Department of Pharmaceutical Services

The pharmacy staff is comprised of hospital based pharmacists, clinical pharmacy specialists, a medication safety manager, an informatics coordinator, and pharmacy technicians.  Members of the pharmacy staff provide pharmaceutical care and patient education throughout the institution to ensure safe, effective, and rational medication therapy.   The pharmacy is fully automated with the Aesynt suite of products including MedCarousel, NarcStation, and AcuDose.  Saint Peter’s utilizes an electronic medical record, computerized order entry, barcode administration, and smart pump technology.   Practice areas with designated clinical specialists include; Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Adult Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Oncology, and Pediatrics.  

Program Description

The PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program at Saint Peter’s University Hospital is designed to provide a broad exposure to patient care in a goal-oriented, interactive teaching environment.  Experience and knowledge are developed through learning experiences with highly skilled pharmacy and non-pharmacy preceptors dedicated to patient care and education.  Flexibility allows residents to tailor learning experiences to meet their individual interests and career goals.  Residents will complete a major project aimed at improving pharmaceutical care within the institution as well as participate in medication use evaluations and multidisciplinary committees. 
Residents gain teaching experience by serving as co-preceptors for pharmacy students and PGY1 pharmacy residents; and providing continuing education for pharmacists and members of the health care team.  Residents interested in strengthening their skills in presenting lectures and precepting students may participate in a teaching certificate program at Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.  Upon completion of this residency program, residents will possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and faculty positions as well as board certification as a Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist.

Learning Experiences

Learning experiences are offered in a variety of areas and are tailored to the interests of the individual. The resident’s responsibilities include working with members of the health care team by participating in rounds, monitoring drug therapy, providing drug information, and attending conferences and meetings.

Required Learning Experiences:
•    Orientation
•    General Pediatrics 
•    Hematology / Oncology
•    Infectious Diseases
•    Neonatal Intensive Care
•    Obstetrics / Maternal Fetal Medicine
•    Pediatric Intensive Care

   Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences:
•    Practice Management
•    Research Project
•    Service Commitment – staffing in NICU satellite pharmacy and clinic

   Elective Learning Experiences:
•    Academia - Longitudinal
•    BCPPS Boot Camp
•    Emergency Medicine
•    Endocrinology
•    Gastroenterology
•    Genetics
•    Nephrology
•    Neurology
•    Pulmonology
•    Surgery
•    Informatics
•    Management
•    Medication Safety 
•    Teaching Certificate Program - Longitudinal


Pharmacist Preceptors:
Judith Scala, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pediatrics
Residency Program Director

Sapna Bhambhani, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pediatrics

Andrew Aziz, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases

Genevieve Kumapley, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Oncology and Pain/Palliative Care

John Yanoschak, RPh, MBA
Director of Pharmacy

Tomi Thoonkuzhy, RPh
Lead Pharmacist

Maria Cardinale, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Critical Care
Clinical Assistant Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Olga Ginsberg, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Emergency Medicine

Peter Chiodo, RPh, MS
Pharmacy Informatics Coordinator

Tom Ollis, RPh, MS
Medication Safety Systems Manager

Non-Pharmacist Preceptors:
Carlos Lastra, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurology

Kristina Feja, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Karen Kestenbaum, APN
Pediatric Hematology / Oncology

Anup Singh, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Nephrology

Archana Singh, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology


Competitive salary, health care benefits, two weeks paid vacation, seven paid holidays, on-site parking, discount meals, and professional travel reimbursement. 

Admission Criteria and Application Process

All candidates must meet the following criteria:
•    Possess a PharmD from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited school or college of pharmacy
•    Completion of an ASHP accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program
•    Eligibility for licensure in New Jersey

Applicants will be required to submit the following documents on the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) website by January 8:
•    Letter of intent
•    Curriculum vitae
•    Academic transcript
•    Three letters of recommendation

Contact Information
Judith Scala, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pediatrics
PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Department of Pharmaceutical Services
254 Easton Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 845-8600 ext. 6197


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