Our residency programs fully support the use of research within our health-system to encourage various clinical and administrative initiatives. Residents are a key contributor and are expected to complete a major research project under the supervision of the Residency Program Director as well as research committees formed at individual sites. Research projects are reviewed by each location’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval. These projects will be presented at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Florida Residency Conference.

Florida Residency Conference Research Presentations

2017-2018 Residency Class

ResidentSiteResearch Project
Anisel HernandezSt. Anthony’s Hospital - PGY1Impact of a physician focused educational intervention to improve appropriateness of antibiotic selection in the setting of diverticulitis: A pre‐post intervention study
Arielle RuffMorton Plant Hospital - PGY1Impact of an antimicrobial stewardship initiative to decrease the use of fluoroquinolones in the treatment of urinary tract infections in hospitalized patients
Christina Roca NelmsSt. Anthony’s Hospital - PGY1Evaluating the impact of pharmacist involvement on readmission rates in patients seen in a postdischarge multi disciplinary clinic
Heather StrouseSt. Joseph’s Hospital - PGY1Comparison of weight-based versus non-weight-based norepinephrine dosing to achieving time to goal mean arterial pressure in intensive care unit patients with septic shock
James AlcornWinter Haven Hospital - PGY1Impact of requiring therapeutic indication and length‐of‐therapy at provider order entry on institutional fluoroquinolone use
Jennifer LeeSt. Joseph’s Hospital - PGY1Enoxaparin dosing for venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in low weight medical and surgical adults: a retrospective cohort review
Jessica VoWinter Haven Hospital - PGY1Impact of pharmacy interventions on 30‐day hospital readmission rates in heart failure patients
Kanika DunnSt. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital - PGY2 (pediatrics)Evaluation of continuous albuterol containing benzalkonium chloride compared to preservative free albuterol administered to pediatric asthma patients
Karlyn ScottMorton Plant Hospital - PGY1Impact of Pharmacy Implemented Procalcitonin Levels on Antibiotic Utilization in Lower Respiratory Tract Infections
Kayla SuskauerSt. Joseph’s Hospital - PGY1Evaluation of systemic corticosteroid treatment duration on 30‐day hospital readmission rates of patients with acute COPD exacerbations
Liliana PimentelMease Countryside Hospital - PGY1Impact of a pharmacist‐led methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureus nasal polymerase chain reaction assay protocol on the duration of antibiotic therapy for pneumonia in hospitalized patients
Mahta MahmoudiehWinter Haven Hospital - PGY1Impact of extended infusion times on the rate of carboplatin hypersensitivity reactions: a multiinstitution retrospective study
Melissa RamseyMorton Plant Turley - PGY1Pharmacist led follow‐up telephone intervention to improve medication adherence in patients with chronic medical conditions
Shirley DossSouth Florida Baptist Hospial - PGY1Stop the Flush, Stop the Rush: Leveraging smart pumps and opioid policies to slow down the opioid epidemic and reduce unnecessary admissions
Zuzana BlackwoodSt. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital - PGY1wefhwef wefwoefwef Evaluation of a standardized magnesium sulfate dosing protocol in pediatric patients with acute asthma exacerbations

