A pharmacy resident

Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Pharmacy Residency Program

Purpose:
PGY-1 pharmacy residency programs build on pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of a clinical pharmacist responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY-2) pharmacy residency training.
 
The PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital prepares its graduates to provide optimal patient care which will translate to a competent clinical pharmacist in multiple different clinical, administrative or teaching settings.
 

About Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes:
Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital is a teaching hospital that provides its pharmacy residents with unique opportunities to expand clinical pharmacy services within the hospital and has an emphasis on caring for unique patient populations, such as solid organ transplant and heart failure patients.

Updated November 12, 2019

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE VIRTUA OUR LADY OF LOURDES PHARMACY RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Residency Information

PGY-1 Residency
The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital 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, residents will be exposed to required core and longitudinal learning experiences. Together the core and longitudinal learning experiences will enhance the resident’s knowledge base and fulfill the purpose of the residency.
 
Learning Experiences
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Hepatitis C Clinic
  • Heart Failure Clinic
  • Transplant Administration
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medication Safety
  • Hospital Administration
  • Infusion Center
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • 340B
Longitudinal Experiences
  • Staffing
  • Research
TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES
The teaching certificate program is offered through the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University 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.
 
BENEFITS
  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Reimbursement for required meetings
The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program conducted by Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, NJ has an accreditation of candidate status with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

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 3.

  • 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

Krista Taylor, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
Residency Program Director
Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
1600 Haddon Avenue
Camden, NJ 08103
Phone: 856-635-2635
Email: KTaylor2@virtua.org 
 

Pharmacy Leadership And Preceptors

Krista N. Taylor, Pharm.D., BCPS – Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Krista went to Towson University and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, then went on to get her PharmD from Thomas Jefferson College of Pharmacy in 2014. Krista joined Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden in 2015 as the transplant pharmacist. She has precepted many IPPE and APPE students in solid organ transplant. This past year, the Pharmacy Department recognized the value that a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program can bring to our hospital. During this year, Krista spent time at conferences learning what the department needed to do to make this goal a reality. She took the lead on the project as the Residency Program Director and Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital has two residents for the 2019-2020 year. Krista is both Residency Director and the preceptor for the Solid Organ Transplant rotation as part of the Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program. Her transplant rotation for the PGY-1 pharmacy residency involves spending time with patients immediately following their transplant in the hospital and at their twice-weekly follow up visits in the office. She stresses adherence and make sure that all patients know what their medications are and how to fill a pillbox accurately, 100 percent of the time. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, running and spending time with friends and family.

Sandra Moore, Pharm.D. – Corporate Director of Pharmacy
Sandy received her BS in pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and later returned to the University of Sciences, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, to receive the Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree. She joined the Lourdes Health System in 2007 as Corporate Director of Pharmacy for both the Camden and Willingboro campuses. Sandy has over 30 years of pharmacy experience as a hospital pharmacist, and has held many positions throughout her career, including staff pharmacist, Manager of Pharmacy Operations and Director of Pharmacy Services. She has also worked for Pfizer as a Clinical Education Consultant and Director of the National Accounts Clinical Education Consultants. Sandy is an active member in many professional organizations, including the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), the New Jersey Society of Health System Pharmacists (NJSHP), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the New Jersey Pharmacists Association (NJPhA) and the New Jersey Academy of Consultant Pharmacists. She has held many leadership positions in each organization, and continues to represent the pharmacy profession by participating in many community service projects. Governor Jon Corzine appointed her to represent pharmacy practices for the New Jersey Health Information Technology Commission. She currently is a board member for the New Jersey Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board. Sandy is the preceptor for the Pharmacy Administration rotation as part of the Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program. Her rotation focuses on gaining leadership and management skills. During her rotation, residents attend and participate in the daily hospital huddle, use critical thinking to solve daily issues that may arise, learn how finance impacts decision-making in the pharmacy, and learn the ability to manage employee conflict within departments. During her free time, Sandy enjoys taking her dog, Phoebe, on walks, renovating her homes and listening to music.

William Haigh, BsPharm
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 Pharmacist in Charge/ Informatics Pharmacist 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.

