The Medical Center of Trinity (MCT) PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency is a 12-month program which provides a personalized experience for its residents. Residents will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of patient care settings, receiving instruction in medication management from dedicated, competent, and enthusiastic preceptors. The Medical Center of Trinity PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program is committed to providing a robust training environment grounded in excellent training experiences that support the resident’s clinical, academic, and professional interests. Opportunities for professional travel, networking, and continuing professional development are provided.
The mission of the MCT PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program is to develop confident, and competent pharmacists who are able to manage all aspects of medication management for patients they serve. The program is dedicated to developing future pharmacy clinicians and leaders by promoting confidence, leadership and professional skills in pharmaceutical care. The residency also follows the MCT Mission: to improve the lives of the people we touch.
Program Purpose Statement
The Medical Center of Trinity PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, producing confident, self-directed learners who are eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.
Eligibility and Application
- Applicants must be graduates or candidates for graduation from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation)
- Licensed or eligible to apply for a license to practice pharmacy in the state of Florida. All being selected residents MUST be licensed in the state of Florida within 90 days of the start of the residency year.
- Participate in the ASHP Residency Matching Program
- Completed application submitted to PhORCAS prior to January 5, and include:
- Letter of intent
- Copy of pharmacy school transcript
- Three professional references/evaluations submitted via PhORCAS
- Curriculum vitae
- If selected, an on-site interview is required for Phase I of the Match. If necessary, an online interview (e.g. Skype) is required for Phase II of the Match.
The MCT PGY1 Residency Program participates in the ASHP Resident Matching program. The residency program participates in the ASHP residency showcase as the primary recruiting forum and uses the online admissions management software platform, PhORCAS to support the residency recruiting process. The deadline for receipt of application materials is January 5th.
The following are examples of items considered during the selection process:
- Professional competence based on clinical APPE rotations, as well as work, presentation, research, biomedical writing/publishing and practical experience
- Collegiate achievements
- Communication skills represented in the letter of intent, professional references, APPE, academic, and interview performance
- Leadership potential as indicated by the nature and extent of participation in professional societies, community or public services, and social activities
- Ability to work cooperatively with others
- Major research/service project
- Manuscript of project, which must be eligible for journal publishing
- Poster presentation at ASHP Midyear Meeting
- Presentation at Florida Residency Conference
- 2- 1 hour Continuing education seminar
- 1 of which is presented across HCA West Florida Division or to FSHP/ Southwest Chapter of FSHP
- 2 Medication use evaluation
- Hospital specific and/or Division wide
- Minimum of three journal clubs and three case presentations
- 10 nursing in-services
- Nursing Skills Day Presentation, if applicable
- GME lectures
- Community Involvement Event, if applicable
- Discharge Medication Reconciliation, if applicable
Core required rotations includes the following:
- Orientation (1 month)
- Internal Medicine (2 months)
- Critical Care (2 months)
- Infectious Disease (2 months)
- Neonatal ICU (1 month)
- Administration (1 month)
Elective concentrated rotations may include but is not limited to the following (Two, 1 month rotations):
- Cardiovascular ICU
- Emergency Medicine
- Infectious Disease
- Neonatal ICU
- Pediatrics (Brandon Regional Hospital)
- Trauma (Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point)
Pay, Benefits and working conditions
Detailed information about salary, benefits and amenities will be provided to pharmacy residents by Human Resources.
- Salary: Competitive
- Duration of appointment: One year, beginning on July 1 of the program year.
- Vacation and holiday leave: Vacation and holiday leave: Each resident will receive Paid Time Off (PTO) according to HR policy HR.TR.007 Paid Time Off which equates to about 19 days for the entire year. PTO is to be used for all absences throughout the year to include but not limited to vacation, sick, and professional leave. Residents are required to work some holidays.
- Sick and family leave: Sick leave is deducted from PTO. Residents are expected to notify co-workers and their respective preceptor or supervisor as early as possible when illness requires absence.
- Educational and professional leave: PTO will be used for all professional leave to attend appropriate continuing education or professional programs, travel to job interviews or visit other residency sites. Residents are expected to attend the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting as well as the Florida Residency Conference. Financial Assistance is provided for travel, meals and lodging expenses for these meetings.
- Health benefits: Residents are eligible for health benefits as full-time pharmacist employees of Medical Center of Trinity
- Liability insurance: All pharmacy residents are covered under Medical Center of Trinity’s liability insurance policy. This insurance does not cover any other professional services at facilities outside of Medical Center of Trinity.
- Office space and resources: Office space for use by pharmacy residents is provided at each site. A desktop is also available for each resident. One monogramed lab coat will be provided at no charge to each resident.
- Discounts and amenities: Residents are eligible to receive a wide variety of entertainment, health and other discounts via HCARewards.