2018-2019 Residency Class

ResidentSiteResearch Project
Amanda LewisSJH PGY1Safety and efficacy of hyperosmolar therapy in elevated intracranial pressure
Amanda ReidlerSJH PGY1Retrospective study of erythromycin versus azithromycin for the management of preterm prelabor rupture of membranes
Amy StricsekSJHN PGY1Opioid stewardship through a pharmacist-initiated intravenous to oral opioid protocol
Brittany HeuserSAH PGY1Fixed versus Weight‐Based Dosing of 4‐ Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate for the Reversal of Vitamin‐K Antagonist: A Multi‐Center, Retrospective Analysis
Cailyn CaselliSAH PGY1Impact of penicillin allergy skin testing on antimicrobial stewardship in hospitalized patients
Daniela FernandezMPH PGY1Impact of vitamin C, hydrocortisone, and thiamine on mortality in critically ill patients with severe sepsis and septic shock
Felix SanchezWHH PGY1Pharmacovigilance of preoperative antimicrobial prophylaxis in patients undergoing abdominal hysterectomy and colon resection procedure
Heather StrouseSJH PGY2 PedsComparison of SMOFlipid versus Intralipid on the incidence of parenteral nutrition‐associated liver disease in pediatric patients
Jennifer Vazquez PerezSJH PGY1Outcomes after use of four‐factor prothrombin complex concentrate for reversal of DOAC associated bleeding
Jessica LambertMCH PGY1Effect of an Indication-based Default Antibiotic Stop-date Initiative on the Duration of the Treatment for Intra-abdominal Infections
Kevin DeemerMCH PGY1Impact of Reflex Fosfomycin E-testing on the Utilization of Carbapenems for Definitive ESBL E. Coli UTI
Kihara CouvertierSAH PGY1Clinical pharmacist integration into the rapid response team at a community hospital
Lairyn KenneyMPH PGY1Evaluation of Time-to-Transition from Insulin Infusions to Subcutaneous Insulin Administration in Medical Intensive Care Units
Lisa KerridgeWHH PGY1Adenosine vs. regadenoson: a post-marketing comparison of side effects, cost, and time taken to perform cardiac stress testing: is regadenoson worth the extra cost?
Luke PomposWHH PGY1Impact of a pharmacist‐led protocol on reducing the utilization of intravenous opioid analgesics in the emergency department
Melissa JohnsonSFB PGY1Impact of a pharmacist-driven steroid step-down protocol for the treatment of acute exacerbations of COPD in hospitalized patients
Rachel CofieldTurley PGY1Coordinated physician‐pharmacist collaboration in geriatric annual wellness visits and follow‐up care
Rebecca SankhiWHH PGY1Outcomes of pharmacy based program to decrease use of sulfonylureas in hospitalized patients
Tyler NicholsMPH PGY1Evaluation of Intermittent Hydrocortisone Dosing Regimens in Septic Shock
Vicky Kang-FisherSJH PGY1Safety, efficacy, and quality of documentation of pharmacist‐directed vancomycin dosing and monitoring using DoseMeRx program
Zakary DoranSJH PGY1Evaluation of Antibiotic Administration Times after the Standardization of a Febrile Neutropenia Electronic Order Set

2019-2020 Residency Class

ResidentSiteResearch Title
Amanda LewisSJH PGY2 EDEvaluation of emergency department opioid use after implementation of alternatives to opioid protocol
Amanda TontiSAH PGY1Incidence of Bradycardia or Hypotension with Dexmedetomidine versus Propofol in Critically Ill Patients
April CourregeWHH PGY1Comparison of 30-day hospital readmission rates for patients discharged on long-acting injectable antipsychotics versus oral antipsychotics
Ashley MillerTurley PGY1Evaluation of Pharmacist-Led Telemedicine on Glycemic Control in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes
David FiumaraSAH PGY1Antimicrobial stewardship in diabetic ketoacidosis: an evaluation of appropriate use of antimicrobials in diabetic ketoacidosis patients
Graciela MeshkallaSAH PGY1Comparison of vancomycin area-under-curve (AUC) versus trough-based monitoring strategies: a retrospective chart review
Jennifer Vazquez Perez SJC PGY2 PedsEvaluation of pharmacist-led transition from targeted trough monitoring to AUC24 monitoring for vancomycin in pediatric patients
Jessica AcostaSJN PGY1Evaluating the incidence of surgical site infections in patients undergoing gastrointestinal surgeries while receiving antimicrobials for existing infections
Jessica TruongWHH PGY1Effect of Intra-articular liposomal bupivacaine versus intra-articular “pain cocktail” on pain control in postoperative total knee arthroplasty patients
Jordan SachmannSJH PGY1Comparison of the effects of oxcarbazepine and gabapentin on symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal: a retrospective study
Jose TamayoHSPA PGY1Implementation of Pharmacist Intervention Documentation into an Electronic Health Record (EHR);  A Comparison of Quantity, Time Requirement, and Utility
Kevin MooreMPH PGY1Impact of the BacT/Virtuo blood culture system on time to clearance of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia
Kortney KellyWHH PGY1Reducing broad spectrum antibiotic utilization: impact of weekly pharmacist-led antimicrobial stewardship meetings
Marissa AloyoSJH PGY1Evaluation of opioid use following total knee and hip arthroplasty in patients prescribed scheduled acetaminophen plus as-needed opioids versus as-needed opioids for pain management
Megan BarberMPH PGY1Evaluating a new Vancomycin VanCL formula for Class III Obesity
Monica GarciaSFB PGY1Impact of early aggressive diuresis in the management of acute decompensated heart failure exacerbations
Natasha KulkarniMCH PGY1Effect of guideline-directed escalation in therapy for a COPD exacerbation hospitalization on 30-day readmissions in a large health system
Nikesh BhikaSJH PGY1Impact of adjuvant midodrine on the duration of norepinephrine in adult intensive care unit patients with septic shock: a retrospective study
Pavan KullarHSPA PGY1Use and Optimization of Guideline Directed Medical Therapy in Patients with Reduced Ejection Heart Failure
Ryan JenksMPH PGY1Comparison of weight-based versus non-weight-based norepinephrine dosing on time to achieve target goal mean arterial pressure in obese intensive care patients with septic shock
Sarah JacobSJH PGY1Evaluating the effect of melatonin addition to formulary on the usage rate of benzodiazepines and sedative hypnotic medications
Tim McCormackSJH PGY1Evaluation of safety and efficacy outcomes for pediatric patients receiving magnesium sulfate infusions for an acute asthma exacerbation without telemetry monitoring
Tu PhanWHH PGY1Optimization of antibiotic therapy for acute bacterial skin and soft tissue infections through pharmacist-driven rapid PCR testing

