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Welcome to the AdventHealth Tampa PGY1 Residency Program.

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program at AdventHealth Tampa, formerly Florida Hospital Tampa is dedicated to building on a resident’s clinical knowledge foundation and fostering growth in clinical and professional skills.

Pharmacy Education Programs

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

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Overview

Welcome! We commend you on your commitment to further your professional development through residency training. We appreciate your interest in our program to see if it meets your professional goals.  

AdventHealth Tampa, a 536-bed, tertiary care facility, is committed to providing a whole patient care experience – mind, body and spirit –  serving as the flagship facility for the AdventHealth West Florida Division. Our PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is dedicated to building on a resident’s clinical knowledge foundation and fostering growth in clinical and professional skills. Our dedicated preceptors will work closely with you to assist in meeting your professional goals and will provide the expertise, training, and support to further your growth. Each learning experience within the program is designed to provide comprehensive exposure to clinical and administrative components of hospital pharmacy practice.  

Please review this page for additional information to see if our program may be right for you. 

Sincerely,  

Shejal Swaly, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP 

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Critical Care

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Program Description

General Information

  • Positions available: 2 full-time, 12-month commitment
  • Estimated annual stipend: $45,000 + meeting travel support
  • 12 months immediate health insurance
  • 10 days paid vacation; 10 project days
  • Weekend, and evening service commitment required
  • Committee Involvement
  • Application deadline: January 7th

Required Qualifications

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree
  • Possession or eligibility for Florida licensure
  • Participant in the National Matching Service and PhORCAS
  • The following application materials must be submitted by the deadline: curriculum vitae, 3 letters of recommendation utilizing the PhORCAS template, transcripts from all colleges of pharmacy attended

Other Program Benefits

  • Teaching certificate opportunities
  • Travel reimbursement to professional conferences
  • AdventHealth lab coat
  • Free employee parking
  • Discounted meals
  • Resident office space/dedicated laptop
  • Immediate medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Employee discounts on meals and at many local merchants
Learning Experiences

With the exception of the longitudinal experiences, learning experiences are six (6) weeks in duration unless otherwise noted or part of a customized resident plan.

Required Learning Experiences

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (3 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine II (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Cardiology
  • Pain Management
  • Pediatrics
  • Infectious Disease

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Academia
  • Administration
  • Infectious Disease II
  • Medication Safety
  • Palliative Care

Concentrated Learning Opportunities

  • Medication Use
  • ACLS/BLS training

Longitudinal Experiences

  • 1 medication use evaluation
  • 1 research project suitable for publication and presentation at the Florida Residency Conference
  • 1-hour ACPE-accredited continuing education presentation
  • Regular review of medication safety events
  • 8 formal presentations
  • 4 department newsletter articles
  • ACLS certification with rotating code response responsibility
  • Department staffing every other weekend, and 1 4.5-hr evening shift every week
  • Participation will also be expected in the following: Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Drug Shortage Committee performance improvement projects, and student/employee teaching
  • Teaching certificate completion

 Please view additional program details outlined in the ASHP Residency Directory. 

Preceptors

Rachel Hensley, PharmD, MBA

Title/Position: Director of Pharmacy
Learning Experience: Administration

Dr. Rachel Hensley received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Missouri Kansas City in 2003.  She began her career as a clinical pharmacist at SSM Health St Joseph in Lake St. Louis Missouri and started a pharmacist-run anticoagulation clinic in 2005.  She became the clinical coordinator of the anticoagulation clinic in addition to her clinical pharmacist duties in the acute care hospital.  She became Director of Pharmacy at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital St. Charles in 2008 and led the team into a decentralized, specialist model with a focus on medication reconciliation, transitions of care, critical care and cardiac medicine.  She completed her MBA at Fontbonne University in St. Louis MO in 2015. She has recently transitioned to AdventHealth Tampa as the Director of Pharmacy Services in September of 2018.  Her interests are in staff development, pharmacy operations and patient safety.  Dr. Hensley is involved in ASHP and is looking into getting more involved in FSHP in Florida.  

