February 4, 2010     

Waterbury Hospital’s Pharmacy Residency Program Gets Enthusiastic Reviews

Two-year-old Program Recommended for Accreditation 

WATERBURY – Waterbury Hospital’s Pharmacy Residency Program, which began in 2008 as a way for hospital pharmacists to further their expertise in the field, has been evaluated by a team of inspectors with a national accreditation agency who came away highly impressed with the program’s level of excellence. 

The inspectors with the American Society of System Pharmacists told the hospital they would push to have the hospital’s Year One Pharmacy Residency Program fully accredited. The agency’s Commission on Credentialing will make the determination when it meets next month. 

“We are very excited and pleased,” said Bahar Matusik, the hospital’s Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator and Program Director for the Year One Pharmacy Residency Program. Matusik worked closely with the team of inspectors when they evaluated the residency program last year. 

The pharmacy residency program, which lasts for one year, now includes two full-time residents. The program is open to licensed pharmacists who wish to further their professional development and add to their credentials. 

Accreditation would serve to enhance the program’s reputation, Matusik said. By submitting the program to outside peer review, it shows the hospital’s commitment to excellence in residency training. It also provides for resources such as information on critical issues in residency training, a match program for selecting residency candidates and opportunities for networking with other residency preceptors, Matusik said.

Waterbury Hospital is the largest private employer in the Greater Waterbury region, and serves a vital role in the economic vitality of Western Connecticut. It is a private, non-profit acute care teaching hospital licensed for 367 beds and affiliated with the Yale School of Medicine, the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Founded in 1890 as Waterbury’s first and Connecticut’s fourth hospital, Waterbury Hospital is a full-service community health-care institution with centers of excellence in primary care, cardiac services, behavioral health and orthopaedics.