TriStar Centennial | Nashville, TN

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice
Residency Program

Duration/Type: 12 months/residency
Number of Positions: 4
Application Deadline: December 31st
Starting Date: Late June
Estimated Stipend: $48,000
Interview Required: Yes

PGY-1 Residency Program Director
Mary Beth Brinkman, PharmD, PhD, BCPS | 2300 Patterson Street | Nashville, TN 37203
(p) 615.342.4753 | (f) 615.342.6537 | (e)

PGY-1 Residency Coordinator
Kendra Spilkin, PharmD | 2300 Patterson Street | Nashville, TN 37203
(p) 615.342.4723 | (f) 615.342.6537 | (e)

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"We believe in excellence in all that we do including excellence in our service to patients and colleagues."

"We believe in challenging our residents to discover their full potential and to push the limits of their comfort zone."

PGY-1 Residency MISSION: To produce a highly qualified independent practitioner who is able to provide outstanding pharmaceutical care in multiple patient-care environments. They will conduct their practice with a high level of maturity and leadership and they will be committed to continually improve in all that they do.

We uphold the following shared ICARE Values: Integrity, Compassion, A Positive Attitude, Respect, Exceptional Quality

Pharmacy Vision: The TCMC Pharmacy is an essential, innovative leader of the multi-disciplinary team dedicated to optimizing medication outcomes, advancing professional practice, and exceeding customer expectations.

About the Hospital

TriStar Centennial is the flagship hospital of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the largest operator of private hospitals in the world. It is the major tertiary referral hospital of TriStar Health (a division of HCA), serving Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, and Northern Georgia. The medical center's campus is home to TriStar Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centennial, TriStar Centennial Women's & Children's, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center, as well as TriStar Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. 24/7 care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County.

Special Features

This residency incorporates many aspects of clinical pharmacy practice through a wide range of practical learning experiences. In addition to clinical rotations, residents are required to complete a major research project, perform medication use evaluations (MUE), deliver formal presentations, and participate in distribution and clinical services. There are numerous opportunities for teaching and serving as preceptors for pharmacy students from Belmont University, Lipscomb University, and the University of Tennessee.

Residents are mentored by outstanding, experienced, and dedicated preceptors who are committed to patient care and training of new practitioners. Most of the preceptors hold board certifications or credentials in their specialty areas. In addition, residents will interact with many leading physicians, nurses, therapists, and other health care professionals in the course of their patient care activities or participation in multidisciplinary care teams or projects. Residents also receive opportunities to work with healthcare leaders at the HCA corporate or division offices.

Learning Experiences

Core Rotations

Cardiology Critical Care
Critical Care
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Practice Management

Elective Rotations

Adult Bone Marrow Transplant
Advanced Critical Care
Advanced Pediatrics
Advanced Psychiatry
Cardiovascular ICU
Corporate Informatics
Corporate Leadership
Corporate Medication Safety
Emergency Department
Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant
Renal Transplant

Longitudinal Rotations

Anticoagulation Clinic
Bariatric Clinic
Chief Resident/Leadership
Service – Clinical/Distribution/Staffing

Program Graduates

Program graduates have secured rewarding pharmacy positions in teaching and community hospitals, academia, managed care, or PGY2 residency programs immediately upon completion of the program.

The residency year may be credited as one year of service for benefits accrual such as 401(k) and paid time off (PTO), if employed with an HCA-affiliated hospital upon completion of the residency.

Application Process

The following information must be submitted through ASHP's Pharmacy Online Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS):

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Pharmacy school transcripts
  • Three letters of reference submitted on the PhORCAS form — at least two letters should be written by a preceptor, faculty member, or practicing pharmacist

An on-site interview in January or February is required and applicants must be eligible for Tennessee licensure upon completion of Doctor of Pharmacy degree.