Residency Program

Pharmacy

Residency Program

PGY2 Critical Care

Residents completing a PGY2 specialty residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital will build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. The residents will be provided with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Graduates will be prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification.

This residency participates in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Residency Matching Program and is fully accredited by ASHP.

Required Rotations (5 Weeks)

  • Medical Intensive Care Unit-B at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (*first rotation)
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Neurosciences Intensive Care
  • Cardiac or Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit

*If the PGY2 CC pharmacy resident has previously completed a MICU-B rotation as a PGY1 pharmacy resident with the RPD at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Irving Medical Center the resident may then choose between Columbia University Irving Medical Center or Weill Cornell Medical Center for the required MICU rotation and may choose the unit (A or B) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Elective Rotations (4-5 weeks)

  • Burn Unit – Weill Cornell Medical Center only                          
  • Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit
  • Coronary Care Unit – Columbia University Irving Medical Center only   
  • Emergency Department
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Intensive Care/Spine Surgery Units – Allen Hospital only         
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • Mixed Intensive Care Unit – Lower Manhattan Hospital only
  • Neurosciences Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Solid Organ Transplant (heart, lung, liver) – Columbia University Irving Medical Center only         
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Please refer to the Supplementary Information for additional learning experiences PGY2 residents participate in during the residency year.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Residents earn an annual stipend of $53,000. Paid time off is allotted for vacation/personal time, holidays, interviews, and professional meetings. Additional benefits include travel stipend for professional meetings, comprehensive health insurance, and subsidized housing (pending availability).
  • This residency program participates in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Residency Matching Program and is fully-accredited by ASHP.

Staffing Coverage

The PGY2 critical care resident will staff every third weekend in the emergency room to improve his/her skills to ensuring patients receive optimal pharmacotherapeutic regimens

To Apply

For more information on the requirements for submitting an application to our program, please visit our To Apply page.

OUR TEAM

Critical Care/Emergency Medicine


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Amy L. Dzierba, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP, BCCCP

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Adult Critical Care

Residency Program Director, PGY2 Critical Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia Irving Medical Center
Pharmacy Education: Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Grady Health System
PGY2 Critical Care: University of Washington Medical Center/Harborview Medical Center
Research/Professional Interests: Mechanical circulatory support, pulmonary hypertension, sedation on mechanically ventilated patients, alcohol withdrawal
[email protected]

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Alana Ciolek, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Adult Cardiothoracic Critical Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia Irving Medical Center
Pharmacy Education: University of Delaware/Jefferson College of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: The Johns Hopkins Hospital    
PGY2 Cardiology: The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Research/Professional Interests: Mechanical circulatory support, cardiovascular critical care, ACS, advanced heart failure, benign hematology, anticoagulation
[email protected]

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Taylor Chuich, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Adult Cardiology Critical Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia Irving Medical Center
Pharmacy Education: Purdue University College of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Northwestern Memorial Hospital
PGY2 Cardiology: Vanderbilt University Medical School
Research/Professional Interests: Advanced heart failure, Diuretic Resistance, Pulmonary Embolism, Anticoagulation, ACS
[email protected]

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Kasia Gosek, PharmD, BCCCP

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Adult Critical Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / The Allen Hospital
Pharmacy Education: Temple University College of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
PGY2 Critical Care: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Research/Professional Interests: Analgesia and sedation, anticoagulation, septic shock, medication safety
[email protected]

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Elena Mendez-Rico, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Manager – Pediatric Critical Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital /  Komansky Children's Hospital
Pharmacy Education: University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Research/Professional Interests: Pediatric Adverse Drug Events; Medication Safety; Pediatric ICU pain, sedation & delirium
[email protected]

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Yoonsun Mo, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCCCP

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Adult Cardiology Critical Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center
Pharmacy Education: Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Barnes-Jewish Hospital
PGY2 Critical Care: University of Washington Medical Center/Harborview Medical Center
Research/Professional Interests: Pain/sedation/delirium, anticoagulation/coagulation management, infectious disease
[email protected]

