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 31st, 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
  5. Completed non-cognitive attributes tool (received via email – more info here)

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.


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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