Pharmacy Postgraduate Year One Residency Program

St. Vincent’s Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program is designed to develop advanced knowledge and skills for pharmacy clinicians to practice independently and to excel in clinical service, teaching, and research in the acute care setting. The 12-month program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and emphasizes learning outcomes and skill development in clinical, operational, drug information, management and research areas of pharmacy practice.

Residents who successfully complete the program are capable practitioners of pharmaceutical care in adult medicine. Their skill level is advanced several years through their intensive study. Graduates are prepared to provide pharmacy services with multi-disciplinary responsibilities in an acute care hospital, and they have acquired the skills necessary to adapt to new clinical and operational environments.

Residents also educate other healthcare professionals, students and patients in the hospital and in the community on drug related topics. In addition, residents demonstrate professional maturity by following a personal philosophy of supporting advances in pharmacy practice, exhibiting commitment to the profession and serving as a leader in improving the safety and effectiveness of the medication-use system.

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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 residency program is customized for each resident, based on their individual goals, interests, and experience. Each resident is required to complete core rotations essential to the pharmacy practitioner. A variety of elective rotations are available, allowing residents to pursue their professional goals. Upon successful completion of the residency program, residents will receive a certificate of completion.

Learning Experiences

The rotation schedule for the 12-month PGY1 Residency Program includes:

• Orientation (4 week duration)

• Five Core Rotations (4 week duration each)

• Elective Rotations (24 weeks)

• Research Block (2 week duration)

• ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting (1 week)

• Year End Wrap-Up Block (1 week)

Required Rotations (4 weeks each)

• Orientation

• Internal Medicine I

• Internal Medicine II

• Critical Care

• Therapeutic Drug Policy

• Pharmacy Management

Electives (24 weeks) 

• Cardiology (2-4 weeks)

• Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)

• Family Medicine (4 weeks)

• Infectious Disease (4 weeks)

• Oncology (4 weeks)

• Pharmacy Informatics (4 weeks)

• Quality Management (4 weeks)

• Surgery (2 weeks)

• Transitions of Care (2 weeks)

• Repeat any rotation once

• Academia, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Toxicology, and Clinical Research are potential electives at other local healthcare facilities based on availability. The resident can take no more than one rotation outside the health system.

Some rotations have the potential to range from one to six week rotations.  The number and length of electives can be varied as part of the residency development plan for each resident.  The total number of elective time is 24 weeks with the most common schedule being six four-week rotations.

Some rotations have the option of taking at other St. Vincent’s HealthCare facilities; however, no more than 3 months can be taken at sites other than St. Vincent’s Riverside.

Longitudinal Rotations

• Pharmacy Practice (one evening a week, every third weekend, one major and two minor holidays)

• Pharmacy Management

Two months focusing on each of the following management areas:

•pharmacy administration

•clinical services/drug information

•pharmacy education

•quality management

• Research

Additional Learning Opportunities

• Cardiac and Stroke Code Responder

• Pharmacy Grand Rounds

• Resident Interactive Teaching Experience (RITEs), weekly resident meetings

• Teaching Curriculum

• National Poster Presentation

• Community Service Projects: one project per quarter (i.e. brown bag events for local parishes, food pantry and Mobile Health Outreach Ministries)

• Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Classes

• Pharmacy Technician and Nursing Continuing Education Programming

• Pharmacy Week

• ASHP Midyear Meeting

• Florida Residency Conference

Curriculum

Required Rotations

Internal Medicine I

Internal Medicine involves the provision of pharmaceutical care on internal medicine/telemetry units within the hospital. The resident will review medication profiles daily to ensure appropriate indications for use, appropriate dosing, monitor for adverse effects, prevent drug interactions, and ensure proper laboratory monitoring.

Daily responsibilities will also include providing pharmacokinetic dosing and management, anticoagulation monitoring, parenteral nutrition management, ensuring medication safety, properly documenting patient care activities, and effectively communicating with healthcare providers and patients. The resident will provide drug information and education for healthcare providers and patients. In addition, the resident will observe medical procedures as available to gain a better understanding and knowledge base.

