Message from the Program Director

Welcome to AdventHealth for Children’s PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Specialty Residency Program! Our residency program offers two full-time, 12-month positions with an intensive curriculum accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The purpose of our residency program is to provide residents with a learning environment that will enhance critical thinking skills, facilitate independent practice, and foster leadership skills necessary to provide specialized, patient-focused care for pediatric patients. It is our goal to help residents optimize drug therapy to improve patient outcomes and ultimately become confident Pediatric Clinical Specialists on a multidisciplinary health care team.

AdventHealth for Children is a 220-bed acute care teaching hospital, including a 102-bed Level III, 16-bed Level I PICU, 12-bed Hematology/Oncology Unit, 6-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, 8-bed Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, 44-bed General Medical/Surgical Unit, 16-bed Procedural Sedation Unit, 10-bed CVICU, 16-bed ED and Central Florida’s only Pediatric Renal Transplant, Bone Marrow Transplant, and Liver Transplant programs. AdventHealth for Children received a $10 million contribution in 2007 from Walt Disney World towards an expansion project which was completed in early 2011.

AdventHealth for Children serves as a major tertiary facility in Orlando, Florida, and is affiliated with seven AdventHealth campuses for adult patients in Central Florida, including Level II NICUs and Pediatric EDs. AdventHealth’s mission is to “Extend the healing ministry of Christ” and we have a long-standing history of excellence in patient care. AdventHealth for Children’s NICU was ranked in the top 50 NICUs nationwide, and the Children Hospital joins the ranks of premier children’s hospital in the nation. AdventHealth has and provides a robust portfolio of specialty services, as well as cutting edge clinical programs to a highly complex patient population.

For specific information regarding our residency program, please check the Program Description.

Thank for your interest in our program and for visiting our website. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Alex Lopilato, PharmD, BCPPS
PGY2 Pediatric Residency Program Director
[email protected]

More About Our Program

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About Us

Our Mission

At AdventHealth for Children, the primary mission of the Department of Pharmacy is to provide quality pharmaceutical care to improve the patient's quality of life while providing support for caregivers.  As part of multidisciplinary teams, we share the responsibility of monitoring responses to drug therapy and optimizing patient care to improve patient therapeutic outcomes in the pediatric patient population.

Pharmacy Services

  • Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) review
  • Patient medication profile review
  • Sterile IV preparation in a USP 797 compliant facility
  • Pharmacists/technicians led Pharmacy Practice Council
  • Patient care rounds on a variety of multidisciplinary teams
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring (automatic consults for management of pediatric aminoglycoside and vancomycin therapies)
  • Parenteral nutrition
  • Provide discharge counseling utilizing MedAction Plans
  • Pharmaceutical care (i.e., medication adjustments for renal and hepatic dysfunction, IV to PO conversions, iatrogenic withdrawal management) 
  • Provide drug information and education to physicians, nurses, patients, and other ancillary staff 
  • Warfarin and asthma education and patient counseling
  • Team members on core patient care committees for the development of evidence-based guidelines
  • Formulary management activities
  • Precept pharmacy students and residents
  • Participate in IRB-approved research projects 
Program Description

General Information

The PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residents at AdventHealth for Children will be provided with opportunities and an environment to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete our residency program should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty appointments and position them to be eligible for attainment of pediatric board certification.

Overview

  • Positions available: Two full-time, 12-month commitment
  • Estimated Annual Stipend: $52,800/year
  • Travel Support: ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and 1 Professional Pharmacy Meeting
  • Benefits: Immediate health, dental, and vision insurance; free employee parking; discounts at hospital cafeteria and many local merchants

Required Rotations (duration: 5 weeks)

  • Pharmacy Distribution and Clinical Operations (Orientation)
  • General Pediatrics
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Practice Management
  • Longitudinal Ambulatory Care (3 hours weekly)
    • Hematology/Oncology Clinic
    • Coordinated Care for Kids Clinic

Elective Rotations (duration: 5 weeks)

Residents may select 4 elective rotations of their choice.  Residents may also repeat a required rotation as an elective rotation for further exposure/experience.  Options for elective rotations include the following:

  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neurology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Clinical Administration/Medication Safety

Required Projects

To build practice leadership skills, residents will participate in clinical pharmacy projects and administrative performance improvement projects.

