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 2019-2020 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.

2019 – 2020 Residency Class

Tu Phan

Jessica Truong

Kortney Kelly

April Courrege

Natasha Kulkarni

Kevin Moore

Megan Barber

Ryan Jenks

Jessica Miller

Amanda Tonti

David Fiumara

Graciela Meshkalla

Timothy McCormack

Jordan Sachmann

Marissa Aloyo

Nikesh Bhika

Sarah Jacob

Jennifer Vazquez Perez

Featured Residents

Jennifer Vazquez Perez
PGY2 (Pediatric) Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to pursue residency to expand my clinical knowledge and be at the forefront of patient care. Residency has pushed me to advance my professional goals and grow more everyday into a well-rounded and knowledgeable clinician. Throughout PGY-1 residency, I felt inspired to pursue further post-graduate training as I experienced different areas of patient care. In particular, working as a part of an interdisciplinary team to treat resilient pediatric patients empowered me to pursue PGY-2 in pediatric pharmacy. Every day I learn something new, which has been truly the most rewarding experience of my career so far!

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital at BayCare?
After completing my PGY-1 residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital, it was an easy decision to choose to stay on for PGY-2 at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital (SJCH) at BayCare. The inviting culture of the department, the variety of acute care patient experiences offered, and the ability to be trained under board certified pharmacists are all reasons why I wanted to be a part of the SJCH family at BayCare. I have become an integral part of the department’s patient care services, which has helped to foster my personal and professional growth. I feel extremely thankful for all of the opportunities I have been awarded while at BayCare!

Timothy McCormack
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to complete a residency to further develop my clinical skills in order to practice pharmacy in a hospital setting. As a student I really enjoyed the opportunities provided to me in my clinical rotations at various hospitals. I quickly learned I had a passion for practicing pharmacy in this setting and knew I needed further development to become the best practitioner for the patients I encounter. Additionally, residency affords me the opportunity to refine skills in areas such as research, working in teams, and continuing to develop my presentation skills.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
There are various reasons I chose to complete a residency at St. Joseph’s hospital. First and foremost the rotations offered here provided me the best opportunity to continue to build my skills as a practitioner in my areas of interest. St. Joseph’s has many different rotation sites and allowed me to tailor the residency to fit my educational needs. I am excited to have the opportunity to improve my skills as a practitioner in pediatrics and critical care. Furthermore, during my interview the team at St. Joseph’s seemed to enjoy their jobs and the work environment.  I wanted to find a practice site where I fit in with the team and could not only grow as a practitioner but have fun while doing so, and I have found that at St. Joseph’s.

Ryan Jenks
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Morton Plant Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to pursue a PGY-1 residency because I entered pharmacy school with aspirations to become a clinical pharmacy specialist. As I completed rotations, I realized my passion to work with interdisciplinary teams to provide the highest quality patient care. Residency provides the perfect opportunity to expand my clinical knowledge and further develop into the competent clinical pharmacist I strive to be.

Why did I choose Morton Plant Hospital at BayCare?
Morton Plant Hospital offers a wide range of clinical rotation experiences focused in my areas of interest, such as emergency medicine, critical care, oncology, and neurology. During my on-site interview, I was impressed with the culture of the pharmacy department and the dedication to providing excellent pharmacy services throughout the hospital.  While interacting with current residents, preceptors, and leadership, I felt welcomed by the department and sensed everyone’s excitement to be recruiting a new resident class.  I could tell that Morton Plant Hospital would be a great fit for me and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn and grow within this great organization.

Jessica Acosta
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital - North

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
My interest in residency developed during my fourth year APPE rotations. I was able to witness the impact that pharmacists have in the inpatient setting and how they apply the skills learned in pharmacy school to real life situations. I have a lot of goals for my career, and I know that completing a PGY-1 residency will help me achieve them.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital – North at BayCare?
After having a rotation within BayCare, I knew that being a team member at any BayCare facility would help me obtain my dream job. I wanted to be a part of an interdisciplinary team whose mission is to provide high quality, compassionate patient care while exhibiting the values of respect, trust, and dignity within the community. I am proud to be a member of the St. Joseph’s North family!

April Courrege
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Winter Haven Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to complete a residency because I wanted to gain more experience in the clinical setting. I really enjoyed all of clinical APPE rotations, but there were still many more areas that I wanted to explore. Residency opens many doors because of all the networking opportunities that are available through conferences. It also eases you into the clinical setting rather than jumping in all at once and being completely on your own.

Why did I choose Winter Haven Hospital at BayCare?
I chose Winter Haven Hospital because I had an APPE rotation at this site and loved everything about it. I was able to work with many of the residency preceptors during my rotation and wanted to learn more from them because of their teaching styles. They tailor rotations to the resident’s interests so that we get the most out of our residency and also give us the option to do advanced rotations in areas that we are passionate about. The pharmacists, technicians, and administration all have great relationships with each other and work well together, making it an incredible environment to work in. The staff here is unlike any other and it really feels like a family here.

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