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
- Division Wide
- Minimum of three journal clubs and three case presentations
- 10 nursing in-services
- Nursing Skills Day Presentation
- 2 GME lectures
- Community Involvement Event
- Discharge Medication Reconciliation
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: o 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).
Shaista Ali, Pharm.D is a Clinical Pharmacist at Medical Center of Trinity (MCT). Growing up in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Ali is an avid fan of hockey and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dr. Ali graduated from Rutgers University with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree then pursued a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, TX. Dr. Ali has been a pharmacist for over 10 years and worked in various settings including Specialty Pharmacy, Pharmacy Administration and 3rd Party Prior Authorization review before joining MCT full-time in 2015. She is an active member of Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP).
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.
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.
Athena Markos is originally from Florence, South Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. Once she graduated in 1995, she moved to Palm Harbor, Florida, where she started her career working for Eckerd Drugs as a Pharmacy Manger. After working for the company for 3 years, she decided to take a new adventure in her career and obtained her Consultant Pharmacy License. She began working for American Pharmaceutical Services (APS)/Omni Care until November of 2006 as a Consultant Pharmacist. From there, she left to further her career in hospital pharmacy, at Bayfront Medical Center. While at Bayfront, she wore many hats in the 11 years she was there. She did clinical work, staffed in the main pharmacy, became an IT Pharmacist and was a preceptor for the Residency Program (Operations training). With all she had done at Bayfront, it gave her an opportunity to land the Pharmacy Operations Coordinator position at the Medical Center of Trinity, where she has been since October of 2013. Athena Markos is also an active member of Florida Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (FSHP). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and twins, is very active in her church and also enjoys playing on a kickball league with several of her pharmacy friends.
Caroline Morcos, Pharm D, BCGP (Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist), is originally from Alexandria, Egypt. After earning her Bachelor of Pharmacy from Alexandria University in Egypt, she became the Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry, as she was among the top in her class. Dr. Morcos moved to the United States in 2012 where she started her career in a pharmacy preparing sterile formulas and dispensing medicines to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice, and other entities. She pursued her hospital career and has been at Medical Center of Trinity since 2015. Having a passion for the Geriatric population, in 2017 she became a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist. Caroline received her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2018 from the University of Florida. In her free time, she enjoys family company, cruising and swimming as she grew up in near the Mediterranean Sea.
Kiera Murray, PharmD. is a Critical Care Pharmacist at Medical Center of Trinity. She grew up in several locations including: Biloxi, Mississippi at the Keesler Air Force Base, the Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida, the Aviano Air Base in Pordenone, Italy, and Jackson, Ohio. She became an Emergency Medical Technician immediately after high school; then went on to receive her Bachelor of Science Degree with a minor in Physics from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida and completed her Doctorate of Pharmacy at LECOM in Bradenton, Florida.
Dr. Murray completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Mercy One Waterloo Medical Center (previously Covenant Medical Center). Through her residency, she completed the Pharmacy Educators Preparation Program for Residents and Fellows (PEPPR) receiving a teaching certificate from the University of Iowa. Dr. Murray is also a member of the Florida Pharmacy Association (FPA) and of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).
Dr. Vuong is the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator at Medical Center of Trinity. He received his PharmD degree from LECOM School of Pharmacy and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Bayfront Medical Center (BMC). Dr. Vuong specializes in Critical Care Medicine and Parenteral Nutrition Therapy. He enjoys clinical research and teaching pharmacy residents/students to advance pharmacy practice.
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