Since 1903, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to more than 170,000 veterans living in a 41-county area of Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky.
The medical Center is a comprehensive level 1c healthcare facility. It is a tertiary care facility offering primary care, inpatient care, domiciliary care, nursing home care, home health care and outpatient specialty care in an environment of teaching, research, and emergency preparedness.
JHQVAMC provides acute care in 114 hospital beds and outpatient primary care and specialty care to 45,000 Veterans at its Mountain Home campus. In addition, JHQVAMC offers geriatric and rehabilitation services through the 120-bed Community Living Center and 170-bed Domiciliary that offers a variety of treatment modalities, including a homeless inpatient treatment program and homeless outreach. JHQVAMC includes a VA-staffed Outpatient Clinic in Knoxville, Tennessee where over 15,000 patients receive care. Additionally, there are seven VA-staffed Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Morristown, Mountain City, Rogersville, Sevierville and Campbell County, Tennessee and Bristol and Norton, Virginia that serve over 9,000 patients. There are three Rural Outreach Clinics associated with the Virginia CBOCs in Jonesville, Vansant, and Marion.
The medical center is a primary training site for the ETSU Gatton College of Pharmacy and Quillen College of Medicine, which are located on the VA campus, and is affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Pharmacy.
Pharmacy Service Overview
The James H. Quillen VA Medical Center Pharmacy Service provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care to both inpatient and outpatient Veterans. The program appears large with a staff of 72 pharmacists, 35 technicians, 1 licensed practical nurse plus administrative and support staff, yet it remains one of the most efficient pharmacies in the VA system.
The inpatient pharmacy is open to serve the Veterans and house staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All medications sent to the ward and IVs are bar-coded for both the specific patient and medication strength. Clinical pharmacists as well as emergency department, infectious disease, and critical care clinical pharmacy specialists work alongside hospitalists and surgeons. These pharmacists work closely with the teaching teams to provide the most comprehensive pharmaceutical care to our Veteran patients. Clinical pharmacy specialists are integral members of the primary care clinics, medical home model teams, specialty clinics, and the multidisciplinary diabetes clinic. Additionally, pharmacists manage the entire outpatient anticoagulation program for Veterans enrolled in the MHVAHCS. Pharmacists actively participate on the P&T committee and manage the non-formulary drug request program, and a pharmacoeconomist provides support for both research and medication outcomes projects.
The outpatient pharmacy processes over 3,000 prescriptions daily from Mountain Home, the State Nursing Home, and the CBOCs of Knoxville, Morristown, Rogersville, Norton, and Bristol. Of these prescriptions, approximately 600-800 are filled for window pickup. Prescriptions to be mailed are filled locally or by the Consolidated Mail Out Pharmacy (CMOP) located in Murfreesboro. Counseling on medications is only one of the patient-centered services provided by this dedicated service, and our outpatient pharmacy patient satisfaction ratings are consistently one of the highest in our Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN).
Back to top
Johnson City Life
The beautiful 247 acre Mountain Home campus is a park-like setting within the community of Johnson City. Located in northeast Tennessee, Johnson City has a population of 65,000 and is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the state of Tennessee. It is also the largest of the Tri-Cities, which includes Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol. Set in a region known as America’s First Frontier, Johnson City is “Where the Pioneer Spirit Began”. It is a historically significant and culturally rich community surrounded by an abundance of unspoiled natural beauty. The area is world-renowned for its modern and traditional Appalachian and bluegrass music, art and cuisine, storytelling, and outdoor recreation for the whole family throughout all four seasons. Nearby attractions include NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Appalachian Trail, the Biltmore House, and the resort destinations of Pigeon Forge and Dollywood. Outdoor activities abound, including whitewater rafting, snow skiing, hiking, and fishing all within driving distance.
Back to top
PGY1 Program Overview
The James H. Quillen VA Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.
The program provides the pharmacy resident with a challenging and comprehensive platform to improve clinical, educational, research, and practice management skills. The program will develop the resident’s ability to transform accumulated knowledge and clinical experience to a final outcome of improved patient care, and fully prepare the resident for general clinical pharmacy practice or continued specialty training.
The program is a twelve-month, postgraduate training experience that begins on July 1. Seven months are comprised of required learning experiences in core subject areas that are considered to be essential for the pharmacy practitioner. A variety of elective rotations are available to ensure flexibility in the program and enable the resident to achieve personal and professional goals.
Number of Positions: 4
- Orientation and Training
- Ambulatory Care
- Acute Care Medicine
- Critical Care Medicine
Core Longitudinal Experiences:
- Pharmacy Practice*
- Pharmacy Phreakonomics
- Resident Project
*Operational experience in both Inpatient and Outpatient settings
(Resident may select 4 elective experiences)
- Infectious Disease
- Specialty Medicine (Cardiology/Nephrology)
- Emergency Medicine
- Home-Based Primary Care
- Pain Management
- Mental Health (Inpatient/Outpatient)
- Rural Health Primary Care
- CLC/Hospice/Palliative Care
- Geriatric Primary Care
- Medication Outcomes/Pharmacoeconomics
- Academic Detailing
- Additional Experience in Core Rotations (Acute Care II, Critical Care II, etc.)