Internal Medicine II

On Internal Medicine II, the resident will participate in rounds with the Medicine Team for the Family Medicine Residency Program. The resident will be responsible for identifying and resolving pharmacotherapy issues for the patients admitted to the hospital under the care of Family Medicine. This includes an appropriate review of outpatient and admission medications for indication, interactions, dose, and duration and providing therapeutic drug monitoring. The resident will serve as the drug information specialist to the team and will provide at least one in-service presentation. The resident will also assist the medical residents with the medication reconciliation process upon discharge of a patient from the service and will provide discharge counseling to the patients.

Critical Care

The critical care learning experience is intended to provide an opportunity for the resident to apply didactic learning with clinical experience, to further knowledge of critical care medicine and to develop skills in providing pharmaceutical care to the critically ill. The resident will participate in pharmacokinetic dosing, parenteral nutrition consults and respond to medical emergencies. The resident is expected to monitor patient labs and culture and sensitivity reports, review patient medical records and participate in interdisciplinary morning rounds. The resident will participate in the education of medical and hospital personnel and attend multidisciplinary team conferences.

Longitudinal Experiences

Therapeutic Drug Policy

Therapeutic Drug Policy is a two-month longitudinal rotation with a concentrated one month rotation that involves gathering and organizing information in order to assist or directly identify ongoing drug-related problems, root cause analyses and formulary issues. This rotation entails evaluating and analyzing the medication-use system against current best practices to ensure optimal outcomes. The learning experience is devised to establish a working foundation for providing pharmaceutical care to patients and pharmaceutical information to healthcare professionals and the general public. The resident will participate in a drug class review, medication use evaluation, journal clubs, and will formulate a drug monograph. The resident will also be required to participate and interact with select medical professionals and hospital committees including the Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee.

Pharmacy Education

The Pharmacy Education rotation involves the educational development of pharmacy staff, healthcare associates, students, and patients.  The resident will participate with the Pharmacy Professional Educational Coordinator in all aspects of staff professional development and residency program planning activities.   The resident will serve as the Chief Resident and will relay communications between the Residency Director and other residents.  The resident will work closely with the Residency Director to coordinate the education calendar including the RITE’s schedule for the pharmacy department.  In addition, the resident will assist with patient education by providing Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Medication Class teachings as available.

Throughout the residency year, the resident will also apply the principles of professional education with required presentations.  The resident is required to present one Pharmacy Grand Rounds which is Florida approved continuing education for pharmacists, physicians, and nurses and a continuing education program for pharmacy technicians.  The resident will also participate in RITEs (Resident Interactive Teaching Experiences) and present one (1) clinical cases and one (1) Journal Club presentation.  Presentations should be approximately 30 minutes in length allowing for 15 minutes of questions and discussions. As part of RITEs programing, the resident will also participate in a learning curriculum involving discussions and development of a teaching portfolio. In addition, the residents work together as a residency class to plan, coordinate, and carry out Pharmacy Week activities for the department.  In addition, the resident is required to complete one service project of the resident’s choice per quarter.  The intent of the activity is for the resident to contribute to the mission and core values of St. Vincent’s Medical Center. 

Pharmacy Management

Pharmacy Management is a longitudinal rotation with a concentrated one month rotation involving the management of the pharmacy department services in the hospital environment. The longitudinal experience is for four, two month rotations focusing on pharmacy administration, pharmacy education, quality management and drug-information/ clinical services. The resident participates with the pharmacy managers in all aspects of the department management. The resident will be introduced to basic principles of pharmacy financial management, human resource management, clinical performance measures, regulatory requirements and professional strategic planning.

