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Residency Program at North Shore University Hospital

Residency 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 in-patient 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.  We are also a teaching site for the St. John’s University Doctor of Pharmacy program.  The pharmacy clinical faculty members provide on-site preceptor support to our residency program.

 

Residency Learning Experience

Core rotations

  • Internal medicine I
  • Internal medicine II
  • Infectious disease
  • Ambulatory care – general medicine

Elective rotations

  • Oncology
  • Critical care
  • Cardiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Renal transplant
  • Endocrinology
  • Pharmacy administration

Longitudinal responsibilities

  • Research project
  • Academic instruction – St. John’s University
  • Hospital pharmacy practice
  • Anticoagulation education

 

How to Apply

North Shore University Hospital pharmacy residency programs utilize the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) for all resident application submissions. 

We require the following documents be submitted through the PhORCAS site as part of our application packet:

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

Application deadline: Jan. 3

 

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.

Judith L. Beizer, PharmD, CGP, 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.  

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 2012 Updated Beers Criteria and is an editor of the Geriatric Dosage Handbook.  She currently maintains a clinical pharmacy practice at the Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation. 

Antonette S. Flecha, PharmD
Dr. Flecha is a clinical pharmacy coordinator practicing in solid organ transplant.  She received her PharmD from Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University (LIU) and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency. 

Prior to joining North Shore University Hospital, Dr. Flecha practiced as a solid organ transplant pharmacist.  She has published numerous abstracts and case reports in the field of transplantation and recently co-authored a textbook on solid organ pancreas transplants due for release late 2013.  She currently maintains a clinical pharmacy practice with the solid organ transplant services. 

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 Medication Safety Task Force and previously served as the residency coordinator since its commencement in 2007.  Additionally, she serves as a preceptor for the administration rotation. 

Gregory J. Hughes, PharmD, BCPS, CGP
Dr. Hughes is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice 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 Veteran 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 pharmacy residents while maintaining a clinical pharmacy practice in internal medicine.

Rubiya Kabir, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Kabir is a clinical pharmacy coordinator practicing in critical care.  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 medical and surgical intensive care units.  Additionally, Dr. Kabir is involved in antimicrobial stewardship initiatives throughout the hospital and co-chairs the Antimicrobial Stewardship Task Force Committee. 

Susan Lee, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Lee is a clinical pharmacy coordinator practicing in cardiology.  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 coronary care unit (CCU) and a telemetry unit. 

Amanda Lin, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Lin is a clinical pharmacy coordinator practicing in internal medicine.  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. 

Samantha Ling, PharmD
Dr. Ling is a clinical pharmacy coordinator practicing in internal medicine.  She received her PharmD from Nova Southeastern University and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center

Bishoy Luka, PharmD, BCNSP
Dr. Luka is the director of clinical pharmacy services and education at North Shore University Hospital.  He received his PharmD from Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at LIU and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency with emphasis in toxicology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. He also completed an ASHP-accredited PGY2 critical care pharmacy residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. 

Dr. Luka is an adjunct professor of pharmacology at the College of Nursing Graduate Programs and the Physicians Assistant Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. 
His areas of experience are in critical care medicine, cardiology, toxicology and infectious diseases. 

Nissa Mazzola, PharmD, CGP, CDE
Dr. Mazzola is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice 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.
 
Onisis Stefas, PharmD, MBA
Dr. Stefas is the senior director of pharmacy at North Shore University Hospital.  He received his PharmD from Albany College of Pharmacy.  Prior to joining North Shore-LIJ Health System, Dr. Stefas was a pharmacy operations leader for Target Inc., where he oversaw 42 Target pharmacies in the tri-state area. 

He received his MBA from Hofstra University and then became director of pharmacy at Forest Hills Hospital.  He later took on the role of director of pharmacy for Vivo Health, which he still oversees as senior director of pharmacy at North Shore University Hospital. 

Donna Sym, BS, PharmD
Dr. Sym is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice at St. John’s University.  She received her BS and PharmD from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  Prior to joining the St. John’s faculty, Dr. Sym was a medical science manager for Bristol Myers Squibb in Infectious Disease and Senior Clinical Infectious Disease Pharmacy at Stony Brook University Hospital.  She currently maintains a clinical pharmacy practice in infectious diseases. 

Hira Shafeeq, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Shafeeq  is an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice at St. John’s University.  She received her PharmD from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

She completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, as well as a PGY-2 specialty residency in critical care at The University of Chicago Medicine.  Dr. Shafeeq maintains a clinical pharmacy practice in the neurosurgical intensive care unit.

 

Current Residents

Helen Don
Jason Li
Meril Abraham
Zera Obol

 


Past Residents

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

Class of 2008-2009
Rubiya Azmiree
Yelizaveta Matatova

Class of 2007-2008
Susan Kang
Allison Potar

 

Program Contacts

Michele Graci, BS, PharmD
Residency Program Director
Phone: (516) 562-3868
Fax: (516) 562-3874
E-mail: mgraci@nshs.edu

Onisis Stefas, PharmD, MBA
Senior Director of Pharmacy
Phone: (516) 562-1588
Fax: (516) 562-1697
E-mail: Ostefas@nshs.edu 

 

About North Shore University Hospital

North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset -- one of North Shore-LIJ Health System’s 16 hospitals -- is a quaternary care facility with 832 beds and a staff of approximately 2,700 specialist and subspecialist physicians.  It is academically affiliated with the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, which admitted its first class in 2011.  It also serves as an academic campus for the New York University School of Medicine. 

The on-campus Sandra Atlas Bass Cardiology Center is a national demonstration site for advanced equipment and procedures. The hospital also offers a center for providing kidney transplants, a full spectrum of outpatient cancer services at the Monter Cancer Center  and the Center for AIDS Research and Treatment, which is the largest New York state- designated AIDS center on Long Island. It is also home to the North Shore-LIJ Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation, which aims to return residents to the highest level of independence possible and provide extended care to those who need it.

In addition, the hospital’s emergency department is a designated New York State Regional Level I Trauma Center, a Nassau County and New York City 911 receiving hospital, an American Heart Association Heart Care Station and a New York State Department of Health Stroke Center.
 

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