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Our program is committed to developing confident, competent, well-rounded, and successful pharmacy practitioners. We place a special emphasis on providing patient-centered, evidence-based care while maintaining the core values of the St. Joseph’s Healthcare System: Dignity, Justice, Excellence and Stewardship with a special concern for the poor and underserved.

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 - HIV Clinic

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 Regional 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 SJRMC, 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

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Preceptors

 Athanasios Athans, PharmD

Athanasios Athans, PharmD is the Clinical Informatics Pharmacist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System. He is responsible for the integration of the pharmacy order-entry system with electronic provider documentation, computerized physician order entry, automated medication dispensing, and electronic medication administration records. In addition to managing the pharmacy order-entry operations and technical issues, Dr. Athans works with Nursing Informatics to provide on-site support to St. Joseph’s nurses, pharmacists, and physicians. Dr. Athans received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy of Rutgers University in 2011. He completed a PGY1 residency at Kennedy University Hospitals, where he also practiced as a Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist.

Neli Attas, Pharm. D.

Neli Attas, PharmD, is the pediatric clinical pharmacist and a preceptor to residents and students. 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 Regional 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

Humberto Jimenez serves as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases at Comprehensive Care Center at St. Joseph’s Regional 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 Pharm.D, BCPS

Lynette Jackson is the Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist at St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital.  Her focus is geriatric internal medicine and infectious disease.  She serves as a preceptor to pharmacy students and pharmacy practice residents.  Dr. Jackson received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Hampton University School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 residency with St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, Paterson, NJ. 

Christopher Malabanan, Pharm.D, BCPS

Christopher Malabanan, Pharm.D, BCPS is an Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist at St. Joseph’s Regional 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.

Dorothy McCoy, PharmD, BCPS AQ-ID

Dorothy McCoy is the Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Pharmacist at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.  Her practice involves ID 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. McCoy graduated with a doctor of pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in 2005. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ and her PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, MI.  Prior to joining St. Joseph’s, Dr. McCoy worked as a Clinical Associate Professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy with her clinical practice site in ID at Hackensack University Medical Center for 9 years.  She has been an active member of SIDP serving on multiple committees within the organization and is also involved in ACCP, ASHP, and NJSHP.   

Steven Nerenberg, Pharm.D

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 Regional 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, Pharm.D, 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 Healthcare System 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. 

Mitch G. Sobel, BS Pharm, MAS, FASHP

Mitch G. Sobel is the Director of Pharmacy Services for the St. Joseph’s Healthcare System.

He received his undergraduate degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and completed an ASHP Residency at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  He received his Masters Degree from the Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Mr. Sobel was appointed to the NJ State Board of Pharmacy in 2014. Mr. Sobel serves on the NJ Governor’s Task Force on Health Care Professional Responsibility and Reporting and the NJ Pharmacy Security Task Force. 

He is also involved with ASHP and NJSHP and has held various leadership positions in both organizations.  Mr. Sobel is currently serving as an ASHP Regional Delegate and completed a second term as President for NJSHP in 2012.  Mr. Sobel received the Greg Santora Pharmacy Leadership Award from NJSHP. 

Mr. Sobel is Clinical Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy where he teaches the Pharmacy Leadership and Management course. Mr. Sobel has made numerous contributions and presentations regarding operational, clinical, and administrative practices in pharmacy. He enjoys mentoring and teaching students and residents.

Preceptor Publications

Rubin E, Pisupati R, Nerenberg S. Utilization of Pharmacy Technicians to Increase the Accuracy of Patient Medication Histories Obtained in the Emergency Department.  Hosp Pharm 2016; 51(5):396–404.

McGovern TR, McNamee JJ, Malabanan C, Fouad MA, Patel N. Use of 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrate in the treatment of gastrointestinal hemorrhage complicated by dabigatran. In J Emerg Med. 2015; 8:10

Slim J, Jimenez H, Culshaw D, et al. Daptomycin Experience in Patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Resistant Gram-Positive Infections. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care 2014; 14(3): 202-6.

Jimenez HR, Hallit RR, Debari VA, Slim J. Hepatitis A Vaccine Response in HIV-Infected Patients: Are TWINRIX® and HAVRIX® Interchangeable? Vaccine 2013; 31(9): 1328-33.

McCoy D. The Future of Antibiotics: Preserving a Precious Commodity. Pharmacy Practice News 2013; 40(8):38-43.  Also Pharmacy Practice News Special Edition: The 2013 Annual Compendium of Clinical Educational Reviews; Supplement: 71-76.

