Pharmacy Residency program

Purpose:

Upon completion of the Virtua Pharmacy Residency Program graduates will be qualified for positions including PGY-2 resident, clinical pharmacist, and inpatient pharmacist. In addition, residency training will prepare the clinician to become a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS).

CURRENT RESIDENTS


Pinaki Shah, Pharm.D. is from Marlton, New Jersey. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in May 2014. Her professional interests include pediatrics, neonatal medicine, critical care, and teaching. Following her pharmacy practice residency, Pinaki plans to further her training through a specialty residency in pediatrics. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, performing and teaching with a dance company, and discovering new restaurants. Pinaki would like to thank her family, friends and mentors for their continued support and encouragement.


Jennifer Premus, Pharm.D. is originally from Staten Island, New York. She earned a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in May 2014. Jennifer’s professional interests include internal medicine, cardiology, and ambulatory care. Upon completion of her pharmacy practice residency, she plans to pursue a PGY2 specialty residency. Her ultimate goal is to practice as a clinical pharmacist in a setting where she can focus on patient care and provide education to interdisciplinary teams. In her free time Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling to new places, and reading a good book.

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About Virtua

In October 1998, Memorial Health Alliance and West Jersey Health System joined forces to create the largest healthcare provider in South Jersey. Virtua is "committed to our neighbor's health" by providing the best patient experience through its STAR Program and by exemplifying quality health care practices and outstanding medical services.

For more information about Virtua, use the links provided below:

Our Hospitals:

Virtua Memorial

Virtua Marlton

Virtua Voorhees

Residency Information

PGY-1 Residency

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Virtua is a post-graduate program consisting of 12 months of general training and experience in various aspects of hospital practice.

Purpose: Upon completion of the Virtua Pharmacy Residency Program graduates will be qualified for positions including a PGY-2 residency, clinical pharmacist, and inpatient pharmacists. In addition, residency training will also prepare the clinician to become a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS).

THE RESIDENCY EXPERIENCE

During the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency year, the residents will be exposed to required core rotations. They will also have the opportunity, based on their interests and preferences, to choose various elective rotations. Together, the core and elective rotations will enhance the Resident’s existing knowledge base and fulfill the purpose of the Residency.

Core Rotations *

  • Orientation
  • Internal Medicine
  • CriticalCare/Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Infectious Disease

Longitudinal Rotations *

  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Research Project
  • Medication Safety

Elective Rotations *

  • Medication Safety (block)
  • Cardiology
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Core Repeat

* All learning experiences are based upon preceptor availability

TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

Virtua is affiliated with the University of the Sciences. Through this affiliation, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residents will have the opportunity to participate in the U. Sciences Pharmacy School Teaching Certificate Program. The Resident will also have the opportunity to teach Doctor of Pharmacy candidates on Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations and to give guidance to students - who are learning to become healthcare professionals - on their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) rotations. More information about the University of the Sciences may be found at www.usciences.edu.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

  • Salary: $40,000
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Prescription Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
    • 12 paid days off
    • 3 interview days
  • On-site parking
  • Wellness Programs

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program conducted by Virtua, Mount Holly, NJ is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Application Requirements

Applicants must possess a PharmD degree from an ACPE-accredited College of Pharmacy and must be eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the state of New Jersey by the start of the program. Selected applicants must also go through an interview process and participate in the ASHP Residency Matching Program.

Application Information

Applications will be accepted using the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS TM) and must be completed by January 7.

  • Completed Application form
  • Letter of Intent/Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) Electronic References (Letters of Recommendation may supplement)
  • Official Pharmacy School Transcript (Doctor of Pharmacy Degree)
    • Minimum GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent
  • NJ Licensure eligible

Once chosen employment is contingent upon:

  • Meeting all Virtua employment, departmental, and institutional requirements
  • Meeting the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy licensure requirements and obtaining a license to practice Pharmacy in the State of New Jersey within 2 months of the start of the Residency Year
    (by September 1).

