Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, in New Port Richey, Florida is the birthplace of West Pasco County health care; opening in 1965 as a 50-bed facility. Today, this small not-for-profit community hospital has grown to 141 acute care beds to meet the growing needs of the community. This expansion includes a cardiovascular center with advanced imaging equipment for cardiovascular diagnostics and interventions, a 5,060-square foot emergency care department and three off site behavior health facilities providing 24-hour nursing care to adults and children. North Bay Hospital was the first hospital in Pasco County to use cutting-edge, computer-aided surgery navigation systems for knee, hip and back surgery.

PGY1 Overview:

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is designed to provide 12 full and consecutive months of clinical practice experience in a wide variety of acute care settings. The residents will gain experience in areas including adult medicine, cardiology, critical care, emergency medicine along with several available elective experiences that will allow residents flexibility in pursuing individual goals.  The resident will work with the medical staff to assure safe and effective prescribing of medications, partner with nursing to improve the overall safety of medication administration, and work with patients to enhance their knowledge of medications. The pharmacy residency program at North Bay Hospital has dedicated clinical pharmacists and a clinical coordinator with expertise in a variety of fields including several pharmacy specializations such as cardiology, critical care, emergency medicine, infectious disease, oncology, psychiatry, and therapeutic policy.

Morton Plant North Bay Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

All PGY-1 residents will be required to complete learning experiences in core subject areas considered to be essential to pharmacy practice. Residents will also have a broad range of elective learning experiences available that will allow them flexibility in pursuing individual goals. Required longitudinal experiences include major projects such as a research project, drug utilization review, drug monograph, continuing education program, and practice coverage.

Program Summary:

The Pharmacy Practice Residency is a 12-month program designed to provide residents with experience in a range of clinical areas. The resident will function as an integral part of the department’s patient care services under the guidance of preceptors. These responsibilities include:

  • the provision of pharmaceutical care
  • collaboration and education of pharmacy students
  • committee involvement
  • medication safety initiatives
  • operational activities

Longitudinal learning experiences of the PGY1 residency include completion of a research project with a corresponding manuscript, an MUE, P&T drug monograph, CE or CME presentation, P&T minutes, pharmacy newsletter, and presenting research findings at the Florida Residency Conference.  The residents will also actively participate in residency recruiting, interviews and other residency activities (Midyear, end of the year awards, etc.).

The PGY1 residency program core rotations include:

  • Orientation
  • Internal Medicine 1
  • Internal Medicine 2
  • Administration
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Practice Management

Longitudinal Experiences (12 months):

  • Research/Projects
  • Practice coverage (staffing)

Elective rotations may include:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Transitions of Care (off site)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Oncology (off site)
  • Pediatrics (off site)
  • Advanced rotations

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 Eligibility:

  • 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 PharmD 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

Brittany Leiba, PharmD, BCCP BCPS
Residency Program Director

Brittany Leiba serves as Morton Plant North Bay Hospital’s PGY1 pharmacy residency director. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. She practices as a cardiology clinical pharmacist and is board-certified in cardiology and pharmacotherapy. She is a valued member of the North Bay Hospital Pharmacy team and serves as a preceptor for both students and residents.

Program Coordinator

Lynne C. Krop, PharmD, BCPS AQ-ID

Lynne is a Clinical Coordinator and pharmacotherapy specialist in infectious diseases. She received her Bachelors in Pharmacy from the University of Florida and PharmD from Nova Southeastern University.  Lynne is a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases.  Dr. Krop precepts PGY1 and PGY2 residents and students.  She served as PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Director from 2011 to 2018.

Siasha Prentice Ramirez
PGY1 - Morton Plant North Bay Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
A PGY1 residency will give me the opportunity to further enhance my clinical knowledge, skills, and ability provide optimal patient care. A residency promotes learning through applying the knowledge and skills learned in pharmacy school to a real-world setting.

Why did I choose Mortan Plant North Bay Hospital at BayCare?
North Bay had everything I was looking for in a residency program. The rotations including behavioral health, transitions of care, and cardiology really piqued my interest. The wealth of knowledge and expertise I observed throughout the years while working as a technician at North Bay was second to none. I recognized very early that the North Bay pharmacy team embodied the true BayCare core values of respect, dignity, and trust. They provide a positive and supportive environment that cultivates growth as a new graduate pharmacist.

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