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Pharmacy Residency Program

Learn more about eligibility, the selection process and program requirements for the Pharmacy Residency Program.

Welcome letter

Thank you for your interest in the postgraduate year one (PGY1) residency program at HCA Florida Blake Hospital. The Pharmacy staff and faculty of the residency program welcome the opportunity to introduce our program to you.

HCA Florida Blake Hospital PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program is a 12-month program with pharmacy staff and faculty committed to ensuring residents graduate with confidence and assertiveness needed to address patients' healthcare needs to fellow colleagues, nurses, physicians, patients and their families. This residency offers a unique experience, melding the community hospital setting with an established GME component. Our GME program currently has over 100 medical residents (including a cardiology and critical care/burn/trauma program). We provide the opportunity for our residents to learn in a variety of patient care settings, receiving instruction in medication management from dedicated, competent, and enthusiastic preceptors.

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at HCA Florida Blake Hospital is committed to providing a robust training environment grounded in excellent training experiences that support the resident's clinical, academic, and professional interests. Opportunities for professional travel, networking, and continuing professional development are available. Our goal is to prepare pharmacists for the next step in their career, with an emphasis on leadership development and critical care.

Derek Vuong, PharmD, BCPS, CPh
Coordinator of Clinical Pharmacy Services
PGY-1 Residency Program Director
AMP Pharmacist Champion

About HCA Florida Blake Hospital

 Serving Manatee County since 1973, HCA Florida Blake Hospital is a 383-bed, tertiary hospital that offers a wide variety of services including Manatee County’s only Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, 24-hour emergency care, open-heart surgery, joint replacement, inpatient rehabilitation, and cancer care. Our hospital also offers highly specialized burn care services. HCA Florida Blake Hospital is one of only six Burn Centers in the state of Florida that offers full-service inpatient and outpatient burn care.

Learn more about our Pharmacy Residency Program 

Program purpose statement

HCA Florida Blake Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program builds upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and provides an environment conducive to the growth and development of clinical pharmacists able to provide responsible planning and management of medication-related patient care. The program affords the pharmacy resident with mentorship, guidance, motivation and opportunity to ensure optimal patient outcomes and produces confident, self-directed learners who are eligible for board certification and postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Eligibility and application

  • Applicants must be graduates or candidates for graduation from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation).
  • Applicants must be licensed or eligible to apply for a license to practice pharmacy in the state of Florida. All being selected residents MUST be licensed in the state of Florida within 90 days from the start of the program.
  • Applicants must participate in the ASHP Residency Matching Program
  • Applicants must complete application and submit to PhORCAS prior to January 15, and include:
    • Letter of intent
    • Copy of pharmacy school transcript
    • Three professional references/evaluations submitted via PhORCAS
  • If selected, an on-site interview is required for Phase I of the Match. If necessary, an online interview (e.g., Skype) is required for Phase II (i.e., scramble) of the Match.

Selection process

The HCA Florida Blake Hospital PGY1 Residency Program participates in the ASHP Resident Matching program. The residency program participates in the ASHP residency showcase as the primary recruiting forum and uses the online admissions management software platform, PhORCAS to support the residency recruiting process. The deadline for receipt of application materials is January 15th.
The following are examples of items considered during the selection process:
  • Professional competence based on clinical APPE rotations, as well as work, presentation, research, biomedical writing/publishing and practical experience
  • Collegiate achievements
  • Communication skills represented in the letter of intent, professional references, APPE, academic, and interview performance
  • Leadership potential as indicated by the nature and extent of participation in professional societies, community or public services, and social activities
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others

Completion requirements checklist

Residents must complete the following requirements by the end of the residency year to graduate from the program and receive a residency certificate:

  • Successfully obtain “Achieved for Residency” for 80 percent of ASHP PGY-1 Residency taught goals/objectives
  • Complete all required learning experiences
  • Complete all assigned evaluations in PharmAcademic
  • Successfully attain BLS and ACLS certification (PALS certification optional)
  • Research
    • Complete a longitudinal research project
    • Present research at the ASHP midyear and/or Florida Residency Conference. If unable to present at this meeting, the resident is required to present at an alternate professional conference or at minimum present their research at Blake Medical Center hospital-wide Grand Rounds.
    • Prepare a publishable manuscript and submit it to a journal or submit to present as a poster presentation at a conference
  • Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Practice formulary evaluation
    • Complete at minimum one medication usage evaluation
    • Complete at minimum one therapeutic class review
    • Complete at minimum one monograph
  • Communication Skills
    • Each resident must give at least (1) formal presentation per core rotation to healthcare providers during the residency year. All presentations must be present in the resident’s portfolio
    • Each resident must prepare, present and document their formulary evaluation summaries to the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee
  • Service
    • All residents have an operational pharmacy practice (staffing) component as required by the program
  • Prepare and present medication error analysis at a medication safety meeting
  • Complete teaching certificate program
  • Projects, presentations, other work products, and any evaluations completed outside of PharmAcademic (e.g. presentation evaluations) uploaded to PharmAcademic

Available rotations

Core required rotations includes the following:
  • Orientation (1 month)
  • Advanced Orientation: Kinetics, Anticoagulation and TPN (1 month)
  • Internal Medicine 1 (1 month)
  • Internal Medicine II (1 month)
  • Critical Care (1 month)
  • Infectious Disease (1 month)
  • Administration (1 month)
  • Longitudinal Project (2 weeks)
Elective concentrated rotations may include but are not limited to the following (three, 1-month rotations):
  • Cardiology
  • Medication Reconciliation
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medication Safety
  • Burn
  • Trauma
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Pediatrics (off-site at HCA Florida Brandon Hospital/HCA Florida Trinity Hospital)

Pay, benefits and working conditions

Detailed information about salary, benefits and amenities will be provided to pharmacy residents by Human Resources.

