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Meet our Pharmacy Residents

Alyssa Ragno

Alyssa Ragno, PharmD
PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Resident

Alyssa is from South Plainfield, New Jersey. She graduated from Drexel University in March 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences prior to completing her Doctor of Pharmacy from Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in May 2021. Following her schooling Alyssa completed her PGY1 pharmacy residency at Saint Peter’s University Hospital (SPUH) and she decided to stay at SPUH to complete her PGY2 pharmacy residency in pediatrics. During her PGY1 residency Alyssa evaluated and updated the institutions ordering and administration procedures for high-dose methotrexate in pediatric hematology/oncology patients. For her PGY2 residency project, Alyssa will be reviewing the diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) protocol in the PICU and factors influencing resolution of DKA. In Alyssa’s free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and snuggling with her cat, George.

Nicole Cernaro

Nicole Cernaro, PharmD
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident 

Nicole Cernaro is from Valley Cottage, New York. She earned her Doctorate in Pharmacy from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Nicole’s professional interests include pediatrics and critical care. Outside of pharmacy, Nicole enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling, and spending time with her dog. During her residency Nicole will be completing a medication use evaluation on the appropriateness of corticosteroid usage in pediatric asthma exacerbations at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. The results of this research project will be presented at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December 2022. The results of this study will allow her to evaluate the institution’s usage and determine if any adjustments need to be made to the institution’s practices to optimize patient safety. Nicole hopes to complete a PGY2 residency in pediatrics at the completion of her PGY1 residency program.

Alexis Couch, PharmD
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident 

Alexis is from Bridgewater, New Jersey. She graduated from Raritan Valley Community College in May of 2018 with an Associate in Science and Mathematics, Pre-Pharmacy. She then received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University in May of 2022. Alexis’s professional interests include internal medicine, infectious diseases, and transitions of care. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. During this residency year, Alexis will be evaluating the impact of overlapping intravenous and oral amiodarone on recurrent atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response. After completing her PGY1 pharmacy residency Alexis hopes to pursue a PGY2 pharmacy residency with the goal of practicing as a clinical pharmacy specialist.   

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