Residency Programs: Pharmacy Residency (PGY-1)

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Pharmacy Residency (PGY-1)

The PGY-1 residency provides the resident with experience and training in acute care, ambulatory care, medication use safety and policy, practice management and research.

As a member of the health-care team, the resident assumes responsibility and accountability for safe and appropriate drug therapy and efficient delivery of patient care. The resident is actively involved in teaching and research activities of the department.

The program offers flexibility and provides a strong foundation in all areas of pharmacy practice and is ASHP accredited. A teaching certificate program is also available through the University of Florida.

Purpose and Goals

The purpose of the UF Health Jacksonville PGY1 Residency Program is to 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 goals of the PGY1 pharmacy residency program include:

  • be a competent, confident, and compassionate practitioner committed to providing comprehensive medication therapy management
  • communicate, cooperate, and interact in a positive manner as an effective member of the healthcare team
  • provide safe, effective, and appropriate medication therapy
  • take personal responsibility to fulfill all commitments and obligations in a timely manner
  • effectively educate patients, students and health care professionals
  • demonstrate leadership through a positive professional attitude and promote the profession of pharmacy
  • conduct research to improve medication use and pharmacy practice


Core learning experiences of the program consist of the following:

  • Ambulatory Care (5 tracks)
  • Critical Care (medical critical care, neuroscience critical care, or surgical/trauma critical care)
  • Departmental Practice Management
  • Internal Medicine
  • Longitudinal – Practice Coverage (Staffing) – inpatient and ambulatory
  • Longitudinal – Professional Education
  • Longitudinal – Research
  • Medication Use Policy/Patient Safety
  • Orientation

Residents also have the flexibility to select 6 electives from the following:

  • Academia
  • Ambulatory Practice Management
  • Cardiology Critical Care
  • Cardiothoracic Critical Care
  • Clinical Research
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Informatics
  • Managed Care
  • Neonatology
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition
  • OB/Gyn Oncology
  • Pain Management
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery – Oncology/OMFS
  • Surgery/Trauma
  • Toxicology
  • Transitional Care (TCU)
  • Combine 2 concentrated (2 week) LEs
    • Ambulatory Care - Cardiology
    • Nutrition
    • Oncology
    • Pain Management (inpatient)
  • Any of the core learning experiences

In addition, residents receive BLS and ACLS training. They have practice coverage (staffing) responsibilities every 3rd weekend and one evening (1530-2100) each week. Leadership experience is gained throughout the year and the resident serves as chief resident during their practice management learning experience.

Program Director

Bernadette Belgado, Pharm.D.

Program Length

Twelve months, beginning in July


  • Stipend
  • 7 days of personal leave
  • 5 paid holidays
  • Professional time for conferences, research and interviews
  • Health insurance
  • Dental coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Educational and professional travel allowances
  • Dedicated office space
  • Laptop
  • Meal allowance

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
  • 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.