Program Details

Program Details

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 PGY1 residency program provides education and training with a primary emphasis on the development of practice skills in a number of adult pharmacy practice areas. Throughout the year, the residents are involved in a variety of service, education, and research activities. During this training, 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, patient education seminars, continuing education presentations, and a teaching certificate course. Other teaching opportunities include medical and nursing in-services and co-precepting students from several 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 attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical meeting and the Florida Residency Conference.

Pharmacy Residency Practice Site

Cleveland Clinic Florida, located in Weston, West Palm Beach, Coral Springs, Palm Beach Gardens, Parkland and Wellington 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 250 physicians with expertise in over 50 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 ranked #1 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area and is a top hospital in Florida, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-2020 "Best Hospitals" rankings. Cleveland Clinic Florida is an integral part of the Cleveland Clinic Health System, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion, and innovation.

Practice Site

Cleveland Clinic Florida is a 205-bed community teaching hospital. Cleveland Clinic Florida is a not for profit multi-specialty group practice with approximately 35 specialties dedicated to providing outstanding, state of the art medical care. Cleveland Clinic Florida has always been committed to the 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. 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.

Resident Learning Experiences

Required Experiences

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Surgical Intensive Care
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Transplant 1 & 2
  • Practice Management/Leadership
  • Emergency Room
  • Practice Coverage (longitudinal)

Elective Experiences

  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Emergency Room

Projects

One of each of the following:

  • Pharmacy practice-related research project
  • Medication management improvement / service improvement project
  • Medication usage evaluation
  • Formal oral presentation to large audience
  • Drug monograph/therapeutic drug policy development project (P&T related)

Practice coverage is required every third weekend and one night a week from 4 - 9 p.m.

Application Requirements & Contact Information

Application Requirements & Contact Information

Application Requirements

Interested applicants must be PharmD graduates of accredited college of pharmacy, be eligible for licensure in the State of Florida, and submit the standard application materials through PhORCAS (i.e. Letter of Intent, CV, the three standard reference forms in PhORCAS, official college transcripts), along with:

  1. We request a minimum of one (two is preferred) of your three references should come from a preceptor who you have worked with in a clinical setting, related to an APPE in acute or ambulatory care. The clinical preceptor should be able to comment on your scope of responsibility, total patient load, level of autonomy, clinical abilities, and organizational and time management skills. All three reference writers should use the standard PhORCAS template to submit their candidate recommendation and comment on a minimum of 7 of the 13 listed candidate characteristics.
  2. A response to the following essay statement is required for acceptance. The essay response should be no longer than one page in length. An application will not be reviewed if this statement is missing. Please note that the essay is separate from your letter of intent. Reflecting on your APPE rotations, please provide a piece of critical feedback you have received from one of your preceptors on a direct patient care rotation. Explain how you have incorporated this feedback into your practice and/or worked to improve in this area.

Please submit all application materials via Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). 
Deadline for receipt of these materials to be considered for an on-site interview is January 1, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.

Cleveland Clinic Health-System Residency sites agree that no person at these sites will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.

Note:

  1. Cleveland Clinic Pharmacy does not provide employment-based non-immigration visa sponsorship for pharmacy residency programs.
  2. Appointments of applicants to residency positions may be contingent upon the applicants satisfying certain eligibility requirements [e.g., graduating from accredited college of pharmacy, obtaining pharmacist license in Ohio (for Ohio sites) or Florida (for Florida site) within the first 90 days and successful completion of a pre-employment physical and drug screen, including testing for cotinine.

(Updated December 28, 2017)

Pharmacy Residency 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

Residency Program Director
Khusbu Patel, PharmD, MBA
Email: patelk6@ccf.org

Preceptors

Preceptors

William Kernan, PharmD, MBA, FASHP is Director of Pharmacy Services. 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 (now UF Health Shands Jacksonville). Dr. Kernan has been with Cleveland Clinic Florida since 2000. Dr. Kernan was a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist who prior to becoming the Director of Pharmacy served as the critical care pharmacist where he regularly precepted both students and residents. He serves on the Board of Directors for FSHP and is current president of FSHP.

Khusbu Patel, PharmD, MBA is the Assistant Director of the Pharmacy Department and PGY-1 Residency Program Director. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Appalachian College of Pharmacy located in Virginia and completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida in 2010. She precepts pharmacy students in their advanced general hospital and administration rotations. She also precepts PGY1 residents during their orientation and practice coverage rotations. She is involved with multiple committees throughout the hospital and enterprise. She holds professional memberships with ASHP, FSHP, and SESHP. Dr. Patel’s professional interests include transformational leadership and change management models.