Fouad M, Gallagher JC. Moxifloxacin as an alternative or additive therapy for treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. Ann Pharmacother. 2011; 45(11):1439-44.

King EA, McCoy D, Desai S, Nyirenda T, Bicking K. Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcal Bacteraemia and Daptomycin—Are Higher Doses Necessary? Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 2011; 66(9):2112-8.

McCoy D, Toussaint K, Gallagher JC. The Pharmacist’s Role in Preventing Antibiotic Resistance. U.S. Pharmacist  2011; 36(7):42-9. Also cited on Medscape Pharmacists - MedPulse Newsletter Top Stories 8/16/2011.

McCoy D, Wong E, Kuyumjian AG, Wynd MA, Sebti R, Munk GB. Treatment of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection in Adult Patients with Hematologic Malignancies Based on an Institution-Specific Guideline. Transplant Infectious Diseases 2011;13(2):117-21.

Sobel M. Tough Love Approach Seeks Better Pyxis® Use By Anesthesiologists. Pharmacy Practice News. 2011; 38(2).

Sobel M. Budgeting Guidelines for New Technology Purchases.  Pharmacy Purchasing and Products. 2010; 7(11).

Sobel M. Making ADCs Part of the Medication Safety Solution. Pharmacy Practice News. 2010;27(7).

Sobel M. Economic Crisis Doesn’t Faze Two Health Systems. Pharmacy Practice News. 2010;37(4). 

McCoy D, Carver PL, DePestel DD. Primary Antifungal Prophylaxis in Adult Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients: Current Therapeutic Concepts. Pharmacotherapy 2009; 29(11):1306–25.

Pisupati R, et al. A Practical approach to conversion to insulin pens in a health system. Hosp Pharm. 2009; 44:871-873.

Sobel M. Preventing Controlled Substance Diversion. Pharmacy Purchasing and Products.2009; 6(11).

Murphy EM, Jimenez HR, Smith SM. Current Clinical Treatments of AIDS. Adv Pharmacol 2008; 56: 27-73.

Pisupati, R. Multifaceted approach to reduce use of meperidine in an acute care setting. Hosp Pharm. 2007; 42(4):331-336.

Pisupati, R, Wojcik J. Glycemic Control Protocol for Adult Critical Care. Hosp Pharm. 2006; 41: 1000-1006.

Sobel M. Comprehensive Guide to Preventing Controlled Substance Diversion. Pharmacy Purchasing and Products. 2005; 2(6) 

 Zhu M, Zhao W, Jimenez HR, et al. Cytochrome P450 3A-Mediated Metabolism of Buspirone in Human Liver Microsomes. Drug Metabolism and Disposition 2005; 33(4): 500-7.

National Posters

Tellier S  Malabanan C.  Baseline characteristics of oral anticoagulant use in an urban academic medical center.  Poster Presented at: 49th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2015 Dec 6-10’ New Orleans, LA.

Park J Brandt K.  Effectiveness of the new delirium education and treatment protocol in improving clinician’s perceptions and knowledge of delirium in the intensive care unit: a survey study. Poster Presented at: 49th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2015 Dec 6-10’ New Orleans, LA.

Kim P. Evaluation of chronic musculoskeletal and joint pain management for geriatric patients in the emergency department.  Poster Presented at: 49th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2015 Dec 6-10’ New Orleans, LA.

Jackson L, Fawzi S, Pisupati R, Sobel M. Evaluation of hypoglycemic event rates and hypoglycemic protocol adherence in association with insulin and anti-diabetic medication orders. Poster Presented at: 48th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2014 Dec 7-11’ Anaheim, CA.

Biason K, Kuriakose S, Fernandez N, Lange M. Time to effective antibiotics for the treatment of bacteremia pre- and post- implementation of matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). Poster Presented at: 54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy; 2014 Sep 5-9; Washington, DC. (2014 NJSHP Research Grant Recipient)

Jackson L, Fawzi S, Pisupati R, Sobel M. Justification of cognitive pharmacy activities through cost savings/avoidance and productivity reporting. Poster Presented at: American College of Clinical Pharmacy Virtual Poster Symposium; 2014 May.

Attas N, Rana M. Medication use evaluation of intravenous immune globulin therapy in a children’s hospital after implementation of new guidelines in a teaching institution. Poster Presented at: 23rd Annual Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Meeting; 2014 Apr 30-May 2; Nashville, TN.

