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Residency in Pharmacy at Long Island Jewish Medical Center

About the program

Long Island Jewish Medical Center is currently offering a PGY-1 pharmacy residency program to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for the medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions. This program will build on Doctor of Pharmacy education and outcomes and make residents eligible for board certification and PGY-2 pharmacy residency training.

About Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Long Island Jewish Medical Center is a nonprofit, academic tertiary care facility part of Northwell Health. Our medical center has five major components: Katz Women’s Hospital, Cohen Children's Medical Center, Zucker Hillside Hospital, Long Island Jewish Valley Stream and Long Island Jewish Forest Hills. We serve the greater metropolitan New York area bordering Queens and Nassau counties, just 15 miles east of Manhattan. 

Long Island Jewish Medical Center is a 524-bed teaching hospital offering 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 a collaborative team approach to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.

Program description

The PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center is a twelve-month structured training program focusing on acute care. This ASHP-accredited residency has core and elective learning experiences delivered longitudinally or in four 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, as well as 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. 

This 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 Northwell Health initiatives and network with other residents and clinical pharmacists.

Learning experiences

  • Required/core learning experiences
    • Ambulatory care
    • Critical care
    • Diabetes education
    • Drug information
    • Emergency medicine
    • Infectious diseases
    • Internal medicine
    • Medication safety
    • Transitions of care/medication history
    • Unit-based pharmacy/staffing
       
  • Elective learning experiences
    • Select from the following or repeat any core or elective learning experience with modifications at our main campus or at one of our community hospitals:
      • Antimicrobial stewardship
      • Corporate medication safety/administration
      • Hematology
      • Oncology (inpatient and/or ambulatory)
      • Palliative care
      • Pediatrics
      • Sterile compounding
    • There are opportunities to create additional elective learning experiences based on individual interests.
       
  • Longitudinal learning experiences/responsibilities
    • Administrative duties
    • Anticoagulation education
    • Continuing education program
    • Drug information
    • Internal publications
    • Medication use evaluation
    • Research project/manuscript
    • Staffing (every 3rd weekend)
    • Student preceptorship
    • Teaching certificate/activities

Application process

Applicants interested in the pharmacy residency program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center should apply through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Applications must be submitted by January 9.

Essential application information includes:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent (2-page maximum)
  • Official copy of college transcript from college of pharmacy
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, one written by a faculty member at current college of pharmacy

Once the application requirements are received and reviewed, the applicant will be considered for an on-site interview.

PROGRAM CONTACTS
Lauren M. McKeon, PharmD
Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Clinical and Educational Services
Residency Program Director
Phone: (718) 470-7434
Email: [email protected]

Faculty and residents

Program director

Lauren M. McKeon, PharmD
Dr. McKeon is the Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Clinical and Educational Services at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Queens, followed by completion of an ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Following her residency, she stayed on staff at the hospital as a clinical coordinator and focused in areas of Internal medicine and transitions of care, served as a preceptor to both residents and students, and was involved in many anticoagulation and medication safety initiatives. Dr. McKeon takes special interest in educating patients, healthcare providers, students and residents. As graduate of our residency program, she is proud to now serve as the residency program director.

Preceptors

Caitlyn Cummings, PharmD
Dr. Cummings is a clinical pharmacy coordinator focusing on transitions of care in collaboration with the endocrine team. Her practice allows her to see patients in the hospital and follow up in the ambulatory care clinic on-site at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Areas of research interest include diabetes, anticoagulation, and transitions of care.  

Thien-Ly Doan, PharmD, BCPS, Added qualifications in infectious diseases
Dr. Doan is a clinical pharmacy coordinator specializing in infectious diseases. She works very closely with the adult infectious disease team and rounds daily with the team. Her primary responsibility is to oversee the antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In addition, she co-chairs the Northwell Enterprise ASP Committee. Dr. Doan received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University in Brooklyn. She completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at the Manhattan campus of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) New York Harbor Healthcare System, followed by an ASHP-accredited PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Specialty Residency at the James J. Peters VA Hospital in the Bronx.  She is interested in teaching, clinical research, and everything related to “bugs and drugs.”

