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.
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 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.
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 and Fellow
Fisher's residency and fellowship programs aim 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 and fellow below.
"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."
PGY-2 Infectious Disease Pharmacy Resident
Wegmans School of Pharmacy and St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
Residency Program Director: Dr. Lisa Avery
Joseph Eskandrous earned his Pharm.D. degree from St. John’s University and completed his PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. He is currently the PGY-2 infectious diseases resident at St. Joseph’s Health and Wegmans School of Pharmacy.
Joseph has learned the importance of utilizing pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles in order to dose vancomycin and aminoglycosides. He utilized AUC:MIC-based vancomycin dosing to maximize efficacy for deep-seated infections like endocarditis while minimizing the risk of nephrotoxicity. He looks forward to participating in educational opportunities both in-house and at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy in order to learn the best teaching strategies to address students' needs in the era of virtual learning.
Joseph's ultimate goal would be to become a board-certified inpatient infectious disease pharmacist or antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist. He would also like to become an adjunct associate professor at a school of pharmacy in order to impact future generations of pharmacists.
PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident
Wegmans School of Pharmacy and State University of New York at Upstate Medical University
Residency Program Director: Dr. Lisa Phillips
Ashley Shtoyko received her Pharm.D. from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and completed her PGY-1 at Upstate University Hospital. She is the current PGY-2 in Ambulatory Care at Upstate University Hospital's Upstate Health Care Center/Wegmans School of Pharmacy. While the majority of her experience is in the adult medicine clinic, she will also rotate through various specialty clinics within Upstate including rheumatology, neurology, and immune health services.
While every day in the clinic is unique, common activities include: seeing patients during office visits, calling patients to follow up on their drug regimens, answering drug information questions, presenting pharmacology lectures to resident physicians, and teaching patients how to use various devices and medications (including glucometers, insulin, and the GLP-1 agonists).
Ashley has an interest in diabetes management and cardiovascular risk reduction which is well aligned with the pharmacy team's role in the adult medicine clinic. Here, the pharmacists participate in Collaborative Drug Therapy Management for diabetes, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk reduction, and anticoagulation monitoring. She also enjoys teaching and precepting and looks forward to working with pharmacy residents and students both in-clinic and through didactic sessions at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. "This program seamlessly combines my interests in direct patient care and academia into a well-balanced PGY-2 experience. I am confident that the training I receive this year will allow me to be successful wherever I go next!"
Ashley's future career goals include obtaining board certifications in ambulatory care pharmacy and diabetes management and continuing her involvement with teaching either as a preceptor or through a position at a school of pharmacy.
PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Resident
Wegmans School of Pharmacy and Rochester Regional Health
Residency Program Director: Dr. Alex DeLucenay
"Through this residency, I am able to expand on my skills as a new practitioner by working with various members of the health care team in managing patients with chronic disease states. I will also be involved with precepting third and fourth-year pharmacy students along with expanding into academia by providing didactic lectures. My residency this year will help me to develop the critical clinical skills needed to be an effective ambulatory care pharmacist and preceptor."
Mackenzie is no stranger to the Fisher family. She completed two years of undergraduate course work at the College before transitioning to the Wegmans School of Pharmacy in the fall of 2015. She received her doctorate of pharmacy in May 2019, and continued her training by completing a PGY-1 community pharmacy residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Mackenzie was thrilled to return to Fisher as a PGY-2 ambulatory care pharmacy resident.
Throughout the week, Mackenzie is rotating through various clinics and settings through Rochester Regional Health. She spends time in a cardiology clinic, along with seeing patients in a primary care clinic working closely with a nurse practitioner, and working with a company called GRIPA.
Mackenzie's professional interests include collaborative drug therapy management, precepting pharmacy students, primary care, and academia. After completion of the residency program, Mackenzie hopes to pursue a job in ambulatory care and strives to be in a setting where she can work under a collaborative drug therapy management protocol. She also hopes to become board certified in ambulatory care. "My favorite thing about this residency program is that I am able to spend time throughout the year in different clinical settings. Each day is so different and never boring. I am able to see the same patients multiple times throughout the year which helps me to build close relationships with them along with building professional relationships with the providers," she said.