Pharmacy Residency Program - Emergency Medicine Post Graduate Year 2

The Hackensack University Medical Center Pharmacy Residency Program – Emergency Medicine Post Graduate Year 2 (PGY2) is pending ASHP accreditation 12-month program. The programs primary goal is to offer advanced training in Emergency Medicine pharmacy with an emphasis on the following areas:

  • Assessment and evaluation of the pharmacological treatment of patients presenting to the ED
  • Development and enhancement of teaching skills through didactic and experiential teaching of Doctor of Pharmacy students
  • Development and enhancement of written and oral communication skills
  • Development of research skills


Rotations Offered



Orientation (1 month)                                                                                                                                                    Emergency Medicine (6 months)                                                                                                                                       New Jersey Poison Control Center (1 month)                                                                                                                        Critical Care (MICU or SICU) (1 month)                                                                                                                     Pediatric Emergency Medicine (1 month)


Infectious Diseases                                                                                                                                                        Medical/Cardiac Intensive Care                                                                                                                     Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care                                                                                                                                 Pediatric Intensive Care Unit                                                                                                                                        Repeat of required rotation                                                                                                                                              Other interests as identified


Research Project                                                                                                                                                                  Staffing

Teaching Requirements


The resident is required to be the primary preceptor for a min of 2 APPE consisting of 2 students/rotation.


There may be opportunities to teach in both small group and large lecture hall settings. Formal conference lectures for the Emergency Medicine Residents is also required.

Teaching Certificate

Opportunity to earn a teaching certificate at EMSOP.


Though certain responsibilities of the resident are required, the program has the flexibility to develop activities consistent with the resident’s background and career goals. In general, the resident’s responsibilities include:

  • Attend daily rounds at HackensackUMC and make appropriate recommendations to interdisciplinary treatment teams
  • Design, monitor, and evaluate treatment goals for Emergency Department patients that consider patient-, disease-, and drug-specific information and ethical considerations
  • Present educational in-services on pharmacy topics to patients, pharmacy staff, and interdisciplinary treatment team
  • Supervise pharmacy students on clerkship
  • Complete a research project and DUE, as well as present this research at a conference


Gabrielle Procopio, Pharm.D.                                                                                                                                          PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program Director                                                                             Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency Medicine                                                                                                            Hackensack University Medical Center                                                                      Gabrielle.procopio@HackensackMeridian,org


Ruchi Jain, Pharm.D., BCPS                                                                                                                                        Clinical Pharmacist, Critical Care                                                                                                                           Hackensack University Medical Center


Keri Bicking, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCNSP                                                                                                                        Clinical Pharmacist, Critical Care                                                                                                                           Hackensack University Medical Center


Justin Kaplan, Pharm.D.                                                                                                                                                 Clinical Assistant Professor                                                                                                                                          Clinical Pharmacist, Critical Care                                                                                                                           Hackensack University Medical Center/Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy


Arpi Kuyumjain, Pharm.D.                                                                                                                                               Clinical Pharmacist, Infectious Disease                                                                                                                   Hackensack University Medical Center


Katelin Kimler, Pharm.D., BCPPS                                                                                                                                   Clinical Assistant Professor                                                                                                                                             Clinical Pharmacist, Pediatrics                                                                                                                                  Hackensack University Medical Center/Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy


Eric Bjornstad, Pharm.D.                                                                                                                                               Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor                                                                                                                              Hackensack University Medical Center


Bruce Ruck, Pharm.D., DABAT                                                                                                                                        Director of Drug Information and Professional Education                                                                                                  New Jersey Poison Information and Education System


Applicants should hold a Pharm.D. degree, be licensed (or eligible for licensure) in New Jersey, and possess good communication and interpersonal skills. PGY1 pharmacy residency from an ASHP accredited program is required. The position is available beginning July 1st for a 12 month appointment.



The application deadline is January 15, 2017. Onsite interviews will be scheduled at that time.


Residents receive a comprehensive benefits package from Hackensack University Medical Center. The resident will have on-site parking, lab coat, and meal card support. Financial support is provided for residents to attend ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Eastern States Residency Conference. Financial support may be provided for additional educational conferences as deemed necessary by the residency advisory committee.


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