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Residency in Pharmacy at North Shore University Hospital

The postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency at North Shore University Hospital is a 12-month program that focuses on inpatient medication therapy management. It offers pharmacists the opportunity to accelerate their growth beyond entry-level proficiency and further develop their skills in the application of drug therapy knowledge and leadership. Rotations can be tailored to each resident’s field of interest.

The majority of the residents’ time will be spent working collaboratively with a medical team and other healthcare providers in various patient care units.  The resident will serve as a pharmacy resource within the team and will concentrate on direct patient care, practice management and pharmacy operational services. 

Residents will be held responsible and accountable for acquiring the following competencies:

  • Managing and improving the medication-use process
  • Providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams
  • Demonstrating project management skills
  • Providing medication and practice-related education/training to health care professionals

North Shore University Hospital’s pharmacy residency is affiliated with St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Residents are offered opportunities to teach or lecture at the university, as well as obtain a teaching certificate.  As a teaching site for the St. John’s University Doctor of Pharmacy program, pharmacy clinical faculty members also provide on-site preceptor support to our residency program. Additionally all residents will be offered opportunities to receive Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training.

Residency learning experience

Core rotations

  • Ambulatory Care experience (Geriatrics, Hepatology, HIV, Internal Medicine, Oncology)
  • Critical Care with Infectous Disease experience (MICU/SICU, NSCU or CT-ICU)
  • Internal Medicine I
  • Internal Medicine II
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Transitions of Care (Emergency Medicine)
  • Geriatrics

Elective rotations

  • Administration/Medication Safety
  • Ambulatory Care experience (Geriatrics, Hepatology, HIV, Internal Medicine, Oncology)
  • Cardiology
  • Hematology
  • Renal Transplant
  • Stroke

Longitudinal responsibilities

  • Administrative duties
  • Anticoagulation education
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Internal publications
  • Medication use evaluation
  • Research project / manuscript
  • Staffing responsibilities
  • Student preceptorship
  • Teaching certification

Application process

Applicants interested in the pharmacy residency program at North Shore University Hospital should apply using the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Applications are due by January 8.

Essential application information includes:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Pharmacy school transcript
  • Professional experience including average hours worked weekly

Faculty

Pharmacy director

Michael McDonough, BS, MS
Michael McDonough is the Director of Pharmacy at North Shore University Hospital. He received his BS and MS from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy. His areas of experience are in Pharmacy Administration, Pharmacy Automation and Technology and Pediatrics.

Program director

Michele Graci, BS, PharmD
Dr. Graci is a clinical pharmacy coordinator and is currently the PGY1 residency program director. She received her BS and PharmD from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and has been with the North Shore Pharmacy Department since 1999. 

Dr. Graci currently is the co-chair of the Committee for Safe Medication Practices, lead on the Northwell System Pharmacy Residency Committee and previously served as the residency coordinator since its commencement in 2007.  Additionally, she serves as a preceptor for the administration rotation.

Preceptors

Samrah Ahmad, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Ahmad is a clinical pharmacy coordinator practicing in oncology.  She received her PharmD from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency at Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System. 

Prior to joining North Shore University Hospital, Dr. Ahmad was an anticoagulation specialist at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.  She currently maintains a clinical pharmacy practice with the leukemia and bone marrow transplant services.  She has an interest in anticoagulation and co-chairs the Anticoagulation Safety Committee.

Svetlana Akbasheva, PharmD
Dr. Akbasheva is a clinical pharmacy coordinator practicing in internal medicine. She received her PharmD from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency at North Shore University Hospital.

Judith L. Beizer, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP, AGSF
Dr. Beizer is a tenured clinical professor at St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  She received her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and then earned her PharmD from the University of Tennessee.

