Pharmacy Residency Program

This ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Tufts Medical Center is a comprehensive, practice-based program that focuses on the pharmaceutical care of adult and pediatric patients. Residents are actively engaged in a patient-centered integrated model that includes clinical, distributive, research, and education responsibilities. The program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists 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.

 

The Department of Pharmacy provides a full range of contemporary pharmacy services to the patients and staff of Tufts Medical Center. Our customers include adult and pediatric inpatients, as well as our ambulatory patients in both specialty clinics and primary care. Routinely involved in providing integrated clinical, distributive, research and educational services at Tufts Medical Center, the department's professional staff and faculty serve as skilled and experienced preceptors to our residents. Our preceptors are an integral part of the educational and clinical research programs at:
The Department of Pharmacy provides a full range of contemporary pharmacy services to the patients and staff of Tufts Medical Center. Our customers include adult and pediatric inpatients, as well as our ambulatory patients in both specialty clinics and primary care. Routinely involved in providing integrated clinical, distributive, research and educational services at Tufts Medical Center, the department's professional staff and faculty serve as skilled and experienced preceptors to our residents. Our preceptors are an integral part of the educational and clinical research programs at:

The Department of Pharmacy provides a full range of contemporary pharmacy services to the patients and staff of Tufts Medical Center. Our populations served include adult and pediatric inpatients, as well as ambulatory patients in both specialty clinics and primary care. 

The department’s professional staff and faculty are routinely involved in providing integrated clinical, distributive, research and educational services at Tufts Medical Center and serve as skilled and experienced preceptors to our residents. Our preceptors are an integral part of the educational and clinical research programs at Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Northeastern University’s Bouve College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Purpose

This ASHP accredited residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists 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. 

Description

Our program is a 12-month postgraduate curriculum that prepares pharmacists for a clinical practice that integrates direct patient care, drug distribution, teaching, and management. 

PGY1 Learning Experiences

experiences to help residents to meet all of the required competencies of the ASHP-accredited program. The types of learning experiences are: (1) required/core rotations; (2) elective rotations; and (3) longitudinal experiences. 

Eight Core Rotations (all are 4-week experiences)

Internal Medicine Critical Care Pediatrics Ambulatory Care Operations

One of the following:

  • General Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Nephrology

And one of the
following:

  • Any listed above
  • Transplant
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medical ICU

or

  • Surgical ICU

And one of the
following:

  • Either listed above
  • Cardiothoracic  ICU
  • Neuro ICU
  • Cardiac ICU
  • Advanced Heart Failure
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Pediatrics

And one of the
following:

  • Pediatric BMT
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Neonatal ICU

One of the following:

  • Primacy Care
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Endocrinology
  • Cardiology
  • Pediatrics
Central Operations/ Sterile Products/ Project Management

One Elective Rotation (4-week experience)

One rotation selected from:
  • Any Core rotation not taken
  • Additional elective experiences may be available upon request 

Longitudinal Experiences

All of the following:
  • Hospital pharmacy practice (staffing) 
  • Committees (e.g., Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Medication Safety, Pharmacy/Nursing) 
  • Case presentations, pharmacy student conferences, teaching seminar
  • Resident project

Teaching opportunities

Experience in teaching (instruction, coaching, facilitation) is gained through active participation in numerous committees, clinical conferences, and in-service presentations. 
Residents may also be responsible for precepting students in the department's undergraduate clinical clerkship programs and they routinely participate in monthly teaching seminars held in conjunction with other Boston area residency programs. 
Other opportunities to educate others include: 

  • Preparation and presentation of 2 CE programs 
  • Presentation of Residency Project results to the pharmacy staff and at the Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors 
  • Didactic sessions with students training in the health professions 
  • Editing and publishing departmental newsletters 

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Paul Abourjaily, PharmD, BCPS 
Residency Program Director – PGY1 
Specialty/Areas of Interest: Primary Care, Academia 
Education and Training: 
PharmD – University of Rhode Island 
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency – Tufts Medical Center 
Rotations offered: Ambulatory Care Primary Care
Contact:  Pabourjaily@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Residency outcomes

The residency program’s purpose is achieved by utilizing the four competency areas and their associated educational goals and objectives as required by the ASHP Standard. The competency areas are: (1) patient care; (2) advancing practice and improving patient care; (3) leadership and management; and (4) teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge. A complete description of required competency areas can be found here

Purpose

This PGY2 pharmacy residency program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in ambulatory care. The program provides residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete this PGY2 program are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification. 

