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Virtua Health Pharmacy Residency Program

General Information About the Virtua Health Pharmacy Residency Program – NMS Code 185413

Message from the Program Director:

The Virtua pharmacy residency program is designed to give the resident a well-rounded learning experience with an exposure to a variety of clinical areas. Virtua Health has a dedicated group of preceptors who will provide the resident an optimal learning environment. Our residents gain knowledge not only in a variety of clinical learning experiences, but gain an understanding in the areas of research, teaching, and pharmacy leadership. Our goal is to provide outstanding training experiences to all our residents in order to foster and promote their professional goals while broadening their clinical knowledge base.

On behalf of the entire pharmacy department and preceptors, I thank you for your interest in the Virtua Health PGY 1 pharmacy residency program. Please explore our residency webpage as well as other information about Virtua Health, available on this website. We welcome your questions.

Wishing you the best in your residency search,

Kavitha Dalal, PharmD 
PGY 1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist
pharmres@virtua.org

Purpose:

PGY 1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. 

Our Hospitals:
Virtua Mount Holly
Virtua Marlton
Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes
Virtua Voorhees
Virtua Willingboro

More information about the Virtua Health Pharmacy Residency Program

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.


THE RESIDENCY EXPERIENCE

During the PGY – 1 Pharmacy Practice Residency year, the residents will be exposed to required core and longitudinal learning experiences.  They will also have the opportunity, based on their interests and preferences, to choose various elective learning experiences. Together the core, longitudinal, and elective learning experiences will enhance the resident’s knowledge base and fulfill the purpose of the residency.


Core Learning Experiences*

  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Disease

  • Internal Medicine

  • Oncology

  • Pediatric/NICU

  • Pharmacy Administration

  • Pharmacy Orientation I and II

  • Research Block

  • Transplant

Longitudinal Learning Experiences*

  • Ambulatory Care

  • Formulary Management/Medication Safety

  • Hospital Pharmacy Staffing

  • Research Project

Elective Learning Experiences*

  • Cardiac ICU
  • Decentralized Pharmacy
  • Heart Failure Transitions of Care
  • Teaching Certificate Program (U Sciences)
  • Teaching/Precepting

*All learning experiences are based on preceptor availability. 


TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

The teaching certificate program is offered through University of the Sciences and is an optional part of the residency program.  It involves teaching assignments, precepting a student, and other coursework throughout the year.  Residents may participate if it aligns with their professional goals.


SALARY AND BENEFITS

  • Salary: $50,000
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Prescription Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
    • 15 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 Pharm.D. 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 5. Use NMS Code 185413.

  • 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 in accordance with Virtua Pharmacy Residency Policy. (By September 1, preferred).

Contact Information

Kavitha S. Dalal, Pharm.D., RPh
Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director 
Department of Pharmacy 
Virtua Health System 
Phone: 856-355-6134 
Fax: 856-355-6139 
Email: Pharmres@virtua.org

Pharmacy Leadership, Preceptors and Mentors

Kavitha S. Dalal, Pharm.D. - Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Kavitha joined the Virtua in 2013 as a Clinical Pharmacist with a focus in Critical Care for the Marlton campus and in 2015 became the Pharmacy Residency Program Director. 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.


William Haigh, BsPharm - Director of Pharmacy
Bill joined Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden in 1980 as a pharmacy student. He received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. After graduation, he began as a staff pharmacist and is currently Director of Pharmacy at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. Bill has over 30 years of hospital pharmacy experience. During his tenure at Lourdes, Bill has implemented technology resources for the hospital, including bar code medication administration at the bedside; automated dispensing cabinets; the pharmacy carousel; Sentri 7 (a pharmacy surveillance software); and Simplify (a USP 797/800 management system). He is an active member of interdisciplinary committees throughout the hospital, such as the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Medication Safety Committee, and Code Committee. He maintains membership in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and attends Mid-year each year representing Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Many IPPE and APPE students from local pharmacy schools have benefited from his preceptorship, and Bill won Preceptor of the Year in 2012 from Temple University School of Pharmacy. He also serves as the preceptor for the Orientation block of the Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program. The pharmacy residents begin orientation to hospital pharmacy on day one of the residency. Bill helps the residents acclimate to the hospital, main pharmacy, IV room and each of the satellite pharmacies. The two months of orientation allow residents to gain confidence and the proper knowledge to staff their required weekends throughout their residency year. During his free time, Bill enjoys traveling, trying new pizzas and listening to live music.

 

Barbara D. Zambon, BsPharm, RPh, CGP, CCP
Barbara D. Zambon, BPharm, RPh, BCGP, 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. 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 & NICU and later transitioned to Critical Care. In 2004, Barb went to Berlin when Virtua’s first Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) team was formed. At Berlin she was excited to be working on the geriatric multidisciplinary team and also continued rounding as the critical care clinical pharmacist. Barb created and was preceptor for the Geriatric Rotation’s for USP pharmacy students and for the Virtua PGY-1 Residency Program. In 2013 she assisted in the development and is preceptor for the Ambulatory Care Rotation for Virtua’s Pharmacy PGY-1 Residency Program. When Berlin closed its hospital, Barb went to Memorial as a clinical pharmacist helping in many areas including rounding in Pediatrics and SCN. In 2017 she joined Virtua’s pain initiative, working with the system-wide pain committee and in 2018 Barb’s role expanded to include Opioid Stewardship. Barb is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and has certifications in Immunization, Medication Therapy Management, Diabetes and Consultant Pharmacy. Barb received the Virtua Pharmacy Residency Preceptor of the year award for 2013-2014.


