PGY2 in Infectious Diseases

The ASHP-accredited program residency in Infectious Diseases at UF Health ashp_logo
Shands Hospital is designed to provide specialized training in the delivery of effective antimicrobial therapy to diverse patient populations and prepare the resident for independent practice as an infectious diseases specialist. This goal is met by completing the elements of the program as listed below.

Program

There is one Infectious Diseases resident position available to an eligible candidate.

The goal of the 12-month program is to develop expertise in pharmaceutical, technological and stewardship activities within an 875-bed hospital that includes seven Intensive Care Units and practices in Bone Marrow and Organ Transplantation, Neurosurgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery. Primary emphasis is placed on the development of clinical practice skills through direct patient care and didactic learning. Teaching opportunities are available in conjunction with the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

Core Rotation Experiences

  • Microbiology Laboratory
  • Infection Control
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
  • Infectious Disease Consult Service
  • HIV Clinic (Longitudinal)
  • Research
  • Available Electives: Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Bone Marrow Transplant, Solid Organ Transplant, Medical Intensive Care, Surgical Intensive Care, Emergency Department, Internal Medicine

The resident will be an integral part of the health care team for each service. The resident provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care, including anti-infective pharmacotherapy consults, pharmacokinetic analysis, drug information and intensive monitoring of each patient on service. The resident participates in all aspects of service, education and research.

Project Requirement

A required project, which will directly affect Antimicrobial Stewardship activities and the practice of hospital pharmacy, will enable the resident to develop skills in clinical research, study design and statistical analysis. The project should lead to a manuscript suitable for publication.

Additional requirements include (but are not limited to):

  • Staffing an average of eight hours per week, including a rotation through Infectious Diseases On-Call.
  • Attend bi-weekly Infectious Diseases Conferences.
  • Coordinate one Anti-Infective Subcommittee meeting
  • Assist in precepting Pharm.D. clerkship students from the University of Florida.
  • Assist in training PGY1 pharmacy practice residents during their Infectious Diseases rotations.
  • Present a major project at the MAD-ID conference or an equivalent forum.
  • Conduct one drug utilization evaluation on a topic or drug pertinent to infectious diseases.
  • Make two formal presentations on a therapeutic controversy to the department.

Stipend

The resident receives a $52,000 stipend paid by UF Health Shands Hospital. The stipend, coupled with the comparatively low cost of living in Gainesville, should ensure a financially sufficient year.

Benefits

Selected and matched applicants will receive partial reimbursement for interview expenses, when accompanied by receipts, at the beginning of the residency year. Assistance with local expenses will be provided to all candidates interviewed.

Hospital benefits include:

  • Ten days of paid time off
  • Nine paid holidays
  • Contributory health insurance
  • Paid life insurance

Requirements

To be eligible for the residency in Infectious Diseases at UF Health Shands Hospital, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Academic: The applicant must have a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an accredited school or college and a residency certificate from a pharmacy practice residency (PGY1) before enrolling in this advanced residency program.
  • Professional License: All residents will be required to take and pass the Florida Pharmacy Board Examination by August 8.
  • Interview: An on-site interview is required.
  • Non-Resident Alien Applicants: To be considered for employment, you must presently have an employment authorization that is valid throughout the residency period.

Applications

  • Interested applicants must register for the Resident Matching Program
    • Phase I Match and Rank List Deadline: March 6, 2018
    • Phase I Match Day: March 20, 2018
    • Phase II Match and Rank List Deadline: April 5, 2018
    • Phase II Match Day: April 12, 2018
  • Submit all applications through PhORCAS.
  • Final deadline for complete applications is December 29, 2017
  • Complete applications include:
  1. Transcript of the applicant’s grades
  2. Letter of intent
  3. Shands online application (Please apply for requisition job ID # _____ – Resident Spec Pharm – Pharmacy Admin)
  4. Current curriculum vitae
  5. Standardized Reference Forms supplied by and filled out in PhORCAS from three (3) professional sources. In addition to the form supplied by PhORCAS please also have reference writers submit a formal letter of recommendation by email to Ken Klinker (klinkk@shands.ufl.edu).
  • After completed applications have been reviewed, the residency selection committee will notify selected applicants to arrange an on-site interview.  
  • Official start date for the residency: July 5, 2018

Residency Program Director

  • Veena Venugopalan
  • E-mail: vvenugopalan@cop.ufl.edu

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