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 nearly 280.  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.

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
  • 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 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

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

Sharjeel Khan, PharmD
Sharjeel completed his pre-pharmacy undergraduate requirements at Florida State University and HCC. He graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from South University School of Pharmacy in South Carolina. Sharjeel then completed a Post Graduate Year 1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Wolfson Children’s Hospital/Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL.

Tu Phan
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Winter Haven Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to pursue PGY1 because I knew that I wanted to work as a clinical pharmacist in an interdisciplinary setting. After several hospital rotations, I developed my strong interests in critical care, ID and cardiology.  I recognized my passion to help patients in their most vulnerable state, and work alongside physicians, mid-level providers, and nurses to provide optimal patient care. A residency will help me strengthen my clinical knowledge, improve presentation skills, and gain valuable patient care experiences in a multitude of settings, all of which will train me to become well-rounded clinical pharmacist.

Why did I choose Winter Haven Hospital at BayCare?
I chose Winter Haven Hospital (WHH) for a variety of reasons. WHH offers comprehensive array of specialties with unique practice areas including Heart Function/Ambulatory Clinic, TOC, and oncology. I love the positive, family-like environment at WHH. The program provides strong support and mentorship from devoted pharmacy preceptors that will help thrive as a resident and clinician.

Jessica Truong
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Winter Haven Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I decided to pursue a residency in order to expand my clinical knowledge and grow as a clinician. I wanted to be able to go through a unique hands-on educational experience and learn from experienced pharmacists. I knew that a residency training would only further push me to become the most confident and competent pharmacist for my future patients.

Why did I choose Winter Haven Hospital at BayCare?
When I met the pharmacy team during ASHP Midyear, I quickly knew that I could see myself being a part of that team. The program offers diverse clinical rotations in order for me to gain unique experiences to become a well-rounded pharmacist. In addition, Winter Haven Hospital provides a positive learning environment with dedicated preceptors who help guide you during the program. Overall, this residency program encompassed all the qualities that would ensure my success as a resident and clinical pharmacist.

Kortney Kelly
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Winter Haven Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to pursue a PGY-1 residency to further develop my skills as a clinical pharmacist. I have always envisioned myself working as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide the highest level of care to patients. I knew that pursuing a residency was the best option to provide me with in depth experiences in a variety of clinical settings and allow me a path to my goals.

Why did I choose Winter Haven Hospital at BayCare?
For me, it was the culture of Winter Haven Hospital that set this program apart from the others. The residency coordinators and pharmacists genuinely want the residents to get the most out of their year. This program provides a flexible, challenging, and rewarding learning experience that allows me to develop as a clinician. Opportunities at Winter Haven Hospital can be tailored to my own personal interests and allow me to explore what the next step in my career will be.

April Courrege
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Winter Haven Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to complete a residency because I wanted to gain more experience in the clinical setting. I really enjoyed all of clinical APPE rotations, but there were still many more areas that I wanted to explore. Residency opens many doors because of all the networking opportunities that are available through conferences. It also eases you into the clinical setting rather than jumping in all at once and being completely on your own.

Why did I choose Winter Haven Hospital at BayCare?
I chose Winter Haven Hospital because I had an APPE rotation at this site and loved everything about it. I was able to work with many of the residency preceptors during my rotation and wanted to learn more from them because of their teaching styles. They tailor rotations to the resident’s interests so that we get the most out of our residency and also give us the option to do advanced rotations in areas that we are passionate about. The pharmacists, technicians, and administration all have great relationships with each other and work well together, making it an incredible environment to work in. The staff here is unlike any other and it really feels like a family here.

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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