Residency in Pharmacy at Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Residency in Pharmacy at Long Island Jewish Medical Center

About us

Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC) is a non-profit, academic, tertiary care facility, which is part of the Northwell Health System.  Our medical center has five major components: Long Island Jewish including Katz Women’s Hospital, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center, and The Zucker Hillside Hospital, LIJMC—Valley Stream, and LIJMC—Forest Hills.  LIJMC serves the greater metropolitan New York area bordering Queens and Nassau counties, just 15 miles east of Manhattan.  Long Island Jewish 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 the PGY-1 pharmacy residency program at LIJMC is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy education & outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for the medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for PGY-2 pharmacy residency training.

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

Learning Experiences

  • Required / Core Learning Experiences
    • Ambulatory Care
    • Critical Care
    • 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
      • Diabetes Education
      • Hematology
      • Oncology
      • Pediatrics
      • Psychiatry
    • 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 9th.

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 required to be written by 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 & Educational Services
Residency Program Director
Phone: 718-470-7434
Email: 
[email protected]

 

Our people

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, NY, followed by completion of an ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Residency at LIJMC. Following her residency she stayed on staff at LIJMC as a Clinical Coordinator. During her course as a Clinical Coordinator, Dr. McKeon 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 a former residency graduate of LIJMC, she is proud to now serve as the Residency Program Director.

Preceptors

Nina Chhabra, PharmD
Dr. Chhabra is an inpatient pharmacist. Her primary practice site includes the inpatient medicine units working directly with the heart failure service. Dr. Chhabra is involved in the education of patients on heart failure management, and also takes interest in anticoagulation. She is actively involved in preparing patients for discharge, ensuring patients have access to medications.  She works alongside healthcare providers in determining the best treatment regimens for her patients. Dr. Chhabra received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in NY. Currently, she serves as a preceptor for the staffing learning experience

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 LIJMC. 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 LIJMC. Areas of research interest include diabetes, anticoagulation, and transitions of care. 

Thien-Ly Doan, PharmD, BCPS, AQ-ID
Dr. Doan is a Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, specializing in infectious diseases.  She works very closely with the adult infectious disease department and rounds daily with the team. Her primary responsibility is to oversee the antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) at LIJMC.  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, NY. She completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at the Manhattan campus of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) NY Harbor Healthcare System followed by an ASHP-accredited PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Specialty Residency at the James J. Peters VA Hospital in the Bronx, NY.  She is interested in teaching, clinical research, and everything related to “bugs and drugs”.

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 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 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.

Christopher Ho, PharmD, BCACP
Dr. Christopher Ho is an Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the State University of NY, Stony Brook before going on to complete his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester, MA.  He then completed his PGY-1 residency at the James J Peters VA Medical Center in NY.  Prior to his current position at LIJMC, he was an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (LIU Pharmacy) in Brooklyn, NY and maintained his practice site at the VA NY 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.

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.

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. 

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 PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at The Valley Hospital. Prior to joining the team at LIJ, 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 a Medication History Pharmacist. He has a special interest in Transitions of Care and is heavily involved in the planning and execution of new initiatives. Dr. Patel received his Doctor of Pharmacy from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in NY. After graduation, he completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at LIJMC. Currently, he is also a Part-Time Community Pharmacist at CVS Health, Captain in the US ARMY Reserves, and President of Royal Counties Society of Health-System Pharmacists (RCSHP).

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. She also initiated a pilot program, which 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 care professionals, patients and families.  Currently, she serves as a preceptor for the staffing learning experiences.

Maha Saad PharmD, CGP, BCPS
Dr. Saad is an Associate Clinical Professor at St John’s University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in NY. She currently maintains a clinical pharmacy practice at the LIJ Hospital Drug Information Service. She received her Bachelor and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Lebanese American University (LAU). She completed an ASHP-accredited Geriatric residency and a Fellowship in Geriatric Psychopharmacology at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.  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.

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

Current Residents

Sarah Krizan, PharmD
Dr. Krizan received her PharmD and BA in French from the University of Rhode Island. Her current areas of interest include internal medicine, psychiatry, drug information, and academia; since starting her PGY-1 she has also developed a budding interest in emergency medicine. Her goal for this year is to develop the skills needed to practice as a clinical pharmacist in an academic setting. Outside of pharmacy, she enjoys running distances from the 5k to the marathon, practicing yoga, baking healthy desserts, and traveling. She is looking forward to a challenging and exciting year of residency at LIJMC.

Jessica Maas, PharmD
Dr. Maas graduated from Ferris State University in May of 2017. Currently, her interests include critical care, infectious disease, and academia.  After completing her PGY-1 residency at LIJ, 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 dancing, traveling, watching movies, FaceTiming her dogs in Michigan, and exploring the city.  She is very excited for what the year at LIJ will bring!

Kevin Won, PharmD
Dr. Won received his PharmD from St. John's University in 2017. His current areas of interest include Critical Care, Infectious Diseases and Pediatrics. He would ultimately like to practice as a clinical pharmacist. Outside of pharmacy, he enjoys playing the piano, reading a good book, and spending time with friends and family. Overall, he is excited for what the future will bring.

Past Residents

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

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Get in touch with us!

Applicants invited for interview will be notified by email. For additional information on how to apply contact Lauren McKeon, PharmD.

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Student orientation

Prior to clinical experiences at our hospitals and facilities, it is necessary for students to complete the following orientation program: