[June 24, 2009]
Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at SUNY Downstate Wins Coveted Three-Year Accreditation:
New Program Earns High Marks for Specialty Training
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) credentialing commission has granted accreditation to the Pharmacy Practice Residency in Infectious Diseases at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. This accreditation acknowledges Downstate’s role as a center of postgraduate clinical pharmacy education.
The one-year program offers advanced, specialty training to licensed pharmacists who have completed one year of general pharmacy practice residency. It focuses on developing skills in pharmacotherapy and antimicrobial management of both common and rare infectious diseases, as well as enhanced communications skills.
The program earned high marks on the ASHP site review, as indicated by the three-year accreditation; many new programs only receive one-year approval. The stringent accreditation standards reflect best practices in pharmacy resident training and the delivery of patient care.
The infectious diseases pharmacy residency has been greeted enthusiastically by the faculty. Nicholas Galeota, MS, RPh, director of pharmacy services and a prime mover in establishing the residency, is confident that the program’s successful accreditation will elevate the Pharmacy Department to new levels.
“This accreditation represents a vote of confidence in our Pharmacy Department,” says Debra Carey, CEO of University Hospital of Brooklyn. “Pharmacy is an invaluable resource to all our healthcare providers, and, of course, our patients are the greatest beneficiaries.”
Roopali Sharma, PharmD, a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS), is the residency director. Launched in 2007, the program graduated its first resident the following year.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a Graduate Public Health Program, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.
SUNY Downstate ranks ninth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.