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Residency Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Hospital Information

Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC) is a voluntary, non-profit academic tertiary care facility, which is part of the North Shore-LIJ (NSLIJ) Health System and is affiliated with the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Our 48-acre campus has three major components: Long Island Jewish Hospital including Katz Women’s Hospital, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center and The Zucker Hillside Hospital. The medical center serves the greater metropolitan New York area bordering Queens and Nassau counties, just 15 miles east of Manhattan. The LIJ Hospital is a 524-bed teaching hospital that offers world-class cardiology, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, orthopedics, head and neck oncology, urology, gynecology and vascular programs. The primary focus is on complete patient care, which encompasses a healing environment, hospitality and collaborative team approach to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.

Program Purpose

The purpose of our post-graduate year one (PGY-1) pharmacy residency is to prepare the clinician for patient care positions, adjunct faculty positions, or for PGY-2 training in area of choice. Our program enhances general competencies in providing optimal pharmaceutical care, managing medication-use systems which help support optimal medication therapy outcomes for patients with complex disease states and co-morbidities.
 

Program Description

The PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC) is a twelve month structured training program, focusing on acute care. The ASHP-accredited residency has core and elective learning experiences (LE) delivered longitudinally or in four and five week blocks, which are tailored to meet the needs and interests of the resident. The program is designed to enhance the resident’s skills and competence in providing optimal pharmaceutical care to diverse patient populations. As part of the training, the resident will develop a broad understanding of pharmacotherapeutic principles, ethical, and socioeconomic issues affecting medical care and pharmacy practice. Additionally, the resident will build on his or her practice management and leadership skills through administrative functions. The program is affiliated with St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The resident will have multiple opportunities to precept and teach pharmacy students, partake in educational activities on and off campus, and acquire a teaching certificate through the College of Pharmacy. The program strives to provide the resident with the necessary skills to develop a personal program for self-study and professional growth through guidance, assistance and supervision from the Department of Pharmacy and St. John’s University clinical faculty. Furthermore, the resident will participate in North Shore-Long Island Jewish (NSLIJ) Health System initiatives and network with other residents and clinical pharmacists.
 

LEARNING EXPERIENCES

 
Core
·        Administration / Medication Safety
·        Ambulatory Care
·        Critical Care (Medical Intensive Care Unit)
·        Drug Information
·        Emergency Medicine
·        Infectious Diseases
·        Internal Medicine
·        Research & Staffing
 
Elective
·        Cardiology (Coronary Care Unit)
·        Cardiothoracic Survey (Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit)
·        Clinical Informatics
·        Critical Care (Surgical Intensive Care Unit)
·        Diabetes Education
·        Heart Failure
·        Oncology
·        Psychiatry
·        Other rotations are available based on resident interest
 
Longitudinal Responsibilities
·        Administrative duties
·        Anticoagulation education
·        Educational / teaching activities
·        Internal publications
·        Medication use evaluation (MUE)
·        Research project
·        Research manuscript and publications
·        Student preceptorship
 

BIOGRAPHIES

 
Program Director
 
Ashley Richardson-Galla, PharmD, BCACP, is the Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Clinical and Educational Services, at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Prior to joining the team at LIJMC, she was an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, and served as an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacotherapy Specialist at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, New York. Dr. Richardson is board certified in Ambulatory Care through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Dr. Richardson received her PharmD from Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. After graduation, she completed a ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency with an emphasis in Ambulatory Care at the Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in Bay Pines, FL. Dr. Richardson-Galla currently serves as the President-Elect of the Royal Counties Society of Health-System Pharmacists (RCSHP).
  
Preceptors
 
Manouchkathe Cassagnol, PharmD, BCPS, CGP
Dr. Cassagnol is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at St. John’s University and the Clinical Coordinator in the Coronary Care Unit at LIJMC. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Dr. Cassagnol then completed ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice and PGY-2 Internal Medicine Pharmacotherapy residencies at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in NY. Dr. Cassagnol also completed a Drug Interaction Editorial Fellowship at the Medical Letter Inc.  She is the past president of the Association of Black Health-System Pharmacists (ABHP) and was the 2010 recipient of the ABHP President Award.
 
Christine Ciaramella, PharmD
Dr. Ciaramella is the Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator practicing in the Emergency Department. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. She completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at NYU Langone Medical Center and an ASHP-accredited PGY2 Emergency Medicine Specialty Residency at University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Ciaramella is involved with establishing clinical pharmacy services in the emergency department and actively participates in code response. She also serves as a preceptor for APPE student and PGY1 resident rotations.
 
Thien-Ly Doan, PharmD, BCPS, AQ-ID
Dr. Doan is a Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, specializing in infectious diseases and is responsible for the antimicrobial stewardship program. Dr. Doan works very closely with the adult infectious disease consult team. Dr. Doan received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University in NY. She completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at the NY Harbor Healthcare System of Veterans Affairs and an ASHP-accredited PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Specialty Residency at the James J. Peters, Veterans Affairs Hospital in Bronx, NY.
 
Danielle Ezzo, PharmD, BCPS, CGP
Dr. Ezzo is a graduate of St. John’s University in New York both with her Bachelor’s and Doctorate in Pharmacy.  She completed a one-year pharmacy residency at the New York Harbor Healthcare System Department of Veterans Affairs.  She has also received certifications in pharmacotherapy and geriatric care.  Currently she is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and serves as Clinical Coordinator of Ambulatory Care at LIJMC.  Her practice is dedicated to ensuring appropriate drug therapy to patients by assisting physicians with drug regimens as well as offering direct care to patients within the ambulatory care clinic.  Dr. Ezzo is an active member of American Pharmacist Association, Nonprescription Medicine Academy, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and American College of Clinical Pharmacy.  Dr. Ezzo is currently the faculty advisor to APhA-ASP and has earned the 2010 – 2011 Teacher of the Year Award at St. John’s University. 
 
