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Pharmacy Residencies

Pharmacy Postgraduate Year Two Critical Care Residency Program

St. Vincent’s Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program is designed to develop a well-rounded independent critical care practitioner able to provide high-level clinical services in a variety of ICU settings. The resident will develop skills in managing drug therapy for patients with multiple disease states in the critical care setting, educating students, residents, and other healthcare professionals, and conducting clinical research. The resident will also gain experiences in therapeutic policy development in the critical care environment. At the residency completion, graduates exit equipped to be fully integrated members of the interdisciplinary critical care team, able to make complex medication recommendations in the acute environment for the critically ill patient population.  In addition, graduates excel in teaching other healthcare professionals and exercising leadership for critical care practice in the health system.

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in advanced or specialized 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 that improves medication therapy.  Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in the specialized practice area (where board certification for the practice area exists).

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 critical care 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 PGY2 Residency Program includes:

• Orientation (4 week duration)

• Seven Core Rotations

• Elective Rotations (16 weeks)

• Research Block (2 week duration)

• ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting (1 week)

• Year End Wrap-Up Block (1 week)

Required Rotations

• Orientation (4 weeks)

• Medical Intensive Care I (6 weeks)

• Cardiac Intensive Care (6 weeks)

• Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)

• Infectious Disease (4 weeks)

• Parenteral Nutrition (4 weeks)

• Medical Intensive Care II (4 weeks)

Electives (16 weeks) 

• Antibiotic Stewardship

• Clinical Research

• Pharmacy Informatics

• Nephrology

• Pulmonology

• Pediatric Emergency Medicine*

• Toxicology*

• Surgical/Trauma Critical Care*

• Learning experiences may be customized to fit the resident's interests  

* Rotations at other healthcare facilities.  Availability of rotation is dependent upon the other program’s schedule.  The resident can take no more than two rotations outside the health system.

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Pharmacy Practice (Staffing)
    • Every third weekend
    • One major and two minor holidays
  • Clinical Research
  • Pharmacy Leadership/Continuous Quality Improvement
    • Medication use evaluation, Drug class review, Protocol development
    • Poster presentation at ASHP mid year meeting

Additional Learning Opportunities

• Pharmacy Grand Rounds

• Continuing Education Program to Professional Health Care Organization

• Weekly Resident Meetings (Resident Interactive Teaching Experiences (RITEs))

• ACLS Skills Builder Training Sessions

• Critical Care and Pharmacy Committee Involvement

• Teaching Curriculum (optional)

• Community Service Projects: two projects per year (i.e. brown bag events for local parishes and Mobile Health Outreach Ministries)

• Student and PGY1 Resident precepting

Graduation Requirements and Program Expectations

PGY2 Graduation Requirements

To receive a certificate of completion, the resident must complete at a minimum the following activities by 3 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 (Residency Advisory Council) 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, drug monograph, treatment guideline or protocol
  • Compose a newsletter or bulletin to healthcare providers
  • Present a Pharmacy Grand Rounds Presentation approved for 1 hour continuing education
  • Present a Continuing Education Program through an outside professional health care organization
  • Present two patient cases for Resident Interactive Teaching Experiences (RITEs)
  • Present four journal clubs (one per quarter)
  • Present at NEFSHP Residency Forum
  • Provide ACLS Skill Builder Training to PGY1 Residents
  • Complete the PGY2 Critical Care Topic Tracking Tool
  • Complete two community service projects
  • Obtain ACLS certification, if not currently certified, PALS optional
  • Complete all PharmAcademic evaluations
  • Submit Resident Portfolio

 PGY2 Program Expectations

In addition to the graduation requirements, the PGY2 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 and residents as assigned
  • Actively participate in topic and patient care discussions
  • Participate on the Emergency Preparedness Team if activated
  • Attend and present at ASHP Mid Year Meeting Critical Care Networking Poster Session
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly Resident Interactive Teaching Experiences (RITEs)
  • Lead the completion of one FSHP award application as a residency class
  • Attend and participate in ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Florida Residency Conference
  • Present at NEFSHP Residency Forum (January)
  • Provide ACLS Skills Builder training to PGY1 residents
  • Attend Pharmacy Critical Care Clinical Section
  • Attend System ICU Multidisciplinary Committee
  • Attend Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee, presenting as appropriate
  • Participate in Pharmacy Week
  • Submit research for Florida Research Conference Excellence in Research Award
  • Participate on an Ascension workgroup   

Program Specifics

Vice President of Pharmacy: Jeff Oliver, PharmD, MHA

Residency Director: Kathleen Rottman-Pietrzak, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Year Program Established: 2016

Accreditation Status: Accreditation Pending

Duration: 12 months

Number of Positions: 1

Application Deadline: January 5, 2019 (Completed application through PhORCAS must be received by this date)

Starting Date: July 1, 2019

Stipend: $50,000

Training Site: Hospital

Owner/Affiliate: Ascension Health

Model Type: Tertiary, Community, Teaching Hospital

Practice Settings: St. Vincent’s Riverside, St. Vincent's Southside

Tax Status: Not-For-Profit

Professional Staff: 35 pharmacists

Non-professional Staff: 25 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 parenteral 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.  In total, approximately 100 student rotations are offered per year. The full-time staff offers 20-plus years of preceptor experience and clinical training.