Description

Integrated pharmacy practitioners at Tufts Medical Center are responsible for dedicated clinical practices, drug distribution, teaching and research in a variety of ambulatory care settings. The Ambulatory Care pharmacy program works closely with the medical staff and patients to ensure that medications are prescribed appropriately, administered safely, and work effectively. Pharmacists care for patients with chronic conditions in variety of specialties including primary care, endocrinology, infectious diseases, cardiology, oncology, dermatology, rheumatology, neurology, GI and hepatology, nephrology, pulmonology, and pediatrics. Residents will focus on medication-related care of patients who are prescribed chronic, costly, and complex medications that require ongoing management by a pharmacist for appropriateness, access and affordability, as well as adherence.

Tufts Medical Center has provided an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency for more than 40 years. This PGY2 pharmacy residency is currently in ASHP Candidate status. 

PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Learning Experiences

The Tufts Medical Center PGY2 Residency in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy utilizes three types of learning experiences to help residents to meet all of the required competencies of the ASHP-accredited program. The types of learning experiences are: (1) required/core rotations; (2) elective rotations; and (3) longitudinal experiences.  

  

Six Core Rotations

(7-week experiences unless noted)

Two 5-week Elective Rotations

selected from:

  • Primary Care
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Endocrinology
  • Nephrology
  • Ambulatory Leadership (6 weeks)
  • Teaching (4 weeks)
  • Pediatrics
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Hepatology
  • Cardiology
 

Longitudinal Experiences 

All of the following: 
  

  • Outpatient pharmacy practice (staffing)
  • Multidisciplinary clinic
  • Committees (e.g., Specialty Pharmacy Quality Management, Medication Safety, etc.) 
  • Case presentations, pharmacy student conferences, house staff conferences 
  • Resident project

 

Ambulatory Care Residency Program Director

Katlyn Grossman, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP 
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Infectious Diseases Clinic 
Specialties/Areas of Interest: HIV, Hepatitis C, PrEP/PEP, substance use disorder
Education and Training: 
PharmD, University of Pittsburgh 
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency - The Brooklyn Hospital Center
PGY2 Ambulatory Care - The Brooklyn Hospital Center 
Rotations offered: PGY2 Ambulatory Care Infectious Diseases, PGY1 Ambulatory Care elective 
Contact: kgrossman@tuftsmedicalcenter.org 

Residency outcomes

The residency program’s purpose is achieved by utilizing the six competency areas and their associated educational goals and objectives as required by the ASHP Standard. The competency areas are: (1) patient care; (2) advancing practice and improving patient care; (3) leadership and management; (4) teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge; (5) specialty pharmacy; and (6) continuity of care. A complete description of required competency areas can be found here >

Purpose 

This PGY2 pharmacy residency program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in cardiology. The program provides residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete this PGY2 program are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification.

Description

Integrated pharmacy practitioners at Tufts Medical Center are responsible for dedicated clinical practices, drug distribution, teaching, and research in a variety of cardiac care settings. The Cardiovascular Center at Tufts Medical Center offers nationally renowned programs in advanced heart failure and heart transplantation, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, cardiac arrhythmias, interventional cardiology, cardio-oncology, and cardiac surgery. Dedicated pharmacists provide care to patients following cardiac surgery, in the cardiomyopathy unit, in the coronary care unit, on a general cardiology floor, and in various cardiology clinics.

PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Learning Experiences

The Tufts Medical Center PGY2 Residency in Cardiology Pharmacy utilizes three types of learning experiences to help residents to meet all of the required competencies of the ASHP-accredited program. The types of learning experiences are: (1) required/core rotations; (2) elective rotations; and (3) longitudinal experiences. 

