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Pharmacy Residency Program

Overview

The ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice 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 an integrated pharmacy practice that includes clinical, distributive, research, and education responsibilities.  The program concentrates on resident development throughout the year. Residents completing this program are prepared to enter directly into health system pharmacy practice or pursue PGY-2 pharmacy positions.

Why Choose Tufts Medical Center?

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. It also sponsors nineteen specialty ACGME-accredited clinical training programs.

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. Tufts Medical Center is also home to the Floating Hospital for Children, a full-service children's hospital dedicated exclusively to all levels of pediatric care.

Tufts Medical Center provides heart, kidney and bone marrow transplants, is a level I trauma center, provides comprehensive neurological and neurosurgical care, and offers cutting-edge cancer treatments.

Tufts Medical Center is also home to The Boston Gamma Knife Center, the first and only Gamma Knife Center in Massachusetts and northern New England.

What is the Department of Pharmacy Like?

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 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:

  • Tufts Medical Center
  • Tufts University School of Medicine
  •  Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences Northeastern University's Bouve College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Curriculum

Residency outcomes

Upon completion of our residency, the resident will be expected to:

  • Manage and improve the medication use process
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills
  • Demonstrate project management skills
  • Provide medication and practice related education/training
  • Utilize medical informatics
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills

Learning experiences

Residents are required to rotate through core experiences in ambulatory care, cancer, critical care, medicine/surgery, pediatrics, and practice management/operations.  Longitudinal experiences that involve participation on multidisciplinary committees are also required.  Most commonly these involve working with the formulary management, medication safety, and the pharmacy/nursing committees.  Up to two additional elective experiences may be selected from the list below:

  • General cardiology
  • Heart failure
  • Infectious diseases and geographic medicine
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Solid organ transplantation
  • Medical intensive care
  • Surgical intensive care
  • Neonatology
  • Pediatric intensive care
  • Geriatrics
  • Informatics
  • Nephrology 
  • Teaching    

An individualized learning plan for the residency year is initially created based on the above requirements and the resident's interests. Together, the resident and program director continually assess the resident's skills, progress, and further training needs as the year progresses.

A "major project" is required of each resident. The project's focus areas may include clinical, administrative, medication use, medication safety, or other areas of interest to the resident and in alignment with strategic initiatives for the department. There will be one major project advisor as well as a project committee to assist and guide the resident as the project progresses. It is expected that each resident's project will be presented at the Eastern States Residency Conference followed by submission of a written manuscript suitable for publication.

Teaching opportunities

Experience in teaching (instruction, coaching, facilitation) is gained through active participation in numerous committees, clinical conferences and in-service presentations, as well as CE presentations.

Residents may also be responsible for precepting students in the department's undergraduate clinical clerkship programs. Opportunities are available for our residents to help facilitate pharmacotherapy seminars at local colleges of pharmacy and they routinely participate in monthly teaching seminars held in conjunction with other Boston area residency programs. Some of the CE opportunities include:

  • Preparation and presentation of 2 board-certified CE lectures
  • Presentation of Residency Project results to pharmacy staff, to the Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and at the Eastern States Residency Conference
  • Didactic sessions with students training in the health professions
  • Editing and publishing departmental newsletters

Affiliations

Although the residency program is not offered jointly with any university, 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 classes, interact with medical and pharmacy students, and to precept pharmacy interns and students.

Life as A Resident

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, and in fact, can be very troublesome and expensive. 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 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.

Learn more about what it’s like to live in Boston

Faculty

Leadership

Ross W. Thompson, M.S., the Director of Pharmacy, plays an integral role in the education, guidance, and motivation of the residents. Meetings are held regularly with the residents to discuss topics relevant to hospital pharmacy administration and management, as well as other topics of interest to the residents.

Paul Abourjaily, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care, oversees the day-to-day elements of the residency program and works closely with each resident to create and modify their individual development plan.

