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Residency Program

As a large multi-center system, the UR Medicine/Strong Memorial Hospital offers a variety of providers and services intertwined to serve a diverse population. This network of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals and hospitals work in concert with the community to create an enhanced quality of life for patients.

It's this system that provides an ideal setting for teaching the fundamentals of pharmacy practice. Strong Memorial Hospital, where the resident will spend time in an 800-bed care center that provides a comprehensive range of general and highly specialized services. The hospital is consistently ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals” in U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual survey.

Various specialties have been recognized among the best in the nation, including cardiac care, neurosurgery, urology, gynecology, cancer and pediatrics. The Department of Pharmacy also has academic affiliations with the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College, D'Youville School of Pharmacy, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and others.

University of Rochester Medical Center is the only organization that has earned the Best Practices Award from ASHP more than once since the award's inception in 1999. Our programs have been recognized for the following:

2003—Establishment of an Ambulatory Pharmacy in a Community Mental Health Center. Thomas E. O'Brien, Pharm.D., M.S., FASHP; Kumar Maharj, MSBA, BCPP, FASCP; David Olsen, Ph.D., R.Ph.

2005—Pharmacists Enhancing Patient Safety During Trauma Resuscitations. Sarah Kelly-Pisciotti, Pharm.D.; Daniel Hays, Pharm.D., BCPS; Thomas O'Brien, Pharm.D., M.S., FASHP; Mark Gestring, M.D., FACS; Rollin Fairbanks, M.D., M.S.; and Matthew Metz, M.D.

2008—Pharmacists Enhancing the Time to Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Patient Safety During Acute Myocardial Infarction Presentation to the Emergency Department. Nicole Acquisto, Pharm.D.; Daniel Hays, Pharm.D., BCPS; Rolin Fairbanks, M.D., M.S.; Manish Shaw, M.D.; Joseph Delehanty, M.D.; Flavia Nobay, M.D.; Curtis Haas, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS.

2007, 2009 (2), 2013 - The Emergency Medicine program has also received 4 ASHP Foundation Research Grants

2013 – ASHP Pharmacy Residency Excellence Awards – New Preceptor Award (Acquisto NM)

2013 – ASHP Literature Award – Pharmacy Practice Research Award (Patanwala AE, Sanders AB, Thomas MC, Acquisto NM, et al.  A prospective multicenter study of the methods of medication error interception by emergency department pharmacists. Ann Emerg Med 2012;59:369-373.)

2014 – ACCP New Clinical Practitioner Award (Acquisto NM)

2016 – ACCP Emergency Medicine PRN – Outstanding Paper of the Year (Vollman KE, Adams CB, Shah MN, Acquisto NM.  Survey of Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Education Opportunities for Students and Residents.  Hosp Pharm 2015;50:690-9.)

2015, 2017 - Adult Code Team (2015), Rapid Response Team (2015) and Sepsis Improvement Team (2017) recognized by University of Rochester Team Excellence Awards