Caitlin Duffy, BSN, RN, CDE, CCRN
Ms. Duffy is a registered nurse and a certified diabetes educator for the Department of Medicine and Division of Endocrinology, as well as a member of the inpatient diabetes team. Her practice involves patient and staff education, quality improvement projects related to diabetes care and maintaining the hospital’s advanced certification of inpatient diabetes care from the Joint Commission. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Molloy College and is currently enrolled at Hofstra University in the Master of Science Health Professions Pedagogy and Leadership Program.

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 Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Her practice is dedicated to ensuring delivery of appropriate drug therapy to patients by assisting physicians with drug regimens and offering direct care to patients within the ambulatory care clinic. Dr. Ezzo is an active member of the 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. 

Keith Falsetta, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Falsetta is a critical care clinical pharmacy coordinator practicing in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU). He received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Brooklyn and completed his PGY-1 residency at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  His passion for Critical Care Medicine led him to Minneapolis, where he completed his PGY-2 training in Critical Care Pharmacy at Hennepin County Medical Center. He rounds with the MICU medical team daily and currently serves as the residency program preceptor for the critical care learning experience.

Christine J. Garibotto, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Garibotto is a clinical pharmacy coordinator at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream. She earned her Bachelor of Science in pharmacology from Stony Brook University before going on to complete her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale. Dr. Garibotto completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and, following her graduation, stayed on staff with Northwell Health as a Clinical Coordinator. Her focus is internal medicine from a community hospital perspective. Dr. Garibotto enjoys precepting students and is looking forward to working with residents in the future.

Susan Giacalone, BS in Pharmacy
Susan Giacalone is a pharmacy specialist. She graduated from St. John’s University and brings her extensive experience in sterile and non-sterile compounding not only to Long Island Jewish Medical Center, but also throughout the Northwell Health system. She is an active member of the Northwell Enterprise 797/800 Committee and manages the daily activities related to the Long Island Jewish IV room. She embraces her role as an educator to other healthcare professionals and future pharmacists in the areas of sterile products, policies and procedures, The Joint Commission standards and nutrition (e.g., total parenteral nutrition).

Michelle S. Glater, PharmD
Dr. Glater is a clinical pharmacy coordinator focusing on medication safety and anticoagulation. Dr. Glater also serves as a preceptor to pharmacy students from St. John’s University on their APPE rotations. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Prior to joining Long Island Jewish Medical Center, 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.

Christopher Ho, PharmD, BCACP
Dr. Christopher Ho is an internal medicine clinical pharmacy coordinator. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Stony Brook before going on to complete his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester, Massachusetts. He then completed his PGY-1 residency at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in New York. Prior to his current position at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, he was an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Brooklyn and maintained his practice site at the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System (Brooklyn Campus). Currently, he practices collaboratively with the inpatient medicine teams and has research interests in areas of diabetes management and cardiology.

Anish Joseph, PharmD
Dr. Joseph 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 New York. Prior to joining Long Island Jewish Hospital, Dr. Joseph was a pediatric pharmacist at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in New York. He currently practices within the inpatient Hematology/Oncology Service. 

Gurpreet Kaur, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Kaur is a unit-based pharmacist practicing in the Emergency Department. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University in New York. Dr. Kaur is involved in establishing pharmacy services in the emergency department and actively participates in code response. She is an Affiliate Assistant Clinical Professor for St. John’s University and serves as a preceptor for PGY-1 resident rotations in the emergency department as well as for our staffing learning experiences.

Kimberly Kiernan, PharmD
Dr. Kiernan is a unit-based pharmacist practicing in the cardiothoracic and surgical critical care units. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in New York in 2014. She started her career in pharmacy as an intern here at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 2012 and has been a pharmacist at Northwell Health for the last four years. She provides pharmacy services to the interdisciplinary team and works closely with the medicine and nursing teams to provide education to healthcare professionals, patients and families. Currently, she serves as a preceptor for the staffing learning experiences.

Chung-Shien Lee, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP
Dr. Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Health Professions at St. John’s University. He received his PharmD from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency at North Shore University Hospital and an ASHP-accredited PGY-2 residency in oncology at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Lee currently provides clinical pharmacy services at Monter Cancer Center.

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 Long Island Jewish Medical Center since 2000. She currently maintains a clinical pharmacy practice at the Long Island Jewish Hospital Drug Information Service. Prior to her position as a drug information specialist, she served as an internal medicine clinical coordinator at Long Island Jewish 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. 