- Teaching and Learning Certificate Program (Longitudinal)
- $41,641 estimated stipend
- 13 paid vacation days
- 13 paid sick days
- 11 paid holidays
- Healthcare insurance
- Optional dental and vision insurance
- Administrative leave for professional meetings
- Dual appointment
Back to top
How to Apply
The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, graduate of an accredited school of pharmacy, and hold an active pharmacy license or be eligible for licensure in any U.S. state or territory. All applicants must participate in the ASHP Resident Matching Program.
Candidates should complete a standard application in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service, PhORCAS, athttps://www.ashp.org/phorcas
- Letter of intent
- Current Curriculum Vitae
- Official college of pharmacy transcript
- Three letters of recommendation (preferably from APPE preceptors)
All application materials must be submitted by January 3, 2022 (11:59pm EST).
Candidates will be notified of interview status no later than February 15th.
Appointment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of physical exam. Applicants must meet all requirements for federal employment.
Note: The JHQVAMC pharmacy residency program agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant. The program adheres to the rules of the ASHP Pharmacy Resident Matching Program.
Back to top
All correspondence should be addressed to:
Ketrin H. Mount, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director
James H. Quillen VA Medical Center
Pharmacy Services (119)
P.O. Box 4000
Mountain Home, TN 37684
423-926-1171 x 4299
Back to top
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Jackson Hetzler, Dr. Lauren DuBose, Dr. Mariah Huskey, and Dr. Eric Zhang
Dr. Mariah Huskey grew up in Newport, TN. She moved to Johnson City, TN in 2014 to attend East Tennessee State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in biology and Doctor of Pharmacy. In her free time, Mariah enjoys spending time with her boyfriend Zach. Her hobbies include cooking/baking and napping. After completion of her PGY1, Mariah hopes to obtain a position within the VA system.
Dr. Jackson Hetzleris from Hendersonville, NC. He attended Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College where he received an Associate of Science degree. He then earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Wingate University School of Pharmacy. His favorite things to do include hiking, running, working out, and spending time with his family. He has one cat named Maple, his favorite movie is Cars, and his favorite beverage is plain water. After completing his PGY1 he hopes to continue working in the VA healthcare system as an inpatient clinical pharmacist.
Dr. Lauren DuBoseis originally from Winston-Salem, NC. She received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She then moved to Charleston, SC where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina. Outside of pharmacy, Lauren loves spending time with her fiancé, Zach, along with her family, friends, and yellow lab Tucker. Her hobbies include hiking, visiting new restaurants, baking, playing board games, and drinking more coffee than she probably should. After completing PGY1 residency, Lauren hopes to pursue either a clinical pharmacy position within the VA healthcare system or a PGY2 in Ambulatory Care or Internal Medicine.
Dr. Eric Zhangis from St. Louis, MO. He attended St. Louis College of Pharmacy where he received both a Bachelor’s of Science and PharmD. As a student, Eric helped found a local chapter of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists and played saxophone in school bands. His hobbies include enjoying the outdoors, watching TV shows, and listening to music. His favorite musician is Stevie Wonder, and his favorite animal is the penguin. After completing a PGY1, he is considering pursuing a PGY2 in mental health.
Back to top
Residency Class of 2021
- Holly Moyer, PharmD
- Hannah Oakes Crutchfield, PharmD
- Shannon Schnable, PharmD
- Joshua Spencer, PharmD
Residency Class of 2020
- Allison Kwiatkowski, PharmD
- Margaret Cothern, PharmD
- Dylan Perkins, PharmD
- Megan Van Fleet, PharmD
Residency Class of 2019
- Reid Allison, PharmD
- Anesa Hughes, PharmD
- Eric Schumann, PharmD
- Kera Sumner, PharmD
Residency Class of 2018
- Elizabeth Jacobs, PharmD
- Shouji Nagata, PharmD, BCACP
- Lynsey Parker, PharmD
- James Weygandt, PharmD
Residency Class of 2017
- Chris Blackburn, PharmD
Dr. Blackburn is seeking employment in the Tri-Cities.
- Matt Hollifield, PharmD
Dr. Hollifield is an anticoagulation Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, TN.
- Jessica Osteen, PharmD
Dr. Osteen is an acute care pharmacist at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC.
- Emily Russell, PharmD
Dr. Russell is completing an ambulatory care PGY2 with the East Tennessee State University College of Pharmacy in Johnson City, TN.
Residency Class of 2016
- Heather Sirek, PharmD
Dr. Sirek is a Clinical Pharmacist at the Mayo Clinic Hospital.