Malabanan C, Attas N, Menell J. May-Thurner Syndrome: Combination of Venous Stenting and Antithrombotic Therapy to Optimize Outcomes. Poster Presented at: Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America; 2014 Apr 10-16; Chicago, IL

Biason K, Malabanan C, Pisupati R. The role of abciximab in an era of new antiplatelet strategies: a single institutions experience in the cardiac catheterization lab. Poster Presented at: 48th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2013 Dec 8-12; Orlando, FL.

Fouad M, Fawzi S, Pisupati R, Sobel M  Evaluation of Appropriate Use of Micafungin at a Community Hospital.  Poster Presented at: 48th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2013 Dec 8-12; Orlando, FL.

Honey U, Kuriakose S, Pisupati R. Evaluation of rifaximin therapy for the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) in hospitalized adult patients. Poster Presented at: 48th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2013 Dec 8-12; Orlando, FL.

Patel BA, Das R, Pisupati R. Evaluating the appropriate use of epoetin alfa in the treatment of anemia in hospitalized adult patients. Poster Presented at: 48th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2013 Dec 8-12; Orlando, FL.

Rana M, Fouad M, Pisupati R. Cost savings evaluation of utilizing ideal body weight (IBW) versus actual body weight (ABW) of dosing immune globulin, intravenous (human) (IVIG) at a medical center. Poster Presented at: 48th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2013 Dec 8-12; Orlando, FL.

Malabanan C, Villanueva M, Pisupati R. Patient Satisfaction in an urban outpatient anticoagulation clinic after transitioning from a point-of-care device to venipuncture. Poster Presented at: 12th National Conference on Anticoagulant Therapy; 2013 May 9-11; Phoenix, AZ

Das R, Pisupati R. Role of pharmacy students to improve screening for vaccinations. Poster Presented at: 47th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2012 Dec 2-6; Las Vegas, NV.

Jackson L, Fawzi S. Evaluation of proton pump inhibitor therapy at a community based hospital. Poster Presented at: 47th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2012 Dec 2-6; Las Vegas, NV.

Krejci R, Das R, Pisupati R. Implementation of a pharmacist counseling service to reduce the rate of chronic heart failure readmissions and improve patient satisfactions. Poster Presented at: 47th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2012 Dec 2-6; Las Vegas, NV.

Lin T, Doad G, Nieves B. Correlation between proton pump inhibitor use and Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea in a tertiary academic hospital. Poster Presented at: 47th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2012 Dec 2-6; Las Vegas, NV.

Rey M, Lin T, Malabanan C, Pisupati R. Impact of increased pharmacist involvement in an outpatient anticoagulation clinic. Poster Presented at: 47th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2012 Dec 2-6; Las Vegas, NV.

Pisupati R, Sobel M.  Time to Expand:  Justifying Residency Expansion to Administration. Poster Presented at:  American Society of Health System Pharmacists - National Residency Preceptors Conference; 2012 Aug 16-18; Washington, DC.

Malabanan C, Kheyfets I, McDowall P, Amoruso R. Out with the New, in with the Old: A

Single Center’s Experience with a Point-of-Care Monitor. Poster Presented at: Thrombosis

and Hemostasis Summit of North America; 2012 May 3-5; Chicago, IL.

Attas N, McClure D, Skroce L, Zauk A. Invasive candidiasis in a neonatal intensive care unit: fluconazole prophylaxis implementation. Poster Presented at: 21st Annual Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group Meeting; 2012 Apr 18-22; Houston, TX.

Cairoli M, Kornblit S, Sobel M, Pisupati R.  Pharmacy Dashboard: Are We On Track?  Poster Presented at: 46th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2011 Dec 4-8; New Orleans, LA.

Fawzi S, Pisupati R, Sobel M.  Integrating clinical services with dispensing functions in a community hospital.  Poster Presented at: 46th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2011 Dec 4-8; New Orleans, LA.

Giordano P, El-Srougy R, Malabanan C, Pisupati R. Implementation of basal-bolus insulin protocol to improve glycemic control in non-critical hospitalized patients. Poster Presented at: 46th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2011 Dec 4-8; New Orleans, LA.

Reveron S, Malabanan C, Pisupati R. Impact of Pharmacist Management versus Physician

Management of Inpatient Warfarin Dosing. Poster Presented at: 11th National Conference on

Anticoagulant Therapy; 2011 May 5-7; Boston, MA.