Contact Information

Diane M Pascu RPh, MBA, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Pharmacy Department
Virtua Memorial
175 Madison Avenue 
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060
Phone: 609.914.6028
Fax: 609.914.6031
Email: dpascu@virtua.org

Pharmacy Leadership and Preceptors

PHARMACY LEADERSHIP AND PRECEPTORS


Roberta Barber, Pharm.D., M.P.H.
Roberta Barber joined Virtua in 2010 as Assistant Vice President of Pharmacy. During her tenure Roberta has worked to unify the Pharmacy Department. She has also worked to create a state of the art department by expanding the Decentralized Pharmacy Model and by introducing automation in order to standardize processes system wide. Dr. Barber received her BS, Pharmacy and Pharm.D. from Union University, Albany College of Pharmacy and her Master of Public Health Degree from Columbia University.


Gary Del Piano, Pharm.D.
Gary joined Virtua in 2011 as Director of Pharmacy for Virtua Marlton and moved to the Virtua Memorial campus in 2014. Gary Graduated from St. John’s University, College of Pharmacy in 1992 and began his career at St. Clare’s Hospital in New York City as Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator. In 1997, he was appointed Director of Pharmacy. In 2001 Gary left St. Clare’s to pursue other Director positions at various hospitals in New Jersey. Gary earned his Pharm.D. by taking a year of night classes at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, then finishing at the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy, distance learning off-site classrooms in Delaware. Gary also received his US Navy Officer Commission after attending Officer Candidate School at Naval Air Station Pensacola, February - March, 2000, serving in the Navy Reserve Medical Service Corps, and currently on temporary family leave from his reserve duties due to the birth of his son, Luke, in 2012. He also has a daughter, Julia, age 5.


Greg A. Bauer, M.S., Pharm.D.
Greg joined Virtua in 2012 as the Director of Pharmacy Services for the Virtua Voorhees Hospital. Greg graduated from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Athens, Georgia in 1999. Following graduation, he completed a 2 year ASHP accredited residency from The Ohio State University where he also obtained his Master’s in Health Systems Pharmacy Administration in 2001. Greg also completed a fellowship in Clinical Toxicology in 2002 from the Georgia Poison Center in Atlanta, GA at Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital. Greg worked as an Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for 9 years prior to joining Virtua. Greg holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American College of Healthcare Executives. His clinical interests include emergency medicine and clinical toxicology while his operational interests include automation and intravenous robotic technology systems.


Tiffany R. Politz, Pharm.D., BCPS
Tiffany joined the Virtua in 2013 as the Medication Safety and Quality Clinical Pharmacist. In 2014 Tiffany assumed the role of Director of Pharmacy at Virtua Marlton. Tiffany earned bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Pharmaceutical Sciences from South Dakota State University in 2009. Following completion of her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2011 at South Dakota State University, she completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency at NorthShore University Health System, in Highland Park, IL. She then completed a PGY-2 in Medication Use Safety at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Her research interests include identifying and reducing medication errors through system improvements and technological integration.


Carolyn Orendorff, Pharm.D., BCPS
Carolyn joined the Virtua in 2013 as the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator. For the last few years, Carolyn has practiced as an Internal Medicine Clinical Specialist, most recently in Philadelphia, PA and prior to that in Baltimore, MD. Additionally, she has experience in precepting pharmacy students and residents as well as being a Pharmacy Residency Program Director. Carolyn graduated from University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and completed a 2 year Pharmacotherapy Residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Carolyn is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. In her free time, Carolyn enjoys time with her family, running with her dog, trips to the beach, trying to cook, and watching football (Go Ravens!)


Diane M Pascu, BsPharm, RPh, MBA, BCPS
Diane joined Virtua as a Staff Pharmacist in 1987 and was promoted to Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist in 2004. In 2012 Diane was appointed as PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director and transitioned into the role Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist. Diane attended The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science where she received her BS in Pharmacy in 1985. She went on to obtain her MBA from Drexel University in 1989. Diane is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She is currently pursuing her Pharm.D.


