PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

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The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at UF Health Shands Hospital is an ASHP-accredited program emphasizing clinical pharmacy practice and its relationship to the total health system. The residency provides a framework for the practitioner to develop the skills necessary for providing pharmaceutical care in a variety of different health care settings.


There are nine pharmacy resident positions available to eligible candidates at UF Health Shands Hospital. These are divided among the PGY-1 pharmacy residency and PGY-2 specialty residencies that include critical care, infectious disease, hematology/oncology, pediatrics, and transplant. This residency offers six required rotations and provides ample time for elective rotations in a variety of settings.

Rotation Opportunities

Required Rotations (6)

  • General Medicine
  • Adult Critical Care*
  • Pediatrics*
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Drug Policy and Medication Safety/Quality

*Critical Care and Pediatrics required rotations can be selected from any of the options below.

Elective Rotations

Critical Care

  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Surgical ICU
  • Burn ICU
  • Neurosurgical ICU
  • Cardiothoracic ICU
  • Cardiovascular ICU
  • Advanced Lung ICU
  • Trauma ICU
  • Emergency Medicine


  • Pediatric ICU
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Pediatric Cardiothoracic ICU


  • Adult Hematology/Oncology
  • Bone Marrow Transplant

Other Electives

  • Academia
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Cardiology
  • Investigational Drug Service
  • Nutrition Support
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Solid Organ Transplant (Abdominal)
  • Solid Organ Transplant (Heart & Lung)

Longitudinal Experiences

While a resident at UF Health Shands Hospital, each resident will:

  • Staff one evening per week (3pm-7pm), every third weekend, and assigned holidays (1 major and 1-2 minor holidays)
  • Conduct a Medication Use Evaluation
  • Complete and present a P&T monograph
  • Complete and publish an article for the Drugs and Therapy Bulletin
  • Attend regularly scheduled meetings with the Director of Pharmacy and other preceptors
  • Assist in precepting undergraduate Pharm.D. students
  • Present a project at the Florida Residency Conference
  • Make two formal, ACPE-accredited presentations on a therapeutic controversy to the department
  • Participate in Code Blue response services
  • Complete a research project. Projects must receive prior approval and must be in publishable form upon completion of the residency
  • Pharmacokinetics consults — vancomycin and aminoglycosides
  • Leadership Opportunities
    • Lead Recruitment Officer(s)
    • Scheduling Officer
    • Social Media Officer
    • Wellness Operations Officer
    • Education Coordinator
    • Networking Officer
    • Pharmacokinetics Officer
    • Chief Resident
  • Participate on a Pharmacy Department Committee, examples include:
    • Clinical Decision Support and Guidance (CDS) Committee
    • Medication Safety Committee
    • Pharmacy Safety Committee
    • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Operations Committee
  • UF College of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate (optional)


The resident receives a $48,000 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 (PTO)
  • Nine paid holidays
  • Additional compensation time for weekends or holidays worked
  • Contributory health insurance
  • Paid life insurance
  • Administrative leave for professional meetings and interviews

Eligibility Requirements

  • Academic: The applicant must have a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an accredited school or college or pharmacy
  • 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. Interviews are conducted on Fridays during the month of February.
  • Non-Resident Alien Applicants: To be considered for employment, you must presently have an employment authorization that is valid throughout the residency period.  We do not sponsor international visas.


  • Interested applicants must register for the Resident Matching Program
  • Submit all applications through PhORCAS.
  • Final deadline for complete applications is December 30th, 2022.

Complete applications include:

  1. Transcript of the applicant’s grades
  2. Letter of Intent
  3. Current curriculum vitae
  4. Standardized Reference Forms supplied by 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 3, 2023.

Diversity and Inclusion 

The University of Florida Health Shands Hospital Pharmacy Department and Pharmacy Residency Program strives to stimulate and support a culture that promotes diversity and inclusion. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds who are committed to a practice that respects and supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


For questions regarding the PGY1 residency or the application process please contact our Recruitment Coordinators:

  • Jacob Barnett (
  • Lauren Bivacca (
  • Kyle Gash (
  • Tori Gray (
  • Albert Tieu (
  • Briana Williams (

Residency Program Director

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