- Parking: Pharmacy residents park free in approved locations
Meet the Preceptors
Megan Charlton, Pharm.D is the Pediatric/ NICU Pharmacist at Medical Center of Trinity (MCT). Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Dr. Charlton joined MCT in 2015. Dr. Charlton graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2010 from Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy in Auburn, AL. She then completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 residency with a concentration in Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, FL. Dr. Charlton is an active member of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPAG). Prior to her employment at MCT, Dr. Charlton worked as the Pediatric/ NICU Pharmacist at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery, AL and held academic appointments at Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy and Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy.
Timothy L. McCoy, PharmD, CPh, BCPS is the Director of Pharmacy Services at Medical Center of Trinity and its sister facilities. Born and raised in Thomasville, GA, Dr. McCoy joined the Medical Center of Trinity in 2013 as a Clinical Pharmacist. Dr. McCoy subsequently received promotions transitioning to his current role as Director of Pharmacy.
Dr. McCoy graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2010. He then completed an ASHP accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency in 2011 at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, FL. Upon completing his residency, Dr. McCoy stayed on as a Clinical Pharmacist at Bayfront Medical Center. He joined Medical Center of Trinity is 2014 where he served as Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator prior to being promoted to Pharmacy Operations Manager at an HCA facility in the North Florida Division.
Dr. McCoy returned to Medical Center of Trinity July 2018 to serve as the Director of Pharmacy. His interest includes pharmacy leadership, patient safety, and emergency medicine. He is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS) and is an active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP).
Mary Grace Rojas, PharmD, BCPS, CDCES is the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator at the Medical Center of Trinity. Born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Dr. Rojas served eight years in the United States Air Force with four years as a Pharmacist. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and has been practicing for over 18 years. She has practiced in various settings in Virginia, Florida and Texas. She has extensive experience in both leadership and clinical roles and has led many successful initiatives such as antimicrobial stewardship programs, pharmacist-run clinics, medication history programs, and implementation of smart pumps and automated dispensing systems. Her experience also includes medication safety, policy standardization, formulary evaluations, coordinating clinical service line initiatives as wells as P&T activities. Prior to joining the pharmacy team at the Medical Center of Trinity, Dr. Rojas was a Pharmacy Clinical Manager in the HCA Capital Division in Richmond, Virginia and served as the Director of Pharmacy at the Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos, Texas. She is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS) and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES). She also holds certificates in Antimicrobial Stewardship and Pain Management. Professional affiliations include American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP), Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists (SIDP), Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES) and member of the Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (VSHP) Education Committee. Outside of work, Dr Rojas enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, reading, and traveling.
Dr. Ahmad Albustami is originally from Amman Jordan where he graduated from University of Jordan with Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy then obtained his PharmD degree from university of Florida. Ahmad has 22 years’ experience as a hospital pharmacist and is board-certified in pharmacotherapy since 2010. Ahmad has worked in various HCA hospitals in the Tampa Bay area and has been at Trinity Medical Center since 2016. Ahmad is an active member of Florida society of Health system pharmacists. In his free time, Ahmad enjoys family company and playing soccer.
Piyush Dilkhush, PharmD, is the Oncology/Emergency Department Pharmacist at Medical Center of Trinity. Born in Surat, India. Dr. Dilkhush graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2000. He then completed Pharmacy Practice Residency in 2001 at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg FL. Upon completing his residency, Dr. Dilkhush stayed on as a Clinical Pharmacist at Bayfront Medical Center. Dr. Dilkhush has been Pharmacist for over 18 years and work in various settings including ER Pharmacist at BayCare, Owning Specialty Pharmacy, and as a Retail Pharmacist before joining MCT full-time in 2018. He is an active member of Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP). In his free time, he enjoys family/friends Company, spending time with 2 boys, traveling, golfing, and enjoying sports.
Deitra Hairston is the Behavioral Health/Psych pharmacist at Medical Center of Trinity West Pasco campus. Deitra was born in Tampa, Florida but was primarily raised in the panhandle part of Florida. Deitra loves football, spending time with family and home decorating/renovating. Deitra also enjoys watching her favorite TV network HGTV.
Deitra graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College of Pharmacy in 2001. Upon graduation, Dr. Hairston worked in various settings of pharmacy including retail, specialty, and hospital.
Deitra joined the HCA healthcare team in 2005 as a clinical pharmacist at Brandon Regional Hospital in Brandon, Florida. Deitra has extensive experience in pharmacy operations, pediatric/NICU, and psychiatric pharmacy. Deitra was the Pediatric ICU pharmacist at Brandon Regional hospital for over 10 years. Upon moving closer to the area, Deitra joined the Medical Center of Trinity team as a prn pharmacist in July 2019 and later, jointed the team as a full-time pharmacist in March 2020.
Deitra is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP).
