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Pharmacy Residency Program

About St. John’s Pharmacy

St. Johns’ Episcopal Hospital is the only hospital providing emergency and ambulatory care to the densely populated, culturally and economically diverse, and medically underserved populations of the Rockaways and Five Towns in southern Queens county and southwestern Nassau County, New York. Celebrating over 110 years of community care, the 257-bed facility provides people of all faiths with comprehensive preventive, diagnostic treatment and rehabilitative services, regardless of ability to pay.

The inpatient pharmacy is a 24/7 department consisting of nearly 50 pharmacists and technicians. The mission of the Pharmacy is to provide excellent pharmaceutical care to improve medical safety and optimize patients’ therapy.

Pharmacy Residency Program

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at St. John’s is intended to be a broad-based learning and practice experience. Upon completion, it is expected that the resident will become a confident and capable practitioner who will be able to function in a variety of practice settings. The setting is largely inpatient acute care, with some learning experiences in ambulatory care, all as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team. The program is designed to be broad in scope so as to allow the resident the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to function in these practice settings. The program is also designed to allow the residents to develop strong communication skills that will allow them to educate other healthcare professionals, patients, and the community. The acquisition of these skills should also afford them the opportunity to further enhance their knowledge through specialized training in a PGY2 residency or fellowship.

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Positions: 2

As a resident at St. John’s, you will work with your preceptors and participate in:

  • Medication Management Committee
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Grand Rounds Presentations
  • Pharmacy & Nursing Staff Education
  • Population Health Events
  • Community Outreach

Core Learning Experiences

  • Orientation
  • Dispensing
  • Internal Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Critical Care and/or Emergency Medicine
  • Geriatrics and/or Psychiatry
  • Oncology
  • Sterile Compounding
  • Informatics
  • Palliative Care/Nutritional Support
  • Administration
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Anticoagulation Dosing Service
  • Opioid Stewardship
  • Pharmacy Research
  • Community Outreach
  • Teaching Certificate
  • In-Services
  • Staffing – every 3rd weekend plus one minor and one major holiday

Program Structure Overview

Residency ComponentsApproximate Time
Orientation4 Weeks
Residency Learning Experiences44 Weeks
Research2 Weeks
Conferences/recruitment activities2 Weeks
Holidays/Time Off~20 Days (not a contiguous block)

Application Requirements

All applications must be made through PhORCAS (Pharmacy Residency Online Centralized Application Service)

  • Completed Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of intent stating goals and interests
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official pharmacy school transcript

Employment Information

  • Interview required
  • Competitive Stipend
  • Health, dental, and life insurance
  • Sick leave, paid time off, holidays
  • Travel support for professional meeting

Meet Our Pharmacy Preceptors

Piao Zhuge, PharmD, BCPS

Residency Program Director
Clinical Pharmacy Manager

Ruby Rajkumar, PharmD, BCGP

Residency Program Coordinator
Pharmacy Clinical Informatics Manager

Karen Muir, PharmD, MBA

Chief Pharmacy Officer

Chris Yoo, PharmD, BCSCP

Assistant Director of Pharmacy

Motunrayo Fadugba, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES

Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist

Rachel Tropiano, PharmD

Psychiatric Clinical Pharmacist

Kaitlyn Infante, PharmD

Emergency Medical Clinical Pharmacist

Samantha Bryant, BS, CPhT, MBA

340B Program Manager

Meet Our Current PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident

Gagandeep Singh, PharmD

Education: St. John’s University School of Pharmacy

Meet Our Key Physician Preceptors

Dr. Tessy Peter

Critical Care Specialist

Dr. Rita Jammal

Infectious Disease Specialist

Dr. Saira Shahab

Infectious Disease Specialist