Six Core Rotations

(all are 5-week experiences)

Two 5-week Elective Rotations

selected from:

  • General Cardiology
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
  • Cardiothoracic ICU
  • Coronary Care Unit
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiology Clinic
  • Transplant Infectious Diseases
  • Medical ICU
  • Second experience in General Cardiology, or Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant, or Cardiothoracic ICU

  

Longitudinal Experiences

All of the following:

  • Hospital pharmacy practice (staffing)
  • Committees (e.g., Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Medication Safety, Pharmacy/Nursing, etc.)
  • Cardiology Clinic
  • Emergency code response
  • Case presentations, pharmacy student conferences, house staff conferences
  • Resident project

Cardiology Residency Program Director

Justin Fongemie, PharmD, BCCP 
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Cardiology 
Specialties/Areas of Interest: Anticoagulation   
Education and Training: 
PharmD, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy 
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency – Tufts Medical Center 
PGY2 Ambulatory Care – UMass Memorial Medical Center
Rotations offered: General Cardiology
Contact: jfongemie@tuftsmedicalcenter.org 

Residency outcomes

The residency program’s purpose is achieved by utilizing the five competency areas and their associated educational goals and objectives as required by the ASHP Standard. The competency areas are: (1) patient care; (2) advancing practice and improving patient care; (3) leadership and management; (4) teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge; and (5) management of cardiovascular (ACLS) medical emergencies. A complete description of required competency areas can be found here

Purpose

The PGY2 residency program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in critical care. The program provides residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete this PGY2 program are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification.

Description

Integrated pharmacy practitioners at Tufts Medical Center are responsible for dedicated clinical practices, drug distribution, teaching, and research in a variety of critical care settings. Tufts Medical Center is a Level 1 trauma center and is renowned for providing outstanding care to patients in more than 100 adult, pediatric and neonatal intensive care beds. The Emergency Department serves more than 45,000 patients every year.

PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Learning Experiences

The Tufts Medical Center PGY2 Residency in Critical Care Pharmacy utilizes three types of learning experiences to help residents to meet all of the required competencies of an ASHP-accredited program. The types of learning experiences are: (1) required/core rotations; (2) elective rotations; and (3) longitudinal experiences. 

The Tufts Medical Center PGY2 Residency in Critical Care Pharmacy utilizes three types of learning experiences to help residents to meet all of the required competencies of the ASHP-accredited program. The types of learning experiences are: (1) required/core rotations; (2) elective rotations; and (3) longitudinal experiences.  

Eight Core Rotations

(all are 5-week experiences*)

Three 4 or 5-week Elective Rotations

selected from:

  • Orientation (*3-week experience)
  • Medical ICU
  • Surgical / Trauma ICU
  • Cardiothoracic ICU
  • Coronary Care ICU
  • Neurocritical Care Unit
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Advanced Heart Failure
  • Research
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nutrition (concentrated experience)
  • Repeat one core rotation with an emphasis on precepting

  

Longitudinal Experiences

All of the following:

 

  • Hospital pharmacy practice (staffing), emergency response participation
  • Committee attendance and participation (e.g., Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Medication Safety, Pharmacy/Nursing, etc.)
  • Case presentations, pharmacy student conferences, house staff conferences
  • Resident research project
  • Nutrition
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) Clinic
 

Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Kimberly E. Levasseur-Franklin, PharmD, FCCM, BCPS, BCCCP
Pharmacy Manager—Critical Care/Emergency Medicine
Specialty/Areas of Interest: Neurocritical Care, Sedation/Analgesia/Delirium, Anticoagulation Reversal
Education and Training:
PharmD - MCPHS – Boston
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency – UMass Memorial Medical Center
PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency—University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center (UIC) 
Rotations offered: Adult critical care
Contact: klevasseurfrank@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Residency outcomes

The residency program’s purpose is achieved by utilizing the four competency areas and their associated educational goals and objectives as required by the ASHP Standard. The competency areas are: (1) patient care; (2) advancing practice and improving patient care; (3) leadership and management; and (4) teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge. A complete description of required competency areas can be found here.

Purpose 

This program combines a 12-month PGY1 pharmacy practice residency with a 12-month PGY2 residency in health-system administration. In year one, the resident participates in and is responsible for all of the requirements of the accredited Tufts Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency. In year two, this PGY2 pharmacy residency program builds upon PGY1 residency graduates’ competence in the delivery of patient-centered care and in pharmacy operational services to prepare residents who can assume high level managerial, supervisory, and leadership responsibilities. Areas of competence emphasized during the program include safe and effective medication-use systems, quality assurance and improvement, the management of human resources, the management of financial resources, use of technology, and advanced leadership. The residency lays the foundation for continued growth in management and leadership skills. Upon graduation, residents are prepared for a clinical or operational management/supervisory role in a variety of work settings. 

