Reaching out to our current residents is a great way to gain information about each particular BayCare residency program. For our featured residents, you will discover some background information regarding why our residents decided to pursue residency training as well as how they became interested in their current practice sites and programs.

Listed below are the 2020-2021 current pharmacy residents along with their contact information from each BayCare Pharmacy Residency site. Please contact residents with any questions you may have about the program.

2020 – 2021 Residency Class

Jose Tamayo

jose.tamaya@baycare.org

Pavan Kullar

pavan.kullar@baycare.org

Alex Hayes-Porter

Justin Jimmy

Caren Azurin

Holly Widell

Michele Frakenberg

Tatyana Severe

Airka Sanchez

Casey Perticone

Devika Suri

Hayato DeLellis

Mirna Yassa

Featured Residents

Mary Montane
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Mease Countryside Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
Throughout pharmacy school, I always had an interest in working as a pharmacist in the inpatient setting. These interests were solidified via my advanced pharmacy practice experiences I had in the previous year and I knew I wanted to pursue a residency to achieve my career goals. A residency will allow me to seek the utmost knowledge and training by promoting opportunities in patient care, critical thinking, and research. I consider these skills to be necessary in order to be able to develop into a proficient and assertive clinical pharmacist prepared to serve my patients to the best of my abilities.

Why did I choose Mease Countryside Hospital at BayCare?
The main reason I chose Mease Countryside Hospital (MCH) to complete my post graduate training was because of how welcoming and kind everyone was during my interview—I felt very comfortable during the entire process. Additionally, MCH had all the components I was looking for in a PGY-1 program. The appealing factors consisted of the opportunities for multidisciplinary interactions, presentation, and research opportunities available to residents. Furthermore, I was looking for a program that provided a wide range or required and elective learning experiences and MCH had it all—from emergency medicine, to behavioral health, infectious diseases, pediatrics and much more. I’m confident that Mease Countryside Hospital will provide me the most advance and cohesive training to achieve my goals and provide the best care to my patients. I’m so fortunate to be a part of the Mease Countryside Hospital family!

Michele Frakenberg
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Winter Haven Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I decided to pursue a residency after completing my clinical rotations to grow professionally in clinical areas and leadership skills. This residency provides opportunities to broaden my experiences and continue to develop my clinical knowledge through direct patient care. Upon completing a residency, I will be better prepared for my career as a well-rounded pharmacist.

Why did I choose Winter Haven Hospital at BayCare?
I chose Winter Haven Hospital because of the pharmacy team and variety of rotations provided. The pharmacy preceptors are knowledgeable, driven, and dedicated to patient centered care. This is an environment that promotes learning and growth. Winter Haven also provides a variety of rotations to tailor each resident’s experience. One of my areas of interests is cardiology and the longitudinal experience at the heart function clinic and cardiology services provided are rotations that I am looking forward to.

Tu Phan
PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident at Morton Plant Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I initially chose to pursue a PGY1 because I knew that I wanted to work as a clinical pharmacist in an interdisciplinary setting. After completing my PGY1 at Winter Haven Hospital, I developed a great passion to work in the critical care field. The complex and high acuity nature of the pharmacotherapeutic interventions implemented, along with the considerable impact a pharmacist has on patient outcomes sparked my interest to pursue this area. Completing a PGY2 will help me further develop my clinical skills and competencies to become a knowledgeable, well-rounded critical care pharmacist.

Why did I choose Morton Plant Hospital at BayCare?
While I was a PGY1 at Winter Haven Hospital, I had the opportunity to spend some time in the medical intensive care unit at MPH. My short time at MPH was memorable. I immediately felt welcome by all the friendly pharmacy staff and other healthcare professionals. Being a larger hospital with a greater amount of critical patient populations, MPH offers more specialized services such as neuro ICU that would allow me to expand my knowledge and become an exceptional critical care pharmacy clinician. The program provides strong support and mentorship from devoted pharmacy preceptors that will help thrive as a resident and clinician.

Arun Abraham
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at St. Anthony's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to pursue a residency because I wanted to serve as a clinician that provides quality care to my patients similar to those who helped my family in the past. My experiences during my APPE rotations only confirmed my passion and allowed me to gain a deeper appreciation for clinical pharmacy. I witnessed firsthand the impact clinical pharmacists have in healthcare. As patient care always progresses, the role of a pharmacist becomes more important. A residency program provides me the opportunity to develop my critical thinking, leadership, and clinical knowledge to keep up with advancement of patient-centered care. It allows me to take the next step toward my goal to help make a positive impact to those in need.

Why did I choose St. Anthony’s Hospital at BayCare?
I was fortunate enough to have my first APPE rotation at a BayCare facility. I gained a greater respect for the BayCare system as a whole and how highly they prioritized patient care. It solidified my decision to pursue a residency program within BayCare. St. Anthony’s embodies the ideals of a residency that matched my goals. After speaking with the past residents and current preceptors, it was clear that the program is dedicated to the development of its residents by fostering an environment with the necessary knowledge and experience to become the standard quality of a clinical pharmacist.

 

Ashley Wilt
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Morton Plant Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I always had an interest in working in an inpatient pharmacy setting throughout pharmacy school. My experiences that I had during my APPE rotations really solidified that inpatient pharmacy was what I loved and what I wanted to do. I particularly loved getting to round with the interdisciplinary team and making clinical interventions as part of that team. I knew residency would be a great way to continue to have those experiences that I loved during my APPE rotations while also continuing to learn and grow so that I can enter the world of inpatient pharmacy practice knowing that I am fully

Why did I choose Morton Plant Hospital at BayCare?
I was fortunate enough to have many wonderful experiences in a variety of practice areas during my APPE rotations, so I had a wide variety of interests going into residency applications. Therefore, I knew that I wanted to be at a place that had a wide variety of experiences to offer. When I came in for my interview, the entire pharmacy staff was incredibly warm and welcoming, and by the end of the day I felt right at home. Morton Plant has everything that I was looking for in a residency plus more, and after my interview with them I knew that their pharmacy department was one that I wanted to work with. I am so happy to be a member of the Morton Plant team!

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