Anastasia Knecht, BSN, Pharm D, BCPS is an Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist at Medical Center of Trinity (MCT). Born in Russian Federation, Dr. Knecht graduated from I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University with her BS Pharmacy degree. After immigration to the USA, Dr. Knecht earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Cum Laude) from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2006 and completed a Medical – Surgical Internship at Medical Center of Arlington, TX. Later, Dr. Knecht earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Cum Laude) from the University of Florida in 2016
Dr. Knecht is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS). She has an extensive Medical- Surgical Nursing, Pharmacy Operations, and Clinical Pharmacy experience.
Dr. Knecht is a member of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP). Prior to her employment at MCT, Dr. Knecht worked as an Inpatient Clinical Pharmacist within the Tampa Bay region.
Jasmine Mills, PharmD, CPh, BCPS, BCGP, is a Critical Care Pharmacist at Medical Center of Trinity. Raised in Laurel, Maryland, Dr. Mills joined the Medical Center of Trinity in 2020. Critical Care Pharmacist at Medical Center of Trinity Critical Care Pharmacist at Medical Center of Trinity Critical Care Pharmacist at Medical Center of Trinity. Dr. Mills graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University - College of Pharmacy in 2010. She then completed an ASHP- accredited PGY-1 residency at James Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa, FL. Prior to taking on the role of Critical Care Pharmacist, Dr. Mills was the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator as Suncoast Hospice/Empath Health Pharmacy. She holds board certifications in both pharmacotherapy and geriatrics as well as an active consultant pharmacist license. Dr. Mills is also a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP) and the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacist (FSHP).
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Frequently asked questions
What are the licensure requirements?
- All residents are required to have an active pharmacy license in the state of Florida.
- Residents are recommended to have sat for both portions of the Florida Pharmacy Licensure exam before the beginning of the residency year
- Since the residency year is predicated on obtaining licensure, failure to obtain pharmacist licensure to practice pharmacy in Florida by 90 days from the start of the residency may result in dismissal from the residency program.
- Dismissal for the program will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the RPD
- If the resident fails to pass the licensure exams within the first 90 days, the resident may be given the option to continue the residency program contingent on obtaining licensure.
- The residency program can only be extended by a max of 1 month.
- During this time frame, the resident will be expected to continue training on scheduled staffing days and will be required to work additional staffing days to make up for missed requirements.
What does orientation consist of?
- The orientation program consists of, but is not limited to,
- hospital orientation, pharmacy orientation, policy and procedure review, Pyxis, Meditech, and VigiLanz training, BLS/ACLS training, Residency and PharmAcademic orientation, pharmacokinetics, TPN, and consult service orientation/training, order entry training, and IV room and main pharmacy operations training.
- In addition, the resident will utilize this orientation/training period to evaluate and confirm a residency research project and advisor and set up elective rotations
What does the staffing model?
- PGY1 residents are required to staff every other weekend (Saturday/Sunday) and the Friday prior to working their weekend
- The Friday staffing shift will always be in the main pharmacy running operations
- The weekend staffing shifts will transition from operations to clinical staffing as the resident progresses through the residency year
- Each resident is required to staff one major holiday (Thanksgiving or Christmas) and one minor holiday (Memorial Day or Labor Day) on the day of observance.
- Residents will be off all other holidays.
Does the program allow for moonlighting?
- PGY1 residents are NOT allowed to moonlight or work additional shifts for any HCA Healthcare facility
What is the attendance and leave policy?
- Each resident will receive Paid Time Off (PTO) according to HR policy
- 6.15 hours per pay period, which the resident can use as they accrue
- Time off will be granted within the first 90 days however PTO is not allowed to be used until after the first 90 days
- PTO is to be used for ALL absences throughout the year to include but not limited to vacation, sick, and professional leave other than ASHP and FRC.
- No more than 3 total PTO days may be used during any one-month rotation period.
- PTO cannot be used for weekend staffing.
- In order for a resident to be off, they must switch weekends with their counterpart
- Vacation time during the month of June is strongly discouraged.
- Allowances will be made on a case by case instance for future educational plans.
- An extended leave of absence is one that extends beyond the 3 total PTO days granted per rotation period and may result in the resident’s inability to successfully complete the requirements of the residency program.
- In the event the resident requires an extended leave of absence, he/she must submit a written request to the respective program RPD.
- The request will be discussed with the Director of Pharmacy and Human Resources (if needed).
- Benefit eligibility during the leave of absence will be administered in accordance with HR policy
- If a leave of absence is granted, the residency will be extended to reflect the time taken. The residency program can only be extended by a max of 1 month.
- If a resident does not return to work at the end of their approved leave of absence, the resident will be dismissed with the option to re-apply for the next residency year; acceptance is not guaranteed.
- If the extended leave of absence is not granted, the resident shall either return to work, resign, or be dismissed from the program.
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