The critical care residency program at Holmes Regional Medical Center is an ASHP accredited 12 month program offering core-learning experiences in medical, surgical, neuroscience, and cardiovascular intensive care as well as infectious disease, emergency medicine, and eICU. The program will be customized to promote achievement of the resident’s professional goals.
Holmes Regional Medical Center is located in the middle of Florida’s famed space coast and is approximately 5 miles from the coastline. As the first hospital in Brevard County, it has been serving the population since 1937. It features a level II Trauma center, the region’s only aeromedical helicopter (First Flight), a level II neonatal ICU, primary stroke center, and Health First VitalWatch, central Florida’s only electronic intensive care unit (eICU) which remotely monitors all ICU beds across the four hospital system. Holmes Regional has a 22 bed MICU, 22 bed SICU, 14 bed CVICU and 60 bed ER with 4 resuscitation/trauma bays.
The Department of Pharmacy’s mission is to provide quality patient care by optimizing medication use and ensuring medication safety. Integrated throughout the hospital, the pharmacy team is committed to evidence-based medicine and collaborating with other healthcare professionals to provide the highest quality pharmaceutical services. Pharmacists are involved in physician-led critical care, trauma, and general medical rounds, cost savings and quality improvement projects, drug therapy surveillance, medication order entry, preparation and delivery and precepting of residents and APPE students.
The year of residency begins with orientation followed by ten learning experiences (including 2 electives). Each learning experience is four weeks long except Medical ICU I and Surgical ICU I, which are six weeks long.
Medical ICU I
Surgical ICU I (trauma/neuro)
Surgical ICU II
Medical ICU II
Any required rotation with an additional focus
Offsite electives in burns, neurocritical care and transplant (liver, heart, or lung SOT) are available
Inpatient clinical staffing
UF Teaching Certificate Program (optional)
Additional Residency Activities
Grand rounds presentation
Formal patient case presentations (differential-styled patient cases to engage co-residents)
Medication use evaluation
SCCM journal club webinar (if selected)
Co-precepting of APPE students and PGY-1 residents
Precepting of PGY1 resident grand rounds and MUE
Committee participation for P&T, clinical pharmacy council, critical care, sepsis, and code blue
Code blue response
AHLS certification (optional)
ABLS certification (optional)
ATLS certification (optional)
Travel and registration allowances for Florida Residency Conference, Midyear Clinical Meeting, and SCCM Annual Congress
PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (1 position):
Program Purpose at Health First
A PGY2 health-system pharmacy administration and leadership residency builds upon PGY1 residency graduates’ competence in the delivery of patient-centered care and in pharmacy operational services to prepare residents who can assume high level managerial, supervisory, and leadership responsibilities.
Areas of competence emphasized during the program include safe and effective medication-use systems, quality assurance and improvement, the management of human resources, the management of financial resources, use of technology, and advanced leadership. The residency lays the foundation for continued growth in management and leadership skills. Upon graduation, residents are prepared for a clinical or operational management/supervisory role in a variety of work settings.
During the residency year, a combination of block and longitudinal learning experiences will be utilized. These experiences are variable in length, often overlap, and may be adjusted as needed.
About Health First and Holmes Regional Medical Center
Health First encompasses:
Holmes Regional Medical Center
Cape Canaveral Hospital
Palm Bay Hospital
Health First Health Plans
Health First Family Pharmacy
VitalWatch, Central Florida’s only electronic Intensive Care Unit (eICU)
Health First Medical Group
Trauma and Heart Centers
VitalWatch provides Health First’s critical care physicians, nurses and pharmacy specialist the ability to monitor real-time vital signs, laboratory results and complete electronic medical records of patients in various intensive care units at all four Health First hospitals from a central location.
As the only state-accredited Level II trauma center in Brevard and Indian River counties, the Trauma Center offers 24/7 care with rapid patient transport via First Flight aeromedical helicopter.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
Must have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited college or university
Must be licensed or eligible for licensure as a registered pharmacist in the state of Florida at the start of the residency program
Must be in the process of completing an ASHP accredited PGY1 residency program
Must participate in and adhere to the rules of the Resident Matching Program process
Letter of intent
Three professional recommendations, at least two of which should be from clinical preceptors
Note: We do not sponsor international visas, however TN visas are accepted. Employment is contingent upon satisfying eligibility requirements (i.e. background check verification, drug testing, physical examination, authorization to work in the United Sates, etc). Residents will be required to obtain licensure as a registered pharmacist in the state of Florida within 90 days of the program start date to continue employment.