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Fellowships and Residencies



The Fellowship Program in Infectious Diseases Health Outcomes Research is offered through Nova Southeastern University's Barry and Judy Silverman College of Pharmacy. The fellow will be exposed to and be involved in, a variety of health outcomes analyses using epidemiologic health care assessment approaches including retrospective evaluations and pharmacoeconomic analysis of patient outcomes. Fellows will employ knowledge acquired throughout training to conduct research and ultimately, learn to function as an independent investigator. Research participation is the major emphasis of the fellow's activities, however, teaching experience both in the classroom and experiential, and practical clinical experience will be incorporated. As part of the fellowship training, the fellow will submit their research to national and international infectious diseases meetings and prepare manuscripts for submission to peer reviewed journals for publication.

Application Deadline: February 15

  • Length: 2 years
  • Start date: July 1
  • Required Degree: Pharm.D

For more information please contact:

Dana Holger, Pharm.D., MPH, AAHIVP, C.Ph.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
NSU College of Pharmacy



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The Residency Program in Community-Based Pharmacy Practice is offered through NSU’s Silverman College of Pharmacy. The resident will be exposed to and be involved in, a variety of community pharmacy experiences. These experiences include pharmacy administration, regulatory, and clinical services. The resident will participate in disease management, medication therapy management and other clinical services within the NSU Clinic Pharmacy. The resident will also participate in the ICUBAcares Pharmacist Advocate Program Patient Care Center where he/she will be involved in developing formulary management, adherence, medication therapy management and prior authorization strategies as well as engaging patients and providing patient care services surrounding these strategies.
As part of the residency training, the resident will be given the opportunity in didactic and clerkship opportunities in the education of pharmacy students as well as conducting a clinical research project.

Application Deadline: January 15

  • Length: 1 year
  • Start date: July 1
  • Required Degree: Pharm.D

For more information please contact:

Goar Alvarez, BPharm.,Pharm.D., C.Ph. ,FASCP
Assistant Dean, Pharmacy Services
Nova Southeastern University
Silverman College of Pharmacy
3200 South University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328
(954) 262-1383
Director of Pharmacy – NSU Pharmacy
Director of Pharmacy - SFSH
Florida Board of Pharmacy Member


PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) San Juan and HIMA San Pablo Caguas Hospital is designed to prepare pharmacists to provide high quality patient care in diverse clinical settings. Pharmacists completing this program will be provided with varied experiences to become independent clinical practitioners, educators, and leaders in the pharmacy profession.

Application Deadline: January 15

  • Length: 1 year
  • Start date: July 1
  • Required Degree: Pharm.D

For more information please contact:

Yarelis Alvarado, BPharm.,Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP
Assistant Professor
Nova Southeastern University
Silverman College of Pharmacy
997 San Roberto Street Professional Offices Park IV
San Juan, PR 00926
(787) 773-6576


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The PGY-2 Residency in Ambulatory Care at the Nova Southeastern University's Barry and Judy Silverman College of Pharmacy provides an in-depth experience in general primary care, focused management in cardiology, diabetes, transitions of care and academia. Experiences will be tailored to give the resident exposure to patients with chronic disease states in a variety of outpatient clinics within an Accountable Care Organization throughout South Florida. Residents will work closely in a variety of pharmacy faculty practice sites within the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Research Network, Services and Education (ACORN SEED) team. This PGY-2 program will prepare residents to practice in a mixture of pharmacist-led and interdisciplinary patient visits.

The residency provides a unique teaching certificate program which offers experiences both in small group instruction and didactic lectures through the Nova Southeastern University Teaching Certificate Program (ITALICSRx). An additional focus of the program is through leadership and management understanding development and expansion of pharmacy services within innovative practice models. Additional rotation opportunities include academia (focused in administration) and Adherence, Transitions of Care Medication Therapy Management Call Center, and others based on resident interest and preceptor availability. The resident is expected to complete an IRB-approved research project of publishable quality and present results at local, regional or state pharmacy meetings.

Application deadline: January 7

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • College/School of Pharmacy Transcript
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • On-site Interview
  • Enrolled in or Successful Completion of an accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
  • Ability to Obtain Licensure in the State of Florida


  • Salary: $45,000 (subject to change)
  • Vacation: Ten working days in addition to NSU school holidays
  • Professional leave: To attend meetings and educational conferences
  • Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, 401K
  • Travel compensation for national conferences

For more information please contact:

Tina Benny, PharmD, BCACP
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Residency Program Director, PGY2 Ambulatory Care
NSU's Silverman College of Pharmacy


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The specialized residency in psychiatric pharmacy practice is offered through NSU's College of Pharmacy. Practice opportunities exist at South Florida State Hospital, the Miami Veterans Administration Medical Center, Jackson Memorial Hospital, and the West Palm Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center. It is a directed postgraduate program that centers on developing the competencies necessary to provide pharmaceutical care to psychiatric patients.

This residency and the criteria for evaluation are designed to parallel or meet the standards as set forth by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). As part of the residency training experience, the resident will be given the opportunity to participate in both the didactic and clerkship education of pharmacy students. Additionally, the resident will be expected to originate a plan, develop a protocol, and conduct a clinical research project in an area of interest with the intention of presenting or publishing the results of their study.

Length: 1 year
Start Date: July 1
Degree Required: Pharm.D.