Teena Cortese, Pharm.D., BCPS, CCP
Teena graduated from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers and joined the health system as one of the first clinical pharmacists in 2007 for both the Camden and Willingboro campuses. As clinical pharmacist, she actively participates in the investigational drug studies and serves as Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee secretary. She has many accomplishments during her career as a clinical pharmacist, including combining policies and formularies for both Lourdes campuses and creating the IV pump library. She also assisted in the Pyxis ES system implementation in both hospitals. She is an active member in many interdisciplinary committees throughout the hospitals, such as Forms Committee, Stroke Committee, Sepsis Committee, Institutional Review Board, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Critical Care Committee, and Medication Safety Committee. Teena is the preceptor for the Medication Safety rotation as part of the Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program. Her 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 her rotation, residents also will assist in working on the formulary, answering drug information questions, and creating policies and guidelines. During her free time, Teena enjoys going on service trips in Haiti, Guatemala and Peru. She also enjoys trying new foods and running.

Vivian Wu, Pharm.D.
Vivian joined Virtua in 2014 as a pharmacy student at Virtua Voorhees Hospital. In 2016, Vivian graduated from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers. Vivian began her career at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes as a per diem pharmacist in 2016, focusing on antimicrobial stewardship and reviewing microbiological cultures for antibiotic de-escalation. Vivian established her role as the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Pharmacist, and now manages the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in both the Camden and Willingboro hospitals. Vivian serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students affiliated with Rutgers University and Thomas Jefferson University. Vivian serves as the primary preceptor for the Infectious Disease rotation as part of the Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program, which focuses on providing care for patients with an indication for an acute infectious cause while promoting antimicrobial stewardship. Vivian is passionate about judicious use of antibiotics, reducing hospital-acquired C. difficile rates, and using an interdisciplinary approach to prevent the spread of infection and antibiotic resistance. In her free time, Vivian enjoys baking, home decorating, tending to her houseplants, and exploring new cities around the world.

Simon Lu, Pharm.D.
Simon joined Virtua in 2013 as a pharmacy student at Virtua Memorial Hospital. Simon graduated and earned his Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers in 2015. Simon began his career at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes as a per diem pharmacist in 2015 and transitioned to a full-time staff pharmacist in 2016. Simon is very passionate about patient safety, and served as a safety coach as part of the hospital’s High Reliability Organization (HRO) initiative. Simon also assisted the LHS Health Network Accountable Care Organization (ACO) as the lead pharmacist in piloting its new Medication Management Program to improve population health and patient outcomes. Simon has served as the lead pharmacist in collecting and analyzing medication reconciliation data for the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. In the beginning of 2019, Simon started his new role as the Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist. Simon is the primary preceptor for the Emergency Medicine rotation as part of the Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program that focuses on optimizing pharmacotherapy and ensuring accurate medication reconciliation for patients in the Emergency Department. During his free time, Simon enjoys working on home improvement projects, doing real estate on the side, and traveling to new places around the world.

Current Residents

Bethany Toole, Pharm.D.

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. Her professional areas of interests include critical care, ambulatory care and academia. After completion of her PGY-1 pharmacy residency, she plans to hold a clinical pharmacy position in one of her areas of interest and eventually go into academia. One of the things she likes most about the Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes pharmacy residency is that it offers a teaching certificate through the Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy to help build on preceptor and teaching skills. In her free time, Bethany likes to cook, travel and spend time with friends and family.

 

Khoa Vu, Pharm.D.

Khoa Vu, Pharm.D. 
Khoa grew up in Pennsauken, New Jersey and earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Thomas Jefferson University, College of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May 2019. His professional interests include transitions of care, ambulatory care and internal medicine. Specific aspects about Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes that attracted him to the program include the wide array of rotation experiences; an emphasis on ambulatory care, such as solid organ transplant, heart failure and the Hepatitis C Clinic; as well as providing care to a diverse patient population. Upon completion of his PGY-1 residency, Khoa plans to obtain a clinical position in one of his areas of interests. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys exploring new restaurants, traveling to different countries and spending time with friends and family.

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