Suzanne Turner: If you look at Lee Health and you look on the website and you see that we're 1,500 beds, and we're 5 hospitals and we're this really big health system, but I still tell people we're the small community hospital feel. We really still feel like a smaller community hospital in the way we treat each other like family, but yet we have that little bit larger academic field because we do have the FSU medical residency programs.
John Armistead: I think doing a pharmacy residency at Lee Health offers a wide range of contemporary practice opportunities that allows a resident to really explore what area of practice they want to go into and really find that practice at a really high level, such that they can experience what it would be like as they move into the profession of pharmacy.
Mary Lynn Skruc...: It prepared me for practice by essentially being able to do everything. In my time at Lee Health, when I work here, I do emergency medicine, I do oncology now, I work in the intensive care unit. I truly feel I have a completely well-rounded experience and I'm ready for every emergency or anything that comes my way.
Shelley Kearns: As a student, I had a lot of different opportunities to go through different rotational experiences. Our residency director is great at making sure that our schedules align with what we're interested in, but also something that we haven't experienced.
Megan Patch: I came in with a strong interest in infectious diseases and developed an interest in pediatrics as well. I was able to tailor my own program to include pediatrics. I was able to staff within the pediatric hospital. Now I'm a pediatric clinical specialist with a focus in infectious diseases. So I was able to combine the best of both worlds. And the Lee Health residency program allows that flexibility to really make that happen.
Kristen Crawfor...: One of the big draws to this program is the retention rates. So for the PGY1 program, we keep about 40% of our residents, stay on as employees after they complete their residency. So not only was I going to get world-class training, but I had a good opportunity at a job when I was done.
Julianna Hennig...: I decided to stay here for our community-based residency because of the great relationship I built with the pharmacist here, the unique community-based opportunities that were available for their rotations, and the different dynamic areas like primary care and oncology, specialty pharmacy. And here in the Lee Pharmacy, which focuses on filling prescriptions for discharge patients. So there was a lot of unique opportunities that were offered.
Catalina Acosta...: I will definitely say that this program is very unique in a way that it has a very strong leadership component to it. It is a longitudinal learning experience. And it's very unique because the resident gets to see many facets of the pharmacist role, not just in clinical knowledge, but in decision-making at the administration level.
John Armistead: The mission of pharmacy practice at Lee Health is optimizing patient outcomes through interdisciplinary medication management. The pharmacy residents at Lee Health provide tremendous value for patient care provision. But in addition to that, they really enthused our pharmacists in being able to educate new learners. So we enjoy the opportunity to have residents with us, keeps us on our toes, makes us better pharmacists and better care providers.