  • Salary: Competitive
  • Duration of appointment: One year, beginning on July 1 of the program year.
  • Vacation and holiday leave: 10 days of paid time off (PTO) can be taken during rotations throughout the year with prior approval from the rotation preceptor and residency program director. Residents are required to work some holidays.
  • Sick and family leave: Sick leave is deducted from PTO. Residents are expected to notify co-workers and their respective preceptor or supervisor as early as possible when illness requires absence.
  • Educational and professional leave: Nine days are granted for paid professional leave to attend appropriate continuing education or professional programs, travel to job interviews or visit other residency sites or professional practice locations. Requests for professional leave must be submitted to the residency program director. Residents are expected to attend the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting as well as the Florida Residency Conference. Financial assistance is provided for travel, meals and lodging expenses for these meetings.
  • Health benefits: Residents are eligible for health benefits as full-time pharmacist employees of HCA Florida Blake Hospital
  • Liability insurance: All pharmacy residents are covered under HCA Florida Blake Hospital’s liability insurance policy.
  • This insurance does not cover any other professional services at facilities outside of HCA Florida Blake Hospital
  • Office space and resources: Office space for use by pharmacy residents is provided at each site. A laptop is also available for each resident.
  • Discounts and amenities: Residents are eligible to receive a wide variety of entertainment, health and other discounts via HCARewards.
  • Parking: Pharmacy residents park free in approved locations

For any additional questions, please email Derek Vuong, Residency Program Director and Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator or Jenna Sorgenfrei, Residency Program Coordinator.

Meet the preceptors

The Pharmacy Residency Program includes preceptors with a range of experience and expertise. These are the professionals who guide our residents, read their biographies here. 
Meet our pharmacy residency preceptors 

Current Residents 2022-2023

Courtney Henderson

Dr. Henderson grew up in Mayfield, KY. She attended Western Kentucky University for her undergraduate studies and attended Sullivan University College of Pharmacy in Louisville, KY. During pharmacy school she was heavily involved in Rho Chi, Kappa Psi, AMCP, ASHP, KSHP, and was class representative. Her clinical interests include critical care, emergency medicine, and pediatrics. In her free time, Courtney likes going to the beach, watching/attending sporting events, and trying out new restaurants.

Thanh Pham

Dr. Pham was born and grew up in Vietnam. She attended Portland State University for her undergraduate studies and University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Orlando, FL.. During pharmacy school she actively participated in research with a focus on infectious disease and pediatric clinical pharmacology, which are also her clinical interest. She was also involved in various volunteer programs in her community. In her free time, Thanh enjoys exploring nature, developing her culinary skills with new dishes, and traveling.

Graduated Residents 2021-2022

Boubacar Cherif, PharmD

Boubacar Cherif came to HCA Florida Blake Hospital with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from University of Washington School of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Arts from Berea College in biochemistry.

Residency Project:  Pharmacist Initiative to Reduce Inappropriate Treatment of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria

Linh Dang, PharmD

Linh Dang came to HCA Florida Blake Hospital with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy.

Residency Project: Evaluation of Enoxaparin for Deep Vein Thrombosis Prophylaxis in Burn Patients

Graduated Residents 2020-2021

Nicholas Hodgin, PharmD, BS

Nicholas Hodgin, PharmD comes to HCA Florida Blake Hospital with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from LECOM College of Pharmacy and Bachelors of Science: Biology Major from University of South Florida.
Residency Project: Hemodynamic Effects of dexmedetomidine Compared to propofol in Critically Ill Adults.

Thao Le, PharmD, BS

Thao Le, PharmD, comes to HCA Florida Blake Hospital with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from LECOM College of Pharmacy and Bachelors of Science and Biological Sciences Major from Florida State University.
Residency Project: Delirium Incidence and Management in Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units.

Graduated residents 2019 - 2020

Liliana Reyes, PharmD, BS

Liliana Reyes, PharmD came to HCA Florida Blake Hospital with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from LECOM College of Pharmacy and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida.
Residency Project: A Retrospective Study Validating the Readmission After Heart Failure (RAHF) Scale in a Community Hospital.

Lacey Brinegar, PharmD, MS

Lacey Brinegar, PharmD, MS came to HCA Florida Blake Hospital with a Doctor of Pharmacy and Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.
Residency Project: Burn Pain Management in a Tertiary Hospital: A Retrospective Analysis.

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