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Medication Use Safety and Policy (PGY-2): Medication Use Safety and Policy Pharmacy Residency Faculty

Amy Birch, Pharm.D.

Amy Birch, Pharm.D. is the Manager of Therapeutic Policy at UF Health Jacksonville and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Dr. Birch is also the director of the PGY-2 Medication Use Safety and Policy residency at UF Health Jacksonville.

Dr. Birch received her Pharm.D. degree from University of Florida College of Pharmacy and completed both her Pharmacy Practice (PGY1) and Drug Information Specialty (PGY2) residencies at UF Health Jacksonville.

Dr. Birch is a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). She received the Florida Society of Health System Pharmacists (FSHP) Pharmacist Forerunner award (2008), the Regional Society President of the Year award (2010), was previously selected by the pharmacy residents at UF Health Jacksonville as Preceptor of the Year (2007). She was extremely honored to receive the FSHP Pharmacist of the Year Award in 2014. Counted among her professional leadership roles are one term on the FSHP Board of Directors (2008-2011) and she currently serves on the FSHP Research and Education Foundation Board of Directors. She has been privileged to participate as a invited guest panelist for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and a guest lecturer in several courses for the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Her areas of interest include professional advocacy, formulary management, medication safety and research.

Melody Huang, Pharm.D.

Melody Huang, Pharm.D. is a clinical specialist in pharmacy informatics at UF Health Jacksonville and a Clinical Assistant Professor for the UF College of Pharmacy. She serves as the team lead for the pharmacy informatics team in Jacksonville.

Dr. Huang received her Pharm.D. from Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY-2 specialty residency in Neuropsychiatry. She is an active member of Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists, previously servicing in regional and state-wide positions and councils. She is also a mentor to pharmacy students from University of Florida.

Her current practice includes multi-campus projects for advancing clinical practice, regulatory compliance, enterprise initiatives, and research development. Dr. Huang sits on interdisciplinary committees for medication safety, medication charging, and pharmacogenomics. She works closely with leadership within pharmacy, physicians, nursing, and administration.

Dr. Huang has a passion for balancing user satisfaction and patient safety in the electronic medical record. Her areas of interest include medication safety, data analytics, and pharmacy workflow optimization.

Christopher A Jankowski, Pharm.D., BCPS

Christopher A Jankowski, Pharm.D., BCPS is a clinical specialist in Infectious Diseases at UF Health Jacksonville, a Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, and a Courtesy Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville.

Dr. Jankowski received his Pharm.D. from the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. He completed his Pharmacy Practice residency (PGY-1) at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and specialty residency in Infectious Diseases (PGY-2) at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Dr. Jankowski was awarded Preceptor of the Year by numerous organizations including Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists, University of Florida College of Pharmacy and UF Health Jacksonville.

His areas of interest are in the translational research, antimicrobial stewardship, and resistant Gram-negative infections.

Brittany Johnson, Pharm.D.

Brittany Johnson, Pharm.D. is the Pain and Palliative Care Stewardship Pharmacist at UFHealth Jacksonville. She serves as the Co-Chair of the Pain and Opioid Stewardship Taskforce. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Faculty Advisor at the University Of Florida College Of Pharmacy.

Dr. Johnson received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Florida. She completed her PGY-1 pharmacy residency training at UFHealth Jacksonville where she stayed for her PGY-2 specialty residency in Pain Management and Palliative Care. She serves as an active member of the Society of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacists, and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia.

Dr. Johnson’s clinical practice includes the inpatient Acute Pain Service where she works closely with the Department of Anesthesia, as well as the Palliative Care team conducting pharmacotherapy related consults. In addition to her clinical role, Dr. Johnson collaborates with administrative and clinical teams to improve pain management practice in the organization through policy development, medication use evaluations, and educational initiatives. Her research interests include pain management in the setting of substance use disorder, perioperative pain management, controlled substance diversion monitoring, and pain stewardship.

