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West Florida Hospital

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

ASHP logoWest Florida Healthcare is proud to be the only hospital in the area to offer all private rooms as well as the area’s first Accredited Chest Pain Center. The facility is also an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, the area’s first accredited Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, and proudly provides market-leading quality outcomes performance. The West Florida Healthcare campus includes the all private room acute care hospital, the area’s only comprehensive, CARF-accredited physical rehabilitation hospital, a mental health facility, and a cancer center. Affiliated with HCA, the nation’s leading provider of healthcare, West Florida Healthcare meets the community’s healthcare needs in major services such as oncology, orthopedics, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, robotic-assisted surgery, critical care, neurology/neurosurgery, emergency care, urology, behavioral health, gastroenterology, obstetrics, pulmonary, and rehabilitative medicine.

In addition to providing the best overall quality of care to our patients, we also offer a pharmacy practice residency program (PGY-1). The residency program began in July 2011 and received full accreditation from ASHP in April 2013. The West Florida Healthcare Department of Pharmacy is devoted to providing valuable training for incoming pharmacy residents interested in pursuing a career in clinical pharmacy within a community-based hospital setting.

Our supportive, close-knit workplace means a friendly, caring, patient-centered environment with one-on-one daily interactions with directors/preceptors, private resident office space, personal laptop and full access to all of the necessary clinical tools (i.e. PubMed, Clinical Pharmacology, Sentri-7, etc.).

Pharmacy Department

The mission of West Florida Hospital’s Pharmacy Department is to utilize the knowledge of therapeutics and medications to ensure the best possible care of our patients. Our focus is on resolving and preventing drug-related problems, minimizing patient costs and ultimately improving patient satisfaction and safety.

In an effort to carry out our mission, our colleagues’ responsibilities include therapeutic drug monitoring, drug information provision, and continuous education of patients and health care professionals. Our staff has the opportunity to teach and train our PGY-1 Residents as well as APPE students from local colleges of pharmacy. With access to the latest pharmaceutical technology, our pharmacists and pharmacy staff are well-equipped to optimally provide patient-centered care.

Inpatient Practice

Inpatient Practice at West Florida Hospital offers 4-week elective opportunities in a variety of specialty areas, including:

  • Acute Care/Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry
  • Rehabilitative Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care at the VA in Pensacola
  • Pediatrics at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola

Residency Program Overview

Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY-1)

The PGY-1 Residency Program provides the resident with experience and training in acute care, drug information, drug use policy development, practice management, and research.

The resident will be an active member of the healthcare team with opportunities to influence medication use and safety practices. The resident will have opportunities to be involved with teaching, drug information provision, and research presentations on the local, state, and national levels.

The PGY-1 program at West Florida Hospital offers flexibility, while providing a strong foundation in all areas of pharmacy practice. The program is fully accredited with ASHP. Teaching opportunities are available as a co-preceptor for pharmacy students.

Duration/Type: 12 months/Residency
Number of Positions:
Application Deadline:
Friday, January 9, 2015
Start Date:
Early July
Estimated Stipend:
Interview Required:

  • 16 days of personal leave
  • Dental coverage
  • Educational and professional travel allowances
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Professional leave for conferences and interviews
  • Stipend

Rotation Descriptions

The core rotations of the program include:

  • Acute care/internal medicine
  • Critical care
  • Orientation/Staffing (longitudinal)
  • Pharmacy practice management (longitudinal)
  • Research Project (longitudinal)

Elective rotations can occur in emergency medicine, infectious disease, oncology, psychiatry, rehabilitative medicine, transitional care/geriatrics, ambulatory care at the VA in Pensacola, pediatrics at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

Application Requirements

Eligibility requirements for the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program:

  • Graduation from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree
  • Eligible for licensure or already licensed as a pharmacist in the State of Florida
  • On-site interview

Application Process

Our residency program is utilizing the new Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). The PhORCAS portal may be accessed at:

Standard Requirements for an application in PhORCAS include:

  • Demographics
  • Academic History (pharmacy and non pharmacy colleges attended)
  • Transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement/Letter of Intent
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Completion of three (3) standardized reference forms from three (3) reference writers.

Application deadline: Friday, January 9, 2015

Residency Coordinator Bio & Contact Information

Dr. Ernie CyrDr. Ernie Cyr graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2000. From there, he completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency in the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System. He currently serves as the Clinical and Residency Coordinator for West Florida Hospital, where he serves as a leader in committees on antimicrobial management, P&T, Chest Pain, sepsis, diabetes management, etc.

Ernie Cyr, Pharm.D.
Clinical/Residency Coordinator
Department of Pharmacy
West Florida Hospital
8383 North Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32514

Phone: (850) 494-4922
Fax: (850) 494-4917

Current Residency Bios

Melissa Holloway Dr. Melissa Holloway is a first-year pharmacy practice resident originally from Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2010, she competed in collegiate road cycling, cross country, and track and field at Mars Hill University near Asheville, North Carolina. She earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2014. Her professional interests include internal medicine, psychiatry, and cardiology. Upon completion of her PGY-1 residency, Melissa plans to obtain her BCPS and pursue a career as a clinical pharmacist.

Letha James Dr. Letha James is originally from Orlando, FL. She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida after completing a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Public Health from the University of South Florida. Her professional interests include critical care, emergency medicine and preceptorship. Ultimately, Dr. James aspires to obtain a clinical specialist position in an academic medical center with an adjunct faculty appointment to a college of pharmacy. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Residency Graduates

Dr. Lauren Martino Dr. Lauren Martino is a first-year pharmacy practice resident originally from Hurley, Mississippi. She completed undergraduate courses at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and then received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Mississippi in 2008. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Mississippi in 2013. Her professional interests include internal medicine, infectious disease, and critical care. After completion of her PGY-1 Residency program, Lauren hopes to obtain a position as a clinical pharmacist where she can serve as an integral part of the health care team.

Dr. Lauren Miller Dr. Lauren Miller received her PharmD from Ohio Northern University in 2013. Her professional interests include anticoagulation, heart failure, cardiology, and ambulatory care. After completion of her PGY1 residency, Lauren would like to practice in the community hospital setting, and become board-certified in ambulatory care or gain further qualifications in the cardiology field.

Eleanor Bituin Dr. Eleanor Bituin received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Virginia in 2004. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2012 from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include internal medicine, ambulatory care, and diabetes education. Following completion of her PGY-1 Residency, Dr. Bituin has joined the staff of West Florida Hospital as a clinical pharmacist.

Carmen Ward Dr. Carmen Ward is a first-year pharmacy practice resident originally from Cedartown, Georgia. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2012 from the University of Georgia. Carmen is a member of ASHP, APhA, and Phi Delta Chi. Her professional interests include neurology, infectious disease, and cardiology. Following completion of her PGY-1 Residency, Dr. Ward has joined the staff of West Florida Hospital as a clinical pharmacist.

Dr. Deanna Fernandes Dr. Deanna Fernandes
After completion of her PGY-1 residency at West Florida Hospital, Dr. Fernandes, is pursuing a one-year geriatric fellowship with the University of Miami and the Miami VA.

Dr. Shane Chordas Dr. Shane Chordas After completion of his PGY-1 residency at West Florida Hospital, Dr. Chordas has become a full-time pharmacist at West Florida Hospital. He continues to be actively involved in the expansion of our clinical pharmacy services