Description

Pharmacists at Tufts Medical Center are responsible for dedicated clinical practices, drug distribution, teaching and research in both acute and ambulatory settings. The Department of Pharmacy is renowned for combining clinical, operational, financial, and regulatory management into a cohesive whole and for involving every member of the staff in administering the programs of the department. The resident will develop competence in caring for inpatients and outpatients, and in managing people and processes. 

PGY1-2 Health-system Pharmacy Administration Learning Experiences

The Tufts Medical Center Combined PGY1-2 Residency in Health-system Pharmacy Administration and Leadership utilizes three types of learning experiences to help residents to meet all of the required competencies of the ASHP-accredited program. The types of learning experiences are: (1) required/core rotations; (2) elective rotations; and (3) longitudinal experiences. 

In year one, the resident participates in and is responsible for all of the requirements of the accredited Tufts Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency. The learning experiences for year two are: 

Six Core Rotations

(all are 6-week experiences)

One 6-week Elective Rotation

selected from:

  • Executive Leadership
  • Clinical Leadership
  • Advanced Inpatient Operations
  • Ambulatory Leadership
  • Supply Chain & Revenue Cycle Management
  • Safety and Quality Oversight
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Outpatient / Specialty Pharmacy Operations
  • Pediatric Leadership
  • Infusion Center Operations



 

Longitudinal Experiences

All of the following:

  • Hospital pharmacy practice (staffing)
  • Committees (e.g., Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Medication Safety, Pharmacy/Nursing, etc.)
  • Case presentations, pharmacy student conferences
  • Resident project
  • ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy
  • Personnel Management
  • Administrator On-call

Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program Director

Ross W. Thompson, MS, RPh, FASHP, FMSHP
Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer
Specialty/Areas of Interest: Practice Advancement, Health Policy, Hospital Administration, Quality and Safety
Education and Training:
B.S. Pharmacy, University of Kansas
M.S. Hospital Pharmacy, University of Kansas
Residency in Hospital Pharmacy, University of Kansas Medical Center
Rotations Offered: Executive Leadership
Contact: rthompson@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Residency outcomes

The resident is prepared for a managerial role in health-system pharmacy practice that integrates direct patient care, drug distribution, teaching and practice management. The resident will be able to design, improve and manage a safe and effective medication use system. The competency areas are: (1) patient care; (2) advancing practice and improving patient care; (3) leadership and management; and (4) teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge. A complete description of required competency areas can be found here.

Purpose

This PGY2 pharmacy residency program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in pediatric care. The program provides residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete this PGY2 program are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification.

Description

Tufts Children’s Hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services in a wide variety of pediatric specialty areas from birth through young adulthood.  Integrated pharmacy practitioners at Tufts Medical Center are responsible for dedicated clinical practices, drug distribution, teaching, and research in many settings. Dedicated pharmacists care for patients on a general pediatric medical/surgical floor, the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, the oncology/bone marrow transplant unit, and various ambulatory care clinics.

Tufts Medical Center has provided an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency for more than 40 years. Tufts Medical Center has provided an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency for more than 40 years. This PGY2 pharmacy residency is currently in ASHP Candidate status. 

PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Learning Experiences

The Tufts Medical Center PGY2 Residency in Pediatric Pharmacy utilizes three types of learning experiences to help residents to meet all of the required competencies of an ASHP-accredited program. The types of learning experiences are: (1) required/core rotations; (2) elective rotations; and (3) longitudinal experiences. 