Joan Calamari, PharmD
Assistant Director of Pharmacy

Frank Massaro, PharmD
Assistant Director Pharmacy

Luca Cattaneo, R.Ph.
Assistant Director of Outpatient Pharmacy Services

Debra MacIsaac, R.Ph. MS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Finance Manager)

Melissa Ortega, PharmD, MS
Pharmacy Operations Manager

Kiki Catanzano
Pharmacy Purchasing Manager

Frank Crownover, PharmD, MSHI
Pharmacy Informatics Manager

Melissa Rogerson
Pharmacy Business Manager

Jules Trahan, PharmD
Medication Safety Coordinator

Inpatient

Paul Baker, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Biljana Bazdar, PharmD
Pharmacy Operations Specialist (Investigational Drug Service)

Kirthana (Kira) Beaulac, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Infectious Disease)

Stacey Benotti, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Audrey Bernard, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Informatics)

Matthew Borden, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Shannon Bradley, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Solid Organ Transplant)

Bindu Chakkalakkal, PharmD
Pharmacy Operations Specialist (Pediatrics)

John Devlin, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Critical Care)

Shelly A. Fallo, R.Ph.
Pharmacy Operations Specialist (Oncology)

Shuang Fan, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Informatics)

Erika Felix-Getzik, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Cardiology)

Justin Fongemie, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Cardiology)

Susan Forbes, R.Ph.
Clinical Pharmacist

Jeff (Michael) Graham, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Nathan Hartwell, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Pediatric Hematology/Oncology)

Sandra Hennessy, PharmD, CNSC
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Pediatrics)

Vasilika Koci, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Nassima Lamriben, R.Ph.
Clinical Pharmacist

Xuzhi Li, R.Ph.
Clinical Pharmacist

Melissa Mazzaferro, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Jean Mildenberger, R.Ph. MS
Pharmacy Operations Specialist

Amy Milewski, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Hanh Ngo, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Thuan Nguyen, R.Ph.
Clinical Pharmacist

Thuy Nguyen, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Tuanh Phan, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Vi Phan, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Kristen Resca, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Russel Roberts, PharmD
Sr. Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Critical Care)

Emily Rowe, PharmD, BCPS
Sr. Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Pediatrics)

Peter Shupenes, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Erica Smith, R.Ph.
Clinical Pharmacist

Lynne M. Sylvia, PharmD
Sr. Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Cardiology)

Evan Taylor, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Gueorgui Traykov, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Xiaohong (Cynthia) Zhang, R.Ph.
Clinical Pharmacist

Outpatient

Adnan Abdulhusain, PharmD
Pharmacy Operations Specialist (Outpatient)

Andrew Martin, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Rachana Patel, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Anthony Siciliano, R.Ph.
Clinical Pharmacist

Vankhanh (Kathy) Tran, PharmD
Pharmacy Operations Specialist (Outpatient)

How to Apply

To apply, applicants must:

  • Possess a PharmD degree from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy
  • Be eligible for licensure in Massachusetts
  • Be registered with the National Matching Service
  • Register with PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service) and provide the following application requirements:
  • Demographics
  • Academic History (pharmacy and non-pharmacy colleges attended)
  • Official college of pharmacy transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement/Letter of Intent
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Formal References

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 that the residency application deadline for Tufts Medical Center is January 5th. 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 the informal sessions 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 gives our staff a more leisurely and comfortable opportunity 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. Along with the invitation will be a request to supply us with a passport type photograph.

Salary + Benefits

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. Benefits are comparable to those provided to our Medical Center employees, and include:

  • 11 paid holidays
  • 2 weeks of paid vacation
  • Sick leave
  • Benefit program, offering choices among medical, dental, life, and disability plans

Finally, the department provides funds to partially offset the cost of travel to the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Eastern States Residency Conference, and other local and regional professional conferences.

Contact Information

To learn more, contact:

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