The Pharmacy Postgraduate Year One (PGY-1) Residency at Baptist Hospital is a 12-month training program accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). The program is designed to develop advanced skills in the areas of cardiology, oncology, critical care, emergency medicine, infectious diseases and neuroscience.

The residency builds on previous education and experience and is geared towards developing expert knowledge and skills in managing medication-use systems and optimizing drug therapy. The resident is integrated into the provision of comprehensive and advanced pharmacy services. During this training, residents co-precept Doctor of Pharmacy candidates from various pharmacy schools and are also required to present didactic lectures and drug therapy seminars.

The program’s goal is to develop the resident into an effective, confident clinician and educator, and to enhance professional and clinical skills. The program is designed to train the graduate with the competencies that enable attainment of board certification in Pharmacotherapy Specialty and/or PGY-2 specialty residency training as well as achievement of a desired position in the field of pharmacy.

Our program’s vision is to develop residents into effective, confident clinicians and educators, and to enhance professional and clinical skills.

Program Accreditation

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) | ID: 33700

Program Size


Erika Dittmar, Pharm.D., BCPS
Program Director Erika Dittmar, Pharm.D., BCPS 786-596-1225 Biography

Commitment to Excellence

Our program is committed to providing the resources, support and foundation for achieving academic excellence aligned with the guiding principles of service, quality, knowledge and diversity.

100% pass rate for the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialty (BPS) certification examination
1999 received ASHP accreditation
Early commitment opportunities in PGY-2 Oncology and PGY-2 Critical Care Programs
99% of graduates retained in positions throughout Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Hospital

Baptist Hospital

The flagship facility of Baptist Health South Florida, Baptist Hospital of Miami has been one of the most respected medical centers in South Florida since its founding in 1960 and is today one of America’s most preferred medical centers. With more than 900 beds, it is the largest of Baptist Health’s 12 hospitals. Three Centers of Excellence are housed on the campus: Miami Cancer Institute, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute (the largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility in the region) and Miami Neuroscience Institute. Baptist Hospital has earned Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence. It is also certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and received the Gold Seal of Approval for consistently meeting high national standards of stroke care.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

Program Eligibility

  • Pharm.D. degree from an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States
  • Must obtain a Florida pharmacist’s license

Application Requirements

Prospective residents are required to submit the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcripts from all colleges of pharmacy attended
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional references utilizing standard form required by PhORCAS™
  • Personal statement of intent
Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

Application Timeline

Block Experiences

Our program curriculum incorporates several block rotations typically lasting several weeks, giving trainees exposure to a wide variety of learning experiences throughout the duration of the program.
Ambulatory Care
Critical Care
Emergency Medicine
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Medication Safety and Quality
Pharmacy Operations – Orientation

Longitudinal Experiences

Our program curriculum incorporates several longitudinal rotations, immersing trainees in particular areas of study throughout the entire duration of the training program.
Pharmacy Operations
Pharmacy Practice
Research - longitudinal individual project
Research - midyear group project
Teaching Certificate

Elective Experiences

Core experiences are preferably scheduled earlier in the residency training. However, electives maybe completed beforehand as a part of customization, but only after successful completion of the core Medication Utilization learning experience. Elective learning experiences include:
Advanced Emergency Medicine
Advanced Cardiology
Advanced Critical Care
Hematology/Oncology & Advanced Hematology/Oncology
Hospital Medicine
Management/Pharmacy Administration
Nutrition Support
Pediatrics and NICU

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