- Sarah Hand, PharmD
Dr. Hand is an acute care Clinical Pharmacist at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, TN.
- Amy Kyle, PharmD
Dr. Kyle is a primary care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, TN.
Residency Class of 2015
- Rebecca Campbell, PharmD
Dr. Campbell is an anticoagulation Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA in Columbia, SC.
- Candace Dixon, PharmD
Dr. Dixon is a clinical specialist pharmacist at Wake Forest Baptist Health.
- Rachel Sharpton, PharmD
Dr. Sharpton is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy in Tyler, TX.
Residency Class of 2014
- Emily Hughes, PharmD
Dr. Hughes is an outpatient pharmacist at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, TN.
- Kristen Nelsen Burcham, PharmD
Dr. Nelsen is a Clinical Pharmacist at the Dwight D. Eisenhower VAMC in Leavenworth, KS.
- Que-Chau Ngo, PharmD
Dr. Ngo is an outpatient pharmacist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System in San Diego, CA.
- Mohammed W. Zakaria, PharmD
Dr. Zakaria is a Clinical Pharmacist in the emergency department of the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, TN.
Residency Class of 2013
- Erin Harshbarger, PharmD
Dr. Harshbarger is an acute care Clinical Pharmacist at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, TN.
- Robert Wood, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Dr. Wood is an acute care Clinical Pharmacist at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, TN.
Residency Class of 2012
- Christopher Austin, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Austin is an inpatient Clinical Pharmacist at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, TN.
- David Burke, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Burke is a primary care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, TN.
Residency Class of 2011
- Marsha Dangler, PharmD, BCACP
Dr. Dangler is Lead Pharmacist in outpatient pharmacy at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA.
- Rachel Hanners, PharmD
Dr. Hanners currently works as a Med Rec/Acute Care Clinical Pharmacist at the Lexington VA Medical Center in Lexington, KY.
Back to top
Reid Allison, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Primary Care
Dr. Allison received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2018. After graduation, he completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. Upon completion of residency, Dr. Allison continued at James H. Quillen as a clinical pharmacy specialist in primary care where he continues to practice. He currently serves on the residency education committee and also precepts residents and students in Ambulatory Care. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, hiking, fantasy movies/literature, Clemson football, and spending time with his wife and dogs.
Nicole Boatright, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Primary Care
Dr. Boatright hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan. She then completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center followed by a specialty residency in Primary Care at the Ralph H. Johnson VA in Charleston, South Carolina. She worked as a clinical pharmacist at the Charleston VA for several years, initially as a floater and then in the primary care clinic. Upon arriving to the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in 2008, she helped to establish the pharmacotherapy clinics in primary care, where she maintains her clinical practice. Dr. Boatright is a Clinical Preceptor with the Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a member of ACCP and ASHP.
Daniel Bulger, PharmD, BCACP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)
Dr. Bulger earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Auburn University in 2015. He worked in a Primacy Care clinic with the Birmingham, AL VAMC until he chased a girl (now his wife Caroline) to Johnson City where he then began working with the Home Based Primary Care program here at James H. Quillen. His interests include hanging out with Caroline and their daughter Mercer, trying new restaurants, sampling all the local beer, and cheering on the Auburn Tigers.
David Burke, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Primary Care
Dr. Burke earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 2011. He completed his pharmacy practice residency at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, TN in 2012. Upon completion of his residency, he started as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for the Emergency Department providing pharmaceutical services to both the emergency room and urgent care clinics. He recently has moved to primary care as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist with the Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) providing outpatient medication management. Dr. Burke completed his Teaching and Learning Certificate from the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, and serves as a preceptor to both residents and pharmacy students. Outside of work, Dr. Burke enjoys the outdoors, has a fervent devotion to University of Michigan sports, and a love of diminutive furry creatures.
Justin C. Davis, PharmD, BCPS – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Pain Management
Dr. Davis earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2012. After graduation, he completed a Pharmacy General Practice residency at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Davis joined the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in 2013 served as a decentralized internal medicine clinical pharmacist providing care to hospitalized patients. In 2016 he accepted a position as a clinical pharmacist practitioner in pain management and has served in this capacity since that time. Dr. Davis is a student preceptor for East Tennessee State University and participates in the residency program by serving on the education committee and as a preceptor. Dr. Davis is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS). His professional interests include acute pain management, palliative care, neurology and research.
Whitney Elliott, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP – Medication Safety & Regulatory Compliance Facility Program Manager
Dr. Elliott is originally from West, TN. She went to UTHSC for pharmacy school, and completed both PGY1 & PGY2 (Internal Medicine) residencies at the VA Memphis. She has held many different positions in her. She started in Women’s Health, created a Transitions of Care clinic, moved back into Internal Medicine, and has been highly involved in both PGY1 & PGY2 pharmacy residency programs as coordinator and director. She came to the Mountain Home VA as the Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor, and now is in the role of Medication Safety & Regulatory Compliance Facility Program Manager. She has participated in the VISN 9 Leadership Institute and the VA Inpatient Flow Academy, and the VA Healthcare Leadership and Development Program. She is passionate about the VA and passionate about her patients. Her goal is to create the best experience possible for Veterans, and she strives to do her part to provide them with the highest level of care and service.
