Memphis PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The Baptist Memphis PGY1 pharmacy residency is comprised of the following major elements: direct patient care, staffing, and longitudinal requirements including hospital committee involvement, teaching/precepting activities, and completion of a yearlong pharmacy related research project. The goal of this program is to provide the resident with a variety of high-quality learning experiences in a large community based hospital to enhance leadership, clinical and research skills as a clinical pharmacist.

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Resident positions available: 8
Application deadline: January 1
Baptist Memphis Residency Match #: 112013
Start date: 3rd Monday of June
Program length: 12 months
Estimated annual salary: $46,000
Benefits:

  • Health, Vision, & Dental insurance provided as a full–time employee of Baptist Memphis
  • Personal time off (18 days)
  • Professional leave for ASHP Mid-year Clinical Meeting (MYCM) & Mid-South Residency Conference (MSRC)
  • Stipend for MYCM expenses
  • Personal office space with a desktop computer & iPad
  • Free parking
  • Free onsite gym/fitness center access

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Baptist Memphis was recognized in 2018 by the Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP) as the “Health-System Pharmacy Residency Program of the Year” for showing continued service and contributions to health-system pharmacy practice through changes in practice, research, and/or resident publications. Read more about the recognition here.

The Baptist Memphis pharmacy department was recognized in 2018 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Foundation with the “2018 Award for Excellence in Medication Safety” for their help in the transition of the Baptist Memphis emergency department to an “opioid-light” patient care environment. This endeavor focused on pain management alternatives for patients.

ASHP PGY1 Residency Program Purpose

In accordance with ASHP guidelines, the residency program at Baptist Memphis functions under the following purpose:

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on a resident's Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of a clinical pharmacist 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.

Baptist Memphis PGY1 Pharmacy Residents

Residents in our PGY1 pharmacy residency program come from different educational and geographical backgrounds, adding to the rich experience offered through our program.

Learn more about our PGY1 Pharmacy Residents

Clinical and Longitudinal Preceptors

Residents are provided the opportunity to train alongside clinical pharmacy preceptors who have expansive educational backgrounds and diverse experiences to enrich their learning and hands-on experiences.

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Training Site Information

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis

  • 706 bed tertiary care hospital located in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Flagship hospital for Baptist Memorial Health Care, a system of 22 hospitals in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas
  • Second largest hospital in Tennessee
  • Comprehensive care facility with diverse specialty patient care services and a particular focus on intensive care, cardiology, neurology and oncology

Baptist Memphis Pharmacy Department

  • Practices through a decentralized model with pharmacist stationed in patient care areas to enhance direct 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 resident practice site since 1992
  • Established a PGY1 community residency program in 2018 to encompass retail, mail order and specialty pharmacy services
  • Our department mission is to provide direct and quality medication-related health care to patients in a responsible manner while creating and applying innovative new pharmacy practices. We are committed pharmacy leaders in education, training and lifelong learning.

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident Responsibilities

  • Assess and improve medication appropriateness through chart review
  • Actively participate in multidisciplinary patient care rounds
  • Manage physician-initiated pharmacy consults including:
    • Nutrition support
    • Pharmacokinetics
    • Renal dosing
    • Patient education
    • Anticoagulant monitoring
    • Drug information
  • Assist in precepting students on rotations and through didactic and application-based classes
  • Lead patient presentations and topic discussions
  • Attend and provide medication-related support during an emergency response
  • Identify medication errors and assess for practice change
  • Improve patient care, safety and economic impact relating to medication use

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Learning Experience Overview

Clinical and management learning experiences are five (5) weeks in length. Residents have the option of choosing up to four (4) electives or repeating a required rotation in an advanced format for a total of eight (8) learning experiences. Longitudinal experiences are variable in length.

Required Learning Experiences (5 weeks)

  • General Orientation (6 weeks)- includes hospital and department orientation, EPIC training, ACLS/BLS certification and competency completion
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care (Med/Surg, Neuro OR Cardiac)
  • Internal Medicine
  • Practice Management

Concentrated Learning Experiences

  • Resident Run Clinical Service Weeks (2 weeks at the end of the residency year)
  • Drug Use & Safety including MUE, Formulary work (2 months)

Longitudinal Learning Experiences(12 months)

