Baptist DeSoto PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Overview


ASHP Accreditation logoThe PGY1 pharmacy residency program at BMH Desoto is designed to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Residency Information

  • Number of Positions: 3
  • Application Deadline: January 11, 2021
  • Starting Date: June 28, 2021
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Interview Required: Yes
  • Estimated Stipend: $46,000

Requirements for Acceptance:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy Degree or Equivalent
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Eligible for Mississippi Licensure
  • College Transcripts


  • Health Insurance
  • 15 days of Personal Time Off
  • Professional Leave for Meetings


The Baptist DeSoto PGY1 Pharmacy residency is a 12-month program that emphasizes training in all aspects of the acute care pharmacy practice model with the goal of developing the residents’ expertise, knowledge, and skills in the following areas: internal medicine, infectious diseases, cardiology, critical care, emergency medicine, and practice management. Participation in the hospital’s medication management process via Pharmacy and Therapeutics sub-committees will occur over the course the residency year.

While the primary focus will be on clinical activities, residents will also be trained on order verification and preparation of intravenous medications, which furthers an understanding of providing pharmaceutical care in an inpatient setting.

Over the course of the year, residents will be responsible for completing a research project. The findings will be presented at the Mid-South Regional Residents’ Conference held at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Additional opportunities include assisting in the educational experiences of students from the University of Mississippi, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and Union University.

ASHP PGY1 Residency Program Purpose

Clinical and Longitudinal Preceptors

Residents are provided the opportunity to learn from clinical pharmacy preceptors who have expansive educational backgrounds and experience to enrich their learning and hands-on experiences.

Learn more about our clinical and longitudinal preceptors

Training site information

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto

  • 339-bed tertiary care hospital located in Southaven, Mississippi, just 15 miles from Downtown Memphis
  • Designated a Top Performing Hospital by U.S News and World Report
  • Comprehensive care facility with diverse patent care services and a particular focus on cardiology, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and critical care
  • Hospital Awards and Accomplishments:
    • Named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by Joint Commission
    • Blue Distinction+ Center of Excellence for cardiac care by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi
    • American College of Cardiology NCDR ACTION Registry - Get With The Guidelines Platinum Performance achievement award for high standard of care for heart attack patients
    • Accredited through the American College of Cardiology for heart failure and as a chest pain center
    • American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) Pulmonary Rehab. Program Accreditation
    • Accredited inpatient rehabilitation program and stroke specialty program
    • Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite recognition
    • Cardiac Award for Platinum Performance by the American College of Cardiology
    • Cardiac and Gold Achievement awards from the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program
    • Stroke Award for Silver Achievement in Stroke from the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program
    • Designated a Baby Friendly birthing facility by Baby Friendly USA
    • No. 1 hospital in Mississippi, U.S. News & World Report (2014, 2015)
    • No. 1 hospital in Mississippi, Mississippi Nurses Association (2014, 2015)

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto Pharmacy Department

  • Practices through a decentralized model to enhance patient care and improve interdisciplinary interaction with hospital staff
  • Utilizes decision support software ( EPIC and Theradoc) to assist in appropriate medication monitoring
  • Serves as an ASHP accredited practice site since 2013

About Southaven, Mississippi

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto is conveniently located just a fifteen-minute drive from Memphis, Tennessee, the Home of the Blues, the world’s best BBQ, and Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Sports fans can catch all the great action of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, baseball with the Memphis Redbirds (the triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals), and professional soccer with Memphis 901FC. Catch live theater at one of the many playhouses throughout the city or even a touring Broadway show at Memphis’s historic Orpheum Theater on legendary Beale Street. Other great area offerings include the award-winning Memphis Zoo; numerous art, music, and history museums; all genres of live music; and, of course, southern cuisine!

Resident Responsibilities

  • Assess medication appropriateness through chart review and interdisciplinary rounds
  • Manage physician initiate pharmacy consults
    • Nutrition Support, Pharmacokinetics
    • Renal dosing
    • Patient education
    • Anticoagulant monitoring
    • Drug information
  • Lead patient presentations and topic discussions
  • Assist in medication-related core measure compliance practices based on patient disease state (ACS, stroke, vaccines, etc.)
  • Participate in multidisciplinary patient care rounds
  • Participate in multidisciplinary committees
  • Assist with precepting students
  • Attend and provide medication-related support during an emergency response
  • Identify and report medication errors and adverse drug events
  • Improve patient care, safety, and economic impact relating to medication use

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Learning Experience Overview

  • Seven week general pharmacy orientation which includes, hospital training, EPIC Training, CITI program training, BLS/ACLS certification and competency completion
  • 5 week rotations
  • Four required learning experiences with the opportunity for 4 elective rotations
  • 1 month of dedicated project time

5 Week Rotational Learning Experiences – Required

  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Practice Management
  • Clinical Staff Model

5 Week Rotational Learning Experience – Elective

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Medication Safety
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Cardiology
  • Advanced Cardiology
  • Advanced Internal Medicine
  • Advanced Critical Care

12 Month Longitudinal Rotations – Required

Evaluation of these experience will occur on a quarterly basis

  • Drug Information
    Activities evaluated in this longitudinal experience:
    • One (1) ACPE accredited education program
    • Eight (8) journal club presentations
    • Three (3) Pharmacy Grand Rounds presentations
    • One (1) Formulary Monograph development and presentation
    • One (1) Hospitalist Newsletter development
    • One (1) Pharmacy Newsletter development
  • Project Management
  • Service Commitment (Staffing)

12 Month Longitudinal Rotation – Elective

  • Teaching and Learning Certificate Program offered by University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy

Learning experiences are clinical rotations with strong patient care focus.  These form the basis of structured resident daily activities and take priority in work flow

Other elective experiences could potentially be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability. 

Staffing Requirements

Each resident is required to work every third weekend.   The resident will work an eight hour shift on Saturday and Sunday during their assigned weekend.   The resident that works the weekend shift will be required to carry the 24 hour clinical pharmacy pager to handle after hour needs from the Monday before their weekend until the Monday morning after their assigned weekend. 

Additionally, each resident will be required to complete a weekly evening shift (12:30 – 9pm) of order verification and IV room coverage within central operations. 

Baptist DeSoto PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Contact Information

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto
Department of Pharmacy Services
7601 Southcrest Parkway
Southaven, MS 38671

Krista C. Bachert, PharmD, BCIDP, Residency Program Director

Pharmacy Administration
Paula B. Hinson, RPh
Director of Pharmacy Services

Benjamin K.  Eddlemon, PharmD
Assistant Director of Pharmacy Services