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

Longitudinal Rotations *

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

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 5.

  • 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 Virtua in 2013 as the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator and in early 2017 became Pharmacy Director at the Virtua Memorial division. Clinical pharmacy has been her passion since graduating from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and completing 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. Since transitioning to the Director role, she is able to focus on the operational and day to day opportunities within the Pharmacy Department to ensure safe and appropriate care for patients as well as higher level Pharmacy objectives within the health system. In her free time Carolyn enjoys time with her family and friends, running, trying to cook, and watching football (Go Ravens!)



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.



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 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.



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.



Nina Hogan, BsPharm, RPh

Nina is the Pharmacy Operations Manager 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.



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.



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.



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, PharmD, 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.

Melikte Yohannes, PharmD

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.



Tiffany Lee

Tiffany joined Virtua in August of 2018 as an Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist. She graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in May 2016 and went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA and PGY2 Infectious Diseases Specialty Residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Her professional interests include antimicrobial stewardship, utilization of rapid diagnostics, and management of non-tuberculosis mycobacterial infections. In her free time, she enjoys going to live shows, sampling craft beverages, traveling, and spending time with her cat Churro.



Current Residents

Shannon Haar

Shannon Haar, PharmD grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. In May 2018, she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, Maryland. Her professional interests include infectious disease, internal medicine, ambulatory care, and academia. After completion of her pharmacy practice residency, she plans to pursue a PGY-2 residency in one of her interest areas. Her long-term goal is to be a clinical specialist and a professor at a school of pharmacy. In her free time, Shannon enjoys cooking new recipes, reading, yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.


Lanszie Jean-Pierre

Lanszie Jean-Pierre, Pharm.D. is from Union, NJ. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Howard University College of Pharmacy in Washington, DC. After working as a pharmacist in the DMV and Charlottesville areas for 3 years, she returned to Jersey to complete her PGY-1 residency at Virtua. Her professional interests include infectious diseases and oncology, and she hopes to pursue a PGY-2 in infectious diseases. Outside of pharmacy, Lanszie loves spending time with family and friends, running, and traveling.


Klarida Zeqollari

Klarida Zeqollari, Pharm.D. was born in Albania and grew up in Paoli, Pennsylvania. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in May 2018. Her professional interests include infectious disease, critical care and research. After completion of her pharmacy practice residency, Klarida plans to pursue a PGY-2 residency in one of her interest areas. Outside of pharmacy, Klarida enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking traditional Albanian dishes, traveling and running.

Program Graduates

2017 – 2018
PGY 1 Residency Class
Benson Aningalan, Christopher Becker, and Sai Kundur


Benson Aningalan is employed as a per diem pharmacist at Virtua in Marlton, NJ.


Christopher Becker is employed as a medication reconciliation pharmacist at Virtua in Marlton, NJ.


Sai Kundur is employed as a pharmacist at Virtua in Mt. Holly, NJ.


2016 – 2017
PGY 1 Residency Class
Abigail Bertonazzi, Duy Nguyen, and Amanda Yu


Abigail Bertonazzi is employed as a pharmacist at Virtua in Mt. Holly, NJ.


Duy Nguyen is employed as a clinical staff pharmacist at Lankenau Medical Center, Wynnewood, PA.


Amanda Yu is employed as a clinical pharmacist I at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA..


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


Shakira Chavis 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 System, 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.