  • Ambulatory Care
    • Consultative services in Church Health Adult Medicine Clinic – Crosstown Concourse
  • Teaching and Precepting including Teaching Certificate Program through the University of Tennessee Health Science Center –College of Pharmacy
    • Didactic Lecture, facilitating Applied Therapeutics, precepting students
  • Other Education
    • Journal Club (1); ACPE Accredited Continuing Education Program (2); Pharmacy Newsletter and Clinical Writing Requirement
  • Pharmacy Practice Based Research Project – 3 weeks dedicated project time provided

Elective Learning Experiences (Resident chooses 4)

  • Critical Care (Med/Surg, Neuro, OR Cardiac)
  • Cardiology-Advanced/Heart Failure Clinic
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hematology/Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Infectious Diseases & Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Neurology
  • Oncology (Solid Tumors)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Solid Organ Transplant (Heart)
  • Pain/ERAS

Learning Experiences

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

Learning Experience Opportunities

Required:

  • Internal Medicine

    Facilitators: Kelsey Krushinski, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP, CPE; Taylor Epperson, Pharm.D.; Pam Ku, Pharm.D., BCPS

    The resident completing this internal medicine experience will be involved in providing comprehensive pharmaceutical care to a variety of patients within the hospital by participating in multidisciplinary rounds with a medicine teaching service team. Throughout the rotation, the resident will develop skills in the disease state management of both acute and chronic conditions. Topics will include hypertension, heart failure, pneumonia, COPD and asthma, infectious diseases, diabetes mellitus, stroke, and other diseases. During the Internal Medicine rotation, the resident will interact with other health care providers including physicians, nurses, and case managers, to assist in the total pharmaceutical care of patients requiring general medical care. A wide range of activities during the rotation will be performed including medication review, antibiotic surveillance, pharmacokinetic dosing, anticoagulation dosing, medication education to patients and their families, drug information assistance to physicians & nurses, medication reconciliation, and educational in-services for health care providers. Topic discussions and patient problem list discussions will be conducted frequently.

  • Cardiology

    Facilitators: Ginger Burton, Pharm.D., BCCP and Amy Brewster, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCP

    During this rotation, residents will have the opportunity to develop skills and concepts of application in cardiovascular patients. The rotation will provide practical experience in managing all aspects of the cardiac patient's pharmacotherapy with a focus on acute care cardiology. Residents will be stationed on the AMI/ACS and CHF units primarily. Daily activities include monitoring of patients for core measure compliance relating to cardiology and anticoagulation management, developing daily treatment plans, participating in multidisciplinary rounds & utilizing evidenced based medicine to optimize acute and chronic disease state management. Educational opportunities during the month include topic discussions on provided readings, precepting of students & nursing/staff development education as needed. Residents will also provide patient education on anticoagulants, insulins, and other medications as requested. There are additional opportunities to see recently discharged patients with CHF in the outpatient Baptist Transitional Care clinic based on resident interest and availability.

  • Critical Care (MICU/SICU)

    Facilitator: Maria Zhorne, PharmD, BCCCP

    A resident on this rotation will become familiar with the pharmaceutical aspects of critically ill patients by overseeing & managing the care of patients in the 38-bed medical/surgical ICU's. Residents participate in MD led inter-professional rounds five days a week in the ICU. Minimally, a resident will be responsible for monitoring continually changing drug therapy and completing pharmacy consults including those for nutrition support, pharmacokinetics, anticoagulation and drug information. The resident will be required to read and participate in key ICU topic discussions with the preceptor throughout the month as well as complete a critical care journal club with ICU preceptors and staff.

  • Practice Management

    Facilitator: Dennis Roberts, DPH

    The practice management experience is designed to provide a “real world experience“ in the life of pharmacy administration. Time management, organizational skills and open communication with preceptors will be key in maximizing this learning opportunity. The resident will be responsible for drug information requests, the development and presentation of related materials for P&T Committee, its subcommittees and/or Service Line(s), participation in patient safety activities, and communication with pharmacy administrative and managerial staff daily. Rotation project(s) will be assigned and the resident will be expected to complete them in a timely manner based on request and direction from the Director of Pharmacy. Residents will be the lead preceptor for the APPE institutional pharmacy students. Many projects will require a short turnaround time that will be dependent upon the presentation venue. Residents will learn to enhance and refine skills in researching drug information questions and gain experience in presentation skills for multiple audience types. This rotation is self-directed and the resident will be required to drive the project(s) they are assigned, as well as, any APPE student projects. The Medication Use Evaluation (MUE) longitudinal will in part overlap with this learning experience.

