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.

Deadline to apply for the 2020-2021 residency class:  January 10, 2020

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Program Leader

Kerry Marr, PharmD
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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Natasha Kulkarni
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Mease Countryside Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I decided to complete a residency in order to build upon my clinical knowledge and establish a foundation in areas of pharmacy that I hadn’t had the opportunity to experience up to this point. While the majority of my background has been in the retail pharmacy setting, I felt that pursuing a residency would assist me in becoming a well-rounded clinician by having experience in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Why did I choose Mease Countryside Hospital at BayCare?
I chose the Mease Countryside Hospital residency program for the diverse learning experiences that aligned with my interests, as well as the overall culture of the hospital. While researching this residency and throughout the interview process, it was clear that this program is truly geared toward the resident’s interests and professional goals. I have been granted a wide variety of opportunities to expand my clinical knowledge with the guidance of trusted clinical pharmacists at our hospital. I am so grateful to be a part of a culture that feels like family here at Mease Countryside. I am confident that this PGY-1 program will allow me to flourish as a new pharmacist and help me achieve my professional goals.

Kevin Moore
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Mease Countryside Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I knew that I wanted to practice as a clinical pharmacist and really wanted to be suited with the skills necessary to become a great practitioner, so I chose to pursue a residency to help me secure those skills. A residency allows you to practice as a pharmacist but provides extra guidance, which is very important to a new pharmacist in a new setting. I also appreciate the exposure a residency offers to such a diverse range of topics like administration, research, and various trainings that might be new to someone but critical elements in becoming an effective interdisciplinary team member. I wanted exposure to as many areas as possible while having the security of a preceptor verifying my work to ensure safety at all times. A residency provides a holistic view of the inpatient operation and provides experiences to promote growth in many areas that are critical for positive patient outcomes. I ultimately want to practice at the highest level, providing excellent patient care, along with an interdisciplinary healthcare team so I knew a residency was the right path for my goals.

Why did I choose Morton Plant Hospital at BayCare?
I was fortunate enough to have one of my APPE rotations at a BayCare institution and I was immediately magnetized by the culture and vision of this company. BayCare Health Systems has a priority to provide the best possible patient care and constantly adapts to achieve this goal. Also, team members from every single department are connected enthusiastically to achieve this goal. I had a desire to become a part of the Mease Countryside team because of the reputation this hospital has made for itself, being an IBM Top-100 hospital, as well as the multitude of functions this facility can operate within. Just to name a few areas I was impressed with were the diversity of the patient population and disease states, pediatrics, outpatient infusion center, and a high volume emergency department. Then my final decision to become a part of the Mease Countryside team came from my interaction with the preceptors and other staff during the interview process. They have such a well-rounded pharmacy department that facilitates a very strong learning environment and everyone here is committed to helping residents achieve the goal of becoming a proficient clinical pharmacist.

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