Michelle S. Glater, PharmD
Dr. Glater is a Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator focusing on medication safety and serves as the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) preceptor for pharmacy students. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Prior to joining LIJMC, she practiced as a pediatric clinical specialist at several children’s hospitals, including Temple University Children’s Medical Center, St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center and Cohen Children’s Medical Center.
 
Lauren E. Healy, BS, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Healy is a Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator practicing in the Medical Intensive Care Unit.  She received her Bachelor degree in chemistry from Colgate University, and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Healy completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL.  Prior to joining LIJMC, she practiced as an internal medicine pharmacist with a focus in nephrology at the James. J. Peters Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Bronx, NY.  Dr. Healy serves as a preceptor during their IPPE rotations as well as PGY-1 residents during their critical care rotation.
 
Farah Khorasanni, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Khorassani is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice at St. John’s University and a Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator at Zucker-Hillside Hospital, the psychiatric hospital affiliated with LIJMC. She received her Bachelor’s in Chemistry from the University at Buffalo and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Khorassani completed her ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and her PGY-2 Psychiatric Specialty Residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals. Dr. Khorassani provides clinical instruction to St. John’s students and maintains practice on the inpatient, adult, psychiatry services at Zucker-Hillside Hospital.
 
Nicole M. Maisch, PharmD
Dr. Maisch is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Dr. Maisch has provided clinical instruction for pharmacy students and pharmacy residents at LIJ Hospital since 2000.  She currently maintains a clinical pharmacy practice at the LIJ Hospital Drug Information Service.  Prior to her position as a Drug Information Specialist, she served as an internal medicine clinical coordinator at LIJ for several years.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. 
 
Lauren McKeon, PharmD
Dr. McKeon is an Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator. Her primary practice sites include the inpatient medicine units working in collaboration with the internal medicine teams. Dr. McKeon is involved in transitions of care, medication safety and anticoagulation initiatives. Additionally, she takes special interest in educating patients, healthcare providers and students. Dr. McKeon received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in NY. She completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at LIJMC.
 
Maha Saad PharmD, CGP, BCPS
Dr. Saad is an Assistant Clinical Professor at St John’s University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in NY. She received her Bachelor and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Lebanese American University (LAU). She completed an ASHP-accredited Geriatric residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center and a Fellowship in Geriatric Psychopharmacology. Prior to joining the St. John’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Dr. Saad was a clinical coordinator at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. She currently maintains a clinical pharmacy practice at the LIJ Hospital Drug Information Service. 
 
Candace Smith, PharmD
Dr. Smith is an Associate Clinical Professor and Chair of the Clinical Pharmacy Practice Department at St. John's University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in NY.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from UC Berkeley, Health Sciences from San Jose State University and Pharmacy from St. John's University.  She received her post-doctorate, Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. John's University.  She completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 residency at UC San Francisco. She currently maintains a clinical practice site at LIJMC in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit.  Her primary research interests involve pharmacokinetics and the critically ill.
 
Anish Sundaresh, PharmD
Dr. Sundaresh is a Pharmacy Specialist practicing in oncology. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University in NY. Prior to joining Long Island Jewish Hospital, Dr. Sundaresh was a pediatric pharmacist at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in NY. He currently practices within the inpatient Hematology/Oncology Service. 
 
Current Residents

Miri Mineh, BS, PharmD
Dr. Mineh has a B.S. in Psychology, with a minor in chemistry, from Brooklyn College and earned her PharmD at Long Island University. Her current areas of interest include pharmacy administration, drug information, and oncology. She plans to pursue a PGY2 in an area of interest after completion of the residency.
 
Hamid Razaki, PharmD
Hamid Razaki received his PharmD from the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy at Long Island University in 2013.  His current interests are in critical care, infectious disease and pediatrics. He plans to pursue a PGY-2 residency upon completion of his PGY-1 at LIJMC.
 
Mabel Wai, PharmD
Dr. Wai earned her PharmD from the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University in New York. Her current areas of interest include critical care and emergency medicine. She plans to pursue a PGY-2 in an area of interest upon completion of the residency.
 
Past Residents
 
Class of 2013-2014
Tina Joseph, PharmD
Eric La, PharmD
Samantha Reiss, PharmD
Jaclyn Scott, PharmD
 
Class of 2012-2013
Diana Farino, PharmD
Timothy Ho, PharmD
Kimberly Ng, PharmD
 
Class of 2011-2012
Jonathan Falsetta, PharmD
James Fiebert, PharmD
Christine Garibotto, PharmD
 
Class of 2010-2011
Jessie Sullivan, PharmD
Kaity Wan, PharmD
 
 
Class of 2009-2010
Lauren Corrado, PharmD
Lee Fiebert, PharmD
 
 
Class of 2008-2009
Kim Nguyen, PharmD
 
 
Class of 2007-2008
Blaine Houst, PharmD
Magda Krawiec, PharmD
 
 

HOW TO APPLY

Applications are due on January 12th and should be submitted via the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Letter of intent (2 pages maximum)
  • Official college of pharmacy transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • One required to be written by faculty member at current college of pharmacy
    • Written letters of recommendation in addition to the PhORCAS recommendation forms are preferred
 
Once the application requirements are received and reviewed by the Residency Selection Committee using standardized evaluation rubrics, applicants will be considered for an on-site interview. 

PROGRAM CONTACTS
Ashley Richardson-Galla, PharmD, BCACP
Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Clinical & Educational Services
Residency Program Director
Phone: 718-470-7434
Email: 
arichards4@nshs.edu
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