Elective:

  • Malignant Hematology, Bone Marrow Transplant

    Facilitator: Amy Evans, PharmD

    During this elective learning experience, residents will manage drug therapy necessary for the treatment of complex hematology/oncology patients and that undergoing stem cell transplant. Specifically, residents will become familiar with chemotherapy regimens used in the treatment of acute leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and conditioning regimens utilized for transplants. Appropriate supportive care medications, monitoring parameters, and therapeutic endpoints for efficacious drug use as it relates to the oncology patient will be a focus of this experience. Residents will have the opportunity to participate in daily MD led, bedside rounds in addition to interacting with the multi-disciplinary patient care team in the myelosuppression unit. Topics discussions relating to a variety of oncologic disease states, chemotherapy agents and supportive care issues in this patient population will be conducted throughout the rotation.

  • Solid Organ Transplant (Heart)

    Facilitator: Mallory Taylor Baird, Pharm.D., BCCP

    This rotation focuses on end stage heart failure patients requiring heart transplant and/or ventricular assist device (VAD) therapy. The cardiac transplant floors include a 12 bed intensive care unit (ICU) and a 12 bed stepdown unit. A total of 11 patients received a heart transplant at Baptist Memphis in 2016, and 20 patients have been transplanted so far in 2017. Additionally, a total of 33 patients received an LVAD in 2016, and 32 have been implanted so far in 2017. The cardiac transplant ICU also includes patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and a variety of temporary mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices. Residents will be involved with patient care in the acute setting as well as the transplant/MCS outpatient clinic. Residents will participate in multidisciplinary rounds, assess patients and develop medications treatment plans, monitor immunosuppression and other medication therapies, manage pharmacy consults, provide medication information to other healthcare professionals, assist in evaluating patients for transplant and VAD selection committee meetings, and participate in topic discussions. Patient interaction and medication counseling are also important aspects of this rotation. Additional required activities and assignments will be done as indicated by the needs of the transplant team.

  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)

    Facilitator: Sarah Beth Moore, Pharm.D., BCCP

    During this rotation, residents will have the opportunity to develop patient care skills related to drug therapy and disease state management in patients post cardiothoracic surgery. Daily activities include, active participation in multidisciplinary rounds, completing pharmacy consults for pharmacokinetics, anticoagulation, nutrition support, and drug information, optimizing drug therapy, and collaborating with other healthcare providers. This rotation also heavily focuses on optimal blood glucose management post operatively. Daily multi-disciplinary rounds are also required. The resident will also have the opportunity to participate and lead various topic discussions with the preceptor.

  • Neuro ICU (NICU)

    Facilitator: Kristie Newsom, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP

    During this rotation, residents will have the opportunity to develop skills in the pharmaceutical care of neurology patients in an ICU/critical care setting. Clinical patient care with be provided for patients with acute ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, spinal cord injury, seizure disorders, neurosurgical interventions, and general neurological disorders. Residents will also provide pharmaceutical care in the management of all general critical care issues and antimicrobial management. The resident will participate in daily multidisciplinary rounds and one-on-one table rounds with the neuro-intensivist. Other daily responsibilities, for this rotation include the following: completing pharmacy consults for pharmacokinetics, anticoagulation, nutrition support, stroke core measures, optimizing drug therapies, and providing feedback for drug information questions on neuro ICU and general neuro floor patients. The resident will participate in various topic discussions with the preceptor and be given the opportunity to lead selected topic discussions as the rotation progresses.

  • Oncology (Solid Tumor)

    Facilitator: Elizabeth Mills, PharmD, BCPS

    The resident completing this elective rotation will be responsible for managing drug related therapy for patients with cancer and hematological disorders. Specifically, residents will become familiar with various chemotherapy regimens used in the treatment of cancer through review of chemotherapy orders for completeness, accuracy, appropriate doses, and appropriate supportive care medications. Residents will also determine monitoring parameters and therapeutic endpoints for efficacious drug use as it relates to the oncology patient. Resident will actively participate in daily patient rounds on the oncology unit. Topics discussions relating to a variety of disease states and supportive care issues in the oncology patient population will be conducted throughout the rotation.

  • Emergency Medicine

    Facilitators: Zack Brent, Pharm.D., BCPS and Julie Bennett, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS

    This rotation is designed to give residents an introduction to the provision of pharmacy services in an emergency medicine setting. Following completion of this rotation, the resident should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the skills necessary to provide pharmacy services in a high-volume, fast-paced emergency medicine setting. During the course of this rotation the resident is expected to actively participate in the care of all emergency department patients. This will include, but is not limited to: order processing and medication delivery, participation in medical emergencies at bedside, providing medication information to various other healthcare professionals, care for boarded patients, and follow-up care of patients discharged from the ED. In addition to direct patient care, the resident is expected to participate in the education of pharmacy students as well as department physician and nursing staff. The resident will also participate in the further advancement and development of pharmacy services within the emergency department.

