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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.

Pharmacy Residents and Christine Birnie, Dean of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Residents and Christine Birnie, Dean of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy

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.


Joy Snyder Joy Snyder
PGY-2 Public Health Pharmacy Fellow
St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Pharmacy
Residency Program Directors: Dr. Christine Birnie, Dr. Beth Sutton Burke

“The Public Health Pharmacy Fellowship is a new position created to better integrate pharmacy into public health. In my future career, I hope to advocate for pharmacy, increase education to other health care professionals regarding what pharmacists can do, and increase pharmacy presence in the public health sector. My fellowship encompasses those aspects and is helping me to build connections to fulfill my professional goals.”


Kaylee Platts Karlee M. Platts
PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident
Rochester Regional Health
Residency Program Director: Dr. Alex DeLucenay

“Through this residency, I work in collaboration with various health care providers to manage chronic diseases like diabetes and asthma. I am also able to explore other professional interests including transitions of care, medical missions, and academia. I have the opportunity to expand on my desire to teach and to practice autonomy through independent research and longitudinal projects. This experience is helping me to develop the vital clinical skills needed to manage complex patients in the ambulatory care setting.”

» Ambulatory Care Residency, Rochester Regional Health


Curtis Blow Curtis Blow
PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident
State University of New York at Upstate Medical University
Residency Program Director: Dr. Lisa Phillips

“A majority of my clinic time is spent in the primary care working directly with patients and managing chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Rotational experiences allow me to work in specialty clinics, including neurology, rheumatology, and immune health. The ability to customize my residency and seek out additional experiences in teaching, specialty areas, or research is also a positive factor. My experiences this year are providing me with all of the skills and knowledge required to pursue any successful career in ambulatory care.”

» Ambulatory Care Residency, State University of New York at Upstate Medical University


Jessica Klinglesmith Jessica L. Klingelsmith
PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center
Residency Program Director: Dr. Lisa Avery

“As an infectious diseases pharmacy resident, I collaborate with all types of health care professionals daily to optimize antimicrobial use for our patients. Antimicrobial resistance is a global health concern and pharmacists have a huge role to play in order to help combat resistance and prevent adverse, drug-related effects. My residency is helping me to care for complex infectious diseases patients and develop preceptor skills to teach future pharmacists.”

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