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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
  • Emergency Medicine

  • Infectious Disease

  • Internal Medicine

  • Oncology

  • Pediatric/NICU 

  • Pharmacy Orientation I and II

  • Research Block

  • Transitions of Care

  • Transplant

Longitudinal Learning Experiences*

  • Ambulatory Care

  • Clinical Pharmacy Administration

  • Hospital Pharmacy Staffing

  • Research Project

Elective Learning Experiences*

  • Cardiac ICU
  • Decentralized Pharmacy
  • Teaching Certificate Program (St. Joseph's University - Philadelphia College of Pharmacy)
  • Pharmacy Administration

*All learning experiences are based on preceptor availability. 


TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

The teaching certificate program is offered through St. Joseph's University - Philadelphia College of Pharmacy 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, N.J. 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 sits on multiple committees throughout the health system including but not limited to critical care committee, code blue committee, graduate medical executive council. In her time at Virtua, Kavitha has successfully maintained ASHP accreditation of the pharmacy residency program. She also merged two existing pharmacy residency programs into one large program of five pharmacy residents, creating more learning experiences for all. In her free time, she likes to spend time with family and friends and follow sports.


Jim Anderson, B.S. Pharm., 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.


Benson Aningalan, Pharm.D., BCPS
Benson graduated from Thomas Jefferson University College of Pharmacy in 2017. Following graduation, he joined Virtua and completed his PGY-1 pharmacy residency. After residency he transitioned into a staff pharmacist role at the Marlton division in 2018. In his free time he enjoys fitness, cooking, and listening to different genres of music.


Christopher Becker, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS
Chris joined Virtua Health in 2017 as a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident and transitioned into a pharmacist role at the Virtua Marlton hospital upon graduation. Chris currently works as a pharmacy operations manager at the Virtua Voorhees division. His work interests are pharmacy management/leadership and adult medicine. Outside of work, Chris enjoys playing hockey and spending time with his family and dogs.

Abigail Bertonazzi, Pharm.D.
Abby joined Virtua in 2016 as a PGY1 pharmacy resident. After completing residency in 2017, she transitioned into the role of a staff pharmacist at the Mount Holly division. She graduated from the Jefferson University College of Pharmacy in 2016. Abby began precepting pharmacy students in 2021, where she gained teaching experience. In her free time, she enjoys reading, doing Pilates, and spending time with friends and family.


Francine Bonaccorsi, B.S. Pharm., R.Ph.
Francine graduated from Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in 1980. At the start of her career, she worked in retail pharmacy, as a nursing home consultant and in an outpatient clinic. She has over 30 years of experience in hospital pharmacy starting out at Princeton Medical Center. She has been a preceptor since 2015 and finds it very rewarding to witness the transformation of the residents emerging as well rounded, confident, and knowledgeable professionals with the ability to work on a multidisciplinary team. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and traveling.


Kathleen Bonner, B.S. Pharm., R.Ph.
Kathy resides in Mantua, N.J. She joined Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden in 1986 just prior to graduation from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. After graduation, she began as a staff pharmacist working first the night shift, then evenings, and then finally the day shift. Kathy has over 35 years of hospital pharmacy experience. During her tenure at Lourdes, Kathy has progressed from paper profiles to automation, first with Sorian and now Epic. She serves as one of the preceptors for the staffing block for the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program. Kathy helps the residents acclimate to the hospital, main pharmacy, IV room, and each of the satellite pharmacies. The staffing rotation allow residents to gain confidence and the proper knowledge to staff their required weekends throughout their residency year. Kathy is married to her husband of 34 years and has three children. While not working Kathy enjoys trips to the shore, reading, crocheting and spending time with her family.


Jessica Colmerauer, Pharm.D.
Jessica graduated from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. in 2019. Following graduation, she completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Mass., and a PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn. Jessica joined Virtua Health in 2021 following residency as an Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist. Her clinical and research interests include antimicrobial stewardship, Gram-negative resistance, and fungal infections. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and visiting with friends and family.

 

William Haigh, B.S. Pharm.
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.


