Pharmacy Residency

St. Joseph’s Health in cooperation with the St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy, offers two ASHP accredited pharmacy residency programs.

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St. Joseph’s Health Hospital/St. John Fisher College Wegman’s School of Pharmacy PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

St. Joseph’s Health (SJH) in cooperation with the St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy (WSOP), offers two ASHP accredited pharmacy residency programs. The post-graduate year one pharmacy residency offers two positions. A post-graduate year two pharmacy residency is available in infectious diseases.

PGY1 and PGY2 program learning experiences include:

PGY1 Pharmacy 
PGY2 Infectious Diseases 
Required Learning Experiences: Internal Medicine:  Teaching Service (I & II) Transitions of Care Emergency Medicine Medical Intensive Care Unit Cardiovascular Antibiotic Stewardship (2 weeks) Infectious Disease Consult Service (2 weeks) Ambulatory Care (2 weeks) Required Learning Experiences: Infectious disease consult service (I and II) Antimicrobial stewardship (I and II) Critical care with ID focus Antibiotic Stewardship in Emergency Services Internal medicine with ID focus Infectious disease outpatient clinic (HIV)
Longitudinal Learning Experiences: Academic Teaching Drug Information Research Leadership Main Pharmacy Practice Clinical Consult Services (every 3rd weekend) Longitudinal Learning Experiences: Academic Teaching Research Underserved Outpatient Clinic Urgent Care Leadership
Elective Learning Experiences: Ambulatory Care Population Health Pediatrics Diabetic Management Pain Consult Service Operating Room Psychiatric Services Elective Learning Experiences: Pediatric ID Wound Care Informatics Microbiology

The pharmacy practice experience is comprised of a 4 hour main pharmacy shift weekly and clinical consult service (pharmacokinetic and warfarin dosing) every third weekend. Program highlights:

  • Innovative pharmacy practice with greater than 80% of pharmacists embedded within a multidisciplinary team
  • Strong collaborative practice, with pharmacy recognized as the highest rated clinical department on the Press Ganey physician survey
  • Teaching certificate administered by WSOP in collaboration with the School of Education, along with the ability to precept students from multiple schools of pharmacy
  • Opportunities to attend and present research at local, state, and national conferences
  • PGY-2 attends MAD-ID to obtain stewardship certification
  • The Department of Pharmacy Services provides care to inpatients on a 24 hour basis, 7 days a week with the vision/goals of providing safe and effective pharmaceutical care to all patients. The pharmacy employs an integrated practice model with 5 days a week decentralized services to acute care nursing units and 7 day a week service to the Emergency Room.

St. Joseph’s Health is a non-profit, 451-bed community teaching hospital and health care network providing services to patients from Onondaga and 15 surrounding counties. St. Joseph’s Health offers general medical/surgical care, medical intensive care, surgical intensive care, labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care, emergency services, orthopedic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, interventional cardiology, and infectious disease. It is home to the largest family medicine medical residency program in the Northeast. The Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College, located in Pittsford, NY, is dedicated to serving the needs of the public by preparing pharmacists to provide pharmaceutical care that enhances the quality of life of the patients they serve. The school is committed to providing an environment that promotes academic excellence, service, and scholarship; encourages each student’s intellectual and personal development; and fosters the development of lifelong learners committed to advancing the profession of pharmacy.

Residency Program Director Contact Information:

Christine Rahme, PharmD, BCPS PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, St. Joseph’s Health Hospital
Contact information:

Lisa Avery, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Program Director
St. John Fisher Wegmans School of Pharmacy Associate Professor
Graduate of University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency, Penn Medicine
Contact information:

Program Overview

The program consists of required training in specific aspects of acute patient-care and pharmacy practice. It is customized to the needs of the individual resident with at least two months of elective opportunities. These core and elective rotations will provide the basic foundation for quality clinical practice and educational instruction.
The program is primarily clinical in nature with exposure to centralized and decentralized pharmacy practice, sterile product preparation, and computer/robot-assisted distribution systems.
The pharmacy resident’s required areas of training include internal and critical care medicine, infectious diseases, drug information, academic instruction/teaching certification, pharmacy administrative leadership, and emergency medicine. The resident may elect additional training with services such as anticoagulation, geriatrics, informatics, ambulatory care and other areas of hospital pharmacy practice.


Accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists Commission on Credentialing

Number of positions:


Program Purpose/Description

The St. Joseph’s Health/ St. John Fisher College Wegman’s School of Pharmacy PGY1 Residency Program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. Our program is designed to train select, highly motivated and qualified pharmacists and prepare them to provide patient centered pharmaceutical care as a clinical pharmacist in acute care medicine. Academic and educational skills are taught throughout the year during the teaching certificate program at St. John Fisher College. In addition, our program ensures that residents will acquire professional leadership skills and develop a passion for lifelong learning that will produce and maintain career satisfaction. The residency program adheres to the standards described in the criteria: ASHP Statement on Accreditation of Pharmacy Residencies and ASHP Accrediting Standard for Residency Training in Pharmacy Practice.

Salary & Benefits




  • 20 days annual paid Earned Time Off per year.
  • Paid travel, registration, and conference days to the ASHP Midyear Meeting and Eastern States Conference.
  • Subsidized health, dental, and life insurances.
  • Online library access at St. Joseph’s Library and through Wegman’s School of Pharmacy library.
  • Paid travel, registration, and conference days to the ASHP Midyear Meeting and the New York State Annual Assembly.
  • Two white laboratory coats.

Application Requirements:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited school of pharmacy
  • Licensure in New York within 3 months of initiation of residency training
  • Letter of intent
  • Official college transcript
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Completion of a successful screening and interview process at SJHHC and WSOP
Apply Today

To learn more or apply contact: 

Christine Rahme, PharmD, BCPS PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, St. Joseph’s Health Hospital

Current Pharmacy Residents


Amy Fabian
Resident PGY2 2018 – 2019

Jessica Klinglesmith
Resident PGY2 2019-2020

Julia Sessa
Resident PGY2 2017 – 2018


Kelsey Hennig
Resident PGY1 2018 – 2019

Jessica Klinglesmith
Resident PGY2 2018-2019

Jenna McGreevy
Resident PGY1 2017 – 2018

Alison Milbrand
Resident PGY1 2017 – 2018

Darcy Matthews
Resident PGY1 2019-2020

Megan O’Connor
Resident PGY1 2019-2020

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