June McAdams, Pharm.D., CCRC

June McAdams, Pharm.D., CCRC is a clinical specialist in research at UF Health Jacksonville and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and Florida A & M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Dr. McAdams received her Pharm.D. from Creighton University. She completed her pharmacy residency at University Medical Center (now known as UF Health Jacksonville).

She is an active member in the Northeast Florida Society of Health System Pharmacists and St. Paul’s Catholic Church.

Her areas of interest in practice include the Institutional Review Board and general research practices.

Elaine Poon, Pharm.D., BCPS

Elaine Poon, Pharm.D., BCPS, is a clinical specialist in research at UF Health Jacksonville and a Clinical Assistant Professor of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and Florida A & M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Dr. Poon received her Pharm.D. from University of Florida College of Pharmacy. She completed both her Pharmacy Practice Residency and her PGY-2 Specialty Residency in Primary Care at UF Health Jacksonville (formerly Shands Jacksonville). Dr. Poon received her board certification as a pharmacotherapy specialist in 2006. She was an Ambulatory Care Practitioner at SHANDS Jacksonville Community Health Clinic and an Oncology Practitioner at UF Health Oncology Baymeadows prior to rejoining the Clinical Research Service in 2018.

She is a member of the Northeast chapter of Florida Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (FSHP).

Her areas of interest include teaching, process improvement, medication use evaluation, neurology, cardiology, and oncology.

Bill Renfro, Pharm.D.

Bill Renfro, Pharm.D., is the Inpatient Decentral Pharmacy Practice Supervisor at UF Health Jacksonville and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Renfro received his BS in Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee and Pharm.D. from the University of Florida. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham.

Bill serves as the Secretary of the UF Health Jacksonville Medication Safety Team which received the Excellence in Medication Safety Award from FSHP in 2018. He is also Co-Chair of the Pharmacy Inpatient Process Improvement Team, Pharmacy Leader for the Neonatal Antimicrobial Stewardship VON Initiative, and the NICU Quality Improvement Team which received the John Curran Quality Improvement Award in 2019 as part of the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative.

Pharmacy Residency training is a very important emphasis in Bill’s practice and was named Resident Preceptor of the Year twice.

Beth Ridley, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, DPLA

Beth Ridley, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, DPLA is a Medication Use and Policy pharmacist at UF Health Jacksonville and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Ridley received her Pharm.D. from Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice residency at Asante. Her professional practice experience includes drug information services to consumers and health care providers, formulary and therapeutic policy management, and supporting the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and its various subcommittees.

Dr. Ridley was selected by the Pharmacy Residents at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center as "Preceptor of the Year" in 2019. She is an active member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP) Northeast chapter, serving as President Elect, President, and Immediate Past President (2020-2022).

Her areas of interests include medication use evaluations, strategic planning, teaching, leadership, critical care, oncology, infusion services, and specialty medications.

Stephanie Shore, Pharm.D., BCPS

Stephanie Shore, Pharm.D., BCPS is a Medication Use and Policy pharmacist at UF Health Jacksonville.

Dr. Shore received her Pharm.D. from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Gainesville. She completed PGY1 residency training at the Durham VA Health Care System in Raleigh-Durham, NC. She received her teaching certificate from UNC Chapel Hill where she also served as an adjunct clinical instructor. Dr. Shore is a member of the Northeast Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Her practice interests include anticoagulation, diabetes, formulary management, population health, and quality improvement.

Dawn Sollee, Pharm.D., DABAT, FAACT

Dawn R. Sollee, Pharm.D., DABAT, FAACT is the Director of the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center – Jacksonville on the University of Florida Health Jacksonville campus, and a Clinical Associate Professor for the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and Associate Professor for the University of Florida College of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Sollee received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. After which, she completed a two year Emergency Medicine/Clinical Toxicology residency/fellowship and achieved board certification in clinical toxicology by the American Board of Applied Toxicology. She is provides lectures for the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and is a rotation preceptor for students and residents from multiple programs.

She is an active member of NEFSHP, ASHP, FSHP, American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, American Association of Poison Control Centers and is current President of the American Board of Applied Toxicology.

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