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

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

Airka Sanchez
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
The reason why I choose to complete a residency was to develop my practice as a clinical pharmacist. During residency I hope to learn the skills which will help me navigate through my clinical decision making and ensure I am always practicing to the best of my ability. I also want to increase my exposure to different areas of pharmacy practice. I have a strong interest in pediatric pharmacy and while completing residency I hope to further explore this specialty.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
I chose to complete a residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital due to the many opportunities available to the residents. Having the opportunity to complete a residency at a larger institution will allow me to tailor the program to my specific interests and determine where I am best fit to practice. While completing my rotations as a student at St. Joseph’s Hospital I was able to get a small glimpse into what residency would feel like at this institution and I knew this program would be a great fit for me moving forward into my career as a pharmacist.

Casey Perticone
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to complete a residency because I knew I wanted to exercise my education to the fullest extent while also receiving intense training to advance my knowledge. I have a variety of interests in clinical pharmacy and residency will provide opportunities to explore these interests, unveil new ones, learn of practice models, and discover career paths.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
I chose St. Joe’s because the flexibility offered for residency is really unique. The required and elective rotations are so diverse truly offering a customizable experience I can tailor to my interests. The variety of experiences St. Joe’s offers will enable me to be a well-trained and experienced pharmacist to better serve my patients.

Devika Suri
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to complete a PGY-1 pharmacy residency to help develop and grow my pharmaceutical knowledge, and skill set. It is very important to me to be able to critically think and solve problems for all patients, while providing them with the utmost patient-centered care.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
I chose to complete my post graduate training at St. Joseph’s hospital for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost being the variety of rotations offered that will truly help me find my calling within the field of pharmacy. The immense flexibility and learning opportunities at this institution are very unique, and are able to be tailored to a learning style that will best help you succeed. Secondly, I believe the diverse inter-professional environment will train me to be a competent clinical pharmacist.

Hayato DeLellis
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I choose to do a residency because I believe it is a necessary bridge from your didactic teaching to best hospital practice. It’s an opportunity that not only expands your clinical knowledge and goals, but a chance to learn from seasoned pharmacists who have had many years of experience that can show you the ropes in an educational environment.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
St. Joseph’s being the largest BayCare hospital offers a residency program with immense diversity of rotations, projects, and experiences that can be tailored to each resident’s interest. I know with the quality of the preceptors and staff that I can further advance my learning to become a more confident and knowledgeable pharmacist.

Mirna Yassa
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at St. Joseph's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose residency because of my passion towards patient-centered care that is manifested in clinical pharmacy. Residency is the path that will provide me with the necessary training and skills to become a well-rounded clinical pharmacist. I find pleasure in learning every day for the purpose of being a useful addition to the multidisciplinary team.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Hospital at BayCare?
I started my journey at St. Joseph’s Hospital as a pharmacy technician, and received great support from my team and leaders till I became a pharmacy resident. This illustrates that St. Joseph’s hospital has an exceptional learning atmosphere to help team members grow and succeed. St. Joseph’s hospital residency program provides multiple and flexible learning opportunities to help me build the knowledge and the skills needed to offer best patient care. Preceptors offer individualized teaching techniques tailored to each resident. Working at St. Joseph’s Hospital made me realize that this place is my second home, and where I believe I can best learn and grow as a clinical pharmacist.

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

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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