After pursuing a residency in clinical pharmacy at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Beizer completed a fellowship in geriatric pharmacy at Montefiore Medical Center.  She is a past president of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and was the 2001 recipient of the ASCP Richard S. Berman service award and the 2016 recipient of the George F. Archambault Award, the highest honor from ASCP.  Dr. Beizer serves on the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Beizer frequently speaks on the topic of medication use in the elderly to both health professionals and senior adult groups.  She was on the expert panel that worked on the AGS 2018, 2015 and 2012 Updated Beers Criteria and was an editor of the Geriatric Dosage Handbook.  She currently maintains a clinical pharmacy practice at the Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation.

Sebastian Choi, PharmD
Dr. Choi is a clinical pharmacy coordinator practicing in internal medicine. He received his PharmD from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency at North Shore University Hospital and an ASHP-accredited PGY2 geriatrics residency at the LECOM School of Pharmacy/Millcreek Community Hospital.

Valerie Demekhin, Pharm.D., BCCCP, BCPS
Dr. Demekhin participates in multidisciplinary patient care rounds and provides pharmacotherapy services in the cardiothoracic critical care unit (CT-ICU). Dr. Demekhin precepts PGY-1 pharmacy residents for the elective rotation, CT-ICU. In addition, she is a member of critical care and heart transplant committees. Dr. Demekhin is an active member within American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), New York City Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NYSCHP) and Royal Counties Society of Health System Pharmacists (RCHSP). She serves as a journal review for Journal of Pharmacy Practice and has presented on topics such as pulmonary arterial hypertension, management of toxicological emergencies (calcium channel and beta blockers overdose, role of lipids in toxicology world, sulfonylurea overdose, et.al.), management of hypertensive urgencies and emergencies, therapeutic hypothermia, sepsis and stroke.

Dr. Demekhin’s areas of interest include toxicology, sedation, infectious diseases, stroke, surgery/neurosurgery, heart transplant and cardiology.

Gregory J. Hughes, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Dr. Hughes is an Associate Clinical 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 a PGY1 pharmacy residency in the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and served as a Clinical Instructor at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy prior to joining the St. John’s University faculty.  Dr. Hughes provides clinical instruction for pharmacy students and residents on a hospitalist-led Internal Medicine service.

Nicholas Jandovitz, PharmD
Dr. Jandovitz is a clinical pharmacy coordinator practicing in solid organ transplantation. He received his PharmD from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency at North Shore University Hospital and an ASHP-accredited PGY2 residency in solid organ transplant at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. At NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital he practiced for a year with the pediatric solid organ transplant programs (kidney, heart, liver and small bowel) and a year with the adult renal/pancreas transplant program. Currently he practices with the renal transplant program and oversees the heart transplant program and the future liver transplant program. 

Jimmy Johnson, PharmD
Dr. Johnson is a Pharmacist practicing in Emergency medicine. He received his PharmD from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency at North Shore University Hospital. He sits as Co-Chair for the Collaborative Care Committee and acts as the primary preceptor for pharmacy IPPE students from St. John’s University and University of Rhode Island.

Rubiya Kabir, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Kabir is the Assistant Director for Clinical Pharmacy Services & Education. She received her PharmD from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency at North Shore University Hospital. 

After completing her training, Dr. Kabir practiced in the medical and surgical intensive care units for eight years prior to her current role. Additionally, she has been involved in developing the antimicrobial stewardship and the pharmacy technician driven medication history programs in the hospital. 

Dr. Kabir currently serves as the President for the Long Island Society of Health-system Pharmacists.

Chung-Shien Lee, Pharm.D., 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 PGY1 pharmacy residency at North Shore University Hospital and an ASHP-accredited PGY2 residency in oncology at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Lee currently provides clinical pharmacy services at Monter Cancer Center.

Susan Lee, PharmD, BCPS, CDE
Dr. Lee is a specialist pharmacist practicing in hepatology.  She received her PharmD from St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency at North Shore University Hospital.

She currently maintains a clinical pharmacy practice in the ambulatory care setting in hepatology.

Samantha Liaw, BS, PharmD, CDE
Dr. Liaw is a clinical pharmacy coordinator practicing in cardiology. She received her PharmD from Nova Southeastern University and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. She currently maintains a clinical pharmacy practice in the coronary care unit (CCU) and a telemetry unit.

