PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Northside Hospital

Thank you for your interest in the Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Residency program at Northside Hospital. The Pharmacy staff and faculty of the residency program welcome the opportunity to introduce our program to you.

Mission statement for the Northside Hospital PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

We make a difference by providing compassionate care to those we are privileged to serve.

Northside PGY-1 program purpose statement

The Northside Hospital PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program and contributes to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, producing confident, self-directed learners who are eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Northside Hospital pharmacy department mission statement

To promote high quality patient care through safe and effective medication use in a collaborative culture of professionalism, respect, and effective communication

Northside Hospital pharmacy department vision statement

To be an integral part of the healthcare team through exceptional pharmacy practice focused on producing optimal patient outcomes and experience



Eligibility and application

The PGY1 Residency Program participates in the ASHP Resident Matching program. Program applications are available and accessible through the Northside Hospital Residency website. The residency program participates in the ASHP residency showcase as the primary recruiting forum and uses the online admissions management software platform, PhORCAS to support the residency recruiting process. The deadline for receipt of application materials is January 3rd. Below are the criteria and steps used in the selection of residents:

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be graduates or candidates for graduation from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation)
  • Licensed or eligible to apply for a license to practice pharmacy in the state of Florida. All being selected residents MUST be licensed in the state of Florida within 90 days from the start of the residency.
  • Participate in the ASHP Residency Matching Program
  • Completed application submitted to PhORCAS prior to January 3, and include:
    • Letter of intent
    • Copy of pharmacy school transcript
    • Three professional references/evaluations submitted via PhORCAS
    • Curriculum vitae

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Selection process

The NSH PGY1 Residency Program participates in the ASHP Resident Matching program. The residency program participates in the ASHP residency showcase as the primary recruiting forum and uses the online admissions management software platform, PhORCAS to support the residency recruiting process. The deadline for receipt of application materials is January 3rd.

The following are examples of items considered during the selection process:

  • Professional competence based on clinical APPE rotations, as well as work, presentation, research, biomedical writing/publishing and practical experience
  • Collegiate achievements
  • Communication skills represented in the letter of intent, professional references, APPE, academic, and interview performance
  • Leadership potential as indicated by the nature and extent of participation in professional societies, community or public services, and social activities
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others

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Program requirements

  • Major research/service project
  • Manuscript of project, which must be eligible for journal publishing
  • Poster presentation at ASHP Midyear Meeting
  • Presentation at Florida Residency Conference
  • Minimum of two medication use evaluations
  • Minimum of three journal clubs and three GME Grand Rounds Presentations per year
  • Successfully obtain “Achieved for Residency” for 80 percent of ASHP PGY-1 Residency taught goals/objectives

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PGY1 clinical rotations

Clinical rotations include both required core rotations to develop skill sets as a generalist and elective rotations to allow the residents to tailor their areas of interest.

Core rotations includes the following:

  • Orientation (6 weeks)
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infectious Disease (6 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine I (4 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine II (4 weeks)
  • Critical Care I (4 weeks)
  • Critical Care II (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)

Elective concentrated rotations may include but are not limited to the following (four, 1 month rotations):

  • Medication Safety
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Pediatrics/NICU (Oak Hill Hospital or Brandon Regional Medical Center)
  • Cardiology/CHF (in collaboration with CHF Clinic)
  • Trauma (Blake Medical Center)
  • Transplant (Largo Medical Center

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Pay, benefits and working conditions

Detailed information about salary, benefits and amenities will be provided to pharmacy residents by Human Resources.

  • Salary: Competitive
  • Duration of appointment: One year, beginning on July 1 of the program year.
  • Vacation and holiday leave: 10 days of paid time off (PTO) can be taken during rotations throughout the year with prior approval from the rotation preceptor and residency program director. Residents are required to work some holidays.
  • Sick and family leave: Sick leave is deducted from PTO. Residents are expected to notify co-workers and their respective preceptor or supervisor as early as possible when illness requires absence.
  • Educational and professional leave: Nine days are granted for paid professional leave to attend appropriate continuing education or professional programs, travel to job interviews or visit other residency sites or professional practice locations. Requests for professional leave must be submitted to the residency program director. Residents are expected to attend the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting as well as the Florida Residency Conference. Financial assistance is provided for travel, meals and lodging expenses for these meetings.
  • Health benefits: Residents are eligible for health benefits as full-time pharmacist employees of Northside Hospital
  • Liability insurance: All pharmacy residents are covered under Northside Hospital’s liability insurance policy. This insurance does not cover any other professional services at facilities outside of Northside Hospital
  • Office space and resources: Office space for use by pharmacy residents is provided at each site. A laptop is also available for each resident. One lab coat will be provided at no charge to each resident
  • Discounts and amenities: Residents are eligible to receive a wide variety of entertainment, health and other discounts via HCARewards.
  • Parking: Pharmacy residents park free in approved locations

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Contact information

If you have any questions about the Pharmacy Residency Program, our hospital, or our community, please feel free to contact:

Dorothy Fox, BS, PHARM, CPH, CPPS
Director of Pharmacy
Northside Hospital Medication Safety Officer
Northside Hospital and Heart Institute
6000 49th Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33709
Email: Dorothy.Fox@hcahealthcare.com

Duane Ashe, PHARMD, CPH, BCPS
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Northside Hospital and Heart Institute
6000 49th Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33709
Email: Duane.Ashe@hcahealthcare.com

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