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. Designated by IBM as a Top 100 Hospital in 2018, Mease Countryside is a 311 bed, non-for-profit community hospital that has been certified by The Joint Commission as a primary stroke center.

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 core rotations include:

  • Orientation (5 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Cardiology (4 weeks)
  • Critical Care (4 weeks)
  • Infectious Disease (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Administration (4 weeks)
  • Longitudinal Project (12 Months)
  • Longitudinal Practice (Staffing) (12 Months)

Elective rotations may include:

  • Oncology (4 weeks)
  • Behavioral Health (4 weeks-off site)
  • Pediatrics/NICU (4 weeks)
  • ID Stewardship Long Term Acute Care (4 weeks)
  • CVICU (4 weeks-off site at Morton Plant)
  • Advanced Critical Care (2-4 weeks-off site at  Morton Plant Neurosurgery unit)
  • Advanced Infectious Disease (2-4 weeks)
  • Transition of Care (3-4 weeks)
  • Advanced Internal Medicine (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 on-site 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.

2021-2022 Residency Class

Kaleigh Marquis
PGY1 - Mease Countryside Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to pursue residency to build my critical thinking skills, increase my confidence, and grow my clinical knowledge. I believe that completing a residency will provide me with the experience I need to provide the best care for my patients.

Why did I choose Mease Countryside Hospital at BayCare?
I was initially interested in Mease Countryside hospital due to their wide variety of elective experiences and opportunities for advanced rotations in critical care and infectious disease. During my interview, I was blown away by how friendly and supportive everyone was. I knew this was the place I wanted to be to complete my residency.

John Dean
PGY1 - Mease Countryside Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
Pharmacy is a field of constant innovation which requires a commitment to lifelong learning. Residency was the next step in the learning process to achieve my dream of becoming a licensed clinical pharmacist.

Why did I choose Mease Countryside Hospital at BayCare?
I chose Mease Countryside Hospital for several reasons, the first was direct access to expertly trained pharmacists in my two main areas of interest, which are infectious disease and emergency medicine. Another driving factor for me was the welcoming atmosphere. After meeting the team, I knew that they were committed to helping me excel and give me the best chance to make a difference with direct patient care as part of a diverse interdisciplinary team.

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Liliana Pimentel - Class of 2018

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