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PGY1 Pharmacy Practice
Residency Program

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 and 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, nurses, therapists, and other health care professionals in the course of their patient care activities or participation in multidisciplinary care teams or projects. Residents also receive opportunities to work with healthcare leaders at the HCA corporate or division offices.

PGY-1 Residency Program Director
Kendra Spilkin, PharmD | 2300 Patterson Street | Nashville, TN 37203
(p) 615.342.4723 | (f) 615.342.6537 | (e) [email protected]

"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."

Program Salary, Benefits, and Application Information

Duration/Type: 12 months/residency
Number of Positions: 4
Application Deadline: December 31st
Starting Date: Late June
Estimated Stipend: $50,000
Interview Required: Yes

Benefits Include:
  • Health/dental insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Travel expenses to required meetings reimbursed
  • 401(k)
  • Dedicated laptop and office space
Program Graduates

Over 60 residents have graduated from the program at TCMC and have secured rewarding pharmacy positions in teaching and community hospitals, academia, managed care, or PGY2 residency programs 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 Critical Care
  • Critical Care
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Practice Management

Elective Rotations

  • Adult Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Advanced Critical Care
  • Advanced Pediatrics
  • Advanced Psychiatry
  • Cardiovascular ICU
  • Corporate Informatics
  • Corporate Leadership
  • Corporate Medication Safety
  • Emergency Department
  • Neuro ICU/Operations
  • Psychiatry
  • Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Bariatric Clinic
  • Chief Resident/Leadership
  • Research
  • Service - Clinical/Distribution/Staffing
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

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.  

Current Residents
Nathan Fields

Education: Lipscomb University
Hometown: Mount Juliet, TN
About Nathan: Dr. Fields received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and is local to Tennessee. His practice interests include cardiology, critical care, and informatics. He enjoys spending time with his Australian cattle dog, board games with friends and family, and going to the gym. He plans to pursue a PGY2 in an area of interest after his PGY1 year.

Justin Gruca

Education: Belmont University
Hometown: Wilmington, IL
About Justin: Dr. Gruca received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Belmont University College of Pharmacy in 2020. His professional interests include oncology, psychology, and teaching/precepting pharmacy students. His personal interests include sports, live music, and spending time with his dog. He plans to pursue a PGY2 in oncology after this year.

Maegan Hall

Education: University of Georgia
Hometown: Dallas, Georgia
About Maegan: Dr. Hall received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 2020. Her areas of interest include infectious disease and pediatrics. In her free time, Maegan enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their cat. Following completion of her PGY1, Maegan hopes to pursue a PGY2 her area of interest.

Kayla Nguyen

Education: University of Mississippi
Hometown: Tupelo, Mississippi
About Kayla: Dr. Nguyen is from Tupelo, Mississippi. She received both her Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Mississippi. Her practice interests include critical care, neurology, and ambulatory care. She enjoys cooking (but more so eating), spending time with friends and family, and spontaneous road trips. She plans to pursue a PGY2 in a specialty of her interest upon completion of this residency year.  


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