All Residents who complete our residency program will be required to complete a minimum of the following:

  • (8) Presentations may include journal club and/or patient cases 
  • (1) Medication Use Evaluation (time spent ~ 120 hours)
  • (1) Formulary Review (time spent ~ 40 hours)
  • (1) Research Project (time spent ~ 120 hours)
  • (1) Research Presentation at a professional pharmacy meeting
  • (1) Continuing Education Presentation (time spent ~ 80 hours)
  • PALS Certification (if not previously completed)

For more information contact:
Alex Lopilato, Pharm.D., BCPPS 

Address: 601 East Rollins Street
Orlando, Florida 32803  
Phone: Call407-303-5600, ext. 110-9669

E-mail: [email protected] 

Application

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in our pharmacy residency program and visiting our website.  If you would like to apply to our residency program, please review the eligibility requirements and application information below.

Eligibility Criteria/Qualifications to Apply

  • Applicant(s) should be graduates of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) degree program (or in the process of pursuing accreditation)
  • Applicant(s) should be participating in or have completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency (or program in candidate or pre-candidate status), or received ASHP PGY1 exemption
  • State of Florida Pharmacy License (or eligible for Florida Pharmacy License)
  • Participant in the ASHP National Matching Program
  • Participant in PhORCAS

Materials Required for Application

  • All application materials must be submitted using the ASHP Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS)                
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Letter of Intent (discuss your motivation and desire to pursue a pediatric specialty and your professional goals you would like to accomplish in the next 2-5 years)
  • 3 letters of recommendation (utilizing the PhORCAS template): 1 letter must be from your PGY1 Residency Program Director, 1 letter must be from a Clinical preceptor
  • Transcripts from all Colleges of Pharmacy attended
  • AdventHealth for Children PhORCAS Application Deadline is the first Friday of January

AHSP National Matching Program

  • Progam ASHP Match Number is 630061

For questions regarding the application process, contact:

Alex Lopilato, Pharm.D, BCPPS

601 East Rollins Street
Orlando, FL 32803
Office:   Call407-303-5632, ext. 110-9669

E-mail: [email protected]

Meet Our Preceptors

Michael Kalita, RPh, MBA
Director of Pharmacy
Required Learning Experience: Practice Management

Mr. Kalita received his BS in Pharmacy and his Executive Masters of Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to joining AdventHealth for Children in 2014 he has served in various leadership roles at The Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo as Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Manager, and Director of Support Services.

Dr. Kalita is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Florida Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, New York State Council of Health-Systems Pharmacists and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

 

Betsy Bickert Poon, PharmD, FCCP
Clinical Specialist, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Stem Cell Transplant
Required Learning Experience: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Dr. Poon received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University. She completed both a Pharmacy Practice and Pediatric Specialty Residency at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. She has practiced in pediatric hematology/oncology/stem cell transplant since that time. She precepts pharmacy students and residents during their pediatric hematology/oncology rotation.

Dr. Poon is the chair of the Children’s Oncology Group pharmacy committee. She served as the first pharmacist on the National Cancer Institute Pediatric Central Institutional Review Board. Dr. Poon is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy where she is a past chair of the pediatric PRN. Other memberships include the Hematology Oncology Pharmacists Association, International Society of Oncology Pharmacists, Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and as an author for Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach.

 

Caitlin Crosley, PharmD, AE-C, BCPPS
Clinical Specialist, General Pediatric Medicine
Required Learning Experience: General Pediatric Medicine

Dr. Crosley received her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2006 from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. She went on to complete a pharmacy practice residency from Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2007. Her pediatric residency was completed at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2008. Following her residency she worked at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2008. She joined AdventHealth for Children in July 2009 and is enjoying her role as a general pediatric medicine clinical specialist.

Dr. Crosley is currently a member of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

 

Deborah Maka, PharmD
Clinical Specialist, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Required Learning Experience: Pediatric ICU

Dr. Maka received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Butler University. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Following her residency she worked at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She joined AdventHealth in 2011. She precepts pharmacy students and residents during their pediatric intensive care rotations.

