Pharmacy Resident Presentations

Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 2 p.m.

The Valley Hospital Pharmacy Residents will be presenting their Residency Projects via Zoom.

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2:00 p.m. – Amanda Despotovich, PharmD, PGY1 Community Based Pharmacy Resident 
Increasing physician referrals of patients with rheumatoid arthritis to a health-system based specialty pharmacy: a business plan (Download the abstract)

  • This research was designed to fill the gap in care and to increase prescription volume from the Valley Institute for Rheumatology and Autoimmune Diseases by implementing a pharmacist-designed business plan.

2:20 p.m. – Sonya Kemenchugsky, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
The de-labeling of penicillin allergies based on patient self-reporting in the community after negative inpatient penicillin skin tests (PST) (Download the abstract)

  • The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of patient-driven self-reporting of penicillin allergies on the de-labeling of penicillin allergies in the community following a negative penicillin skin test (PST) performed in the hospital.

2:40 p.m. – Daljit Kaur, PharmD, MHS, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
Pharmacist-led medication evaluation and intervention for patients with ileostomies (Download the abstract)

  • The purpose of this research project is to identify if a pharmacist-led medication review increases the appropriate use of medications in patients discharged with ileostomies.
2019 pharmacy residents in The Valley Hospital's PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Programs
The Valley Hospital's 2019 pharmacy residents (l-r): Sonya Kremenchugsky, PharmD, Daljit Kaur, PharmD, MHS, and Amanda Despotovich Paladino, PharmD


Daljit Kaur, PharmD, MHS

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Dr. Kaur earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a master's degree in regulatory science at Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in 2019. Daljit also earned her bachelor of chemistry degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck and graduated as the valedictorian of her class. She's excited to be a part of The Valley Hospital's healthcare team and strives to provide the best care to all patients and advocate for the profession of pharmacy. Aside from her love for the profession of pharmacy, Daljit enjoys playing soccer, basketball, and volleyball. She also enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. 

Areas of Interest

Emergency medicine, infectious diseases, and oncology

Research Project 

Pharmacist-led medication evaluation and intervention for patients with ileostomies


Sonya Kremenchugsky, PharmD

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Dr. Kremenchugsky grew up in Glen Rock, NJ, and earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy in May 2019. Sonya is excited to be a PGY1 pharmacy resident at The Valley Hospital, where she can collaborate with members of the healthcare team to serve patients in the community. Aside from pharmacy, Sonya enjoys taking spin classes, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Areas of Interest

Critical care and infectious disease 

Research Project

Reconciliation of community pharmacy penicillin allergy records in patients with negative inpatient penicillin skin test


Amanda Despotovich Paladino, PharmD

PGY1 Community-Based Resident

Dr. Despotovich Paladino is originally from Pompton Plains, NJ, and earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in May of 2019 from The Ohio State University. As a PGY1 community-based resident pharmacist, she is excited to be involved in bringing services to the community and being an advocate for patients. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys swimming, hiking and spending quality time with family and friends. She was married in June in Jamaica and is a proud parent of her two rescue pups: Rook, a lab/hound mix, and Garnet, a golden retriever/lab mix.

Areas of Interest 

Transitions of care and ambulatory care

Research Project 

Utilization of meds-to-beds program in patients with acute myocardial infarction and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a non-teaching community hospital