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Pharmacy Residency

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center/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 
Internal Medicine:  Teaching Service (I & II)  Infectious disease consult service (I and II)
Internal Medicine: Transition of Care
Emergency services Antimicrobial stewardship (I and II)
Medical surgical intensive care Infectious disease outpatient clinic (HIV)
Infectious diseases Critical care with ID focus
Longitudinal experiences: Ambulatory care, drug information, research I & II, leadership, pharmacy practice, academia. 
Antibiotic Stewardship in Emergency Services 
Electives: population health (off site), psychiatric services, operating room, pain consult service, oncology, cardiology, inpatient diabetic management, and pediatric services (off-site). 
Internal medicine with ID focus

Academic Teaching/Research

Longitudinal experience: Underserved outpatient clinic, leadership

Electives: Pediatric ID, Wound Care, Informatics



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 Practice Residency Program Director
Graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center
Contact information:
Christine.Rahme@sjhsyr.org
(315)430-1833


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:
Lisa.Avery@sjhsyr.org
(315)-448-6177