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For more information about our program, please contact Kendra Spilkin, program director.

PGY1 pharmacy practice residency program

Duration/Type: 12 months/residency

Number of Positions: 4

Application Deadline: December 31st

Starting Date: Late June

Estimated Stipend: $50,000

Interview Required: Yes

Program overview

This residency offers a diverse inpatient pharmacy experience that will provide residents with opportunities to practice in a variety of specialties. In addition to clinical rotations, residents are required to complete a major research project, perform medication use evaluations (MUE), deliver formal presentations, and participate in distribution and clinical staffing services. There are numerous opportunities for teaching, including serving as preceptors for pharmacy students from Belmont University, Lipscomb University, and the University of Tennessee.

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

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

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

Get to know the team

Kendra Spilkin, PharmD
PGY-1 Residency Program Director

Program graduates

Over 60 residents have graduated from the program at TCMC and have secured positions at PGY2 residency programs or in teaching and community hospitals, academia, or managed care immediately upon completion of the program. The residency year may be credited as one year of service for benefits accrual such as 401(k) and paid time off (PTO), if employed with an HCA-affiliated hospital upon completion of the residency.

Learning experiences

Core rotations

  • Orientation
  • Cardiology Care Unit
  • Critical Care
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Practice Management

Elective rotations

  • Advanced Critical Care
  • Advanced Internal Medicine
  • Advanced Pediatrics
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
  • Emergency Department*
  • Neuro Intensive Care Unit
  • Psychiatry
  • Advanced Psychiatry
  • Trauma Intensive Care Unit*
  • Corporate Informatics
  • Corporate Leadership
  • Corporate Medication Safety

* Some or all of experience may be completed at affiliated hospital: TriStar Summit or TriStar Skyline Medical Centers

Longitudinal rotations

  • Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Bariatric Clinic
  • Chief Resident/Leadership
  • Research
  • Service – Operational and Clinical Staffing

Additional learning opportunities

  • Code response: Code Blue, Code Stroke, Code STEMI, and Code PE
  • Teaching and Learning Certificate
  • Operational and clinical staffing coverage every 3rd weekend and one Friday per month
  • Committee involvement


  • Health/dental insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Reimbursement for required travel expenses
  • 401(k) eligibility if employed within HCA after residency
  • Dedicated laptop and office space
  • Free onsite parking

Application process

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

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Pharmacy school transcripts
  • Three letters of reference submitted on the PhORCAS form—at least two letters should be written by a preceptor, faculty member, or practicing pharmacist
  • PDF of slides (1-2 slides/page) from previously performed presentation

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