El-Srougy R, Hong N, Pisupati R.  Linezolid: opportunities to optimize use. Poster Presented at: 45th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2010 Dec 5-9; Anaheim, CA.

Fawzi S, Pisupati R, Sobel M.  Vitamin K utilization in a Community Hospital: Assessing compliance with the American College of Chest Physician (ACCP) 2008 consensus guidelines.  Poster Presented at: 45th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2010 Dec 5-9; Anaheim, CA.

Hong N, Jackson L, Pisupati R. Clinical Pharmacist Impact in an Ambulatory HIV/AIDS Clinic. Poster Presented at: 45th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2010 Dec 5-9; Anaheim, CA.

Malabanan C, Pisupati R, Walsh C, Faillace R.  Pharmacists’ role in a congestive heart failure multidisciplinary team and analysis of medication interventions. Poster Presented at: 45th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2010 Dec 5-9; Anaheim, CA.

Pisupati R, et al.  A comparison of supratherapeutic INRs pre/post warfarin protocol implementation. Poster Presented at: 45th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2010 Dec 5-9; Anaheim, CA.

Reveron S, Malabanan C, Pisupati R. Impact of pharmacist management versus physician management of inpatient warfarin. Poster Presented at: 45th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2010 Dec 5-9; Anaheim, CA.

Sobel M, Cairoli M, Navarro O.  Reduction of unresolved discrepancies of controlled substances from automated dispensing cabinets used by anesthesiologists in a large urban medical center. Poster Presented at: 45th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2010 Dec 5-9; Anaheim, CA.

Fawzi S, Pisupati R, Sobel M et al.  Implementing a pharmacist managed warfarin education and monitoring program in a community hospital.  Poster Presented at: 44th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2009; Las Vegas, NV.

Hong N, Pisupati R, Sobel M, Lange M.  Implementation of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in a Tertiary Care Academic Medical Center. Poster Presented at: 44th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2009; Las Vegas, NV.

Kay J, Patel B, Adinaro D, Pisupati R, Sobel M.  Evaluation of ketorolac injection dosing in the emergency department.  Poster Presented at: 44th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2009; Las Vegas, NV.

Pisupati R, Szcus T, Gomez J, Malabanan C, Sobel M.  An evaluation of patient falls in an urban academic tertiary care medical center.  Poster Presented at: 44th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2009; Las Vegas, NV.

Fawzi S, Fields C, Pisupati R, Sobel M et al.  Tracking and trending admissions due to anticoagulant adverse events. Poster Presented at: 44th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2009; Las Vegas, NV.

Fawzi S, Pisupati R, Sobel M, Amoruso R et al.  Implementing a pharmacist managed warfarin education and monitoring program in a community hospital.  Poster Presented at: 44th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2009; Las Vegas, NV.

Fawzi S, Pisupati R, Sobel M, Steinmetz V et al.  Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) utilization in the implementation of a warfarin monitoring program in a community hospital.   Poster Presented at: 44th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2009; Las Vegas, NV.

Malabanan C, Pisupati R, Amoruso R, Sobel M.  Rear-view window:  A Comparison of Pharmacist vs. Physician Managed Patients Post NPSG 03.05.01 Implementation in an Academic Medical Center.  Poster Presented at: 44th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2009; Las Vegas, NV.

Sobel M, Kornblit K, Cairoli M, Kondek B, Navarro O, White C.  Expansion and quality improvement of automated dispensing cabinets in a level II trauma tertiary care academic urban medical center.  Poster Presented at: 44th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2009; Las Vegas, NV.

Sobel M, Kornblit K, Cairoli M, Navarro O.  Financial and operational impact of clinical pharmacy services and technology on a level II trauma academic urban medical center.  Poster Presented at: 44th American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2009; Las Vegas, NV.

Kay J, Pisupati R.  Evaluation of vitamin K in an academic institution.  Poster Presented at: 43rd American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2008 Dec 6-11; Salt Lake City, UT.

Kay J, Pisupati R, Gluckman W, Sobel M. Impact of an emergency department clinical pharmacist in an urban, tertiary care, level II trauma center.  Poster Presented at: 43rd American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2008 Dec 6-11; Salt Lake City, UT.

Lam K, Malabanan C, Pisupati R.  An evaluation of drug-drug interactions for non-formulary and patient’s own medications in adult patients in an urban tertiary care medical center. Poster Presented at: 43rd American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2008 Dec 6-11; Salt Lake City, UT.

