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Pharmacy Residency Program

The postgraduate year one (PGY1) and postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residencies at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, located in Murfreesboro and Nashville, provide residents with the skills and knowledge required to enter a contemporary practice environment where they can effectively provide clinical services.

Tennessee Valley Healthcare System pharmacy residency programs will be represented at the VA Virtual Recruitment Showcase Event on December 8-9, 2021 from 9 - 11 a.m. CT. Registration is free. TVHS will host its own virtual recruitment December 15, 2021 from noon - 1 p.m. CT. 

Postgraduate Year 1

Accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists since 1991.

We, at TVHS, understand the changing face of pharmacy health care and strive to prepare our residents for entrance into a competitive job market. Be it clinical skills, research, publication, teaching, or leadership, we care about our residents’ future and will prepare each of them for a meaningful career as a pharmacy practitioner. For this reason, our PGY1 resident training schedules are customized on a quarterly basis with the resident, considering the resident’s goals, interests, and previous experiences. We understand that completing a PGY1 residency is a sacrifice of money and time, and we want our residents to gain the experience needed to prepare them for the next step in their pharmacy career.

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Objectives

The objectives of the residency program are to prepare pharmacy residents for any of the following:

  • direct patient care positions
  • faculty positions
  • PGY2 training in area of choice

Benefits

  • A competitive stipend of $41,533
  • 12 federal holidays per year
  • Vacation days and sick leave are both accrued at a rate of 4 hours every two weeks totaling 13 days of paid vacation time and 13 days of paid sick leave
  • Health insurance
  • Dental/Vision insurance
  • Residents attend ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting and a spring residency conference to present research.
  • Travel funds are available to offset some of the expenses for these educational meetings
  • No night/holiday staffing
  • Dual appointment opportunity: Dual appointment allows for the pharmacy resident to work 4-hour shifts as a clinical pharmacist in the central pharmacy. Typical duty hours are 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. during the week and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday but are subject to change based on the needs of the service. During this time, the resident works as a clinical pharmacist and income earned is outside of the salaried residency stipend. As this work is compensated outside of the residency stipend, the resident is expected to complete the duties of a clinical pharmacist working in the central pharmacy and not utilize this time for work related to other residency responsibilities. Residents are typically approved for dual appointment and begin having the ability to acquire shifts in September, but actual date may vary. As a reminder, residents must remain within the requirements of ASHP duty hours.

Postgraduate Year 1 Rotations

Structure

The specific program for each resident is developed initially based upon the resident’s goals, interests, and previous experience. The program is continually developed throughout the training year at regular intervals based on evolving resident goals and interests, resident training needs determined by review of summative preceptor evaluations, resident self-evaluations, quarterly evaluations by the residency leadership board, and the pharmacy service infrastructure.

All residents are required to complete rotations in core subject areas considered to be essential to the general pharmacy practitioner. These include drug distribution and operations, practice management & pharmacoeconomics, critical care, acute psychiatry, primary care, and acute medicine. Extended 4-month block longitudinal learning experiences aimed at producing a well-rounded pharmacy practitioner include: drug information (DI) with newsletter (The Valley Times), medication safety, and antimicrobial stewardship. Yearlong longitudinal learning experiences aimed at producing a well-rounded pharmacy practitioner include: (1) resident-initiated research project related to pharmacy practice, (2) Community Living Center (CLC) chart review (3) prior authorization drug review, and (4) drug distribution and operations. A broad range of elective rotations are available to permit the resident flexibility in attaining individual goals. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, trainees are awarded a residency certificate.

The program is a twelve-month, post-graduate training experience composed of month-long discrete core components:

  • Drug Distribution and Operations (with longitudinal weekend assignments)
  • Critical Care
  • Primary Care
  • Acute Medicine
  • Acute Psychiatry
  • Practice Management & Pharmacoeconomics

Yearlong extended longitudinal experiences are comprised of:

  • Research Project
  • Community Living Center Chart Review
  • Prior Authorization Drug Review
  • Drug Distribution and Operations (weekend assignments – see below on details)

Extended 4-month block longitudinal experiences are comprised of:

  • Drug Information with newsletter (shared months of service)
  • Medication Safety (shared months of service)
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (shared months of service)

Acute Medicine

Residents will gain experience managing all aspects of pharmacotherapy for acutely ill patients through active participation on a medicine team, ensuring medications are properly reconciled on admission to and discharge from the ward, and attending morning reports/grand rounds. The resident will document in computerized progress notes pertinent clinical activities.

Primary Care

Residents will see scheduled patients in a clinic setting and have the opportunity to develop, implement, and redesign pharmacotherapeutic plans. The resident will document in computerized progress notes all clinical activities. Residents will also develop the physical examination skills that are necessary to be an effective clinician in the primary care setting.

Critical Care

Residents will monitor patients in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) or Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), which includes cardiology and pulmonary critical care patients, on a daily basis for pharmacotherapeutic needs through rounding and medication reconciliation/discharge planning. Residents will have active participation on a critical care team. The resident will document in computerized progress notes pertinent clinical activities.

Practice Management and Pharmacoeconomics

Residents will participate in pharmacy leadership, work on relevant assignments/projects, attend committee meetings with pharmacy representatives, lead pharmacy events (pharmacy week, medication reconciliation week, and residency recruitment), and have discussions with the pharmacoeconomic clinical pharmacy specialist two to three times a week. Additionally, the resident will complete P&T minutes.

Drug Distribution and Operations

Residents will gain experience reviewing and processing patient-specific orders, correctly preparing medications and successfully communicating medication-related issues with providers.

Acute Psychiatry

Residents will review patient specific data, prepare and update pharmaceutical care plans, meet with the inpatient psychiatric treatment care team along with the patient, and serve as a drug information resource. The resident will document in computerized progress notes pertinent clinical activities.

Drug Information Service

Residents will each have experience carrying the Drug Information pager, replying to inquiries in a timely fashion, and documenting each response.

Medication Safety

Residents will each have experience preparing an adverse drug reaction (ADR) monthly report, documenting and submitting relevant ADRs to the Food and Drug Administration’s MedWatch program and communicating findings.

Antimicrobial Stewardship (ASP)

Each resident will engage in both clinical and administrative aspects of the TVHS Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP). Clinical aspects will include evaluating antimicrobial regimens, reviewing culture and sensitivity data, monitoring drug levels, consulting with physicians, patients, and other clinical pharmacists, and providing education to the healthcare staff as necessary.  Administrative aspects consist of program management duties that include but are not limited to preparing for and attending ASP and P&T meetings, evaluating antimicrobial usage data, developing/updating policies and protocols, tracking ASP activities, and developing the annual report.

Research Project

Residents will gain experience in completing a practice-related project of publishable quality. Residents will be involved in literature review, project design, data gathering, statistical evaluation, writing, and reporting of their project. Residents will work closely with the Residency Research Advisory Board and a team of co-investigators that will assist them at every step of the process.

Prior Authorization Drug Review

Residents will gain hands-on experience reviewing and then either approving or denying requests for non-formulary/restricted medications entered by healthcare providers.

Community Living Center (previously known as Long Term Care)

Residents will gain experience completing monthly CLC chart reviews for 5 patients throughout the year and communicate their recommendations to the patient’s primary provider.

Drug Distribution and Operations

Residents will gain experience reviewing and processing inpatient and outpatient prescriptions for patients or working on the acute medicine floor participating in pharmacokinetic dosing, anticoagulation management, and discharge medication reconciliation/counseling. Weekend Staffing: Weekend coverage will be provided by 2 residents every Saturday from 7 AM – 5:30 PM at the Nashville campus. Resident 1 will be assigned to work on the floor with a decentralized clinical pharmacist where responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: assistance with pharmacokinetics (vancomycin, aminoglycosides, warfarin, etc.), providing discharge medication reconciliation and discharge counseling to patients being discharged by the medical teams, and being an available clinical resource to the medical teams. Resident 2 will be assigned to work in the central pharmacy where responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: processing of orders, dispensing of discharge medications, compounding of IVs, and preparation of inpatient medication orders.  Please note that these responsibilities and duties may vary based on the needs of the service.

Cased-Based Presentation

Each PGY1 pharmacy resident will present a one-hour case-based CE presentation to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at TVHS.

Journal Club

Each PGY1 pharmacy resident will present a one-hour journal club to pharmacists at TVHS.

Residents may repeat core rotations for one of their elective months, or they may choose one of the rotations listed below:

Inpatient Cardiology

Residents will gain experience serving as the drug therapy specialist actively participating in team meetings and bedside rounds with the cardiology attending and fellow on service. Interventions and patient education will be recorded in the medical record. Residents can expect to have exposure to a variety of acute cardiovascular conditions including acute coronary syndromes, heart failure exacerbation, and arrhythmias during this elective rotation.

Outpatient Cardiology Pharmacotherapy Clinic

This ambulatory clinic service within the cardiology specialty clinics at Nashville and Murfreesboro campuses gives PGY1 residents exposure to evaluating and optimizing pharmacotherapy for ambulatory patients with cardiovascular diseases including heart failure, coronary artery disease with and without angina, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and arrhythmias.

Geriatrics

Residents will work with interdisciplinary teams for patients admitted in our Long-Term Care facility, known as Community Living Centers (CLC) in the VA. Residents gain experience in reviewing CLC charts each month (Medication Therapy Management) and entering Minimum Data Set information. Additionally, residents will attend interdisciplinary treatment team meetings and submit reports as required by accreditation bodies.

Home-Based Primary Care

Residents will gain experience performing initial and quarterly chart reviews, participating in interdisciplinary treatment team meetings, visiting veterans in veterans’ homes if desired, completing telephone follow-up calls, acting as the drug expert for HBPC team, and assisting with performance improvement projects as requested.

Hospice/Palliative Care

Residents will serve as a functioning member of an interdisciplinary treatment team. Throughout the rotation, residents will come to understand and apply palliative care principles including pain management, nausea, constipation, depression, and insomnia. Residents will also receive Minimum Data Set training.

Pain Management

Residents will see scheduled patients in a clinic setting and have the opportunity to develop, implement, and redesign pharmacotherapeutic (pain) plans.  The resident will document in computerized progress notes all clinical activities.

Outpatient Mental Health

This elective will allow the resident to participate in a team-based outpatient mental health clinic, referred to as BHIP (Behavioral Health Interprofessional Program). With the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, residents will participate in individual clinic appointments, attend interprofessional treatment team meetings, and assist in mental health medication-related consultant services.

Anticoagulation

Residents will have the opportunity to develop, implement, and redesign a pharmacotherapeutic plan in patients requiring anticoagulation through a telephone-based warfarin clinic and population-based management of direct oral anticoagulants. Residents will also gain experience with difficult and unique anticoagulation cases as the centralized clinics manage all anticoagulation patients and questions for TVHS. The resident will document computerized progress notes of all clinical activities.

Emergency Medicine

Residents will gain experience providing drug information to the interprofessional team at the point of care, medication order processing, medication refill services, and chronic disease management following triage by a physician.

Infectious Disease

Residents will gain experience in the clinical and administrative aspects associated with an antimicrobial stewardship program as well as gain knowledge in infectious diseases. Residents will evaluate and manage the antimicrobial therapies of patients, consult with physicians and other clinical pharmacists, as well as be involved with administrative aspects such as preparing guidelines/pathways to be implemented into the computer decision support system, providing education to the pharmacy staff and other healthcare providers, performing medical usage evaluations, and providing antimicrobial drug information as necessary.

Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP)

Residents will gain experience working in the Resident Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP), a voluntary inpatient admission for patients to receive intensive treatment for substance abuse, PTSD, depression, etc.

Bone Marrow Transplant

Residents will work with the interdisciplinary team on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit where duties will include both inpatient and outpatient patient care. They will gain experience with medication dosing in special patient populations and supportive care management.

Academic Detailing

Academic Detailing will allow residents a unique opportunity to learn how to utilize motiviational interviewing skills to work one on one with providers in regard to evidence-based education. This rotation will also allow the residents to develop evidence-based resources for providers. They will also glean an understanding of utilization of metrics including dashboards and other forms of clinical data

Outpatient Pain and Mental Health Telemedicine

Residents will learn how to properly use televideo equipment for the management of psychiatry and pain management in the Veteran population. Residents will be responsible for reviewing patients, executing appropriate assessment measures, analyzing current therapies, making changes to treatment plans, and monitoring pertinent lab information.

Geri-PACT (Outpatient Geriatrics)

The geriatric patient-aligned care team (GeriPACT) at TVHS is an outpatient interdisciplinary team of providers, including physicians/geriatricians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, dieticians and administrative assistants. Routine clinic visits are shared appointments between the primary provider and clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS). Medication management is provided by the GeriPACT CPS in several different ways: medication reconciliation, assessment and management of fall risk and neurocognitive impairment, deprescribing, chronic disease state management, preventative care, and caregiver support.

Outpatient Substance Use Disorder

Residents will provide comprehensive medication management services for substance use disorder (SUD) within an outpatient addiction specialty clinic. This includes participation in individual clinic appointments, interprofessional treatment team meetings, and overdose prevention services. There will also be opportunities to extend SUD medication services to veterans receiving care within primary care and general mental health clinics.

Women’s Health

During this elective rotation, residents are able to expand on the knowledge and skills obtained during the core primary care rotationThe Women’s Clinic provides both primary care and gynecologic services to women veterans at TVHS. Daily activities during this rotation include provision of PACT services to patients assigned to four designated women’s clinic providers. Additionally, residents have the opportunity to serve as a women’s health resource to all primary care teams across the facility via e-consultation and to perform teratogenic medication reviews for veterans who are currently pregnant and breastfeeding.

Postgraduate Year 2 Residency Programs

Accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

The Ambulatory Care PGY2 residency schedule provides ample opportunities in ambulatory care to work with more than 30 clinical pharmacy specialists who run clinics specializing in management of diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, COPD, cardiology / heart failure, women's health, mental health, anticoagulation, emergency medicine, substance use disorder, pain management, etc. The specific program schedules for each resident are customized initially based on the resident’s goals, interests, and previous experience. We then continually customize the plan throughout the training year at regular intervals based on evolving resident goals and interests as well as training needs determined by preceptor evaluations, resident self-evaluations, and quarterly evaluations by the Residency Leadership Board. Longitudinally, residents will be expected to manage their own primary care pharmacotherapy clinic throughout the PGY2 year. Residents will also be charged with to development, implementation, and management of a new outpatient clinic based on the interests of the resident and needs of pharmacy service. Previous residents have chosen to implement and develop outpatient clinics in women’s health, HIV, substance use disorder, COPD, pain management, emergency medicine, etc. Other longitudinal opportunities include completion of the teaching certificate program, precepting numerous PGY1 residents and APPE students, leadership opportunities, and completion of a formal research project. Our goal is for residents to be able to excel in a variety of clinical practice settings, to be a leader in their future practice site and in the profession, and to be well prepared to achieve board certification in ambulatory care pharmacy. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, trainees are awarded a residency certificate.

The Cardiology PGY2 residency offers clinical experiences across the spectrum of acuity for cardiovascular care ranging from ambulatory care to critical care, with core experiences including cardiology pharmacotherapy clinic, acute medicine with cardiovascular emphasis, acute cardiology consult service, medical intensive care unit, which includes our cardiac care unit. Elective opportunities allow the resident to focus in on specific areas of interest including advanced heart failure and transplant, geriatrics, and emergency medicine. The focus of the residency is advanced understanding of cardiology pharmacotherapy, development of complex decision-making skills in a variety of practice environments, literature evaluation abilities, and a knowledge base that is transferable across practice areas. The specific program schedules and activities are customized continuously based on the resident’s goals, interests and experience. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, trainees are awarded a residency certificate.

The Pain PGY2 residency program is a twelve-month, post-graduate training experience with a focus on longitudinal experiences including Comprehensive Pain Clinic, PACT Pain, Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP), and Palliative Care. There are a host of elective opportunities from which to choose including, Pain Psychology, Pain Procedures, Dialysis, Rheumatology, Neurology, Infectious Disease/HIV, Nephrology, and Hepatology/GI. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, trainees are awarded a residency certificate.

The Psychiatry PGY2 residency schedule provides ample opportunities in mental health including a 60-bed acute psychiatry unit, inter-professional mental health outpatient clinics, long-term care and pain management. The specific program schedules are customized initially based on the resident’s goals, interests and previous experience. We then continually customize the plan throughout the training year at regular intervals based on evolving resident goals, interest and feedback as well as training needs determined by preceptor evaluations, resident self-evaluations and quarterly evaluations. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, trainees are awarded a residency certificate.

Residency Program Directors

Kyle Phillips is the pharmacy service chief at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

M. Kyle Phillips Pharm.D., BCPS

Pharmacy Service Chief

VA Tennessee Valley health care

Tim Atkinson serves as a clinical pharmacy specialist and the program director for PGY2 pain management at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

Tim Atkinson Pharm.D, BCPS, CPE

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Outpatient Pain Management), Program Director of PGY2 Pain

VA Tennessee Valley health care

Email: Timothy.Atkinson@va.gov

Rebecca Cripps Pharm. D., BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist, Residency Program Director Ambulatory Care PGY2 Residency Program

VA Tennessee Valley health care

Email: Rebecca.Cripps@va.gov

Dr. Young oversees the PGY2 cardiology residency program at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

Emily Young Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Cardiology), Residency Program Director Cardiology PGY2 Residency Program

VA Tennessee Valley health care

Email: Emily.Young@va.gov

Traci Dutton is the program director of PGY2 psychiatry residency program at TVHS.

Traci Dutton Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Acute Psychiatry), Program Director of Psychiatry PGY2

VA Tennessee Valley health care

Email: traci.dutton@va.gov

Kristina Gill

Kristina Gill Pharm. D.

Pharmacist, Residency Program Director for PGY1 Residency Program

VA Tennessee Valley health care

Email: kristina.gill@va.gov

Current Pharmacy Residents

 

Courtney Baldridge, Pharm.D.
Dr. Courtney Baldridge was born and raised in Old Hickory, TN about 15 minutes outside of Nashville, TN. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science through a 3+1 program at the  University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her next move was to Memphis, TN to begin her Doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) while simultaneously completing her Masters of Business through the University of Memphis. During her time at UTHSC she was involved in various organizations such as APhA-ASP, Kappa Psi, Tennessee Pharmacists Association, Tennessee Public Health Association and Pharmacy Student Government Association (PSGA). She served as the Generation RX Vice-Chair, Social Chair of Nashville campus, Vice-President of PSGA on Nashville campus, as a teaching assistant and a Pharmily Leader. During school Courtney worked as an intern at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and Publix Pharmacy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, rooting on the Vols, playing with her dog Derby (goldendoodle), traveling, spending time at the lake, and trying out new restaurants. After completing her PGY-1 residency, she plans to pursue a PGY-2 in ambulatory care with hopes of becoming a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist within the VA.

Dillon Thompson, Pharm.D.
Dr. Dillon Thompson was born and raised in Madison, AL. He attended Auburn University for his undergraduate studies where he majored in Health Services Administration with a minor in Business. He then went on to the University of Kentucky to receive a master’s in health administration (MHA). Prior to starting pharmacy school, Dillon completed administrative internships with GlaxoSmithKline-Pharmaceuticals in Prague, CZ, Norton Healthcare in Louisville, KY, and an administrative fellowship with Mercy Health – Youngstown, OH. As an administrative fellow, Dillon was involved in improving efficiencies within the surgery and perioperative surgical support services department at two regional facilities and served as an interim 340b coordinator. Dillon returned back to Lexington where he received his Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. During his time at UK, he was actively involved in the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), Phi Lambda Sigma, and Kappa Psi. Dillon’s passion for serving the underserved drove his leadership within SNPhA where he served on the executive committee as Treasurer, Historian, and Regional Conference Budget & Fundraising Supervisor. Within his local community Dillon participated in numerous health fairs and even two global medical brigades in Quito, Ecuador. During pharmacy school, Dillon worked as intern at a critical access hospital, Mercy Health – Marcum and Wallace Hospital in Irvine, KY and CVS Pharmacy, Lexington, KY.  Dillon enjoys watching sports (War Eagle, Go Cats!), hanging out with friends, and exploring restaurants/breweries in Nashville. He plans to pursue a PGY-2 in ambulatory care with hopes of becoming a Clinical Pharmacy Specialists within the VA!

Megan Jackson, Pharm.D.
Dr. Jackson was born and raised in Beaumont, California, a small town outside of Palm Springs in southern California. She received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry with an emphasis in chemistry from San Diego State University. After undergrad she moved to Memphis, TN to begin her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). After her first year of pharmacy school in Memphis she transferred to the UTHSC Nashville campus to complete didactic studies and clinical rotations. During her time at UTHSC she was actively involved in many student organizations including APhA-ASP, Kappa Psi, Phi Lambda Sigma, IMHOTEP Society, and the Pharmacy Student Government Association. She served as vice chair for Generation-Rx through APhA-ASP and participated in APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders. She was also the associate regent for Kappa Psi and Kappa Psi P3 representative. She was the Vice President for Phi Lambda Sigma and served as the class of 2021 vice president/secretary/treasurer for the Nashville campus. Throughout pharmacy school she worked as a pharmacy intern for two years at Walgreens after previously working as a pharmacy technician at Rite Aid during undergrad. In her free time, Megan enjoys reading, painting, and trying new restaurants. She has a running list of restaurants to try in Nashville and after over three years of living here still has many more to explore. After completing her PGY-1 residency, she plans to pursue a PGY-2 position in psychiatric pharmacy, and eventually a career as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist within the VA system.

Laura Cherry, Pharm.D.
Dr. Cherry is from Somerset, Kentucky. She attended Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee for her undergraduate studies, and went on to receive her Doctorate of Pharmacy at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy (LUCOP). During her time in pharmacy school, Laura served as the APhA-ASP Chair of the National Standing Committee on Member Engagement (MESC) in addition to serving as the LUCOP APhA-ASP Chapter President, and ASHP-SSHP Chapter Vice President. She was also an active member of the Rho Chi Honor Society, Phi Lambda Sigma, Kappa Psi, and the Vanderbilt/Lipscomb Primary Care Progress Board. In addition to her participation in student organizations and research, Laura also served on an interprofessional medical mission trip to Honduras for two years during pharmacy school, serving as the student leader in her final year. In her free time Laura enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and trying new restaurants in Nashville. Upon completion of her PGY-1 pharmacy residency, Laura plans to complete a PGY-2 and purse a career as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist within the VA system. Her current areas of interest include ambulatory care and cardiology.

Betsy Trainham, Pharm.D.
Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Trainham was born and raised in Carthage, Tennessee. She attended Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee to complete pre-requisite coursework and then completed her Pharm.D. at The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy at the Knoxville, Tennessee campus. While in pharmacy school at UTHSC, she was vice president of the Knoxville campus, active in Kappa Psi, APhA, ACCP, Rho Chi, and PLS. She enjoyed working as a pharmacy intern at Blount Memorial Hospital and Smith County Drug Center during her time in pharmacy school. In her free time, she enjoys going to Center Hill Lake, traveling, walking her dogs, and spending time with friends, family, and her husband in Nashville. Her current interest areas include internal medicine, cardiology, and ambulatory care. Upon completion of her PGY1 residency, she plans to pursue a job as a clinical pharmacist or a PGY2 in an area of her interest.

Justin Petway, Pharm.D.
Dr. Justin Petway was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended undergrad at The University of Georgia before receiving his PharmD from The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Prior to attending UGA Justin served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman deploying to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom 2007-2009, Operation New Dawn 2010-2011, and later to the Republic of Korea 2012-2013. While attending pharmacy school he was involved in ASHP-SSHP, GSHP, Phi Lambda Sigma, and Student Veterans of America where he held multiple leadership positions. Throughout pharmacy school Justin worked as an intern at Eldercare a long-term care pharmacy, Augusta University Medical Center, and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Additionally, he volunteered his time at the Mercy Health Center in Athens, GA in the central pharmacy and refill clinic as well as staffing on an integrated behavioral healthcare team. After completion of his PGY-1 residency, Justin plans to complete a PGY-2 residency and pursue a career as a clinical pharmacy specialist within VHA. His current areas of interest include substance use disorders, pain management, and psychiatry pharmacy. In his free time, he spends his time with his wife and two boys, hunting the good stuff in life. He is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to care for his fellow Veterans as a pharmacist.

 
Courtney Clarke, Pharm.D.
Dr. Clarke was born in Maryland and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. She then went on to complete her MBA at East Tennessee State University's College of Business and Technology and PharmD at The Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy in Johnson City, Tennessee. During pharmacy school she was actively involved, and held leadership positions, in organizations such as APhA-ASP, ASHP, and Kappa Psi. During her time in East Tennessee, she became involved with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, a national organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children caught in the court system and helps find them safe and permanent homes. She even received the Gary Mabrey Community Service Award for her volunteer efforts and continues to be involved with this passion of hers. She enjoys spending her time scouting out the best local eats, enjoying live music and exploring Nashville. Since joining the TVHS family as a PGY-1 resident she has served as a committee member on the Residency Resiliency Committee and hopes to continue to become more involved as the year progresses. After completing her PGY-1 residency, she plans to pursue a PGY-2 position and eventually a career as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist within the VA system.

Kyrsten (Kacy) Chaplin, Pharm.D.
Dr. Chaplin was born and raised in Naples, Florida. She attended Florida State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with minors in Psychology and Mathematics. She then moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where she received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University. During her time at NSU she was actively involved in multiple organizations. She served as the President of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, the Vice President of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Treasurer of Phi Lambda Sigma, and was an active brother of Kappa Psi.  After moving to Nashville to join TVHS, she got involved in the Tennessee Pharmacists Association and now serves as the PGY1 Co-Chair for the TPA Collaborative Practice Committee.  In her spare time, she enjoys exploring local hiking trails and kayaking.  After completing her PGY-1 residency, Dr. Chaplin plans to complete PGY-2 in Psychiatry to continue to pursue her passion for mental health.

Lauren Bell, Pharm.D.
Dr. Lauren Bell was born and raised in Colby, Kansas, a small town near the Kansas-Colorado border. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Rockhurst University in Kansas City and then completed her Pharm.D. at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. While in pharmacy school, Lauren held various leadership roles, including Rho Chi’s historian, APhA-ASP’s Programming Vice President, and the Class of 2020’s Treasurer; she was also actively involved in Phi Lambda Sigma, SSHP, and Kappa Psi. Throughout pharmacy school, she worked as an intern at Truman Medical Center where she was exposed to multiple pharmacy specialties and had the opportunity to complete an MUE. Lauren’s areas of interest include chronic pain management and substance use disorder. In her free time, Lauren enjoys playing volleyball and basketball, hiking, reading, watching movies, and exploring Nashville with friends and family!

Claire Brandt, Pharm.D.
Dr. Claire Brandt was born and raised in Dallas, TX. She attended Texas A&M University for her undergraduate studies where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She also represented Texas A&M as a four-year member and two-year team captain of the Swimming & Diving Team that won an SEC Championship in 2016. She then switched to the other side of the state rivalry to complete her PharmD at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. During her time at UT COP, she was actively involved in research and student organizations including SSHP, TSHP, SPRN, Stop The Bleed, and Rho Chi. She served as the president of Rho Chi, the peer outreach chair for SPRN, and the co-chair of the Residency Committee for SSHP. During pharmacy school, Claire also spent summer and winter breaks working as a pharmacist intern at Preston Road Pharmacy in Dallas, TX. Claire completed her PGY1 at the VA Tennessee Valley HealthCare System and is thrilled to be staying for a PGY2 in Pain Management and Palliative Care. Upon completion of her PGY2 residency, Claire hopes to continue her career within the VA system as a clinical pharmacy specialist in chronic pain management. In her free time, Claire enjoys doing anything outdoors, trying new restaurants, watching football (gig ‘em and go Cowboys), and spending time with family, friends, and co-residents!

Bianca Creith, Pharm.D.
Dr. Bianca Creith was born and raised in Canton, North Carolina, a small town in the mountains outside of Asheville. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) for her undergraduate studies then went on to receive her Doctorate of Pharmacy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the satellite campus in Asheville. During her time at UNC, she was actively involved in the Rural Pharmacy Health Certificate Program, which focused on addressing social determinants of health associated with medication access and equitable care. She was involved in many student organizations including the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students, Asheville Executive Committee, Beyond Clinic Walls, The Asheville Summit Planning Committee, Rho Chi, Phi Lambda Sigma, Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, and the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry. During pharmacy school, Bianca worked as an intern in the emergency department at Mission Hospital and at Kim’s Pharmacy in Waynesville, NC. She completed her PGY-1 training at the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and is excited to stay on for a second year to specialize in Ambulatory Care. After residency, Bianca hopes to continue her career as a clinical pharmacy specialist within the VA system. In her free time, Bianca likes spending time with her family, going on walks/hikes, exploring the outdoors, trying new restaurants and coffee shops, listening to live music, and playing with her adorable Aussie pup, Murphy.

Azur Eckley, Pharm.D.
Dr. Eckley was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. She attended undergrad at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, she moved to Memphis, TN to begin her Doctor of Pharmacy degree with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). For the final years of pharmacy school, she transferred to the UTHSC Nashville campus to complete didactic studies and clinical rotations. Azur loved her PGY-1 at TVHS so much she took the opportunity to train at TVHS for a second year. Now as a PGY2 in Ambulatory Care, she has found her passion in Primary Care. As a second longitudinal clinic, Dr. Eckley implemented a Long-Term Stem Cell Transplant Clinic with the Nashville Transplant Service. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Brett, going camping/hiking, rooting for the Vols (no matter how bad the season is), and snuggling her pups Dezi and Rye. Upon completion of her PGY-2 residency, Azur intends to seek a career with the VA serving as a PACT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist.

Jeewar Kokoy, Pharm.D.
Dr. Jeewar Kokoy was born in Kurdistan and raised in Nashville, TN. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Chemistry through a 3+1 program at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. He completed his Doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. During his time at UTCOP, he was actively involved in many student organizations including APhA-ASP, SNPhA, Phi Lambda Sigma, the Rho Chi Honors Society, Phi Delta Chi, IMHOTEP Society, and the Shade Tree Clinic. He served as Vice-President and P3 representative of SNPhA, student ambassador for the UTCOP, and a Rho Chi tutor. He also was the Student Pharmacist Clinical Director at the Shade Tree Clinic in Nashville, a student-run interprofessional clinic by Vanderbilt University. During pharmacy school, he worked as a pharmacy intern for two years at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare Systems VA - Nashville campus. He completed his PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Resident at TVHS and is excited to stay for a second year as a PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident. In his free time, Jeewar enjoys playing soccer, exploring coffee shops, and spending time with his friends and family. Jeewar looks forward to continue serving Veterans and pursue a position as a PACT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, ideally within the VA system.

Kyle Owens, Pharm.D.
Dr. Kyle Owens, PharmD was born in Hendersonville, TN. He completed is undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Lipscomb University. Dr. Owens then went on to complete his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy in Nashville, TN. At Lipscomb, he served as the Class of 2020 President and held leadership positions in APhA-ASP, CPNP, and Kappa Psi. He was also an active member in Phi Lambda Sigma and Rho Chi. Outside of pharmacy, he enjoys baking, cooking, singing, and spending time with family and friends. He currently lives in Nashville with his puppy, Abel. He completed his PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at The VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and has stayed on for another year to specialize in mental health as a PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident. He is passionate about mental health including diseases such as post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder to name a few. He hopes to stay within the VA healthcare system after residency and continue to serve those who have served our country.

Sarah Kemerer, Pharm.D.
Dr. Kemerer was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Allegheny College as well as the University of Pittsburgh for pre-pharmacy curriculum before going on to complete her Doctor of Pharmacy at West Virginia University. During her time at WVU, she was involved in organizations such as APhA where she was the Social Chair on the student executive board. She went on to complete her PGY-1 training at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. She is currently completing a PGY-2 in psychiatric pharmacy here at TVHS. Some of her interest areas include outpatient mental health and substance use disorders. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, live music and stand-up comedy, and hanging out with her corgi named Milo.

Amanda Searls, Pharm.D.
Dr. Searls is from Green Brook, New Jersey. She received her B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and went on to receive her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her time at UNC, she was actively involved in many student organizations including the UNC Peer Mentor Program, ASHP-SSHP, Phi Delta Chi, and the Rho Chi Honor Society. She also enjoyed volunteering at a free clinic to help provide medical care to an underserved and underinsured patient population in the local Chapel Hill area. Additionally, she completed an international pharmacy rotation at the KK Women and Children’s Hospital in Singapore where she participated in rounds on the neonatal and pediatric units. She completed her PGY1 at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and is currently completing a PGY2 in Cardiology. After completing her PGY2 residency,  she hopes to continue her career within the VA system as a clinical pharmacy specialist.  In her free time, she enjoys watching college sports, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Past Pharmacy Residents

2020-2021
Lauren Bell  – PGY2 Pain, VA TVHS
Kyle Owens– PGY2 Psychiatry, VA TVHS
Bianca Creith – PGY2 Ambulatory Care, VA TVHS
Gabi Givens – PGY2 Internal Medicine, VA Memphis
Azur Eckley – PGY2 Ambulatory Care, VA TVHS
Claire Brandt - PGY2 Pain, VA TVHS
Kate Rogers – Clinical Pharmacist, VA TVHS
Amanda Searls – PGY2 Cardiology, VA TVHS
Jeewar Kokoy – PGY2 Ambulatory Care, VA TVHS
 
2019-2020
Kelci Dalton – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Harris Health System, Houston, TX Acute Care
Kim Ehrhard – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Univ of Kansas Health System, Psychiatry
Bryan Figler – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Pain Management
Olivia Howard – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Ambulatory Care
Lauren McCarthy – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA Clarksburg, WV, Ambulatory Care
Nikki Sherwood – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA Kansas City, MO, Cardiology
Victoria Viverette – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA Dublin, GA, Ambulatory Care
 
2018-2019 
Carli Smith – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Ambulatory Care
Haley Henry – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Ambulatory Care
Matthew Olean –  Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cambridge Health Alliance, Boston, MA Am Care
Anna Drew Touloupas – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA VISN 9 Clinical Resource Hub, Cardiology
Bekki Burch –  Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA Manchester, NH, Pain Management
Carla Figura – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA Reno, NV, Pain Management
Monica Barrett – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Psychiatry
Austin Smith – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Psychiatry

2017-2018
Georgina Farrow - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Novant Health - Charlotte, NC
Brittany Hayes – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Ambulatory Care, Mountain Home, TN VA
Jamie Henson – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Psychiatry at Marshall I. Pickens Hospital
Allison Karst – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Psychiatry
Michelle Pike – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiology, Bay Pines, FL VA
Sebastian Skordallos – Associate Chief of Pharmacy, Central AL VA,
Wade Tugman – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Novant Health - Winston-Salem, NC
 
2016-2017
Candace Bryant – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA Reno, NV, Ambulatory Care
Candace Beam – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Psychiatry
Aimee (Patterson) Jensen – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and PGY1 RPD, VA Bay Pines, Psychiatry
Meredith Crumb – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Academic Detailing 
Jakob Fann – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Cardiology and Anticoagulation
Bliss McMichael – Clinical Pharmacist, VA TVHS
Mena Raouf – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Seattle, WA Kaiser Permanente
Torrey Smith – Clinical Pharmacy Supervisor, VA TVHS
Uyen Smyth – Clinical Pharmacist, Sumner Regional, Gallatin, TN

2015-2016

Rachel (Childers) Henderson – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, Moses Cone Hospital, Greensboro, NC
Caitlin Dirvonas – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Psychiatry, VA, Phoenix
Emily Doss – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Internal Medicine, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, KY
Kelsie Flynn –  Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, St. Charles Family Care, Bend, OR
Jonathan Hughes – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, VA TVHS, St. Thomas Rutherford, Murfreesboro, TN
Stephanie (Parker) Coveart – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Psychiatry, VA Memphis
Nilam (Patel) Naik – Clinical Pharmacist, VA TVHS, Nashville, TN
Ashley Waddell Thomas –  Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Murfreesboro, TN
Jeremy Walley – Clinical Pharmacist, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Cookeville, TN

2014-2015

Alev Gulum - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, Durham VAMC, Durham, NC
Amanda (Warstler) Smith – Clinical Pharmacist (Acute Medicine) VA TVHS
Jaclyn (Yaeger) Gavin – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, VA TVHS CBOC, Hopkinsville, TN
Jason McNeal - Clinical Pharmacist (Acute Medicine), VA TVHS
Lisa (Straughn) Johnson - Clinical Pharmacist (Acute Medicine), VA TVHS
Stephanie Walters – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Alive Hospice, Nashville, TN
Suzy Ponnapula - Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, The Med: Regional Medical Center at Memphis
Will Forkum – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, VA TVHS

2013-2014

Abbey Loy - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Ambulatory Care, VA TVHS
Jon Hale - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Durham VAMC, Durham, NC
Molly Hurst - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Charleston VAMC, Charleston, SC
Amanda Torbett - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiology, Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga, TN
Ryan Schell - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Vanderbilt Hospital, Nashville, TN
Amber Phillips - Clinical Pharmacist (Acute Medicine), VA TVHS
Tanmayi Gupta – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Chicago, IL
Autumn Bagwell - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Vanderbilt Hospital, Nashville, TN
Emily (Anastasia) Young - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiology, VA TVHS

2012-2013

Anna Aaron - Clinical Pharmacist (Acute Medicine), VA TVHS
Jenny Easterling - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Psychiatry, VA TVHS, Murfreesboro, TN
Mallory Jones - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, Phoenix VAMC
Terry Hoffmann - Clinical Pharmacist (ADPAC) VA TVHS, Murfreesboro, TN
Stephen Neu - Clinical Pharmacist (Acute Medicine), VA TVHS
Jessica (Parra) Unzaga - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Oncology, Memorial Regional Hospital, Miami, FL
Julie Wallace - Clinical Pharmacist, Healthspring, Nashville, TN
Michelle (Valentine) Moseley - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist VA TVHS/ Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN

2011-2012

Christie Burger - Clinical Pharmacist (Acute Medicine), VA TVHS
McKenzie Calhoun - Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, ETSU College of Pharmacy, Johnson City, TN
Michelle (Jackson) Colvard - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Psychiatry, VA TVHS
Nicole (Kitts) Early - Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Midwestern University, Phoenix, AZ
Lauralee Gordon Maxwell - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Emergency Medicine, VA TVHS
Shivani Patel - Clinical Pharmacist, HealthSpring, Nashville, TN
Melaina Perry - Clinical Pharmacist, St Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Murfreesboro, TN
Alex Stephens - Clinical Pharmacist, Summit Medical Center, Nashville, TN

2010-2011

Berook Addisu Assistant Chief of Pharmacy, VAMC, Madison, WI
Kristen (Davis) Lamb - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, VA THVS, Nashville, TN
Stephanie Hasty Hoeprich - Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Firelands Regional Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Lana Huddleston Jared - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, VA TVHS CBOC, Cookeville, TN
Jon Maxwell - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, PICU/NICU Centennial Hospital, Nashville, TN
P. Blair Miller - Anticoagulation Clinical Pharmacist, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, TN
M. Kyle Phillips - Pharmacy Supervisor VA, TVHS, Murfreesboro, TN
Jessica Wallace - Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN

2009-2010

Meghan Brock - Clinical Pharmacist, Williamson Medical Center, Franklin, TN
Rebecca Cripps - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, VA TVHS, Murfreesboro, TN
Valerie (D'Alesio) Van Vickle - Clinical Pharmacist, Williamson Medical Center, Franklin, TN
Eric Gourley, MD – completing a Urology Fellowship, San Antonio, TX
Brandon Markley - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, TN
Kristi Pierce - Clinical Pharmacist, TJ Sampson Hospital, Glasgow, KY
Brandi Puet - Clinical Pharmacist, Aegis Sciences Corp, Nashville, TN
Casey Ryals Owen - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Anticoagulation VA TVHS Nashville, TN

2008-2009

Laura Atkinson Limbrick - Clinical Pharmacist, VA Louisville, KY
Andrea Brown - VA TVHS Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor, Nashville, TN
Crystal Owens - Clinical Pharmacist, Residency Program Director VAMC, Louisville, KY
Martin Hahn - Clinical Pharmacist, Skyline Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Tara Downs - Clinical Pharmacist, VAMC, Lexington, KY
Ryan Moss - CCC (HIV Clinic) Clinical Pharmacist, Nashville, TN
Jeff Tunney - Healthspring Clinical Pharmacist, Nashville, TN
Ashley Yost - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Critical Care VA TVHS, Murfreesboro, TN

2007-2008

Catie Antoline - Clinical Pharmacist, Kaiser Permanente, Cleveland, OH
Kelli Branch - Clinical Pharmacist, VAMC, Ft. Wayne, IN
Monica Carnahan - Clinical Pharmacist, St. Thomas Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Leah Crowe Clinical Pharmacist, University of Cincinnati Health, Cincinnati, OH
Patrice Lucas - Clinical Pharmacist, Central State Hospital, Louisville, KY
Audrey Hesson - Clinical Pharmacist, Skyline Medical Center, Nashville, TN

2006-2007

Monaliza Safarian - VA TVHS Clinical Pharmacist, Nashville, TN
Rebecca Lofton - Clinical Pharmacist, Vanderbilt Univ Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Emily Wood - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VAMC, Atlanta, GA
Sabrina Livezey - Assistant Manager Publix Pharmacy, Nashville, TN
Susan (Woodard) Marvin - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Home-Based Primary Care, VA TVHS, Nashville, TN
Loveta Epie – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Lifebridge Health, Baltimore, MD

2005-2006

Amanda Armour - Walgreen's Pharmacy, Nashville, TN
Jennifer Baker - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Telemedicine, VA TVHS Murfreesboro, TN
Neal Fourakre - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Geriatrics, VA TVHS Murfreesboro, TN
Jenny (Pritchett) Trammell - CVS Pharmacy Manager, Luthersville, GA

2004-2005

Jennifer Bean - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Academic Detailing, VA TVHS Murfreesboro, TN
Kara Fortune - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Beth Carder - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Ambulatory Care, Chattanooga, TN
Gina South - Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist Bowling Green, KY

2020-2021
Olivia Howard – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Ambulatory Care
Kayla Haverkamp - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA Phoenix, AZ Ambulatory Care
Victoria Viverette – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA Dublin, GA, Ambulatory Care

2019-2020
Carli Smith – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS Ambulatory Care
Matt Olean – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cambridge Hospital, Boston, MA
Haley (Leach) Henry – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS Ambulatory Care

2018-2019
Brittany Hayes – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Ambulatory Care, Mountain Home, TN VA
Sebastian Skordallos – Associate Chief of Pharmacy, Central Alabama, VA

2017-2018
Candace Bryant – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, VA Reno, NV
Joy Hoffman – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, VA Columbus, OH  

2016–2017
Jonathan Hughes – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist,  Ambulatory Care, St Thomas Rutherford, Murfreesboro, TN
Ashley Waddell Thomas –  Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Murfreesboro, TN

2015-2016
Will Forkhum – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, VA TVHS
Alev Gulum – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, Durham VA, Durham, NC

2014-2015
Abbey Loy – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, VA TVHS, Nashville, TN
Autumn Bagwell – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

2013-2014
Julie Wallace - Clinical Pharmacist, Healthspring, Nashville, TN
Mallory Jones - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, Phoenix VAMC, Phoenix, AZ

2012-2013
Lauralee (Gordon) Maxwell - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Emergency Med, VA TVHS, Nashville, TN

2011-2012
Kristen (Davis) Lamb - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, VA TVHS, Nashville, TN

2020-2021
Kim Ehrhard – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Univ of Kansas Health System, Psychiatry
Bryan Figler – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Pain Management

2019-2020
Monica Barrett – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Psychiatry
Austin Smith – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Psychiatry

2018-2019
Allison Karst – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Psychiatry
Jamie Hansen - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Psychiatry at Marshall I. Pickens

2017-2018
Candace Beam – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA TVHS, Psychiatry
Aimee Patterson Jensen – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and PGY1 RPD, RRTP, Bay Pines, FL VAMC

2016–2017
Caitlin Dirvonas – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Psychiatry, VA Phoenix
Stephanie (Parker) Coveart – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Psychiatry, VA  Memphis

2015-2016
Amanda (Warstler) Smith – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Psychiatry, VA Charleston, SC

2014-2015
Jonathan Lister – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Psychiatry, VA TVHS

2013-2014
Jenny Easterling - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Psychiatry, VA TVHS

2020-2021
Nikki Sherwood Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Kansas City, MO VAMC

2019-2020
Anna Drew (Jackson) Touloupas – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiology, VA VISN 9 Clinical Resource Hub

2018-2019
Michelle Pike, PharmD – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiology, VA Bay Pines, FL  

2017-2018
Jakob Fann, PharmD, BCCP – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiology and Anticoagulation, VA TVHS

2016-2017
Nilam (Patel) Naik – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Anticoagulation, VA TVHS

2015-2016
Jaclyn (Yaeger) Gavin – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, VA St Louis, MO

2014-2015
Amanda Torbett – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and PGY1 RPD, Cardiology Erglanger Hospital, Chattanooga, TN

2020-2021
Hannah Thorfinnson – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pain, VAMC Tampa, FL

2019-2020
Bekki Burch – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA New Hampshire
Carla Figura – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA Reno, NV
 
2018-2019
Holly Cowley -  Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pain, Lexington VAMC
Tatjana Ramos – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pain, Houston Methodist Hospital
 
2017-2018
Meredith Crumb  – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Academic Detailing, VA TVHS

Pharmacy Publications

Research and publication, at an initial glance, can be intimidating for an entering resident. At TVHS, we have implemented a research training program that will help walk a resident from inception of a research question, development of the research protocol, data collection, and analysis to poster presentation and publication in a year. The resident will be paired with a preceptor who is affluent in research, and they will complete the project together side-by-side. Our goal is to have our residents trained to perform research responsibilities in order to make them more competitive for any clinical job in which they may apply. It is important to us that preceptors and residents alike contribute to the medical literature and the profession. Listed below are recent publications achieved by our past residents and current preceptors.

2021

McGrane IR, Lister JF. (2021). Sleep-Wake Disorders. In E. Alderman (Ed.). Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program (PSAP): Neurology and Psychiatry. Lenexa, Kansas. American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Thomas A.Baker J., Hoffman T., Lamb K. Clinical Pharmacy Specialists Providing Consistent Comprehensive Medication Management with increased Efficiency through Telemedicine during the COVID19 Pandemic. JACCP. July 2021.

Smith A, Hansen J, Colvard M. Impact of a pharmacist-led substance use disorder transitions of care clinic on post-discharge medication treatment retention. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2021; 130:10844.


2020

Barrett M, Ward S, Colvard M. Pharmacist-led telemental health transitions of care clinic improves antidepressant medication continuity posthospitalization. Ment Health Clin [internet]. 2020;10(6):381-4.

Figura C, Barrett M, Atkinson TJ. A Kratom Primer: Miracle Medicine or Herb of Abuse? Pract Pain Mgmt. 2020; 20(5).

Karst AColvard  MBean J, Patel E, Pate R, Lister J.  Impact of a mental health trainee interdisciplinary program on a veteran population. Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.  2020; 3: 757-63.

Wallace, J. L., & Hughes, J. Asthma Management: New Developments.   The Rx Consultant. 2020.

Karst A, Colvard M, Bean J, Patel E, Pate R, Lister J. Impact of a mental health trainee interdisciplinary program on a veteran population. J Am Coll Clin Pharm. 2020:1-7.

2019

Henry HA, Smith CC, Ragheb B, Thomas AM, and Baker JW. Evaluation of a Direct Oral Anticoagulant Stewardship Program: Analysis of a Drug Consult Review Process and Population-Based Management Tool. J Cardiol Clin Pract. 2019;2(2): 1-6.

Eplin DD, Jackson AD, Smith A, Salvig B. Use of biosimilar granulocyte colony-stimulating factor for mobilization in autologous and allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in a veteran population. Clinical Pharmacy International. 2019;1(4):229-33. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2991/chi.d.191008.001

Matthews J, Eplin D, Savani B, Carranza B, Matheny L. Managing endocrine disorders in adults after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Clinical Hematology International. 2019;1(4):180-88. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2991/chi.d.190917.001

Burka, A., Fann, J., Lamb, K., Salvig, B., & Wallace, J. L. Evaluation of a Novel Discharge Reminder Tool on Pneumococcal Vaccination in Hospitalized Elderly Veterans.   Journal of American College of Clinical Pharmacy. 2019; 1– 6.

Fief, C., Hoang, K., Phipps, S., Wallace, J. L., & Deweese, J. Examining the Impact of Antimicrobial Fluoroquinolones on Human DNA Topoisomerase IIα and IIβ.  ACS Omega. 2019; 4 (2):4049-4055.

Karst, A., Hayes, B., & Bean, J. Wallace, J.L. Effect of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pain management guidelines on post-surgical opioid prescribing among veterans.   Journal of American College of Clinical Pharmacy. 2019; 2:155-160.

2018

Gee ME, Watkins AK, Brown JN, Young EJA. Ivabradine for the treatment of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome: a systematic review. Am J Cardiovasc Drugs 2018 https://doi.org/10.1007/s40256-017-0252-1.

Karst A. Weighing the Benefits and Risks of Medical Marijuana Use: A Brief Review. Pharmacy. 2018;6(128).

Karst A, Lister J. Utilization of G-CSF and GM-CSF as an alternative to discontinuation in clozapine-induced neutropenia or leukopenia: A case report and discussion. Mental Health Clin. 2018;8(5):250-5.

Lister JF, Torbett AL, Benge CDBean JR. A Case of Nonfatal Torsade de Pointes Associated With Psychiatric Polypharmacy. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. 2018; 38 (2): 155-157.

 2017

Koch J, Ward S, Thomas C. Implementation and results of a symptom-triggered opioid withdrawal protocol at a Veterans Affairs medical center. Ment Health Clin [Internet]. 2017;7(6):282-6. DOI: 10.9740/mhc.2017.11.282. PMCID: PMC6007729.

Khazan E, Anastasia E, Hough A, Parra D. Pharmacist-managed ambulatory blood pressure monitoring service Am J Health Sys Pharm 2017:74;190-195.

Hughes JC, Wallace JL, Bryant CL, Salvig BE, Fourakre TN, Stone WJ. Monitoring of Urate-Lowering Therapy Among US Veterans Following the 2012 American College of Rheumatology Guidelines for Management of Gout. Ann Pharmacother. 2017 Apr;51(4):301-306

Mahatme S, Atkinson TJ, Spallone A, Fudin J. The Preliminary Impact of Pain Management Integration into an HIV Specialty Clinic. Scientific Pages Anesth Pain Mgmt. 2017; 1(1):7-12.

Atkinson TJ, Crumb M, Raouf M.  From Rare to Reality: The Challenge of Controlling Pain in Patients on Buprenorphine in the Acute Care Setting. J Trauma & Treatment. 2017; 6:1.

Raouf M, Atkinson TJ, Crumb M.  Rational dosing of gabapentin and pregabalin in chronid kidney disease. J Pain Res. 2017; 10:275-278.

Michelle Colvard, Marie-Thérèse Jackson, Rosana Oliveira, Karin Scholtes, Steve Burghart, Cynthia A. Gutíerrez, Troy A. Moore, Shannon N. Saldaña, and Amy VandenBerg (2017) Consumer satisfaction with National Alliance on Mental Illness written medicine information. Mental Health Clinician: March 2017, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 74-80.

2016

Self, T. H., Owens, R., Sakaan, S., Wallace, J. L., & Howard-Thompson, A. Effect of diseases on response to vitamin K antagonists. Current Medical Research & Opinion. 2016; 32: 613-620. 

Atkinson TJ, Gulum AH, Forkum WG.  The Future of Pain Pharmacy: Driven by Need. Pharmacy Practice Research. 2016; 5:33-42.

Bagwell A, Loy A, Mcfarland MS, Tessmer-neubauer A. Oral Acyclovir in the Treatment of Verruca. J Drugs Dermatol. 2016;15(2):237-8.

Lister JF. Pharmacogenomics: A Focus on Antidepressants and Atypical Antipsychotics.” Mental Health Clin. 2016; 6 (1): 48-53. 

Maxwell LG, McFarland MS, Baker JW, Cassidy RF.  Evaluation of a Pharmacist Led Telehealth Clinic on Diabetes-Related Goals of Therapy in a Veteran Population. Pharmacotherapy. 2016;36(3):348–356

Salvig BE, Gulum AH, Walters SA, Edwards LBFourakre TNMarvin SCMcKenzie MSMoseley MV, Ansari IJ. Pharmacist Screening for Risk of Osteoporosis in Elderly Veterans. Consult Pharm. 2016; 31:440-449.                                               

Ward S, Roberts JP, Resch, WJ, Thomas C. Psychotropic Use in Renal Impairment. Current Psychiatry. 2016;15(8):60-66.

Koch J, Modesitt T, Palmer M, Ward S, Martin B, Wyatt R, Thomas C. Review of pharmacologic treatment in cluster A personality disorders. Ment Health Clin [Internet]. 2016;6(2):75-81. DOI: 10.9740/mhc.2016.03.75.

Warstler ABean J. Antimicrobial-induced cognitive side effects. Mental health Clinician. July 2016; 6(4): 207-214.

Riesselman A. Raising Mental Health Awareness in a College of Pharmacy By Utilizing Community Resources, Artistic Reflection and Social Media. J Pharm Pract 2016; 29(3): 284.

Atkinson TJ, Cleary J, Fudin J. 10 Pain Medication Myths: Challenges in Selecting the Appropriate Analgesic. Pract Pain Mgmt. Publication Pending September 2016.

2015

Salvig BE, Easterling JL, Moseley MV, Patel EL, Joppich HM, Bean JR. Improving antipsychotic use in a Veteran Affairs Community Living Center.  Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging. 2015; 23(3): 35-39.

Lister JF, Voinov B, Thimothy L, Bean JF. Drug-Induced System Hypersensitivity Reaction Associated With Ziprasidone: An Atypical Occurrence. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. 2015; 35 (4): 478-480.

Riesselman A, El-Mallakh RS. Akathisia with azithromycin. Ann Pharmacother. May 2015; 49(5):609.

Riesselman A, Johnson E, Palmer E. Lithium and clozapine in suicidality: shedding some light to get out of the dark. Mental Health Clinician. September 2015; 5(5):237-43.

2014

Baker JW, Bean J, Benge C, McFarland MS. Designing a Resident Research Program. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. April 2014: 71: 592-598

McFarland MS, Wallace JP, Parra J, Baker J. Evaluation of Patient Satisfaction with Diabetes Management Provided by Clinical Pharmacists in the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Patient: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. March 2014: 7(1): 115-21

Baker JW, Larue C. Diabetic patient Education Pit Fall Regarding Insulin Administration. Pending Publication October 2014 Federal Practitioner.

Fudin J, Atkinson TJ. Opioid Prescribing Levels Off, but is less really more? Pain Medicine. [Epub ahead of print] January 2014.

Wallace JP, Wallace JL, McFarland SM. Comparing Dosing of Basal Insulin Analogues Detemir and Glargine: Is It Really Unit-Per-Unit and Dose-Per-Dose? Pharmacotherapy.2014;48: 361–368

Fudin J, Atkinson TJ. Personalized Oxycodone Dosing: Using Pharmacogenetic Testing and Clinical Pharmacokinetics to Reduce Toxicity Risk and Increase Effectiveness. Pain Medicine. 2014; 15(5): 723-725.

Atkinson TJ, Schatman ME, Fudin J. The damage done by the war on opioids: the pendulum has swung too far. J Pain Res. 2014; 12(7):265-268.

Atkinson TJ, Fudin J. Interactions Between Pain Medications And Illicit Street Drugs. Pract Pain Mgmt. August 2014: 50-61.

Younan M, Atkinson TJ, Fudin J. A Practical Approach to Discontinuing NSAID Therapy Prior to a Procedure. Pract Pain Mgmt. December 2013: 45-51.