Mike Hasbrouk, Pharm.D., BCCCPS
Mike Hasbrouck joined the Virtua team in August 2021 as the Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Mike graduated from Wilkes University’s Nesbitt School of Pharmacy in 2019. Following graduation, he completed a PGY-1 and a PGY-2 Critical Care Residency at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health in Richmond, Va. As the critical care pharmacist, Mike is part of the interdisciplinary teams in both the general ICU, which includes medical, neuro, and transplant populations, as well as the cardiac ICU, primarily with the cardiothoracic surgery team. He also serves on multiple committees such as critical care practice council and the code blue committee. Mike is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. In his spare time he enjoys sports, hiking, traveling, and trying new restaurants.


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, Mich. 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.


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. 


Christina (Nina) Mangiamele, B.S. Pharm., R.Ph.
Nina is the Pharmacy Director at the Marlton Campus. She began her career at Virtua Mount Holly 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, N.J., and has two boys, Rob and Jake. She has a passion for yoga, skiing and cooking.

 

Michelle Martino, Pharm.D.
Michelle joined Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden in 2017 as a pharmacy student, and continued on as a pharmacy technician at Virtua Willingboro Hospital thereafter. She graduated and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in 2018. Michelle began her career at Virtua Willingboro as a per diem pharmacist in 2018 and transitioned to a full-time staff pharmacist at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes in early 2019. Michelle serves as the primary preceptor for the Orientation block as part of the Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program. As a staff pharmacist on a weekly and weekend rotation, Michelle rotates to manage the main pharmacy, critical care satellite, and the IV room. Michelle is passionate about patient safety through collaborative care, and can be seen working hands-on with patients and providers on the units in continuing a high standard of care. Michelle focuses on compliance when monitoring orders for patients and use of controlled substances. She has had many students shadow her in critical care and demonstrates examples of pharmacy impact during emergent situations. When a candidate is determined, she is involved with preparing medications for clinical trials and maintaining adherence with study procedure and regulations. In her free time, Michelle enjoys baking, gardening, exploring the world, and playing board games.


Jeanmarie S. Perch, Pharm.D., BCPS 
Jeanmarie Perch is the Director of Clinical Pharmacy for Virtua Health. Jeanmarie graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and completed both a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY2 Critical Care Specialty Residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Upon completion of post-graduate training, Jeanmarie began her career in Philadelphia where she started critical care pharmacy services and then went on to become clinical pharmacy coordinator.  Jeanmarie joined Virtua Health in 2017 as the system Medication Safety Pharmacist.  In this role, Jeanmarie coordinated clinical and operational medication safety initiatives across all hospitals in Virtua Health.  In 2021, Jeanmarie became the Director of Clinical Pharmacy for the system.  Jeanmarie oversees the clinical pharmacists and clinical pharmacy programs, as well as coordinates formulary management and system Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee.


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.


Susan Schobert, B.S. Pharm., R.Ph.
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.


Bethany Toole, Pharm.D.
Bethany grew up in Maple Shade, N.J., and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., in May 2019. Bethany joined Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in July 2019 as a PGY-1 pharmacy resident. Her pharmacy residency research project was “The Impact of Pharmacist-Led Interventions on Heart Failure Readmission Rates and Length of Stay.” She is currently a clinical pharmacist at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. As a clinical pharmacist, she actively participates in heart failure interdisciplinary rounds, patient education and the cardiology investigational drug studies. In her free time, Bethany likes to cook, travel, and spend time with friends and family. 


Della Xu, Pharm. D.
Della Xu joined Virtua in August 2021 as the Solid Organ Transplant Clinical Specialist. Della graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy - University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Following graduation, she completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., and a PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass. Outside of pharmacy, Della enjoys singing and playing tennis.