2020-2021 Residency Class

2020-2021 Residency Class

ResidentSiteResearch Project
Airka SanchezSJH PGY1Retrospective review of intravenous indomethacin versus oral acetaminophen for patent ductus arteriosus: A single center study
Alexis PorterHSPA PGY1Cleaning and decontamination done right; A comparison of front-line cleaning agent's ability to remove hazardous residue from hospital surfaces
Arun AbrahamSAH PGY3Evaluation of inhaled corticosteroids and blood eosinophil counts in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a retrospective review
Ashley WiltMPH PGY1Impact of the Initiation of Glucommander on Glycemic Control for Transitions from Insulin Infusions to Subcutaneous Insulin Administration
Caren AzurinWHH PGY1Impact of a pharmacist-driven 72-hour antibiotic time out in the intensive care units
Casey PerticoneSJH PGY1Comparison of hydromorphone continuous infusion to fentanyl continuous infusion in achieving Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale (RASS) goals
Claudia Ortiz-LopezSJCH PGY2 PedsImplementation of a pharmacist-led vancomycin dosing consult service in a level-four community neonatal intensive care unit
Cynthia SmithMCH PGY1Thrombosis in COVID-19 positive patients in the intensive care unit when receiving treatment doses compared to prophylactic/intermediate doses of enoxaparin
Devika SuriSJH PGY1Pharmacist Intervention in the Discontinuation of Sulfonylureas in Elderly Patients with Type 2 Diabetes
Fotaq MerkajSAH PGY2Optimal hydrocortisone dosing in treatment of refractory septic shock: a retrospective review
Haithuy PhamSAH PGY1Evaluation of four-factor prothrombin complex concentrate versus andexanet alfa for the reversal of apixaban- or rivaroxaban- associated intracranial hemorrhages
Hayato DeLillisSJH PGY1Impact of a pharmacist-driven discharge culture review service for the emergency department
Holly WidellWHH PGY1Intravenous diltiazem versus intravenous metoprolol for treating atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter with rapid ventricular rate in the emergency department
Jace ColinaMPH PGY1Impact of a standardized multimodal pain regimen on opioid consumption in patients undergoing lumbar spinal fusions
Jenna ThielSJS PGY1Comparison of standard dose versus capped dose intravenous ketorolac for treating acute pain in the emergency department
Jose TamayoHSPA PGY2Implementation of pharmacist intervention documentation into a health system's EHR; a comparison of quantity, financial impact, and utility of interventions
Justin JimmyHSPA PGY1Pharmacy Technician Workload Dashboard: Implementation & Assessment
Madell NeddWHH PGY1 Amb CarePharmacological trends associated with hospitalizations due to gastrointestinal bleeding among the geriatric population
Marissa AloyoSJH PGY2 EDAssessing the effectiveness of a beta-lactam plus doxycycline for the treatment of non-severe community acquired pneumonia
Mary MontaneMCH PGY1Impact of BacT/Virtuo blood culture system on the incidence of Enterobacterales bacteremia in acute cystitis patients
Michael LakeMPH PGY2Intermittent vs. extended infusion anti-Pseudomonas beta-lactam therapy in pneumonia and bacteremia
Michele FrankenbergWHH PGY1Evaluation of time to first antibiotic for septic patients in the emergency department administered as IV push versus IV piggyback
Mirna YassaSJH PGY1Efficacy of oral terbutaline for positive chronotropic support in patients with bradycardia
Pavan KullarHSPA PGY2Use and Optimization of Guideline Directed Medical Therapy in Patients with Reduced Ejection Fraction Heart Failure
Tatyana SevereWHH PGY1Comparison of or 4-factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate vs Fresh Frozen Plasma in Warfarin-Induced Major GI Bleeding
Thao LoiSFBH PGY1Impact of early versus late utilization of tocilizumab in the treatment of cytokine storm secondary to COVID-19
Tu PhanMPH PGY2 Crit CareImpact of obesity in achieving time to therapeutic anti-factor Xa level utilizing a standardized weight- based heparin protocol

