Founded in 1926, Winter Haven Hospital (WHH) has an outstanding reputation for superior, patient-centered care. The PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program is based at Winter Haven Hospital’s main campus, with opportunities to gain experience throughout the BayCare Health System.

The Department of Pharmacy is responsible for the pharmaceutical care services for approximately 468 acute care beds with an average daily census of over 300 patients.  It consists of over 50 team members, including 23 clinical pharmacists, 27 pharmacy technicians, along with administrative and support personnel.  Additionally, the department leads several quality improvement programs, such as the Medication Use Safety Teams, Adverse Drug Reaction reporting, Medication Use Evaluations, Automatic Therapeutic Interchange, and other medication use activities.

Clinical pharmacists at Winter Haven Hospital are actively involved in medication order review, therapeutic monitoring, patient care planning and management, student and resident preceptorship, and interactive relationships as part of the health care team. Pharmacy technicians provide an integral component of the drug distribution process through the use of an automated, point-of-use dispensing system.

Winter Haven Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Our ASHP-accredited residency program offers a comprehensive experience through a variety of training opportunities. The program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for pharmaceutical care of patients with a wide range of conditions.

Program Summary:
This adult PGY1 program is designed to provide 12 full, consecutive months of training at Winter Haven Hospital. The resident will collaborate with the medical staff to assure rational prescribing of medications, work with patients to enhance their knowledge of the medications they receive, and partner with nursing to improve the overall safety of medication use. Most of the residency can be adapted to the resident’s specific areas of interest.

All residents are required to complete learning experiences in core subject areas considered essential to pharmacy practice. A broad range of elective learning experiences are available that allow the resident to be flexible in pursuing individual goals.

As a teaching hospital, PGY1 residents interact regularly with medical residents from the Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program.

Additional learning experiences include:

  • the development and completion of a research project
  • medication use evaluation (MUE)
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) drug monograph
  • development of oral and written communication skills
  • participation in various departmental and hospital committees
  • experiences in hospital administration
  • rounding with FSU COM Family Medicine residents
  • the ability to practice pharmacy in various areas throughout the health-care system.

The PGY1 residency program core rotations include:

  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Orientation
  • Practice Management/Therapeutic Policy

Required longitudinal rotations:

  • Heart Function/Ambulatory Clinic
  • Longitudinal Activities and Staffing
  • Longitudinal Research

Elective rotations may include:

  • Advanced Rotations
  • Cardiology
  • Hospitalist
  • Informatics
  • Oncology
  • 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
    • 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

Jovino Hernandez, PharmD, BCPS

Jovino received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida. He completed training at Winter Haven Hospital. Jovino is the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator for Winter Haven Hospital and Winter Haven Women’s Hospital.


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Program Coordinator

Somer Slappey, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Somer Slappey completed a Doctorate in Pharmacy at the University of Florida in 2015.  Upon graduation, Somer completed a PGY1 and a PGY2 in emergency medicine at Lakeland Regional Health.  She currently practices in the intensive care unit and the emergency department at Winter Haven Hospital.  Somer is board-certified in pharmacotherapy as well as in critical care.  Her interests include teaching, critical care, emergency medicine, and prehospital medicine.

2021-2022 Residency Class

Ian Maltz
PGY1 - Winter Haven Hospital, Acute Care Setting

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
Hospital pharmacy has been my dream job ever since starting pharmacy school. The immediate, hands-on impact that can be made in the hospital setting has always interested me. By completing a residency, I would receive the clinical training needed to make a positive impact on these patients lives.

Why did I choose Winter Haven Hospital at BayCare?
Winter Haven Hospital offers a variety of opportunities that allow me to further be exposed to the areas I love, like emergency medicine and infectious disease, while strengthening other areas I’d like more experience in. Additionally, WHH makes you feel like you are part of a family. It is a great institution with amazing preceptors that are here for you as mentors while ensuring you get the most clinical experience out of your residency as possible.

Alex Tran
PGY1 - Winter Haven Hospital, Acute Care Setting

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to complete a residency because I loved the experiences that I had during my APPE rotations. I wanted to continue building my clinical judgement, leadership skills and to become a trustworthy team member in an interdisciplinary team. Additionally, pharmacy is constantly evolving with many significant achievements in the past years. As the profession has grown, I need to develop the mindset as well as the skillset to teach myself to grow alongside it.

Why did I choose Winter Haven Hospital at BayCare?
From the moment I met the Winter Haven Hospital’s team, the welcoming environment has made me want to be a part of this organization. I chose WHH for its various learning opportunities as well as the philosophy in striving for excellence. The diverse clinical rotations with advanced levels would be challenging and invaluable for my growth to become a clinical pharmacist. Lastly, moving across the country from Oregon to Florida is a one-in-a-lifetime experience for me. I’m excited to explore the local areas and get to make new friends.

Elizabeth Baltazar
PGY1 - Winter Haven Hospital, Acute Care Setting

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I was inspired to complete a residency by my internal medicine preceptor during my P4 year. I immensely enjoyed the clinical aspect of rotations and the systematic approach to developing treatment plans, especially in cardiology. I knew that to pursue a specialty, a PGY-1 residency would put me on the fast track to the specialty of my choice.

Why did I choose Winter Haven Hospital at BayCare?
I chose Winter Haven Hospital for their strong cardiology program and work culture. Winter Haven Hospital offers the unique opportunity to round with cardiologists from different specialties and fosters strong professional relationships between physicians and pharmacists. I also knew that I wanted to grow in a program that would support my interests, even as they change throughout the year. During my interview it was clear to me that the entire program makes a genuine effort to foster the personal and professional growth of their residents.

Caitlyn Smith
PGY1 - Winter Haven Hospital, Acute Care Setting

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
During my hospital APPE rotations in pharmacy school, I enjoyed practicing clinical pharmacy to better my patients care. It was during my rotations that I further fell in love with the field of pharmacy and opened my mind to all of the routes it can bring me. I knew that after pharmacy school, a residency would provide me the tools and experience to expand my knowledge and practice at the top of my license.

Why did I choose Winter Haven Hospital at BayCare?
I had the opportunity to work as an intern at Winter Haven Hospital for two years before applying for residency. I thrived in the collaborative and inviting culture of BayCare. This includes always striving to improve and teaching others at any opportunity. I felt that I had more to learn from the community at Winter Haven Hospital. I choose Winter Haven Hospital as it contains all of the resources to build me into a strong clinical pharmacist.

April Courrege - Class of 2020

Tu Phan - Class of 2020

Kortney Kelly - Class of 2020

Jessica Truong - Class of 2020

Caren Azurin - Class of 2021

Holly Widell - Class of 2021

Michele Frankenberg - Class of 2021

Tatyana Severe - Class of 2021

Felix Sanchez - Class of 2019

James Alcorn - Class of 2018

Jessica Vo - Class of 2018

Lisa Kerridge - Class of 2019

Luke Pompos - Class of 2019

Mahta Mahmoudieh - Class of 2018

Rebecca Sankhi - Class of 2019

Sandra Martin - Class of 2017

Theresa Trindade - Class of 2017

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