As part of the BayCare Health System in the Tampa Bay area, St. Joseph’s Hospital North is a full-service community hospital located in Lutz, Florida. The PGY1 residency program is designed to build on Doctor of Pharmacy education in order to develop residents into clinical pharmacists that provide safe and effective patient care to a diverse range of patients. Residents will ultimately be prepared to pursue board certification and will be eligible for future PGY2 residency training.

St. Joseph’s Hospital – North PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The Pharmacy Practice Residency is a 12-month ASHP-accredited program designed to provide residents with experience in a broad range of clinical areas.  The resident will function as an integral part of the department’s patient care services.

Program Summary:
The resident will function as an integral part of the department’s patient care services. These responsibilities include:

  • provision of pharmaceutical care
  • inpatient and outpatient education
  • collaboration and education of pharmacy students
  • committee membership
  • medication safety initiatives
  • operational activities

The resident is expected to complete various projects throughout the year including, but not limited to, a research project to be presented at the Florida Residency Conference and a poster presentation at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.

The PGY1 residency program core rotations include:

  • Administration
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Practice Management
  • Teaching

Elective rotations may include:

  • Cardiology
  • Glycemic Management
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Preceptorship
  • Psychiatry
  • Transitions of Care

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 (minimum 3.3 GPA required)
    • 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 (on-site or virtual)

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

Jenifer Wheeler, PharmD
Residency Program Director
St. Joseph’s Hospital North
4211 Van Dyke Road
Lutz, FL 33558




Anup Thomas
PGY1 - St. Joseph's Hospital North

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to complete a residency to build upon the foundation pharmacy school provided. Residency provides an avenue to improve my confidence as part of a healthcare team and optimize patient outcomes on a local and healthcare system level. I know residency would impart the necessary tools and continue to build my character into becoming a strong, independent pharmacist.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital – North at BayCare?
Prior to residency, serving as a pharmacy intern for BayCare allowed me to witness the care and compassion this healthcare system has for their patients. As a team member, I saw BayCare’s commitment to my development and felt valued as part of a healthcare team. St. Joseph’s Hospital North provides core rotations and electives such as Cardiology and Teaching that support my short and long terms goals. The team at North was extremely friendly and encouraging of my goals to be an excellent pharmacist and team member.

Sarah Wasson
PGY1 - St. Joseph's Hospital North

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to pursue a PGY1 residency due to my desire to further develop the clinical skills and confidence necessary to become a well-rounded pharmacist focused on patient-centered care. Although a challenging and rigorous year, I am confident that residency will provide me with valuable leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills, while fostering my personal and professional growth as a core member of the healthcare team.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital – North at BayCare?
My overall interest in pursuing a residency within the BayCare Health System stemmed from their unwavering reputation for quality care. Specifically, St. Joseph’s Hospital North (SJN) aligned with my goals and interests when considering their robust elective selection in administration, practice management, and teaching. I immediately felt welcome by the SJN pharmacy team and was thoroughly oriented to their daily workflow. I value that the preceptors and my personal mentor are engaged in my learning and always willing to provide guidance.

Jessica Acosta - Class of 2020

Sydney Anderson - Class of 2022

Matthew Denis-Calderon - Class of 2023

Amy Stricsek - Class of 2019

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