2021-2022 Residency Class

2021-2022 Residency Class

Airka SanchezSJCH PGY2 PedsOptimization of thromboprophylaxis use in hospitalized pediatric patients through implementation of a venous thromboembolism risk assessment tool
Alex TranWHH PGY1Efficacy and safety of intramuscular olanzapine versus haloperidol for treatment of acute agitation in elderly patients with dementia
Alexis Hayes‐PorterHSPA PGY2Cleaning and decontamination done right; A comparison of front‐line cleaning agent's ability to remove hazardous residue from hospital surfaces
Andrea R. MapugaySJH PGY1Comparison of divalproex sodium extended‐release and delayed‐release formulations initiated in pediatric patients admitted to an inpatient psychiatric unit
Caitlyn SmithWHH PGY1Evaluation of an eGlycemic management system on transition to subcutaneous insulin in patients with diabetic ketoacidosis
Chelsea PhillipsSJH PGY1Pharmacist intervention in the prevention of readmission of gastrointestinal bleeds by adding stress ulcer prophylaxis
Elizabeth BaltazarWHH PGY1Efficacy of Bayesian modeling versus traditional trough‐based vancomycin dosing on achieving therapeutic goals
Emily PeabodySJS PGY1Evaluating the efficacy of continuous insulin infusions in critical and noncritical care settings
Ian MaltzWHH PGY1Impact of 24‐hour pharmacist coverage in the emergency department on time to intravenous alteplase administration in acute ischemic stroke
John DeanMCH PGY1Impact of the removal of allergy alerts between beta‐lactams from different classes with dissimilar side chains on inpatient antibiotic prescribing across a community
Justin EganHSPA PGY1Impact of implementing an internal dashboard of medication error reports on pharmacist‐led reporting
Justin JimmyHSPA PGY2Pharmacy technician workload dashboard
Kaleigh MarquisMCH PGY1Impact of two‐step molecular and toxin testing on Clostridioides difficile diagnosis and treatment
Katie DuranceauMPH PGY1Impact of Spinal Anesthesia versus General Anesthesia on Post‐Operative Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Total Joint Arthroplasty
Katlyn EtheridgeSJH PGY1Evaluation of heparin versus bivalirudin in pediatric ECMO patients receiving anticoagulation
Kaylyn JacksonSFB PGY1Impact of Dexamethasone Dosing in the Management of COVID‐19
Kristen ChucriSAH PGY1Prophylactic enoxaparin dosing in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) patients and its effect on clinical outcomes
Lauren IngramSJH PGY2 EDSafety comparison of intravenous insulin dosing strategies in the emergency department for the treatment of acute hyperkalemia
Michelle BachmannSAH PGY1Use of ketamine for the acute management of agitation in the emergency department
Myla NguyenWHH PGY1 Amb CareEvaluation of appropriate use of sacubitril/valsartan in patients with HFrEF
Natalie ToselliSJH PGY1Readmission rates of heart failure patients observed on oral loop diuretics prior to discharge
Paola CarcamoMPH PGY1Extended infusion versus intermittent bolus of beta‐lactam antibiotic therapy in critically ill patients with gram‐negative blood stream infections
Robert S. MedinaHSPA PGY1Leveraging an opioid‐related dashboard to implement opioid stewardship services
Sara HatfieldMPH PGY1Four‐factor prothrombin complex concentrate fixed versus non‐fixed dosing for factor Xa inhibitor reversal in non‐central nervous system bleeds
Sydney AndersonSJN PGY1Assessing the risk of cerebrovascular accident and venous thromboembolism in dabigatran patients with concurrent proton pump inhibitor therapy
Tan Khoa DangMPH PGY2 Crit CareHydroxocobalamin versus Methylene Blue for Vasoplegic Syndrome
Tara GillilandTurleyEvaluation of a 2‐step pharmacist‐led intervention using continuous glucose monitoring for patients with type 2 diabetes
Toni TablanteSAH PGY1Deprescribing fall risk increasing drugs in elderly patients hospitalized after a fall
Trent AbelSJH PGY1Incidence of adverse events in pediatric patients prescribed high versus low dose antipsychotic medications in an inpatient setting

