NEA Baptist PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas is comprised of the following major elements: direct patient care, teaching/precepting, staffing, medication safety and optimization, pharmacy administration, and pharmacy practice-based research. The goal of this program is to provide the resident with a variety of high-quality learning experiences and opportunities to enhance clinical and leadership skills of a pharmacist in a community-based hospital.

Click here to access our Residency Manual.

Resident positions available: 2
Application deadline: January 5
Start date: Last orientation Monday in June
Program length: 12 months
Interview required: Yes
Estimated stipend: $46,000


  • Health, Vision, & Dental insurance provided as a full-time employee of NEA Baptist
  • Personal time off (12 days)
  • Professional leave for AAHP Fall Seminar, ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (MYCM) and MidSouth Residency Conference (MSRC)
  • Reimbursement for conference expenses
  • Personal office space with a desktop computer and phone, as well as a laptop computer, and Voalte phone
  • Free parking

ASHP PGY1 Residency Program Purpose

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

  • Build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies. 


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. 

Meet Our Preceptors


NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital
Serving Arkansas, NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital provides a wide range of medical care services and treatments using high quality diagnostic and therapeutic technologies. The hospital is a six-story structure with 228 beds with expansion space for 300 beds.

NEA Baptist Pharmacy Department
The Pharmacy Department of NEA Baptist, and its affiliates, is an integral part of total patient care. The Department’s prime directive being to provide for the needs of the patient and their significant others through the implementation of safe and efficient unit dose drug distribution, maximum utilization of the professional knowledge of its pharmacists, and the monitoring of medication usage in all patient populations. The team of professionals and supportive personnel within this department accepts and fulfills its responsibilities by providing pharmaceutical products and services of high quality to all patient care providers within the hospital. The Pharmacy Department at NEA Baptist has approximately 20 pharmacists and 12 technician support personnel. Every effort is made toward the achievement of these principles at the lowest possible cost through efficient operations and increased associate productivity and reflecting the Mission of NEA Baptist.

The primary recipient of pharmacy services is the patient, in that all interaction between pharmacy and other departments to provide services, direct and indirect, is with the intention of providing optimal patient care based upon the scope of care of the institution. The pharmacy systems serve both inpatient and ambulatory patients as well as many health care providers, especially nursing service and medical staff, in such vital areas as drug information and drug distribution based upon all applicable state and federal laws.

The Pharmacy Department shall serve on the P&T Committee as well as other performance improvement committees to ensure the review of all professional standards, policies, procedures, and quality improvement activities relating to procurement, storage, dispensing and safe use of medication. The Pharmacy Department shall strive to be an integral part of the patient care team. Our department mission is to provide direct 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

  • Improve patient care, drug safety and economic impact relating to medication use in multiple hospital settings
  • Actively participate in multidisciplinary patient care rounds (unit based and medical teaching service)
  • Assess and improve medication appropriateness through utilization of evidence based medicine
  • Manage physician-initiated pharmacy consults including:
    • Nutrition support/TPNs
    • Pharmacokinetics (Vancomycin, Aminoglycosides)
    • Renal dosing
    • Patient education
    • Anticoagulant monitoring
  • Drug information
  • Assist in precepting students on rotations and through didactic and application-based educational opportunities
  • Attend and provide medication-related support during emergency response
  • Identify medication errors and assess for practice change and improvements
  • Assess for practice improvements in drug distribution services
  • Display professional, ethical responsibility for one’s own practice

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Learning Experience Overview

NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is a 52-week program composed of required and elective, as well as some longitudinal learning experiences. The program structure ensures greater than two-thirds of the residency program is spent in direct patient care activities and that no more than one-third of the residency year deals with a specific disease state or patient population.


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.


  • Orientation (10 weeks)
  • Critical Care I (6 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine I (6 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine I (6 weeks)
  • Ambulatory Oncology I (6 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Administration (4 weeks)


  • Pharmacy Staffing
  • Research Project
  • Teaching and Educating
  • Resident Development Plan


  • Critical Care II
  • Internal Medicine II
  • Emergency Medicine II
  • Ambulatory Oncology II
  • Infectious Disease


Residents may elect to participate in the Teaching Certificate Program through the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Pharmacy (encouraged, but not required) – click here for more information. Evaluations for the TCP will be included in the Teaching and Educating Learning Experience.


The PGY1 resident will staff in the pharmacy department every other weekend with the following Friday, Saturday, Sunday off and one evening shift per week (4 hours). Additional staffing may occur based on need.

Each resident will staff one major and one minor holiday with options listed below: 
Major - Thanksgiving and the day after OR Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Minor - Labor Day, New Year’s Day, OR Memorial Day 


For successful completion of this PGY1 pharmacy residency program, signified with the awarding of a certificate of achievement at the end of the 52-week period, the resident must complete the following program requirements and comply with NEA Baptist policies for employment.

See “Requirements of Completion” in our Residency Manual.


  • Graduate from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program.
  • Participate in the ASHP Resident Match Process.
  • Submit all requested documents through the PhORCAS application system including:
    • Letter of intent
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Pharmacy school transcript
    • 3 PhORCAS professional letters of recommendation (2 clinical preferred)
  • Be eligible for pharmacist licensure in the state of Arkansas.
  • Applicants without U.S. citizenship must provide documentation of a valid work permit that lasts the entire duration of the residency year.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Contact Information

Niki Carver, PharmD, Residency Program Director
[email protected]

NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital
4800 East Johnson Ave
Jonesboro, AR 72405