The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, Florida is designed to provide 12 full and consecutive months in a wide variety of acute care settings. Mease Countryside is a 387-bed, non-for-profit community hospital that has been certified by The Joint Commission as a primary stroke center.  Our award-winning facility features multiple Centers of Excellence including women and children’s services, heart, cancer, neurosciences and orthopedics.  The department of pharmacy consists of over 40 team members with expertise in a variety of fields including several medical specializations, infectious disease, oncology/hematology, critical care, emergency medicine, transition of care, and therapeutic policy.

The Mease Countryside Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

All residents are required to complete learning experiences in core subject areas considered to be essential to pharmacy practice. A broad range of elective learning experiences are available that allow the resident’s flexibility in pursuing individual goals. While core learning experiences will generally be prioritized at the beginning of the program, exceptions can be made based on resident goals to optimize resident development. No more than 12 weeks can be scheduled for any one specialty (i.e. infectious disease learning experiences).

Program Summary:
The residents will have the opportunity to become an integral part of the pharmacy department’s patient care services by taking on the role of a clinical pharmacist under the guidance of their preceptors. Each resident will work closely with medical staff to assure rational medication prescribing, enhance patients knowledge of medications received, collaborate with and educate pharmacy students, participate in various health committees and medication safety initiatives, and partner with nursing to improve the overall safety of medication

Additional learning experiences include but are not limited to:

  • development and completion of a research project to be presented at The Florida Residency Conference
  • completion of an MUE and P&T drug monograph
  • development and presentation of a one hour ACPE approved education
  • development of oral and written communication skills
  • participation in various departmental committees
  • experience in hospital administration
  • practicing pharmacy in various areas throughout the health-care system

The PGY1 residency program required learning experiences include:

  • Orientation (5 weeks)
  • Administration (4 weeks)
  • Cardiology (4 weeks)
  • Critical Care (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Pediatrics/NICU (4 weeks)
  • Longitudinal Project (12 months)
  • Longitudinal Practice (Staffing) (12 months)

Elective learning experiences may include:

  • Advanced Critical Care (3 weeks, off-site at Morton Plant Neurosurgery unit)
  • Behavioral Health (4 weeks, off site)
  • Cardiovascular ICU (4 weeks, off-site at Morton Plant)
  • Infectious Disease (4 weeks)
  • Long Term Acute Care (4 weeks)
  • Oncology (4 weeks)
  • Transition of Care (3-4 weeks)
  • Advanced options in several required learning experiences (2-4 weeks)

Program Benefits:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Medical Plan with prescription drug coverage
  • Dental and Vision Plans
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Opportunity to Contribute Pre-tax Dollars to a 401 (k) Plan
  • Life Insurance, Short- and Long-Term Disability Coverage, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Coverage
  • Professional Travel Reimbursement
  • Team Member Services: Team members receive a discount rate on a variety of events, programs, and tickets to area attractions

Requirements for Acceptance:

  • The applicant must participate in the MATCH process
  • Online application through PhORCAS
    • Letter of intent
    • Current Curriculum Vitae
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Official transcript from all colleges of pharmacy attended
    • The applicant must possess a Pharm.D. degree from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy
  • The applicant must have active Florida Pharmacist License within 90 days of the residency start date
  • The applicant must participate in an interview

Application Process:
Residency candidates should submit all requirements for acceptance through the PhORCAS website.  Once submitted, applications will be reviewed and candidates will be selected for on-site interviews.  After the interviews are completed, a rank list will be submitted to ASHP via the National Matching Service.  The ASHP Resident Matching Program will provide the program with the matched candidates.

Deadlines:
PhORCAS application deadline:  January 10

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Program Leader

Kerry Marr, PharmD, BCPS

Kerry Marr received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Florida and completed a general pharmacy practice residency at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida.  She is currently the clinical coordinator for the pharmacy department at Mease Countryside Hospital and is also the PGY1 pharmacy residency director.

 

Questions?
Kerry.Marr@baycare.org
Availability M-F 8-4pm

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Program Coordinator

Heather Durkin, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS

Heather received her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of South Florida Taneja College of Pharmacy in 2017. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY-2 Pediatric Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospitals. Heather is a pediatric, neonatal intensive care unit, and labor and delivery clinical pharmacist at Mease Countryside Hospital. She is board-certified in pharmacotherapy as well as pediatrics. Her interests include pediatrics, women’s health, teaching, and administration. Heather is a preceptor for our Pediatric/NICU and OB Learning Experiences.

2023-2024 Residency Class

Miranda Saporito
PGY1 - Mease Countryside Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I made the decision to pursue a residency in order to obtain advanced clinical training, enabling me to contribute effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team and practice pharmacy at the “top of the pharmacist license.” My goal was to gain a comprehensive understanding of medication management, allowing me to provide optimal care to a diverse array of patients. Recognizing the evolving nature of the pharmacy field, with a growing emphasis on clinical practice, I believed that completing a residency would grant me a distinct competitive edge in securing a position as a clinical pharmacist. Ultimately, my choice to complete a residency is driven by a strong commitment to attaining the highest level of clinical competence and fulfilling my professional goals.

Why did I choose Mease Countryside Hospital at BayCare?
I chose Mease Countryside Hospital at BayCare for my residency based on its exceptional reputation, my positive interactions with the staff, and the alignment of my personal beliefs with its mission. As the leading not-for-profit hospital system in the greater Tampa Bay area, BayCare resonates with my deep desire to serve underserved patients, improve healthcare inequities, and give back to the community. While BayCare’s overall excellence is widely acknowledged, my conversations with the pharmacy team at Mease Countryside left a lasting impression, instilling in me a profound sense of comfort, belonging, and support. I was confident that selecting Mease Countryside for residency would enable me to excel in the next phase of my career and provide an environment where I could truly thrive and reach my full potential.

Morgan Ozkardes
PGY1 - Mease Countryside Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
My clinical rotations during pharmacy school motivated me to pursue a residency. This experience provides me the opportunity to learn and grow as a new pharmacist in a setting where I am surrounded by experts in this field to help guide me. My goal is to leave this year as a well-rounded and competent pharmacist with confidence in my abilities.

Why did I choose Mease Countryside Hospital at BayCare?
I was fortunate to complete one of my clinical rotations at Mease Countryside. While I was here, I noticed the positive and supportive culture within the pharmacy. After learning more about the program from past residents and exploring the opportunities that would be available to me, I knew I wanted to apply. I am incredibly thankful to now be a part of this amazing team.

Kevin Moore - Class of 2020

Natasha Kulkarni - Class of 2020

Cynthia Smith - Class of 2021

Mary Montane - Class of 2021

John Dean - Class of 2022

Kaleigh Marquis - Class of 2022

Andie Lloyd - Class of 2023

Ashley Ball - Class of 2023

Jessica Lambert - Class of 2019

Kevin Deemer - Class of 2019

Liliana Pimentel - Class of 2018

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