Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola PGY1 Residency Program

PGY1 Residency Program And 2023 Application Details 

Starting Date: 06/18/2023
Application Deadline: 12/31/2022
Duration/Type: 12 mo. residency
Number Positions: 5 (four (4)ADULT track and one (1)PEDIATRIC track positions)
Estimated Stipend: $47,500
Interview Required: Yes 
Residency Special Features:  Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola offers a wide variety of clinical rotations that provide extensive pharmaceutical care experiences.
We offer a total of FIVE post-graduate year one (PGY1) residency experiences, four (4) ADULT track and one (1) PEDIATRIC track positions.

ADULT track NMS Code = 163113        
PEDIATRIC track NMS Code = 163125

Benefits:  Paid time off (12 days); full health, dental, and vision benefits; Paid attendance to ASHP Midyear meeting and the Florida Residency Conference.
Special Requirements for Acceptance:  Prospective candidates must hold or anticipate graduation with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, eligible for Florida Intern & Pharmacist license, and be committed to fulfilling all the requirements of the program.

Completed applications include:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Head shot photo
  • Letter of Intent declaring interest in our Adult or Pediatric track PGY1 residency program
    • Candidates should not select both.  Please choose either "adult" or "pediatric" ONLY.  
  • Pharmacy School Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

Applicants can select from the following interview 2023 interview dates:

Adult Residency Candidates Interview Dates

Virtual: Friday, January 27, 2023

Monday, February 6, 2023

In Person: Monday, January 30, 2023

Friday, February 10, 2023

PEDiatric Residency Candidate Interview Date

In Person:  Friday, February 3, 2023

Virtual: Friday, February 13, 2023


PGY1 Program Purpose

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on 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.

Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola - About Us

Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola is the hub of the Ascension Sacred Heart in Pensacola, Florida. It is a regional medical and surgical hospital that serves the Northwest Florida region.  

Major regional services based in Pensacola also include:  A Regional Heart and Vascular Institute, the area's leading stroke center, a level II trauma center, and a full-service diagnostic center, including women's health and maternity services.  

The hospital is affiliated with Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart, a regional network of doctors and providers stretching from Gulf Shores, Alabama, to Apalachicola, Florida.

Ascension Sacred Heart is part of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic, nonprofit health system. Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. 

Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola’s Mission

Sacred Heart’s faith-based mission has been its driving force since we were founded by the Daughters of Charity. Our mission is, “Rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus as healer, we commit ourselves to serving all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Our Catholic health ministry is dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care that sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities. We are advocates for a compassionate and just society through our actions and our words.”


Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola’s Vision

We envision a strong, vibrant Catholic health ministry in the United States which will lead to the transformation of healthcare. We will ensure service that is committed to health and well-being for our communities and that responds to the needs of individuals throughout the life cycle. We will expand the role of laity, in both leadership and sponsorship, to ensure a Catholic health ministry in the future.

Our Values 

Service of the poor: Generosity of spirit, especially for persons most in need
Reverence: Respect and compassion for the dignity and diversity of life
Integrity: Inspiring trust through personal leadership
Wisdom: Integrating excellence and stewardship
Creativity: Courageous innovation
Dedication: Affirming the hope and joy of our ministry

Our History

More than a century ago, when the people of Pensacola asked for better healthcare and a more modern hospital, their prayers were answered by the Daughters of Charity. The Daughters comprise a religious order that was founded in 1633 in France by St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac with the mission of caring for the poor and the sick. The Daughters came to Pensacola not only to build a hospital, but to carry out their charitable mission of providing excellent healthcare to all persons, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable.

Today, the hospital built in Pensacola by the Sisters continues that same mission.  Pensacola remains the hub of what has become a truly regional Health System with three hospital campuses, as well as outpatient facilities, physician offices and other services spanning 200 miles of the Gulf Coast from Gulf Shores, Ala. to Apalachicola, Fla.

After 50 years in its original stone structure on 12th Avenue, the hospital relocated in 1965 to a new hospital off Ninth Avenue in Pensacola, across from Cordova Mall.

