The Pharmacy Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Residency at Baptist Hospital is a 52-week training program accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. The program is designed to develop advanced skills in the areas of internal medicine, cardiology, critical care, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, medication safety, 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. Residents will be required to complete a teaching certificate through Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy (live) or University of Connecticut (online) program.

Pharmacy residents completing this program will be capable of conducting their practice with a high level of maturity and leadership. The goal of the residency is to develop the resident into an effective, confident clinician and educator, and to enhance professional and clinical skills.

The program is designed to 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 for PGY2 specialty residency training.

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

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 for all PGY2 programs across the system
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. Baptist Hospital was ranked #1 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area for the 2023-2024 U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals Ranking.

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.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Application Timeline

Core Learning Experiences

Following onboarding and orientation, 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.
Rotations – All 4 Weeks In Length Except As Noted
Ambulatory Care
Critical Care
Emergency Medicine
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Medication Safety and Quality
Orientation and Pharmacy Operations (6 weeks)

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

Our program curriculum incorporates several longitudinal rotations, immersing trainees in particular areas of study throughout the entire duration of the training program.
Academia (includes teaching certificate)
Pharmacy Operations
Pharmacy Practice
Research - longitudinal project
Research - midyear project

Elective Learning Experiences

Core learning 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 onboarding and orientation learning experience. Elective learning experiences include: Elective learning experiences include:
Rotations – All 4 Weeks In Length
Advanced Emergency Medicine
Advanced Critical Care
Clinical Management
Operational Management
Nutrition Support
Neonatal Intensive Care
Transitions of Care

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