergency Care Pharmacotherapy. The Emergency Medicine Residency is intended to provide residency-trained pharmacists with comprehensive clinical training in the care of acutely ill patients.

Residents will conduct clinically relevant research in an urban community hospital academic environment, become emergency care pharmacotherapy educators, and become competent and skilled emergency medicine, clinical pharmacy managers. The goal of the program is to train pharmacists to manage the medication needs of patients within an Emergency Department by emphasizing the fundamentals and principles of pharmaceutical care and pharmacotherapy.

The PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Emergency Medicine provides 1 of the most unique and rewarding training environments in the country. Surrounded by the 2.5 million residents of Brooklyn, Maimonides serves an incredibly varied and diverse patient population. Our patients speak many different languages and represent many different cultures. Given the diversity of our patients, Maimonides residents have the benefit of firsthand experience with a broad range of pathology not available at other training centers.

The Emergency Department is self-contained and consists of 2 adult areas and 1 pediatric department, each with numerous treatment areas, including a dedicated waiting room, resuscitation bay, and triage booth.

Research

Our program is committed to guiding our residents through the process of conducting and analyzing the results of individualized research projects to provide experience in pharmacy research. Our residents choose a qualified mentor to collaborate with on a research project and have the opportunity to choose from a diverse spectrum of pharmaceutical care specialties to investigate. With their mentor, residents gain research experience, including designing the research project, submitting and presenting an application to our institutional review board, conducting the research, and analyzing the results. The interim analyses are presented as a poster presentation at the ASHP Clinical Midyear meeting in December, and the final results are presented as a platform presentation at the Eastern States Pharmacy Residency Conference in May.

Residents are also required to draft a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed pharmacy journal, and many of our previous residency projects have been featured in a variety of these publications. Our Emergency Department also conducts multiple prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo, and active-controlled trials and has recognized the role of our residents and clinical pharmacists in the Emergency Department in these studies. The residents are involved in providing the investigational medications and ensuring the study investigators remain blinded to ensure the integrity of these studies is upheld.

New York State Board of Pharmacy Part III Waiver

To qualify for New York State (NYS) pharmacy licensure, in addition to passing the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination, the NYS Board of Pharmacy requires passing a 3rd licensing examination which focuses on practical demonstration of the ability to practice pharmacy, particularly sterile and non-sterile compounding. The Board allows pharmacy residents to waive the practical exam in lieu of achieving certain competencies through their residency program to provide out-of-state residents a means to fulfill this licensing requirement in a more convenient manner while avoiding potential travel and timing conflicts. Our program offers training over a 4-6-week period at the start of the residency year to those residents who wish to take advantage of this waiver. For more information, please visit the New York State Board of Pharmacy or contact the Residency Program Director.

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum offers broad and balanced experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, which prepare the resident for a career in pharmacy or further training in any of the pharmacy subspecialties. By the end of the program, graduating residents leave as expert practitioners in the care and treatment of major acute and chronic diseases.

Under the Supervision of full-time faculty, practitioners, pharmacy managers and attending staff, residents participate in daily rounds on each unit. Residents conduct patient interviews, develop treatment plans, and monitor and adjust patient’s therapy. The nature of the program allows residents to learn other specialties as they focus on their own. Additionally, it enables the resident to work with an interdisciplinary team including nurses, physicians, nutritional support staff, social services and patient relations. This experience provides the resident with an understanding of the full range of care and support services available to patients.

I love that our pharmacists are so well integrated into the emergency medicine team.
We respond to everything from level one traumas to stroke codes and cardiac arrests and help make life saving medical decisions.
I am confident I will be ready to work in any emergency room upon completion of my PGY-2 at Maimonides Medical Center.

Finnella Morgan

I love that our pharmacists and preceptors are always there to offer support, but encourage you to think critically and work independently. Doing my PGY1 at Maimonides Medical Center has exposed me to such a diverse patient population, that I am confident I will be well prepared for any future PGY2 or job position.

Francesca Gutierrez

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted this winter through PhORCAS at https://portal.phorcas.org/. Complete details and timelines are available on the PhORCAS website.

Applicant Qualifications:

  • Graduate from ACPE-accredited College of Pharmacy
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 Preferred
  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in New York
  • Part 3 waiver available for out of state applicants only

Application Requirements:

  • Official academic transcript
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation; at least two must be from clinical faculty or preceptors
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Intent

The future of medical care is you

Our Medical Education program strives to provide the best educational experience in an environment that assures a balance between academic and clinical activities. We take great pride in educating the next generation of expert practitioners.

Apply to the Pharmacy Residency Program today!