St. Joseph’s Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, community hospital comprised of St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. The Department of Pharmacy is responsible for pharmaceutical care services for approximately 900 acute care beds with an average daily census in excess of 80%.

Clinical pharmacists are actively involved in medication order review, therapeutic monitoring, patient care planning and management, student and resident preceptorship, and interactive relationships with the health care team. Pharmacy technicians provide an integral component of the drug distribution system through the use of an automated, point-of-use dispensing system. The Department of Pharmacy is actively involved in leading several quality improvement programs including the Medication Use Safety Teams, Adverse Drug Reaction reporting, Medication Use Evaluations, Automatic Therapeutic Interchange, and other medication use activities.

St. Joseph’s Hospital 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 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. These responsibilities include:

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

After completing six core subject rotations essential to the pharmacy practitioner, participants in the residency program also select elective rotations that fit specific areas of interest. The residency program is committed to providing a customized experience, thereby allowing flexibility in the design and length of rotation experiences.

The PGY1 residency program core rotations include:

  • Orientation
  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Nutrition Support
  • Pediatric Pharmacy
  • Departmental Practice

Elective rotations may include:

  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care
  • Emergency Department
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Informatics
  • Medication Safety
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery
  • Women’s Health
  • 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
    • 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

Cathy Storms, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS

Cathy completed her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida and PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  She joined the pharmacy team in 2007 as a pediatric clinical pharmacist before transitioning to pharmacy clinical coordinator for St. Joseph’s Hospital. She is board certified in pharmacotherapy and pediatric pharmacy and precepts students, PGY1 pharmacy practice residents, and PGY2 pediatric pharmacy practice residents.


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Program Coordinator

Amelia Casalenuovo, PharmD, BCCCP

Amelia received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Tampa General Hospital and PGY2 in Critical Care at Jackson Memorial Hospital. She is a valued member of the SJH Critical Care team and serves as a preceptor for both students and residents.

Alexander Ignacio
PGY1 – St. Joseph’s Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
During pharmacy school, I had the opportunity to work in multiple areas of pharmacy practice. I felt the strongest connection to the inpatient setting because of the complex disease states I encountered. I chose to pursue a residency because of the wealth of knowledge and expertise I would gain from the experience. I wanted to continue to expand my clinical knowledge and skills to grow into a confident clinical pharmacist and medication expert.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
I chose St. Joseph’s hospital because of the encouraging learning environment and robust elective list. As an APPE student at St. Joseph’s, the experienced team of pharmacists tailored my learning experiences to my interests and focused on my development. An extensive elective list also provides opportunities to gain exposure in various practice settings to help me become a well-rounded pharmacist. After seeing what the program had to offer, I knew St. Joseph’s would allow me to excel and become an asset to the interdisciplinary team.

Blanca Luna
PGY1 – St. Joseph’s Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to pursue a residency because I knew it would provide me the additional training and tools needed to enhance my clinical skills to evolve into a well-rounded pharmacist. As a new pharmacist, I know I will learn to be more confident in my ability to provide the utmost quality patient care. Residency will also allow me to enrich my personal and professional growth. I aspire to become a pediatric and women’s health clinical pharmacist and the training I receive as a PGY1 will better equip me for pursuing a PGY2.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
I chose St. Joseph’s Hospital because they provide the opportunity to learn from a diverse patient population, while mastering fundamental clinical rotations. During my time as a student on APPEs, I received constant support and encouragement from all the pharmacists, residents and BayCare team. I knew St. Joseph’s was where I wanted to continue to work, learn, and grow as a resident. St. Joseph’s provides a diverse selection of electives and I was especially attracted to their core pediatric rotation and women’s health elective. The learning opportunities at St. Joseph’s align with my career goals of becoming a pediatric and women’s health clinical pharmacist.

Kelsi Crean
PGY1 – St. Joseph’s Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
My experiences within pharmacy range from independent retail to an inpatient clinical setting. Throughout my inpatient experience, I appreciated seeing how vital a clinical pharmacist is within the interdisciplinary team and the impacts they made on patient’s care. I believe a clinical residency would be the best way to gain the skillset and knowledge needed to become a crucial member of the team.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
Since my first semester of pharmacy school, I worked as an intern in the BayCare Health System. The culture within BayCare was something I wanted to be a part of long time. When speaking with the former residents at St. Joseph’s Hospital, it was evident that they felt well supported and prepared for a future as a clinical pharmacist. Additionally, St. Joseph’s Hospital offers a well-balanced set of core rotations paired with a unique variety of electives that I felt would help to cultivate my clinical knowledge.

