Pharmacy Residency Program

The ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency 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 critical care 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 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, if available.

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

The Tufts Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency 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.

Core Rotations (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/ NICU

And one of the following:

  • Hem/Onc
  • Pediatric ICU

One of the following:

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

Elective Rotation (4 week experience)

One rotation selected from:

  • Any Core rotation not taken
  • Additional elective experiences may be available upon request

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Hospital pharmacy practice (staffing)
  • Committees (e.g., Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Medication Safety, Pharmacy/Nursing, etc.)
  • 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 board-certified CE programs
  • Presentation of Residency Project results to the pharmacy staff, at the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Society of Health System Pharmacists, 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

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 in its first year and is not yet accredited.

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 an ASHP-accredited program. The types of learning experiences are: (1) required/core rotations; (2) elective rotations; and (3) longitudinal experiences. 

Core Rotations (all are 6 or 7-week experiences)

  • Primary Care
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Endocrinology
  • Cardiology
  • Ambulatory Leadership

Elective Rotations (4-week experiences)

  • Pediatrics
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Nephrology
  • Oncology

Longitudinal Experiences (all of the following)

  • Outpatient and specialty 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 an ASHP-accredited program. The types of learning experiences are: (1) required/core rotations; (2) elective rotations; and (3) longitudinal experiences. 

Core Rotations Elective Rotations (5-week experiences)

  • General cardiology
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
  • Cardiothoracic ICU
  • Coronary Care Unit
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiology Clinic

Elective Rotations (select 2; 5-week rotations)

  • Transplant Infectious Disease
  • 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

Teaching Opportunities:

Experience in teaching (instruction, coaching, facilitation) is gained through active participation in numerous committees, clinical conferences, presentations, and precepting students in the department's undergraduate clinical clerkship programs.

Other opportunities to provide education includes:

  • Preparation and presentation of 2 board-certified CE programs
  • Presentation of residency project results to the pharmacy staff or at another professional meeting
  • Didactic sessions with students training in the health professions
  • Editing and publishing departmental newsletters

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. 

Core Rotations (all are 5-week experiences)

  • Orientation (3 weeks only)
  • Medical ICU
  • Surgical/Trauma ICU
  • Cardiothoracic ICU
  • Coronary Care ICU
  • Neurocritical Care ICU
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Advanced Heart Failure

Elective Rotations (4 or 5-week experiences)

  • Research
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nutrition (concentrated experience)
  • Repeat a 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

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.

Other opportunities to educate others include:

  • Preparation and presentation of 2 board-certified CE programs
  • Presentation
  • Didactic sessions with students training in the health professions
  • Editing and publishing departmental newsletters

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 an 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:

Core Rotations (6-week experiences)

  • Executive Leadership
  • Clinical Leadership
  • Advanced Inpatient Operations
  • Ambulatory Leadership
  • Supply Chain & Revenue Cycle Management
  • Safety and Quality Oversight

Elective Rotation (select 1; 6-week rotation)

  • 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. This PGY2 pharmacy residency is in its first year and is not yet accredited.

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. 

Core Rotations (5-week experiences)

  • General Pediatrics
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Neonatal Critical Care
  • Pediatric Critical Care

Elective Rotations (select 2; 5-week experiences)

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nutrition
  • Obstetrics
  • Research
  • Repeat one core rotation

Longitudinal Experience (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

RJ AprileRJ Aprile
Hometown: Mahopac, New York          
Pharmacy school: Northeastern University
Residency project: Implementation of Critical Care Observation Tool (CPOT) Across the Adult Intensive Care Units at Tufts Medical Center.
Career interest: Inpatient acute care, critical care, infectious disease
Hobbies: Soccer, golf, video games, fantasy football, spending time with family and friends, visiting different craft breweries
Why Tufts?: I chose Tufts for the excellent experience I had as student. It provided a supportive, yet challenging environment with the opportunities to pursue a variety of inpatient care experiences. As a student, I was exposed to former Tufts residents who all spoke very highly of the program. When I interviewed and spent some time with the preceptors, it was clear that I was joining a family who encouraged growth and success within the pharmacy profession.
 
Ryan DavisRyan Davis
Hometown: Ipswich, Massachusetts
Pharmacy School: Northeastern University
Residency Project: Utilizing Rapid-Infusions of Infliximab to Reduce Chair Times in a Pediatric Infusion Center.
Career Interests: Pediatric Pharmacy, Pediatric Intensive Care, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Hobbies: Running, rock climbing, video games, skiing, and hiking.
Why Tufts?: Tufts Medical Center stood out as it offers a dynamic and challenging environment in which I can grow. I feel that the PGY1 program will prepare me very well for my future career, as it allows me to experience many different facets of pharmacy. I have also been able to practice teaching others, which has been very exciting. What truly made Tufts different, however, was he people that work at the hospital. Everybody in the pharmacy department is very kind and supportive, and I have felt so welcomed during my time here. I truly feel like a part of the team, and I continue to look forward to what is next. 

