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Johnson City Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

The Ballad Health PGY1 residency program builds upon Doctor of Pharmacy education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to serve any community. Residents will gain hands on experience by navigating diverse patient care, practice management and working with mentors.

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Ballad Health Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC) is a 52-week program. Residents achieve professional competence in the delivery of patient-centered care, leadership, and pharmacy services.

Residency program requirements


  • Enrolled in or a graduate of an ACPE-accredited advanced pharmacy program
  • Eligible for pharmacist licensure in the state of Tennessee and licensed within the first 90 days of the residency program

Availability & application requirements

This pharmacy residency accepts two applicants per year.

  • All application materials are to be submitted using PhORCAS
  • College of Pharmacy transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Letter of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two should be from clinical preceptors)
  • Interview
  • Participation in the ASHP Resident Matching Program

Completed application packets will be reviewed by members of the Residency Advisory Committee to determine the candidates that most closely match the program goals, objectives, and opportunities.

Selected candidates will be invited to interview with the selection committee.

Residency salary & benefits

We offer a comprehensive benefits package to support our residents' overall well-being and professional development. Some of the benefits provided include:

  • Estimated yearly salary: $44,553
  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • Options for health, dental, vision, life insurance & retirement
  • Free employee parking
  • Free counseling, medical and psychological support services through Ballad Health's Employee Assistance Program
  • Support to attend the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and a regional pharmacy residency conference
  • Time off for the Regional Pharmacy Residency Conference

Program structure

After a robust 10-week orientation, learning experiences (6 core and 3 elective) begin on the first of each month and continue to the end of each month. Residents will have up to three months available for elective rotations. Additional rotations may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability.

To maintain compliance with the accreditation standard, no more than one-third of the twelve-month PGY1 pharmacy residency program may deal with a specific patient disease state and population. Residents must spend two-thirds or more of the program in direct patient care activities.

Completion of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved research project is a requirement of the residency. A manuscript that is suitable for publication according to the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacists guidelines must be submitted to the research preceptor.

Completion of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved research project is a requirement of the residency. A manuscript that is suitable for publication according to the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacists guidelines must be submitted to the research preceptor.
Residents will gain experience working in the central pharmacy every other weekend beginning in September. The resident will receive one weekday off for each weekend worked. Additionally, residents will work one major holiday (Thanksgiving or Christmas).
A voluntary Teaching and Learning Certificate is available through East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy. Resident preceptors serve as adjunct faculty and precept Doctor of Pharmacy students.


During PGY1, residents will balance their time between required learning experiences and electives to help them find their specialties.


  • Pharmacy workflow
  • Technology training
  • Pediatrics


  • Competencies
  • Policies

  • Cardiology
  • Critical care
  • Infectious diseases
  • Management
  • Medicine
  • Pediatrics

  • Critical Care
  • Emergency
  • Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Oncology
  • Precepting

Additional experiences may be arranged based on resident interest and preceptor availability, such as:

  • Medication safety
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Anticoagulation stewardship
  • Health system medication use management
  • Management
  • Pediatrics
  • Palliative care
  • Nutrition support

Advancing Practice

  • Journal club(2)/Journal scan(1)
  • Formal presentation (3)
  • Patient case (3)
  • Medication use evaluation (MUE) (1)
  • ACPE Accredited Continuing Education Presentation (1)
  • Formulary Review (1)


  • Submit to Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Present at a regional pharmacy residency conference
  • Submit manuscript suitable for publication


  • Staff every other weekend
  • One weekday off for each worked weekend
  • One major holiday (Thanksgiving or Christmas)

Educational leaders

Each resident will choose a mentor for the residency year. Matches are organized by the program director and are based on the career goals, specialty practice area interests, or other interests of the resident. Mentors serve as a resource and advisor to the resident.

Preceptors (Clinical Supervisors)

Learning Experiences

Corinne Allen, PharmD, MBA


John Bossaer, PharmD, BCOP

Oncology Elective (Inpatient)

Jess Brumit, PharmD, BCPS, MBA


Pauline Chatnick, PharmD, PGDip

Advancing Practice
Professional Development
Management Elective

Andrew Davis, PharmD

Orientation, Operational & Clinical Pharmacy

Jayna Sharma, PharmD

Antimicrobial Stewardship Elective

Kelly Covert, PharmD, BCPS

Adult Medicine (also with Preceptorship as Elective)

Karen Kirschbaum, PharmD, MSHI, BCPS, BCCCP, CPHQ, CPHIMS

Health System Medication Use Management Elective

Rhonda Liberto, BSPharm, PharmD, CPPS

Medication Safety Elective

Molly Lassiter, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, BCCP, CACP

Anticoagulation Stewardship Elective

Cameron Lanier, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Adult Medicine (also with Preceptorship as Elective)

Tim Lundberg, PharmD

Staffing (Longitudinal)

Robin Mottern, PharmD, BCPPS

PICU/NICU Elective

Austin Roe, PharmD

Critical Care Medicine

Ashley Sant, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP

Oncology (Ambulatory) Elective

Jen Tharp, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP

Critical Care Medicine
Orientation and Nutrition Support
Palliative Care Elective
Professional Development (longitudinal)

Vera Wilson, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Trauma/Surgical Critical Care
Orientation and Nutrition Support
Advanced Nutrition Support Elective

Currently recruiting

Tnfectious Diseases

Currently recruiting

Emergency Medicine Orientation

Contact us

Reach out to us with any questions you may have about the program. Thank you for your interest in the PGY1 pharmacy residency training at JCMC. For questions, please contact:

Pauline Chatnick, PharmD, PGDip
Regional Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
(423) 431‑2795