Novant Health UVA Health System is responding to Coronavirus in our communities. Protect yourself and others. Learn more »

Preceptors & residents

Supporting one of the nation's leading healthcare providers


Sanaa Belrhiti, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Clinical Specialty: Internal medicine

On my rotation residents will have the opportunity to develop skills in providing pharmaceutical care to medical critical care patients and to acquire an understanding of the pharmacist's role on the ICU Interdisciplinary team. The resident is also responsible for providing pharmacy consult services to physicians and patients such as pharmacokinetic dosing, renal dosing, documentation of interdisciplinary recommendations in the medical record and drug information. Afternoons are often spent doing topic discussions, attending meetings, or working on special projects.

Projects: Opportunities include projects related to PAD, delirium tremens, alcohol withdrawal syndrome, vasoactive agents, respiratory, and acid-base therapies.

Millie Deya, PharmD

Clinical Specialty: Pharmacy Administration

Brief Rotation Description: Administration is a four to six week required learning experience. On my rotation residents spend their time acquiring first-hand experience in leadership, managerial and administrative aspects of pharmacy practice. The rotation is spent at both NHUVA Prince William and NHUVA Haymarket campuses. The resident can expect to be exposed to administrative functions at the department, facility as well as the NH Corporate level. Topics covered include but are not limited to: personnel management, purchasing and inventory control, financial management, strategic planning, human experience (patient and team member satisfaction), implementation of clinical and operational improvements, quality and safety, regulatory oversight, healthcare policy and leadership development.

Projects: Leading department level meetings regarding operational implementation of new process/procedures. Conducting audits for regulatory, quality and/or safety compliance. Plan, educate, communicate and execute at least one new operational improvement based on real-time needs of the facility.


Julie Lim, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Specialty: Clinical Staff Pharmacist - Internal Medicine

Brief Rotation Description: Resident will gain experience reviewing complex internal medicine patients on our 20-bed progressive care/telemetry unit. Identification of potential drug therapy problems, design and modification of drug regimens, therapeutic drug monitoring, effectively gather and disseminate drug information, and patient counseling are core components of the rotation.

Common disease states the resident will encounter and review via patient experience, literature review, and preceptor discussion include the following disease states: pulmonary disease, liver disease, complications of end stage renal disease, heart failure, acute coronary syndrome, etc.

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center

Regis Bender, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Specialty:P: Internal Medicine, Geriatrics

Residents will gain experience and develop skills in the management of complex medicine patients primarily in the Intermediate Critical Care Unit (ICCU) at Prince William Medical Center. The resident will be responsible for supporting interdisciplinary rounds, medication reviews, pharmacokinetic consults, anticoagulant dosing, renal dosing, and antimicrobial stewardship. In addition residents will be instrumental in providing both patient and team member education. Common disease states that will be encountered include: acute coronary syndrome, diabetes, end stage renal disease, gastrointestinal disorders, heart failure, liver disease, and pulmonary disease. Residents will also have the opportunity to complete a rotation with a focus on geriatric pharmacotherapy. Geriatric specific topics will be focused on the biology of aging, age-related pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic changes, the Beers Criteria, dementia, urinary incontinence, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and various geriatric syndromes.

Projects:Leading department level meetings regarding operational implementation of new process/procedures. Conducting audits for regulatory, quality and/or safety compliance. Plan, educate, communicate and execute at least one new operational improvement based on real-time needs of the facility.

Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy

PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at PennState Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

PGY-2 Geriatrics Pharmacy Residency at Charleston Area Medical Center and West Virginia University, Charleston, WV


Candace Ly, PharmD

Clinical Specialty: Orientation to staffing; Administration

Brief Rotation Description:  The orientation period is used to train and expose the resident on the workflow surrounding staffing in the pharmacy.  They will be trained in using both Epic and Beacon systems. Residents will work with pharmacists to hone their knowledge when reviewing/verifying orders, utilizing clinical system lists, entering I-vents, ancillary notes, handling questions from nurses and doctors.  They are introduced to the workflow of the unit dose areas and IV room.  The resident is trained on supervising technicians which includes but is not limited to checking pyxis medications, IV preparations in compliance with USP 797/800 standards, and cart fill utilizing Pharmagistics and Pyxis ES.  The resident will be involved in survey readiness.

Project:  Survey Readiness- Review VA BOP regulations for surveys. 


Teresa Mary Elsobky, PharmD, BCPP

Clinical Specialty: Psychiatry

Residency: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency - Indian River Medical Center, Vero Beach, Florida

PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency - University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland

Brief Rotation Description: During this rotation, the resident practices on an inpatient psychiatric unit. The resident is a part of the multidisciplinary healthcare team where they round and meet each morning. The resident is responsible for optimizing medication therapies and regimens of approximately 10 patients at a time. The resident is also responsible for conducting weekly medication education groups with the patients. The preceptor and resident discuss patients daily and have weekly topic discussions on various psychiatric illnesses. Journal club presentations are also a requirement on this rotation, and the resident will also be responsible for answering various drug information questions from both the preceptor and the healthcare team.  

Projects: Pedagogical research addressing the benefits of active-based learning/teaching

Pedagogical research addressing students' comfort level on a psychiatric rotation

Catherine Sury, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Specialty: Clinical Staff Pharmacist- Elective in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Brief Rotation Description: Residents will be offered the opportunity to learn about the unique aspects of pharmacotherapy in the neonate.  Residents will be present in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and can round with the physicians daily.  Pharmacists are an integral part of twice-weekly interdisciplinary rounds with physicians, nurses, case management, lactation consultants and physical therapy.  Residents will have the opportunity to interact with staff and caregivers by providing medication information and counseling.

University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center

RESIDENTS – current class

Hina Afaq

College of Pharmacy: VCU School of Pharmacy, Richmond, VA
Area of interest: Critical Care and Cardiology
Research project: Role of melatonin in prevention of delirium in ICU patients of a community hospital: A pre-post interventional study

MUE: Evaluation of compliance of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and use of sublingual buprenorphine
Why Novant? NH Prince William Medical Center is a small community hospital that provides you opportunities to learn and build relationships. I did my acute care rotation here, and I enjoyed my experience with Sanaa and other preceptors. It really broadened my view of hospital pharmacy and made me realized that this program will make me a strong clinical pharmacist that will help me in my future career.

One thing you like to do in Northern Virginia: Spending time with family, painting, and exploring D.C.

Larissa Nguy

College of Pharmacy: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy 

Areas of interest: Geriatrics, transitions of care, public health and ambulatory care

Research project: Assessment of the safety and efficacy of IV iron supplementation using specific repletion vs the standard of care in iron deficiency anemia

MUE: Evaluating the use of systemic steroids in the management of acute exacerbations of COPD

Why Novant: During my interview, I felt that the program at Novant Health Prince William Center would be provide me with the best and unique learning opportunities in the acute care setting. The team members worked well together and I felt that I would learn and grow a lot clinically in this environment. Novant Health also provides flexibility within my rotations that are geared towards my clinical interests, as well as a teaching certificate at Shenandoah University.

One thing you like to do in Northern Virginia: Exploring the DMV area, attending concerts, and trying new cuisines with family and friends!

RESIDENTS – graduates


  • Julie Lim, PharmD, BCPS
    Clinical Pharmacist
    Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center
    Manassas, VA


  • Sophie Seo, PharmD, BCPS
    Clinical Pharmacist
    Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center
    Manassas, VA


  • Josh Cohen, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital



  • Sandrine Tchinda, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist

Virginia Hospital Center


  • Landen Clayton, PharmD