West Florida Healthcare (WFH) is proud to be the first 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 WFH campus includes the area's only comprehensive, CARF-accredited physical rehabilitation hospital, a mental health facility, the area's only memory disorder clinic. Affiliated with HCA, the nation’s leading provider of healthcare, WFH meets the community’s healthcare needs in major services such as oncology, orthopedics, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, robotic-assisted surgery, critical care, neurology, emergency care, urology, behavioral health, gastroenterology, obstetrics, pulmonary, and rehabilitative medicine.
- Pharmacy Department
- The PGY-1 Residency Experience at WFH
- PGY-1 Residency Program Overview
- Application Requirements
- Residency Program Director
- Current Residency Bios
- Residency Graduates
- Meet the Preceptors
The West Florida Hospital Department of Pharmacy is dedicated to the provision of excellence in patient care, education, community service, and research.
It is the aim of this department to support its mission by achieving the following goals:
- To advance rational, evidence-based, patient-oriented medication management and promote the application of patient centered care to pharmacy practice.
- For pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to be at the forefront in medication management as experts and hold accountability for its elements.
- To serve as an advocate for advancing professional pharmacy practice, increasing cost-effectiveness of pharmaceutical services and continuously improving the quality of patient care.
- To foster an environment that attracts, retains and motivates superior employees capable of delivering quality care.
- To advocate the value of pharmacists in ensuring appropriate clinical services and drug use control.
- To facilitate information exchange between pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other members of the health-care team, as well as patients.
- To maintain continuing education programs for pharmacy practitioners and encourage involvement in educational activities outside of the department and institution.
Clinical Pharmacy Services Include:
- Automatic policy for renal dosing of over 100 medications
- Automatic policy for IV to PO conversion of over 30 medications
- Automatic pharmacokinetic management of vancomycin and aminoglycosides
- Automatic dose rounding policy for several weight-based medications
- Automatic parenteral nutrition management in collaboration with registered dieticians
- Anticoagulation dosing and monitoring
- Warfarin dosing and monitoring consult service
- Pain management consult service
- Post-operative PCA pain management consult service
- Glycemic control management consult service
- Utilization of a medication therapy system, Vigilanz, alerts pharmacist to medication management opportunities (antimicrobial de-escalation, renal dose adjustment alerts, etc.)
- Admission and discharge medication reconciliations with patient education
- Daily antimicrobial review for de-escalation and appropriateness
- Daily direct patient care rounding with an interdisciplinary team (IDT)
- Drug information in-services to all members of the healthcare team
The PGY-1 Residency Experience at WFH
Longitudinal Learning Experiences:
- Infectious Diseases
- Pharmacy Practice Management
- Research Project
Core Learning Experiences:
- Orientation (6 weeks)
- Adult Internal Medicine (8 weeks)
- Critical Care (8 weeks)
- Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
- Pharmacy Practice Management (4 weeks)
- Pediatrics (4 weeks)
Two Elective Learning Experiences:
- Antimicrobial Stewardship (4 weeks)
- Cardiology (4 weeks)
- Oncology (4 weeks)
- Psychiatry (4 weeks)
- Rehabilitative Medicine (4 weeks)
PGY-1 Residency Program Overview
PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.
The residency program at WFH began in July 2011, receiving full accreditation from ASHP in April 2013. The PGY-1 pharmacy residency prepares its graduates to assume positions as patient care clinicians, to serve as adjunct faculty for a college of pharmacy with the optional teaching certificate program, to become a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist, or to pursue a second year postgraduate training in a focused area of practice.
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 pharmacy students, formulary management, policy development, antimicrobial stewardship, residency project presentation at the annual ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Florida Residency Conference.
Our supportive, close-knit workplace means a friendly, caring, patient-centered environment with one-on-one daily interactions with preceptors and the medical staff. Each resident has his/her own personal desk in a spacious office. Residents also receive a personal laptop with remote access to all of the necessary clinical tools a resident needs. The PGY-1 program at West Florida Hospital offers flexibility, while providing a strong foundation in all areas of pharmacy practice.
It is the goal of the PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at WFH to provide the following outcomes to all residents completing the program:
- Confidence to work autonomously as a clinical pharmacist and collaborate in interdisciplinary groups as part of the healthcare team
- Competence to provide education to other health care professionals in various settings
- Leadership skills to work within any healthcare system
- Awareness and initiative to lead medication safety efforts throughout the health system
- Enhanced professionalism and marketable job skills to further a career in the practice of clinical pharmacy
Duration/Type: 12 months/Residency
Number of Positions: 2
Application Deadline: The 6th of January, every year
Start Date: The end of June
Estimated Stipend: $42,000
Interview Required: Yes
- 16 days of paid time off
- Full dental, health, and vision coverage
- Educational and professional travel allowances
- Life insurance
Our residency program utilizes Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Access the PhORCAS portal. In order to apply for the PGY-1 pharmacy residency at WFH, we do not require anything beyond the standard PhORCAS requirements. However, as part of the selection process, an on-site interview and presentation will be required. Finally, incoming residents must be eligible for licensure or already licensed as a pharmacist in the State of Florida.
Residency Program Director
Dr. Melissa Holloway earned her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2014 from Belmont University College of Pharmacy in Nashville, TN. After receiving her PharmD, she completed a post-doctoral PGY-1 pharmacy residency at West Florida Hospital in June of 2015. From there she stayed on as a full-time clinical pharmacist involved in precepting residents. After training for several years under the previous Residency Program Director (RPD) Ernie Cyr, she transitioned into the PGY-1 Pharmacy RPD in March 2019. In order to actively pursue antimicrobial stewardship activities at WFH, Dr. Holloway became a board-certified infectious diseases pharmacist (BCIDP) and earned MAD-ID (Making a Difference in Infectious Diseases) certification from the Advanced Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Program provided by MAD-ID and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). Dr. Holloway has been a prominent member of the Antimicrobial Management Program at WFH and in 2018 she served on HCA’s Clinical Pharmacy Advisory Board.
Melissa Holloway, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS
Advanced Clinical Pharmacist and PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Department of Pharmacy
West Florida Hospital
8383 North Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32514
Current Residency Bios
Dr. Kristen Seaux
Dr. Kristen Seaux is originally from Lafayette, Louisiana. She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Louisiana Monroe College of Pharmacy. Her clinical interests include infectious diseases and oncology. Upon completion of her PGY-1 residency, Dr. Seaux intends to pursue a clinical pharmacist position with the opportunity to precept students.
Dr. Meena Manepalli
Dr. Meena Manepalli earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Florida after completing her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Florida State University. Her professional interests include oncology, infectious diseases, and emergency medicine. During her residency, Dr. Manepalli hopes to pursue the Teaching and Learning Certificate and MAD-ID training. Upon completion of the PGY-1 residency, Dr. Manepalli plans to pursue a PGY2 with a long term goal of academia.
Meet the Preceptors