Pharmacy Residency Program

Dear Prospective Resident,

Thank you for your interest in the PGY1 residency program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The program was established in 1999 and ASHP accredited the following year. This residency offers a unique “real-life” experience in the second largest community hospital in Florida. A wide array of rotations and experiences are available for our residents. Our preceptors are a highly trained diverse group, comprised of pharmacy specialists and unit-based pharmacists with many years of experience. At SMH, the PGY1 residency training is individualized for each resident. Our goal is to prepare you for the next step in your career, which may include the pursuit of a PGY2 residency or a position as a unit-based pharmacist in a community hospital.

We look forward to the opportunity to meet you and to discuss our residency program with you.

Thank you,

Lisa Hymel, PharmD, BCOP
Director, PGY1 Residency Program

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Hospital Overview
Sarasota Memorial Hospital is an 806-bed acute care community hospital. It is the second largest acute care public hospital in Florida and is one of Sarasota County’s largest employers, with about 4,000 staff, 800 physicians, and 1,000 volunteers. Among its many achievements, Sarasota Memorial…

… is the only local hospital to rank among the nation’s best 50 Hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-2014 Best hospitals list.  The hospital also repeatedly ranks among Florida’s top 10 hospitals and remains the top-performer for overall care in the Sarasota-Bradenton region. 

…was singled out by Consumer Reports for leading the nation in avoiding hospital readmissions.  In the 2014 hospital rankings, Sarasota Memorial has the lowest (best) readmission rate of hospitals with at least 500 beds.  

…is the only hospital in Southwest Florida that has a nationally recognized, state-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center.  The American Heart Association/Stroke Association also awarded Sarasota Memorial its Get With the Guidelines “Gold Plus” award and national honor roll status for achieving the nation’s highest quality outcomes in stroke care. 

…is the only hospital in the region to earn Magnet Nursing Services Recognition, the nation’s highest honor for excellence in nursing.  The American Nurses’ Credentialing Center re-designated Sarasota Memorial for the third time in 2014, an achievement earned by just 1 percent of hospitals worldwide.    

…is recognized by Becker’s Hospital review as among the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare in 2014. 

Pharmacy Department Overview
Our pharmacy department consists of a central pharmacy, ICU, Peds and OR satellites. Our department provides 24-hour comprehensive pharmacy services. Our pharmacy team includes 55 pharmacists and 32 pharmacy technicians. Our clinical pharmacy staff includes unit-based/decentralized pharmacists including specialty services in Pediatrics, Neonatal Intensive Care, Critical Care, Emergency Care, Cardiology, Inpatient Oncology, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Ambulatory Oncology/Day Treatment Center, who work collaboratively with physicians, nurses, and dieticians. We have a highly trained diverse pharmacy staff that is made up of specialists, informatics system administrators and unit-based pharmacists with a strong emphasis on clinical services. We offer 4-month block APPE rotations to University of Florida and LECOM students.  In addition, we offer 1-2 month rotations to other universities from multiple states including Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota.  Teaching and precepting are a department priority and almost all of our pharmacists serve as IPPE, APPE, and/or PGY-1 Residency preceptors.  

At SMH, our preceptor group is comprised of pharmacy specialists and unit-based pharmacists. We strive to create a nurturing and supportive environment where our highly qualified preceptors play the role of educators and mentors to prepare you for a community-based institutional practice. The residency offers a unique “real-life” experience, designed to prepare you for a unit-based hospital pharmacist position in a community hospital (Did you know that 95% of all the hospitals in Florida are community hospitals?) or a position in a PGY-2 or Fellowship program.

Sarasota, together with its neighbors to the north and south, Manatee County and Charlotte County, form the 7th-largest market in Florida. It is also Florida's third-fastest growing major market. With over 600,000 people, the Sarasota/Manatee/Charlotte area is one of the largest, most affluent markets in Florida. In the Sarasota area, you can enjoy the breathtaking sunsets, educational museums, operas, ballets, plays, golf tournaments, and boat races. The brilliant white sand of Longboat, Lido, and Siesta beaches will make you anxious to see more!

SMH operates the best available systems to provide the highest level of patient safety, privacy and real-time access to patient information for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other caregivers. Currently over 95% of all medication orders are transmitted via Sunrise Clinical Manager, our CPOE system.  In addition, more than 95% of all medication dispensing is through PYXIS Medstations (automated dispensing cabinets). We utilize CUBIE (computerized unit based inventory exchange) and PARx (PYXIS automated replenishing) technology to fill the machines using barcode scanning of the medication. The nurses utilize an e-MAR and wireless barcode scanning for electronic medication administration documentation.  

In this unique situation, one can fully explore all aspects of Pharmacy Informatics, from basic abilities to retrieve data to implementing system changes & enhancements that directly impact patient care and patient safety. Many opportunities are available to enhance skills in Excel, Access, report writing and more, as Pharmacy Informatics comes to life in this extraordinary setting. Get a glimpse into Information Technology, Servers, Network, and Integration. With the knowledge of Pharmacy Informatics you are able to effectively utilize the systems to enhance your clinical expertise!

Diverse Experience 
The program focuses on the core areas of practice specified by ASHP, and offers the flexibility to design the rotations to cater to the resident’s individual interests. Core rotations include Acute Pain Management, Antibiotic Stewardship, Cardiology, Critical Care, Formulary Management, Leadership, Medication Safety, Nutrition Support, Pharmacy Informatics and Unit Based Internal Medicine.   In addition to the core rotations, resident will complete 3 electives.  Rotations are also available at affiliated sites throughout Florida.

Employment Opportunities 
Upon completion of their residency, about half of our residents continued to work at SMH. The rest have either accepted clinical pharmacist positions at other institutions or gone on to pursue fellowships and specialty residencies.

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