Pharmacy Practice

Pharmacy Practice is a longitudinal rotation intended to provide the resident the opportunity to develop necessary skills to function as an independent, confident practitioner while providing pharmaceutical care to patients. The resident will complete pharmacy practice shift assignments one evening a week and every third weekend. In addition, the resident will staff one major holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Day) and two minor holidays (the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve and Labor Day, Good Friday or Memorial Day). Staffing assignments will be sufficient to provide the practice experience necessary to function as a competent practitioner. Responsibilities will include both distributive functions utilizing established systems and procedures and clinical pharmacy services for the physicians, nursing staff and patients. The depth of the resident’s level of responsibility will increase during the residency year as the resident develops further knowledge and competency with distributive and clinical services. Shifts requiring increasing professional independence will be assigned progressively to the resident during the course of the residency year.

Research

One of the outcomes of the residency program is the completion of a research project. It requires the resident to identify a pharmacy practice-related issue that needs to be investigated and design, execute, and report the results of the investigation. The resident will present the research results at the Florida Residency Conference. The completed project must include a written paper suitable for publication. The objective of this activity is for the resident to gain skills in study design, the IRB approval process, data collection, presentation of research data and publication. The resident may choose the research project from a list of ideas from the pharmacy department or from an idea of their own. The Research Council will give final approval of the research project idea, oversee the progress of the research project and will serve as a resource for the resident. The resident will work closely with a research team that will be assigned based on the research project.

Elective Rotations

Anticoagulation

The purpose of the Anticoagulation learning experience is to familiarize the resident with the knowledge base and skills to ensure the safe and effective provision of anticoagulation in an in-patient setting. The resident will be responsible for warfarin therapy management, education, novel anticoagulation agents, anticoagulation bridge therapy, and optimizing patient outcomes. The experience will include learning to gather and extrapolate information from a patient’s medical record, to clinically monitor patients and drug therapy, making patient-specific therapeutic recommendations, providing useful and precise drug information, assisting with protocol development, and building effective communication skills. The resident will be able to develop and strengthen his/her clinical skills and knowledge base in order to provide quality pharmaceutical care. The resident will actively participate as a co-preceptor of any pharmacy students on the rotation, lead topic discussions, serve as a mentor, facilitate learning opportunities, participate in evaluations, and other activities as determined by the preceptor.

Cardiology

Cardiology involves the provision of pharmaceutical care on interventional cardiology and telemetry units within the hospital. The resident will review medication profiles daily to ensure appropriate indications for use, appropriate dosing, monitor for adverse effects, prevent drug interactions and ensure proper laboratory monitoring. The resident will provide daily anticoagulation monitoring and dosing. In addition, the resident will provide warfarin counseling to patients. The resident will also observe cardiac procedures to gain a better understanding and knowledge base.

Emergency Medicine

The resident will review admission and non-admission patient medication orders to ensure appropriate indications for use, appropriate dosing and the avoidance of potential drug interactions in order to provide pharmaceutical care for patients in the Emergency Medicine Department. The resident will be responsible for identifying patients presenting with adverse drug events, including overdoses, sub- or supra-therapeutic laboratory parameters and allergic or other drug-related events. Daily responsibilities will include initiation of pharmacokinetic dosing consultations, response to medical emergencies, ensuring medication safety, properly documenting patient care activities and effectively communicating with healthcare providers and patients. The resident will also provide drug information and education for healthcare providers, patients and students.

Family Medicine

The Family Medicine rotation involves the provision of pharmaceutical care for patients in the Family Medicine outpatient clinic. The pharmacy resident will be responsible for identifying and resolving pharmacotherapy issues for patients including reviewing outpatient medications for appropriate indication, interactions, dose, duration and appropriate monitoring to evidence based medicine. The resident will obtain medication histories, assess patient compliance and provide counseling for inhalers, insulin administration and all new medications. One patient home visit with an attending physician and medical resident will be required. The resident will also provide patient education classes for cardiac medications, pulmonary medications and warfarin. Finally, the resident will serve as a drug information resource for Family Medicine and will provide one formal presentation.

