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Dear Prospective Resident,

Thank you for your interest in the PGY1 residency program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The program was established in 1999 and ASHP accredited the following year. This residency offers a unique “real-life” experience in the second largest community hospital in Florida. A wide array of rotations and experiences are available for our residents. Our preceptors are a highly trained diverse group, comprised of pharmacy specialists and unit-based pharmacists with many years of experience. At SMH, the PGY1 residency training is individualized for each resident. Our goal is to prepare you for the next step in your career, which may include the pursuit of a PGY2 residency or a position as a unit-based pharmacist in a community hospital.

We look forward to the opportunity to meet you and to discuss our residency program with you.

Thank you,

Lisa Hymel, PharmD, BCOP
Director, PGY1 Residency Program


Hospital Overview
Sarasota Memorial Hospital is an 806-bed acute care, Level II trauma community hospital. It is the second largest acute care public hospital in Florida and is one of Sarasota County’s largest employers, with about 4,000 staff, 800 physicians, and 1000 volunteers. Among its many achievements, Sarasota Memorial…

…is ranked #1 on the Suncoast for overall quality, safety, and care by U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospitals report.

…is ranked #1 in the Sarasota-Venice-North Port-Bradenton region by U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospitals report.

…is ranked as a “high performer” (top 10% in the nation) for the adult specialty Gastroenterology and GI Surgery.

…is ranked #1 in the nation for heart attack care by the BetterDoctor study with low mortality and readmission rates of heart attack patients and consistent use of best practices and standardized protocols for heart attack care.

…Critical Care Unit was awarded the Silver Beacon Award of Excellence, a national recognition from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Fewer than 300 of the 6000 Intensive Care Units (ICUs) in the U.S. have achieved this three-year designation and is the only ICU in the southwest Florida region to earn the honor.

…is finalizing an agreement with Florida State University to develop an Internal Medicine Residency Program to begin in July 2017.

…is celebrating the hospital’s 90th anniversary.

Pharmacy Department Overview
Our pharmacy department consists of a central pharmacy, ICU, Peds and OR satellites. Our department provides 24-hour comprehensive pharmacy services. Our pharmacy team includes 60 pharmacists and 32 pharmacy technicians. Our clinical pharmacy staff includes unit-based/decentralized pharmacists including specialty services in Pediatrics, Neonatal Intensive Care, Critical Care, Emergency Care, Cardiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Psychiatry, Inpatient Oncology, and Outpatient Oncology who work collaboratively with physicians, nurses, and dieticians. We have a highly-trained diverse pharmacy staff that is made up of specialists, informatics system administrators, and unit-based pharmacists with a strong emphasis on clinical services. We offer 4-month block APPE rotations to University of Florida and LECOM students.  In addition, we offer 1-2 month rotations to other universities from multiple states including Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota. Teaching and precepting are a department priority and a majority of the pharmacists serve as IPPE, APPE, and/or PGY-1 Residency preceptors.  

At SMH, our preceptor group is comprised of pharmacy specialists and unit-based pharmacists. We strive to create a nurturing and supportive environment where our highly-qualified preceptors play the role of educators and mentors to prepare you for a community-based institutional practice. The residency offers a unique “real-life” experience, designed to prepare you for a unit-based hospital pharmacist position in a community hospital (Did you know that 95% of all the hospitals in Florida are community hospitals?) or a position in a PGY-2 or Fellowship program.

Sarasota, together with its neighbors to the north and south, Manatee County and Charlotte County, form the 7th-largest market in Florida. It is also Florida's third-fastest growing major market. With over 600,000 people, the Sarasota/Manatee/Charlotte area is one of the largest, most affluent markets in Florida. In the Sarasota area, you can enjoy the breathtaking sunsets, educational museums, operas, ballets, plays, golf tournaments, and boat races. The brilliant white sand of Longboat, Lido, and Siesta beaches will make you anxious to see more!

SMH operates the best available systems to provide the highest level of patient safety, privacy, and real-time access to patient information for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other caregivers. Currently, over 95% of all medication orders are transmitted via Sunrise Clinical Manager, our CPOE system.  In addition, more than 95% of all medication dispensing is through PYXIS Medstations (automated dispensing cabinets). We utilize CUBIE (computerized unit based inventory exchange) and PARx (PYXIS automated replenishing) technology to fill the machines using barcode scanning of the medication. The nurses utilize an e-MAR and wireless barcode scanning for electronic medication administration documentation.  

In this unique situation, one can fully explore all aspects of Pharmacy Informatics, from basic abilities to retrieving data and implementing system changes & enhancements that directly impact patient care and patient safety. Many opportunities are available to enhance skills in Excel, Access, report writing, and more, as Pharmacy Informatics comes to life in this extraordinary setting. Get a glimpse into Information Technology, Servers, Network, and Integration. With the knowledge of Pharmacy Informatics you are able to effectively utilize the systems to enhance your clinical expertise!

Diverse Experience 
The program focuses on the core areas of practice, specified by ASHP, and offers the flexibility to design the rotations to cater to the resident’s individual interests. Core rotations include Acute Pain Management, Antibiotic Stewardship, Cardiology, Critical Care, Formulary Management, Leadership, Medication Safety, Nutrition Support, Pharmacy Informatics, and Unit Based Internal Medicine. In addition to the core rotations, residents will complete three electives. Rotations are also available at affiliated sites throughout Florida.

Employment Opportunities 
Upon completion of the residency, numerous residents have continued working at SMH. The rest have either accepted clinical pharmacist positions at other institutions or pursued fellowships and specialty residencies.

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