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

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!

Devika Suri
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to complete a PGY-1 pharmacy residency to help develop and grow my pharmaceutical knowledge, and skill set. It is very important to me to be able to critically think and solve problems for all patients, while providing them with the utmost patient-centered care.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
I chose to complete my post graduate training at St. Joseph’s hospital for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost being the variety of rotations offered that will truly help me find my calling within the field of pharmacy. The immense flexibility and learning opportunities at this institution are very unique, and are able to be tailored to a learning style that will best help you succeed. Secondly, I believe the diverse inter-professional environment will train me to be a competent clinical pharmacist.

Justin Jimmy
PGY1 HSPA Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to complete a residency because I love what I do. I am passionate about my career and want to grow my clinical judgement, professional competency, and leadership skills as a clinical pharmacist. I believe residency will help me accelerate towards these goals with the guidance, support and expertise of veteran team members. Those reasons alone would have made it a no-brainer. Pharmacy, however, is constantly evolving and a pharmacy residency can provide opportunities to innovate and integrate new ideas. To refine and revamp the standards. By working in an integrated team of various specialists and leaders, you truly get the chance to be a trailblazer to help defy the expectations of a pharmacist.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
St. Joseph’s hospital has a legacy of cultivating future leaders, proficient clinicians, and accomplished professionals. The distinguished residency has constantly and consistently challenged the status quo and reached for new heights. I knew that the possibility to add to the program’s legacy would be the opportunity of a lifetime. The program is but the sum of all its individual pieces and the individuals that make up the BayCare organization as a whole, share the same values of—trust, dignity, respect, responsibility, and excellence that I hold near and dear to my heart.

 

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.

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