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Pharmacy Residency Postgraduate Year One (PGY-1) - Gulf Coast Medical Center

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Mission Statement of PGY-1 Program

Mission Statement: The residency program at Lee Health Gulf Coast Medical Center is committed to providing excellent training experiences that support the resident's clinical, academic, and professional interests. This program is dedicated to preparing future pharmacy clinicians and leaders by promoting confidence, leadership and professional skills.

Core Clinical Rotations

Required core rotations are 4-6 weeks and include the following:

  • Orientation
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Contemporary Pharmacy Practice
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Adult Medicine
  • Critical Care

Completion of Orientation and required core rotations will allow the resident to choose five months of elective rotations as well as one non-direct patient care rotation.

Non-direct patient care rotations are four weeks, residents choose one from the following:

  • Pharmacy Practice Leadership
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Medication Safety
  • Informatics

The resident may choose to do more than one rotation in a given practice area; however, the rotation must provide a different learning environment or patient population. The resident is encouraged to select elective rotations to provide a breadth of experience; therefore, one elective rotation must be an adult acute care rotation with a maximum of three rotations allowed within a specific patient population and not more than two non-direct patient care rotations.

Elective Rotations

Elective rotations are 2-4 weeks and include the following:

  • Cardiac ICU
  • Neuro ICU
  • Trauma ICU
  • Pediatrics*
  • Advanced Pediatrics*
  • Infectious Diseases Consult
  • Cardiology
  • Inpatient Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Transitions of Care
  • Family Medicine
  • Community Pharmacy Experience
  • Education
  • Advanced Contemporary Pharmacy Practice
  • Advanced Emergency Medicine
  • Advanced Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Additional Non-Direct Patient Care in a different area

*Pediatric areas of focus include Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Pediatric Emergency Department (ED), Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS), and Pediatric Oncology dependent on preceptor availability.

Residents will choose five months of elective rotations, with at least one elective in an adult acute care setting. The resident may choose to do more than one rotation in a given practice area; however, a maximum of three rotations will be allowed within a specific patient population or practice area and two non-direct patient care rotations.

Longitudinal Rotations: In addition to the core clinical rotations, residents will be involved in the following core rotations as longitudinal experiences:

Medication Use Evaluation (MUE)

6-month long learning experience [July through December]. The results of a Medication Utilization Evaluation (MUE) completed in the Fall by the resident will be presented as a poster at the ASHP Midyear Meeting.

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Project Management

9-month long learning experience [October through June]. Each resident is required to lead and complete an IRC-approved research project. The resident will present results of the research project at the Florida Residency Conference in the spring.

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Pharmacy Administration

Pharmacy Directors serve as the preceptors for this 10-month learning experience. Directors meet with residents for 2-3 hours each month to review topics such as Medication Use Processes, Medication Safety, Quality/Performance Improvement, Legal and Regulatory Compliance, Human Resources, Transitions of Care, Information Systems, and Business of Pharmacy.

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Pharmacy Practice Leadership (PPL) Seminar

The System Director of Pharmacy meets with residents for 1-2 hours each month during this 7-month learning experience. Topics discussed focus on the traits needed to be a leader within the field of pharmacy.

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Pharmacy Practice Experience

Residents are required to staff 28 hours a month starting in July through June, including one weekend every 4 weeks (two 8-hour shifts) and one 4- hour evening shift each week for 3 weeks per month. In addition, each resident will be required to staff one of the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, or New Year's Day. It is expected that the resident work Fourth of July (if on a weekday), Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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Clinical Practice Advancement

11-month long learning experience [August through June]. Residents will participate in the following activities throughout the residency year.

  • Residents prepare a formulary monograph and/or a drug class review and present the recommendations to the Pharmacy Clinical Practice Council, Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee and other committees as applicable
  • Residents participate in quality improvement and performance improvement projects and present the recommendations to the appropriate health system committees
  • Residents review and develop policies, procedures or orders sets to improve patient outcomes
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The Dose Newsletter

Each resident will publish a minimum of three articles in the LH Pharmacy Newsletter, “The Dose”. Each resident will be responsible for the content, coordination and publication of a minimum of three pharmacy newsletters. The intended audience is pharmacy staff and healthcare providers, such as physicians and midlevel providers.

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Teaching Activities

Teaching activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Lecture: Residents will prepare and present a one hour ACPE-accredited continuing education program
  • Lee Health Teaching Certificate Program: (7-month long experience) Residents will participate in and complete the Lee Health ACPE-accredited Teaching Certificate Program.
  • Residents will serve as mentors to APPE students in the Lee Health APPE Block Program
  • Residents may serve as co-preceptor to PharmD students during rotation experiences

Gulf Coast Medical Center Program Facts

  • ASHP Accredited Program since 2010
  • Duration/Type: 12-month residency
  • Number of Positions: 3
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 2
  • Starting Date: Varies, last week of June or first week of July
  • Estimated Stipend: $52,000
  • Interview Required: Yes
  • Training Site Type: Hospital
  • Owner Affiliate: Public
  • Model Type(s): Community, Acute Care
  • Tax Status: Non-Profit
  • Pharmacist Staff: 41
  • Non-Pharmacist Staff: 42
  • Total Beds: 624

Lee Health Facts

  • Professional Staff: 190
  • Non-Professional Staff: 160
  • Number of Acute Care Medical Centers: 5
  • Total Beds: 1800
  • Average Daily Census: 1400

Salary and Benefits

  • Medical insurance (Health, Dental, Vision)
  • 7.40 hours PTO accrued per pay period
  • Discounted meals
  • Discounted membership to Wellness Centers
  • Professional travel reimbursement
  • On-site ACPE-accredited continuing education

PGY-1 Residency Program Director

Kelly Groover, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Kelly.Groover@leehealth.org (link opens in a new window)
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