Joni Foard, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)
Dr. Foard earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 1996. After graduation, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at the Memphis VA Medical Center. In 2010, Dr. Foard joined the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center and served as a clinical pharmacy specialist for Community Based Outpatient Clinics until transitioning to HBPC in 2020. Prior to joining the VA, Dr. Foard was a faculty member at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. She was board certified in ambulatory care in 2012 and has been a certified diabetes educator since 2002. Additionally, Dr. Foard is a clinical preceptor for the Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University.
Chase Gilley, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist – Acute Care
Dr. Gilley is originally from Southwest Virginia and earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University in 2007. After graduation, he started his career at James H Quillen VA Medical Center. During his career has spent the majority of his time as acute care clinical pharmacist as well as spending a year in the anticoagulation clinic and a year on the inpatient psychiatry ward. Dr. Gilley currently is the acute care pharmacy resident preceptor as well as precepting ETSU pharmacy students. He enjoys teaching new pharmacists while providing pharmacotherapy support to the medical teams. He serves on the Medication Management Committee that oversees safe and effective prescribing, medication usage, and formulary issues for the medical center. Dr. Gilley became a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist in 2015 and enjoys all things internal medicine. Outside of work, Dr. Gilley enjoys spending time with his family and friends and all things outdoors.
Erin Harshbarger, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist – Acute Care
Dr. Harshbarger was born and raised in southwest Michigan where she attended undergraduate school at Western Michigan University. For pharmacy school, she moved to Atlanta to earn her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2012. She met her husband in pharmacy school who was from Kingsport, TN and after graduation she moved to the Tri-cities to complete her Pharmacy Practice Residency at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. Following PGY1, Dr. Harshbarger began her career here as a decentralized inpatient clinical pharmacist. She currently serves as preceptor for Inpatient Operations experience, co-preceptor for Acute Care I&II, and also precepts P2-P4 pharmacy students from ETSU. Dr. Harshbarger most enjoys her time at home, spending it taking on various home projects with her husband, being a boy-mom to her two littles, and evening neighborhood runs with the family dog. She loves participating in water activities, site-seeing and relaxing on family vacations, and is always available for Mexican food for any meal and any day of the week.
Brittany Hayes, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Primary Care
Dr. Hayes earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Belmont College of Pharmacy in Nashville, TN in 2017. Prior to a career in pharmacy, Dr. Hayes worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in the Cardiac ICU and NICU for 9 years. After graduation, she completed a pharmacy practice residency and PGY 2 in Ambulatory Care at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System VA in Nashville. In 2019, Dr. Hayes joined the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center as a clinical pharmacy specialist in Primary Care at the Dannie A. Carr CBOC in Sevierville. She was board certified in pharmacotherapy in 2018 and in ambulatory care in 2021. Dr. Hayes is a clinical preceptor for the Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University and for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Additionally, she serves as an advisor for the Federal Residents Council (FedReC).
Rebecca Holt, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Specialty Clinic
Dr. Holt earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in 2001. She worked at Bristol Regional Medical Center as an inpatient clinical pharmacist for many years, and served as pharmacy preceptor for Gatton College of Pharmacy and Appalachian College of Pharmacy. Dr. Holt obtained Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy in 2005 and helped to establish a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Bristol Regional Medical Center. She joined James H Quillen VA Medical Center in September of 2019 as a clinical pharmacy specialist for cardiology and nephrology.
Amber Johnson, PharmD, BCACP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)
Dr. Johnson earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University School of Pharmacy in 2009. After graduation, she completed her pharmacy practice residency, with a focus in primary care, at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. She joined the James H Quillen VA Medical Center in July 2010 as a clinical pharmacy specialist. Dr. Johnson became a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist in 2011. Currently, she is a clinical pharmacy specialist for the Home Based Primary Care program. She loves the outdoors; hiking and kayaking are two of her favorite activities. She also enjoys spending time with family & friends, traveling, and serving at her local church.
Angela Kaucher, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Antimicrobial Stewardship
Dr. Kaucher earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at North Kansas City Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Kaucher then went on to complete her PGY-2 pharmacy residency in Infectious Diseases at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. In 2020, she joined the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Antimicrobial Stewardship. She serves as a preceptor for the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University. Outside of work, she enjoys watching/playing sports (Go Chiefs!) and listening to live music.