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Justin Muir, PharmD, BCCCP

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Adult Critical Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia Irving Medical Center
Pharmacy Education: Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: James J. Peter VA Medical Center (Bronx VA)
PGY2 Critical Care: University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Research/Professional Interests: Sedation, mechanical ventilation, acid-base disorders, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
[email protected]

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Caitlin Murtagh, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Neonatal Intensive Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Pharmacy Education: University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
PGY2 Pediatrics: Northwell Health Cohen Children's Medical Center
Research/Professional Interests: Neonatal PK&PD, NAS, peds ID, med safety in NICU, peds respiratory disorders
[email protected]

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Mona Patel, PharmD, FCCM, BCCCP

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Adult Surgical Critical Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia Irving Medical Center
Pharmacy Education: St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: UF Health Shands Hospital
PGY2 Critical Care: UF Health Shands Hospital
Research/Professional Interests: Pain, agitation, delirium, sleep dysfunction
[email protected]

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Densley E. Perez, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Neonatal Intensive Care

Residency Program Director, PGY2 Pediatrics

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Pharmacy Education: Jefferson College of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: SUNY Upstate University Hospital
PGY2 Pediatrics: Golisano Children's Hospital/Upstate University Hospital
Research/Professional Interests: Neonatal/pediatric pharmacotherapy/ critical care,  pediatric infectious diseases, infant/pediatric cardiac critical care, pharmacokinetics
[email protected]

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Kaitlyn Pinkos, PharmD, BCCP

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Adult Cardiothoracic Critical Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center
Pharmacy Education: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: University of Chicago Medicine
PGY2 Cardiology: University of Chicago Medicine
Research/Professional Interests: Mechanical circulatory support, advanced heart failure and hemodynamics, acute coronary syndrome, anticoagulation and antiplatelets  
[email protected]

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Teresa Poon, PharmD, BCCCP

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Adult Critical Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Lower Manhattan Hospital
Pharmacy Education: Long Island University Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Mount Sinai Beth Israel
PGY2 Critical Care: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Research/Professional Interests: Vasoactive agents, septic shock, COPD, PAD
[email protected]

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Liz G. Ramos, BS, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Adult Critical Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center
Pharmacy Education: St Johns’ University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Post Graduate Training:
PGY2 Critical Care: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
Research/Professional Interests: Sedation/Analgesia/Delirium in MV patients, systemic anticoagulation and reversal and acute alcohol withdrawal
[email protected]

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Sara Rostas, PharmD, BCPPS

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Neonatal Intensive Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Komansky Children's Hospital
Pharmacy Education: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS)
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Neonatology Pharmacy Fellowship (Non-accredited): Brigham and Women's Hospital
Research/Professional Interests: Neonatal analgesia & sedation; PDA; NAS; medication safety in the NICU
[email protected]

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Dimitrios A. Savva, PharmD, BCPPS

Clinical Pharmacy Manager – Pediatric Critical Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
Pharmacy Education: St Johns’ University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Children’s National Health System
PGY2 Pediatrics: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy/University of Maryland Children’s Hospital
Research/Professional Interests: Pediatric critical care & infant/pediatric cardiac critical care pharmacokinetics, ECMO, PICU Pain/Sedation; Medication Safety in Children, academia/preceptorship
[email protected]

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Leanne Svoboda, PharmD, MBA, BCPPS

Clinical Pharmacy Manager – Pediatric Critical Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
Pharmacy Education: Oregon State University/Oregon Health & Science University
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Oregon Health & Science University
Research/Professional Interests: Pediatric pharmacy operations, pediatric critical care, pediatric pain, patient safety
[email protected]

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Corey Witenko, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Adult Trauma/Surgical Critical Care

Residency Program Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center
Pharmacy Education: University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: University of Florida Health Jacksonville
PGY2 Critical Care: University of North Carolina Medical Center
Research/Professional Interests: Pharmacotherapy in the immediate post-trauma and post-surgical populations
[email protected]

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Amy L. Dzierba, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP, BCCCP
Program Director, PGY2 Critical Care