Welcome letter

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

Blake Medical Center (BMC) PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency is a 12-month program with pharmacy staff and faculty committed to ensuring residents graduate with confidence and assertiveness needed to address patients’ healthcare needs to fellow colleagues, nurses, physicians, patients and their families. This residency offers a unique experience, melding the community hospital setting with an established GME component. Our GME program currently has over 100 medical residents (including a cardiology and critical care / Burn/Trauma program. We provide the opportunity for our residents to learn in a variety of patient care settings, receiving instruction in medication management from dedicated, competent, and enthusiastic preceptors. The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at BMC is committed to providing a robust training environment grounded in excellent training experiences that support the resident’s clinical, academic, and professional interests. Opportunities for professional travel, networking, and continuing professional development are available. Our goal is to prepare pharmacists for the next step in their career, with an emphasis on leadership development and critical care.

Kenny Navarrete, Program Director

Mission statement

The mission of the Blake Medical Center Pharmacy Residency Program is to develop confident and competent pharmacists who are able to govern all aspects of medication management for the patients they serve. The program is dedicated to developing future pharmacy clinicians and leaders by promoting confidence, leadership, and professional skills in pharmaceutical care. The residency also follows Blake Medical Center’s Mission “Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life”.

Program purpose statement

Blake Medical Center PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and provides an environment conducive to the growth and development of clinical pharmacists able to provide responsible planning and management of medication-related patient care. The program affords the pharmacy resident with mentorship, guidance, motivation, and opportunity to ensure optimal patient outcomes, and produce confident, self-directed learners who are eligible for board certification and postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Eligibility and application

  • 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 by October 1st.
  • Participate in the ASHP Residency Matching Program
  • Completed application submitted to PhORCAS prior to January 5, and include:
    • Letter of intent
    • Copy of pharmacy school transcript
    • Three professional references/evaluations submitted via PhORCAS
  • If selected, an on-site interview is required for Phase I of the Match. If necessary, an online interview (e.g. Skype) is required for Phase II (i.e. scramble) of the Match.

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Selection process

The BMC 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 5th.

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

To be awarded a residency certificate of completion, the resident must demonstrate achievement of selected residency program educational goals and corresponding objectives, with no “needs improvements” identified by the end of the residency year.

In addition, all residents must satisfactorily accomplish the following requirements by the end of the residency program:

  • Complete and submit all requirements of the service or research project, with copies of the final proposal and completed manuscript suitable for publication
  • Complete all staffing obligations
  • Complete and submit all residency evaluations
  • Submit a completed residency portfolio

Residents must complete the following requirements by the end of the residency year to graduate from the program and receive a residency certificate:

  • Successfully obtain “Achieved for Residency” for 80 percent of ASHP PGY-1 Residency taught goals/objectives Complete all required learning experiences
  • Complete all assigned evaluations in PharmAcademic
  • Complete MUE and present at appropriate committee meeting
  • Complete drug monograph or treatment protocol revision and present at appropriate committee meeting
  • Present major project at residency conference or other professional meeting
  • Manuscript of major project in publishable form and approved by primary project preceptor
  • Prepare and present monthly medication error analysis at one medication safety meeting
  • Complete 4 journal club presentations
  • Staff assigned weekend shifts
  • Complete teaching certificate program
  • Projects, presentations, other work products, and any evaluations completed outside of PharmAcademic (e.g. presentation evaluations) uploaded to PharmAcademic

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Available rotations

Core required rotations includes the following:

  • Orientation (1 month)
  • Advanced Orientation: Kinetics, Anticoagulation and TPN (1 month)
  • Internal Medicine 1 (1 month)
  • Internal Medicine II (1 month)
  • Critical Care (1 month)
  • Infectious Disease (1 month)
  • Administration (1 month)
  • Longitudinal Project (2 weeks)

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

  • Cardiology
  • Medication Reconciliation
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medication Safety
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Burn
  • Trauma
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Pediatrics (Off-site at Brandon/Trinity)

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Pay, benefits & 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 Blake Medical Center
  • Liability insurance: All pharmacy residents are covered under Blake Medical Center’s liability insurance policy.
  • This insurance does not cover any other professional services at facilities outside of Blake Medical Center
  • Office space and resources: Office space for use by pharmacy residents is provided at each site. A laptop is also available for 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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For any additional questions, please Email Irvin Alfonso

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