Cardiology Pharmacy Residency
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Program Description and Benefits

The PGY2 cardiology pharmacy residency program is shared between HCA, TriStar Centennial Medical Center, and the University of Tennessee. TriStar Centennial Medical Center, HCA's flagship hospital, is a 741-bed facility and will serve as the primary practice site for the resident. Throughout the year, the resident will be involved in projects at the facility and corporate level. The resident will also have many opportunities to be involved in and network with other cardiology pharmacists at the local, state and national level.

As members of a team of 15 Pharmacy Residents (7 at TCMC and 8 at HCA Healthcare), each resident performs the vital role as preceptor for students rotating through the practice site. TriStar Centennial Medical Center has strong ties to the three local schools of pharmacy and involvement with several others nationwide.

In addition to a competitive salary, resident also enjoy additional benefits:

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance available through the University of Tennessee
  • Travel allowance for participation in professional meetings
  • Free parking
  • Access to corporate gym/workout facility

After Residency

This program will prepare graduates for clinical and leadership positions in cardiology pharmacy.

Application Requirements

Utilize the PhORCAS system to submit the following information by January 1, 2022

  • Letter of intent
  • Supplemental form
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Official school transcripts

PGY-2 Cardiology Pharmacy Program Director
Tudy Hodgman, PharmD, FCCM, BCCCP, BCPS | 2300 Patterson Street | Nashville, TN 37203
 [email protected]

PGY-2 Cardiology Residency Coordinator
Sabrina Dunham, PharmD, BCCP, BCPS | 2300 Patterson Street | Nashville, TN 37203
[email protected]

Required Learning Experiences

  • Pharmacy Orientation
  • Medical Cardiology
  • Surgical Cardiology- CVICU
  • Cardiology Care Unit -CCU
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Advanced Heart Failure
  • Corporate Cardiology

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Clinical Decision Support
  • Outpatient Cardiology Clinic
  • Professional Affairs and Leadership
  • Research and Project Management
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Service - Staffing/Distribution/Clinical

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Emergency Department
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neurosurgical ICU
  • Outpatient Cardiology Clinic
  • Medical/Surgical ICU - will be required if inadequate PGY1 experience
  • Academia
  • Research
  • Repeat of any of the required learning experiences
  • Advanced Heart Failure II

Sites of Practice

  • TriStar Centennial Medical Center
  • HCA Clinical Service Group (Corporate Office)
  • Centennial Heart Specialty Clinics

Residency Program Director 

Tudy Hodgman, PharmD, FCCM, BCCCP, BCPS
Cardiology/Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist

Dr. Hodgman received her PharmD from the University Of Illinois College of Pharmacy in 1981. She completed a residency in Cardiology / Critical Care from 1981 -1983 at The Ohio State University Hospital. After residency, she accepted a job at a small community hospital as the clinical coordinator/Critical Care Specialist where she worked for several years. From there, she joined Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy and started an ICU practice in a large community hospital (Northwest Community Hospital) with a 36-bed mixed ICU, in addition to serving as the Pharmacy Department Clinical Coordinator. She began a PGY-2 Critical Care Residency at Midwestern University and served as Residency Director for 10 years prior to joining the Cardiology Team at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in 2015. She maintains adjunct appointments with the Colleges of Pharmacy within the Nashville area, and serves as preceptor for both students and residents. She recently accepted the opportunity to oversee the PGY-2 Cardiology Residency Program as the Director.

Education:

BS Pharmacy, University of Illinois College of Pharmacy
Pharm D, University of Illinois College of Pharmacy

Additional Training:

PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH
PGY-2 Cardiology/Critical Care at The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Residency Program Coordinator

Sabrina Dunham, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP
Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Dr. Dunham completed her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2018 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She then completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and her PGY-2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency at TriStar Centennial Medical Center. She joined the pharmacy team at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in 2020 as their Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. Dr. Dunham serves in several capacities, including leading the cardiology pharmacy team, assisting in the development of the cardiovascular pharmacy service line, and practicing direct patient care in cardiology and critical care, as well as the outpatient cardiology space. She precepts both students and residents, facilitates a pharmacotherapy experiential course, and engages in research and medical writing. She serves as the primary preceptor for the Cardiology Critical Care and the Advanced Cardiology rotations for both the PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents, and serves as the primary preceptor for multiple cardiology subspecialty rotations.