Barbara D. Zambon, B.S. Pharm., R.Ph., CGP, CCP
Barb graduated from Butler University in 1984 with a B.S. in Pharmacy and started her career at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis, where she quickly embraced clinical pharmacy and leadership roles in Pediatrics, SCN, Mother-Baby, and Critical Care. Wishard acquired Marion County Healthcare Center and she became supervisor of this 300-bed, long-term care facility. There she was instrumental in initiating physician-led multidisciplinary rounds, implementing computer and billing systems, developing and precepting rotations for B.S. and Pharm.D. candidates from Butler. Barb returned to South Jersey with her family and she began working at Virtua Voorhees in 1993, working in various roles. In 2002, she joined the newly formed pharmacy clinical team, continuing working at Voorhees in Pediatrics and NICU, and later transitioned to Critical Care. In 2004, Barb became Berlin’s clinical pharmacist on Virtua’s Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) multidisciplinary team with continued critical care responsibilities. When Berlin closed its hospital, Barb went to Mount Holly as a clinical pharmacist, assisting in many areas including rounding in Pediatrics and SCN. In 2017, she joined Virtua’s pain initiative, which has expanded to her current role as co-chair of the Opioid Stewardship Program. At Virtua, she has been preceptor for various Pharmacy PGY-1 Residency rotations, currently for the Ambulatory Care Rotation. Barb is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, and in 2021 earned the new ASHP Pain Management Certificate. In addition, she has certifications in Immunization, Medication Therapy Management, Diabetes, and Consultant Pharmacy. When not working, she enjoys cooking and spending time kayaking on the lake or in LBI with her family, especially her young grandchildren!

Current Residents

Mina Awad, Pharm.D.

Mina Awad, Pharm.D., is from Voorhees, N.J. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in May 2022. His professional interests include internal medicine, infectious disease, and psychiatry. Outside of pharmacy, he enjoys playing soccer, travelling, spending time with friends and family, and trying new restaurants.


Katie DelRusso, Pharm.D. 

Katie DelRusso, Pharm.D., grew up in Philadelphia, Pa. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include infectious diseases and critical care. After this year of residency, she hopes to pursue a PGY-2 in infectious diseases. Katie enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring new restaurants, going to concerts, and watching Philly sports.


Muhaimin Id'Deen, Pharm.D. 

Muhaimin Id’Deen, Pharm.D., grew up in Camden, N.J. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Temple University in 2022. His professional interests include cardiology, solid organ transplant, critical care, and ambulatory. Outside of pharmacy, Muhaimin enjoys spending time with his family, collecting cards, working out, bike riding, and fishing.


Nisha Surti, Pharm.D.

Nisha Surti, Pharm.D., is from Burlington, N.J. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Thomas Jefferson University. Her professional interests include critical care and cardiology. In her free time, Nisha enjoys running, trying new restaurants, exploring new places, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Jessica Tranchina, Pharm.D.

Jessica Tranchina, Pharm.D., is from Newfield, N.J. She earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in May 2022. Her current clinical interests include pediatrics and critical care. After her PGY1 she plans to pursue a PGY2 in one of her interest fields. In her free time she enjoys going hiking, spending time with family and friends, spending time with her dogs, and going to the gym.

Program Graduates

2021 - 2022
PGY 1 Residency Class
Cho Cho Aung, Yujin Jang, Michelle Nguyen

  • John Belardo is employed as a Pharmacist at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes, Camden, N.J.
  • Joseph DeAsssis is employed as a PGY – 2 Ambulatory Care Resident at Inspira, Mullica Hill, N.J.
  • Bryce Gokool is employed as a Clinical Pharmacist at Christiana Care, Newark, Del.
  • Megan Hastings is employed as a Pharmacist at Virtua Voorhees, Voorhees, N.J.
  • Joseph Lee is employed as a PGY – 2 Solid Organ Transplant Resident at Methodist Healthcare, Memphis, Tenn.

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

  • Cho Cho Aung is employed as a Pharmacist at Virtua Voorhees, Voorhees, N.J.
  • Yujin Jang is employed as a Pharmacist at Byrn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, Pa., and as a per diem Pharmacist at Virtua Marlton, Marlton, N.J.
  • Michelle Nguyen is employed as an Oncology Pharmacist at Jefferson Health, Philadelphia, Pa.

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

  • Nnenna Emeghara is employed as a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Ambulatory Care at Franciscan Health, Mishawaka, Ind.
  • Vallabhi Mishra is employed as a Senior Pharmacist - Oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Mass.
  • Sneha Monzy is employed as an Infectious Disease Pharmacist at Banner University Medical Center, Tucson, Ariz.