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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

The pharmacy residency program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and offers a wide range of learning experiences.

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:

  • $41,000 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 – Matthew Bledsoe, PharmD

Matthew Bledsoe is the pharmacy clinical coordinator at Bristol Regional and director of the pharmacy residency program. He is also a pharmacy preceptor at East Tennessee State University and the Appalachian College of Pharmacy.

Bledsoe obtained his degree from the Appalachian College of Pharmacy in Oakwood, VA, and his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. His clinical interests include medication safety, emergency medicine, pharmacy management and internal medicine.

Dwight Owens, PharmD

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.

Other preceptors

  • Robert Bailey, RPh
  • Brandy Combs, PharmD
  • Cindy Guthrie, RPh
  • Becky Holt, PharmD, BCPS
  • Ann Hylton, PharmD, BCPS
  • Dustin Mabe, PharmD
  • Rebecca Spivey, PharmD, MBA, 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.

How to Apply

For more information and additional resources, including how to apply for the pharmacy residency program at Bristol Regional, please contact us.