PGY-1 Community Based Pharmacy Residency Program at Nuvance

Letter from the Director:

PGY-1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program at Nuvance

This PGY-1 residency program will build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete this PGY-1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

This twelve-month post-graduate program offers training to highly motivated, team-oriented pharmacy professionals on advanced patient care skills, distributive and administrative roles of pharmacy, and prepares residents to be leaders of change in the medical and academic community. Residents will have direct patient care experiences in a variety of settings throughout the year, allowing residents to gain confidence to effectively become integral members of an interdisciplinary health care team. The program curriculum is structured to enable the resident to develop his or her own career interests in addition to participating in the required learning experiences of the residency. The residency program will also serve to develop and refine the resident’s writing, presentation, teaching, research, and leadership skills.

PGY-1 Community-Based Pharmacy Program Structure and Curriculum

The Nuvance Health PGY-1 Community-based Pharmacy Practice Residency Program is a 12-month (June – June) post-graduate training program. The program structure may be subject to change in order to meet individual interests, goals, and needs of the resident as determined by the Residency Advisory Committee (RAC).

Required Core Block Learning Experiences
System/Pharmacy Orientation
Transitions of Care
Specialty Pharmacy

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences
Teaching & Learning (including Certificate)
Ambulatory Care
Medication Safety
Management & System Leadership
Community Pharmacy Practice

Additional Residency Experiences
BLS/ACLS certification
Research project
Attendance and presentations at regional and national conferences


Amy Kurzatkowski, RPh
System Director Retail and Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Services/Residency Program Director
Pharmacy School: University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy
Hobbies: Spending time with Family and Friends, Traveling, Running
Clinical Interests: Community & Specialty pharmacy, Ambulatory Care

Nowshin Islam, PharmD, BCPS
Professional Development Specialist
Pharmacy School: University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency: John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency: Medication Use Safety and Policy at Yale New Haven Hospital
Hobbies: Concerts/Comedy shows, road trips, coffee shops
Clinical Interests: Pharmacy education, clinical research, and population health

Keri Montross, PharmD
Primary Care Pharmacy Services Manager
Pharmacy School: University of Rhode Island
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency: US Department of Veterans Affairs in New Jersey
Hobbies: DIY/home improvement projects, spending time with my family, hiking and boating
Clinical Interests: Program Development, Diabetes, Hypertension

Sayali Oak, PharmD, BC-ADM
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Pharmacy School: University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy
PGY-1 Community-Based Residency: Hartford Healthcare St. Vincent’s Medical Center
Hobbies: Hiking, biking, baking
Clinical Interests: Transitions of Care, diabetes, cardiology

Danielle Pritchard, PharmD
System Medication Safety Officer
Pharmacy School: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy – Boston
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency: Sibley Memorial Hospital – John Hopkins Medicine
Hobbies: Running, hiking, camping, eating delicious foods, traveling to National Parks & Disney
Clinical Interests: Medication Safety, Pain management, Perioperative Pharmacology

Lauren Restaino, RPh, MPH
SWC Community Pharmacist
Pharmacy School: St. John’s University, Walden University
Hobbies: Traveling, Tennis, Reading, Broadway Shows
Clinical Interests: Healthcare disparities, ambulatory care, diabetes education

Joseph Schuler, RPh, PharmD
SWC Community Pharmacy Manager
Pharmacy School: A&M Schwartz School of Pharmacy – LIU (BSPharm) & University of Florida (PharmD)
Hobbies: Reading, Cinema and Travel
Clinical Interests: Community Pharmacy/Ambulatory Care

Mohammed Uddin, PharmD, BC-ADM
Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist – Primary Care
Pharmacy School: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
PGY-1 Community-Based Residency: Optum Specialty Pharmacy, Phoenix, AZ
Hobbies: Traveling, working out, Shopping & Exploring new restaurants
Clinical Interests: Diabetes management, cardiology, specialty pharmacy and academia

General Program Benefits

  • Competitive stipend
  • Travel reimbursement for professional meetings
  • BLS and ACLS certifications
  • Paid time off
  • Medical, dental, vision insurance
  • Free parking


Is the program accredited?
We are currently in the candidacy phase of accreditation through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP).

How many positions are there?
There is 1 PGY-1 Community-based pharmacy residency positions

What is the stipend?

How is the resident’s schedule determined?
The resident’s schedule is built in discussion with the RPD and residency advisory committee. The finalized schedule is based on program requirements as well as the resident’s interests and goals.

Does Nuvance Health support travel to conferences?
Yes, residents will be reimbursed for travel to ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and a regional residency conference.

When do residents need to be licensed by?
Residents are required to sit for both the NAPLEX and CT MPJE by July 15. However, we highly encourage our residents to sit for their exams prior to the start of the program in order to maximize the most of their residency experience as fully licensed practitioners.

When is the application deadline?
January 8, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST

Is an interview required?
Yes, interviews are required. Interviews allow the opportunity to meet and interact with the program director and preceptors and to tour the facility.

Apply to the Pharmacy Residency Program at Nuvance Health

How to Apply to Nuvance Health Nuvance Health PGY-1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program

Applications will be accepted through PhORCAS, the Web-based pharmacy residency application system.
Visit our program at: Nuvance Health PGY1 Community-Based Program information on ASHP

Number of Positions: 1
Application Deadline: January 8, 2024 11:59 PM EST

Application Requirements:

  • Applicant must be enrolled in or is a graduate of an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy
  • Applicant must be eligible for Connecticut pharmacist licensure by the start of the residency year
  • Applicant must submit to PhORCAS by the specified deadline the following:
    • Letter of Intent – including description of personal and professional goals as they relate to clinical pharmacy practice
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Official School of Pharmacy transcript
    • Three letters of recommendation with at least one from a clinical rotation preceptor

Qualified applicants will be invited to complete a virtual interview; elective onsite tours will be available.

All applicants must participate in the match process sponsored by the National Matching Service (NMS)
ASHP Code: 11509
NMS Code: 308015

For additional information, call or email:
Amy Kurzatkowski, RPh
PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Nuvance Health