Reem Chehab
PGY1 – St. Joseph’s Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to complete a residency to help me achieve my goal of becoming a well-rounded clinical pharmacist capable of providing high quality patient care in diverse practice settings. It is also a year in which I can build upon my foundational knowledge, participate in teaching and research opportunities, and enhance my leadership skills.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
I was immediately interested in the PGY1 residency program at St. Joseph’s Hospital after completing an APPE rotation here as a student. The pharmacists I had the pleasure of working with created an encouraging environment and were committed to my professional development. I felt the same welcoming atmosphere during the residency interview process, which solidified my desire to pursue a career with BayCare. SJH also offers a wide array of advanced clinical rotations in my areas of interest, which are pediatrics and infectious disease.

Shelby Landau
PGY1 – St. Joseph’s Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
My rotations and work experiences during pharmacy school made it clear that I wanted to practice in an inpatient setting. The impact pharmacists have on patient care is constantly growing and a strong clinical background is a necessity. I chose to complete a residency to improve my clinical knowledge and confidence so that I can provide the best possible care to my patients.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
I was initially drawn to St. Joseph’s Hospital because of the wide range of electives and specialized preceptors. During ASHP Midyear and my interview day, the team at St. Joseph’s made me feel welcomed and comfortable. I could tell that the excitement and satisfaction the current residents expressed was genuine, and that ultimately made my decision an easy one.

Marissa Aloyo - Class of 2020

Tim McCormack - Class of 2020

Nikesh Bhika - Class of 2020

Sarah Jacob - Class of 2020

Jordan Sachmann - Class of 2020

Airka Sanchez - Class of 2021

Casey Perticone - Class of 2021

Devika Suri - Class of 2021

Hayato DeLellis - Class of 2021

Mirna Yassa - Class of 2021

Andrea Mapugay - Class of 2022

Chelsea Phillips - Class of 2022

Katlyn Etheridge - Class of 2022

Natalie Toselli - Class of 2022

Trent Abel - Class of 2022

Amanda Lewis - Class of 2019

Amanda Reidler - Class of 2019

Ashlee Colvin - Class of 2006

Athar Naif - Class of 2016

Brian Gawronski - Class of 2016

Brittany Westwood - Class of 2014

Catherine Tecca - Class of 2007

Christina Lee - Class of 2013

Chungeun (Joanne) Lee - Class of 2013

Danielle Talleri - Class of 2010

David Wolfrath - Class of 2008

Dawn Ritzenthaler - Class of 2009

Donn Davis - Class of 2004

Elizabeth Espinel - Class of 2011

Erika Ernst - Class of 2003

Erika Rugay - Class of 2014

Heather Strouse - Class of 2018

Hong Luu - Class of 2015

Ijeoma Muforo - Class of 2005

Jared Mannen - Class of 2014

Jasmine Jang - Class of 2008

Jennifer Garde - Class of 2005

Jennifer Kwan-Clement - Class of 2010

Jennifer Lee - Class of 2018

Jennifer Mejia - Class of 2012

Jennifer Vazquez Perez - Class of 2019

Joanna Caranante - Class of 2002

John Phillips - Class of 2016

Julie Harrison - Class of 2011

Julie Nguyen - Class of 2011

Kanika Dunn - Class of 2018

Karimah Bell - Class of 2007

Karin Thatcher - Class of 2015

Katie Sommerer - Class of 2017

Kayla Suskauer - Class of 2018

Kelsey Hyman - Class of 2017

Kyle Jones - Class of 2017

Lauren Briggs - Class of 2017

Lourdes Reyes - Class of 2006

Luisa Alvarado - Class of 2016

Maida Muratagic - Class of 2016

Marisa Boos - Class of 2010

Martha Knoblich - Class of 2013

Mary Soliman - Class of 2012

Meredith Mahaffee - Class of 2015

Michelle Nowak - Class of 2008

Natoya Muirhead - Class of 2006

Pallavi Kothapalli - Class of 2009

Quynh Nguyen - Class of 2017

Rebekah Seale - Class of 2013

Ryan Rodriguez - Class of 2011

Sarah Hoch - Class of 2008

Shane Jackson - Class of 2002

Staci Glumova - Class of 2014

Stefani White - Class of 2010

Stephanie Altepeter - Class of 2014

Stephanie Houser - Class of 2015

Tam Dang - Class of 2012

Tara Nygaard - Class of 2013

Veronica Sherman - Class of 2012

Vicky Kang-Fisher - Class of 2019

Zakary Doran - Class of 2019

Zuzana Blackwood - Class of 2018

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