The ASHP-accredited program residency in Infectious Diseases at UF Health
Shands Hospital is designed to provide specialized training in the delivery of effective antimicrobial therapy to diverse patient populations and prepare the resident for independent practice as an infectious diseases specialist. This goal is met by completing the elements of the program as listed below.
There are two Infectious Diseases resident positions available to eligible candidates. This program values unique and diverse perspectives. Please know you will be welcomed, valued, and respected as part of our program.
The goal of the 12-month program is to develop expertise in pharmaceutical, technological and stewardship activities within an 1,111-bed hospital that includes 206 Critical Care beds and practices in Bone Marrow and Organ Transplantation, Neurosurgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery. Primary emphasis is placed on the development of clinical practice skills through direct patient care and didactic learning. Teaching opportunities are available in conjunction with the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.
Core Rotation Experiences
- Microbiology Laboratory
- Infection Control
- Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
- Infectious Disease Consult Service
- HIV Clinic (Longitudinal)
- Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Service (beta-lactam, antifungal, antimycobacterial)
- Available Electives: Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Bone Marrow Transplant, Solid Organ Transplant, Medical Intensive Care, Surgical Intensive Care, Emergency Department, Internal Medicine, OPAT clinic
The resident will be an integral part of the health care team for each service. The resident provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care, including anti-infective pharmacotherapy consults, pharmacokinetic analysis, drug information and intensive monitoring of each patient on service. The resident participates in all aspects of service, education, and research.
A required project, which will directly affect Antimicrobial Stewardship activities and the practice of hospital pharmacy, will enable the resident to develop skills in clinical research, study design, and statistical analysis. Our residents are consistently successful in publishing in peer reviewed journals and national ID conference poster sessions.
Additional requirements include (but are not limited to):
- Staffing an average of eight hours per week, including a rotation through Infectious Diseases On-Call
- Attend bi-weekly Infectious Diseases Conferences
- Coordinate one Anti-Infective Subcommittee meeting
- Assist in precepting Pharm.D. clerkship students from the University of Florida
- Assist in training PGY1 pharmacy practice residents during their Infectious Diseases rotations
- Present a major project at the MAD-ID conference or an equivalent forum
- Conduct one drug utilization evaluation on a topic or drug pertinent to infectious diseases
- Make two formal presentations on a therapeutic controversy to the department
The resident receives a $52,000 stipend paid by UF Health Shands Hospital. The stipend, coupled with the comparatively low cost of living in Gainesville, should ensure a financially sufficient year.
- Ten days of paid time off
- Eight paid holidays
- Contributory health insurance
- Paid life insurance
To be eligible for the residency in Infectious Diseases at UF Health Shands Hospital, you must meet the following requirements:
- Academic: The applicant must have a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an accredited school or college and a residency certificate from a pharmacy practice residency (PGY1) before enrolling in this advanced residency program.
- Professional License: All residents must be eligible for Florida licensure. Selected and matched residents must be licensed by August 1st.
- Interview: An on-site or virtual interview is required.
- Non-Resident Alien Applicants: To be considered for employment, you must presently have an employment authorization that is valid throughout the residency period.
- Interested applicants must register for the Resident Matching Program
- Submit all applications through PhORCAS.
- Final deadline for complete applications is December 31st, 2021
- Complete applications include:
- Transcript of the applicant’s grades
- Letter of intent
- Current curriculum vitae
- Standardized Reference Forms supplied by and filled out in PhORCAS from three (3) professional sources.
- After completed applications have been reviewed, the residency selection committee will notify selected applicants to arrange an on-site or virtual interview.
- Official start date for the residency: July 5th, 2022
Residency Program Director
- Kate DeSear, PharmD, BCIDP, AAHIVP, FIDSA