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The Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) is an integrated Veterans Affairs health care system consisting of 2 medical centers, 350 acute care and geriatric beds, various specialty clinics, and over 13 community-based outpatient clinics located throughout middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. TVHS provides ambulatory care, secondary care in acute medicine and surgery, specialized tertiary care, and a full range of extended care and mental health services.
The VA TVHS pharmacy service provides progressive clinical and distributive services with approximately 180 pharmacy staff members including over 50 clinical pharmacy specialists in a variety of practice settings and a number of clinical pharmacists dedicated to providing decentralized inpatient pharmacy services and medication reconciliation. Clinical pharmacy specialists are assigned to areas such as primary care, emergency medicine, acute medicine, cardiology, critical care, transplant, psychiatry, oncology, geriatrics, nutritional support, anticoagulation management, long-term care, chronic pain management, home-based primary care, palliative care, hepatitis C management, pharmacoeconomics, and clinical practice management. Within these areas, all clinical pharmacy specialists have scopes of practice which include prescribing authority. A large majority of the residency preceptors are board certified by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties actively involved in national pharmacy organizations, and/or are working to contribute to medical literature through publications/research, giving residents an extraordinary ability to work with clinical pharmacy specialists practicing at the top of their respective fields and an in-depth view of how our pharmacy services positively influence the health of Veterans.
The healthcare system has strong affiliations to the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College as well as several colleges of pharmacy including the University of Tennessee, Samford University, Belmont University, Lipscomb University, and Union University.
Pharmacist Training at TVHS
Eight (8) PGY1 pharmacy residents, two (2) Ambulatory Care PGY2 residents, one (1) Cardiology PGY2 resident, two (2) Pain PGY2 residents, two (2) Psychiatry PGY2 residents, and over 200 students from several colleges of pharmacy are trained at TVHS each year. Residents will have clinical opportunities at both medical centers: the Nashville Campus and the Alvin C. York Campus in Murfreesboro. There are additional rotation opportunities at area community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), including Chattanooga and Clarksville, if desired. Throughout TVHS, the extensive range of medical and clinical pharmacy services allows for an optimal training and teaching environment.