 

Shejal Swaly, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Title/Position: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Critical Care and PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Learning Experience: Critical Care

Dr. Shejal Swaly received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2008 and went on to complete an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. After completion of her residency she continued on with LRMC, working as a critical care clinical pharmacy specialist focused on providing care in the medical/surgical and trauma intensive care units. She joined the AdventHealth team in 2013. Her responsibilities include providing pharmaceutical care services for the patients in the medical and neuro ICU and also participating in daily rounds with the Critical Care team. Dr. Swaly precepts the PGY1 residents and is an active member on the Residency Advisory Committee. She also holds appointments with the University of Florida, precepting and mentoring pharmacy interns. Dr. Swaly is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

 

Katherine Sims, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Title/Position: Pharmacy Operations Manager and PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Coordinator
Learning Experience: Leadership and Management, Medication Use and Orientation

Dr. Katherine Sims received her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2011. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, FL. Dr. Sims has been with the AdventHealth Tampa since 2013. Prior to joining FHT, she practiced at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, FL. Her practice interests include transitions of care, medication reconciliation, patient education and toxicology. She is an active member of American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), Florida Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (FSHP) and American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP).

 

Norka Carranza, PharmD

Title/Position: Clinical Pharmacist, Unit Patient Safety Officer
Learning Experience: Medication Safety

Dr. Norka Carranza received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy. She practiced as a staff pharmacist as part of University Community Hospital, before transitioning to a clinical pharmacist in AdventHealth, specializing in medication safety in 2016. She is actively involved in several hospital and corporate committees within AdventHealth. Her practice interests include: process improvement, informatics and geriatrics. She is an active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and Medication Safety Officers Society (MSOS).

 

Jaclyn Cole, PharmD, BCPS

Title/Position: Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Internal Medicine

Dr. Jaclyn Cole is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy (USF COP) with a focus on Internal Medicine. She also serves as the founding Program Director for the USF COP Teaching Certificate Program. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM-Bradenton) and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented posters and presentations on her research at various state and national organizational meetings. She is an active member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP), and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Incorporated. Dr. Cole was also elected as the 2018-2019 National President for the Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) Pharmacy Leadership Society, an organization that focuses on the recognition and development of leadership within pharmacy.

 

Richard Dance, PharmD, BCPS

Title/Position: Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Cardiology

Dr. Richard Dance received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2013. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, NY. Dr. Dance joined AdventHealth Tampa in 2016.  Prior to AdventHealth Tampa he worked as a clinical pharmacist at AdventHealth Orlando in Internal Medicine.  He is an active member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).

 

Michael Kirsch, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Title/Position: Clinical Pharmacy Manager
Learning Experience: Leadership and Management, Medication Use, and Research Project

Dr. Michael Kirsch received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He began serving as Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases in 2010 where he developed the facilities Antimicrobial Stewardship Program along with Medical Director Dr. Elvis Castillo.  Michael is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and Board Certified Infectious Diseases Pharmacist (BCIDP) with full-time dedication to the practice of infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship.  Michael serves as lead on multiple AdventHealth® Corporate and West Florida Division committees as subject matter expert for infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship.  Our PGY1 Infectious Diseases learning experience provides residents with the opportunity to practice antibiotic stewardship and infectious diseases as clinicians involved in making case-by-case treatment decisions with providers. 

 

Philip Nettle, PharmD, BCPS

Title/Position: Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Internal Medicine

Dr. Philip Nettle received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida in 2017. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Nettle joined AdventHealth in 2018. His practice interests include glycemic management, anticoagulation and infectious disease. He precepts both PGY-1 and APPE students and is an active member of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists(FSHP).

 

Shannon Robb, PharmD, BCPS

Title/Position: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Pain Management
Learning Experience: Pain Management, Palliative Care

Dr. Shannon Robb received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ferris State University College of Pharmacy in 2015 and completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, MI. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Robb joined AdventHealth Tampa as the clinical pharmacist specialist in pain management.  She serves as co-chairperson for the Pain Management Committee and is an active member of the Residency Advisory Committee.