Kay J, Pisupati R, Gluckman W, Sobel M. Impact of an emergency department clinical pharmacist in an urban, tertiary care, level II trauma center.  Poster Presented at: 43rd American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2008 Dec 6-11; Salt Lake City, UT.

Jackson L, Pisupati R, Hong N. Evaluation of pharmacy resident clinical progression and outcomes. Poster Presented at: 43rd American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2008 Dec 6-11; Salt Lake City, UT.

Pisupati R, Hong N, Kay J, Amoruso R, Sobel M, et al.  Anticoagulation Management:  Opportunities for the hospital pharmacist.  Poster Presented at: 43rd American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; 2008 Dec 6-11; Salt Lake City, UT.

Pisupati R, Bhambhani S.  Levalbuterol Usage in an Urban Acute Care Teaching Hospital: Impact of Formulary Deletion and Automatic Therapeutic Interchange to Albuterol.  Poster Presented at: American College of Clinical Pharmacy; 2007 Oct 14-17; Denver, CO.

Eastern States Platform Presentations

Kim P.  Evaluation of chronic musculoskeletal and joint pain management for geriatric patients in the emergency department.  Platform Presentation at:  Annual Eastern States Conference, May 2016.

Tellier S.  Initiation of target specific oral anticoagulants to reduce hospital length of stay. Platform Presentation at:  Annual Eastern States Conference, May 2016.

Park J.  Evaluation of multifaceted, interdisciplinary efforts to improve the management of delirium in the intensive care unit. .  Platform Presentation at:  Annual Eastern States Conference, May 2016.

Bhide N.  Effectiveness of a pharmacist driven vancomycin monitoring program.  Platform Presentation at:  Annual Eastern States Conference, May 2015.

Rubin E. Solution to the “med wreck” problem:  Evaluation of pharmacy technicians taking medication histories.  Platform Presentation at:  Annual Eastern States Conference, May 2015.

DeStefano A.  Impact of pharmacist counseling on asthma readmissions.  Platform Presentation at:  Annual Eastern States Conference, May 2015.

Biason K. Time to effective antibiotics for the treatment of bacteremia pre- and post- implementation of matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). Platform Presentation at: Annual Eastern States Conference; May 2014.

Honey U. The prevalence of discrepancies in medication reconciliation at hospital admission. Platform Presentation at: Annual Eastern States Conference; May 2014.

Patel B. Impact of pharmacist involvement in the management of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. Platform Presentation at: Annual Eastern States Conference; May 2014.

Rana M. Clinical and financial impact of pharmacy driven anti-Xa monitoring of enoxaparin in special patient populations. Platform Presentation at: Annual Eastern States Conference; May 2014.

Doad G. Procalcitonin-guided antimicrobial stewardship for lower respiratory tract infections in the intensive care unit. Platform Presentation at: Annual Eastern States Conference; May 2013.

Krejci R. Implementation of a pharmacist counseling service to reduce the rate of congestive heart failure (CHF) readmissions and improve patient satisfaction. Platform Presentation at: Annual Eastern States Conference; May 2013.

Lin T. Development of a chemotherapy training program for pharmacists. Platform Presentation at: Annual Eastern States Conference; May 2013.

Rey M. Benzylpenicilloyl polylysine skin testing to assess penicillin allergy in an acute care facility. Platform Presentation at: Annual Eastern States Conference; May 2013.

Giordano P. Implementation of pharmacist discharge counseling service to reduce the rate of congestive heart failure readmissions. Platform Presentation at: Annual Eastern States Conference; May 2012.

Villanueva, M. Benzylpenicilloyl polylysine skin testing to assess penicillin allergy. Platform Presentation at: Annual Eastern States Conference; May 2012.

El-Srougy R. Glycemic Control and Sliding Scale Insulin Use in Medical Inpatients. Platform Presentation at: Annual Eastern States Conference; May 2011.

Reveron S. Pharmacokinetic monitoring: When to draw levels and documenting specific time of draws. Platform Presentation at: Annual Eastern States Conference; May 2011.

Jackson L. Effect of pharmacist education on patient adherence and clinical outcomes at an HIV/AIDs ambulatory clinic. Platform Presentation at: Platform Presentation at: Annual Eastern States Conference; Apr 2009. 

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

Pharmacist - St. Joseph’s Regional 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 Hospital, 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.

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 Healthcare System

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