Education:
PharmD, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Additional Training:
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Greensboro, NC
PGY-2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency at TriStar Centennial Medical Center/University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, Nashville, TN

Preceptors

Ethan Gerrald, PharmD
Cardiothoracic Surgery ICU | Mechanical Circulatory Support Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Dr. Gerrald received his PharmD from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 2019.  He then completed his PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at UNC Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, NC followed by his PGY-2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency at University of Kentucky Healthcare in Lexington KY.  He joined the pharmacy team at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in August of 2021 as the Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. Dr. Gerrald participates in CV Mortality, CV OR Processing, Mechanical Circulatory Support, and LVAD committees at TriStar Centennial Medical Center.  He currently serves as the primary preceptor for the Cardiovascular ICU (CVICU) rotations for both the PGY-1 and PGY-2 Cardiology programs. 

Education:
PharmD, Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy

Additional Training:
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at UNC Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, NC
PGY-2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency at University of Kentucky Healthcare in Lexington, KY

Rachel Hemberger, PharmD, BCCCP, BCPS
Cardiology/Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist

Dr. Hemberger received her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2004 from Ohio Northern University. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency in 2005 at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, where she stayed on for ten years as a Critical Care pharmacist specializing in trauma. Dr. Hemberger moved to Nashville in 2015, where she joined the pharmacy team at TriStar Centennial Medical Center as a cardiology/critical care clinical pharmacist. She serves as a preceptor for Adult Critical Care, Cardiovascular, and Neurology rotations for PGY-1 and PGY-2 pharmacy residents.

Education:
PharmD, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH

Additional Training:
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah, GA

Erica Roman, PharmD, BCPS
Cardiology/Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist

Dr. Roman graduated from Belmont University, College of Pharmacy in 2018 and completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee in 2019.  Upon residency completion, she accepted a position as a clinical pharmacist in cardiac critical care where she continues to practice today.  Her cardiac areas of interest include heart failure, acute coronary syndromes, and cardiovascular surgery. She precepts both students and residents in the area of cardiac critical care and will be precepting the General Cardiology Rotation for the PGY-2 program.

Education:
PharmD ,Belmont University, College of Pharmacy, Nashville, Tennessee

Additional Training:
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency - Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Chelsea Mitchell, PharmD, BCCCP
Medical/Surgical ICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Dr. Mitchell received her PharmD from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2017.  She then completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, TN and her PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI.  After residency, she returned to Memphis as the Cardiovascular ICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Methodist University Hospital from 2019 to 2021. She joined the pharmacy team at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in 2021 as the Medical/Surgical ICU Pharmacy Specialist.  Dr. Mitchell serves as the primary preceptor the MSICU rotations for the PGY-1 and PGY-2 programs. 

Education:
PharmD, University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Additional Training:
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Methodist University Hospital, Memphis, TN
PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Current Resident

Emily Followell, PharmD

Education: PharmD, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, Lexington, KY
Hometown: Paducah, Kentucky
PGY1 Program: Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky
Current Research Project: Effect of Upstream Versus Downstream P2Y12 Inhibitor Administration in Patients Requiring Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts on Time to Revascularization and Bleeding Events

Why TCMC?
I chose TCMC because I knew it would provide me with experiences in all aspects of cardiology including cardiovascular intensive care unit, outpatient cardiology clinics, interventional cardiology, and beyond. The opportunity to employ my clinical skills to advance cardiovascular pharmacy services through the HCA Corporate Cardiology rotation was also very exciting.


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