Post Graduate Pharmacy Education
Post Graduate Pharmacy Education

Post Graduate Pharmacy Education

Message from the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Director and Director of Pharmacy Services Mitch G. Sobel, BS Pharm, RPh, MAS, FASHP, CPGx and PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Coordinator and Clinical Pharmacist Maggie Montgomery, PharmD, BCPS

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital builds on a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and experiences to contribute to the professional development of clinical skills, medication-related care of patients, pharmacy leadership, obtain eligibility for board certification, and provides expertise to participate in a postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency program.

The Mission of The Department of Pharmacy Services will improve the lives and well-being of the patients we serve through dedicated service, continuous quality improvement, and vigilant promotion of safety. The Department of Pharmacy Services is committed to excellence in clinical, academic, and innovative practices.

The Vision of the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program is to educate and instill best practices, patient care, and quality standards for new pharmacy practitioners and develop clinical and leadership skills that contributes to the academic, scientific, and patient communities. The Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Department of Pharmacy Services wishes to set a standard for best practices, professional development, academic excellence, and high-quality patient-centered care.

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Mitch G. Sobel, BS Pharm, RPh, MAS, FASHP, CPGx, Director of Pharmacy Services, PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Mr. Sobel is a graduate of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and received his Masters in Administrative Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a past Resident from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) PGY-1 Residency Program. He is a graduate of the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Institute at the Boston University School of Management. He is a Certified Pharmacogenomacist and received his training from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and NACDs. Mr. Sobel serves on the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy and served on numerous National Association of Board of Pharmacy Committees. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor for the Fairleigh Dickinson School of Pharmacy teaching Law and Leadership. Mr. Sobel has worked in numerous pharmacy corporate, director, operations, managerial, consultant, regulatory, and educator roles throughout his 30-year career. He is a strong advocate for educating and mentoring our future and present pharmacy professionals.

Maggie Montgomery, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist, PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Coordinator

Dr. Montgomery received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York and her Doctor of Pharmacy from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She then completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at the Department of Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System in Brooklyn, New York and obtained certification as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Dr. Montgomery has been a Clinical Pharmacist at MSLC since 2016. She has been heavily involved in the pharmaceutical management of critically ill patients and the Pharmacist Leader of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee. She is also involved in several other hospital committees, including Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Med Use Committee, Patient Safety Committee, Critical Care Committee, and Sepsis Committee. Her areas of interest include infectious disease, critical care, and pain management. She is committed to the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residents’ academic and professional success, and personal development.

Meet Our 2022 Pharmacy Residents

Connor Aldridge, Pharm.D., PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident

Dr. Aldridge earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2017. He then went to complete his Pharm.D. at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Aurora, Colorado in 2021. After briefly working at a Safeway pharmacy in rural Colorado after graduation, he matched with Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall in the inaugural pharmacy residency program as a PGY-1. With a desire to practice in a clinical setting rather than a community retail one, he wanted to complete a residency program to improve knowledge and experience of the pharmacist’s inpatient role. His main interest area is Infectious Disease but is looking forward to exploring new clinical specialties covered in the residency program.

Dorcas Adjaloko, PharmD, MBA

Dr. Adjaloko received her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University at Buffalo. She continued to obtain her PharmD at D’Youville University where she also completed a Master’s in Business Administration.

With a background in community pharmacy, Dr. Adjaloko, has a passion for improving community health outcomes through comprehensive medication therapy management and patient education. She joined the Montefiore Medical Center’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program in 2021 where she worked with a multidisciplinary team to provide vaccine access and education. It’s with excitement as she joins the inaugural PGY-1 Pharmacy program after almost a year as a per-diem Staff Pharmacist here at Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall. Her key areas of interest are Critical Care, education and leadership.

Program Overview

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident curriculum is designed to expose the Resident to all aspects of general hospital pharmacy practice that includes but not limited to:

  • Clinical pharmacy practice in Critical Care, Medical/Surgical, Emergency Medicine, Oncology, and Infusion Services
  • Performing medication management clinical interventions
  • Joint Commission and Core Measurements with Antimicrobial Stewardship, Anticoagulation Management, Opioid Use Reduction Measures, and COPD & CHF Management
  • Patient counseling, medication reconciliation, and pharmaceutical education
  • Administrative and pharmacy leadership initiatives, projects, and programs
  • Hospital Staff education and teaching
  • Precepting and educating pharmacy school students
  • Ambulatory Care practices with Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorder Program, CHF Management, COPD Management Program, and Diabetes Education Program
  • Affiliation with College of Pharmacy to obtain a Teaching Certificate
  • Program Structure and Require Rotations

Program Structure and Require Rotations

Program Structure and Require Rotations table

Program Preceptors

John Battiato BS Pharm, RPh - Manager of Pharmacy Services - Pharmacy Practice Management

Justin Thompson PharmD - Staff Pharmacist - USP Compounding Compliance

Olga Mironova PharmD, BCPS - Staff Pharmacist - Critical Care, Emergency Med, Med Surg

Annie Poon PharmD, BCPS - Staff Pharmacist - Critical Care, Med Surg

Rosemary Mathews PharmD - Staff Pharmacist - Critical Care, Med Surg

Justin Carino PharmD - Staff Pharmacist - Critical Care, Inpatient, Med Surg

Yvette Cruver BS Pharm, RPh - Staff Pharmacist - Oncology & Ambulatory Care

William Soja BS Pharm, RPh - Staff Pharmacist - Oncology, Inpatient & Ambulatory Care

Benefits and Residency Stipend

Our Pharmacy Residents are valuable members of our organization, and as such they have access to rich benefits afforded to all employees.

MSLC offers the following competitive salary:

  • PGY-1: $48,750

MSLC offers a comprehensive and generous benefits program to all eligible employees:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Basic Life
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • 2 weeks of vacation

Because we value our employees and their families, we offer Work-Life Balance Programs:

  • Health Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Childcare Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Discount to local childcare facilities
  • Discounts for event tickets and travel
  • Health Advocate Services

How To Apply

Application Requirements

Candidates will submit the following:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • College Transcript(s)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

Submit requested material to Maggie Montgomery, PharmD, BCPS, PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Coordinator and Clinical Pharmacist –

Qualifications of the Residency Applicants

  • Qualifications for applicants to the PGY-1 pharmacy residency program are in accordance with the criteria set forth by ASHP
  • Applicants should be candidates for graduation from an accredited pharmacy degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate form the National Association Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)
  • Candidates with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited pharmacy degree program are preferred, but candidates with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy will be considered if they exhibit a knowledge base and abilities similar to candidates with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree
  • Applicants must be licensed or eligible for licensure in New York
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States. Due to the short one-year duration of the PGY1 residency experience we are unable to support applicants with Visas
  • Applicants shall participate in and comply with the rules of the ASHP Residency Matching Program

Selection of Residents

  • Applications received are evaluated using a standardized evaluation tool. Candidates meeting or surpassing expectations of the residency program will be selected for an on-site or virtual interview
  • During the interview process, candidates will have the opportunity to meet with the RPD, RPC, Pharmacy Leadership, and Clinical Preceptors
  • Time will be allotted during the interview process to include a presentation on a pharmaceutical care related topic followed by a question & answer session
  • Expect approximately a 4-hour interview process