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Pharmacy Residency Program

The Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1) is an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited, one year, post-graduate program offered at Cleveland Clinic Florida’s state-of-the-art medical campus in South Florida. The pharmacy residency was established in 2007 with the goal of achieving the following for residents and the community:

  • Develop confident and proficient pharmacists who are able to provide direct pharmaceutical care.
  • Establish a strong service-oriented work ethic that embodies professionalism, excellence and integrity.
  • Advance the practice of pharmacy in our institution and community.

Program Description

The Cleveland Clinic Florida Pharmacy Practice Residency Program provides education and training with a primary emphasis on the development of practice skills in a number of specialized pharmacy practice areas. Throughout the year, the residents are involved in a variety of service, education and research activities. During the pharmacy residency, the resident will learn to conduct patient care activities using a consistent approach that reflects the philosophy of pharmaceutical care. In addition to clinical activities, the resident will be involved in educational programs, which includes pharmacy case conferences, journal clubs and a seminar presentation. Other teaching opportunities include medical and nursing in-services, as well as co-precepting students from colleges of pharmacy. Research skills will be developed through experience and enhanced by instruction during the year as residents complete a research project and drug use evaluation. Residents will also attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and have the opportunity to attend and participate in state and local conferences.

Pharmacy Residency Program Location

Cleveland Clinic Florida, located in Weston and West Palm Beach, is a not-for-profit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic Florida has more than 215 physicians with expertise in 35 specialties. The medical campus is fully integrated and includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery and a 24-hour emergency department located in the state-of-the-art hospital. Cleveland Clinic Florida is ranked as one of the Top 5 Hospitals in South Florida and is the highest-ranked hospital in Broward County for two years in a row according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2013-2014 metro area rankings. Cleveland Clinic Florida has always been committed to improvement in patient care, enhancements in medical education and breakthroughs in medical research. Our staff is focused on treating the patient and maximizing patient outcomes through a collaborative effort with all disciplines.

Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY-1) Features

The one-year Pharmacy Practice Residency Program (PGY-1) provides a foundation of diverse experiences in pharmaceutical care as well as in-hospital pharmacy practice. The pharmacy residency program is designed to expose the resident to a variety of practice areas in order to build and expand the knowledge and skills necessary for direct patient care. The resident will confidently and professionally integrate themselves into the health care team and utilize evidence-based medicine to optimize drug therapy outcomes. They will conduct practice related research and have multiple opportunities to develop skills in educating healthcare professionals and the community. Residents who successfully complete this program are well prepared for specialized residencies, fellowships or other career opportunities.

Pharmacy Residency Learning Experiences

Required Experiences

  • Ambulatory Care (longitudinal)
  • Anticoagulation
  • Critical Care
  • Drug Information
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Oncology
  • Practice Management/Leadership

Elective Experiences

  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Informatics
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Transplant

Pharmacy Residency Program Projects

One of each of the following:

  • Pharmacy practice-related research project
  • Medication management improvement / service improvement project
  • Medication usage evaluation
  • Written case report
  • Formal oral presentation to large audience
  • Community education

Two of each of the following:

  • Drug monograph/therapeutic drug policy development project (P&T related)
  • Departmental educational in-service
  • Journal Club presentation
  • Newsletter articles

Additional activities include involvement in educational programs such as case conferences, journal clubs and seminar presentations, and participation in hospital committees. Practice coverage is required every third weekend and one evening per week throughout the year.

Cleveland Clinic Florida's Pharmacy Practice Residency Program (PGY-1) is available to graduates of an accredited College of Pharmacy. Consideration for admission requires an application which consists of:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference
  • Official college transcripts
  • Eligibility for Florida licensure

Please submit application materials via PHORCAS – the online pharmacy residency application system. The deadline for the receipt of these materials to be considered for an onsite interview is January 3.

Pharmacy Residency Program Contact:

Program Contact:
Heather Olson
Pharmacy Administrative Assistant
Cleveland Clinic Florida
3100 Weston Rd.
Weston, Florida 33331
Tel: (954) 689-5280
Fax: (954) 689-5281
Email: olsonh@ccf.org

Pharmacy Residency Program Director:
William P. Kernan, Pharm.D.
Email: kernanw@ccf.org

Ozzie Delgado is currently the Administrative Director of Clinical Operations at Cleveland Clinic Florida located in Weston, Florida. He administratively oversees the Pharmacy Services, Respiratory Services, Cardiovascular Services, Neurological Services and Sleep Lab Services. Ozzie serves as the Secretary of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and is involved in organizational transformation initiatives throughout the institution. He also serves as the chairman of the Broward County Healthcare Coalition Pharmacy sub-committee and is actively involved in ASHP’s Section Advisory Group for Practice Managers under Manager Development. Ozzie received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Barry University, his Doctor of Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University, and is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration degree (Healthcare track) from Florida Atlantic University.

