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Saint Thomas Rutherford Pharmacy Residency

About Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital Pharmacy Residency

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital’s PGY1 Pharmacy Residency was established in 2015 and received full accreditation from the American Society of Health System Pharmacists in 2017.  The PGY1 Residency provides residents with the skills and knowledge required to enter a contemporary practice environment where they can effectively provide clinical pharmacy services. Training will provide an emphasis on ASHP’s best practice model with training plans adjustable to meet residents’ specific interests. 

Purpose Statement

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for the medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

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Program Structure

The PGY1 residency is a 12-month, post-graduate training experience.  All residents are required to complete rotations in core subject areas considered to be essential to the general pharmacy practitioner. These include:

  • Operations
  • Orientation
  • Acute Medicine I
  • Acute Medicine II – Rounding with Family Medicine
  • Acute Medicine with Cardiology emphasis
  • Critical Care
  • Pharmacotherapy Clinic 
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Concentrated Research/Project/Staffing

Longitudinal experiences aimed at producing a well-rounded pharmacy practitioner include:

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (4 months)
  • Medication Safety (4 months)
  • Performance Improvement – LEAN (4 months)
  • Code response/TPN check-off 
  • Drug Information
  • Formal Presentations 
  • Medication Use Evaluation 
  • Precepting University of Tennessee’s Applied Therapeutics course
  • Research Project 
  • Weekend Staffing (every 3 weeks)

A broad range of elective rotations are available to permit the resident flexibility in attaining individual goals. Examples include Emergency Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Nutrition, Oncology, and Pain & Palliative Care. The resident may also repeat core experiences as electives.