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Saint Thomas West Hospital PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

About Saint Thomas West Hospital Pharmacy Residency

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency was established in 1988. Accredited by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 1992, this 12 month, full-time program provides opportunities in clinical pharmacy services and pharmacy operations. The residency tailors the experience to each individual resident’s goals.

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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 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.

Recent Awards

  • Best in Show Research Poster Presentation for 2016 at Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting
  • Best in Show Research Poster Presentation for 2015 at Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting
  • Award of Excellence - Top 5 Poster Presentation for 2014 at Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting


Learning Experiences


  • Orientation
  • Operations
  • Anticoagulation
  • Nutrition
  • Management


  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care (Cardiac/Surgical ICU)
  • Critical Care (Neuro ICU)
  • Critical Care (Medical ICU)
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Operating Room Satellite Pharmacy
  • Palliative Care
  • Transplant

Required Activities:

  • Patient Education
  • Pharmacy Consults
    • IV to PO conversion therapy
    • Medication Reconciliation
    • Parenteral nutrition
    • Pharmacokinetics
    • Renal dosing
    • Tikosyn® (dofetilide) initiation
  • Presentations:
    • Journal Club
    • Seminar presentations
  • Quality Improvement projects
  • Research project
  • Clinical responsibilities every third weekend




Kwame Asare, PharmD, BCPS, BCNSP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Practice Area: Transplant


Kelley Baxter, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist

Practice Area: Anticoagulation


Matt Bibb, PharmD, BCGP

Clinical Pharmacist

Practice Area: Cross-cover


Caroline Gatzke, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist, Residency Coordinator

Practice Area: Transplant, Cross-cover


Chris Larkin, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Practice Area: Anticoagulation


Robin Tagatz, BS Pharm, PharmD, MSIHCM

Residency Director, Market Clinical Manager

Practice Area: Management


Tonya Thomas, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist

Practice Area: Critical Care (Medical ICU)


Brooke Tullos, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist

Practice Area: Cross-cover


Jeannie Watson, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Practice Area: Critical Care (Neuro, Surgical, & Cardiovascular ICU), Nutrition


Michelle Wilcox, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist

Practice Area: Anticoagulation


Jarett Worden, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Practice Area: Antimicrobial Stewardship



Current Residents 

Meet Our Residents

Taylor Gish (University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy)

I chose Saint Thomas West because of the location in Nashville and the variety of rotations/packages offered. I'm interested in infectious diseases and academia.


Catherine Nguyen (University of Nebraska Medical Center)

I was initially interested in Saint Thomas West because of the variety of rotations they offer, but what really pulled me in was the opportunity to participate in both the inpatient and clinic world of transplant. When I’m not dosing vancomycin, I enjoy visiting my husband up in Maine, going to barre classes, and watching squirrels. 


Kevin Phan (Belmont University College of Pharmacy)

I had a wonderful experience here at Saint Thomas West as a pharmacy student on my APPEs that included critical care, internal medicine, and medication management.  I got to be part of a layered-learning model as well as amazing interdisciplinary teams that emphasized the role of pharmacists in patient care.  I am humbled by the opportunity to come back as a resident to learn from and work with such a fun and dedicated pharmacy team.


Kayla Scheps (South University)

I chose Saint Thomas West because of the welcoming environment and the wide selection of electives to choose from. I am interested in Infectious Diseases, Transplant, and Critical Care.


Braydon Smith (South University)

I chose Saint Thomas West because of the unique variety of rotations available to the residents. I also chose it because of the incredible, smart people that I would be able to learn from. Another big draw for me was the size of Saint Thomas West Hospital. It's big enough to support multiple areas of medicine, but small enough to feel like a community.


Yulonda Warren (Belmont University College of Pharmacy)

I chose Saint Thomas West because of the welcoming and supportive environment, the opportunity to precept students, and the option to participate in a teaching certificate program through Belmont University. My interests include ambulatory care, internal medicine and academia.



Past Residents

Testimonials From Past Residents

"I completed the residency program at Saint Thomas Hospital years ago. The program provided me the opportunity to develop the skill, confidence, and drive needed to meet the rigorous demands of clinical pharmacy and to succeed as a practitioner. I am currently a Critical Care Specialist on staff at Saint Thomas Hospital and a preceptor for the residency program. Saint Thomas hospital is a great place to work and I would recommend the residency to anyone interested in a PGY1 residency program."

Jeannie, Pharmacist


"This residency has been a great fit for me. It provides an exceptional amount of orientation to the pharmacy department and its clinical services. I have been given independence to grow as a clinical pharmacist, but I am surrounded by pharmacists that are always more than willing to mentor me on my daily journey as pharmacy resident."

Jenny, Pharmacy Resident


"This residency has increased my confidence, knowledge, and skill base as a pharmacist. I have been provided with a variety of learning opportunities to help me develop into a well-rounded clinical pharmacist."

Jessica, Pharmacy Resident


“My experiences at STWH cultivated me into the practitioner I am today. Looking back, I would do it all over again. The preceptors and staff I've worked with have served and continue to serve me as professional role models. The PGY1 curriculum refined my professional development and clinical practice through didactic rotations and experiences which I was able to demonstrate through Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy. From all that I gained at STWH, I successfully completed a PGY2 in Oncology and landed my dream job. I've learned that "nothing shall be impossible."

Kirollos, Pharmacy Resident


"My time at Saint Thomas has been a blessing to me. I have had the opportunity of participating in the PGY1 residency program, and upon completion of the program able to accept a permanent position with Saint Thomas as a Special Care pharmacist. The valuable training, education and multidisciplinary team interaction that I received during my residency helped to prepare me to be an effective pharmacist. I believe that the program contained wonderful core packages that were vital in my future success as well as providing the opportunity to interact with other members of the health care team to provide the best care, service and attention to our patients."

Tonya, Pharmacist



  • Competitive stipend
  • Medical and Dental Insurance Allowance
  • Fifteen days off
  • Travel expenses and administrative leave to attend ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Tennessee Society of Health-system Pharmacists (TSHP) Midyear Meeting, and Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC)
  • PRN Pharmacist hours available
  • Wellness Center (fitness facility)
  • Covered parking at no charge




Application Process

  • Six Positions Available
  • Applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Anticipated Pharm.D. from an ACPE accredited degree program with eligibility for Tennessee licensure by July 31 of residency year; and anticipated licensure no later than August 31 of residency year
    • PhORCAS application


  • Submit all application materials through PhORCAS by January 5






About Nashville


Nashville, often called Music City, has a variety of attractions and events. Nashville is home to Grand Ole Opry, the historic Ryman Theater, Country Music Hall of Fame, concerts at the Bridgestone Arena, and many live music festivals. If you are a sports fan, the NFL Tennessee Titans, the NHL Nashville Predators, and the Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team play in Nashville. Other city attractions include Iroquois Steeplechase, the Parthenon in Centennial Park, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Opryland Hotel, the Nashville Symphony, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Nashville is also home to 18 golf courses, 76 parks and playgrounds, 30,000 acres of inland lakes, and the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. Nashville has something for everyone’s interest.




Contact Us


Robin Tagatz, BS Pharm, Pharm.D., MSIHCM
Manager, Clinical Pharmacy Services
Director, PGY1 Residency Program

Saint Thomas West Hospital Department of Pharmacy
4220 Harding Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37205

Office: 615-222-6951
Fax: 615-222-3133