Barbara D. Zambon, BsPharm, RPh, CGP, CCP
Barb graduated from Butler University in 1984 with a BS in Pharmacy and started her career as a staff pharmacist at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis. She quickly embraced clinical pharmacy and leadership roles in Pediatrics, SCN, Mother-baby and Critical Care. When Wishard merged with Marion County Healthcare Center, a 300 bed Long Term Care facility, Barb was selected to supervise the pharmacy’s daily operations. There she was instrumental in initiating multidisciplinary rounds, implementing computer and billing systems, developing and Precepting rotations for BS and Pharm D candidates from Butler and was secretary of P&T. Barb returned to South Jersey with her family and she joined Virtua Voorhees in 1993. By 2000 she was working exclusively on the floors at Voorhees in Pediatrics and NICU. In 2002 she joined the clinical team continuing in Pediatrics and NICU and later rounding in Critical Care. In 2004, Barb was chosen to be part of the Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) team and Critical Care pharmacist at Berlin. Barb created and was preceptor for the Geriatric Rotation’s for USP Pharmacy students and for the Virtua PGY1 Residency Program. Barb is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and has certifications in Immunization, Medication Therapy Management and Consultant Pharmacy. Barb received the Virtua Pharmacy Residency Preceptor of the year award for 2013-2014.


Sharon Camperchioli, Pharm.D.
Sharon Camperchioli joined the pharmacy department at Virtua in 2005. She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy in 2003. She started her career in outpatient pharmacy before transitioning into the hospital setting as a staff pharmacist. Due to her passion and commitment towards the maternal-child health population she worked on many projects focused on this group of patients. Sharon then moved into a clinical pharmacist role in 2008. Although her primary focus was in the pediatric and neonatal units across the system, she has supported all maternal-child health patient care areas and continues to do so presently. Throughout her career at Virtua Sharon has developed and implemented much advancement for patient care. Just a few examples include standardization of mixing and dispensing medications for this patient population from the pharmacy, programming and maintaining the medication library for administration of medications in syringes, safe transitioning from paper to computerized to electronic medication administration records, and computerized physician ordering. She has also supported the CHOP at Virtua joint venture which continues to grow. Sharon has also been an advocate for her patients creating and implementing programs to promote medication safety in both the pediatric and adult populations. In addition to her clinical role, Sharon is a tireless supporter for the March of Dimes leading the Pharmacy Team as Captain for nine years. She also spends much of her time outside of work volunteering at various organizations to help the local community. In her free time Sharon enjoys spending time with her family.


Kavitha S. Dalal, Pharm.D.
Kavitha joined the Virtua in 2013 as a Clinical Pharmacist with a focus in Critical Care for the Marlton campus. Kavitha graduated from Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD. Kavitha has previous experience as a Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist at Capital Health Regional Medical Center, Trenton, NJ. She also has experience as a Clinical Adjunct Professor and Pharmacy Field Manager at Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Kavitha is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Pharmaceutical Association, and Society of Critical Care Medicine. Kavitha’s research interests include intensive care unit sedation and delirium and alcohol withdrawal management in the ICU. 


Jim Anderson BsPharm, Pharm.D.
Jim joined the pharmacy team in 1997 as a pharmacy student and transitioned into a staff pharmacist upon graduation from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 2000. Jim recently received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (summer 2014). Jim has served as a Soarian super-user, RX user group member, and assisted with numerous technology-based upgrades. His work interests include technology enhancement, Critical Care, and serving as a training resource within the department. In his spare time he enjoys taking care of the family blueberry farm and traveling.


Nina Hogan, BsPharm, RPh
Nina joined the Virtua in 1998. She received her Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree from St John’s University. Nina has over twenty years of hospital pharmacy experience. She also has worked in the Palliative Care Industry managing pain management and consulting. She has served as the anticoagulation therapy specialist during her early years at Virtua. Nina currently staffs in all areas of the Virtua Pharmacy as well as teaching new graduates and pharmacy students. Nina resides in Southampton NJ and is the mother of two boys, Rob and Jake. She has a passion for yoga, skiing and cooking.

Program Graduates

RECENT GRADUATES

2013 – 2014
PGY1 Residency Clas
Hannah Fudin and Francis Zamora

Hannah Fudin is a PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI

Francis Zamora is a PGY-2 Pharmacotherapy Resident at Hunterdon Healthcare in Flemington, NJ

2012 – 2013
PGY1 Residency Class
Sonya Akrout and Beverly Chorbak

Sonya Akrout is employed as a Senior Copywriter with Mosaic Group specializing in pharmaceutical marketing and advertising.

Beverly Chorbak is employed as an Inpatient Pharmacist at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell in Pennington, NJ.

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