Jim Anderson, BsPharm, Pharm.D.
Jim Anderson BsPharm, Pharm.D. Jim joined the pharmacy team in 1997 as a pharmacy student, transitioned into a staff pharmacist upon graduation from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 2000 and currently works as manager of operations. Jim 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. Outside of work, Jim enjoys blueberry farming with his family and friends.

Christina (Nina) Mangiamele, BsPharm, RPh
Nina is the Pharmacy Director at the Marlton Campus. She began her career at Virtua Memorial in 1998 serving as the anticoagulation therapy specialist. Nina has over twenty five years of hospital pharmacy experience. She also has worked in the Palliative Care Industry consulting on pain management. Nina resides in Hainesport NJ and has two boys, Rob and Jake. She has a passion for yoga, skiing and cooking.


Susan Schobert , BsPharm , RPh
Sue jointed Virtua in 1981 after receiving her Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy.  With over 34 years of hospital experience, including Family Medicine Resident rounding and teaching, she has also done community outpatient teaching for a  monthly Arthritis Group. As a Memorial Mentor, Sue developed a HCAPS Pain Education. Sue is very involved in Critical Care and is on the Code Blue Committee.  She is BLS, CPR and AED certified for Healthcare Professionals and is a member of New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  She enjoys teaching students and residents and spending time with her family.


Lisa Gold, Pharm.D.
Lisa joined the Virtua Pharmacy Team in the year 2006.  She graduated from Rutgers College of Pharmacy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1986 and from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (USP) with a Pharm D. degree in 2002.  Lisa has previous working experience as a retail pharmacy manager, as a consultant pharmacist and seventeen years as a hospital pharmacist.  In addition, Lisa has provided education to pharmacy students in the past as a pharmacy student preceptor in the retail setting.  Lisa enjoys working as a decentralized pharmacist at Virtua.  When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, taking long walks on the beach and reading a good book.


Jessica Hunt, Pharm.D.
Jess joined Virtua in September 2015 as the Neonatal and Pediatric Clinical Specialist based at Virtua Voorhees Hospital. Jess graduated from Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 2010. Following graduation, she completed a PGY-1 residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA and a PGY-2 Pediatric Residency at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. She then worked as the Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant Clinical Specialist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for 3 years. Jess has a passion for improving transitions of care and education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside hiking, biking, skiing, and traveling.


Jennifer Premus, Pharm.D., RPh
Jennifer joined Virtua in 2014 as a PGY1 pharmacy resident and transitioned into the role of staff pharmacist at the Voorhees division in 2015. She received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2014 from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. During her residency year, Jennifer received a teaching certificate from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, through which she gained experience in both teaching and precepting pharmacy students. Jennifer is a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling.


Francine Bonaccorsi, BsPharm, RPh
Francine graduated from Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in 1980. At the start of my career I worked in retail pharmacy, as a nursing home consultant and in an outpatient clinic. I have over 30 years of experience in hospital pharmacy starting out at Princeton Medical Center. I have been a preceptor since 2015 and find it very rewarding to witness the transformation of the residents emerge as well rounded ,confident and knowledgeable professionals with the ability to work on a multidisciplinary team. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, cooking and traveling.


Jeanmarie S. Perch, Pharm.D., BCPS 
Jeanmarie joined Virtua in 2017 as the Medication Safety Clinical Pharmacist. Jeanmarie graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY2 Critical Care Specialty Residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Upon completion of post-graduate training, Jeanmarie began her career at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA as the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Critical Care and then went on to become the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator. Originally from the Jersey Shore, Jeanmarie relocated with her husband and son back to New Jersey, where she joined the Virtua team. Jeanmarie’s interests include medication safety, advancing pharmacy practice, critical care, process improvement and precepting pharmacy students and residents.


Michelle Maloney, Pharm.D., PRS
Michelle joined Virtua in October 2017 as the Quality Pharmacist. Michelle graduated from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 2013. Michelle spent over four years at the University Medical Center of Princeton where she obtained experience in operations and clinical areas, including precepting pharmacy students and residents. An area of interest is in pharmacy regulations, with focus on USP 797/800 chapters where she spent a majority of time managing the coordination of sterile compounding. Michelle loves to educate and empower people with knowledge and tools to enhance compliance, quality and safety measures. Michelle resides in Princeton with her husband and her passion is traveling to new places. 