Lori Nisanyan, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Lori Nisanyan is a clinical pharmacy coordinator practicing in the emergency department (ED). She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. John’s University and completed her PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at The Valley Hospital. Prior to joining the team at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, she practiced as a clinical pharmacist in the ED at Lenox Hill Hospital within Northwell Health. She responds to codes and resuscitations in the ED and currently serves as a residency program preceptor for the emergency medicine rotation. 

Deep Patel, PharmD
Dr. Patel is the Clinical Coordinator for Transitions of Care. He is heavily involved in the planning and execution of new initiatives to improve overall transitions of care within the hospital. Dr. Patel received his Doctor of Pharmacy from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in New York. After graduation, he completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Currently, he is also a part-time community pharmacist at CVS Health, Captain in the United States Army Reserves, and Immediate Past President of Royal Counties Society of Health-System Pharmacists (RCSHP). In an effort to further his education, he is pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration at Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business.

Jaheera Rehmat, PharmD
Dr. Rehmat is a unit-based pharmacist practicing in pulmonary care and internal medicine. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University in 2011. She started her career in pharmacy as an intern here at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 2008 and has been a pharmacist at Northwell Health for the last five years. She was a member of the team that initiated the Care Model Unit on 5 South and also initiated a pilot program that helped create the new Medication History Pharmacy Service. She continues to provide pharmacy services to the interdisciplinary team and works closely with medicine and nursing to provide education to health careprofessionals, patients and families. Currently, she serves as a preceptor for the staffing learning experiences.

Maha Saad, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS

Dr. Saad is an associate clinical professor at St. John’s University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in New York. She currently maintains a clinical pharmacy practice as Co-Director of the Long Island Jewish Hospital Drug Information Service. She received her Bachelor and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Lebanese American University (LAU), and completed an ASHP-accredited geriatric residency and fellowship in Geriatric Pshychopharmacology at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn. Prior to joining the St. John’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Dr. Saad was a clinical coordinator of the Drug Information Center at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Saad is the faculty advisor of Drug Information Association (DIA). She was the recipient of the 2012–2013 Professor of the Year Award for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Current residents

Marina Barsoum, PharmD
Dr. Barsoum graduated from St. John’s University in May of 2018. Currently, her interests include oncology, emergency medicine, and academia; since starting her PGY-1 she has also developed an interest in palliative care. After completing her PGY-1 residency at Long Island Jewish, she plans to pursue a PGY-2 residency. She would love to practice as a clinical pharmacist, preceptor and professor in the future. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, traveling and trying new foods.

Lendelle Raymond, PharmD
Dr. Raymond graduated from Touro College of Pharmacy in May 2018. She also received her Bachelor’s in Biochemistry from Adelphi University and Master’s in Medicinal Chemistry from St. John’s University. Her current areas of interest include critical care, infectious disease and cardiology. During the next year, she plans on developing her clinical skills and ultimately pursuing a PGY-2 residency. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing tennis, riding her bicycle and spending time with her friends and family.

Krislyn Schweiger, PharmD
Dr. Schweiger received her PharmD from St. John’s University. Currently, her areas of interest include cardiology, drug information, women’s health and academia. After completing her PGY-1 residency, she hopes to pursue a clinical career in the pharmaceutical industry as a medical science liaison. In her free time, she enjoys watching international soccer, practicing yoga, baking and playing with her niece and nephews.

Past residents

Class of 2017-2018
Sarah Krizan, PharmD
Jessica Maas, PharmD
Kevin Won, PharmD

Class of 2016-2017
Caitlyn Cummings, PharmD
Bejoy Maniara, PharmD
Sweta Patel, PharmD

Class of 2015 - 2016
Deep Patel, PharmD
Samad Tirmizi, PharmD
Helen Zaychik, PharmD

Class of 2014 - 2015
Miri Mineh, BS, PharmD
Hamid Razaki, PharmD
Mabel Wai, PharmD

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-McKeon, PharmD
Lee Fiebert, PharmD

Class of 2008-2009
Kim Nguyen, PharmD

Class of 2007-2008
Blaine Houst, PharmD
Magda Krawiec, PharmD