Skills and knowledge to provide quality high-value care

Become fully prepared for the practice of pharmacy.


PGY1 Program Purpose: The postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency program at Sacred Heart Hospital builds upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Positions available include four adult emphasis PGY1 positions and one in pediatrics.


The pharmacy department employs over thirty clinical pharmacists involved in a variety of clinical services including:

  • Adverse drug event reporting
  • Anticoagulation monitoring
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Drug order entry, preparation, and distribution
  • Drug information
  • IV to PO conversion
  • Multidisciplinary rounding
  • Patient education / discharge counseling
  • Parenteral nutrition preparation & monitoring
  • Patient profile review for drug-drug & drug-food interactions, therapeutic duplications & modifications
  • Pharmacokinetic dosing and monitoring
  • Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic & Renal dose adjustment


Sacred Heart Health System has established itself as the most preferred hospital in Northwest Florida and the region’s leader in providing high quality health care to children and adults.

Key services include a 566-bed hospital in Pensacola that includes the area’s only Children’s Hospital. Other key services include a Regional Heart and Vascular Institute, Stroke Center, Level II Trauma Center, a Cancer Center affiliated with M. D. Anderson Cancer Network, and a large regional network of primary care and specialty doctors stretching from Foley, Ala. to Apalachicola, Fla.

In 2003, the Health System added Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, a 76-bed community hospital in Walton County. In 2010, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, a 19-bed hospital, opened in Port St. Joe, Fla. Sacred Heart is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest system of not-for-profit health care facilities. For more information, visit online at

The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is a 117-bed children’s hospital that offers care in a number of sub-specialties including pediatric oncology, surgery, general medicine and intensive care. It is home to the area’s only Level III neonatal intensive care unit. A PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency with an emphasis in pediatrics is available.


Goals and objectives detailed in the Residency Learning System will be used to guide the resident’s training, and evaluations will be done on a regular basis. The resident will learn the following over the course of their residency:

  • Confidence to work in interdisciplinary groups as part of the health care team
  • Competence to provide education to other health care professionals in various settings
  • Leadership skills to work within any healthcare system
  • Awareness and initiative to lead medication safety efforts throughout the health system
  • Enhanced professionalism and marketable job skills to further a career in the practice of clinical pharmacy

Overall Expectations:

  • Two major projects (data collection and process improvement)
  • One administration project
  • Two Continuing Education (CE) program presentations
  • Medication use evaluations (MUE)
  • Committee presentations
  • BLS, ACLS, PALS certification
  • Conference attendance
  • Departmental staffing
  • Portfolio completion


Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola – Adult Emphasis

  • Departmental Orientation (one month)
  • Adult General Medicine (two months)
  • Adult Critical Care (one month)
  • Infectious Diseases (one month)
  • Ambulatory Care (one month)
  • Drug Information (one month)
  • Longitudinal:
    • Administrative
    • Research
    • Staffing
    • Teaching certificate through Auburn University

The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart – Pediatric Emphasis

  • Departmental Orientation (one month)
  • Pediatric General Medicine (two months)
  • Infectious Diseases (one month)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care (one month)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care (one month)
  • Ambulatory Care (one month)
  • Drug Information (one month)
  • Longitudinal:
    • Administrative
    • Research
    • Staffing
    • Teaching certificate through Auburn University


  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care – Adult/Neonatal/Pediatric
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Outpatient Infusion Therapy
  • Pediatric General Medicine
  • Pulmonology
  • Renal Transplant
  • Surgery
  • Women’s Health
  • Flexible options are available for specific interests


The Pharmacy Program provides a very competitive benefits package, annual CME allowance, and many tools, resources and support.

  • Annual stipend of $47,500
  • Full dental, health, and vision coverage
  • 12 days of paid time off
  • Personal Laptop
  • Paid attendance for ASHP Midyear meeting and Florida Residency Conference

program coordinator

Shane Chordas