St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Post-Graduate Year Two (PGY2) Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program is a 12-month program that provides specialized training for residents in pediatric and neonatal pharmacotherapy.

The residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists specialized in pediatrics. The PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency program provides the resident with opportunities to function independently as a practitioner by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete the program are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions in pediatrics, along with board certification in the specialized area of practice.

The residency program is committed to providing an opportunity that is customized, thereby allowing flexibility in the design and length of rotation experiences.

The St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Program

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 resident is expected to complete various activities throughout the year including, but not limited to:

  • Research project development and presentation at the Florida Residency Conference, Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG), and Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Continuing education presentation
  • Active participation in the Pediatric Medication Safety Committee

The resident may also complete a Teaching Certificate program offered through the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy or University of South Florida, College of Pharmacy.

The PGY2 Pediatric Residency Core Rotations include:

  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Practice Management

Elective rotations may include:

  • Nutrition Support
  • Obstetrical and Gynecological Care
  • Pediatric Complex Care Clinic
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Pediatric Medication Safety
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric Psychiatry
  • Pediatric Therapeutic Policy
  • Precepting/Teaching

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

Maida Lawrence, PharmD, BCPPS
Maida received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2014. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. Following her residency training she joined the pediatric pharmacy team. Maida specializes in pediatric cardiac intensive care and serves as a preceptor for both students and residents.

Program Coordinator

Octavio Casanova, PharmD, BCPPS
Octavio received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2014. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. in 2014. After residency, Octavio was a NICU Clinical Specialist at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, FL before joining the team at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. His primary interests are PICU and NICU, and he serves as a preceptor for both students and residents.

Blanca Luna
PGY2 (Peds)– St. Joseph’s Children's Hospital

Why did I choose to complete a residency?
I chose to pursue a PGY2 residency because I knew it would provide me the additional training and tools needed to enhance my clinical skills to evolve into a well-rounded pediatric clinical pharmacist. Residency will provide me with opportunities to become more confident in my ability to provide the utmost quality patient care while also allowing me to enrich my personal and professional growth.

Why did I choose St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital at BayCare?
I chose St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital because they provide the opportunity to learn from a diverse patient population, while mastering fundamental clinical rotations. During my time as a student on APPEs and my PGY1, I received constant support and encouragement from all the pharmacists, residents, and BayCare team. I knew St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital was where I wanted to continue to work, learn, and grow as a pediatric pharmacy resident. St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital provides a diverse selection of electives to choose from. The learning opportunities at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital align with my career goals of becoming a well-rounded pediatric clinical pharmacist.



Kanika Dunn - Class of 2018

Kyle Jones - Class of 2017

Maida Lawrence - Class of 2016

Meredith Mchaffee - Class of 2015

Stephanie Niemeier - Class of 2014

Mary Soliman - Class of 2012

Jennifer Vazquez-Perez - Class of 2020

Claudia Ortiz-Lopez - Class of 2021

Airka Sanchez - Class of 2022

Katlyn Etheridge - Class of 2023

Heather Strouse - Class of 2019

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