Program Overview

 The PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at Regional One Health is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The 12-month (2,000 hour minimum) program is composed of advanced pharmacy experiences. Residents receive training and develop professional competence in the delivery of patient-centered care and pharmacy services. The program helps ensures the success of residents and that exemplary pharmacists are identified for further development for contributions to patient care and for the benefit of the profession. Residents must be pharmacists committed to attaining excellence in professional competence beyond entry-level practice, committed to attaining our program’s educational goals and objectives, and passionly support our organization’s mission and values.
To fulfill these requirements, practice experiences are offered in the following areas:
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Drug Information, Drug Policy Development, and Practice Management
  • General Intensive Care
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Inpatient Drug Distribution
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neonatology
  • Nutrition Support
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Specialized Clinical Pharmacy Services (Anticoagulation and Pharmacokinetics)
  • Surgery/Anticoagulation
  • Trauma Intensive Care
  • Burn Intensive Care

Residents work eight clinical weekends a year and staff one evening shift per week in the central pharmacy. Option provided for one resident to staff in Newborn Center satellite.

During each experience, the resident is expected to perform independently and demonstrate proficiency in pharmacy practice. Clinical staff members with practice responsibilities in these areas serve as preceptors for the training experiences. Residents will spend required months in ambulatory care, critical care, inpatient drug distribution, specialized clinical pharmacy services, medicine, drug information/drug policy development/practice management, surgery, with three months of electives from any of the above experiences. Three elective experiences permit the resident to expand abilities and skills in areas of particular interest. The broad scope of pharmacy services offered provides flexibility to pursue individual goals.

During the program, the resident must complete a self-directed research project. The scope, magnitude and type of project may vary widely according to individual interests but must be completed in a manner suitable for presentation and publication. The resident presents the research project at a regional residency conference in the spring.

The residents have the opportunity to participate in the University of Tennessee Teaching and Learning Program. This program and other educational components of the residency program enables the resident to develop teaching and training skills by participating in education programs for patients, pharmacy students, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health practitioners.

Application Requirements

Applicants for the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency should hold a Doctor of Pharmacy and should be eligible for licensure in the State of Tennessee no later than August 15 of the residency year.  Applications are to be submitted through Phorcas.   A limited number of on-site interviews are offered; all candidates are considered. Class rank should be uploaded by applicant into Phorcas supplemental section. Three references, with at least two from rotation preceptors, using Phorcas are required and must comment on the following ability to organize and manage time,  clinical problem solving skills, independence and resourcefulness, willingness to accept constructive criticism, and professionalism. Deadline for application is January 1.