Kerri Kochelek, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Anticoagulation
Dr. Kochelek graduated in 2018 from East Tennessee State University College of Pharmacy, then completed PGY-1 Pharmacy residency (Ambulatory Care focus) at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. Upon completion of residency, she onboarded in early 2020 at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center as a clinical pharmacy specialist in the Anticoagulation clinic.
Amy Kyle, PharmD, BCACP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Primary Care
Dr. Kyle earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Lincoln Memorial University in 2011 and her Doctor of Pharmacy from East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy in 2015. After graduation, she completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, Tennessee. Following residency, she accepted a position as a PACT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. Dr. Kyle serves as a preceptor for Ambulatory Care I. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cheering on the Vols, learning to play golf, and spending time with her family, friends and dogs (Duke and Lucy).
Mark LaBossiere, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist – Mental Health, Outpatient
Dr. LaBossiere earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree for the University of South Florida in 2015. He completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, and his teaching certificate from Long Island University. He then completed his PGY-2 in psychiatry at the James A. Haley VA in Tampa, FL. After graduation, he joined the James H Quillen VA in July 2017 as the clinical pharmacist for the inpatient psychiatric unit. His professional interests include academia, research, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.
Paul J. Laucka PharmD, BCGP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Geriatrics
Dr. Laucka is the son of two Pharmacists, a husband and father of an adorable baby girl. He graduated from Mercer University in 2005. After graduation he completed a Geriatric Residency at the Malcom Randall VAMC in Gainesville, FL. He began his post- Residency career at the James H. Quillen VAMC. Currently he serves as the Long Term Care Pharmacist and the Hospice Team Pharmacist. He was part of the team with a successful publication of research this year, and he continues to produce original, controversial and imaginative research project ideas that challenge conventional thinking. An avid sports fan, he enjoys basking in the misery of opposing fansas their team falls to his beloved Florida StateSeminoles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Macey McDaniel, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Rural Health Primary Care
Dr. McDaniel earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Georgia in 2013 and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 2017. After graduation, she completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, Georgia. Following residency, she accepted a position as a Rural Health PACT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Carl Vinson VA Medical Center. In 2019, she joined James H. Quillen VA Medical Center as a Rural Health PACT Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. In 2020, she became a Tobacco Treatment Specialist and accepted the role of Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation Lead Clinician for the facility. Dr. McDaniel serves as a preceptor for the Rural Health Primary Care elective. In her free time, she enjoys making pottery, traveling, eating good food, and gardening.
Ketrin Mount, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Primary Care
Dr. Mount earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2006. After graduation, she completed a pharmacy practice residency and PGY 2 in Ambulatory Care at The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. She continued to work at the University of Tennessee Medical Center after residency as a clinical staff pharmacist. In 2010, Dr. Mount joined the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center as a clinical pharmacy specialist in Primary Care. She was board certified in pharmacotherapy in 2009 and in ambulatory care in 2011. In 2014, she accepted the position of residency program director. Additionally, Dr. Mount is a clinical preceptor for the Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University.
Shouji Nagata, PharmD, BCACP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Primary Care
Dr. Nagata earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy in 2017 and completed PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at James H Quillen VAMC in 2018. Upon completion of his residency, he has worked as clinical pharmacy specialist at anticoagulation clinic initially and currently in primary care setting. He was board certified in ambulatory care in 2020 and is also a clinical preceptor for East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy.
Hunter Perrin, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Critical Care
Dr. Perrin earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from East Tennessee State University College of Pharmacy in 2013. After graduation, Dr. Perrin practiced as an inpatient staff pharmacist for several years prior to beginning his residency training. He completed his PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, TN. Subsequently, Dr. Perrin completed a PGY-2 in critical care at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV. Currently, Dr. Perrin serves as the Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. His practice interests include sedation and analgesia management, emergency response, and hemodynamic instability. Personal interests include spending time with his family, being active outdoors, and bingeing through the Star Wars films.
Andrea Jill Radford, PharmD, CACP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Anticoagulation
Dr. Radford earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Tennessee, Memphis in 1998. She began her career with the VA in 2007 and was subsequently selected to fill the position of Antithrombotic Coordinator in 2008 and served in this capacity until 2016. She continues to serve as an Anticoagulation Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and subject matter expert for the facility. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment as Clinical Preceptor with the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Radford's experience prior to her VA career include pharmacy management, PBM, long-term care, and home infusion management. She has been an active member in various local, regional, and national pharmacist associations and is currently a member of the North American Thrombosis Forum and Anticoagulation Forum.
