Joseph Cusimano, PharmD

PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident
PGY-1 Health-System Pharmacy Resident


Hometown: Chandler, AZ

Pharmacy School: The Ohio State University 

PGY-1 (if current PGY-2): Michigan Medicine

Why did you choose Michigan's residency program? I knew that I wanted to do the PGY-2 Psychiatry program even as I applied for my PGY-1 year. I knew that at Michigan Medicine, I would have a large residency class of wonderful colleagues and have the honor of training under some of the best preceptors in the field. As a future academician, I was excited about the numerous teaching opportunities, both in the classroom and at the bedside, and the chance to learn new research skills.

Research Topic: Impact of medications on ECT outcomes

Writing Topic: Comparison of impact of non-pharmacologic interventions (e.g. dietary changes, exercise) vs antidepressant trial outcomes

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

Favorite Book: 1984, by George Orwell

Favorite Movie: Mr. Nobody

Advice for future residents: Apply yourself, and seek out new opportunities, but also be mindful of your limits. It's okay to say "no", even this early in your career. That said, residency is a time to make new connections, form collaborative relationships, and push yourself. Strive to find balance.

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.

Advice on how to prepare for Michigan winters: Buy salt, a good coat, and gloves. I'm from Arizona—if I can do it, anyone can.