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Residency Programs: 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

Pharmacy Residency (PGY-1)

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

Program

Program Structure

The residency program provides training in all aspects of pharmacy practice. To accomplish this, the resident will spend 4 weeks orientating to the department and major hospital departments, complete five core learning experiences, and six elective learning experiences; thus allowing the resident enough flexibility to pursue their individual goals. Learning experiences are 4 weeks in duration with exception of the November/December/January block which is treated as one 8 week block (exceptions upon approval). Longitudinal experiences are 52 weeks in duration.

  • Orientation Learning Experience (1)
  • Core Learning Experiences (5)
    • Ambulatory Care (5 tracks)
    • Critical Care (medical, surgical/trauma or neuroscience)
    • Departmental Practice Management*
    • Internal Medicine
    • Medication Use Policy/Patient Safety*
  • Elective Learning Experiences^ (6)
    • Academia*
    • Ambulatory Practice Management*
    • Cardiology Critical Care
    • Cardiothoracic Critical Care
    • Clinical Research
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Emergency Medicine II
    • Hematology/Oncology
    • Hematology/Oncology II
    • Infectious Disease
    • Informatics*
    • Internal Medicine II
    • Managed Care*
    • Neonatology
    • Neurology
    • Nutrition
    • OB/Gyn Oncology
    • Pain Management
    • Pain Management II
    • Psychiatry
    • Surgery – Oncology/OMFS
    • Surgery/Trauma
    • Toxicology
    • Transitional Care (TCU)
    • Combine 2 concentrated (2 week) LEs
      • Ambulatory Care - Cardiology
      • Nutrition
      • Oncology
      • Pain Management (inpatient)
    • Core LEs – may take 1 additional ambulatory care and/or ICU as elective, must be different than LE amb care track/ICU unit selected for core
  • Longitudinal Learning Experiences (3)
    • Practice Coverage (staffing)
      • Inpatient: 5.5 evening hours/week and 16 hours every 3rd weekend
      • Outpatient: Eight 8 hours shifts/year
    • Professional Education
    • Research

* not direct patient care
^ Other elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability

At least two-thirds of the program must be spent in direct patient care which includes all learning experiences except management, MUSP, ambulatory practice management, informatics, managed care and academia. No more than one-third of the twelve-month PGY1 pharmacy residency program may deal with a specific patient disease state and population (e.g., critical care, oncology, cardiology). Residents may request changes to their schedule throughout the year. All requests should be received at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the learning experience. Learning experiences may be repeated once. When scheduling, residents should make every attempt to not have two non-direct patient care experiences back to back. In addition, they should consider splitting the extended block 6/7 if a non-direct patient care learning experience is scheduled during this time.

Program Director

Bernadette Belgado, Pharm.D.

Program Length

52 weeks, beginning in July

Benefits

  • Stipend - $48,500
  • 22 days of leave
    • Personal leave - 7 days
    • Holidays - 5 days
    • Professional leave - ASHP Midyear meeting (3 days), Residency Research Conference (2 days), interviews (5 days)
  • 6 research days
  • 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
E-mail: pharmacyresidency@jax.ufl.edu

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