Dr. Maka is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacists, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the Children’s Oncology Group.

 

Kristen M. Jones, PharmD
Clinical Specialist, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Required Learning Experience: Neonatal ICU

Dr. Jones received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2001 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduation, she went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy residency and PGY2 pediatric residency at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Since 2006, she has enjoyed her role as the clinical pharmacist for AdventHealth for Children’s Neonatal ICU. She acts as an assistant to the Director for the PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program at AdventHealth for Children.

Dr. Jones is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), American College of Clinical Pharmacists (ACCP), Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP), and the Children's Oncology Group.

 

Alex Lopilato, PharmD, BCPPS
PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Clinical Specialist, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Required Learning Experience: Neonatal ICU

Dr. Lopilato received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida. His Pediatric Specialty Residency was completed at the Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. He joined AdventHealth for Children in 2015.

Dr. Lopilato is currently a member of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

 

Andrea P. Dunn, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Specialist, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Elective Learning Experience: Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Dr. Dunn is a proud graduate of Howard University, College of Pharmacy, where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science Education from University of Florida. As she matriculated through pharmacy school, she developed a strong interest in pediatric pharmacotherapy. As a result, she completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency with a pediatric emphasis at Baptist Health/Wolfson Children’s Hospital and a PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Specialty Residency at AdventHealth for Children. Dr. Dunn joined AdventHealth in 2014 and she is passionate about caring for pediatric patients. She enjoys teaching pharmacy residents and aspiring student pharmacists.

Dr. Dunn is currently a member of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Her areas of interests include critical care and infectious disease (including HIV/AIDS).

 

Jamie Caruthers, PharmD, BCPPS
Operations Manager
Required Learning Experience: Pharmacy Distribution and Clinical Operations (staffing)

Dr. Caruthers received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2011 from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. She went on to work in a small community hospital and Walgreen’s for one year prior to completing a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency with Pediatric Emphasis at Baptist Health/Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida in 2013. Following her residency she joined AdventHealth for Children as a Clinical-Staff pharmacist until 2016 when she took on the role of Operations Manager. Dr. Caruthers also became a Certified Asthma Educator and Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist in 2016.

 

Esha Patel, PharmD, BCPPS

Dr. Patel received her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2016 from Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy in Auburn, AL (War Eagle!). She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN in 2017 and her PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at AdventHealth for Children in 2018. After completing her PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency year, she stayed on at AdventHealth for Children as one of their NICU clinical pharmacy specialists.

Dr. Patel is currently a member of Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group.

 

Letha Huang, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Specialist, Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant
Elective Learning Experience: Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant

Dr. Huang received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. Her Pediatric Specialty Residency was completed at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent in Indianapolis, Indiana. She joined AdventHealth for Children in 2016.

Dr. Huang is currently a member of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Children’s Oncology Group and American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

 

Christopher Jackson, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Specialist, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Required Learning Experience: Neonatal ICU

Dr. Jackson received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2013 from the University of Florida. After graduation, he went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. From 2014 to 2019, he has worked in various staff clinical pharmacist positions. As of 2019, Chris has joined AdventHealth for Children as a NICU pharmacy specialist.

Dr. Jackson is a member of Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) and American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).

Meet Our Current Residents

Jordan Williams, PharmD

Dr. Jordan Williams was born and raised in Lake City, Florida. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Gainesville, Florida. Following graduation, Dr. Williams completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare in Tallahassee, Florida. Her professional interests include neonatal and pediatric critical care. Upon completion of her PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency, she plans to become a Board-Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist and obtain a clinical position as pediatric critical care pharmacist.

 

Kennedi Smith, PharmD

Dr. Kennedi Smith was born and raised in Hutchinson, Kansas. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in Lawrence, Kansas. Following graduation, Dr. Smith completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Her professional interests include pediatric critical care and emergency medicine. Upon completion of her PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency, she hopes to obtain a clinical specialist position in pediatric critical care. Additionally, she plans to become a Board-Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist.