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Pharmacy Residency at Bristol Regional

The mission of Ballad Health’s PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, TN, is to work collaboratively with all members of the medical center’s healthcare team to promote safe, effective and fiscally responsible pharmacotherapy.

Bristol Regional provides institutional and clinical pharmacy training for Doctor of Pharmacy students from nearby colleges of pharmacy.

Program details

Bristol Regional is a community teaching hospital that is licensed for 348 beds. The hospital offers a comprehensive range of services for the region. Bristol Regional is a level II trauma center, is a nationally certified stroke center that offers around the clock neurological coverage and offers high quality stroke care to the region. It is also a certified joint center.

The Bristol Regional pharmacy is a full service inpatient pharmacy with a staff of 31 pharmacists and 33 technicians.

Pharmacy services provided at Bristol Regional include:

  • Decentralized clinical monitoring and rounding
  • Pharmacokinetic dosing service
  • Anticoagulation therapy management
  • Sterile compounding
  • Outpatient infusion services
  • Education to nursing and physician staff

The pharmacy department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, the Bristol Regional pharmacy takes over order verification for surrounding hospitals that do not have 24/7 pharmacist coverage.

Bristol Regional serves as an introductory and advanced practice site for East Tennessee State University’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy and Appalachian College of Pharmacy.

Learn about wide range of learning experiences offered by the pharmacy residency program.

Residency benefits

Bristol Regional’s program offers competitive salaries and a wide range of benefits, including availability of medical, pharmacy, dental and vision coverage. A variety of other offerings are also included in Ballad’s extensive benefits package.

Highlights of the benefits available for pharmacy residents include:

  • $41,600 stipend
  • 403-B retirement plan
  • PTO (paid time off) plan
  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid travel allowance for professional meetings
  • Professional development opportunities

Educational leadership

Residency Program Director – Abby Singleton, PharmD, BCPS

Abby Singleton is an internal medicine clinical pharmacist at Bristol Regional. She is also a co-funded faculty member at East Tennessee State University’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Singleton obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University. She completed her PGY1 at Saint Joseph East in Lexington, KY, and her PGY2 at East Tennessee State University in internal medicine with a focus in academia.

Dwight Owens, PharmD, MBA

Dwight Owens is the director of pharmacy at Bristol Regional.

Owens attended King University in Bristol, TN, for pre-pharmacy coursework and attended pharmacy school at Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Buies Creek, NC. He also completed a residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

Sam Messer, PharmD

Sam Messer is the assistant director of pharmacy at Bristol Regional.

Messer attended the University of Virginia at Wise in Wise, VA, for his undergraduate degree. He then attended Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA, for pharmacy school.

Candice Simpson, PharmD, BCPS

Candice Simpson is the clinical coordinator, antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist and residency coordinator at Bristol Regional.

Candice attended Western Kentucky University for her undergraduate degree and Appalachian College of Pharmacy for her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She also completed her PGY1 at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

Other preceptors

  • Robert Bailey, RPh
  • Brandy Combs, PharmD
  • Cindy Guthrie, RPh
  • Becky Holt, PharmD, BCPS
  • Ann Hylton, PharmD, BCPS
  • Dustin Mabe, PharmD
  • Gerry Miller, PharmD
  • Lou Testerman, PharmD, BCPS
  • Jeff Watkins, PharmD
  • Kristen Wood, PharmD, BCPS

Bristol and the Tri-Cities region

Bristol is part of the growing Tri-Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, which offers an abundance of exciting cultural and recreational outdoor activities while maintaining its mountain heritage and small-town charm.

Low costs of living and a strategic location within a day’s drive of 70 percent of the population of the U.S. make the Tri-Cities region the perfect place to start your pharmacy career.

Learn more

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