Middlesex Health/University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies Postgraduate Year One (PGY-1) Residency

The Middlesex Health/University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program began on July 1, 2019.  The residency program is in ASHP Candidate Status.  This program is unique given the collaboration between Middlesex Health and the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies, allowing the resident to experience both structured clinical and academic learning experiences.  The primary training site is at Middlesex Health, with the academic rotation completed at the University of Saint Joseph Pharmacy Program Campus. 

Program Purpose

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on pharmacy 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.

More information about Middlesex Health and Middlesex Health Pharmacy Department

Based in Middletown, Connecticut, Middlesex Health, a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, includes Middlesex Hospital, a not-for-profit magnet hospital with 275 beds and 22 bassinets, and two Middlesex Health Cancer Center locations. It also features three emergency departments, three urgent care centers and an assisted living facility, along with many other programs and services. Middlesex Health’s network of primary care physicians, medical residents, medical and surgical specialists, and other employees work hard to meet the needs of the Middlesex County and Connecticut shoreline communities. Using innovative technology, Middlesex Health’s vision is to be the clear, first choice for medical care, and its mission is to provide the safest, highest-quality care and best experience possible.

Middlesex Health Pharmacy Department has 40 full-time staff members and provides 24-hour service. The pharmacy has automated drug distribution, computerized order entry and comprehensive intravenous admixture services to meet patients’ needs.

Learning Experiences

Core Rotations Include:

  •  Orientation
  •  Pharmacy Service
  • Internal Medicine
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Critical Care
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pain Management
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Academia
  • Drug Information

  Elective Rotations (2 required):

  • Ambulatory Care II
  • Internal Medicine II
  • Anticoagulation
  • Pharmacy Informatics

Preceptors

  • John Moyher, PharmD
    • Education/Postgraduate Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Connecticut
    • Pharmacy Role: Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator and Pharmacy Residency Program Director
    • Precepted Rotations: Pain Management and Drug Information
  •  Lisa DeGennaro, PharmD, BCPS, CDE
    • Education/Postgraduate Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, PGY-1 ASHP Accredited Residency at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
    • Pharmacy Role: Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies and Pharmacy Residency Program Coordinator
    • Precepted Rotation: Academia
  • AnneMarie Calamari, RPh, MBA
    • Education/Postgraduate Training: Bachelors of Science Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut, and Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A) from the University of Connecticut; PGY-1 ASHP accredited residency with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
    • Pharmacy Role: Director of Pharmacy
    • Precepted Rotation: Pharmacy Management
  • Jason Zybert, PharmD
    • Education/Postgraduate Training: Bachelors of science in Biology from Providence College, and Doctor of Pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences – Worcester
    • Pharmacy Role: Pharmacy Operations Supervisor
    • Precepted Rotations: Orientation and Pharmacy Service
  • Aaron Burton, PharmD, BCPS
    • Education/Postgraduate Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut; PGY-1 ASHP accredited residency with Wilkes University and Moses Taylor Hospital
    • Pharmacy Role: Assistant Professor at The University of St. Joseph School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies, and Clinical Pharmacist at Middlesex Health
    • Precepted Rotations: Internal Medicine I & II
  • Lindsay Drozd, PharmD
    • Education/Postgraduate Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Connecticut; PGY-1 ASHP accredited residency with UCONN Health Center
    • Pharmacy Role: Clinical Pharmacist
    • Precepted Rotation: Critical Care
  • Denis Gannon, PharmD
    • Education/Postgraduate Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Connecticut
    • Pharmacy Role: Lead Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency Department
    • Precepted Rotation: Emergency Medicine
  • Lisa Howitt, PharmD, BCPS
    • Education/Postgraduate Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Rhode Island 
    • Pharmacy Role: Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Pharmacist
    • Precepted Rotation: Antimicrobial Stewardship
  •  Alaina Rotelli, PharmD, BCACP
    • Education/Postgraduate Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from Butler University; PGY-1 ASHP accredited residency with The Center for Health & Wellness, Sullivan University College of Pharmacy
    • Pharmacy Role: Assistant Professor at The University of St. Joseph School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies, and Ambulatory Care Pharmacist at Middlesex Health
    • Precepted Rotations: Ambulatory Care I & II
  • Yin Shi, PharmD
    • Education/Postgraduate Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from Long Island University
    • Pharmacy Role: Anticoagulation Clinical Pharmacist
    • Precepted Rotation: Anticoagulation

Current PGY-1 Residents and Graduates

Graduates

  • Conner Thrall, PharmD

o   Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, MCPHS University, Boston, MA 2019

o   Clinical Interest: Ambulatory Care

o   Major Research Project: “Impact of a Pharmacist Led Pharmacogenomic Service in a Primary Care Setting”

Current Resident

  • Diana Costa, PharmD
    • Education: University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies
    • Clinical Interests: Oncology, Ambulatory Care, Transplant, Pediatrics
    • What attracted you to the USJ/MH PGY-1 residency program?: The USJ/MH residency program offers a variety of both inpatient and outpatient learning experiences that align with my interests and will help me to continue to grow professionally and gain the skills required to be an outstanding, well-rounded pharmacist. Having completed both my undergraduate and graduate studies at USJ, I know that the educational component of the residency will be of the highest quality and I am excited to work with the wonderful faculty and staff at USJ and MH. Additionally, as this is just the second year of the USJ/MH residency program, I am honored to be in the unique position to help to continue to build and shape its future.
    • What do you enjoy doing in your free time?: Hiking, baking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends

Contact Information

John Moyher, PharmD
Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Clinical Coordinator
Middlesex Health Department of Pharmacy
28 Crescent St
Middletown, CT 06457
Office: 860-358-5949
Email: [email protected]

Lisa DeGennaro, PharmD, BCPS, CDE
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Coordinator, Post-Graduate Residency Program
University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies
229 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Office: 860-231-5799
Email: [email protected]

Application Information

● The deadline to submit a program application is the first Friday of January.
● Three letters of recommendation are required.
● A letter of intent must be submitted.
● Apply to the program through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

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