Current Residents PGY1

Jessica Spangler


School of Pharmacy: Jefferson College of Pharmacy

Professional Interests: Critical Care and Infectious Diseases

PGY1 Residency Research Project: Evaluation of automated blood culture reports with real-time notification and subsequent pharmacist intervention on time to targeted therapy in patients with bacteremia.

What attracted you to Backus Hospital? Initially, I was drawn to the community setting that Backus Hospital offered. It allowed for the intimacy of a smaller hospital while still being connected to the larger health system. Having completed APPE experiences in community hospitals that were part of larger healthcare networks, I felt confident the environment would be a good fit. I also appreciate that the program offers a variety of learning experiences, between longitudinal rotations in both traditional inpatient and outpatient ambulatory care, as well as a variety of elective experiences throughout the health system.

Personal Interests: Snowboarding, surfing, video games.

Andrew Ward


School of Pharmacy: University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy

Professional Interests: Ambulatory Care and Emergency Medicine

PGY1 Residency Research Project: Impact of pharmacist management of diabetes in the endocrine clinic at Backus Outpatient Care Center.

What attracted you to Backus Hospital? Backus Hospital was one of my top choices for residency for a variety of reasons. It’s a local community hospital so the pharmacy team and the providers can develop closer relationships and providers will often seek our recommendations on a variety of disease states. Backus is also part of a large healthcare system so it has the resources to support a growing pharmacy presence in the hospital. In addition to the in-hospital services, residents will spend time at the anticoagulation clinic at the Outpatient Care Center. This focus on ambulatory care, as well as the diverse rotations offered here, made me confident that Backus was the right institution to allow me to grow and expand my clinical knowledge.

Personal Interests: Watching sports, golfing, hiking and thinking I’m a good cook.

Pharmacy Residency Contact Information

Shally S. Singh, PharmD, CACP
Residency Program Director
Department of Pharmacy Services
Backus Hospital
326 Washington St.
Norwich, CT 06360