Infectious Disease

The Infectious Disease rotation involves the evaluation of empiric as well as definitive antibiotic therapy. The resident will gain experience and proficiency in a diverse patient population and will develop problem solving skills through a variety of patient care experiences including antibiotic dose optimization and antibiotic surveillance. The resident will also participate in a variety of interdisciplinary activities in the inpatient setting such as lab rounds and the Antibiotic Stewardship Program. The ultimate goal is to facilitate and increase the therapeutic knowledge and development of practice skills in the infectious disease setting.

Oncology

On the oncology rotation, the resident will become part of the Oncology team which includes the Oncologist, patient care coordinator (PCC), oncology pharmacist and oncology nurse in order to provide direct patient care to patients on St. Vincent’s inpatient and outpatient oncology units. The resident will assume the responsibility for all aspects of patient drug therapy including advising physicians, nurses and patients on appropriate drug use, participating in formal morning oncology rounds, monitoring patient labs, monitoring culture and sensitivity reports, pharmacokinetic and parenteral nutrition consulting and medication-use assessment. Other responsibilities include patient education, drug information consults, contributing to the pharmacy oncology monthly newsletter, reviewing chemotherapy medications and cancer disease states, attending oncology educational meetings and providing lectures on drug therapy to medical and nursing staff.

Parenteral Nutrition 

The purpose of the Parenteral Nutrition rotation is to allow the resident the opportunity to enhance his/her knowledge base and develop the clinical skills in providing nutrition support therapy.  In collaboration with the Rotation’s Preceptors and other healthcare professionals, the resident will gain direct patient care experience and become familiar with providing best evidence nutrition care for adult medical and surgical patients in need of parenteral nutrition support therapy. With the multidisciplinary coordination of the Physician, Clinical Dietician, Nephrologist and Endocrinologist, the resident is responsible for the designing, implementing, and monitoring all parenteral nutrition throughout the hospital. 

Pharmacy Informatics

Pharmacy Informatics involves the management and development of pharmacy technology and informatics in the hospital environment. The resident will work on technology projects at each of our three hospital campuses and contribute to meetings with the health system’s Information Technology Department. In addition, the resident will participate in topic discussions including principles of process analysis and automation, clinical decision support, clinical documentation in the electronic medical record, evidence based protocols for CPOE, automated dispensing, workload statistics and clinical reporting and medication integration in the electronic medical record.

Quality Management

Quality Management entails quality and patient safety issues that involve the pharmacy department services in the hospital environment. The resident will participate with the department manager in all aspects of quality management and patient safety issues such as adverse drug reaction investigation, medication error reporting, Joint Commission readiness and root cause analyses. The resident will be given an opportunity to participate in projects that address quality improvement and patient safety.

Sterile Products

The Sterile Products learning experience focuses on the compounding of intravenous admixtures in a hospital setting.  The rotation will cover aseptic technique, USP 797 guidelines and compliance, stability and compatibility of compounded products, and specialty products such as chemotherapy, and TPNs. The pharmacy resident is responsible for developing proficiency in aseptic technique.  Once this is achieved, the resident will progress to IV room pharmacist responsibilities:  managing workflow, performing the final check of sterile products, chemotherapy review and verification, and TPN review and verification.

Surgery

On the surgery rotation, the resident will be responsible for identifying and resolving pharmacotherapy issues for patients in the operating suites, holding, recovery, endoscopy and labor and delivery units. The resident will work with anesthesiologists, surgeons, perfusionists, CRNA’s, operating room nurses and staff---- and students to ensure appropriate drug therapy, administration and drug utilization. Daily responsibilities will include dispensing and reconciling controlled substances, providing drug information quickly to care providers and monitoring drug utilization in the OR and associated areas. The resident will provide and document therapeutic drug monitoring of all pre-operative, peri-operative and post-operative medications in selected cases according to evidence based medicine. The resident may also be responsible for discharge teaching including warfarin therapy in the orthopedic units and Lap-Band consults. In addition, the resident will provide drug information and education for healthcare providers, patients and students.