Stephanie A. Ring, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVE - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Geriatric Primary Care and MOVE! Program Coordinator – PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Education Committee
Dr. Ring received her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and communication studies from the University of Virginia at Wise in 2009 and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2014. After graduation, she completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency in ambulatory care and academia with Campbell University and Wilson Community Health Center, where she obtained her teaching certificate and served as Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Ring completed a PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency with a focus in specialty outpatient clinics at the Fayetteville NC VA Coastal Health System. She continued working with the Fayetteville VA following residency in the role of Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in HIV and Hepatology, as well as Home Based Primary Care, until transferring to the James H. Quillen VAMC in 2017. Currently, Dr. Ring serves as the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist with the Geriatric PACT clinic and MOVE! Program. She is board certified in ambulatory care and an American Academy of HIV Medicine certified HIV ExpertTM. She is involved with the national VA Geriatric Scholars Education Program and serves as a reviewer and contributor to the Primary Care of Veterans with HIV guidance manual. Her areas of interest include public health, geriatrics, HIV, hepatology, specialty ambulatory care, and health communications. Additionally, Dr. Ring is a clinical preceptor for the University of Tennessee, East Tennessee State University, and Appalachian College of Pharmacy.
Kellie Rose, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Pain Management, Opioid Safety, and Prescription Drug Monitoring (PMOP) Facility Coordinator
Dr. Rose earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy in 2009. She completed her pharmacy practice residency at Salem VA Medical Center in Salem, Virginia. Following residency, she accepted a position in Ambulatory Care at the Staunton Community Based Outpatient Clinic. In 2014, she joined James H. Quillen VA Medical Center as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in pain management and began working with the Clinical Pharmacy Program Office (CPPO) -Pain Subject Matter Expert Workgroup. In 2021, Dr. Rose transitioned as the facility’s PMOP coordinator.
Her current practice area includes consultative management of chronic, non-malignant pain, leading the facility’s Pain Management Committee, managing the Opioid Safety Initiative, leading the STORM review and accidental overdose review teams. She currently serves on the Medical Executive Board and is co-chair of the CPPO Pain SME workgroup. She serves as a member of the Residency Advisory Committee and precepts residents for a pain administrative elective. She holds board certifications in both pharmacotherapy and ambulatory care. Additionally, Dr. Rose is a clinical preceptor for the Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University and VCU School of Pharmacy.
Hans Scheerenberger, PharmD, BCIDP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Infectious Diseases
Dr. Scheerenberger earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy in 2017. After graduation, he completed his PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Aurora West Allis Medical Center in West Allis, WI. Subsequently, Dr. Scheerenberger completed a PGY-2 in infectious diseases at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI. Currently, he serves as the Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
Adam Seneker, PharmD, BCPS, Chief of Pharmacy
Dr. Seneker is the Chief of Pharmacy at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. He was appointed to this position in January 2014. Prior to this position, he was the Clinical Coordinator at the JHQVAMC since 1996 and the first residency program director. Dr. Seneker is a 1990 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and he completed a Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency at UT in 1991. He began his career at the Bay Pine VA as a Psychiatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in 1991, and transferred to the Nashville VA in 1992 as an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. His wife, Melinda, is also a pharmacist, and they have three children.
Rita Spencer, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BCGP, CDE - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)
Dr. Spencer earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from VCU School of Pharmacy in 2006 after earning her BS from the University of Virginia. Post pharmacy school graduation, she completed her PGY1 at the VCU/MCV Hospital in Richmond, VA from 2006-2007. Upon completion of residency, Dr. Spencer worked at the UVA Health System as a Primary Care and Geriatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) until 2009 when she joined the McGuire VAMC in Richmond, VA as the Charlottesville, VA CBOC CPS. She worked in Charlottesville, VA as the CBOC Primary Care CPS from 2009-2013. From 2013-2017 she worked at the Salem VAMC in Salem, VA as Associate Chief of Pharmacy for Clinical and Educational Services, Anticoagulation Director, Primary Care CPS, and CLC CPS. In 2017, she joined the team at the James H. Quillen VAMC as a HBPC CPS, working remotely. Outside of work, Dr. Spencer enjoys spending time with her husband and six kids trying to learn the homesteading life on their family farm.
Rebecca Spivey, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Academic Detailing
Dr. Rebecca Spivey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Tennessee, followed by Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Business Administration degrees from Mercer University in 2011. She completed a PGY-1 residency at Grady Health System in Atlanta. She then served on faculty at a pharmacy school in southwest Virginia. She started at the James H. Quillen VAMC in 2016 with the Academic Detailing Service, a unique, educational-type position for pharmacists. Outside work, she enjoys spending time outside with her husband and three children, reading, and cheering on the Vols.
Marty Vannoy, PharmD, BCPS – Associate Chief, Clinical and Educational Services
Dr. Vannoy earned her BS in Biology at the University of Tennessee and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Samford University in 2002. She completed her pharmacy practice residency at Vanderbilt University in 2003, and began work at the James H. Quillen VAMC as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Acute Care/Infectious Disease, serving as the clinical pharmacist for the inpatient and outpatient Infectious Disease team. She currently serves as the Associate Chief for Clinical and Educational Services. Her area of interest is antimicrobial stewardship.
