Pharmacy Medstar National Rehab

Pharmacy Residency at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr Eric Wisotzsky stands with 2 pharmacy residents at MedStar Health.

Pharmacy Residency Program at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (MNRH) is designed to produce a well-rounded pharmacy healthcare professional through exposure to multiple acute care experiences in various settings that expand upon fundamental knowledge for general inpatient pharmacy services. The purpose of the program is to prepare new pharmacists for patient care positions in a healthcare system environment, academia, or PGY-2 training in their area of choice.

Program Description

  • Number of Positions: 1
  • Residency Period: 12 months, starting July
  • Estimated Stipend: $54,500


  • Full benefits package (health, dental, vision)
  • 20 paid time off days, 1 personal day per six months, and 4 paid holidays
  • Full reimbursement for major pharmacy conferences
  • On-Site Parking

Submit all application information electronically via PhORCAS
Application Deadline: January 1


Why train here

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (MNRH) is the region’s largest acute rehabilitation hospital, and a proud part of the MedStar Health system. Our founding credo is “Adding Life to Years®” with the goal and foundation of our clinical work to make sure that patients achieve their maximum level of function and independence in order to get back to home, work, and life. That goal guides who we are and what we do.

The department of pharmacy is well-integrated into each interdisciplinary medical team, and the overall pharmacy culture is highly progressive. As a result, residents’ learning experiences become more enriched, because pharmacists are constantly relied upon by each medical team to ensure appropriate medication use and patient safety.


Program Highlights

  • Variety of clinical specialties tailored toward the residents’ interests
  • Continuing Education Grand Rounds Presentations
  • Local and system-level Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committee participation
  • On-site/off-site elective opportunities available in pharmacogenomics, infectious disease, medication safety, anticoagulation management, and advanced cardiac ICU at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH) and MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC)
  • Longitudinal research experience
  • Teaching certificate through Washington Metropolitan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (WMSHP)
  • Lean Management/ Process Improvement (PI) project


Learning Experiences:

  • 6 core rotations
  • 3 elective rotations
  • 2 longitudinal rotations

First month

During the first month of the program (July), residents go through orientation to MNRH and Department of Pharmacy Services.

Residents learn about the institution, its mission and philosophy, as well as become familiar with the scope of our pharmacy services—distribution process and clinical pharmacy services.

Next 11 months

The following eleven months will comprise clinical and practice management related rotations. The schedule will be developed by the resident and the residency program administrative director during the orientation period but can always be subject to change.



Core Rotations:

  • Residency Orientation
  • Pharmacy Management and Administration
  • Internal Medicine 1
  • Internal Medicine 2
  • Anticoagulation Management
  • Medication Safety

Longitudinal Rotations:

  • Pharmacy Staffing and Distribution
  • Research and Drug Information

Elective Rotations:

  • Pharmacogenomics - MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH)
  • Transplant (MGUH)
  • Infectious Disease (MGUH)
  • Advanced Heart Failure -MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC)
  • Cardiology Intermediate Care Unit (MWHC)
  • Cardiology Rehab (MNRH)
  • Neurology, Traumatic Brain Injury & Stroke Rehab (MNRH)

Additional Requirements and Activities

To complement their learning, residents must also participate in the following aspects of our program:

  • Staffing and Drug Distribution
    • One weeknight per week
    • One weekend per three weeks
    • Two holidays per year
  • Preceptorship of PharmD students from affiliated schools of pharmacy
  • Preparation of drug monograph for presentation at local/ system Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Medication Utilization Evaluation (MUE)
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Continuing Education presentation
  • Research project with manuscript submission
  • Participation in two conferences with presentations at each


Training locations

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital

102 Irving St. NW
Washington, DC 20010

Our people

Current Resident

Helen Fita, PharmD

Helen was born and raised in Ethiopia. She graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Her areas of interest are cardiology, antimicrobial stewardship, and academia. Helen plans to begin practicing as a clinical pharmacy specialist at a teaching hospital where there are opportunities to get involved in the education of pharmacy students and residents. In the long term, she wishes to pursue opportunities to get involved in academia. Besides pharmacy, she likes puzzle games, hiking, and cooking.


Our Faculty

  • Lubna Kousa, PharmD, M.A.

    Clinical Pharmacy Manager

    Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program
    PharmD: University of Findlay, College to Pharmacy
    PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency: Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD

  • Eric Pitts, PharmD, MBA, CPHQ

    Director, Pharmacy Services

    PharmD: Duquesne University, School Of Pharmacy
    MBA/ MHA: University of Maryland Global Campus

  • Vidhi Gandhi, PharmD, DPLA

    Coordinator of Quality Improvement and Regulatory Compliance

    PharmD: University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
    PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
    PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership: MedStar Health, Columbia, MD

  • Bushra Naz

    Clinical Pharmacist

    PharmD: University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis,
    St. Louis College of Pharmacy
    PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Cardinal Health/Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville, MO

  • Emma Hosch

    Clinical Pharmacist

    PharmD: Howard University, College of Pharmacy

  • Salmit Ali

    Clinical Pharmacist

    PharmD: University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Pharmacy

Application information

All applicants must meet the following criteria and submit all requested materials:

  • Pre-requisites: Graduated from ACPE-accredited College of Pharmacy and eligible for D.C. licensure
    • Licensure must be obtained by October 1 of the residency year
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Official academic transcripts

Submit all application information electronically via PhORCAS
Application Deadline: January 1


Contact us

Lubna Kousa, Pharm.D, MA
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director