Transitions of Care

The goal of the Transitions of Care residency learning experience is to provide opportunities for residents to build on knowledge and skills acquired through didactic education and practical pharmacy practice experiences and apply them in direct patient care activities. Resident responsibilities will include; actively participate in direct patient care, including obtaining patient medical and medication histories, evaluating and optimizing drug therapies, developing pharmacy care plans, monitoring patients' therapeutic outcomes, consulting with physicians and non-physician providers, and providing education to patients.  Residents will learn about federal guidelines for reimbursement and pharmacist roles in achieving core measures and outcomes.  Residents will work directly with an interdisciplinary team and develop skills to achieve patient care outcomes and increase patient awareness of health conditions.  Residents will educate patients daily on chronic conditions such as CHF, COPD, PNA and MI.  To ensure continuity of care post discharge follow up calls will also be required, for those patients being discharged to home. 

Other Electives

Academia, pediatrics, psychiatry, toxicology and clinical research are potential electives at other local healthcare facilities based on availability.

Curriculum Development

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside’s Department of Pharmacy Services is committed to developing and maintaining high quality learning experiences and opportunities. Changes may be made to the curriculum and other learning activities in order to ensure excellence in the training program.

Graduation Requirements and Program Expectations

PGY1 Graduation Requirements

To receive a certificate of completion, the resident must complete at a minimum the following activities by 4 pm on the last of day of the program in order to be considered as having met the requirements for graduation:

  • Achieve 85% of program Goals and Objectives assessed as Achieved for Residency by the RAC review of preceptor and resident evaluations
  • Complete a research project with results which includes presenting at a state or national conference (i.e., Florida Residency Conference), composing a written manuscript suitable for publication, and submitting either the manuscript for publication or an abstract for a poster presentation at a state or national meeting
  • Compile a medication use evaluation (MUE)
  • Complete a drug class review or drug monograph
  • Compose a newsletter or bulletin to healthcare providers
  • Present a Pharmacy Grand Rounds Presentation approved for 1 hour continuing education
  • Present a Pharmacy Technician Program approved for 1 hour continuing education
  • Present two Resident Interactive Teaching Experiences (one journal club presentation, one patient case presentation)
  • Complete four community service projects (one per quarter)
  • Obtain ACLS certification
  • Complete all PharmAcademic evaluations
  • Submit Resident Portfolio

 PGY1 Program Expectations

In addition to the graduation requirements, the PGY1 residents are expected to participate in the following activities:

  • Demonstrate compliance with all hospital and department policies and procedures
  • Participate in resident recruitment process and interviews
  • Perform practice coverage as assigned
  • Respond to Code Blues and Stroke Codes as appropriate
  • Precept and mentor students as assigned
  • Participate on the Emergency Preparedness Team if activated
  • Present a poster at the national Ascension Health Pharmacy Meeting prior to Midyear
  • Coordinate Pharmacy Week activities as a residency class
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly Resident Interactive Teaching Experiences (RITEs)
  • Complete one FSHP award application as a residency class
  • Attend and participate in ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Florida Residency Conference
  • Teach Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Classes
  • Report Adverse Drug Reactions and Medication Errors as necessary 

Program Specifics

Pharmacy Director: Charzetta James, PharmD, MBA, MHA, FACHE

Residency Director: Michele Loudy, PharmD, BCPS

Year Program Established: 2006

Accreditation Status: Accredited Program

Duration: 12 months

Number of Positions: 5

Application Deadline: January 5, 2017 (Completed application through PhORCAS must be received by this date)

Starting Date: July 3, 2017

Stipend: $47,480

Training Site: Hospital

Owner/Affiliate: Ascension Health

Model Type: Tertiary, Community, Teaching Hospital

Practice Settings: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside, St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Center, St. Vincent's Medical Center Southside

Tax Status: Not-For-Profit

Professional Staff: 35 pharmacists

Non-professional Staff: 30 technical, support and clerical

Licensed beds: 528

Department of Pharmacy Services

The Department of Pharmacy Services is committed to delivering high quality pharmaceutical care by providing a broad scope of services which are sensitive to the needs of the patient, the St. Vincent’s medical community and the institution.

