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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 adjustable to emphasize primary care, acute medicine, mental health, or the geriatric care setting depending on the residents’ specific interests.

The Ambulatory Care PGY2 residency schedule provides ample opportunities in ambulatory care with the opportunity 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, 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. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, trainees are awarded a residency certificate.

The Cardiology PGY2 residency offers clinical experiences in acute care cardiology (cardiology critical care [CCU], step-down cardiology [consult services], heart failure, and cardiac transplant), lipid clinic, and lipid research clinic. The focus of the residency is advanced understanding of cardiology guidelines, development of complex decision making skills in a fast-paced environment, literature evaluation abilities, and a knowledge base that is transferable across practice areas. The residency cultivates drug information retrieval and medical writing skills. It also promotes development and refinement of teaching skills and scholarly activity through participation in the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy elective program for P3 and P4 students, as well as precepting pharmacy students and PGY1 residents (creating a layered learning environment) and journal peer review. Management skills are developed through completion of a research project, contributing to development of new clinics or programs, as well as other administrative activities. The resident will be accountable for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes as a member of the health care team.  The resident will exercise proficiency in communication and in educating other healthcare professionals, trainees and patients on drug related topics. The resident will demonstrate professional maturity by following the TVHS pharmacy mission, monitoring his/her own performance, and exhibiting commitment to the profession. The resident will develop personal teaching skills through presentation experiences and student teaching. By completing this comprehensive advanced training program, the resident is equipped with excellent leadership and practice skills and prepared to practice as a proficient, well-rounded clinical pharmacy specialist in a cardiology setting. 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 composed of 5 core longitudinal experiences including Interdisciplinary Pain Clinic, Specialty Clinics, PACT Pain, and Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP). Longitudinal experiences include research, pain education class, E-consult service, Inpatient Pharmacy Pain and Acute Detox consult services. 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: Jamie Hansen at Jamie.Hansen1@va.gov; Wade Tugman at Wade.Tugman@va.gov; Georgina Farrow at Georgina.Farrow@va.gov; Allison Karst at Allison.Karst@va.gov; Michelle Pike at Michelle.Pike@va.gov; Sebastian Skordallos at Sebastian.Skordallos@va.gov; and Brittany Hayes at Brittany.Hayes1@va.gov

For the Ambulatory Care PGY2, please contact:

PGY2 Residency Program Director: Tim C. Morgan, Pharm.D., at Timothy.Morgan2@va.gov

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

Current PGY2 Residents: Candace Bryant at Candace.Bryant@va.gov and Joy Hoffman at Joy.Hoffman2@va.gov

For the Cardiology PGY2, please contact:

PGY2 Residency Program Director: Cassie Benge, Pharm.D., BCPS (AQ Cardiology) at Cassandra.Benge2@va.gov

Current PGY2 Resident:  Jacob Fann at Jacob.Fann@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: Meredith Crumb at Meredith.Crumb@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: Candace Beam at Candace.Beam@va.gov and Aimee Jensen at Aimee.Jensen@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