Residency Programs: Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency (PGY-2)

Since 1989, the PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program at UF Health Jacksonville has offered a diverse experience in patient focused care. Residents are integrated in our medical home, primary care and specialty clinics.

Knowledgeable preceptors and collegial relationships with the medical team are just a few of the opportunities. As the distance campus for the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, teaching opportunities and a teaching certificate program are also available.

Purpose and Goals

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

The goals of the UF Health Jacksonville PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program are to develop in our residents the skills necessary to:

  • effectively educate patients, students, and health care professionals
  • prevent, identify, and resolve drug related problems and assure safe, effective, and appropriate drug therapy
  • function as a member of a health care team as a confident, competent, and compassionate practitioner
  • demonstrate leadership through a positive professional attitude and promote the profession of pharmacy
  • self-assess professional growth and development
  • conduct research to improve medication use and pharmacy practice


The PGY-2 Ambulatory Care program provides the resident the education, training, and experience necessary to actively participate in a comprehensive ambulatory care setting. In collaboration with the medical staff, the resident provides care to a variety of patients on a daily basis.

Program Structure

The residency program provides training in all aspects of ambulatory care practice. To accomplish this, the resident will spend 4 weeks orienting (if new to the organization) or 2 weeks (if early commit) to the department and major hospital departments, complete core learning experiences and elective learning experiences; thus allowing the resident enough flexibility to pursue their individual goals. Completion of a research project and Grand Rounds presentation are also required. Learning experiences are 4 weeks in duration (1 block) with exception of the “holiday” block which is treated as one 8 week block (exceptions upon approval). Longitudinal learning experiences are 52 weeks in duration.

  • Orientation Learning Experience (4 weeks if new to UF Health Jacksonville, 2 weeks concurrent if early commit)
  • Core Learning Experiences - All ambulatory clinics/services, including:
    • Ambulatory Practice Management (1 block)
    • Cardiology (1 block) (scheduled with Pulmonary)
    • Community Health/Family Medicine (Anticoagulation, Diabetes, Pain Management, Hypertension, Transitions of Care, Adherence/Omissions in Therapy/MTM, Wellness) (2 blocks)
    • Hepatology (1 block) (scheduled with Neurology)
    • Internal Medicine (Anticoagulation, Hypertension, Pain Management, Diabetes, MTM, Smoking Cessation) (2 blocks)
    • Multispecialty IM (Nephrology/Transplant, Rheumatology, GI, Specialty Operations) (1 block)
    • Neurology (1 block) (scheduled with Hepatology)
    • Primary Care – CB McIntosh (Anticoagulation, Pharmacotherapy, Pain Management, Smoking Cessation, MTM) (2 blocks)
    • Pulmonology (1 block) (scheduled with Cardiology)
    • Total Care Clinic/Soutel Wellness (Anticoagulation, Hyperlipidemia, MTM) (2 blocks, combined with a primary care practice)
  • Elective Learning Experience (1 block, 2 if early commit)
    • Internal Medicine (inpatient)
    • Multispecialty IM II
    • Oncology (infusion center)
    • Pain Management
    • Poison Center/Toxicology
    • Psychiatry (inpatient)
    • Transitional Care/Geriatrics (SNF)

Other elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability.

  • Longitudinal Learning Experiences (52 weeks each)
    • Ambulatory Care Practice and Education
    • Patient Care (clinic, ½ day/month)
    • Practice Coverage (outpatient, ½ day/week)
    • Research Project

They also develop leadership skills through participation in professional organizations, mentoring PGY-1 residents and pharmacy students, and clinic development or expansion. Opportunities to educate patients, students, and other health-care professionals are integrated into each experience.

The resident also gains operational experience in a high volume, fully-automated outpatient pharmacy serving a diverse patient population and participates in our URAC and ACHC accredited specialty pharmacy operations. Areas of emphasis include formulary management, optimization of pharmacy operations, and managing drug shortages. The program is accredited by the American Society of Heath-System Pharmacists.

Program Director

Karen Malcolm, Pharm.D., BCACP, FASHP

Program Length

52 weeks, beginning in July


  • Stipend - $52,000
  • 27 days of leave
    • Personal leave - 7 days
    • Holidays - 5 days
    • Professional leave - ASHP Midyear meeting (3 days), Residency Research Conference (2 days), professional conference (5 days), interviews (5 days)
  • 6 research days
  • Health insurance
  • Dental coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Educational and professional travel allowances
  • Dedicated office space
  • Laptop

Application Requirements

Eligibility requirements for the residency program include the following:

  • Graduate from an ACPE-accredited college or school of pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree
  • Completion of an ASHP-accredited Pharmacy (PGY-1) Residency
  • Eligible for licensure in the State of Florida – all residents must take their exams prior to the start of the residency
  • On-site interview
  • For non-resident alien applicants, authorization for employment that is valid through the residency period is required

Application Materials

  • Applicant information
  • Letter of intent
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation from three (3) professional sources
  • Official transcript of applicant’s pharmacy coursework and grades

The application deadline is January 5th.

Application materials should be submitted through PhORCAS.

Contact Information

Residency Coordinator
UF Health Jacksonville
Department of Pharmacy
655 West 8th Street, C-89
Jacksonville, FL 32209

Phone: (904) 244-4157
Fax: (904) 244-4272

After the application is complete and reviewed, the residency selection committee will notify selected applicants to arrange an onsite interview.