Six Core Rotations  
(all are 5-week experiences) 

Two 5-week Elective Rotations  
selected from: 

  • General Pediatrics 
  • Ambulatory Care 
  • Hematology/Oncology 
  • Neonatal Critical Care 
  • Pediatric Critical Care 
  • Emergency Medicine 
  • Infectious Diseases 
  • Nutrition 
  • Obstetrics 
  • Research 
  • Repeat one core rotation 

  


Longitudinal Experiences 

All of the following: 
  

  • Hospital pharmacy practice (staffing) 
  • Leadership and Management 
  • Medication Safety 
  • Pediatric Clinical On-call 
  • Rapid and Emergency Code Response 
  • Committees (e.g., Pharmacy & Therapeutics, Medication Safety, etc.) 
  • Case presentations, pharmacy student conferences, house staff conferences 
  • Resident project 

 

Pediatric Residency Program Director

Jenna Pacheco, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Pediatrics
Specialties/Areas of Interest:  Pediatric Critical Care, Pain/Sedation/Withdrawal, Antimicrobial Stewardship
Education and Training: PharmD, University of Albany, Vermont
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, Tufts Medical Center
PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency, Children’s National Medical Center
Rotations offered: PGY1 Pediatric Critical Care, PGY2 Pediatric Critical Care
Contact: jpacheco2@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Residency outcomes

The residency program’s purpose is achieved by utilizing the five competency areas and their associated educational goals and objectives as required by the ASHP Standard. The competency areas are: (1) patient care; (2) advancing practice and improving patient care; (3) leadership and management; (4) teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge; and (5) management of medical emergencies. A complete description of required competency areas can be found here

The hospital is affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. The Department of Pharmacy is affiliated with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences and Northeastern University's Bouve College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences. 

These alliances provide residents the opportunity to attend and/or contribute to classroom discussions, interact with other health professional students, and to precept pharmacy interns and students.

Boston is a beautiful, historic city with both the advantages and the problems of an urban area. The city is one of the largest tourist cities in the United States. It is culturally diverse, with large Chinese, Italian, and Irish communities. 

Boston has major sports teams and provides numerous opportunities to enjoy the arts. It is also a highly academic area, with over 30 colleges in the city, including Tufts, Harvard, and MIT. 

Travel is convenient, as the city and outlying areas have a reliable and inexpensive transportation system. Owning a car in Boston is not necessary, One can get virtually anywhere in the city, including Tufts Medical Center, via the public transportation system. However, if you bring a car to Boston, parking is available during worked hours at Tufts Medical Center. 

Reasonable apartments can be found in Boston, but it may take more than a week of serious hunting in early summer to secure one. It is much easier to find reasonably priced housing outside the center of Boston.

PGY-1 Residents

Alexis DuncanAlexis Duncan
Hometown: Narragansett, Rhode Island        
Pharmacy School: Northeastern University
Career interest: Pediatrics, Oncology, Emergency Medicine
Hobbies: Long-distance running, teaching spin classes, trying new items from Trader Joe’s
Why Tufts? As an APPE student at Tufts, I was able to interact with our network of dedicated preceptors and experience the supportive learning environment that exists here on a daily basis. Additionally, seeing how much the pharmacy department is valued and respected by other health professions, as well as the profound impact we have on the patients we serve, solidified my decision to join the Tufts family.

 
Caroline LetendreCaroline Letendre
Hometown: Warwick, Rhode Island        
Pharmacy School: MCPHS University-Boston
Career interest: Ambulatory Care, Academia
Hobbies: Golf, tennis, traveling, and spending time with family and friends
Why Tufts? Behind a strong pharmacy residency program is the pharmacy department. During my interview I really loved the people here and I could see myself growing and learning in such a positive environment. Since being here the pharmacy department does an exceptional job creating a supportive and empowering environment. Together we work as a team to learn from one another. The preceptors serve as mentors throughout the residency encouraging you to think outside of the box while instilling confidence. Tufts Medical Center’s pharmacy residency program makes you a part of their tradition of training exceptional health care providers and future leaders in our profession. 


Caroline WagnerCaroline Wagner
Hometown:
Medford, New Jersey          
Pharmacy School: Northeastern University
Career interest: Ambulatory Care, Transitions of Care, Academia
Hobbies: Running, yoga, skiing, hiking, drinking lots of coffee and trying new restaurants
Why Tufts? Tufts has always stood out to me as a place that emphasizes learning and understanding why we do things, not just outcomes and deliverables. Tufts wants their residents to learn and grow as pharmacists and their program is built around that concept, from a diverse variety of rotational experiences to an amazing staff of leadership, preceptors, and health care providers


Dimitar ZelenkovDimitar Zelenkov
Hometown: Plovdiv, Bulgaria       
Pharmacy School: University of Rhode Island
Career interest: Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Toxicology, Cardiology
Hobbies: Working out, snowboarding, traveling, hiking, exploring Boston
Why Tufts? During my interview at Tufts Medical Center, it was clear that everyone in the pharmacy department was incredibly welcoming, dedicated, and personable. The residency program offers a wide variety of clinical rotations that closely align with my professional interests. Residents have the opportunity to grow both clinically and professionally in a positive environment. The pharmacy department has a very strong clinical presence and is an integral part of the multidisciplinary team that serves a diverse patient population.

