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Virtua Health Pharmacy Residency Program

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

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.

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.

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Our Hospitals:
Virtua Memorial
Virtua Marlton
Virtua Voorhees

Updated November 7, 2019

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*

  • Pharmacy Orientation
  • Critical Care
  • Decentralized Pharmacy
  • Drug Information/Research
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Oncology

Longitudinal Learning Experiences*

  • Hospital Pharmacy Practice
  • Formulary Management
  • Medication Safety (quarterly)
  • Ambulatory Care

Elective Learning Experiences*

  • Medication Safety (block)
  • Teaching Certificate Program
  • Teaching/Precepting
  • Neonatal Intensive Care

*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: $47,476
  • 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.

 

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.


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. 

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

NnennaEmeghara

Nnenna Emeghara, Pharm.D. grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey. In May 2019 she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University. Her professional interests include cardiology, ambulatory care, internal medicine, and transitions of care. After completion of her pharmacy practice residency, she plans to pursue a PGY-2 residency in one of her interest areas. In her free time, Nnenna likes to try new restaurants, travel, and spend time with her family and friends.


Vallabhi Mishra

Vallabhi Mishra, Pharm.D. is from Bryn Mawr, PA. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, PA in May 2019. Her professional interests include internal medicine, pediatrics, ambulatory care, and academia. After completion of her pharmacy practice residency, she hopes to pursue a PGY-2 in one of her interest areas. Her long-term goal is to be a clinical faculty at a school of pharmacy. In her free time, Vallabhi enjoys working out, exploring new places, and spending time with friends and family.


Sneha Monzy

Sneha Monzy, Pharm.D. was born in South India and spent her childhood in South India and the U.A.E. After moving to New York, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University at Binghamton and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University at Buffalo. Her professional areas of interest include pediatrics and infectious diseases. After her PGY1, she plans to pursue a PGY2 in one these areas. In her free time, Sneha likes discovering new places to eat, hiking beautiful trails, learning Korean and drinking homemade hot chocolate on rainy days.

Program Graduates

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, NJ.
  • Lanszie Jean-Pierre is employed as an anticoagulation pharmacist at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

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

  • Benson Aningalan is employed as a 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 and Adjunct Faculty at Jefferson College of Pharmacy.
  • Amanda Yu is employed as a Clinical Pharmacist at Penn Medicine, University of Penn Health System, Philadelphia, PA.

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

  • Shakira Chavis is employed as a Clinical Pharmacist at Penn Medicine, University of Penn Health System, 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 Medical Writer at Avant Healthcare, Philadelphia, PA.

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. She is currently employed as a Medical Science Liason at BioDelivery Sciences International and Adjunct Professor at University of Utah.
  • Francis Zamora completed a PGY-2 Pharmacotherapy Resident at Hunterdon Healthcare in Flemington, NJ. He is currently employed as a Clinical Coordinator Internal Medicine, Broward Health, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

2012 – 2013
PGY1 Residency Class
Sonya Akrout and Beverly Chorbak

  • Sonya Akrout is employed as a VP, Associate Creative Director – Copy at Grey Group, NY, NY.
  • Beverly Chorbak is employed as Pharmacist at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell in Pennington, NJ.
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