Vanderbilt University Medical Center PGY1/PGY2 HSPA Pharmacy Residency in Nashville, Tennessee

PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA) Resident

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Department/Unit Summary

The Department of Pharmaceutical Services provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care services to Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH), Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt (Children's Hospital), Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH) and The Vanderbilt Medical Group (VMG).

This patient-centered service is provided through the Patient Care Center organization and clinic structure.

The role of the Pharmacy is to promote safe and effective medication therapy for all patients and to provide oversight and leadership of the medication use system.

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PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA) Resident--Term Professional-Monthly

Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency

Expected Start Date: June 17, 2019

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Post-Graduate Year One/Post-Graduate Year Two (PGY1/PGY2) Health-System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA) Residency program is a 24 month, full-time residency, currently in accreditation candidate status with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The purpose of the PGY1 portion of the residency is to build on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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. The purpose of the PGY2 portion of the residency is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both in the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

The mission of the first year of the program is to meet all of the requirements of a traditional PGY1 Pharmacy residency program, including development of a core skill set in drug information and literature evaluation, pharmacotherapy evaluation and management, project based research and team functioning, pharmacy operations, presentation development and delivery, and direct patient interaction.

A broad range of experiences are incorporated into the residency curriculum. The focus is on clinical rotations in direct patient care settings. Residents also gain experience in pharmacy administration, medication use system, automation, drug distribution, drug information and research pharmacy projects that are designed to improve patient care quality and safety. The resident will draft a manuscript of their research project that is suitable for publication. Required clinical experiences include internal medicine and two critical care medicine rotations, but there are a variety of acute care electives available, including cardiology, infectious diseases, nutrition support, solid organ transplantation, oncology, pediatrics, and others. The staffing requirements vary, but the resident will gain extensive experience in pharmacy operations throughout the year. The ASHP Residency Learning System and PharmAcademic is used extensively, which offers the resident a tailored, personalized and progressive learning experience throughout the year. Residents have the opportunity to gain teaching experience and assist preceptors with teaching pharmacy students from the local colleges of pharmacy. The resident will also gain experience in giving formal presentations throughout the year. An optional teaching certificate provided by one of the three local colleges of pharmacy may be obtained during the residency. The second year (PGY2) of this two-year program will concentrate on developing management and leadership skills necessary to lead teams and departments, as well as development of new programs. Vanderbilt also offers PGY2 specialty residencies in Cardiology, Critical Care, Infectious Diseases, Informatics, Oncology, Pediatrics, and Solid Organ Transplant. PGY2 specialty residencies require the successful completion of a PGY-1 residency year. Applicants should possess their pharmacy degree (Pharm. D. preferred).

Fringe Benefits:

Paid time off (PTO), travel support to attend professional meetings, health insurance, relocation allowance and other benefits. (For additional information go to:

Special Requirements for Acceptance:

Applicant must be able to be licensed in the State of Tennessee, a graduate of an accredited B.S. or Doctor of Pharmacy program, and be a licensed pharmacist in any state with reciprocation to Tennessee.

To Apply for Residency:

PHORCAS application and complete an on-line application for the Pharmacy Practice Residency. Three letters of reference from Pharmacy faculty or supervisory pharmacists are required. University transcripts are also required. Interested applicants should apply by (January 1) at 5pm. Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment. Please be prepared to provide required information and/or documentation.

VUMC Recent Accomplishments

Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:

  • US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center at ), 9 adult and 9 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training

  • Truven Health Analytics: among the top 100 hospitals in the US

  • Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"

  • The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score

  • National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science: 12 faculty members elected fellows in 2014

  • Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee

  • Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer

  • American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US

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Applicant must be able to be licensed in the State of Tennessee, a graduate of an accredited B.S. or Doctor of Pharmacy program, and be a licensed pharmacist in any state with reciprocation to Tennessee.

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:


  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position

  • Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.

  • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.

  • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another

  • Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.

  • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles

  • Occasional: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.

  • Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.


  • Occasional: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.

  • Frequent: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.

  • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

Environmental Conditions

Job Pharmacy

Organization: Pharmacy Inpt Operations 201921

Title: PGY1/PGY2 HSPA Pharmacy Residency

Location: TN-Nashville-Vanderbilt Hospital (VUH)

Requisition ID: 1811565

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