For more information please contact:

Jose Rey, Pharm.D., BCPP
Professor, Pharmacy Practice
NSU's College of Pharmacy
3200 South University Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328
Phone: (954) 262-1388




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The mission of Walgreens Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program is to develop confident, effective, and innovative community pharmacy practitioners. Graduates of this program will be prepared for clinical and leadership positions in the community and specialty pharmacy setting. The program is primarily based at the Walgreens Local Specialty Pharmacy in Miami, within the medical building associated with a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center. This unique setting serves HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis patients for their health care, education, and wellness needs. Pharmacists at this site work closely with an interdisciplinary healthcare team servicing roughly 1,000 patients a month to optimize clinical outcomes. In addition, the resident will receive training at other nearby Walgreens Local Specialty Pharmacies that offer clinical services to oncology, transplant, and fertility patients. Graduates of this program will gain insight to medication management, medication reconciliation, and educational and behavioral counseling. These skills will enable the resident to achieve their professional goals while providing compassionate care for members of the community and contribute to advancement of the pharmacy healthcare profession.

This residency is offered in partnership with NSU's College of Pharmacy and will provide the resident the opportunity to develop academic skills by acting as a preceptor and educator and by conducting research. In addition, the resident will actively participate in education of Walgreens pharmacists, technicians, pharmacy students, and the community at large.

For more information please contact:

Andrea Montealegre, Pharm.D.
Residency Program Director

Rina Shah, Pharm.D.
Director of Pharmacy
Phone: (847) 315-3739

Meet the Residents


Sarai Castillo

My name is Sarai Castillo, Pharm.D., and I was born and raised in Georgia. I am currently a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Resident at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and am excited to begin this journey of growth and discovery. In May 2019, I graduated from Georgia Southern University (GSU) with a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry. Hail Southern! Then I received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from South University School of Pharmacy (SUSOP) in June 2022. I have a passion for patient care and advocating for the profession. My areas of interest include academia, cardiology, and ambulatory care. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and puppy. We frequent dog parks and love going kayaking.

Fatin BleibelMy name is Fatin Bleibel, Pharm.D., and I was born and raised in South Florida. Upon my completion of my pharmacy prerequisites at Florida International University, I attended Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy where I obtained my PharmD. Now as a PGY-1 Community-Based Pharmacy resident at Nova, I am exploring my passions for ambulatory care and specialty areas of pharmacy. Throughout the year I hope to find an area of pharmacy that I can grow and nourish while serving the underserved community and providing patients with the best quality care.

Natacha Garcia FierroMy name is Natacha Garcia Fierro, Pharm.D. and I was born in Cuba where I graduated from the University of Havana College of Pharmacy in 1997. I assisted biochemistry professors in laboratory classes and performed research in ozone creams to treat skin ulcers in patients with diabetes. For 15 years, I worked in the Medicine School of Havana in the Department of Physiology, associated with the Digestive Laboratory where my primary line of research was the development of products for children with chronic diarrhea and lactose intolerance. In 1999, I received a master’s degree in Experimental Pharmacology from the Food and Pharmacy Institute of the University of Havana. In 2003, I started a new role in the Faculty of Chemistry at the Technical Institute of Havana as biochemistry professor. In 2014, I moved to United States and performed several roles such as quality control assistant at Pure Source Inc., running the HPLC and other analytic techniques. I also worked as pharmacy intern in retail pharmacies such as, CareMed and Cano Health Pharmacies. I graduated with my PharmD from Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy in 2022 and I am currently the PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Resident at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy. I am looking forward to developing essential skills to educate patients in the use and adherence of their medications.


Sara Isabel Diaz Cordero

I am Sara Isabel Díaz Cordero, Pharm.D., and I am completing my PGY-1 Pharmacy residency at Nova Southeastern University and HIMA San Pablo - Caguas Hospital in Puerto Rico. Born and raised from a humble family in San Juan, I always dreamt big and decided to pursue pharmacy education since my sophomore year in high school. I completed a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus in 2018 and completed a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2022. I aspire to strengthen and develop my interprofessional and clinical skills during this residency year so that I can achieve my goal of becoming a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and continue growing professionally in the clinical setting. I am very curious, creative, and I love to smile. On my free time, I like to travel and spend time with my loved ones.

Jose P. Rodriguez PerezMy name is José P. Rodríguez Pérez, Pharm.D., and I am currently a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident at Nova Southeastern University, Puerto Rico Campus and HIMA San Pablo Caguas Hospital. I completed my Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Nova Southeastern University – College of Pharmacy, Puerto Rico Campus. I feel extremely honored and grateful to be part of NSU and practicing at HIMA San Pablo Hospital. After residency, my goal is to become a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and practice at a hospital setting along with the College of Pharmacy to precept pharmacy students. My areas of interest include Infectious Diseases, Critical Care and Stroke. In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach, spending time with my family, playing and watching sports. I am excited to see the variety of opportunities that my residency will provide me.


Mekaliah Creese

My name is Mekaliah Creese, Pharm.D., and I am a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2021. I completed my PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency from Aza Health in Daytona, Florida in 2022. I am originally from Florida by way of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I am passionate for academia and want to utilize my knowledge to assist the next generation of student pharmacists in reaching their goals. Additionally, I am passionate about ambulatory care – particularly diabetes and HIV management. My long-term goals include obtaining her BCACP, AAHIVP certification, CDE, and a faculty position.

Andrea BushMy name is Andrea Bush, Pharm.D., and I am originally from Rockaway Township, New Jersey and graduated from Howard University with her Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2017. I obtained my PharmD from Howard University College of Pharmacy in 2021. After graduation, I completed her PGY-1 Residency Training at Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States in Hyattsville, Maryland. My interests include diabetes and hypertension management, HIV/AIDS management, research, and teaching. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, bike riding, and trying new restaurants.


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