PGY1 HSPAL Resident

Samantha TroySamantha Troy
Hometown: Westport, Connecticut        
Pharmacy School: University of Connecticut 
Career interest: Pharmacy Operations, Informatics, Infectious Diseases, and Quality Improvement
Hobbies: Traveling, reading, looking at memes, watching Harry Potter, napping
Why Tufts? I was most drawn to Tufts because of the culture of the pharmacy department and the team based approach to patient care. Pharmacists are well integrated and valued on many care teams throughout the hospital, which also gives us many rotational opportunities in a variety of settings. I chose Tufts because I knew it would be a challenging yet supportive environment for me to learn and grow as a pharmacist. Everyone wants to see us succeed and is more than willing to help so we get as much out of our residency year as possible.


PGY2 HSPAL Resident

Thomas WebbThomas Webb
Hometown: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Pharmacy School: University of Connecticut
Residency Project: Comparing drug diversion detection methods at an academic medical center to increase rates of drug diversion detection and minimize administrative burden
Hobbies: Tennis, Hockey, trying new restaurants and breweries, and spending time with family and friends
Career Interests: Pharmacy operations, transitions of care, pharmacy technician advancement, and pharmacy supply chain
Why Tufts?: I chose Tufts because it provides a supportive and challenging environment to learn and grow as a pharmacist. The variety of rotations offered here give residents a well-rounded experience, helping them develop clinical skills in multiple departments throughout an institution. The pharmacy leaders and preceptors at Tufts are some of the best in the country, making it an easy decision to spend the next two years of residency learning from them.
 

PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident

Nichole FlaspohlerNichole Flaspohler
Hometown: Sunman, Indiana
Pharmacy School: Purdue University
Hobbies: Hiking, spending time with friends and family, watching Marvel movies/tv shows, and traveling 
Career Interests: Establishing new ambulatory care services, cardiology, and endocrinology 
Why Tufts?: I chose Tufts because of the team-based work culture, the ability to manage a large variety of disease states, and the challenging, but supportive work environment. It is also exciting to see and be a part of the continuing expansion of ambulatory care services.

 

PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Resident

Courtney ReddigCourtney Reddig
Hometown:
Fayetteville, Georgia
Pharmacy School: The University of Georgia
Hobbies: Spending quality time with friends and family, playing soccer, getting lost in a good book, and exploring all the local coffee shops
Career Interests: Advanced heart failure and the optimization of guideline directed therapy in patients of varying acuity levels
Why Tufts?: I chose to complete residency at Tufts because it provides a robust training experienced immersed within an incredibly supportive environment. In the realm of cardiology ,Tufts Medical Center cares for patients with the most complex and advanced cardiac disease states. I am looking forward to learning how to manage pharmacotherapy plans for patients with ventricular assist devices and cardiac transplant and gaining expertise from true experts in the field.


PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident

Emily MurrayEmily Murray
Hometown: North Reading, Massachusetts
Pharmacy School: University of Rhode Island
Hobbies: Running along the harbor, visiting the seals at the aquarium, traveling, watching documentaries, and finding the best ice cream in the city
Career Interests: Trauma, pharmacist integration into emergency response, and academia
Why Tufts?: As a level I trauma, academic medical center, Tufts provides exposure to a diverse patient population with varying degrees of acuity. I appreciate the emphasis put on pharmacist integration into patient care services throughout their continuity of care, from the intensive care unit to outpatient follow up in the Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) clinic. Every day I have the opportunity to learn from brilliant preceptors not only in pharmacy, but across multiple disciplines, to advance my clinical skills and adapt my personal practice

PGY2 Pediatrics Pharmacy Resident

Patrick LeePatrick Lee
Hometown:
Bangor, Maine
Pharmacy school: University of Rhode Island, Go Rhody!
Career interest: Pediatrics, Academia, Sickle Cell Disease management
Hobbies: Hiking, running mud 5Ks, and visiting breweries (hope one day to open my own)
Why Tufts?: Tufts Medical Center offers the opportunity to work with a variety of patients across the spectrum of care. I love the learning environment and culture of Tufts. I chose to remain at Tufts to learn from the complex pediatric patients and talented preceptors. 