 

Melissa Ruble, PharmD, BCPS

Title/Position: Assistant Professor at University of South Florida
Learning Experience: Teaching, Academia

Dr. Melissa Ruble received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy in 2009. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Tampa General Hospital (TGH) in Tampa, FL with an interest in emergency medicine and toxicology. Dr. Ruble joined the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy and AdventHealth in 2013. Prior to joining AdventHealth, she was an Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Specialist at St. Anthony's Hospital for 4 years. She is an active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

 

Laleh Emami, PharmD

Title/Position: Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Emergency Medicine

Dr. Laleh Emami received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida in 2018 and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at AdventHealth Tampa with interests in emergency medicine, critical care and infectious disease. She continued with AdventHealth Tampa as a clinical pharmacist and has been practicing as the Emergency Medicine Pharmacist since March of 2020. Dr. Emami also serves as the lead Stroke Pharmacist and is an active member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and American College of Clinical Pharmacy(ACCP).

 

Thierry Phouthavong, PharmD, BCPS

Title/Position: Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Internal Medicine

Dr. Phouthavong received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida - College of Pharmacy in 2016 and completed his Post Graduated Year 1 at Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Orlando, FL. Post residency, he specialized in ambulatory care at North Florida/ South Georgia Veterans Health System in Lake City/ Gainesville, FL. In 2018, Dr. Phouthavong joined AdventHealth. His practice interests are within internal and emergency medicine.

Current and Past Residents

Sarah Hall, PharmD
Residency Class of 2020 - 2021

 

Robert Magee, PharmD
Residency Class of 2020 - 2021

 

Brianna Choyce, PharmD
Residency Class of 2019 - 2020

Research Topic: Retrospective comparison of outcomes in patients receiving vancomycin and cefepime versus cefazolin for prophylaxis in spinal procedures by neurosurgeon at a community hospital.
Post-Residency Position: Clinical Pharmacist - Critical Care

 

Katherine O’Malley, PharmD
Residency Class of 2019 - 2020

Research Topic: Examining outcomes for patients with atrial fibrillation and end-stage renal disease treated with apixaban or warfarin: A retrospective analysis.
Post-Residency Position: Clinical Pharmacist

 

Laleh Emami, PharmD
Residency Class of 2018 - 2019

Research Topic: Impact of a Carbapenem-sparing protocol for the management of lower urinary tract infections caused by extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli.
Post-Residency Position: Clinical Pharmacist – Emergency Medicine

 

Taylor McAdams-Kearney, PharmD
Residency Class of 2018 - 2019

Research Topic: Retrospective review of post-operative pain management following craniotomy and prospective assessment of post-operative pain management following implementation of an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocol for patients undergoing craniotomy.
Post-Residency Position: Clinical Pharmacist

 

Gabriella Sarver, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Class of 2017 - 2018

Research Topic: Safety and Efficacy of dofetilide 375 mcg dosing during the inpatient initiation period.
Post-Residency Position: Clinical Pharmacist; Residency Program Coordinator

 

Yousef Al-Jallad, PharmD
Residency Class of 2017 - 2018

Research Topic: Five-minute intravenous push versus 4-hour extended infusion administration of piperacillin/tazobactam in the treatment of gram-negative bacteremia.
Post-Residency Position: Informatics Pharmacist Analyst

Requirements and Contact Information

National Match ID:

251313

Application Deadline:

January 7th (via PhORCAS)

Candidate Requirements:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Eligible for Florida licensure
  • Participate in National Match Service

Contact Information:

For additional information regarding the pharmacy residency program, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Shejal Swaly, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
PGY1 Residency Program Director

[email protected]

 

Katherine Sims, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Pharmacy Operations Manager and PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Coordinator

[email protected]

Call813-615-7243