Dr. Liaw is an active member of the Long Island Society of Health-system Pharmacists, currently serving as President-Elect. She previously served as Delegate and Secretary.

Amanda Lin, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Lin is a clinical pharmacy coordinator practicing in the neurosurgical critical care unit (NSCU).  She received her PharmD from the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at LIU.  She completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, as well as a PGY2 internal medicine residency at University Pittsburgh Medical Center, Presbyterian Shadyside. 

Evelyn Luo, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Luo is a clinical pharmacy coordinator practicing in critical care. She received her BS in pharmacy from Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University and PharmD from St .John’s University College of Pharmacy. She completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy at Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an ASHP-accredited PGY2 critical care residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.

She currently maintains a clinical pharmacy practice in the medical and surgical intensive care units.  Additionally, Dr. Luo is involved in antimicrobial stewardship initiatives throughout the hospital and is a member of the system Antimicrobial Stewardship Task Force Committee.

Nissa Mazzola, PharmD, CDE
Dr. Mazzola is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Clinical Health Professions at St. John’s University.  She received her PharmD from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in medical education before joining St. John's as an instructor in the pharmacy practice laboratory. 

Dr. Mazzola later transitioned to a faculty position with a practice site at the General Internal Medicine Ambulatory Clinic at North Shore University Hospital, where she maintains clinical pharmacy practice in internal medicine, specializing in managing and educating patients with diabetes.
 
Loyce Mol, PharmD, AAHIVP, BCACP

Dr. Mol is a Pharmacy specialist in Ambulatory care/HIV in the Infectious Disease outpatient clinic. She obtained both her BS and Pharm D from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy in Houston Texas.  She went on to complete a PGY-1 residency at Brookdale University hospital medical center in Brooklyn NY focusing on am care and administrative management.

Dr. Mol’s work is focused on medication adherence and collaboration of healthcare between physicians, patients and pharmacy utilizing her CDTM agreement with the 17 physicians who provide service in the clinic.

Michele Pisano, PharmD, CGP
Dr. Pisano is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Clinical Health Professions at St. John’s University.  She received her PharmD from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Ortho-Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson company. She stayed in industry as a medical science liaison in the cardiometabolic arena before transitioning to an ambulatory care role at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. 

Dr. Pisano later moved to a faculty position with a practice site at Division of Geriatrics Outpatient Clinic at North Shore University Hospital, where she sees complex patients alongside an interdisciplinary team.

Residents

Current residents

Bianca Chiu, PharmD
Dr. Chiu graduated with her PharmD from St. John’s University. Her current interests include transitions of care, ambulatory care, and geriatrics.

Christie Lee, PharmD
Dr. Lee graduated with her PharmD from St. John’s University. Her current interests include ambulatory care and infectious disease.

Julie Mandel, PharmD
Dr. Mandel graduated with her PharmD from the University Of Pittsburgh. Her current interests include solid organ transplantation and neonatal medicine.

Jenny Seo, PharmD
Dr. Seo graduated with her PharmD from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her current interest include critical care, internal medicine, and infectious diseases.

Past residents

Class of 2017-2018
Ruby Lee
Minna Lee
Michelle Min
Dennis Huang

Class of 2016-2017
Svetlana Akbasheva
Erika Da Costa
Julia Galea
Tasnima Nabi

Class of 2015-2016
Sebastian Choi
Megan Lam
Adrienne Ma
Nataliya Sulyk

Class of 2014-2015
Meril Abraham
Helen Dong
Jason Li
Zera Yilmaz

Class of 2013-2014
Jenny Bute
Nicholas Jandovitz
Jessica Lee
Khilna Patel

Class of 2012-2013
Justin Chiang
Jimmy Johnson

Class of 2011-2012
Chung-Shien Lee
Leslie Varikattu

Class of 2010-2011
Erin Harbison
Paige Pillischafske

Class of 2009-2010
Latchmin Raghunauth
Lisa Rodolico