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Pharmacy Residency Program

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

Mission statement

Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

Program purpose statement

The HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital PGY1 pharmacy residency program builds upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program and contributes to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, producing confident, self-directed learners who are eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Program overview

HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital is an expanding 350-bed facility that has provided quality healthcare to Hernando and Citrus counties in Florida since 1984. We offer a range of services through our Heart Institute, Orthopedic & Spine Institute, Maternity Suites, Level II NICU, Cancer Institute, Women's Imaging Center, Emergency Services, Pediatric ER, and Express Lab. Other services include 24/7 on-site critical care intensivist, hospitalist, and radiologist coverage.

Our experienced HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital pharmacists are part of a collaborative care team.

Services include:

  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Anticoagulation dosing/monitoring
  • Total parenteral nutrition support

We leverage technologies such as:

  • Smart infusion pumps
  • Expansive use of automated dispensing
  • Bedside barcode scanning
  • Clinical pharmacy workflow systems
  • CPOE/eMAR to promote safe medication practices

HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital is a dedicated teaching hospital offering Graduate Medical Education programs:

  • Internal Medicine Residency
  • Preliminary Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Transitional Year Internship
  • Anesthesiology Residency
  • Emergency Medicine Residency
  • Podiatric Medicine with Reconstructive Foot/Ankle Surgery Residency
  • Geriatric Fellowship
  • General Surgery Residency (integrated training site)

Our GME program offers a unique opportunity for collaboration in research and process improvement projects with medical residents and fellows.

Eligibility and application

  • Applicants must be a graduate or candidate for graduation from an ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) accredited doctor of pharmacy program.
  • Applicants must be licensed or eligible to apply for licensure, upon hire, to practice pharmacy in the state of Florida. All residents accepted into the residency program must obtain licensure within 90 days of hire (by October 1st) and be a licensed pharmacist for 2/3 of the residency year (8 months total).
  • Complete orientation/training with a status of “achieved”
  • Complete a residency project designed to improve clinical pharmacy services or to achieve a specific research objective
  • Submit a poster for presentation to ASHP or Florida Residency Conference
  • Submit a manuscript report of his/her project that would be suitable for publication
  • Participate in at least one community outreach activity
  • Complete and present a Medication Use Evaluation (MUE) or other P&T project
  • Complete a one-hour continuing education seminar
  • Provide a minimum of eight nursing/pharmacy in-services
  • Present one GME lecture
  • Lead APPE/IPPE pharmacy students in a minimum of two journal clubs and two patient case presentations
  • Successfully obtain “Achieved for Residency” status for ≥ percent of ASHP PGY-1 Residency T/E goals and objectives
  • Fulfill staffing commitment to include: two weekends per month, two evening shifts per month, one major and one minor holiday
  • Complete all required evaluations in PharmAcademic within required time frames
  • Not obtain “Needs Improvement” on final evaluation

Selection process

Considerations during the selection process will include professional competence, achievements, communication skills and leadership potential.

  • Applicants must participate in the ASHP Residency Match Program (RMP).
  • Applicants must submit their application via PhORCAS prior to January 5, and include the following:
    • Letter of Intent
    • Copy of official pharmacy school transcript
    • 3 professional references/evaluations submitted via PhorCas
    • Curriculum vitae
  • Applicants must present for an on-site interview if selected

Required rotations

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine I (6 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine II (6 weeks)
  • Critical Care I (6 weeks)
  • Critical Care II (6 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Management (6 weeks)
  • Staffing (9 months)
  • Research (12 months)
  • Pharmacy Administration (12 months)

Elective rotations

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (6 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Informatics (6 weeks)
  • Cardiology (6 weeks)
  • Pediatrics/NICU (6 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (6 weeks)

Salary, benefits and working conditions

  • Competitive stipend
  • Program duration: 12 months
  • Start date: July 1 of program year
  • 10 days paid time-off (PTO)
  • Approved educational and professional leave (nine days to attend ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, as well as Florida Residency Conference), financial assistance is provided for travel, meals and lodging
  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance/Disability Insurance
  • 401K matching
  • Liability coverage
  • Office space and resources
  • Entertainment, health, shopping, and other discounts and amenities via HCA Rewards
  • Parking

Contact information

If you have any questions about HCA Florida Oak Hill’s PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program, our hospital or our community, please feel free to contact either the RPD or Coordinator below:
Gabriella Sarver, PharmD, BCPS

Gabriella Sarver, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital
PGY-1 Residency Program Director
Contact Gabriella via email

Jennifer Hans, PharmD, BCPS

Jennifer Hans, PharmD, BCPS

HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital
PGY-1 Residency Program Coordinator 
Contact Jennifer via email
Phone: (352) 597-6098