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Current Residents

The current residents of Atlantic Health System's pharmacy residency include:

Payal Desai Pharmacy Resident

Payal Desai
Dr. Desai graduated from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in May 2018. She was born in Paterson, New Jersey and has lived in Clifton, New Jersey her whole life. Her passion for hospital pharmacy first began during her introductory pharmacy practice experience (IPPE) hospital rotation and continued to grow during her clinical rotations.

During her residency, Dr. Desai hopes to expand her pharmacy knowledge and build upon her clinical skills. She is looking forward to working with different health care professionals in providing patient-centered care. Her current professional interests include critical care and emergency medicine, but she is excited to experience other areas of pharmacy, such as pediatrics, with hopes of becoming a well-rounded clinician.

Nicole Fluegel Pharmacy Resident

Nicole Fluegel
Dr. Fluegel grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and earned her PharmD from Butler University in 2018. She is looking forward to completing her PGY1 residency and enhancing her clinical skills. Her professional interests include critical care and internal medicine, however, she is excited to explore new opportunities throughout her residency. She would also like to give back to the profession in areas such as teaching, precepting, organizational involvement and research.

Sophia Pathan Pharmancy Resident

Sophia Pathan
Dr. Pathan graduated from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in May 2018. From Newark to South Harrison, she was raised throughout New Jersey and isn’t leaving until she learns how to pump gas in her own car! Her interest in clinical pharmacy began with her IPPE hospital experience and expanded during her Advanced Pharmacy Professional Experience (APPE) rotations as she became more aware of the impact clinical pharmacists have on patient care.

Dr. Pathan is excited for the opportunities at Atlantic Health System, such as the chance to teach and precept pharmacy students, improve her critical decision-making, and develop clinical skills and experiences. Her professional interests include the various aspects of acute care and she hopes to pursue a PGY2 residency in that field.

Amir Saini Pharmacy Resident

Amar Saini
Dr. Saini graduated from the Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in May 2018. He was born in India and at the age of 13, moved to the United States, where he moved around a lot, eventually settling in New Jersey. After finishing his undergraduate degree in biology at Kean University, Dr. Saini worked as a research scientist of immunology at a clinical research organization (CRO). It was there that he was given the opportunity to collaborate with various principal investigators who had pharmacy backgrounds, sparking his interest in the field.

He is excited about exploring a wide and varied clinical experience through this residency. His professional interests consist of oncology, infectious diseases, informatics and neurology. He hopes to pursue a PGY2 or fellowship in one of those domains.