2022-2023 Residency Class

2022-2023 Resident Research

ResidentSiteResearch Title
Jessica AlonsoSFB PGY1All cause 30-day readmission in hospitalized patients with acute myocardial infarction
Shelby LandauSJH PGY1Incidence of heart block with dexmedetomidine use
Robert S. MedinaSJH PGY2 HSPALImplementation of a Behavioral Pain Scale to Improve Opioid Utilization in the Critical Care Setting
Katlyn EtheridgeSJCH PGY2 PedsOutcomes of Enoxaparin Dosing and Monitoring Guideline Implementation in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU)
Andy DaoWHH PGY1Assessing time to efficacy of activated partial thromboplastin time versus anti-Xa monitoring in patients with obesity treated with intravenous heparin
Matthew Denis-CalderonSJN PGY1Incidence of hypoglycemia in patients continuing SGLT2 inhibitor therapy in an inpatient setting
Justin EganSJH PGY2 HSPALData Analytics into Medication Error Reporting by Pharmacists: A Comparison of Quantity of Reports Prior to and After Internal Dashboard Implementation
Caitlyn CritchleyWHH PGY1 Amb CareImpact of guideline-directed therapy implementation at hospital discharge by a clinical pharmacist in the management of COPD exacerbations
Hayley AlexanderSAH PGY1Evaluation of pembrolizumab for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) positive score greater than or equal to 50%
Blanca LunaSJH PGY1Evaluation of efficacy of automatic antibiotic stop dates based on indication among pediatric patients
Kassidy BaumTurley PGY2 Amb CareEvaluation of Pharmacy Resident Participation in Refill Authorization
Katelyn ButlerMPH PGY1Comparison of door-to-needle times of tenecteplase versus alteplase in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke
Omani McLishWHH PGY1Case-control analysis of risk factors and characteristics in patients who experienced hypersensitivity reactions from high dose intravenous iron sucrose infusions
Daniel AcostaSJS PGY1Utilizing Pharmacist Dwell Time as a Metric to Reduce Alert Burden and Alert Fatigue
Maithi TranWHH PGY1Effectiveness of a new targeted temperature management prophylaxis order set on shivering
Andie LloydMCH PGY1Cefdinir versus cephalexin for the treatment of urinary tract infections: a retrospective evaluation
Griffin BlunkSJH PGY1 HSPALAssessment of Centralized Unit Dose Packaging at a Consolidated Service Center
Dalia ElabedMPH PGY1Baricitinib versus tocilizumab in hospitalized COVID-19 patients with noninvasive mechanical ventilation
Akereya WilsonSJH PGY1 HSPALEvaluation of the Impact of a Pharmacy-Coordinated Glycemic Management Program
Prachee PatelMPH PGY1Time to wean critically ill patients off continuous infusion dexmedetomidine using clonidine to reduce dexmedetomidine withdrawa
Reem ChehabSJH PGY1Comparison of High Dose Ibuprofen versus Indomethacin for the Management of Symptomatic Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
Jessica WohlertWHH PGY1Impact of rocuronium reversal with neostigmine versus sugammadex on time spent in the perioperative setting
Joseph FernandiniSJH PGY2 EDReview of tenecteplase compared with alteplase at a comprehensive stroke center
Kelsi CreanSJH PGY1Safety and efficacy of phenobarbital in alcohol withdrawal
Jimmy AsseessiSJS PGY1Expansion of pharmacy-led medication history services for patients admitted after an elective procedure at a community hospital
Alexander Ignacio Jr.SJH PGY1High-Dose Continuous vs Intermittent Pantoprazole Use In Critically Ill Patients With Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Ashley BallMCH PGY1Efficacy of tolvaptan compared to hypertonic 3% saline for the treatment of severe hyponatremia in hospitalized patients
Derek BalazySAH PGY1Evaluation of low-dose 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrate for reversal of intracranial hemorrhages in patients taking apixaban or rivaroxaban

Professional Poster Presentations

NamePositionConferencePoster Title
Daniella Fernandez, Pharm.D.
Former MPH PGY1 Resident
2019 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
Impact of vitamin C, hydrocortisone, and thiamine on mortality in critically ill patients with severe sepsis and septic shock
Kevin Deemer, Pharm.D.
Former MCH PGY1 Resident
2019 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
Impact of reflex fosfomycin E-testing on the utilization of carbapenems for definitive extended spectrum beta-lactamase Escherichia coli urinary tract infection treatment

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