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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

Ben Casey, PharmD, BCID
PGY-1 Residency Program Director

Chelsea Mitchell, PharmD, BCCCP
PGY-1 Residency Program Coordinator

Laura Beth Parsons, PharmD, BCOP
PGY-1 Residency Program Coordinator

Kendra Spilkin, PharmD
PGY-1 Residency Program Coordinator


  • Karin Abernathy, PharmD, BCOP, Adult Hematology/BMT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
  • Katie Bruce, PharmD, BCPPS, Pediatric Oncology/BMT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
  • Benjamin Casey, PharmD, BCIDP, Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Residency Program Director
  • Eve Darnell, PharmD, CACP, Anticoagulation Clinic Specialist
  • Erin Dennis, PharmD, BCPS, Women’s & Children’s Clinical Staff Pharmacist
  • Alex Fagan, PharmD, BCPS, Internal Medicine Pharmacy Specialist
  • Ethan Gerrald, PharmD, BCCP, Cardiothoracic Surgery ICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
  • Rachel Hemberger, PharmD, BCCCP, BCPS, Cardiology/Critical Care Clinical Staff Pharmacist
  • Shelby Hood, PharmD, BCPS, Internal Medicine Clinical Staff Pharmacist
  • Elizabeth Landers, PharmD, Women’s & Children’s Clinical Staff Pharmacist
  • Rachel Matthews, PharmD, BCOP, Adult Oncology Clinical Pharmacist
  • Catherine Moore, PharmD, BCCCP, Cardiology ICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
  • Chelsea Mitchell, PharmD, BCCCP, Medical/Surgical ICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
  • Laura Beth Parsons, PharmD, BCOP, Oncology Pharmacy Manager/Research Specialist
  • Susan Publow, PharmD, BCPPS, Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
  • Austin Roberts, PharmD, MBA, BCCCP, BCPS, Evening Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist
  • Erica Roman, PharmD, BCPS, Cardiovascular/Critical Care Clinical Staff Pharmacist
  • Jennifer Sandi, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, Cardiology/Critical Care Clinical Staff Pharmacist
  • Paul Schrimsher, PharmD, BCPS, Pharmacy Manager
  • Darby Siler, PharmD, BCOP,Adult Hematology/BMT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Director
  • Kendra Spilkin, PharmD, Evening Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist
  • Sterling C Torian, PharmD, BCCCP, Evening Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist
  • Adam Wilcox, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy Services
  • Erin Willis, PharmD, BCACP, Anticoagulation Clinic Specialist

Current residents

Hana Davis

Education: Belmont University

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

About Hana: Dr. Davis earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona before moving to Tennessee, where she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Belmont University. Her practice interests include emergency medicine, critical care, and cardiology. In her free time, she enjoys tending to her garden, playing with her dogs, and watching Arizona Basketball. Hana plans to pursue a PGY2 in an area of interest next year.

Olivia Hammond

Education: Auburn University

Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama

About Olivia: Dr. Hammond received both her Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and Doctorate of Pharmacy degrees from Auburn University. Her practice interests include pediatrics, oncology and teaching/precepting students. She enjoys running, live music, cooking, trying new restaurants, and comedy shows in her free time. She plans to pursue a PGY2 following this year.

Kaylee Croft

Education: University of Kansas

Hometown: Houston, Texas

About Kaylee: Dr. Croft received both her bachelor’s degree and Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Her professional interests include infectious disease and internal medicine. Kaylee enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and family, and shopping at Trader Joe’s. She plans to pursue a PGY2 in infectious disease following this year.

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.