Atkinson TJ, Fudin J, Jahn HL, Kubotera N, Rennick AL, Rhorer MK. What’s New in NSAID Pharmacotherapy? Pain Medicine. 2013; 14(Suppl 1):S11-S17. 

Atkinson TJ, Fudin J, Pandula A, Mirza M. Medication Pain Management in the Elderly: Unique and Underutilized Analgesic Treatment Options. Clinical Therapeutics. 2013; 35(11):1669-1689.

2013

Maxwell L, McFarland MS. Clinical utility and tolerability of linagliptin in diabetic patients. Drug Healthcare and Patient Safety. 2013:5 67-78. 

Farland MZ, Byrd DC, McFarland MS, Thomas J, Franks AS, George CM, Gross BN, Guirguis AB, Suda KJ. Pharmacist-Physician Collaboration for Diabetes Care: The Diabetes Initiative Program.Ann Pharmacother. 2013 Jun;47(6):781-9. doi: 10.1345/aph.1S079. Epub 2013 May 8. 

Lamb KD, Baker JW, McFarland MS. Evaluation of implementation of a PGY-2 ambulatory care resident into the patient centered medical home model. Journal of Health-System Pharmacy Residents. September 2013.

Welding J, Ragheb B. Evidence-Based Approach to the Use of CoQ10 to Deal with Statin Intolerance. Lipid Spin. Fall 2013; 11(4): 13-14.

Fudin J, Shrivastava A, Atkinson TJ. Opioids for Surgery or Acute Pain in Patients on Chronic Buprenorphine. In Aronoff G, ed., Medication Management of Chronic Pain: What you Need to Know. Publication pending, Trafford Publishing, 2013.

Atkinson TJ, Fudin J. The problem with chronic pain and opioid medications. In ed., Peppin J, Kirsh K, Coleman J. Pain and Prescription Drug Diversion: Healthcare, Law Enforcement, and Policy Perspectives. Publication pending. Oxford University Press. 2013.

2012

McFarland MS, Davis KJ, Wallace JL. Utilization of home telehealth monitoring with active medication management by clinical pharmacists in poorly controlled diabetic patients. Pharmacotherapy 2012;32:420–426

McFarland MS, Huddleston L, Mckenzie M, Tammareddi K, Bean J. Comparison of hemoglobin A1c goal achievement with the addition of pioglitazone to maximal/highest tolerated doses of sulfonylurea and metformin combination therapy. Journal of Drug Assessment. Published online Journal of Drug Assessment, 2012, Vol. 1, 34-39

Scott-Weideman J, Ragheb B, Nichols M, Hardy A, Rey A. The effects of the Age-Related Eye Disease Study Vitamins on International Normalized Ratios in Patients Taking Warfarin. Federal Practitioner. June 2012; 29(7): 29-32

2011

McFarland MS, Markley, B, Zang P, Hudson JQ. Evaluation of the modification of diet in renal disease and Cockroft-Gault equations for sitagliptin dosing.J Nephrol. 2011 Sep 7:0. doi: 10.5301/jn.5000026.

Baker JW, Leidy KL, Smith KM, Okeke US. Argyria Associated with Use of Systemic Colloidal Silver. Federal Practitioner. Jan 2011; 28(1): 39-42.

D'Alesio V, Salvig BE, Fourakre TN. Evaluation of osteoporosis risk assessment in veterans receiving androgen-deprivation therapy. Consultant Pharmacist. Jan 2011; 26(1):43-7.

Baker JW, Pierce KL, Ryals CA. INR Goal Attainment and Oral Anticoagulation Knowledge of Patients Enrolled in an Anticoagulation Clinic in a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. J Managed Care Pharmacy. March 2011; 17(2): 133-42.

Willens D, Cripps RJ, Wilson AS, Wolfe K, Rothman R. Interdisciplinary care for diabetic patients with primary care physicians, nurses, and clinical pharmacists: team care of diabetes with nurses and clinical pharmacists in primary care. Clinical Diabetes. 2011; 29(2):60-68.

Cripps RJ, Gourley ES, Johnson W, Cassidy R, Morgan TC, Venugopal D, McFarland MS. An evaluation of diabetes-related measures of control after 6 months of clinical pharmacy specialist intervention. Journal of Pharmacy Practice.2011;24:332-338

McFarland MS, Brock M, Ryals, C. Place in therapy for liraglutide and saxagliptin for type 2 diabetes. Southern Medical Journal. 2011 Jun; 104(6):426-39.

2010

Hahn M, Bean J, McFarland MS, Carnahan W. Smoking prevalence and nicotine patch success rate within a VA medical center. Fed Pract 2010 October:14-21.

McFarland MS, Cripps R. Diabetes and cancer with a focus on insulin and metformin. Pharmacotherapy 2010;30:1159–1178.

Edwards L, Powers J. Electronic medication reconciliation: A pilot demonstration on an inpatient geriatrics unit. Fed Pract 2007 September;24(9):49-53,62.

Thomas A, Lamb K, Baker J. Safety and Efficacy of Combination Diuretic Therapy in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease without Heart Failure. Poster session presented at: Tennessee Society of Health System Pharmacist Winter Meeting. Feb 17.

Thomas A, Baker J, Ragheb B, et al. Limiting Warfarin Tablet Strengths in Veterans. Poster session presented at: American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting. Hollywood, FL: Oct 16.

Flynn K, Atkinson TJ, Baker JW. Comparison of venlafaxine and duloxetine: measuring clinical impact of time to therapeutic dose among patients achieving therapeutic dosing for pain. To be Presented at Pain Week, Las Vegas, NV, September 2016.

Thomas AW, Baker JW, Ragheb B, Burger C, Muldowney JAS.  Limiting Warfarin Tablet Strengths at a VAMC. To be presented at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Hollywood, FL, October 2016.

Hughes J, Wallace J, Bryant C, Salvig BFourakre TN, Stone W. Evaluation of Current Adherence to American College of Rheumatology Guideline Recommendations for the Monitoring of Urate Lowering Therapy Among U.S. Veterans. To be presented at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Hollywood, FL, October 2016.

Hughes J, Christman B, McFarland S. Proton Pump Inhibitor-Induced Hypomagnesemia in a U.S. Veteran: Case Report and Population Study.  To be presented at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Hollywood, FL, October 2016.

Flynn K, Baker JW, Atkinson TJ. Comparison of venlafaxine and duloxetine: measuring the clinical impact of time to therapeutic dose among patients achieving therapeutic dosing for pain. To be presented at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Hollywood, FL, October 2016.

Hughes J, Bryant C, Salvig B, Fourakre T, Wallace J. Effect of the 2012 American College of Rheumatology Management of Gout Guidelines on Monitoring and Adherence to Urate Lowering Therapy. Poster presented at Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA-TSHP-TSSP) Winter Meeting, Nashville, TN, February 2016.

Ward S, Koch J, Bouland DT, Thomas C. Quality Analysis of the Opiate Withdrawal Protocol with Clonidine at the Chillicothe VAMC. Poster presented at the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, CO, April 2016.

Riesselman A. Raising Mental Health Awareness in a College of Pharmacy By Utilizing Community Resources, Artistic Reflection and Social Media. College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, CO. April 2016.

Warstler A, Bean J, Lister J. Implementation of a Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program. College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, CO, April 2016.

Minifie J, Patel E, Bean J, Warstler A. Interprofessional attitudes and competencies among VA healthcare trainees and staff. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders, San Antonio, TX, May 2016.

Esposito E, Nguyen V, Riesselman A, Facione F, Daughtery K. Successful Didactic Course Remediation in an Accelerated Program. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting. National Harbor, MD, July 12, 2015.

Salvig BE, Gulum A, Walters S, Edwards L, Fourakre TN, Marvin S, McKenzie M, Moseley MV. Osteoporosis Risk Assessment in Elderly Veterans. Presented at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Annual Meeting; Las Vegas, NV , October 2015.

Burka A, Jones M, Hale J, Phillips A, Salvig B, Wallace J. Drug Burden Index Score and Fall Risk in a Community-Dwelling, Veteran Population. Presented at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Annual Meeting; Las Vegas, NV, October 2015.

Schell R, Abramczyk A, Fominaya C, Friedman R, Castle S. Outcomes associated with a multidisciplinary Pain Oversight Committee to facilitate appropriate management of chronic opioid therapy in Veterans. Presented poster at 2015 American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy; San Francisco, California, October 2015.

Lavinghousez W, Lifesy J, Schell R. Mail return reductions: A six sigma project. Presented poster at 2015 American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Joint Federal Pharmacy Seminar (JFPS). October 2015; Washington, District of Columbia. J Am Pharm Assoc 2015; 55:e414-e434          

Hughes J, Bryant C, Salvig B, Fourakre T, Wallace J. Effect of the 2012 American College of Rheumatology Management of Gout Guidelines on Monitoring and Adherence to Urate Lowering Therapy. Poster presented at the American Society of Health‑System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 2015

Thomas AW, Baker JW, Ragheb B, Burger C, Muldowney JAS. Limiting Warfarin Tablet Strengths in Veterans. Poster presented at the American Society of Health‑System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 2015

Doss E, Ragheb B, Baker JW. Prescribing patterns and follow-up practices of target-specific oral anticoagulants within VA-TVHS. Poster presented at the American Society of Health‑System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 2015

Patel N, Walley J, McFarland MS, Wallace J, Maxwell L. Utilization of Aldosterone Antagonists in Veterans with Heart Failure on Optimal Therapy with Reduced Ejection Fraction of ≤ 35%. Poster presented at the American Society of Health‑System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 2015

Dirvonas C, Bean J, Easterling J. The prevalence and management of vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency in veterans admitted to an acute inpatient psychiatric unit.  Poster presented at the American Society of Health‑System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 2015.

