West Florida Healthcare 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 West Florida Healthcare 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, 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, emergency care, urology, behavioral health, gastroenterology, obstetrics, pulmonary, and rehabilitative medicine.
In addition to providing the best overall quality of care for our patients, we also offer a post-graduate year-1 (PGY-1) pharmacy practice residency program. The residency program began in July 2011, receiving full accreditation from ASHP in April 2013. The PGY-1 pharmacy residency program at West Florida Hospital builds upon the resident’s Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education. The goals of this program are to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, to become eligible for board certification, to prepare for optional postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training, and to be prepared to service as a clinical pharmacist in a community or academic hospital setting.
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 (i.e. Clinical Pharmacology, UpToDate, Vigilanz, Lexicomp, etc.).
- Pharmacy Department
- Residency Program Overview
- Application Requirements
- Residency Coordinator Bio & Contact Information
- Current Residency Bios
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 fore-front 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:
- Parenteral nutrition management in collaboration with registered dieticians
- Daily antimicrobial stewardship rounds
- Admission and discharge medication reconciliation
- Hospital wide management of vancomycin and aminoglycoside dosing
- Automatic renal dosing
- Automatic IV to PO program
- Daily patient care rounds in the critical care setting
- Patient care rounds on acute care floors
- Anticoagulation therapy monitoring
- Utilization of a medication therapy system, Vigilanz, alerts pharmacist to medication management opportunities (antimicrobial de-escalation, renal dose adjustment alerts, etc.)
- Pain management consultation
The PGY-1 Residency Experience at West Florida Hospital
Core Learning Experiences (36 weeks):
- Orientation (6 weeks)
- Adult Internal Medicine (12 weeks)
- Critical Care (8 weeks)
- Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
- Pharmacy Practice Management (4 weeks)
- Project Week + ASHP Mid-Year (2 weeks)
Longitudinal Learning Experiences (52 weeks):
- Bi-weekly Infectious Disease Rounds with ID or stewardship pharmacist (every other week)
- Staffing (every other weekend)
- Pharmacy Practice Management
- Research Project
Elective Learning Experiences (16 weeks):
- Infectious Diseases
- Emergency Medicine
- Rehabilitative Medicine
- Ambulatory Care at the VA in Pensacola
- Pediatrics at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola or sister HCA facility in Panama City, FL
- Project Month
PGY-1 Residency Program Overview
Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY-1):
The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program at West Florida Hospital builds upon the resident's Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education. The goal of this program is to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, provide eligibility for board certification as a pharmaco-therapy specialist, prepare the resident for Postgraduate Year Two (PGY-2) Pharmacy Residency, if desired, or prepare the resident to seek a role as a clinical pharmacist in a community or academic hospital setting.
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, admission and discharge medication reconciliation, formulary management, policy development, antimicrobial stewardship, residency project completion and presentation at the Florida Residency Conference.
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.
Duration/Type: 12 months/Residency
Number of Positions: 2
Application Deadline: Friday, January 6, 2017
Start Date: Early July
Estimated Stipend: $42,000
Interview Required: Yes
- 16 days of personal leave
- Dental coverage
- Educational and professional travel allowances
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
Eligibility requirements for the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program:
- Graduate from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy
- Doctor of Pharmacy degree
- Eligible for licensure or already licensed as a pharmacist in the State of Florida
- On-site interview and presentation required
Our residency program is utilizing the new Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). The PhORCAS portal may be accessed at: https://portal.phorcas.org
Application deadline: Friday, January 6, 2017
Residency Coordinator Bio & Contact Information
Dr. 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 Pharmacy Clinical Manager and PGY-1 Residency Program Director for West Florida Hospital. Dr. Cyr has served on HCA’s Clinical Pharmacy Advisory Board since 2011. At West Florida Hospital, he works closely with the medical staff and senior hospital administrative staff to promote pharmacy formulary management as well as the advancement of clinical pharmacy services. Dr. Cyr serves as a pharmacy team leader, on antimicrobial management, critical care, medication safety, pharmacy and therapeutics, among many others, and reports pharmacy initiatives to the hospital’s medical executive committee for medical staff approval. In 2016, Dr. Cyr received the West Florida Healthcare Frist Humanitarian Award due to his volunteer work serving the most vulnerable in our community.
Ernie Cyr, Pharm.D.
PGY-1 Residency Program Director
Department of Pharmacy
West Florida Hospital
8383 North Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32514
Phone: (850) 494-4922
Fax: (850) 494-4917
Current Residency Bios
Dr. Emily Bilas
Dr. Emily Bilas earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from The Ohio State University after completing her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Pre-Pharmacy at Ohio University. Her professional interests include internal medicine, pain stewardship, and academia. Upon completion of her PGY-1 residency, Dr. Bilas hopes to attain a clinical pharmacist position where she can work as part of a collaborative healthcare team and precept pharmacy students.
