Joseph Cusimano, PharmD

PGY-1 Health-System Pharmacy Resident


Hometown: Chandler, AZ

Why did you choose Michigan's residency program? As a future academician, it was important to me that any prospective residency program be able to provide extensive opportunities for both teaching and research. At Michigan, there are plentiful teaching opportunities--both in the classroom, and within a clinical setting. The college of pharmacy is always looking for volunteers, and their students are very eager to learn from residents. Their Residency Advisory Committee puts a lot of time and effort into vetting their research projects; all proposed projects were either "likely" or "very likely" to be published. If you are interested in a career in academia someday, or just want to improve your clinical research and teaching skills, Michigan's residency program is primed to train you to accomplish your goals, and can be tailored towards your interests.

Research Topic: Defining CMV viral thresholds for clinical significance among solid organ transplant recipients

Writing Topic: Impact of state mental health statutes on medication management and court ordered treatment

Hobbies outside of pharmacy: Writing, playing guitar, singing, reading, and exploring

Favorite Book: 1984, by George Orwell

Favorite Movie: Mr. Nobody

Best advice received from a preceptor: Don't just think about reading a research paper to cite it and use the findings therein. Take time to just sit back, relax, and digest it. Read it again--process the information. The goal is to become an expert in your field, not write a manuscript. Once you're an expert, the writing will come naturally.

Favorite part about doing residency at Michigan Medicine: My favorite part about this residency is the sense of community shared by my residency cohort and the staff at Michigan Medicine. It's a large residency class, and there's something about the crucible of residency that brings people together. Everyone that I've met at Michigan has been so kind; it's a very positive work environment. Having so many other co-residents means that you'll always have close colleagues to bounce ideas off of, plenty of birthday celebrations to attend, and empathetic compatriots that understand the rigors of residency. I had no idea how valuable this all would be to me until I experienced it for myself, and I'm so glad to be a part of this community.