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
- Program Requirements
- 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
- One – 1 hour Continuing education seminar
- 2 Medication use evaluation
- Hospital specific and/or Division wide
- Minimum of three journal clubs and three case presentations
- 5 GME Lectures and/or nursing in-services
- Nursing Skills Day Presentation, if applicable
- 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 (1 month)
- Infectious Disease (2 months)
- Behavioral Health (1 month)
- Administration (1 month)
Elective concentrated rotations may include but is not limited to the following (Three, 1–month rotations):
- Critical Care II
- 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
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).
Tyler is a native of Indiana and graduated from Purdue College of with his Doctor of Pharmacy. Tyler started his hospital career at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center as a clinical Pharmacist in 2015. He later was promoted to the role of Critical Care pharmacist at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center that was a caregiver on two Intensive Care Units and one CVICU. In 2017, Tyler accepted the role of Clinical Coordinator of Pharmacy Services at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, where he implemented a decentralized pharmacy services model while also successfully pursuing his Masters of Business Administration from Western Governors University. In 2019, Tyler was promoted to the role of Director of Pharmacy Services at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. As DOP, Tyler was able to successfully expand clinical pharmacy services, implementing a medication reconciliation program, and solidifying the clinical program at Palms as a top-performer within HCA. In July of 2021, Tyler accepted his current role as Director of Pharmacy at the Medical Center of Trinity. His wife Melis, and their two dogs Kody and Katy have been a part of this journey since 2017.
Gail D. Bruce is a clinical pharmacist at Medical Center of Trinity. Native of Florida, she was born in St Petersburg, Florida but raised in Cypress, Florida. Gail graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College of Pharmacy (FAMU) with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and after graduation worked primarily in the acute care setting. In addition to hospital pharmacy, Gail also worked in institutional pharmacy at Pinellas County Jail, home health as well as mail order pharmacy. Gail has been with HCA for over 30 years. Gail joined the Trinity family full time in 2015. She is a member of Florida Society of Healthcare Pharmacist (FSHP). In her free time she enjoys traveling, relaxing with a good book and spending time with family.
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).
Olivia Jacob PharmD is the one of the evening operations pharmacists at Medical Center of Trinity. Born in Cairo Egypt, and raised in South Carolina since I was 3.5 years old. Dr. Jacob joined Medical Center of Trinity in November 2020. Dr. Jacob graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2015 from South College School of Pharmacy in Knoxville, TN. Prior to enrolling in pharmacy school she was a pharmacy technician for 7 years at Cannon Memorial Hospital. In South Carolina she held various positions as a pharmacist within institutional, long term care, and retail settings. Before joining the Medical Center of Trinity, Dr. Jacob was the night shift pharmacist at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg since 2018.
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.
Teresa Schweiger, PharmD, BCPS is the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator at Trinity. She is a graduate of University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 residency at Allegheny General Hospital and a PGY2 residency in Critical Care at the Medical University of South Carolina. Afterward, she worked as a Clinical Specialist and eventually began teaching while precepting students in the Critical Care Unit. In 2019, she became a Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator and joined Trinity in 2021.
Dr. Schweiger is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS). She is a member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).
Meet the Residents
Rachel Poole is originally from Melbourne, Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Health-Sciences – Pre-Clinical from the University of Central Florida, followed by her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida. Her professional interests include Infectious Disease, Clinical Research, and Academia. As a student, Rachel was active as a leader in the student chapter of the Personalized Medicine Coalition, and completed a research internship at the University of Florida Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology. Upon completion of her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency, Rachel plans to pursue a teaching certificate and PGY-2 in Infectious Disease, working as a clinical specialist prior to her long-term goal of transitioning into academia as an adjunct faculty member. In her free time, Rachel enjoys traveling, hiking, painting, and spending time with her husband and two cats. Rachel is proud to join the pharmacy team and looks forward to serving the patients at the Medical Center of Trinity.
My name is Samuel Won. I am from Tampa, Florida and I am earning my PharmD from the University of South Florida Taneja College of Pharmacy. Currently, my biggest area of interest in pharmacy is infectious disease and antimicrobial stewardship. Outside of pharmacy, my hobbies include golf, basketball, and spending time with my wife and son. I am excited to begin my PGY-1 residency training at the Medical Center of Trinity where I hope to expand my knowledge and hone my clinical skills. I am looking forward to working with you all. Thank you
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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 of the following winter holidays (Christmas Eve and Christmas or New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day).
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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