Pharmacy Residency - Virtua

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).

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

More info about the Virtua 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.


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
  • Decentralized Pharmacy
  • Drug Information/Research
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Oncology
  • Ambulatory Care

Longitudinal Rotations *

  • Hospital Pharmacy Practice
  • Research Project
  • Medication Safety (quarterly)

Elective Rotations *

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

* 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: $47,476
  • 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 6.

  • 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, PharmD, 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

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!)



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.



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.



Bijal Patel Pharm.D.

Bijal joined the pharmacy team at Virtua in 2015. She graduated from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 2013 and then completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ. Bijal has previous experience working as a decentralized pharmacist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, certified in providing immunizations, and a member of the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Bijal also works part time in community pharmacy and has a strong clinical interest in improving transitions of care.



Ileana Somers BsPharm, RPh

Ileana joined Virtua in 2000.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science.  Ileana has over twenty years of hospital pharmacy experience.  Her areas of interest are in process improvement and transitions of care.  Ileana lives in the Washington Township area.  She is married and has one son and two daughters.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending summer days in Cape May, attending concerts and can’t pass up a good book or movie.  She enjoys the mentoring experience because she learns as much from her students as she hopes she imparts to them.



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.



Robin M. Fields BsPharm

Robin began her tenure with Virtua in 2007 as a staff pharmacist working in all divisions.  After serving as the PIC for the Berlin division, she is now the Inpatient Coordinator at Voorhees overseeing operations of the Hub and Spoke model for the health system. Robin’s 30 plus years of experience spans the gamut of the pharmacy profession. It includes purchasing, market research, sales, sales training and management, good manufacturing practices, specialty, long term care and back to her roots in hospital pharmacy. Robin is also certified and licensed in Immunization and is a volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corp for Burlington County. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists where she was a member of and graduated from the 2014-2015 Leadership Academy. Robin received the Virtua SuperSTAR 2015 Team Award.



Jessica Hunt, PharmD

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, PharmD, 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.



Current Residents

Abigail Bertonazzi

Abigail Bertonazzi, Pharm. D. is from Vineland, NJ. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Jefferson College of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, PA in June 2016. Abby’s professional interests include infectious disease and internal medicine. After completing her pharmacy practice residency, she plans to pursue a job in clinical pharmacy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and baking.


Duy Nguyen

Duy Nguyen, Pharm. D. grew up in York, Pennsylvania. In May of 2016, he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy. Currently, Duy’s professional interests include critical care and pharmacy administration. After completion of his pharmacy practice residency, Duy plans to pursue the Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) certification. In the future, his goal is to become an established clinical pharmacist and also be able to precept pharmacy students. In his spare time, Duy enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking care of his reef aquarium, and discovering new restaurants.


Amanda Yu

Amanda Yu, Pharm. D. . is originally from Manhattan, NY. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in May 2016. Amanda’s professional interests include critical care and transitions of care. After completing her pharmacy practice residency, Amanda plans on pursuing a PGY-2 residency. Her long term goal is to be involved in academia. During Amanda’s free time she enjoys baking, binge watching Netflix and spending time with family and friends.

Program Graduates

2015 – 2016
PGY 1 Residency Class
Shakira Chavis, Vanessa Chong, Alexander Clark and Tam Tran


Shakira is employed as a decentralized pharmacist at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.


Vanessa Chong is employed as a clinical staff pharmacist at Pinnacle Health, Harrisburg, PA.


Alexander Clark is employed as a clinical pharmacist at Monmouth Medical Center, Lakewood, NJ.


Tam Tran is employed as a clinical staff pharmacist at Reading Health Sytem, Reading, PA.


2014 – 2015
PGY1 Residency Class
Jennifer Premus and Pinaki Shah


Jennifer Premus is employed as a Pharmacist at Virtua in Voorhees, NJ


Pinaki Shah is employed as a Drug Information Specialist with MedStar Health, in the Baltimore/Washington area.


2013 – 2014
PGY1 Residency Class
Hannah Fudin and Francis Zamora


Hannah Fudin completed a PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI. Following her PGY-2 Residency she gained employment as an Assistant Clinical Professor/Ambulatory Care.


Francis Zamora completed a PGY-2 Pharmacotherapy Resident at Hunterdon Healthcare in Flemington, NJ. Following his PGY-2 Residency he gained employment as a Multispecialty Clinical Pharmacist.


2012 – 2013
PGY1 Residency Class
Sonya Akrout and Beverly Chorbak


Upon completing the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Virtua, Sonya Akrout became employed as a Senior Copywriter with Mosaic Group specializing in pharmaceutical marketing and advertising.


Upon completing the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Virtua, Beverly Chorbak became employed as an Inpatient Pharmacist at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell in Pennington, NJ.