Since 2011, Holmes Regional Medical Center has offered a 12-month, ASHP accredited PGY1 program. We also offer PGY2 programs in Critical Care and Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership. Our programs are designed to advance clinical capabilities in a wide variety of pharmacy settings within our integrated delivery network. This includes Holmes Regional, Cape Canaveral Hospital, Viera Hospital, Palm Bay Hospital, Physician Medical Group, and eICU.
The Department of Pharmacy’s mission is to provide quality patient care by optimizing medication use and ensuring medication safety. Integrated throughout the hospital, the pharmacy team is committed to evidence-based medicine and collaborating with other healthcare professionals to provide the highest quality pharmaceutical services. Pharmacists are involved in physician-led critical care and general medical rounds, cost savings and quality improvement projects, drug therapy surveillance, medication order entry, preparation and delivery, precepting residents and APPE students, and ambulatory clinics.
The year of residency begins with Orientation built into the first learning experience. The program consists of seven required rotations and up to three electives. Required rotations are six weeks long, unless otherwise listed, and electives are four weeks long.
Required Learning Experiences
Hospital Practice (four weeks)
Pharmacy Consult Service
Ambulatory Care I (four weeks)
Pharmacoeconomics (two weeks)
Infectious Diseases (four weeks)
Required Longitudinal Experiences
Ambulatory Care II (focus on anticoagulation)
Pharmacy Operations (every third weekend)
Advanced Critical Care
Cardiovascular Intensive Care/Cardiology
Advanced Infectious Diseases
Advanced Hospital Practice
Advanced Internal Medicine
* Elective provides training to obtain consultant pharmacist license.
Additional Residency Activities
Cost savings and quality improvement projects
Residency research project
Residency grand rounds (resident led CE credit presentations)
Resident formal patient cases (differential-styled patient cases with co-residents)
Resident seminars (preceptor led presentations)
Active involvement in hospital and departmental-specific committees
Optional teaching certificate program
NAPLEX/MPJE review materials
Total of 22 days of paid personal leave
ACLS training (PALS optional)
Travel and registration allowances for Florida Residency Conference, ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, and the resident’s choice of a third optional conference relevant to their learning interests
About Health First and Holmes Regional Medical Center
As Central Florida’s only fully integrated healthcare system, Health First encompasses
Holmes Regional Medical Center
Cape Canaveral Hospital
Palm Bay Hospital
Health First Health Plans
Health First Family Pharmacy
VitalWatch, Central Florida’s only electronic Intensive Care Unit (eICU)
Health First Medical Group
Trauma and Heart Centers
VitalWatch provides Health First’s critical care physicians, nurses and pharmacy specialist the ability to monitor real-time vital signs, laboratory results and complete electronic medical records of patients in various intensive care units at all four Health First hospitals from a central location.
As the only state-accredited Level II trauma center in Brevard and Indian River counties, the Trauma Center offers 24/7 care with rapid patient transport via First Flight aeromedical helicopter.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
Must have or be in the process of obtaining a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited college or university prior to the start date of the program.
Must be licensed or eligible for licensure as a registered pharmacist in the state of Florida at the start of the residency program.
Must participate in and adhere to the rules of the Resident Matching Program process.
Letter of intent
Three professional recommendations, at least two of which should be from clinical preceptors
Note: We do not sponsor international visas, however TN visas are accepted. Employment is contingent upon satisfying eligibility requirements (i.e. background check verification, drug testing, physical examination, authorization to work in the United Sates, etc). Residents will be required to obtain licensure as a registered pharmacist in the state of Florida within 90 days of the program start date to continue employment.