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Our team of highly trained pharmacists includes specialists in: Anticoagulation, Internal Medicine, Transitions of Care, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Pediatrics. Our pharmacists are actively involved with research activities, mentorship and teaching. Members of our team are involved with pharmacy organizational and legislative initiatives on a state and national level.

Department of Pharmacy Services

The Pharmacists at St. Joseph's are an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team dedicated to providing high quality patient centered care. The Department of Pharmacy Services is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dedicated pharmacists and technicians work closely with physicians, nurses, and other health care personnel, in a decentralized pharmacy practice model. Pharmacists are stationed in patient care areas throughout the hospital and provide pharmacy services to inpatients and outpatients.

Extensive use of technology and automated dispensing cabinets enables our pharmacists to provide more cognitive services and patient-centered pharmaceutical care. Services offered through the main pharmacy include: IV admixture & sterile product preparation, TPN review and profiling and chemotherapy review and preparation.

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital is supported by a Pediatric/Neonatal Pharmacy Satellite. Our services extend to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), General Pediatrics, and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Services. Specialized pharmacists work closely with the healthcare team to provide safe and effective treatments for our pediatric patients.

Our team of highly trained pharmacists includes specialists in: Anticoagulation, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Pediatrics. Our pharmacists are actively involved with research activities, mentorship and teaching. Members of our team are involved with pharmacy organizational and legislative initiatives on a state and national level.

Department of Pharmacy Mission

The mission of the Department of Pharmacy Services is to:

  • Embrace best professional practices and standards that provide compassionate, meaningful, and, high quality care for all patients.
  • Commit to develop our pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the areas of education, academia, certification, and career growth to maximize their potential to impact clinical pharmaceutical care.
  • Embrace new technology and systems that promotes medication safety, accurate drug distribution, and provision of patient and staff pharmaceutical education.
  • Strive to become an industry leader in the management and coordination of pharmacy practice, medication guidelines, and academic excellence.
  • Foster creativity and opportunities for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to help reach their maximum potential.
  • Abide by and exceed regulatory standards imposed or suggested by pharmaceutical, governmental, and healthcare agencies

Core Rotations

  • Orientation
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Internal Medicine 
  • Transition of Care
  • Ambulatory Care

Electives

Residents can choose to repeat any of the core rotations or select to complete a rotation based on their practice interests such as geriatrics, psychiatry, oncology, informatics, or Academia).

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Administration
  • Anticoagulation (Inpatient and Outpatient)
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Hospital Operations
  • Medication Management & Projects

Teaching Opportunities

As one of the largest teaching hospitals in Northern NJ, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center offers numerous opportunities in medical education. Our academic affiliations include the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy of Rutgers University, University of Sciences and New York Medical College, a member of the Touro College and University System.

As a pharmacy resident with SJUMC, several opportunities to be involved in teaching are available. This includes:

  • Teaching Certificate program (Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University)
  • Preceptorship of pharmacy students (including IPPE and APPE rotations)
  • Didactic lecture experience may be available, upon request
  • Presentations for the Department of Pharmacy and the healthcare team

Mohamed A. Fouad, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

Mohamed Fouad is an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist and the Director of the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. Dr. Fouad established ambulatory clinical pharmacy services in diabetes management at the DePaul Ambulatory Center in 2016. Dr. Fouad received a BS in chemistry graduating Summa Cum laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy receiving both outstanding leadership and academic excellence awards. Prior to joining St. Joseph’s Health, Dr. Fouad was a pharmacist in charge for Walgreens and an MTM district leader. He is heavily involved in community outreach programs. Dr. Fouad is also involved with NJPHA and NJSHP and has held various leadership positions within NJSHP; the most recent was serving as the president of NJSHP North Chapter.

Maria Heaney, PharmD

Dr. Maria Heaney is the Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Pharmacist at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center. Her practice involves infectious disease consult service and antimicrobial stewardship. She serves as a preceptor to the PGY1 residents for their Infectious Diseases and longitudinal Antimicrobial Stewardship Learning Experiences.  Dr. Heaney received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. She went on to complete a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA and a PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, PA.

Jackie Johnston, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Jackie Johnston is the Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, located in Paterson, NJ, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, in Piscataway, NJ. Dr. Johnston received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University Of Connecticut School Of Pharmacy in Storrs, CT. Following completion, she went on to pursue a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY-2 Critical Care Residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. Dr. Johnston’s clinical practice site is a combined surgical/trauma/neurologic intensive care unit. Dr. Johnston collaborates with a wide variety of health care providers to ensure the highest quality of care is provided to intensive care unit patients. Dr. Johnston is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist with additional areas of interests including human immunodeficiency virus and solid organ transplant.

Christopher Malabanan, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Christopher Malabanan is an Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center. His current areas of focus are anticoagulation and drug information. He also helps coordinate and serves as preceptor for pharmacy students on APPE rotations. Prior to joining St. Joseph’s, Dr. Malabanan worked at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY-1) at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Neli Attas, PharmD

Dr. Neli Attas, PharmD, is the Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist and a preceptor to residents and students at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center. She received a BS in science from the University of Toronto, Canada and B.S. and Pharm.D. degrees from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She completed an ASHP accredited pharmacy practice residency program at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.  Her areas of interest include medication safety strategies, pediatric critical care, drug information, pediatric hematology and oncology and cystic fibrosis. Dr. Attas is active in local, regional and national pharmacy organizations.

