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.

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 Floating Hospital for Children, a full-service children's hospital dedicated exclusively to all levels of pediatric care.

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

PGY-1 Learning experiences:

Upon completion of an orientation period the resident rotates through the following areas (approximately 4 weeks each):

Internal Medicine

(Ambulatory Care I & Transitions of Care, plus 1 of the following)

Critical Care

 (1 of the following)

Pediatrics

 (both of the following)

Oncology

 (all of the following)

Operations/
Management

 (all of
the following)

Elective

(two of the following)

  • Cardiology
  • General Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • MICU
  • SICU
  • General Pediatrics
  • PICU
  • Infusion Center
  • Adult Oncology
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Central Pharmacy
  • Sterile Products
  • Project Management
  • Ambulatory Care II (Cardiology, ID, Neurology, or Oncology)
  • Critical Care II (CTU, MICU, or SICU)
  • Pediatrics II (NICU + Pediatric BMT)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Heart Failure
  • Infectious Disease
  • Solid Organ Transplant

In addition to the core learning experiences, residents participate in a number of longitudinal activities, including hospital pharmacy practice (staffing component), committees (eg, P&T, Medication Safety, Pharmacy/Nursing), a teaching seminar, student teaching (eg, case presentations, journal clubs, problem based learning), and completion of a year-long residency 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

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 AHP 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 

PGY-2 Curriculum:

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 unit beds. The Emergency Department serves more than 45,000 patients every year. Residents will be required to rotate through core experiences and have the opportunity to select 2-3 elective experiences.

Core Rotations Elective Rotations (not all inclusive)

  • Medical ICU Research
  • Surgical/Trauma ICU Pediatric ICU
  • Cardiothoracic ICU Neonatal ICU
  • Coronary Care ICU Infectious Diseases
  • Neurocritical Care Unit Repeat a core rotation with an emphasis on precepting
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Advanced Heart Failure

In addition to the core learning experiences, residents participate in a number of longitudinal activities including hospital pharmacy practice (staffing component), transitional care and emergency code response. The resident will attend and actively participate in the Pharmacy Critical Care Team meetings and attend the Medical Center Critical Care Committee meetings. The resident will also be an active participant in teaching PGY1 residents, pharmacy students and house staff, and be required to complete a residency 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.

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 New England Critical Care Symposium
  • Didactic sessions with students training in the health professions
  • Editing and publishing departmental newsletters

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.

PGY1 Residents

Alyssa Lee is originally from Weston, Massachusetts and graduated with her PharmD from University of New England. Alyssa’s pharmacy interests include oncology and ambulatory care. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys traveling, food and all dogs. A fun fact about Alyssa is that she did a safari trip in South Africa!

Amy Wang is originally from Highland Park, New Jersey and graduated with her PharmD from Rutgers University. Amy’s main pharmacy interest is pediatrics. In Amy’s free time she enjoys experimenting with coffee, visiting new coffee shops, watching Netflix (Friends is her favorite show!) and window shopping!
Mark Lasorsa is originally from Coventry, Rhode Island and graduated with his PharmD from the University of Rhode Island. Mark’s pharmacy interest is oncology. Mark enjoys going to the gym, breweries, trying new restaurants and watching Netflix (favorite show is The Office). A fun fact about Mark is that he is in the Air National Guard and has been deployed twice to Kuwait, where it once hit a whopping 129 degrees!

Mark Solinsky is originally from Towson, Maryland and graduated with his PharmD from Northeastern University here in Boston. Mark’s pharmacy interests include pharmacy administration, sterile products and infusion center. Mark enjoys playing/watching soccer, photography and going to concerts. A fun fact is that Mark took photography courses in college and learned how to develop his own photo in a dark room!

Meghan McElligott is originally from Albany, New York and graduated with her PharmD from the University of Pittsburgh. Meghan’s current pharmacy interest is ambulatory care. In Meghan’s spare time she enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling/exploring new cities and hanging out with her family and friends!

PGY2 Residents

Kelly Nguyen is our PGY2 in cardiology. Kelly is from Braintree, Massachusetts and graduated with her PharmD from MCPHS – Boston. Kelly completed a PGY1 residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Kelly is a huge foodie and likes to try new places to eat! A fun fact about Kelly is that she has traveled to Vietnam 10 times!

Lauren Schwaner is our PGY2 in critical care. Lauren is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated with her PharmD from Texas Tech University in Amarillo/Dallas, Texas. Lauren completed a PGY1 residency at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas. Lauren enjoys yoga, cooking and spending time with her dog named Tegan, a husky/shepherd mix!

Kristen Carrier
is our PGY2 in ambulatory care. Kristen is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated with her PharmD from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). Kristen completed a PGY1 residency here at Tufts Medical Center. Some things that Kristen enjoys is a nice day at the beach, a good cheese board and spending time with her golden retriever, Bo!

Rayya Ramadan is our PGY2 in health-system pharmacy administration and leadership. Rayya is from Morgantown, West Virginia (Go Mountaineers!) and graduated with her PharmD from MCPHS – Boston. Rayya completed a PGY1 residency here at Tufts Medical Center. Rayya enjoys coffee daily, wine-ing occasionally and attending Boston sports games!

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