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The Emergency Medicine (PGY-2) specialty residency provides the resident with an excellent knowledge base and an expert level of skill in emergency medicine pharmacy practice. This residency program is designed, organized and conducted to be consistent with American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) accreditation requirements and to develop the clinical, experiential, interpersonal, communication, and practical skills necessary to excel in the emergency medicine environment.

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 Emergency Medicine (EM) Residency is an organized, directed, second year postgraduate program that centers on developing an excellent knowledge base and an expert level of skill in emergency medicine pharmacy practice. This residency program embraces the concept that emergency medicine pharmacy practitioners share in the responsibility and accountability for optimal outcomes for all patients in the emergency department. The residency provides the opportunity to function independently as a practitioner by integrating accumulated experience, knowledge, dedication, and interpersonal skill to improve pharmacological management for the wide variety of patients treated in the emergency department.

The specific goals of the residency program are to develop residents who can:

  • be a fully integrated member of the interdisciplinary emergency medicine team
  • effectively educate patients/family members, students, and health care professionals regarding medication and/or clinical toxicology issues
  • demonstrate leadership for emergency medicine practice through participation in interdisciplinary committees and planning groups
  • become expert on the myriad of issues pertinent to the practice of emergency medicine, including the pharmacy practitioners role in designing and improving medication distribution systems, minimizing medication errors, and optimizing medication utilization in the chaotic emergency medicine environment
  • conduct research that impacts the practice of emergency medicine

Program

The residency provides the opportunity to function independently as a practitioner by integrating accumulated experience, knowledge, dedication, and interpersonal skill to improve medication therapy management for the wide variety of patients treated in the emergency medicine environment. The resident will have both practice and teaching responsibilities. Longitudinal assignments will include designing and completing a clinical research project.

Program Structure

UF Health Jacksonville Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency is a 52 week training program beginning at the end of June/beginning of July and finishing the next year at the end of June. The program builds upon the practice experience and education obtained through a PGY1 residency, internships, advanced practice experiences, and other forms of academic instruction to provide successful candidates with the education, training and experience necessary to become excellent emergency medicine pharmacists. The residency is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), and upon completion of the residency requirements, the resident will receive a certificate of completion for a PGY2 Residency in Emergency Medicine.

The residency program provides training in all aspects of emergency medicine pharmacy practice. To accomplish this, the resident will spend 4 weeks orienting to the department and major hospital departments (if new) and 2 weeks (if early commit) and then completing core and elective learning experiences which allow the resident enough flexibility to pursue their individual goals. The program is composed of 12 Learning Experiences which are all 4 weeks except EM Resus/Trauma which is 8 weeks. Longitudinal experiences are 52 weeks in duration.

  • Core Learning Experiences
    • Orientation (4 weeks if new to UF Health Jacksonville, 2 weeks concurrent if early commit)
    • Emergency Medicine Core (5)
      • Community Emergency Medicine (North)
      • EM Critical Care I
      • EM Critical Care II
      • Pediatric Emergency Medicine/Critical Care (Wolfsons)
      • EM Resus/Trauma (8 weeks)
    • Clinical Toxicology (1)
    • Critical Care (select 1)
      • Medical Critical Care
      • Surgical/Trauma Critical Care
      • Neuroscience Critical Care
      • Cardiovascular Critical Care
    • EM, ICU, or Clinical Toxicology (select 2)
      • EM Critical Care III
      • EM Transitions
      • Medical Critical Care (I or II)
      • Surgical/Trauma Critical Care
      • Neuroscience Critical Care
      • Cardiovascular Critical Care
      • Clinical Toxicology II
  • Elective Learning Experiences (select 2, allowed 3 if early commit)
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • Infectious Disease
    • Internal Medicine
    • Neurology
    • Psychiatry
    • Surgery/Trauma Pain
    • Any Critical Care or EM learning experiences not taken as a selective
      Other elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability
  • Longitudinal Learning Experiences (3)
    • Emergency Medicine Practice and Education
    • Hospital Practice Coverage (Staffing) (Inpatient: 16 hours every 3rd weekend)
    • Research Project

Program Director

Joe Spillane, Pharm.D., DABAT, BCEMP

Program Length

52 weeks, beginning in July

Benefits

  • Stipend - $56,500
  • 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)
  • 12 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.

Faculty

  • Sarah Elizabeth Davis, Pharm.D., BCEMP
    Sarah Elizabeth Davis
  • Mark Schreiber, Pharm.D., DABAT
  • Dawn Sollee, Pharm.D., DABAT, FAACT
  • Joe Spillane, Pharm.D., DABAT

Sarah Elizabeth Davis, Pharm.D., BCEMP

Sarah Elizabeth Davis is a clinical specialist in Emergency Medicine at UF Health Jacksonville and a Clinical Assistant Professor of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Davis received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. After which, she completed her PGY1 residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC Health) and PGY2 Emergency Medicine residency at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (UNC Health). She is a board certified emergency medicine pharmacist appointed by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.

Patrick Leffers, Pharm.D.

Patrick Leffers is a clinical specialist in Emergency Medicine at UF Health Jacksonville (North) and a Clinical Assistant Professor of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Leffers received his PharmD from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. After pharmacy school he completed a two year Clinical Toxicology and Emergency Medicine fellowship at the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center – Jacksonville located at the University of Florida Health Jacksonville campus.

Mark Schreiber, Pharm.D., DABAT

Mark Schreiber Pharm.D., DABAT is a clinical specialist in Emergency Medicine and Toxicology at UF Health Jacksonville and a Clinical Assistant Professor of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Schreiber received his Pharm.D. from the Rutgers University College of Pharmacy. He completed his Toxicology and Emergency Medicine fellowship at the Florida Poison Information Center – Jacksonville located at the University of Florida Health Jacksonville campus.

He is a board certified clinical toxicologist and a Diplomat of the American Board of Applied Toxicology.

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 the course coordinator for two toxicology electives 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 – Emergency Preparedness Committee, American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, American Association of Poison Control Centers and is a board member of the American Board of Applied Toxicology.

Joe Spillane, Pharm.D., DABAT

Joe Spillane Pharm.D., DABAT is a clinical specialist in emergency medicine/clinical toxicology at UF Health Jacksonville and a Clinical Assistant Professor of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Spillane received his Pharm.D. from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. He completed a two year fellowship in clinical toxicology/emergency medicine at University Medical Center in Jacksonville. He is one of only 100 non-physician diplomates in clinical toxicology with the American Board of Applied Toxicology (ABAT) in the United States. He has worked and lectured with the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation (EMPSF) on medication errors in the emergency department. He works with anti-drug abuse coalitions in Duval, Nassau, and Broward Counties and serves on a statewide drug abuse epidemiology committee. He also teaches a didactic class in substance abuse at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Jacksonville.

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.