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 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.

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.


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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.

2022-2023 Residency Class

Ashley Ball
PGY1 – Mease Countryside Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
Between academic and rotational experiences, I grew very fond of critical care and emergency medicine. The individualized patient care and critical thinking behind those specialties are especially of interest to me. My future goals are to participate in a PGY2 program in one of these areas and to precept.

Why did I choose Mease Countryside Hospital at BayCare?
I chose Mease Countryside Hospital at Baycare for residency due to the diverse opportunities of growth in the program, the impeccable reputation of both the program and hospital, the warm team dynamic, and passionate RPD and preceptors. The additional growth from this residency program will forge me into a strong and well-rounded PGY2 candidate.

Andie Lloyd
PGY1 – Mease Countryside Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
Throughout pharmacy school I found myself constantly seeking new experiences and opportunities to learn. I discovered that I learn best by doing and I hoped to continue my hands-on pharmacy education after graduation. My love for learning and goal of becoming an internal medicine pharmacist drove me to pursue post-graduate training. Residency will provide the unique experiences I need to expand my clinical abilities, helping me develop a well-rounded skillset to care for a diverse range of patients.

Why did I choose Mease Countryside Hospital at BayCare?
I was fortunate to have amazing experiences at BayCare hospitals during my APPE rotations which gave me a glimpse of the welcoming and positive culture that is fostered throughout this health care system. My main priority when selecting a residency program was making sure I would be entering a challenging yet supportive learning environment, so I knew I wanted to begin my post-graduate career at a BayCare hospital. Mease Countryside Hospital checked all my boxes when it came to the learning experiences and opportunities offered, but it was really the people I met during the interview process who sealed the deal. I could tell that each of the pharmacists I encountered cared a great deal about helping residents grow as clinicians and that this would be the ideal place to accomplish my goals.

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Jessica Lambert - Class of 2019

Kevin Deemer - Class of 2019

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