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 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.

Caren Azurin
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Winter Haven Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose residency because I know that a residency will allow me to ultimately reach my goal of becoming a clinical pharmacist. I would like to develop a skillset that includes strengthening my leadership skills, expanding my clinical knowledge, and developing adaptability. As the profession is growing, I would like to grow along side of it, but with confidence. I know that a residency will help me achieve that.

Why did I choose Winter Haven Hospital at BayCare?
I was fortunate to be able to do my Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience rotations at WHH. Not only was I able to complete every rotation that appealed to my interests, but also interact and form relationships with the previous residents and pharmacists. My time at WHH set an extremely high expectation of how autonomous residents should be treated, as well as the freedom pharmacists deserve to practice at the top of their license. My experience at WHH was unparalleled, and appealed to my future career goals perfectly.

Holly Widell
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Winter Haven Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to complete a residency because I knew the clinical skills I will learn this year will allow me to achieve my short-term goal of becoming a clinical oncology pharmacist. Completing a residency program would allow me to gain experience in multiple areas of pharmacy that I otherwise would not have the opportunity to learn as thoroughly through other pathways. I am looking forward to this year as I gain experience and develop into a well-rounded clinical pharmacist.

Why did I choose Winter Haven Hospital at BayCare?
I chose WHH at BayCare because I could tell right away that they really care about their residents and their pharmacy staff as a whole. It was important to me to complete my PGY-1 residency at a program that values their residents’ learning, challenges them to become strong pharmacists and allows flexibility in their rotation schedule for the residents to take electives that interested them. As someone interested in oncology and cardiology, I was excited to work at WHH with the Cassidy Cancer Center and the longitudinal learning experience at the Heart Function Clinic.

Michele Frakenberg
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Winter Haven Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I decided to pursue a residency after completing my clinical rotations to grow professionally in clinical areas and leadership skills. This residency provides opportunities to broaden my experiences and continue to develop my clinical knowledge through direct patient care. Upon completing a residency, I will be better prepared for my career as a well-rounded pharmacist.

Why did I choose Winter Haven Hospital at BayCare?
I chose Winter Haven Hospital because of the pharmacy team and variety of rotations provided. The pharmacy preceptors are knowledgeable, driven, and dedicated to patient centered care. This is an environment that promotes learning and growth. Winter Haven also provides a variety of rotations to tailor each resident’s experience. One of my areas of interests is cardiology and the longitudinal experience at the heart function clinic and cardiology services provided are rotations that I am looking forward to.

Tatyana Severe
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Winter Haven Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to complete a PGY-1 residency for the opportunity to develop into a confident and trusted clinician. I have admired how integral and respected pharmacists are when working alongside other health care professionals, and I’ve always aspired to be one of those pharmacists. Pursuing a residency will provide me with the skills necessary to reach my ultimate goal of becoming a well-rounded clinical pharmacist who positively impacts the patients that I serve. I am grateful for the opportunity to grow alongside an amazing pharmacy team and expand my clinical acumen in order to further optimize patient care.

Why did I choose Winter Haven Hospital at BayCare?
Winter Haven Hospital felt like home from the second I stepped onto campus. I remember feeling so welcomed by the pharmacy team. I immediately saw WHH as a place for me to grow and develop into a health care professional with various interdisciplinary experiences. With the multitude of rotational opportunities, initiatives for research, and passionate and individualized patient centered care, I knew I was making the right decision of joining the team at Winter Haven Hospital at Baycare. I love how challenging the learning environment is with so many knowledgeable and dedicated preceptors to guide me along the way. I’m looking forward to gaining so many meaningful experiences and I couldn’t be more excited to join the team.

April Courrege - Class of 2020

Tu Phan - Class of 2020

Kortney Kelly - Class of 2020

Jessica Truong - Class of 2020

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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