Kristen Boykin, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS is a lead clinical pharmacist specializing in Hematology/Oncology. 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 is Board Certified in Oncology and Pharmacotherapy. She precepts residents in Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic’s West Palm Beach campus.

Kim Nguyen, PharmD completed her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Nguyen has been a member of the Cleveland Clinic Florida Pharmacy team since 2015. She is currently the lead sterile compounding pharmacist who oversees USP797/800 compliance. Dr. Nguyen serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students from University of Florida and Larkin Health Sciences Institute.

Damien Alpizar, PharmD, BCPS joined Cleveland Clinic Florida in 2018 as the Infectious Disease Clinical Pharmacist. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Nova Southeastern University. In 2018, he completed a PGY-1 residency at South Miami Hospital in Miami, FL where he discovered his interest in infectious disease and antimicrobial stewardship. During his time there he developed the “plate-rounds” program which gathered physicians, microbiologists, and pharmacists to discuss cultures positive for multi-drug resistant organisms. As a clinical pharmacist, Dr. Alpizar takes pride in ensuring that the safety and efficacy of medication regimens, specifically antimicrobials, are optimized for the unique needs of each patient. His areas of interest include infectious diseases, research, critical care, and internal medicine. He is currently a member of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Vanessa Ulloa, PharmD, BCPS attended the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy and earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree in 2017. Dr. Ulloa completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency in 2018 at Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Boca Raton, Florida. Shortly after her residency, she joined Cleveland Clinic Weston in July of 2018 and currently serves as one of the three Critical Care/ED clinical pharmacists. Her interests include critical care, infectious disease, transplant and transitions of care. She is part of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP).

Samantha Serraes, PharmD received her BS in Biology from Florida State University, and her Pharm.D. from the University of Florida in 2017. She completed an ASHP accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale in 2018. Dr. Serraes joined Cleveland Clinic in July 2018 and serves as the inpatient Bone Marrow Transplant/Oncology clinical pharmacist. She is a member of ASHP, FSHP and SESHP and is an Associate Clinical Professor for Larkin University, Nova Southeastern University, and the University of Florida as she precepts students on rotation at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

Daniella Badal, PharmD, AAHIVP earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida in 2016 and went on to complete a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s/West in New York City. She earned her teaching certificate from Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York and obtained certification as an HIV Pharmacist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine in 2018. Dr. Badal joined Cleveland Clinic Florida in October 2018. She is currently a member of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists and serves on the AAHIVM Florida Steering Committee.

Simone Edgerton, PharmD, BCPS attended Palm Beach Atlantic University where she graduated with her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2015. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at the Miami VA Healthcare System in 2016. After her PGY-1 residency, Dr. Edgerton took the position of Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Broward Health medical Center. In November 2018, Dr. Edgerton joined Cleveland Clinic Florida as the ambulatory care clinical pharmacist. Her areas of interest include ambulatory care, internal medicine, and administration. She’s currently a member of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Nina Joiner, PharmD, BCPS received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Wingate University School of Pharmacy in 2013. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy residency at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, OK and a Solid Organ Transplant PGY2 residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. She joined Cleveland Clinic Florida in December 2018 and will serve as the solid organ transplant clinical pharmacist. Her areas of clinical interests include: transplant infectious diseases and management of chronic disease states post transplantation. She’s currently a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and American Society of Transplantation.

Jillian Sullivan, PharmD received her BS in Biology and Psychology from the University of Florida, and her Pharm.D. from the University of Florida in 2017. She completed an ASHP accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL in 2018 and a PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant Residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL in 2019. Dr. Sullivan joined Cleveland Clinic in July 2019 and serves as one of two solid organ transplant clinical pharmacists. She is a member of ASHP, FSHP, SESHP, AST, and ISHLT.

Vanessa Perez, PharmD obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Nova Southeastern University in 2013 and continued on at Nova Southeastern University to obtain her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2017. She completed post graduate residency training at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL in 2018 and a PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL in 2019. Dr. Perez joined Cleveland Clinic in July 2019 and serves as one of the three critical care/ED clinical pharmacists. She is a member of ASHP, FSHP, SESHP and SCCM.

Michelle Henninger, PharmD obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Florida and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2017 from Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL in 2018. Following her PGY-1, she completed a PGY-2 in Critical Care at Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL in 2019. Dr. Henninger joined Cleveland Clinic in July 2019 and serves as one of the three ICU/ED Clinical Pharmacists. She is an active member of local, state, and national pharmacy organizations including SCCM, ACCP and FSHP. Michelle actively contributes to the SCCM-CPP Research Committee and Research Consult Service.