Robyn Ward, PharmD, MPH, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Pharmacoeconomics and Medication Outcomes
Dr. Ward received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and Greek and Roman studies from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN in 2000, a Doctor of Pharmacy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 2006, and an MPH from East Tennessee State University in 2014. She completed an ambulatory care residency with Northeastern University and Harbor Health Services, Inc. She has been academic faculty, a clinical practitioner, and currently optimizes analytical evaluation of population-based…you know what, no one really knows what she does. She precepts residents in medication outcomes projects and tells nerdy jokes about coding. Answering everyone's Excel questions is just a perk. There is a 90% chance that while you are reading this, she is eating chocolate.
Robert Wood, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, Clinical Pharmacist– Acute Care
Upon graduation from East Tennessee State University College of Pharmacy in 2012, Dr. Wood completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at the James H. Quillen VAMC. He then returned to ETSU for a PGY2 Internal Medicine specialty residency with a subspecialty in academia. In addition to his position as an inpatient clinical pharmacist, he serves as an adjunct assistant professor at ETSU College of Pharmacy in didactic and experiential settings. His interests include inpatient medicine, pharmacokinetics, academia, and research.
Garren Woodby, PharmD, CDE, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Diabetes Clinic
Dr. Woodby received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University in 1991 and began his career at the Mountain Home V.A. Medical Center. He has provided clinical pharmacy services for over 20 years in areas of geriatrics, anticoagulation, primary care, formulary management, and endocrinology while serving as adjunct faculty precepting pharmacy students from Mercer, Campbell and East Tennessee State Universities. He received the designation of board certified diabetes educator in 2004. Dr. Woodby demonstrates a passion for serving those with diabetes in the interdisciplinary diabetes clinics. He has had an estimated 17,000+ patient encounters as an educator and/or pharmacist provider. He has served as a requested speaker on the topic of diabetes and once developed a nonprofit website and internationally read newsletter to encourage and equip those with diabetes.
Mo Zakaria, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist – Emergency Department
Dr. Zakaria is from Johnson City, Tennessee. He obtained his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Belmont University College of Pharmacy in Nashville, TN in 2013. After graduation, he completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, TN. Dr. Zakaria is now currently serving as a clinical pharmacist in the emergency department. In his spare time, he enjoys playing various sports such as racquetball and basketball, exploring new restaurants, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.
Back to top
Meet-N-Greet Information Sessions
We will be holding several virtual information sessions where you can meet our current residents, residency program director, and preceptors to ask questions and get to know us! The sessions will be formatted as follows:
- 15 minutes – Current Resident Introduction and FAQ Presentation
- 20 minutes – Preceptors/RPD and Candidate Q&A session
- 25 minutes – Resident and Candidate Q&A session
Please see dates and links to sessions below:
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Or call in (audio only)
+1 872-701-0185,,383730141# United States, Chicago
Phone Conference ID: 383 730 141#
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Or call in (audio only)
+1 872-701-0185,,942650198# United States, Chicago
Phone Conference ID: 942 650 198#
We look forward to meeting you!
In 2020, the School had the fifth-most student pharmacists matched to residencies, and in 2021, 84 percent of the School of Pharmacy's applicants matched with residencies, compared to a national average of 67 percent.
A total of 5 applicants will be interviewed for each residency position offered. If a candidate turns down an interview offer, the RPD may offer that slot to the highest ranking candidate who did not get an initial interview offer.
A high GPA, while impressive, is less important than having a well-rounded CV. A candidate with a 4.0 GPA but no extracurriculars is less impressive than a candidate with a 3.3 GPA but a variety of high-quality experiences and excellent letters of recommendation.
Being able to show that your rotations were at strong programs, you gave insightful presentations, or had interesting projects really helps make them stand out. Doing things outside of rotations and the classroom is also important. Volunteering in unique situations or clinics can also help you stand out.
The ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) announced today 4,988 individuals matched with 2,430 pharmacy residency programs across the country in Phase I of ASHP's 2022 Pharmacy Residency Match.
The 2022 Main Residency Match included 39,205 total positions, the largest number on record. Of those, 36,277 were first-year (PGY-1) positions, also the largest on record and a 3.1 percentage point increase over last year.
Introduce yourself well
It should have the structure of past, present and then future. Do not be too long-winded, but describe where you came from and what brought you to today. Then talk about what you are currently doing and interested in. Close out by talking about where you want to go / your future goals.
If an applicant can match to only one program they ranked, the applicant will match there regardless of where the program is ranked on the applicant's list. If an applicant can match to more than one program they ranked, the order of programs on the applicant's list determines where the applicant will match.
- Register for the Match. Each applicant and residency that wants to participate in the Match must register online in the NMS Match System. ...
- Apply to and Interview with Programs. ...
- Submit Your Rank Order List of Preferred Placements. ...
- The Matching Algorithm is Run. ...
