PGY1 pharmacy residency programs 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.
Tampa General´s Post Graduate Year One Pharmacy Residency Program was established in 2000. The program was awarded the full eight-year accreditation status by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 2015; a distinguished honor that is awarded to only 29 percent of residency programs surveyed. The PGY1 residents work closely with a dedicated group of specialized pharmacy preceptors that mentor and train future pharmacist practitioners. Residents completing this residency program will be competent clinical pharmacy practitioners, who will be part of the medical team managing disease state outcomes and providing safe and cost-effective pharmaceutical care to patients. Residents function as an integral member of the healthcare system to provide complete and detailed pharmacotherapeutic interventions to improve patient care services. Residents participate as active members of the pharmacotherapy consult service to provide clinical services such as pharmacokinetics and total parenteral nutrition. In addition, they will be ACLS certified and participate on the code blue team.
The comprehensive twelve-month program provides experiences in a variety of settings, focusing on the core areas of practice specified in the ASHP Accreditation Standards. Pharmacy residents complete eight months of core rotations and four months of elective rotations tailored to meet individual resident needs and interests.
Graduates from the PGY1 pharmacy program have successfully gone on to pursue many different career paths, including academia, clinical hospital positions, and Post Graduate Year Two training in areas such as internal medicine, infectious diseases, transplant, ambulatory care, and critical care. With over 40 different preceptors in various practice settings (e.g. general medicine, critical care, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, transplant, ambulatory care, pediatrics, administration, etc.), the PGY1 residency program has much to offer to meet the interests of the PGY1 pharmacy resident.
Residents completing this residency program will be competent educators in pharmacy practice.
The program provides various opportunities for one to develop effective teaching skills to pharmacy students, medical residents, pharmacists and physician groups. Residents are assigned a teaching preceptor at the start of the year and will be evaluated on their skills throughout the residency year. Required teaching presentations include, two ACPE accredited grand rounds presentations, morning report (education to medical residents), and two student topic discussions. Informal teaching will also occur on rotations to include, nursing in-services, journal clubs, topic discussions, and education to medical teams.
In addition, residents will serve as co-preceptors for pharmacy student rotations, participate in pharmacy staff development programs and provide pharmacy presentations to the medical residency and nursing staff. Academic rotations may be offered through the University of South Florida. Residents will also serve as teaching assistants to participate in patient counseling activities and will be required to apply for a teaching certificate program through the University of South Florida.
Residents completing this pharmacy residency program will be competent in scholarly activities through active participation in both service/research project management and publication. Residents will complete a service or research project and prepare a manuscript suitable for publication in a biomedical journal prior to graduation.
Residents will be given the opportunity to be editor and chief of our semi-annual department newsletter. The newsletter will include, but is not limited to administrative updates, hot clinical topics, journal club and educational updates for the department. The experience includes coordinating with department educator, clinical pharmacists and residents to compile topics. Residents will gain skills in leadership, writing, and clinical knowledge through this experience.
Residents may present their projects at the following meetings:
- Vizient Pharmacy Council Meeting
- ASHP Mid-year Clinical Meeting
- Florida Residency Conference (FRC)
Residents are trained to independently function as a decentralized, unit-based clinical pharmacist supporting both the pharmacotherapy consult and pharmacy practice service at TGH.
The role and responsibilities of a decentralized, unit-based clinical pharmacist is to support all pharmaceutical services for the patient care area assigned and may include but is not limited to the following:
- Verifying pharmacy orders
- Supporting the pharmacotherapy consult service including pharmacokinetic dosing of medication therapy to include, but not limited to aminoglycosides, vancomycin, warfarin, etc.
- Writing and monitoring orders for TPN
- Supporting the medication reconciliation service
- Triaging and resolving medication problems
- Responding to code blue alerts
- Supervising and overseeing pharmacy technicians and students
PGY1 pharmacy residents work every 3rd weekend and one evening shift every 3rd week.
All pharmacy residents work one major (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's) and one minor (Labor Day or Memorial Day) holiday throughout the year.
All PGY1 pharmacy residents will choose a mentor from the preceptor group after having the opportunity to meet with preceptors at the beginning of their experience through planned events. The mentor of their choosing will serve as their mentor throughout the year not only to provide guidance in both professional and personal aspects of career development but also as an extra support system for the resident’s overall well-being. We believe this opportunity provides our residents with a well-rounded experience with means to ensure they are provided with the tools and support to flourish throughout their first year of residency.
- Clinical rotations will be completed at TGH.
- Academic teaching experiences may be conducted at the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy.
- Ambulatory care rotations are conducted at TGMG Family Care Centers.
Core Rotations (9 Months):
- Orientation/Training (1 month)
- Anchor Rotation (1-2 months)
- General Medicine or Adult Critical Care (chosen based on experience level of resident)
- Ambulatory Care (1 month)
- Internal Medicine (1 month)
- Critical Care (1 month)
- Hospital Administration (2 months)
- Infectious Diseases (1 month)
- Operations/Project Administration(1 month)
Elective Rotations (3 Months):
Additional Adult Acute Care Rotations:
- Solid Organ Transplant
Additional Critical Care Rotations:
- Medical ICU
- Neuroscience ICU
- Trauma/Surgery ICU
- Cardiac ICU
- General Pediatrics
- Pediatrics ICU
- Emergency Medicine
- Global Emerging Disease Institute (GEDI)
- Inpatient Bone Marrow Transplant
- Staffing: Decentralized, unit-based pharmacist
- Research/Service Project and Manuscript
- Transitions of Care
PGY1 Residency Program
ASHP Program Code
Number of Positions
January 1st (Please note this program will participate in PhORCAS)
200 non-pharmacist staff
Total Beds (Licensed)
1,040 total beds
Average Daily Census
- Competitive salary
- Medical insurance (e.g. health, dental)
- Sick leave
- Paid vacation
- Retirement plan contributions
- Health and Wellness Center
- Professional travel reimbursement
- Resident office
- Resident computer
- Lab Coats
- ACLS certification
- Cell phone stipend (pending eligible service carrier)
- A GREAT learning experience
Please address all correspondence to the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director:
Beatrice Adams, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM
Coordinator of Pharmacy Residency Programs
PGY1 Residency Program Director
Manager, Pharmacy Patient Care Services
Tampa General Hospital