Since then, Sacred Heart has continued to advance its technology and expand its services. In August of 1996, Sacred Heart Children's Hospital - Northwest Florida's first and only children's hospital - opened on the Pensacola campus.

In 2000, Sacred Heart completed major expansion projects that added new wings for surgical suites, a Regional Heart and Vascular Institute and a new center for emergency/trauma services. Sacred Heart teamed up with Methodist Homes to open the new Haven of Our Lady of Peace nursing home off Summit Boulevard in November 2001.

Sacred Heart completed the largest expansion of its Pensacola campus in 2014 with the construction of the Bayou Tower, which added 112 private rooms to the hospital.  In 2016, Sacred Heart broke ground on a new four-story Children's Hospital -- the Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart -- which opened in 2019.

Today, Sacred Heart continues its legacy of serving individuals, families and communities as part of Ascension. Together, our caregivers strive to bring you coordinated, compassionate care that is personalized to your individual needs.

Pharmacy Committee Involvement

Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (P&T)

Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee (ASP)

Investigational Review Board (IRB)

Medication Safety Committee

Critical Care Committee

Informatics Committee

Departmental Shared Governance Committee

Surgery/OR Steering Committee

Serious Safety Event Review Team (SERT)

PGY1 Preceptor Committee

Residency Advisory Committee (RAC)

Medication Shortage Committee

Pharmacy Leadership Committee

Pharmacy Stoplight Leadership Committee

Ascension Sacred Heart Quality & Safety Committee Meeting

Comprehensive Stroke Committee 

Sentri7 Clinical Advisory Committee

Pharmacy Resident Research Committee

Leadership Daily Safety Huddle

Ascension Pharmacy Community Call

Specialists/Team Lead Meeting

Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola Leadership Council

Bi-Weekly Multi-Ministry collaboration throughout FY20 in support of Clinical Process Reliability

ACRI IRB Workgroup Call

Total Joint Center Monthly Meeting

GME Governance Meeting

Pharmacy Technician Meeting

Bi-Weekly Resident-RPD meeting

Clinical Pharmacy Services


The following are clinical activities provided by the pharmacy department:

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


Renal dose adjustment

Therapeutic Heparin monitoring and dosing


Feel free to contact any of us with any questions:

Ernie Cyr, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Director
Office: 850-416-4677

Glenn Grantner, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Staff Pharmacist 
Residency Program Coordinator

Katie Wassil, PharmD, BCPS
Pediatric Clinical Manager
Office: 850-416-6732

Justin Powell, PharmD, CPH
Pharmacy Operations Manager
Office: 850-416-7145

Shane Chordas, PharmD, BCPS
Director of Pharmacy
Office: 850-416-7712


PGY1 Residency Program Learning Experiences

PGY1 Residency Program Learning Structure

Required “Core” Rotations: Adult (7); Pediatric (7)

Adult Residents$

Pediatric Residents$


Adult Internal Medicine I

Adult Internal Medicine II

Adult Critical Care

Infectious Diseases

Ambulatory Care

Research (February)


Pediatric Internal Medicine#

Infectious Diseases

Neonatal Intensive Care

Pediatric Intensive Care

Ambulatory Care

Research (February)

Elective Rotations: Adult (5); Pediatric (4)**


Advanced Critical Care (Adult/NICU/PICU)

Emergency Medicine


Outpatient Infusion Therapy

Pediatric Internal Medicine

Renal Transplant


Medication Safety

Information Technology

Pharmacy Administration

Any of the core rotations could be an elective experience

Longitudinal Rotations***

Pharmacy Practice Management



Antimicrobial Stewardship

$ Monthly rotations

*Required two, one month rotations.

**Elective rotations are flexible. If the resident has a particular area of interest, additional elective rotations may be created. Alternatively, any Required Rotation can be repeated as an Elective Rotation. One month in duration.

***Longitudinal rotations begin after 6 weeks of orientation and continue through the entire residency year. Evaluated Quarterly.

# 8 week rotation

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