It is our belief that the establishment of patient-oriented pharmacy services provided by skilled pharmacy practitioners must be an integral part of the medical care rendered at St. Vincent’s. The department assumes its inherent responsibility for establishing and maintaining comprehensive, accurate and efficient drug distribution services. Pharmacy seeks to ensure the rational, safe and judicious use of medications through professional vigilance, an active Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee--- and the provision of drug information and educational services to the professional staffs of St. Vincent’s.

The department is staffed with approximately 70 employees including pharmacists, technicians, residents, interns and clerical support. The department utilizes automation technology and profile dispensing machines throughout the hospital.

Comprehensive pharmaceutical services include:

• Unit dose distribution

• Sterile and non-sterile compounding

• Total parental nutrition

• Chemotherapy

• Advanced technology support

• Drug order review

• Drug information

• Drug interaction monitoring

• Pharmacokinetic monitoring

• Renal dosing

• IV to PO conversion

• Therapeutic interchanges

• Antibiotic stewardship

• Patient counseling

St. Vincent's is a favorite teaching facility for pharmacy students from University of Florida, Palm Beach Atlantic University, LECOM School of Pharmacy, Florida A&M University, NOVA Southeastern University and University of South Florida. The full-time staff offers 20-plus years of preceptor experience and clinical training. In total, approximately 100 student rotations are offered per year.

Benefits

When you become a part of St. Vincent's Pharmacy Residency Program, you get many benefits, including:

• Stipend of $47,480

• 15 days personal time off

• Medical, dental, and vision insurance*

• Short- and long-term disability insurance*

• Life insurance*

• Bereavement pay

• ACLS training

Faculty

Maryam Alikhil, PharmD, BCPS

Cardiology Clinical Pharmacist

Internal Medicine I, Cardiology Preceptor

PharmD, University of Florida; Pharmacy Practice Residency, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL

Bryan Allen, PharmD, BCPS

RITEs Coordinator, Research Preceptor

PharmD, University of Florida; PGY1 Residency, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

Robin Bettman, RPh, BCOP

Oncology Clinical Pharmacist

B.S., University of Florida

Chad Cannon, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP 

Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist

PharmD, Campbell University; PGY1 Residency, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL

Kristal Cunningham, PharmD

Surgery Clinical Pharmacist

PharmD, Florida A&M University; Pharmacy Practice Residency, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL

Florian Daragjiti, PharmD, BCPS

Southside Clinical Pharmacy Manager, Infectious Disease Preceptor

PharmD, University of Florida

Lorilee Dizon, PharmD, BCPS

Anticoagulation Pharmacist

PharmD, University of Florida

Kevin Epps, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID), BCNSP

Infectious Disease Clinical Pharmacist

PharmD, Florida A&M University; Pharmacy Practice Residency with emphasize in Home Infusion, Florida A&M University/American Home Patient, Tallahassee, FL

Sarah Hayes, PharmD, BCPS

Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist

B.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison; PharmD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Charzetta James, PharmD, MBA, MHA, FACHE

System Director of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Management Preceptor

PharmD, Florida A&M University; Hospital Practice Residency, Jackson Memorial, Miami, FL; MBA, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL; MHA, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Totty Johnson, RPh, BCPS, BCNSP, BCCCP 

Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist, Parenteral Nutrition Preceptor

B.S., Philadelphia College of Pharmacy; General Residency, Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL

Katie Kamataris, PharmD, BCPS

Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist

PharmD, University of Florida; PGY1 Residency, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL

Megan Keese, PharmD, BCPS

Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist

PharmD, University of South Carolina; PGY1 Residency, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL

Michele Loudy, PharmD, BCPS

Pharmacy Professional Education Coordinator, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director, PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Coordinator, Internal Medicine II, Family Medicine, Pharmacy Education Preceptor