Residents complete their training at Tufts Medical Center, a world-class academic medical center located in Boston and the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is a 415-bed robust organization, providing everything from routine medical care to treating the most complex diseases affecting adults and children. It also sponsors nineteen specialty ACGME-accredited clinical training programs.

Tufts Medical Center provides heart, kidney and bone marrow transplants, comprehensive neurological and neurosurgical care, offers cutting-edge cancer treatments, and is a level I trauma center. It is also home to the Tufts Children's Hospital, a full-service children's hospital dedicated exclusively to all levels of pediatric care.

To apply, applicants must:

  • Possess a PharmD degree from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy
  • Be eligible for licensure in Massachusetts
  • Register with the National Matching Service
  • Register with PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service) and provide the following application requirements:
    • Demographics
    • Official pharmacy college transcripts
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Personal Statement/Letter of Intent
    • Three letters of recommendation submitted from health care professionals and/or supervisors who can attest to practice abilities and aptitudes of the applicant.  Those selected to provide recommendations should be instructed to use the standardized form provided in PhORCAS.
  • Applicants applying to a PGY2 residency program will need to have successfully completed a PGY1 program

Requirements

All application materials should be submitted to PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service).  Please do not send application materials to Tufts Medical Center.

Please note the residency application deadline for Tufts Medical Center is December 31st. Incomplete PhORCAS applications will not be considered. Following our Screening Committee’s evaluation, a select number of candidates will be invited to visit Tufts Medical Center for an introduction to our facilities and to interview with our staff.

Interviewing

Although we look forward to meeting with candidates during informal showcase sessions, such as at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, those encounters are not considered interviews. We feel it is most beneficial to the candidate to explore the learning environment, to meet potential colleagues, and to visit the hospital and the city of Boston. The interview at Tufts Medical Center also provides an opportunity for a greater number of our staff to meet with each candidate.

We extend invitations to join us for an on-site interview only to those candidates who are selected by our Residency Screening Committee. Interviews are scheduled only after all application materials are received and reviewed by the Screening Committee.

The residency stipend is competitive with those offered in similar programs. The specific dollar amount and other information about our Residency Program can be found in the current ASHP Residency Directory.

Residents are eligible for the hospital’s benefits package, including medical, dental, life and disability plans, and including paid time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave. The department also provides funds to partially offset the cost of travel to the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors, and other local and regional professional conferences.

To learn more, contact:

PGY-1:

Paul Abourjaily, PharmD, BCPS, Residency Director
Department of Pharmacy, Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street, Box #420
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617-636-0743
Fax: 617-636-5638
Email: pabourjaily@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

PGY-2 Critical Care:

Kimberly E. Levasseur-Franklin, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Pharmacy Manager, Critical Care/Emergency Medicine
Director, PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street, Box # 420
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617-636-2812
Fax: 617-636-5638
Email: klevasseurfrank@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Justin Fongemie, PharmD, BCCP
Director, PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency
Department of Pharmacy, Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street, Box #420
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617-636-2840
Fax: 617-636-5638
Email: jfongemie@tuftsmedicalcenter.org


Ross W. Thompson, MS, RPh, FASHP, FMSHP
Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer
Department of Pharmacy, Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street, Box #420
Boston, MA 02111

Fax: 617-636-5638
Contact: rthompson@tuftsmedicalcenter.org


Jenna Pacheco, PharmD, BCPPS
Director, PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency
Department of Pharmacy, Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street, Box #420
Boston, MA 02111

Fax: 617-636-5638
Contact: jpacheco2@tuftsmedicalcenter.org


Katlyn Grossman, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP
Director, PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency
Department of Pharmacy, Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street, Box #420
Boston, MA 02111

Fax: 617-636-5638
Contact: kgrossman@tuftsmedicalcenter.org