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PGY2 in Pharmacogenetics

The specialized residency in pharmacogenetics is a 12-month, post-graduate program. The purpose of this program is to prepare the resident for a clinical faculty position focused in pharmacogenetics; for practice in healthcare settings, particularly those implementing pharmacogenetics into clinical practice; for further training, and/or a position in industry or the FDA.


The UF Health Personalized Medicine Program launched in June 2012, implementing pharmacogenetics into clinical practice. The pharmacogenetics resident works closely with the residency program director (Kristin Weitzel, PharmD) and plays a central role in the clinical implementation of pharmacogenetic services and the literature evaluation and review process for the Personalized Medicine Program Subcommittee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. This committee makes all recommendations regarding clinical implementation of pharmacogenetics, including defining the content of pharmacogenetic electronic health record alerts and drug therapy alternatives. The resident also has an important role in educating clinicians about pharmacogenetics, and clinical responsibilities in ensuring the appropriate use of pharmacogenetic information in patients.

Clinical activities include:

  • Participating in clinical practice activities in the Personalized Medicine Program
  • Evaluating drug literature and biostatistics, particularly in the pharmacogenetics literature
  • Preparing pharmacogenetic evaluations and staffing the Personalized Medicine Program subcommittee
  • Developing text for pharmacogenetics alerts/automated consults, and developing recommended alternative treatment approaches based on genotype
  • Producing written communications, including contributions to the peer-reviewed literature
  • Participating as a PRN pharmacist within UF Health Shands Hospital

Teaching experience includes:

  • Instructing students completing the Personalized and Evidence-Based Medicine advanced pharmacy practice experience.
  • Contributing to the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research educational initiatives (journal club and seminar presentations) regarding the Personalized Medicine Program.
  • Lecturing in the College of Pharmacy’s Personalized Medicine pharmacotherapy course and participating in other potential teaching opportunities within the College of Pharmacy.

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Project Requirement

The resident conducts a project within the UF Health Personalized Medicine Program, which provides important data for this program and helps to develop the resident’s research design, statistical analysis, and publication skills.


The residents will receive a $42,500 stipend paid by the University of Florida and compensation for PRN hospital staffing responsibilities.

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University benefits include:

  • Approximately sixteen days of paid time off
  • Ten paid holidays and four personal leave days which shall be taken between December 26 and December 31
  • Eligible to enroll in health insurance
  • Eligible to participate in retirement plans
  • Travel allowance for the ASHP midyear meeting

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  • Academic: The applicant should have a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an accredited school or college accredited by ACPE.
  • Professional License: The applicant should have completed a postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) pharmacy practice residency or have at least 3 years of pharmacy practice experience (hospital preferred) before enrolling in this postgraduate year 2 specialty residency program. In the latter case, please visit National Matching Services (NMS) online and submit a PGY1-exemption form.
  • Interview: An on-site interview with presentation is required.

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Applicants must register for the Resident Matching Program and the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application (PhORCAS) system and submit the following:

  • Academic transcript
  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation from three professional references with completed Standardized Reference Forms supplied by PhORCAS
  • Shands online application (Please apply for requisition # 5543 (Position title: Resident – Clin Pharm)

Application deadline (including recommendation letters): January 15th

Residency NMS code: 697070


After applications are reviewed, selected applicants will be contacted for an on-site interview.

For questions or additional information on the program, application process, or application status, please contact:

Kristin Weitzel, PharmD, CDE, FAPhA

Associate Director, UF Health Personalized Medicine Program

Clinical Associate Professor, Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research

University of Florida College of Pharmacy

P.O. Box 100486 Gainesville, FL 32610-0486

(O) 352.273.5114 • (F) 352.273.6485

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