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Pharmacy Residency Programs

St. John Fisher College pharmacy residents gain real-world experience as consulting members of health care teams in broad range of clinical settings.

2020-2021 pharmacy residents (front row) and their respective residency program directors (back row).

2020-2021 pharmacy residents (front row) and their respective residency program directors (back row).

The pharmacy residency program at St. John Fisher College prepares graduates to become competent clinical pharmacists through experiences in a variety of health care settings. Over the twelve-month residencies, participants will become proficient in the pharmacotherapy management of most chronic disease states, as well as areas of quality improvement and research. Residents will serve as members of diverse health care teams in collaboration with physicians, medical residents, advanced practice providers, nurses, social workers, and insurance enrollers.

In addition to clinical experiences, residents will have the opportunity to cultivate teaching skills through precepting in a variety of settings, including lecture preparation and didactic teaching. Residents will also be able to develop additional skills by participating in the teaching certificate program offered by the Wegmans School of Pharmacy.

Residency Experiences

Residency experiences will be longitudinal in several locations across the Rochester and Syracuse areas, including the Rochester Regional Health System, the University of Rochester Medical Center, Wegmans, Upstate Medical University, and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Residents are also eligible to participate in a wide range of elective rotations based on their areas of professional interest.

View Residency Descriptions

Additional Opportunities and Research

Participation in monthly journal clubs with medical residents, quarterly leadership and development workshops, and community service activities complement the resident experience. Residents will participate in at least one continuing education program and a minimum of two clinical conference presentations to health care professionals. Additional involvement in presentations may be requested throughout the year.

Completion of a pharmacy practice-related research project is required and results are to be presented at a state or national level professional meeting, as well as submitted for manuscript publication. Opportunities for involvement in additional research or quality improvement projects may be available.

Meet Our Residents

Fisher's residency program aims to train a pharmacist to be able to practice at the top of their license in an outpatient clinical setting in either new or existing practice sites. Meet our residents below.


Jen Chen Dr. Chieh (Jen) Chen
PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident
Wegmans School of Pharmacy and State University of New York at Upstate Medical University
Fellowship Program Director: Dr. Lisa Phillips

Dr. Chieh (Jen) Chen graduated from St. John’s University and completed her PGY-1 residency at Upstate University Hospital.

Chen’s short-term goals include becoming BCCP and BCACP certified, which would ultimately help her achieve a long-term goal of becoming a faculty preceptor and managing her own clinic with collaborative drug therapy management agreements in an underserved area. She believes the PGY-2 will support her growth in becoming a leading practitioner equipped with the necessary clinical, teaching, leadership and research expertise to expand the profession of pharmacy.

» PGY 2 Infectious Disease Residency, St. Joseph's Health


Tenzin Legdup Dr. Tenzin Legdup
PGY-2 Infectious Disease Pharmacy Resident

Wegmans School of Pharmacy and St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
Residency Program Director: Dr. Lisa Avery

Dr. Tenzin Legdup earned his Pharm.D. from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He completed his PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at United Health Services Hospitals in Johnson City, New York and is currently the PGY-2 infectious disease resident at St. Joseph’s Health and Wegmans School of Pharmacy.

Legdup has a passion for antimicrobial stewardship. He believes antibiotics are a shared resource and their judicious use is imperative in order to keep these valuable tools available for future generations. He also has an interest in academia and looks forward to the exposure in educational opportunities both in-house and at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy.

Upon completion of his specialty training, he plans on obtaining board certification in infectious disease and hopes to pursue a clinical specialist position at an academic medical center.

» Infectious Diseases Residency, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center


Jen Rafferty Dr. Jennifer Rafferty
PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident

Wegmans School of Pharmacy and Rochester Regional Health
Residency Program Director: Dr. Alex DeLucenay

Dr. Jennifer Rafferty earned her Pharm.D. degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. After graduation, she practiced in the community setting for several years in Seattle, Washington before returning to Buffalo for a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency at Buffalo General Medical Center. She is currently the PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Resident at Wegmans School of Pharmacy and Rochester Regional Health.

Rafferty’s professional interests include utilizing collaborative drug therapy management to optimize patient care and outcomes, in addition to precepting pharmacy students.  Her future career goal is to practice as a board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist.

» PGY 2 Ambulatory Care Residency, Rochester Regional Health