Patrick LeePatrick Lee
Hometown
: Bangor, Maine
Pharmacy school: University of Rhode Island, Go Rhody!
Residency project: Improving anticoagulation associated with the Impella device: development of an informational tool for multidisciplinary use 
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. The culture of Tufts, and within the department of pharmacy, is of collaborative learning centered with patient care.

Mabel WongMabel Wong
Hometown: Hacienda Heights, California
Pharmacy School: University of Michigan College of Pharmacy (Go Blue!)
Residency Project: Impact of pharmacist-led medication education services on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores on a medicine/surgery floor at a tertiary care medical center
Career Interests: Inpatient acute care, general medicine, transitions of care
Hobbies: Traveling, spending time with friends and family, home DIY projects, plants, cooking, and trying new foods
Why Tufts?: I chose Tufts Medical Center for its positive culture. Tufts is a level 1 trauma, tertiary care medical center that requires tight-knit interdisciplinary healthcare providers to work closely together to help our patients. While this can be a challenging environment, the pharmacy preceptors stress their focus on resident education, growth, and support. Tufts employees and patients are highly diverse, which creates a welcoming environment for all! 

PGY1 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 HSPAL Resident

Mark SolinskyMark Solinsky
Hometown: Towson, Maryland
Pharmacy School: Northeastern University
Residency Project: Increasing biosimilar use within an academic medical center.
Career Interests: Pharmacy practice advancement, specialty pharmacy, infusion center management, pharmacy supply chain, and pharmacist and technician role advancement.
Hobbies: Soccer, photography, live music, exploring national parks, as well as spending time with family and friends.
Why Tufts? Tufts Medical Center’s pharmacy department is filled with highly respected and experienced pharmacy leaders. These leaders have utilized their backgrounds and training to develop a HSPAL program at Tufts that will prepare a resident to assume high level managerial, supervisory, and leadership responsibilities. I valued the history of Tufts Medical Center’s PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and the emphasis for year one HSPAL residents to become clinically strong. Here at Tufts you are a joining a residency family that dates back to 1975 and that spans the nation.

PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident

Meghan McElligottMeghan McElligott
Hometown: Clifton Park, New York
Pharmacy school: University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Residency project: Implementing a medication benefits investigation referral program to ensure affordability and timely access of discharge medications
Career interest: outpatient management of chronic disease states including HIV, substance use disorder, and post-transplant medication management
Hobbies: trying new restaurants and bars, traveling and exploring new cities, spending time with family and friends
Why Tufts?: Every person I encountered while interviewing at Tufts was bright, warm, and welcoming, and I have only experienced the same every day since. The pharmacy department does an exceptional job fostering a fruitful work environment for residents to learn, grow, challenge themselves, and become well-rounded pharmacists over the course of a year, all while having fun and making great friendships along the way.

PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Resident

Aidan FischerAidan Fischer
Hometown:
Portage, Michigan 
Pharmacy School: University of Rhode Island
Residency Project: Evaluation of apixaban drug levels in atrial fibrillation in patients meeting one of three dose reduction criteria
Career Interests: Heart failure, anticoagulant and hemostatic stewardship, cardiovascular critical and post-resuscitative care, and practice-based research
Hobbies: Following Detroit sports and professional cycling, playing with my Dachshund Ollie, and scrolling through pharmacy twitter
Why Tufts?: The culture within the pharmacy residency programs at Tufts Medical Center is focused on individualized growth and learning as well as developing a pharmacy practice to care for patients beyond just their medication regimens. In the cardiology realm, Tufts Medical Center has some of the highest acuity patients in New England, is a national leader in heart failure and transplant, and has a progressive cardiology pharmacy practice model. Across the entire department of pharmacy, Tufts Medical Center also offers unparalleled commitment and devotion of the pharmacist preceptor cohort to the growth and success of all trainees.

PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident

Ibrahim ChowdhuryIbrahim Chowdhury
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Pharmacy school: University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Residency project: Impact of a de-escalation guideline on inappropriate continuation of antipsychotics upon discharge   
Career interest: Emergency medicine, critical care 
Hobbies: Hiking/biking, exploring the city
Why Tufts?: Tufts Medical Center provides its residents exposure to a wide variety of clinical scenarios and opportunities to grow professionally. The preceptors are highly trained, supportive and respected members of the integrated medical teams. Tufts has a progressive practice model and family-like environment making it an ideal site to train and provide quality patient care. 

PGY2 Pediatrics Pharmacy Resident

Amy WongAmy Wang
Hometown:
Highland Park, New Jersey
Pharmacy school: Rutgers University - Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Residency project: Assessing and Improving Hydroxyurea Adherence in the Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease Population at Tufts Children’s Hospital
Career interest: Pediatrics (hematology/oncology, critical care, infectious disease, ambulatory care)
Hobbies: trying new recipes, exploring restaurants around Boston, watching new shows on Netflix!
Why Tufts?: I love the learning environment and the people here! Everyone is so passionate about teaching and getting to know the residents personally. Since I am interested in pediatrics, I appreciated that all residents have the opportunity to spend a core rotation at Tufts Children’s Hospital in their PGY1 year and learn from the talented pediatric pharmacists.

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: klevasseurfrank@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