Bethany Toole, Pharm.D.
Bethany grew up in Maple Shade, New Jersey, and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, in May 2019. Bethany joined Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in July 2019 as a PGY-1 pharmacy resident. As a resident, Bethany was highly interested in critical care, and after her critical care rotation, she  proposed the creation of a critical care pharmacist position at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. The position was approved and Bethany was offered the position to begin after residency. As clinical pharmacist, she actively participates in critical care interdisciplinary rounds and investigational drug studies. Bethany is an active member in many interdisciplinary committees throughout the hospital, such as Stroke Committee, Institutional Review Board, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Critical Care Committee, Medication Safety Committee, and Opioid Stewardship Committee. Bethany has also taken on the project of updating the IV pump library, standardizing critical care medications, and merging policies/procedures. Bethany is the primary preceptor for the Critical Care rotation. Her rotation focuses on the medical and post-surgical management of the patients in both the general and cardiac critical care units. The pharmacy resident will have the opportunity to become a drug expert for the ICU staff, such as dosing and initial pharmacotherapy recommendations. There will also be opportunities for the pharmacy resident to participate in emergency codes and sepsis/stroke alerts, where the pharmacy resident will prepare emergency medications if necessary. Bethany is also the preceptor for the Medication Safety Rotation. This rotation focuses on performing drug utilization reports to ensure appropriate drug use in the hospital, attending committee meetings, and reporting on adverse drug reactions. During this rotation, residents also will assist in working on the formulary, answering drug information questions, and creating policies and guidelines. In her free time, Bethany likes to cook, travel, and spend time with friends and family.

Melikte Yohannes, Pharm.D.
Melikte joined Virtua in October 2017 as the Clinical Oncology Pharmacist. Melikte received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry from Oberlin College and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. After graduating from pharmacy school, Melikte worked as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist mainly in the Intensive Care Unit and the pharmacist-led anticoagulation clinic at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton. She then transitioned into the Outpatient Oncology Infusion Center at Robert Wood Johnson -- Hamilton as the oncology pharmacist where she participated in side effect management, patient education, and also helped expand the anticoagulation service for oncology patients and saw patients and managed their anticoagulation therapy. Melikte enjoys mentoring students and helping cancer patients understand their complex regimens in their treatment plans. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors and traveling.

 

Current Residents

John Belardo

John Belardo, PharmD., grew up in Mount Laurel, N.J. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University. His professional interests include cardiac critical care, ambulatory care, and emergency medicine. After this year of residency, he plans on pursuing a PGY-2 residency in one of his areas of interest. Outside of work, he enjoys touring local wineries, brewing coffee, growing houseplants, and traveling.


Joseph DeAssis 

Joseph DeAssis, PharmD., grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in May 2021. His current professional interests include infectious disease, ambulatory care, and IT. He hopes to pursue a PGY-2 residency in the coming year. During his free time, Joseph loves to play volleyball, take up new skills, and to see live comedy shows.


Bryce Gokool 

Bryce Gokool, PharmD., grew up Middletown, DE. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in May 2021. His professional interests include critical care, cardiac, and infectious disease. After his first year, Bryce plans to pursue a PGY-2 in one of his interest fields. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, watching movies, learning any new skills, playing soccer, and hiking.


Megan Hastings

Megan Hastings, PharmD., is from West Deptford, NJ. She earned her Bachelor's of Science and Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Temple University. Her professional interests include oncology, internal medicine, and critical care. Outside of pharmacy, Megan enjoys running, yoga, spending time with family and friends, taking her dog to new parks, and any other activity outdoors.

 

Joseph Lee

Joseph S. Lee, Pharm.D., was born in South Korea and moved to Ohio when he was 8 years old. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in May 2021. His professional interests include oncology, solid organ transplant and research. He hopes to pursue a PGY-2 residency next year. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, watching movies and exploring the city.

Program Graduates

2020 - 2021
PGY 1 Residency Class
Cho Cho Aung, Yujin Jang, Michelle Nguyen

  • Cho Cho Aung is employed as a pharmacist at Penn Medicine Princeton Health, Princeton, N.J.
  • Yujin Jang is employed as a pharmacist at Byrn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, Pa., and as a per diem pharmacist Virtua Marlton in Marlton, N.J.
  • Michelle Nguyen is employed as a pharmacist at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes, Camden, N.J.

2019 - 2020
PGY 1 Residency Class
Nnenna Emeghara, Vallabhi Mishra, Sneha Monzy

  • Nnenna Emeghara is employed as a PGY 2 ambulatory care resident at Franciscan Health in Indiana.
  • Vallabhi Mishra is employed as a clinical pharmacist at CompleteRx in Boston, Mass., specifically at Pappas Rehab Hospital for Children.
  • Sneha Monzy is employed as a PGY 2 infectious disease resident at University of Arizona Banner Health, Tucson, Ariz.
 

2018 - 2019
PGY 1 Residency Class
Shannon Haar, Lanszie Jean-Pierre, Klarida Zeqollari

  • Shannon Haar is employed as PGY 2 pharmacotherapy resident at Cooper University Hospital, Camden, N.J.
  • Lanszie Jean-Pierre is employed as an anticoagulation pharmacist at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Klarida Zeqollari is employed as an internal medicine clinical pharmacist at St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark, N.J.