PharmD, University of Florida; Pharmacy Practice Residency, Columbus Regional Medical Center, Columbus, GA

Vaidehi Patel, PharmD, BCPS

Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist

PharmD, University of Florida; PGY1 Residency, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL

Madeline Pereira, PharmD, BCPS

Anticoagulation Pharmacist

PharmD, University of Florida; PGY1 Residency, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL

Kathleen Rottman, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP

Critical Care Pharmacist, PGY2 Critical Care Residency Director

PharmD, Midwestern University-Chicago; PGY1-Emphais in Critical Care Residency, Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, AL; PGY2 Critical Care Residency, Shands Jacksonville Medical Center/University of Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Kirsten Sandhu, PharmD, BCPS

Medication Safety Coordinator Quality Assurance, Pharmacy Management Preceptor

PharmD, Florida A&M University; Pharmacy Practice Residency, Miami VA Medical Center, Miami, FL

April Stefanell, PharmD

Transitions of Care Pharmacist

PharmD, University of Florida

Kimberly Theiss, PharmD, BCPS

Sterile Products Preceptor

PharmD, Belmont University; PGY1 Residency, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL

Calvin Tucker, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP 

Clinical Pharmacy Manager, Therapeutic Drug Policy Preceptor

PharmD, University of Florida; PGY1 Residency, Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL; PGY2 Critical Care Residency, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL

Richard Walthour, PharmD, BCPS

Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist

B.S., University of Georgia; PharmD, University of Florida 

A Message From the Director Of Pharmacy Services

Charzetta James

Charzetta James, PharmD, MBA, MHA, FACHE


System Director of Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy Services is committed to delivering high quality pharmaceutical care by providing a broad scope of services that meet the needs of the patients, the medical community of St. Vincent's and the organization.

With the advancements in technology and the ever-changing medical field, it is our belief that the establishment of patient-oriented pharmacy services provided by skilled pharmacy practitioners is an integral part of the medical care provided at St. Vincent's.

The department assumes the inherent responsibility for establishing and maintaining comprehensive, accurate and efficient drug distribution services. Pharmacy seeks to ensure the rational, safe and judicious use of medications through professional vigilance, an active Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and the provision of drug information and educational services to the professional staff of St. Vincent's.

Finally, we are dedicated to the continual development of progressive and innovative pharmacy services beyond the currently acted standards of contemporary pharmacy practice. It is our goal to lead St. Vincent's HealthCare and the pharmacy profession into the future by establishing new benchmarks in healthcare.

I invite you to consider joining us in the pursuit of these goals of excellence by applying to our pharmacy residency programs.

How to Apply

All applicants to St. Vincent's Pharmacy Residency Programs must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. for any employer (U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident alien/Green Card status with a U.S. Social Security Card) and a graduate of an Accredited Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree program. Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English, eligible for licensure in the state of Florida and employable as associates at St. Vincent's HealthCare. PGY2 residents must also successfully complete a PGY1 program. Prospective residents must pass a criminal background check and drug screen, and complete a health screening. Applicants should be licensed in the state of Florida prior to the start of the residency program.

Positions are only offered through the ASHP Resident Matching Program. Visit: www.natmatch.com/ashprmp for more information on the National Matching Program. St. Vincent's agrees that no person from the residency program will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant. Learn more about applying with this exciting program today.

Application Process

All application materials must be received by January 5, 2017.

• St. Vincent's only accepts applications through PHORCAS. As part of the PHORCAS application three letters of recommendation are required. The references should speak to the candidate's application of clinical skills. A letter separate from the PHORCAS system is not required.

• Register for the National Matching Service 

• Only completed applications received by the deadline will be reviewed. Potential candidates will be invited for on-site interviews which will be conducted in January and February. PGY1 candidate interviews will include a patient case assessment. PGY2 candidates will complete a presentation for the interview.

• Complete the ranking list for the National Matching Service by deadline

• PGY1 ASHP Match Number: 121613

• PGY2 ASHP Match Number: 754852

Contact the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Office

904-308-8829