PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program - Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy

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ASHP Clinical Midyear Meeting

VUMC is participating in the ASHP Midyear Residency Showcase on Dec 6th from 1-4 pm in Booth 6164. Programs represented will be PGY1, HSPAL, PGY1 Community Based, ID, Onc, Pediatrics, SOT, and IT programs.

Residency Purpose Statement

To build upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop community-based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications.

Program Description

This is a 12-month, full-time residency designed and structured to offer opportunities to develop skills and abilities to successfully practice as a pharmacist in the community that include one or more of the following areas: chronic disease management, MTM services, prescription fulfillment, specialty pharmacy services, underserved-population primary care, clinic-based care as well as preparation for entry level adjunct faculty member positions or pursuit of a PGY2 residency in ambulatory care focused programs. This residency offers the opportunity to practice in a fully integrated clinical outpatient specialty pharmacy model which is an optimal environment to learn and participate in the pharmacists’ patient-centered care process as outlined by The Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners. Training focuses on access, dispensing, adherence, and clinical management of a full range of disease states in specialty pharmacy and chronic diseases.  Additionally, the program provides exposure to the fundamentals of administration, research, accreditation, and quality improvement. There are both longitudinal (2 days per week for 6 to 12 months) and block ( 3 days per week for 4 to 6 weeks) rotations in the structure of the program as well as staffing at our specialty pharmacy call center every other weekend (Friday evening/Saturday morning) and 2 holidays per year, Community Health After Hours Primary Care Clinic (Tuesday evenings and/or Saturday afternoon), at home clinical on-call for the specialty pharmacy 1 week per month and 2 holidays per year.

Program Setting

This residency is based in the Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy (VSP) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Pharmaceutical Services, a national leader in Health-System Specialty Pharmacy Practice.  VSP holds both URAC and ACHC accreditation distinctions in pharmacy practice standards as well as being the home of over 20 nationally Certified Specialty Pharmacists.  There are 2 dispensing pharmacies on-site this residency works with, The Vanderbilt Clinic Pharmacy which services walk-up prescription management and the Vanderbilt Integrated Pharmacy which services mail-order centralized prescription management services both with advanced pharmacy automation.  The majority of our clinical pharmacists are decentralized and practice in an integrated health care team model located in over 15 provider offices across the VUMC enterprise which provide direct linkage to pharmacy care to these centralized state-of-the-art, cold-chain equipped fulfillment pharmacies. Additionally, the residency includes primary care for underserved patients in the community including, participation in team care management at the onsite dispensary as well as population health MTM.  Think of taking the pharmacy to the customers in each of these settings: providers and patients at the same time to streamline care!




Practice Management: Administration

General Neurology

Practice Management: Quality/Accreditation

Multiple Sclerosis

Pharmacy Dispensing Operations


Staffing at Pharmacy Call-Center Plus Clinical Call


Community Health and Wellness Primary Care


Population Health Chronic Disease MTM


Inflammatory Conditions (RA or IBD)



Program Details

Year at a Glance

Current Resident

VSP Health Outcomes and Research Program

Residency Structure

VSP Specialty Pharmacists


Vanderbilt Community

Nashville, Tennessee

Experience Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy!


Selected Specialty Pharmacy Publications

Adherence to Disease-Modifying Therapies at a Multiple Sclerosis Clinic: The Role of the Specialty Pharmacist
Banks AM, Peter ME, Holder GM, Jolly JA, Markley BM, Zuckerman SJ, Choi L, Nwosu S, Zuckerman AD. Adherence to Disease-Modifying Therapies at a Multiple Sclerosis Clinic: The Role of the Specialty Pharmacist.  Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2019 (January):

Integrated specialty pharmacy yields high PCSK9 inhibitor access and initiation rates
Reynolds VW, Chinn ME, Jolly JA, Kelley TN, Peter ME, Choi L, Nwosu BC, Zuckerman AD. Integrated specialty pharmacy yields high PCSK9 inhibitor access and initiation. J Clin Lipidol. 2019 Mar-Apr;13(2):254-264.

Advancing patient care through specialty pharmacy services in an academic health system.
Bagwell A, Kelley T, Carver A, Lee J, Newman B.  Advancing patient care through specialty pharmacy services in an academic health system.  J Managed Care Spec Pharm 2017 Aug23(8):815-820.

Early outcomes using hepatitis C-positive donors for cardiac transplantation in the era of effective direct-acting anti-viral therapies.
Schlendorf KH, Zalawadiya S, Shah AS, Wigger M, Chung CY, Smith S, Danter M, Choi CW, Keebler ME, Brinkley M, Sacks SB, Ooi H, Perri R, Awad JA, Lewis S, Hayes R, O’Dell H, Darragh C, Carver A, Edmonds, C, Ruzevish-Scholl S, Lindenfield J.  Early outcomes using hepatitis C-positive donors for cardiac transplantation in the era of effective direct-acting anti-viral therapies.  J Heart Lung Transplant 2018 Jun;37(6):763.-769.…

Application Information

Number of Positions: One
Residency starting date: June 26, 2023
Paid Time Off (PTO) including sick and holidays:15 days
Estimated stipend - approx. $54,101* info not verified

Application Requirements

Graduate of an ACPE  Doctor of Pharmacy Program
Pharmacist Immunization Delivery Certification
CV, Letter of Interest, Transcripts for Pharmacy Coursework
Three (3) letters of recommendation (minimum of two letters from clinical preceptors)
Ability to obtain pharmacist licensure in Tennessee by July 31 of the residency year applying for.

Applicants invited for a virtual interview will give a 10-minute presentation on a specialty pharmacy topic.

Submit application in PhORCAS application portal by December 31, 2022, 5 pm CST.
ASHP Program Code: 54074
The residency program is NOT able to sponsor visas for pharmacy residents.

Contact Information

Cori Edmonds, PharmD, BCPS, CSP
PGY1 VSP Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Telephone: 615.343.6593 | Email:
Vanderbilt University Medical Center | Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy
726 Melrose Avenue | Nashville, TN 37211

Institutional Information

Private, non-profit hospital/clinic | Teaching/Tertiary/Integrated Health System Model
Specialty Pharmacist Staff = 42 | Specialty Non-Pharmacist Staff = 59
VUMC Specialty Clinic Areas Served = 24 | Average  Specialty Rx  Volume/Month = 6,500