Benefits

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

• Stipend of $50,000

• 15 days personal time off

• Travel reimbursement for required meetings

• Medical, dental, and vision insurance

• Short- and long-term disability insurance

• Life insurance

• Bereavement pay

• ACLS/PALS training

• Four project days

Faculty

Maryam Alikhil, PharmD, BCPS

Cardiology Clinical Pharmacist

PGY1 Internal Medicine I, PGY1 Cardiology Preceptor

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

 

Bryan Allen, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Infectious Disease Clinical Pharmacist

PGY1 and PGY2 Infectious Disease, PGY1 and PGY2 Research, PGY2 Clinical Research, Antibiotic Stewardship Preceptor

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

 

Robin Bettman, RPh, BCOP

Oncology Clinical Pharmacist

PGY1 Oncology Preceptor

B.S., University of Florida

 

Chad Cannon, PharmD, MSCIR, BCPS, BCCCP 

Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist

PGY1 Critical Care, PGY2 Cardiac Intensive Care Preceptor

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

 

Rochelle Forsyth, PharmD, BCPS

Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist

PGY1 Internal Medicine I Preceptor, PGY1 and PGY2 RITEs Coordinator

PharmD, LECOM School of Pharmacy Bradenton; PGY1 Residency, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

 

Sarah Hayes, PharmD, BCPS

Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist

PGY1 and PGY2 Emergency Medicine Preceptor

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

 

Sylvia Jackson, PharmD, Med, BCACP, CDE

Transitions of Care Clinical Pharmacist

PGY1 Family Medicine Preceptor

PharmD, Howard University; Pharmacy Practice Residency, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

 

Natalie Jimenez, PharmD

IV Room Staff Pharmacist

PGY1 Sterile Products Preceptor

PharmD, South University

 

Totty Johnson, RPh, BCPS, BCNSP, BCCCP 

Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist

PGY1 and PGY2 Parenteral Nutrition, PGY2 Nephrology, PGY2 Pulmonology Preceptor

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

 

Katie Kamataris, PharmD, BCPS

Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist

PGY1 and PGY2 Emergency Medicine Preceptor

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

 

Megan Keese, PharmD, BCPS

Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist

PGY1 Internal Medicine I Preceptor

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, PGY1 Internal Medicine II Preceptor, PGY1 Pharmacy Education Preceptor

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

 

Ashely Miller, PharmD

Informatics Pharmacist

PGY1 and PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics Preceptor

PharmD, University of South Carolina; PGY1 Residency, St. Vincent’s HealthCare, Jacksonville, FL

 

Jeff Oliver, PharmD, MHA

Vice President of Pharmacy

PGY1 Pharmacy Management Longitudinal Preceptor

PharmD, Midwestern University

 

Kathleen Rottman-Pietrzak, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist, PGY2 Critical Care Residency Director

PGY1 Critical Care, PGY2 Medical Intensive Care Preceptor, PGY2 Pharmacy Practice, PGY2 Pharmacy Leadership/CQI Preceptor

PharmD, Midwestern University-Chicago College of Pharmacy; 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

PGY1 Quality Management Preceptor

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

 

Elizabeth Santiago, PharmD, CPh, MBA

Clay County Director of Pharmacy

PGY1 Quality Management Preceptor

PharmD, University of Florida

 

Amy Tedeschi, PharmD, BCPS

Clay County Clinical Coordinator

PGY1 Therapeutic Drug Policy Preceptor

PharmD, University of Florida

 

Richard Walthour, PharmD, BCPS

Southside Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist

PGY1 Critical Care Preceptor

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

 

Amy Wilds, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Preceptor

PharmD, LECOM School of Pharmacy Bradenton; PGY1 Residency, Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, FL

 

A Message From the Director Of Pharmacy Services

Jeff Oliver, PharmD, MHA

Vice President 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. Candidates must also be a graduate of an Accredited Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree program. St. Vincent's HealthCare is not able to sponsor any visas. 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, 2019.

• 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 February. PGY2 candidates will complete a PowerPoint presentation for the interview.

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

  • PGY2 ASHP Match Number: 754852

Contact the PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program Office

904-308-8505