The Pharmacy Postgraduate Year One (PGY-1) Residency at West Kendall Baptist Hospital (WKBH) is structured to provide a strong foundation for pharmacy practice in a community teaching hospital environment.

The WKBH Department of Pharmacy Services is designed in accordance with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP) Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI). This contemporary practice model encourages the assimilation of clinical pharmacy services as an integral part of the interdisciplinary health care team.In addition, the PAI encourages clinical pharmacists to provide integrative services that extend from drug distribution, to the provision of around-the-clock comprehensive clinical services throughout the continuum of care.

Clinical pharmacists, clinical specialists and pharmacy leaders train residents in an environment designed to foster professional growth and independence while providing mentorship and supervision. 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 ensures that upon completion, our residents are equipped with the tools needed to be a confident practitioner by providing mentoring in many aspects of pharmacy practice. Our residents are mentored by our clinical pharmacists to provide around-the-clock interventional and consultative clinical services, and they are incorporated as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. In addition to evidence-based clinical practice, our residents also receive training in administration, medication safety, and pharmacy operations to ensure safe and effective care of our patients across the continuum of care. Lastly, as an academic facility, our institution fosters an environment of professional growth and learning while embracing the culture of a community hospital.

Our program’s vision is to develop the resident into an effective, confident clinician and educator, and to enhance his/her professional and clinical skills.

Program Accreditation

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) | ID: 33032

Program Size


Maria C. Rojo-Carlo, PharmD, BCPS
Program Director Maria C. Rojo-Carlo, PharmD, BCPS 786-467-2664 Biography
  • 80%

    Over 80% pass rate for Board of Pharmaceutical Specialty (BPS) certification examination
  • 99%

    of graduates retained in positions throughout Baptist Health South Florida
  • 2012

    acquired ASHP Accreditation
West Kendall Baptist Hospital

West Kendall Baptist Hospital

West Kendall Baptist Hospital, a LEED Gold-certified facility, opened in 2011 as the first non-replacement hospital in Miami-Dade County in more than 35 years. As a champion of community health, West Kendall Baptist founded Healthy West Kendall, a community coalition with the ambitious goal of creating the Healthiest Community in Florida. West Kendall Baptist Hospital has earned Magnet Recognition, the highest distinction a healthcare organization can receive for excellence in nursing and patient 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 Prerequisites

  • Pharm.D. degree from an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States
  • Florida pharmacist’s license by August 1
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent
  • Fluency in written and spoken English (bilingual Spanish fluency is preferred)

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
Internal Medicine
Pharmacy Administration & Medication Safety/Quality
Transitions of Care

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 Practice (concentrated & longitudinal)
Residency Project

Elective Experiences

We offer elective rotations, including:
Corporate Pharmacy Administration
Infectious Disease
Pharmacy Informatics

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