William Kernan, PharmD, BCPS, is Assistant Director, Department of Pharmacy and PGY1 Residency Program Director. He holds an academic appointment as Clinical Affiliate Assistant Professor with Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Kernan received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University College of Pharmacy in 1993 and completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at University Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Kernan has been with Cleveland Clinic Florida since 2000. Dr. Kernan is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist who prior to becoming the assistant director served as the critical care pharmacist in the ICU over the last 7 years where he regularly precepted both students and residents. He serves on the hospitals critical care committee, P&T committee and has been involved in multiple multidisciplinary quality improvement projects in the ICU. He is ACLS and BLS certified and is an AHA approved ACLS instructor. He holds professional memberships with ASHP, ACCP, and SCCM.

Kristen Boykin, Pharm.D., is employed as a clinical pharmacist specializing in Ambulatory Care. Dr. Boykin received her BA in Zoology from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and her Pharm.D. from Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Boykin completed an ASHP accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in 2010, and has remained with the Cleveland Clinic since completion of residency. She is a licensed consultant pharmacist, and precepts residents in Ambulatory Care at the Cleveland Clinic Florida’s West Palm Beach campus.

Jasinth Cross, BSc, Pharm.D. is the Pharmacy Operations Manager. She received a BSc degree in Natural Sciences from the University of the West Indies and Pharmacy from the University of Technology, Jamaica. She read for her Pharm.D. degree at Texas Southern University and later completed an ASHP accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at Hermann Hospital, in the Texas Medical Center, Houston in 1994. She was a Clinical Affiliate Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University and still functions as a preceptor for pharmacy residents, students and pharmacy technicians. Professional memberships include ASHP and FSHP. Beyond her professional career, she enjoys dancing and entertaining.

Martha Espinoza-Friedman, Pharm.D., BCPS, received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy in 2005. Immediately following graduation, Dr. Espinoza-Friedman completed an ASHP accredited Postgraduate Year 1 Residency in Pharmacy Practice at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. She is currently employed as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. She is a licensed pharmacist in Florida and a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Her main responsibility at Cleveland Clinic Florida is to work with a multidisciplinary team to provide appropriate pharmacologic management of patients seen in the telemetry unit. She is a preceptor for the ASHP Residency in Anticoagulation and Internal Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Espinoza-Friedman is an Associate Clinical Professor for NOVA Southeastern College of Pharmacy and Palm Beach Atlantic College of Pharmacy, and as such precepts students on rotation at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

Lori Milicevic, Pharm.D., BCNSP completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Miami and Pharm.D. at Nova Southeastern University. She then spent one year at Baptist Hospital of Miami completing her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency. Lori has been a member of the Cleveland Clinic Florida Pharmacy team since 2003 and a Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist since 2008. Dr. Milicevic has professional memberships with ASHP, FSHP and ASPEN. She is a Clinical Affiliate Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University and serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students. She is currently the residency preceptor for Nutrition Support and Critical Care. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her family.

Jaime Riskin, BS, PharmD, BCPS is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice since August, 2011. Dr. Riskin received her BS in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Psychology) from the University of Florida in 1998 and her Doctor of Pharmacy from NSU College of Pharmacy in 2003. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Baptist Hospital of Miami in 2004, during which she concentrated on Academia and Critical Care. Following her residency, Dr. Riskin was employed at Shands Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL) for 2 years as Central Charge Pharmacist, after which she became the Pharmacy Clinical Operations Manager at Bethesda Memorial Hospital (Boynton Beach, FL) until 2011. Her current practice at Cleveland Clinic Florida (Weston, FL) focuses on Internal Medicine, Drug Information and Medication Safety.

Diana C. Pinto, Pharm.D., received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2009. She completed her Postgraduate Year 1 Residency in Pharmacy Practice at Cleveland Clinic Florida where she is currently employed as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. Dr. Pinto precepts Pharm.D. students completing their ambulatory care advanced pharmacy practice experiences and is working collaboratively with other pharmacist to implement a patient centered pharmacy care practice model in the institution. Professional memberships include ACCP, ASHP, and FSHP.