Michael Cairoli, RPh, MHA

Michael Cairoli is the Pharmacy Manager for St. Joseph’s University Medical Center.  He serves as a preceptor to pharmacy students and pharmacy practice residents.  Michael Cairoli received his Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and Masters in Healthcare Administration from the Seton Hall University.  He completed a PGY1 residency at the Valley Hospital. 

Humberto Jimenez, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP

Dr. Humberto Jimenez serves as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases at Comprehensive Care Center at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson, NJ, and as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ. Dr. Jimenez received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and completed his residency training at St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, NJ.  At his practice site, Dr. Jimenez provides patient care, including counseling, drug/medical information and other support services for HIV infected children, adolescents, and adults.  Dr. Jimenez collaborates with infectious disease physicians, nurses, case managers, and others to ensure patients are given quality and comprehensive patient care.  In this setting and on campus, Dr. Jimenez provides didactic and hands-on teaching to students and residents.  Dr. Jimenez is also a co-founder and President of Waves of Health, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing modern medical care to underserved communities.  He is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist and a Practicing HIV Pharmacist, a certification provided by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

Lynette Richards PharmD, BCPS

Lynette Jackson is the Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist and will be transitioning to the role of Transitions of Care Pharmacist at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center.  Her clinical focus has included geriatric internal medicine, pain/palliative care, and infectious disease/antimicrobial stewardship.  She serves as a preceptor to pharmacy students and pharmacy practice residents.  Dr. Richards received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Hampton University School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 residency with St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson, NJ.

Steven Nerenberg, PharmD

Dr. Steven F. Nerenberg is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy Rutgers University and Emergency Medicine Pharmacist at St. Joseph's University Medical Center. Dr. Nerenberg completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) in 2012. He completed his PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and completed a PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency with Rutgers University at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.

Radhika Pisupati, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Pisupati is the Director of the Pharmacy Practice Residency Program and the Clinical Pharmacy Manager for the healthcare system.  She completed her BS and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.  She is involved with ASHP and NJSHP and has held various leadership positions within the NJSHP, currently serving as the Director of Organizational Affairs.  She has been the recipient of the Pharmacist Practitioner Award from NJSHP.  She received the Employee of the Month Award from St. Joseph’s Health where she was a Finalist for the Employee of the Year Award. Dr. Pisupati organizes and develops the system’s medication management programs and cost containment initiatives that have both clinical and operational impact for the healthcare system.  Dr. Pisupati has collaborated to develop and share practice related research projects and publications in local and national forums.  Dr. Pisupati interests include developing pharmacist managed therapeutic programs and expanding the role of pharmacists during transitions of care.  She enjoys mentoring pharmacy students and residents. 

Frank M. McCabe, PharmD, BS Pharm, RPh, BCPS, CCP, AS, MBA

Dr. McCabe is the Pharmacy Coordinator/Pharmacist-in-Charge at St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center. He received his undergraduate degrees from the Orange County Community College-SUNY (Business Administration) and MCPHS University-Boston (BS Pharm) and his graduate degrees, Masters in Business Administration (Management) from the West Point Program (USMA) of Long Island University-CW Post Campus and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from MCPHS University-Boston.  Dr. McCabe is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS). He serves as a preceptor to pharmacy students and pharmacy practice residents. Dr. McCabe has 35 years of pharmacy experience in several practice areas with a focus in Hospital practice. He has also has experience in Community practice and Pharmaceutical Industry (Medication Safety and Pharmaceutical Sales Management/Data Management) Dr. McCabe is also a Certified Consultant Pharmacist in NJ. He has extensive engagement in Professional Societies, including, when practicing in New York State as Secretary for the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the New York Council of Health System Pharmacists and now in his 10th year as Treasurer for the North Chapter of the New Jersey Society of Health System Pharmacists. He also was an author for “Medication Related Risk: Evaluation of Pharmacist Consult on a Progressive Care Unit in a Community Hospital” through NJSHP. Dr. McCabe is a frequently requested speaker on Nutrition and Vitamins for Corporations and Community organizations in the North New Jersey area. 

Chrystyna Noble, PharmD 

Chrys Noble is the IVRoom Coordinator for the healthcare system. She is responsible for all aspects of sterile compounding, including development of policy and procedure and compliance with USP 797, USP 800, and NJ Board of Pharmacy. She received her undergraduate degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy,  Rutger’s University, in 1989 and completed her post-baccalaureate PharmD through MCPHS University in 2017.