Childers R, Parker S, Bean J, Dutton T, Pate RJ. Metabolic monitoring for patients on second-generation antipsychotics in a VA setting. Poster presented at the American Society of Health‑System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 2015.

Flynn K, Atkinson TJ, Baker JW. Comparison of venlafaxine and duloxetine: measuring clinical impact of time to therapeutic effect among patients achieving therapeutic dosing for pain. Poster presented at the American Society of Health‑System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 2015.

Lister J, Torbett A, Benge C, Bean J. A Case of Nonfatal Torsade de Pointes Associated with Polypharmacy College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting, Tampa, Fl (April 2015).

Anderson M, Thimothy L, Lister J, Bean J. Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome in a Patient Taking Ziprasidone. American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting, Anaheim, CA (December 2014).

Lister JF. Nashville Area Pharmacists Association – Drug-Induced Movement Disorders

Bustin A, Kirkwood V, Bean J, Lister J. Olanzapine Use in the Setting of Renal Insufficiency. American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting, Anaheim, CA (December 2014).

Beavers M, Barroquillo A, Lister J, White C, Kim E, Patel E, Bean J, Jabeen S, Pate RJ. An Interdisciplinary Treatment Approach at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Tennessee Psychological Association Annual Convention, Nashville, TN (November 2014).

Baker JW, Forkum W, McNeal J. TSHP Annual Meeting 2015-Utilizing Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT) to optimize the goals of the Patient-Aligned Care Team-(PACT) Model within the VA.

Loy A, Bagwell A, Bean J, Easterling J, Fourakre TN, Baker J. Prescribing Trends in Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Following Updated VA/DoD Guidelines. American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Austin, TX (October 2014).

Rennick A, Atkinson TJ, Cimino N, Fudin J, Strassel S, McPherson ML. Variability in Opioid Equivalence. P44 at the International Conference on Opioids, Harvard Medical School in Boston MA. June 8, 2015.

Mahatme S, Atkinson TJ, Spallone A, Fudin J. The Preliminary Impact of Pain Management Integration into an HIV Specialty Clinic. P4 at the International Conference on Opioids, Harvard Medical School in Boston MA. June 7, 2015.

Salvig B, Gulum A, Walters S, Fourakre TN. ASCP 2015 Annual Meeting. Pharmacist Screening of Bone Health Assessment in Elderly.

Burka A, Jones M, Hale J, Phillips A, Salvig B, Wallace J. ASCP 2015 Annual Meeting. Drug Burden Index Score and Fall Risk in a Community-Dwelling, Veteran Population.

Patel E, Bean J, Pate J, Jabeen S, Rothschild C, Heidelberg N. Working together: Interprofessional clinical care in action. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Psychological Association, Nashville, TN, October 2015.

Pate RJ, Patel E, Bean J, Jabeen S, Ali S. Not your grandfather’s VA: Innovative healthcare offering exceptional psychiatric careers. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, Atlanta, GA, May 2016

Why Choose TVHS

Tennessee Valley Healthcare System is an integrated Veterans Affairs health care system consisting of two medical centers, 350 acute care and geriatric beds, various specialty clinics, and 19 community-based outpatient clinics located throughout middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. TVHS provides ambulatory care, secondary care in acute medicine and surgery, specialized tertiary care, and a full range of extended care and mental health services.

Pharmacy Services

The VA TVHS pharmacy service provides progressive clinical and distributive services with approximately 180 pharmacy staff members including over 50 clinical pharmacy specialists in a variety of practice settings and a number of clinical pharmacists dedicated to providing decentralized inpatient pharmacy services and medication reconciliation. Clinical pharmacy specialists are assigned to areas such as primary care, emergency medicine, acute medicine, cardiology, critical care, transplant, psychiatry, oncology, geriatrics, nutritional support, anticoagulation management, long-term care, chronic pain management, home-based primary care, palliative care, hepatitis C management, pharmacoeconomics, and clinical practice management. Within these areas, all clinical pharmacy specialists have scopes of practice which include prescribing authority. A large majority of the residency preceptors are board certified by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties actively involved in national pharmacy organizations, and/or are working to contribute to medical literature through publications/research, giving residents an extraordinary ability to work with clinical pharmacy specialists practicing at the top of their respective fields and an in-depth view of how our pharmacy services positively influence the health of Veterans.

Academic Affiliations

The health care system has strong affiliations to the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College as well as several colleges of pharmacy including the University of Tennessee, Samford University, Belmont University, Lipscomb University, and Union University.

Pharmacist Training at TVHS

Eight (8) PGY1 pharmacy residents, two (2) Ambulatory Care PGY2 residents, one (1) Cardiology PGY2 resident, two (2) Pain PGY2 residents, two (2) Psychiatry PGY2 residents, and over 200 students from several colleges of pharmacy are trained at TVHS each year. Residents will have clinical opportunities at both medical centers: the Nashville Campus and the Alvin C. York Campus in Murfreesboro. There are additional rotation opportunities at area community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), including Chattanooga and Clarksville, if desired. Throughout TVHS, the extensive range of medical and clinical pharmacy services allows for an optimal training and teaching environment.

 

Murfreesboro is a suburb of Nashville, located approximately 40 minutes south on I-24. The city boasts a unique blend of Civil War history and a thriving 21st century community, having beautiful French Colonial downtown homes dating back to the early 1800s blended with new developments, modern shopping, restaurants, medical facilities, and other amenities to bring a touch of southern nostalgia to middle Tennessee.

Murfreesboro is also home to the beautiful 550-acre campus of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), which, at an enrollment of 20,000 students, is the second largest undergraduate university in the state behind University of Tennessee.

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Located within the largest metropolitan area in the state, Nashville is a big city that offers southern hospitality with a small town feel right in the heart of Tennessee.  From great restaurants, comedy clubs, live music venues, Grand Ole Opry, and professional sports, you never run out of fun things to do in "Music City". The city is called home by numerous celebrities so there is always the possibility of celebrity sightings. Nashville also excels in providing a robust cultural arts scene with the Frist Art Museum, Schermerhorn Symphony Hall, National Museum of African-American Music, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and the Ryman Auditorium. For laid back atmospheres, Nashville is surrounded by beautiful scenery. You can always visit the local Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, spend a day on a nearby lake or river, or enjoy hiking at one of the many nearby parks. There is something for everyone!
 
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How to Apply

PGY1 Residency

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen who has completed a Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum from an accredited school of pharmacy with a GPA of 3.2 or above. Only applicants from ACPE-accredited or pending accreditation schools of pharmacy will be reviewed and considered for an interview

All applicants must participate in the ASHP Residency Matching Process.

APPLICATION MATERIALS REQUIRED

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official college of pharmacy transcript
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation using standard template in PhORCAS (no longer requiring formal letters of recommendation)

APPLICATION DEADLINE

All application materials are due no later than December 31st.

PGY2 Program Residencies

For application requirements and deadlines, please visit each PGY2 residency program page for more details.

PGY1 and PGY2 Contacts

For the PGY1, please contact:

PGY1 Residency Program Director: David Eplin, Pharm. D., BCOP at Dwight.Eplin@va.gov 

PGY1 Residency Recruitment Coordinator: Rebecca J. Cripps, Pharm.D., BCPS at Rebecca.Cripps@va.gov

Current Residents: Courtney Baldridge at Courtney.Baldridge@va.gov; Kyrsten (Kacy) Chaplin at Kyrsten.Chaplin@va.gov; Laura Cherry at Laura.Cherry@va.gov; Courtney Clarke at Courtney.Clarke4@va.gov; Megan Jackson at Megan.Jackson@va.gov; Justin Petway at Justin.Petway@va.gov; Dillon Thompson at Dillon.Thompson@va.gov; Elizabeth (Betsy) Trainham at Elizabeth.Trainham@va.gov

For the Ambulatory Care PGY2, please contact:

PGY2 Residency Program Director: Bishoy Ragheb, Pharm.D., BCACP, CACP at Bishoy.Ragheb@va.gov

PGY2 Residency Recruitment Coordinator: Rebecca J. Cripps, Pharm.D., BCPS at Rebecca.Cripps@va.gov

Current PGY2 Residents: Bianca Creith at Bianca.Creith@va.gov; Azur Eckley at Azur.Eckley@va.gov; Jeewar Kokoy at Jeewar.Kokoy@va.gov

For the Cardiology PGY2, please contact:

PGY2 Residency Program Director: Emily Young, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCP at Emily.Young@va.gov

Current PGY2 Resident: Amanda Searls at Amanda.Searls@va.gov

For the Pain PGY2, please contact:

PGY2 Residency Program Director: Tim Atkinson, Pharm.D. BCPS at Timothy.Atkinson@va.gov

Current PGY2 Resident: Lauren Bell at Lauren.Bell1@va.gov; Claire Brandt at Claire.Brandt@va.gov

For the Psychiatry PGY2, please contact:

PGY2 Residency Program Director: Jennifer Bean, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPP at Jennifer.Bean@va.gov

Current PGY2 Resident: Kyle Owens at Kyle.Owens@va.gov; Sarah Kemerer at sarah.kemerer@va.gov 

Find out more about us at these locations:

VA Pharmacy Residency Program
http://www.pbm.va.gov/education/vapharmacyresidencyprogram.asp

American Society of Health System Pharmacists
http://accred.ashp.org/aps/pages/directory/residencyProgramInformation.aspx?ID=31220