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Tennessee Valley PGY1 and PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Program

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Welcome to the Veterans Affairs
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System’s
PGY1 and PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Programs

These Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) and Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Pharmacy Residencies located in Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, provide residents with the skills and knowledge required to enter a contemporary practice environment where they can effectively provide clinical services. We, at TVHS, understand the changing face of pharmacy healthcare and strive to prepare our residents for entrance into a competitive job market. Be it clinical skills, research, publication, teaching, or leadership, we care about our residents’ future and will prepare each of them for a meaningful career as a pharmacy practitioner. For this reason, our PGY1 resident training schedules are customized on a quarterly basis with the resident, considering the resident’s goals, interests, and previous experiences. We understand that completing a PGY1 residency is a sacrifice of money and time, and we want our residents to gain the experience needed to prepare them for the next step in their pharmacy career.

The Ambulatory Care PGY2 residency schedule provides ample opportunities in ambulatory care to work with over 20 clinical pharmacy specialists who run clinics specializing in management of diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, COPD, heart failure, hepatitis C, dementia, mental health, anticoagulation, emergency medicine, and pain management. The specific program schedules for each resident are customized initially based on the resident’s goals, interests, and previous experience. We then continually customize the plan throughout the training year at regular intervals based on evolving resident goals and interests as well as training needs determined by preceptor evaluations, resident self-evaluations, and quarterly evaluations by the Residency Leadership Board. Longitudinally, residents will be expected to develop, implement, and manage their own primary care pharmacotherapy clinic throughout the PGY2 year and may choose to develop a new outpatient clinic based on the interests of the resident and needs of pharmacy service. Other longitudinal opportunities include completion of the teaching certificate program, precepting numerous PGY1 residents and APPE students, leadership opportunities, and completion of a formal research project. Our goal is for residents to be able to excel in a variety of clinical practice settings, to be a leader in their future practice site and in the profession, and to be well prepared to achieve board certification in ambulatory care pharmacy. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, trainees are awarded a residency certificate.

The Cardiology PGY2 residency offers clinical experiences across the spectrum of acuity for cardiovascular care ranging from ambulatory care to critical care, with core experiences including cardiology pharmacotherapy clinic, acute medicine with cardiovascular emphasis, acute cardiology consult service, medical intensive care unit, which includes our cardiac care unit. Elective opportunities allow the resident to focus in on specific areas of interest including advanced heart failure and transplant, geriatrics, and emergency medicine. The focus of the residency is advanced understanding of cardiology pharmacotherapy, development of complex decision-making skills in a variety of practice environments, literature evaluation abilities, and a knowledge base that is transferable across practice areas. The specific program schedules and activities are customized continuously based on the resident’s goals, interests and experience. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, trainees are awarded a residency certificate.

The Pain PGY2 residency program is a twelve-month, post-graduate training experience with a focus on longitudinal experiences including Comprehensive Pain Clinic, PACT Pain, Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP), and Palliative Care. There are a host of elective opportunities from which to choose including, Pain Psychology, Pain Procedures, Dialysis, Rheumatology, Neurology, Infectious Disease/HIV, Nephrology, and Hepatology/GI. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, trainees are awarded a residency certificate.

The Psychiatry PGY2 residency schedule provides ample opportunities in mental health including a 60-bed acute psychiatry unit, interprofessional mental health outpatient clinics, long-term care and pain management. The specific program schedules are customized initially based on the resident’s goals, interests and previous experience. We then continually customize the plan throughout the training year at regular intervals based on evolving resident goals, interest and feedback as well as training needs determined by preceptor evaluations, resident self-evaluations and quarterly evaluations. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, trainees are awarded a residency certificate.

We, at TVHS, take pride in our residents and our residency programs. We are at the forefront of pharmacy practice and hope you choose to consider our site as a place to complete your PGY1 or PGY2 residency and begin your pharmacy career. Please take a minute and look through this website to learn more about our exciting programs. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to e-mail any one of us.

For the PGY1, please contact:

PGY1 Residency Program Director: Jennifer R. Bean, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPP at Jennifer.Bean@va.gov

PGY1 Residency Recruitment Coordinator: Rebecca J. Cripps, Pharm.D., BCPS at Rebecca.Cripps@va.gov

Current Residents: Lauren McCarthy at Lauren.McCarthy2@va.gov; Victoria Viverette at Victoria.Viverette@va.gov ; Kate Rogers at Kathleen.Rogers2@va.gov ; Bryan Figler at Bryan.Figler@va.gov ; Olivia Pardue at Olivia.Pardue@va.gov ; Kelci Dalton at Kelci.Dalton@va.gov ; Kim Ehrhard at Kimberly.Ehrhard@va.gov; Nikki Sherwood at Nichole.Sherwood@va.gov

For the Ambulatory Care PGY2, please contact:

PGY2 Residency Program Director: Bishoy Ragheb, Pharm.D., BCACP, CACP at Bishoy.Ragheb@va.gov

PGY2 Residency Recruitment Coordinator: Rebecca J. Cripps, Pharm.D., BCPS at Rebecca.Cripps@va.gov

Current PGY2 Residents: Haley Leach at Haley.Leach@va.gov; Matt Olean at Matthew.Olean@va.gov; and Carli Smith at Carli.Smith@va.gov

For the Cardiology PGY2, please contact:

PGY2 Residency Program Director: Emily Young, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCP at Emily.Young@va.gov

Current PGY2 Resident:  Anna Drew Jackson at Anna.Jackson30@va.gov

For the Pain PGY2, please contact:

PGY2 Residency Program Director: Tim Atkinson, Pharm.D. BCPS at Timothy.Atkinson@va.gov

Current PGY2 Resident: Bekki Burch at Rebekka.Burch@va.gov; Carla Figura at Carla.Figura@va.gov

For the Psychiatry PGY2, please contact:

PGY2 Residency Program Director: Jennifer Bean, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPP at Jennifer.Bean@va.gov

Current PGY2 Resident: Monica Barrett at Monica.Barrett@va.gov; Austin Smith at AustinM.Smith@va.gov

Find out more about us at these locations:

VA Pharmacy Residency Program
http://www.pbm.va.gov/education/vapharmacyresidencyprogram.asp

American Society of Health System Pharmacists
http://accred.ashp.org/aps/pages/directory/residencyProgramInformation.aspx?ID=31220