- Get Your Result.
Personal statements are an essential, required part of applying to residency. Residency programs screen thousands of applications every cycle and read many hundreds of these statements in the process. You should aim to write an interesting statement that showcases your personality as well as your achievements.
The average resident salary is around $45,000, well less than half of the national average pharmacist salary of $120,000. Completing a residency for one year means you are would be losing out on $75,000 and for 2 years $150,000. This doesn't account for the student loan interest that will accumulate during this time.
One page in ERAS equals nearly 1,200 words, however most programs preferences for a typical personal statements in terms of Word Count will be within range of 650-850 – this will be acceptable for most residency programs.
Tip #1 Get good grades
Most pharmacy programs prefer a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and commonly require a minimum “C” letter grade in required pre-requisite courses.
For any medical student looking to match in a residency, good grades and academic performance are important, but what is more important is demonstrating you are someone who has the drive and capability and can fit into the program's training culture.
GPAs can vary significantly across different medical schools, so it pays to do your research before applying. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reported an average GPA for medical school of 3.60 across all applicants for the 2021-2022 application cycle.
If you didn't match, you get another try. If you didn't apply or even withdrew in Phase I, you can go for it in Phase II. Phase II is very different in that you can start contacting programs right away on the list and see if they are interested in you.
A PGY1 pharmacy residency is a prerequisite for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residencies.
- Emergency Medicine.
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
- Child Neurology.
- Internal Medicine.
Getting into a residency program is a difficult process. It involves much more than studying for the USMLE® Steps 1-3 or COMLEX® Steps 1-3 or getting good grades in classes or rotations. You must be more than a good student; you must also have the ability to negotiate a system designed to select the very best.
Off-cycle residency openings are usually due to residents resigning, changing specialties, being terminated, incoming residents not starting because of visa or medical issues, program expansions, new programs coming into existence, or programs not filling their spots. These vacancies occur throughout the year.
Moreover, completing a pharmacy residency involves a major financial loss. The average resident salary is around $45,000, well less than half of the national average pharmacist salary of $120,000. Completing a residency for one year means you are would be losing out on $75,000 and for 2 years $150,000.
Completing a pharmacy residency after graduation is a great way to begin a career in clinical pharmacy. A residency is a postgraduate training program, which allows the resident to perform as a licensed practitioner but to train under the supervision of an experienced preceptor.
It's no wonder the pharmacy school dropout rate is over 12%, according to the AACP. Many students change their minds about the profession or are at risk of failing pharmacy school due to a number of factors.
According to the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, each year there are between 13,000 and 15,000 persons who graduate from programs leading to a pharmacy degree.
- Pediatric pharmacist.
- Oncology pharmacist. ...
- Compounding pharmacist. ...
- Hospital pharmacist. ...
- Ambulatory care pharmacist. ...
- Informatics pharmacist. National average salary: $127,874. ...
- Nuclear pharmacist. National average salary: $123,806. ...
- Community pharmacist. National average salary: $107,372. ...
Their strong exam performance and extensive knowledge may limit their success in residency to cohesively apply their knowledge toward patient care. Pharmacy residency programs seek applicants who demonstrate the passion to learn, ability to work on a team effectively, and commit to patient care.
After completion of PGY1 or PGY2, one can either choose to practice, pursue another residency, or a fellowship, which would train one to be an independent researcher.
Residency programs are extremely competitive, Caballero said. In a session at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) 54th Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada, Caballero emphasized that 1 in 3 students would not secure a residency.
A PGY1 pharmacy residency is a prerequisite for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residencies.
The average first-year resident physician makes about $60,000, and there's not much wiggle room. Resident salaries are determined by an institution and correlate with training year rather than specialty.
Will 5% of the existing 314,300 pharmacists retire every year? Absolutely not. There used to be a shortage of people to meet pharmacist job growth.
With required topics such as pharmacology, pharmacotherapy, and pharmacokinetics, there can be no doubt that pharmacy school is hard. According to the American Associations of Colleges of Pharmacy it is estimated that more than 10% of people who make it into pharmacy school do not make it through to graduation day .
So yes, in my opinion studying pharmacy is still a good idea, despite the current situation. The skills we learn, combined with the variety and flexibility of roles available to pharmacists across so many different locations, are some of my personal highlights.
Pharmacists are in high demand
This reveals the high demand for both pharmacists and medicine. And you shouldn't overlook the salaries either. In the US, for example, the median pay for a pharmacist was around 128,700 USD per year in 2020.
So, while we still are seeing a steady annual increase in the number of new jobs and total positions available to pharmacists nationally, there is a “slowing down” of the growth. In fact, the US Labor Bureau projects that employment of pharmacists will actually decline over the next decade.
The salary of a pharmacist in California has gone up by 7.60% from 2015 to 2020. However, just in the last 2 years the salary hike has been the least, rising only by a meagre 2.57%.