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 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 285 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 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 150-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
  • Anticoagulation/Nutrition
  • Critical Care (6 weeks)
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine (6 weeks)
  • Oncology
  • Transplant
  • Practice Management/Leadership
  • Practice Coverage (longitudinal)

Elective Experiences

  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Emergency Room


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 two evenings per week (3 hours each) throughout the year.

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 2, 2018 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.

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) by September 1, 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

Residency Program Director
William P. Kernan, PharmD



Diana Beltran, Pharm.D., BCPS is employed as a clinical pharmacist specializing in transplant. She completed an Associate in Arts degree at Palm Beach Community College and received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2009. Dr. Beltran completed an ASHP accredited Postgraduate Year 1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida in 2010 and became Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy in 2011. She is the residency preceptor for Transplant and precepts students in Ambulatory Care. Her professional memberships include ACCP, FSHP, and AST.

Kristen Boykin, Pharm.D., BCPS 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 is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy. She precepts residents in Ambulatory Care at the Cleveland Clinic’s West Palm Beach campus.

Martha Espinoza-Friedman, Pharm.D., BCPS is a Clinical Pharmacist in Adult Internal Medicine and Anticoagulation. Her primary practice site is on the telemetry unit. She provides clinical pharmacy services for the Hospitalist and Cardiologists and is the team leader for the Internal Medicine clinical pharmacy team. Dr. Espinoza received her PharmD degree from Nova Southeastern College of Pharmacy and completed an ASHP-accredited residency in Pharmacy Practice at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Espinoza is an adjunct Clinical Professor for Nova Southeastern College of Pharmacy and serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students and pharmacy residents at Cleveland Clinic Florida. She was recognized with the Palm Beach Atlantic College of Pharmacy Outstanding Preceptor Award in 2013.

Mohammed E. Ibrahim, RPH, BSc, BCOP, BCPS, BCAP is the lead oncology pharmacist at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Mohammed Ibrahim received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Mansoura, Egypt. He is Board Certified in Oncology, Pharmacotherapy, and Ambulatory Care and is a licensed consultant pharmacist. Mohammed has extensive experience in oncology as he has worked as an oncology pharmacist for over 25 years. He precepts students and residents in oncology and holds professional membership with ACCP and NCCN. His professional interests include patient safety and medical oncology.

William Kernan, PharmD, BCPS is Director of Pharmacy Services 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 (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 president of the local regional chapter of FSHP. He also serves on the Florida Residency Conference steering committee and will be the chair for the 2017 FRC conference.

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.

Khusbu Patel, PharmD. is Assistant Director of the Pharmacy Department. 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 including the P&T committee. She holds professional memberships with ASHP, ACCP, FSHP and SESHP. Dr Patel’s professional interests include transformational leadership and change management models.

Leira Ramirez-Ruiz, BSMT, PharmD, BCPS received her Bachelor in Science and Medical Technology degree from the Catholic University of PR in 2000. After practicing for a year as a Medical Technologist, she decided to go to pharmacy school. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy in 2005. Following graduation, Dr. Ramirez-Ruiz completed an ASHP accredited Post-graduate Residency in Pharmacy Practice at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami. She is a licensed pharmacist in Florida and a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She has been a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Cleveland Clinic, Florida for the past 8 years. She has worked with the Infectious Diseases Department on developing and monitoring our Antimicrobial Stewardship program. Also, she works closely with the Infectious Disease team to provide appropriate pharmacologic management for the patients in the ID consult service. Dr. Ramirez-Ruiz is also involved in research and is part of the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee as well as the Infection Control Committee. She is a preceptor for the ASHP Residency in Infectious Diseases as part of their PGY1 residency experience. Additionally, Dr. Ramirez-Ruiz is an Associate Clinical Professor for Nova Southeastern University, Palm Beach Atlantic, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine College of Pharmacy as she precepts students on rotation at Cleveland Clinic Florida.