PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at VBMC

The purpose of the PGY-1 Residency Program at Nuvance Health – Vassar Brothers Medical Center is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for PGY-2 pharmacy residency training.

This 12-month post-graduate year one pharmacy residency training program offers residents the opportunity to gain expertise in various areas of pharmacy practice and to cultivate necessary skills to become a highly skilled pharmaceutical care practitioner. The program consists of core and elective learning experiences that are tailored to each resident’s interests. The residency will serve to foster clinical, distributive, and administrative skills in pharmacy practice. Through a variety of learning experiences, residents will gain confidence to effectively educate patients and healthcare professionals while functioning as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. They will be an integral part of the medication use process. The program will also serve to develop and refine the resident’s writing, presentation, teaching, research, and leadership skills.

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Curriculum

The Nuvance Health – Vassar Brothers Medical Center PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program is a 12-month (July – June) post-graduate training program. This program structure may be subject to change to meet individual goals of the resident as determined by the Residency Advisory Committee (RAC).


Required Core Learning Experiences (total 38 weeks):

  • Hospital/Pharmacy Orientation
  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Cardiology


Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences:

  • Ambulatory Care Clinic/Diabetes Management
  • Inpatient Pharmacy Operations
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Practice Management


Elective Learning Experiences (total 12 weeks):

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Diabetes Management Clinic
  • Neurology
  • Health System Leadership
  • Pharmacy Compliance


Additional Residency Experiences:

  • Teaching certificate
  • BLS/ACLS certification
  • Research project

2023-2024 Preceptors

2022-2023 Preceptors:

Dr. Kelcey Noble, PharmD, BCIDP

  • Dr. Noble received her PharmD from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy in Erie, PA. She completed her PGY-1 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA and Infectious Diseases PGY-2 at the James J. Peters Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. Dr.Noble is the Nuvance Health System Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist. Her clinical practice at Vassar Brothers Medical Center includes Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infectious Diseases. She is the residency program director and serves as preceptor for the Infectious Diseases consult, Antimicrobial Stewardship and research rotations.

Dr. Alisha Kher, PharmD, BCPS

  • Dr. Kher received her PharmD from St. John’s University in Queens, New York. She is currently employed as the Critical Care Pharmacist at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Previous experiences include geriatric care, specializing in Alzheimer’s/Dementia unit along with participation in the Adult Day Program MMRs at The New Jewish Home in NYC, inpatient experiences at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx and Queens Hospital in Jamaica.  She has enjoyed various experiences throughout the healthcare system in her 10 years of practicing.

Dr. Mikyung Choe, PharmD, BCOP

  • Dr. Choe is an advanced-practice clinical pharmacist in Oncology/Hematology. She received her B.S. from Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Science at LIU and her PharmD from the University of Florida. She has been board certified in Oncology Pharmacy since 2014 and is certified in anticoagulation therapy management. Her primary practice sites include the outpatient cancer infusion center and oncology care unit in an in-patient setting. She serves as a residency program preceptor for the oncology rotation.

Dr. Megha Joshi, PharmD, BCPS

  • Dr. Joshi received her BS and PharmD from the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She is currently employed as a Unit Based Pharmacist at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Her areas of specialty include cardiology, internal medicine, and also has experience working in pediatrics and NICU. She serves as a residency program preceptor for the cardiology rotation.

Dr. Michael Zeolla, PharmD, BCPS

  • Dr. Zeolla received his Pharm.D. from the Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, NY. He completed his PGY-1 residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, MA. He joined Vassar Brothers Medical Center as a Clinical Pharmacist in Critical Care and later transitioned to management.  He is currently the Pharmacy Manager and serves as a residency program preceptor for Administration and Inpatient Pharmacy Operations rotations.

Dr. Jessica McMahon, MBA, RPh

  • Dr. Jessica McMahon is the Director of Pharmacy at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. She is a licensed Pharmacist in New York and Connecticut who received her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She has a Master of Business Administration and completed the ASHP Pharmacy Informatics Certificate to support her interest in utilizing technology effectively and efficiently for medication management.

Dr. Jo Wais, PharmD, BCPS

  • Dr. Wallin-Wais graduated from the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy and completed a Clinical Pharmacy Residency at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. She worked as a clinical pharmacist in acute care, consultant pharmacy, transitional care, acute physical rehabilitation, and long-term acute care (LTAC) settings in Baltimore and precepted students attending the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, before relocating to the Mid-Hudson Valley region.  She joined the pharmacy team at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in November 2021.  Her interests include antimicrobial and anticoagulation stewardship.  She earned a Certificate in Antimicrobial Stewardship from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists.

Dr. Keri Montross, PharmD

  • Dr. Montross received her PharmD from the University of Rhode Island and completed her PGY-1 residency at the US Department of Veterans Affairs in New Jersey. She is currently employed as the Primary Care Pharmacy Services Manager at Nuvance Health Medical Practices, and practices as a clinical pharmacist within their Primary Care offices across New York.

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 pre-candidacy phase of accreditation through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

How many positions are there?
There are 2 PGY-1 positions.

What is the stipend?

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

Will the resident’s participate in multi-disciplinary rounds?
Yes, you will participate in various multidisciplinary rounds such as ICU, internal medicine, and infectious diseases.

Does Vassar Brothers Medical Center support travel to conferences?
Yes, residents will be reimbursed for travel to ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and to Eastern States Residency Conference.

When do resident’s need to be licensed by?
Residents are required to be licensed pharmacists in NY within 90 days from the start of residency. However, we highly encourage our residents to be licensed well in advance of the 90-day requirement.

When is the application deadline?
1/6/2023 at 11:59 PM EST

Is an interview required?
Yes, interviews are required. Interviews consist of opportunities to meet and interact with the program director and preceptors.