Listed below are types of post-residency positions acquired after completing the Pharmacy Residency Program at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center:

Pharmacist - St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson, NJ

Pharmacist - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

PGY-2 Residency in Health-System Corporate Pharmacy Administration, Ascension Health, MO

PGY-2 Residency in Critical Care - Yale-New Haven Medical Center, New Haven, CT

PGY-2 Residency in Oncology - Yale-New Haven Medical Center, New Haven, CT

PGY-2 Residency in Drug Information - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New 

PGY-2 Residency in Infectious Diseases - Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, FL

PGY-2 Residency in Academia & Community Medicine-St. John’s University, NY, NY

Pharmacy Case Manager - Dove Healthcare

Clinical Assistant Professor - Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University

Pharmacist - Virtua Health System, Voorhees, NJ

Clinical Pharmacist - St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, Wayne, NJ

What are the application requirements?

A curriculum vitae, letter of intent, transcript, 3 letters of recommendation

How many pharmacy residents are accepted to the program?

There are four available resident positions.

What is the application deadline?

All application materials must be received by January 7th.

Do I need to be licensed in the state of NJ?

Yes. The program requires that pharmacy residents become licensed pharmacists in NJ as soon as possible after graduation. This will facilitate training as a resident pharmacist. Licensure by October 1st is required.

Is the residency program accredited?

The PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency was established in 2009 and is designed to follow the accreditation standards. The program has received full accreditation by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).

What are the rotations offered?

Core rotations:  Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Administration, Transition of Care, and Ambulatory Care - HIV Clinic. 

Core Longitudinal rotations include: Anticoagulation, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Medication Management & Projects, Administration & Hospital Operations,

Electives: Residents can choose to repeat any of the core rotations or select to complete a rotation based on their practice interests such as Cardiology, Informatics or Academia.  Additional options for electives may be set up based on resident interest and preceptor availability.

How long is each rotation?

Most rotations comprise of learning experiences that are 4 to 6 weeks in length. Additional time may be allocated to a specific rotation based on the resident's interest and availability of preceptor.

What longitudinal experiences are available?

Longitudinal rotations: Administration, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Anticoagulation (Inpatient), Medication Management and Hospital Operations

Each longitudinal experience spans at least 3 months. 

What is the typical day for a resident?

  • Inpatient rounding associated with the rotation, Antimicrobial Stewardship service, warfarin dosing service, patient counseling, drug information, medication use evaluations
  • Multi-disciplinary committee participation
  • Precepting pharmacy students
  • Participating in education programs and in-services

 How are residents evaluated?

The Residency Program follows the ASHP Residency Learning System (RLS) method of providing ongoing feedback. Preceptors discuss rotation expectations with the residents at the start of each rotation. Preceptors and residents discuss progress formally and informally throughout the rotation and at the conclusion of the rotation. The program uses PharmAcademic, an online documentation system for documenting evaluations.

How often will I be able to contact my preceptor?

Preceptors are available on a daily basis to provide guidance and support to the residents. In addition, the residents have many resources including the RPD, clinical pharmacy team, and pharmacy management.

How often will I interact with the Residency Program Director (RPD)?

The RPD is present onsite to provide guidance and feedback to residents formally and informally throughout the program. The RPD meets with the residents on a monthly basis to discuss their progress. The RPD meets with the residents quarterly to develop an individualized learning plan focusing on the resident’s goals and progress.

What are the requirements for residency completion?

Pharmacy Residents are expected to make satisfactory progress in all of the rotations, complete a research project, present the research project and prepare a manuscript describing the research project.  Pharmacy Residents are expected to adhere to the organization’s policies and procedures and code of conduct.

Maryam Abdrabbo

Dr. Maryam Abdrabbo is from New Jersey and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2018. Prior to residency, Dr. Abdrabbo served as a community and compounding pharmacist. Her practice interests include emergency medicine and critical care, in addition to academia. After completion of residency, she plans to transition into academia. She enjoys hiking, basketball, video games, and spending time with family and friends.


Michelle Cottino

Dr. Michelle Cottino is from New Jersey. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in accounting from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and her Juris Doctor from New York Law School.  During her time as a New York City attorney, she recognized her passion for patients care and went on to obtain her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy in 2018. Her practice interests include ambulatory care, transitions of care, critical care, as well as palliative care. After residency, she hopes to pursue a role as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist and continue her involvement in professional organizations. She enjoys baking, cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.


Christine Pham

Dr. Christine Pham is from NJ and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2019. Her practice interests include critical care and infectious diseases, in addition to academia. Upon completion of her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, she plans to pursue a PGY-2 Critical Care Residency. She enjoys do-it-yourself projects, calligraphy, baking, and dogs – hoping one day to have a dog of her own.


Kelvin Reynolds

Dr. Kelvin Reynolds grew up in the Philippines, where after he moved to California. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in biology from California State University and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Manchester University. His practice interests include ambulatory care, academia, and emergency medicine. Upon completion of his PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, he plans to pursue a PGY-2- residency and transition into an academic clinical pharmacist role aiding the medically underserved population. He enjoys exploring new restaurants, video editing, dancing, and hiking.

 

There are four available resident positions.

Applicants must submit materials utilizing the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Residency Application Service (PhORCAS). For more information about PhORCAS, please see: http://www.ashp.org/PHORCAS 

Required submission materials: curriculum vitae, letter of intent, transcript, and 3 letters of recommendation

Application Deadline: January 7th

Contact Information:
Radhika Pisupati, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Manager
Residency Program Director
St. Joseph’s Health

 

 

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