Hannah Ritchie, PharmD
School of Pharmacy: University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy
PGY1 Residency: Baystate Medical Center
Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA
Professional interests: Critical care (still figuring which specific area!) and emergency medicine
Personal interests: I love all the outdoor activities, baking/cooking, dogs, reading, trying new coffee shops and restaurants, and spending time with friends & family!
What attracted you to Baystate Medical Center?
I was initially attracted to Baystate Medical Center for my PGY1 because the program offered the variety of rotations and experiences I was looking for. Additionally, I could see that the pharmacy department was built on high-quality in-depth learning, interdisciplinary practice, personalized development, and had a strong organizational culture. I could tell through my conversations with prior residents that this program was everything and more. I learned that Baystate prioritizes its residents, allowing them to experience exponential growth and truly set them up for the next step of their career. I also liked that this program offered five PGY1 positions. It was reassuring to know that I would have a community to experience residency with! The institution is incredible beyond the pharmacy department, too. I learned during my application process that the environment at Baystate is extremely collaborative, and I would definitely agree with that. This program and this hospital have so much to offer, and I am so grateful I get to spend another year learning at this institution.
What is your favorite thing about living in the area?
I love the beautiful scenery and all the outdoor activities – hiking, kayaking, biking, ziplining, all the things! Also, Western MA is only a short drive from other great locations, such as Boston, Rhode Island (my second home – go rhody), and New York! During the winter months, I love heading to Vermont or New Hampshire to go snowboarding. I also have enjoyed finding new coffee shops to try. I loved my first year out here and am so excited I have another year to explore!!
What are you most excited for this year?
I am grateful to have another year to learn from and work with the best pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and other team members. I’m looking forward to advancing my knowledge and gaining experience in critical care areas, as well as making memories with my co-residents along the way!