Dr. Kristen Woodberry
Dr. Kristen Woodberry received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Florida A&M University after completing undergraduate courses at the University of Georgia. Her professional interests include infectious diseases, critical care, and academia. Upon completing her PGY-1, Dr. Woodberry hopes to attain a clinical pharmacist position in an academic medical center affiliated with a school of pharmacy, combining clinical practice with both the experiential and didactic teaching experiences.
Class of 2017
Dr. Teng Eduardo
Dr. Teng Eduardo received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from LECOM School of Pharmacy – Erie campus after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at the University of Central Florida. Her professional interests include internal medicine and ambulatory care. She enjoys direct patient interaction and empowers her patients through education. Upon completing her PGY-1, Dr. Eduardo hopes to attain a position as a clinical pharmacist and continue to help patients as a member of the healthcare team.
Dr. Megan Graham
Dr. Megan Graham received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Florida A & M University after completing undergraduate courses at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida. Her professional interests include rehabilitative medicine with a focus on geriatric patients, emergency medicine, and academia. Following completion of her PGY-1, Dr. Graham hopes to attain a clinical pharmacist position where she can participate in optimizing patient care. Additionally, she hopes to become a professor at an accredited school of pharmacy in order to help prepare future pharmacists.
Class of 2016
Dr. Maria Bondar
Dr. Maria Bondar is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She completed undergraduate courses at the University of Georgia and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Athens. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, cardiology, and internal medicine. Following completion of her PGY-1, Dr. Bondar has accepted a full-time clinical pharmacist position in Georgia.
Dr. Glenn Grantner
Dr. Glenn Grantner received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Florida – St. Petersburg campus after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of West Florida here in Pensacola. His professional interests include oncology, critical care, and infectious disease. He is also excited to work closely with IPPE and APPE students working with us throughout the year. Upon completion of his PGY-1, Dr. Grantner accepted a position as a clinical pharmacist at a local hospital in Pensacola.
Class of 2015
Dr. Melissa Holloway
Dr. Holloway completed her PGY-1 residency at West Florida Hospital in June of 2015. Upon completion of residency, Dr. Holloway has continued as a valuable part of our team as a full-time clinical pharmacist. In order to actively pursue antimicrobial stewardship activities at WFH, she has 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 remains involved with our residency program as a preceptor for our core learning experience, Adult Internal Medicine, as well as our elective rotations and Longitudinal Infectious Diseases experience.
Dr. Letha Huong
Dr. Huong completed her PGY-1 residency at West Florida Hospital in June of 2015. After completion of a PGY-2 Pediatric Residency at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Huong is now a Pediatric BMT Clinical Pharmacist at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando
Class of 2014
Dr. Lauren Martino, BCPS
Dr. Martino completed her PGY-1 residency at West Florida Hospital in June of 2014. After graduating, she continued to work as a prn clinical pharmacist with us. She returned home to Mississippi to take on a role as a full time clinical pharmacist in a community hospital pharmacist in Biloxi, MS. She has also achieved a personal goal of becoming a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.
Dr. Lauren Miller Kretz
Dr. Kretz completed her residency at West Florida Hospital in June of 2014. After successfully finishing her residency, Dr. Kretz moved to Ohio, to assume the role as a clinical pharmacist within a community hospital setting.
Class of 2013
Dr. Eleanor Bituin, BCPS
Following the completion of her PGY-1 Residency, Dr. Bituin, joined the staff of West Florida Hospital as a clinical pharmacist in June of 2013. She remained an integral part of our clinical pharmacy services. She became chair of the hospital Medication Safety Committee and a preceptor for our Adult Internal Medicine rotation. During the summer of 2015, Dr. Bituin, moved to Alaska with her family. She is currently practicing as clinical pharmacist in Alaska.
Dr. Carmen Ward Russell, BCPS
Following the completion of her PGY-1 Residency, Dr. Russell joined the staff of West Florida Hospital as a clinical pharmacist. She remains a clinical pharmacy leader, with a focus on pain management. In the spring of 2015, she enrolled in a Pain and Palliative Care ASHP traineeship program. She is working with our current pharmacy residents on a PCA pain management pilot. Dr. Russell remains involved in our residency program as a preceptor for adult internal medicine and a member of our residency advisory committee.
Class of 2012
Dr. Deanna Fernandes
After completion of her PGY-1 residency at West Florida Hospital, Dr. Fernandes, has completed a one-year geriatric fellowship with the University of Miami and the Miami VA. Dr. Fernandes then went on to pursue a PGY-2 residency in psychiatry at the VA in Gainesville. She is currently working at the VA in Gainesville, as an ambulatory care pharmacist with a focus on psychiatric care.
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 until the summer of 2015. While at West Florida Hospital, Dr. Chordas, was a lead preceptor for many of our residency program learning experiences. He lead many of the clinical pharmacy initiatives along with the pharmacy clinical manager. He achieved his BCPS and MADD-ID advanced certificate while at West Florida. He was also one of our lead antimicrobial stewardship pharmacists. He is the current Pharmacy Clinical Manager at a local hospital in Pensacola