Meet Our Residents - Academic Year 2015-2016
"I chose to pursue a PGY-1 pharmacy residency at SUNY Upstate University Hospital because the program has highly qualified preceptors who are passionate about teaching, an advanced pharmacy practice environment, and an impressive combination of learning experiences designed to develop well-rounded clinicians. At Upstate, you have many opportunities to make a positive impact on patient care. You are also part of a pharmacy family that strives to help you succeed in doing so. Under the guidance of enthusiastic and experienced mentors, you participate in multi-disciplinary rounds, co-precept students, lead daily clinical pharmacology rounds, and complete several projects. I am confident that these experiences at Upstate will help me develop the clinical, teaching, and research skills I need to achieve my career goals."
Danny Basri, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
Graduate of D’Youville School of Pharmacy
"I chose to pursue a PGY-1 residency at Upstate because I knew I would be exposed to a wide array of experiences that are only possible at an academic medical center. Yet, the pharmacy department is small enough where it feels like a close knit group. There is a strong emphasis on teaching at Upstate; residents have the opportunity to help precept pharmacy students as well as receive formal instruction in effective teaching techniques through the teaching certificate program at St. John Fisher College. These skills will be highly beneficial throughout my pharmacy career. I could tell right from the beginning during my interview that the preceptors here are highly skilled in their respective disciplines and enjoy teaching. Additionally, having five co-residents provides a great support system. I have already learned so much, and I am glad that I chose to do my residency at Upstate."
Edwin Johnson, PharmD, MBA, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
Graduate of Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
"Upstate Medical University Hospital offers an amazing breadth of rotational experiences supported by a well-known and progressive pharmacy department. The strong relationship between the providers, pharmacists, and nursing staff at Upstate is something that is invaluable to the expansion of pharmacist's role and no other institution provided this type of integral team. Equally as important in my decision to come to Upstate were the values of teaching, mentorship, support and encouragement that are essential components of an excellent residency program. Most importantly, I have been surrounded with a welcoming and supporting pharmacy family that has allowed for a smooth transition into a new practitioner. Upstate has provided me with the opportunities to grow and learn in both my clinical skills and professional development as a pharmacy leader for the rest of my career."
Wesley Kufel, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
Graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
"The PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Upstate Medical University was exactly what I had hoped to find when looking at residency programs. As a resident, you truly become part of the Upstate family. Each member of the pharmacy department is focused on helping the residents and motivating us to excel both personally and professionally. The environment at Upstate is one that continuously strives to advance the profession of pharmacy and our involvement in patient care. Teaching is a key component to this program that gets incorporated into everything that the residents do. The structure of the program allows residents to gain experience in internal medicine and specialty pharmacy practice, enabling us to feel confident practicing in an acute care environment as an independent clinical pharmacist. In addition, I loved that I would have the opportunity to pursue my goal of completing a PGY-2 residency in ambulatory care. I truly believe the experience I gain during my time at Upstate will mold me into the pharmacist I have always wanted to be."
Danielle Longo, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
Graduate of University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy
"I chose to pursue a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Upstate after having the opportunity to rotate here as a pharmacy student and see both the dedication of the department to making the residency program the best it can be and to continuously providing a high level of patient care. Additionally the family feel was inviting and conducive to both professional and personal growth. I liked that the program offered a variety of rotations for me explore my different areas of interest and a teaching certificate program to improve my precepting skills. It’s easy to see that the pharmacists and preceptors want you to succeed and I’m confident Upstate will help me to become a successful pharmacist."
Lauren Machell, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
Graduate of Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
"The PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Upstate provides new pharmacists with the ideal atmosphere to grow as clinicians. We are able to constantly build and apply our general knowledge through the longitudinal internal medicine rotations with exposure to a variety of specialty rotations throughout the year. This program also offers many opportunities for teaching, research and inter-professional interaction. All of the preceptors are engaged in your growth as a clinical practitioner and I feel very much part of the pharmacy family. I know the experience offered at this institution will prepare me for all of my future endeavors as a pharmacist."
Lindsey McIver, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
Graduate of the University of New England College of Pharmacy
"I knew that I wanted to pursue the PGY-2 pharmacy residency in Ambulatory Care here at Upstate once I graduated from pharmacy school. I was able to rotate through the ambulatory clinics multiple times as a pharmacy student and knew my potential for growth if I returned as a PGY-2 resident. I completed my PGY-1 pharmacy residency in Pittsburgh, and was excited when I was granted the opportunity to come here to learn from such an experienced and knowledgeable pharmacy staff in the outpatient setting. The ambulatory care residency program promotes collaboration with interdisciplinary teams to provide the highest quality of patient care in chronic disease state management. I have been able to build upon my clinical knowledge by participating in pharmacist-run clinics and gain valuable teaching experience by providing medical resident education on a weekly basis. The learning opportunities here are endless and I am so grateful for being able to be a part of this residency program."
Lara Kratochwill, PharmD, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Resident
Graduate of St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy
"I chose to stay at Upstate for my PGY-2 for a lot of the same reasons that drew me to the program for my first year: a great group of enthusiastic preceptors, a variety of challenging and complex clinical experiences, and the strong pharmacy presence on clinical teams including the infectious disease team. Dr. Steele’s approach to precepting encourages understanding and fosters the skills needed to develop new clinical pharmacy services in the realm of infectious diseases. His constant emphasis on the importance of understanding why various antibiotics, doses, durations, and routes of delivery are selected for differing clinical situations is paramount to my progression in becoming an independent ID pharmacy specialist. The variety of experiences provided on ID consult services, antimicrobial stewardship, critical care, and OPAT will undoubtedly enable me to step into the role of an ID pharmacist at an established program as well as develop my own role within a new program."
Cory Hale, PharmD, PGY2 Infectious Disease Pharmacy Resident
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, Upstate Medical University 2014
Graduate of University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
“I chose Upstate University Hospital to continue my pharmacy education as a PGY-2 resident because the program has engaging faculty, numerous opportunities for professional growth and an exciting work environment. Upstate offers not only an advanced pharmacy practice environment, but also has caring staff that understand the role of the resident and take every opportunity to see you succeed. I know that upon graduation from this program I will be a well-rounded pharmacist-clinician able to succeed in any practice setting I choose.”