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
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Therapeutic Policy

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

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

Joanna Caranante, PharmD. BCPS
Joanna received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Joanna is the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator for St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital.


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Program Coordinator

Han Truong, PharmD, BCPS

Timothy McCormack
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to complete a residency to further develop my clinical skills in order to practice pharmacy in a hospital setting. As a student I really enjoyed the opportunities provided to me in my clinical rotations at various hospitals. I quickly learned I had a passion for practicing pharmacy in this setting and knew I needed further development to become the best practitioner for the patients I encounter. Additionally, residency affords me the opportunity to refine skills in areas such as research, working in teams, and continuing to develop my presentation skills.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
There are various reasons I chose to complete a residency at St. Joseph’s hospital. First and foremost the rotations offered here provided me the best opportunity to continue to build my skills as a practitioner in my areas of interest. St. Joseph’s has many different rotation sites and allowed me to tailor the residency to fit my educational needs. I am excited to have the opportunity to improve my skills as a practitioner in pediatrics and critical care. Furthermore, during my interview the team at St. Joseph’s seemed to enjoy their jobs and the work environment.  I wanted to find a practice site where I fit in with the team and could not only grow as a practitioner but have fun while doing so, and I have found that at St. Joseph’s.

Jordan Sachmann
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I decided to pursue a residency in order to become a well-rounded clinical pharmacist. Since matriculation into pharmacy school, I have maintained the curiosity and passion for inpatient pharmacy. With the ultimate goal of becoming a clinical specialist, I am confident that the experience and training I receive throughout this program will provide me with the skill set necessary to be successful. Residencies are challenging yet rewarding, affording me the opportunity for continued personal and professional growth.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
I originally decided to submit an application to St. Joseph’s due to their diverse range of core and elective rotations. As a large hospital, St. Joseph’s is capable of offering a highly customizable experiential plan with opportunities not routinely seen in other PGY1 programs. As I began to learn more about the hospital, I came to find their reputation in the Tampa Bay community to be incredibly positive. This reputation was indicative of the friendly and progressive practice site that I am now proud to be a part of. Pharmacists and students alike in the Tampa Bay area spoke with such high sentiment of St. Joseph’s Hospital and its pharmacy team, that I knew before even visiting the hospital that it was going to feel welcomed. After concluding my interview at St. Joseph’s Hospital, I knew it was sincerely the best fit for me. My interactions with the pharmacy team at St. Joseph’s was unmatched throughout my various interviews. The experiences offered at this hospital are unparalleled, and the people are truly amazing.

Marissa Aloyo
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I decided to complete a PGY1 residency program for the opportunity to strengthen my clinical knowledge and to gain a variety of patient care experiences in preparation for becoming a clinical pharmacist in a hospital setting.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
Throughout pharmacy school, I worked as an intern at St. Joseph’s Hospital where I had the opportunity to learn from an amazing group of clinical pharmacists. When considering residency programs, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to remain at St. Joseph’s Hospital. I knew at St. Joseph’s Hospital I would be continuously challenged and exposed to a variety of clinical practice settings that would allow me to achieve my goal of becoming a well-rounded clinical pharmacist.

Nikesh Bhika
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
Residency provides me the opportunity to improve both professionally and personally. During rotations I worked with several seasoned pharmacists, and I realized in order to become a well-rounded clinical pharmacist residency was essential.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
I chose St. Joseph’s at BayCare to the variety of rotation offerings, culture and futuristic outlook. One of my favorite aspects of St. Joseph’s is the culture with an excellent learning environment, knowledgeable preceptors and forward thinking with technological advances. With St .Joseph’s being the largest hospital in BayCare the elective rotation experience is tailored to each individual resident’s interests.

Sarah Jacob
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I choose residency because I love facing and overcoming new challenges. I have always believed that residency will provide me with the rigorous training that will help me develop the needed skills and knowledge to become a great clinical pharmacist. All of which will help me achieve my ultimate goal of providing exceptional patient care. It is commonly said that residency equals three years of experience and this couldn’t excite me more to complete this amazing and challenging year.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
St. Joseph’s Hospital is one of the best hospitals in Tampa, Florida and it is well known for caring, respecting and valuing all patients. This is kind of environment I wanted to be learn and grow personally and professionally at.  I joined the St. Joseph Hospital pharmacy residency program for many reasons including: the experienced and knowledgeable yet humble and welcoming pharmacy team, the variety of rotations and experiences that I will get to see, and the ability to complete rotations at any other BayCare facility. Lastly, one of my main interest is mental health and St. Joseph Hospital has a very unique and rare psych pharmacy practice at the Behavioral Health Center which I will get the great opportunity of training at soon.

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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