  • Ambulatory Care (coming Spring 2020)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine (coming Fall 2020)
  • Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship

    Facilitator: Athena Hobbs, Pharm.D., BCIDP

    A resident on this rotation at Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis will further develop their knowledge and understanding of the pharmacotherapy of patients with infectious diseases. The resident will perform daily pharmacy antimicrobial stewardship rounds with the infectious disease pharmacist. The focus of this rotation will be appropriate overall infective disease state management of patients as well as clinical application of pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics with regards to antimicrobials. The rotation is designed to provide the resident with interaction with various physicians and services throughout the entire hospital rather than one rounding team. The resident will also be involved in other activities on an as-needed basis throughout the rotation, which will include at least one rotation project (e.g. physician/nurse/pharmacy education and/or projects for the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee).

Staffing Requirements

Each resident is required to work every third weekend. Weekend coverage alternates between coverage of clinical consults with a specialist and providing order verification in the main pharmacy. Residents work an eight hour shift on Saturday and Sunday during their assigned weekend. Additionally, each resident will be required to complete a weekly evening shift (5-9 p.m.) of order verification in the emergency department or provide decentralized clinical pharmacy coverage on a nursing unit. The resident work order verification weekend shift will not be required to complete the evening staffing component the week before or the week following the weekend shift. Residents will also be expected to carry the 24-hour clinical pharmacy pager in rotation with fellow residents during the week preceding weekend coverage.

Program Completion Requirements

For successful completion of this PGY1 pharmacy residency program, signified with the awarding of a certificate of achievement at the end of the 12-month period, the resident must successfully complete the following program requirements and be in compliance with Baptist Memphis policies for employment.

Criteria include:

  • TN State licensure by the predetermined deadline established each calendar year.
  • Abide by the standards established for ALL Baptist-Memphis employees with no disciplinary action requiring termination.
  • Completion of all required, assigned hospital and department employee competencies
  • Completion of ALL required “on call” and staffing shifts as assigned (2 -8hr staffing shifts alternating with clinical coverage every 3rd weekend, 4hr weeknight shift on non-staffing weeks = ~4 nights/9 weeks).
  • Completion of clinical holiday coverage as assigned (1 major & 3 minor holidays)
  • “Satisfactory” completion of all required longitudinal education assignments as defined in the description for each activity located in the residency manual
    • Journal Club, ACPE accredited continuing education x2, Clinical writing assignment or Case report, monthly Newsletter, and Medication Safety Project
  • “Satisfactory” completion of a residency research project including IRB approval, data collection, presentation of the final results to the associated hospital staff (Service line, etc.) and development of a final manuscript suitable for publication.
  • Completion of all required and elective learning and longitudinal experiences
  • Documentation of achieved for residency (“ACHR”) on 80% of the required & selected elective ASHP competency objectives as evaluated in learning experiences and longitudinals by the end of the 12 month residency. The required number of “ACHs” needed per objective to obtain “ACHR” will be provided each year to the resident during orientation
  • Active participation in the University of Tennessee Teaching and Learning Program including facilitation of applied therapeutics, student precepting and presentation of a didactic lecture
  • Attendance at ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting & Mid-South Residency Conference with active participation (presentation of resident research material as a poster at MYCM and platform presentation with results at MRSC and assist with recruitment)
  • Completion of all PharmAcademic evaluations
  • Maintain ALL documents relating to projects, longitudinal activities & presentations in the resident’s electronic folder on the Shared Drive. Complete Resident End of the Year Checklist.
  • Return keys, ID badge, pager, iPAD and any other BMH- Memphis property on the last day of the residency

How to Apply

Students eligible for a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited school are required to submit all requested documents through the PhORCAS application system. Required documents include a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, Doctor of Pharmacy transcript and 3 PhORACAS professional letters of recommendation. The candidate must also be eligible for licensure in the state of Tennessee, have U.S. citizenship or a permanent VISA and be available for an interview.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Contact Information

Amy G. Evans, PharmD, Residency Program Director
Lead Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Oncology

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis
6019 Walnut Grove
Memphis, TN 38120

amy.evans@bmhcc.org