PGY1 Residency FAQs

Pharmacy staff in daily meeting called the “Huddle”
Pharmacy staff daily huddle meeting

Q: How long has Hartford Hospital had a pharmacy residency program?
: We have been an ASHP accredited program since 1985.

Q: Do you prefer candidates from CT?
: No, over the last ten years only about half were from CT. We have accepted residents into our program from all over the continental United States.

Q: When does the residency start?
: For the 2024-25 residency year, residents will start Monday, June 17, 2024.

Q: Do I need a CT pharmacist license?
: Yes, all residents need to be licensed before starting their residency year.

Q: What learning experiences are required?
: Required learning experiences include: central pharmacy training, internal medicine, critical care experience, infectious disease, pain management, management, and a month-long experience devoted to research. Experiences are generally four weeks long. Required longitudinal experiences include a research project, staffing, medication use evaluation, drug monograph, Narcan use report, and Teaching and Learning certificate.

Q: What elective learning experiences are available?
: The residency program offers a broad selection of electives for residents to develop a wide breadth of experiences. Our offered electives include emergency medicine, inpatient anticoagulation, pediatrics, oncology, solid organ transplant, academia, toxicology, geriatrics, Center for Anti-Infective Research and Development, ambulatory care, pediatric infectious disease, and oncology management. Additional opportunities may be available based on resident interest and preceptor availability.

Q: What are the strengths of your program?
 The pharmacy department and residency program have a long-standing history of collaboration with the physician staff and other members of the healthcare team. There is a very open and receptive working relationship that has led to numerous collaborative practice agreements and the creation of multiple interdisciplinary rounds where pharmacists play an integral role. The residency program also has close relationships with the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy and Saint Joseph’s University School of Pharmacy which present opportunities for precepting students and didactic teaching experiences.

Q: What teaching and precepting opportunities are available?
: Each resident presents a one-hour ACPE-accredited CE program. In addition, residents lead journal clubs for pharmacy students and faculty and have opportunities throughout the year to facilitate a pharmacy practice lab and/or teach a class at the University of Connecticut College of Pharmacy or St. Joseph School of Pharmacy. Residents will also serve as secondary preceptors to students during learning experiences. Other educational opportunities include participation in weekly educational in-services to pharmacists, as well as education of other healthcare team members such as nurses, advanced practitioners, and physicians.

Q: Does the residency program offer a teaching certificate?
 Yes, residents are required to complete the teaching certificate program offered online through the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy.

Q: Do residents have the opportunity to publish their research?
 Yes, our residents are highly encouraged to publish their research. The following articles are examples of publications by our residents:

  • Marti K, Rochon C, O’Sullivan D, et al.  Evaluation of a multimodal analgesic regimen on outcomes following laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy. Clinical Transplantation. 2021;00:e14311.
  • Buckheit D, Lefemine A, Sobieraj, and Hobbs L. Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Underweight Hospitalized Patients. Clin and Appl Thrombosis/Hemostasis. 2021:27:1-6.
  • Stamps H, Linder K, O’Sullivan D, et al. Evaluation of cytomegalovirus prophylaxis in low and intermediate risk kidney transplant recipients receiving lymphocyte-depleting induction. Transpl Infect Dis. 2021;00:e13573.
  • Bilinskaya A, Linder KE, Kuti JL. Plazomicin: an intravenous aminoglycoside antibacterial for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections, Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy. 2020;18:705-20.
  • Gust C, Pugliese N, Stern G, Suspected donepezil toxicity: A case report. Clin Case Rep. 2020;00:1-6.
  • Nguyen E, Miao B, Pugliese N, Huang D Sobieraj DM. Cross-sectional Analysis of consumer-facing mHealth apps associated with inhaler monitoring for asthma.  J Am Pharm Assoc. 2020. Online ahead of print.
  • Bilinskaya A, Buckheit DJ, Gnoinski M, Asempa TE, Nicolau DP. Variability in Zinc Concentration among Mueller-Hinton Broth Brands: Impact on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing of Metallo-β-lactamase-producing Enterobacterales. J Clin Microbiol 2020 (Pending publication).
  • Tong K, Nolan, W, O’Sullivan, et al. Implementation of a Multimodal Pain Management Order Set Reduces Perioperative Opioid Use after Liver Transplantation. Pharmacotherapy. 2019;39:975-82.
  • Baker WL, Steiger S, Martin S, et al. Association between Time-in -Therapeutic Range and Early Rejection after Heart Transplant. Pharmacotherapy. 2019; 39:609-13.
  • Goodlet KJ, Nailor MD. Necessity of carbapenem use when prescribed per infectious diseases specialists. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2017;88:41-6.
  • Steiger SN, Comito RR, Nicolau DP. Clinical and economic implications of urinary tract infections. Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res. 2017;17:377-83.
  • Comito RR, Badu LA, Forcello N. Nivolumab-induced aplastic anemia: A case report and literature review. J Oncol Pharm Pract. 2019;25:221-5.
  • Li R, White CM, Mehmeti J, Martin ST, Hobbs LC. Impact of a Perioperative Prophylaxis Guideline on Post-Cardiothoracic Surgery Atrial Fibrillation. Ann Pharmacotherapy. 2017;51:743-50.

Q: Where do residents work after completion of your residency program?
: The majority of our residents have pursued either a second year of post-graduate residency training (including PGY2 positions in Infectious Diseases, Oncology, Critical Care, and Emergency Medicine, or secured positions as inpatient clinical pharmacists.

Q: Can you describe the pharmacy?
: The pharmacy, located on the 13th floor of Hartford Hospital, just opened a new 797 and 800 compliant clean room. There are adequate facilities for all pharmacy operations, a separate general sterile products preparation area, a separate cancer chemotherapy prep area, and office/conference areas for all staff.

Q: Do the residents have their own office?
 Yes, there is a private office dedicated to the residents which is located within the pharmacy. Also, each resident has access to a personal office computer and phone.

Q: Do residents have access to convenient parking and other services in this hospital?
 Yes, free parking is available in a nearby hospital parking lot/garage. Residents also have free access to the hospital’s Fitness Center and white coat laundering services.

Q: What are the staffing responsibilities?
: Residents work in the central pharmacy every third weekend and evening shift every three weeks. They are also required to work one overnight shift and two holidays as part of service responsibilities.

Q: How much vacation is available?
: Each resident receives 20 paid days off, including holidays, separate from professional leave to attend ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Eastern States Residency Conference for Residents and Preceptors, and other professional meetings and activities.

Q: How are residents evaluated?
 Throughout the year, residents are evaluated by the residency program director, their rotation preceptors, and conduct self-evaluations. Hartford Hospital uses the standards set forth by ASHP for selection of goals and objectives. The residency plan, goals, and objectives are individually selected for each resident based upon their needs and interests at the beginning of the year, and are periodically revisited throughout the program. During rotation experiences, residents have a combination of formal and informal feedback opportunities with their rotation preceptor, and also meet regularly with the residency director.

Q: Does Hartford Hospital offer any PGY-2 residencies?
Yes, there is one PGY2 ambulatory care pharmacy resident, one PGY2 emergency medicine pharmacy resident, and one PGY2 infectious disease pharmacy resident position.

Q: How are rotations and research projects chosen?
A: Residents will receive a list of research projects and rotation options during the first weeks of the residency. Residents will be required to rank their choices based on interests and RPD will accommodate their choices as preceptors are available.