Pharmacy

The Pharmacy Residency Program at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center (AMC) is a well-established, well-regarded program that is fully integrated with WellStar AMC residencies in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery and Family Medicine. The ASHP-accredited program is a comprehensive, 12-month residency that features a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach to patient-centered care.

Fully integrated, multi-disciplinary training

The result is exceptional training that allows for the best utilization of institutional resources, better patient care, greater efficiency and increased cost-effectiveness. Pharmacy residents are trained in drug therapy management, which prepares them to serve as a resource to physicians in drug therapy management protocols. In keeping with industry best practices, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center Pharmacy residents counsel patients prior to discharge to ensure appropriate medication protocols and avoid readmission.

Curriculum

The curriculum consists of a 1-month orientation and 11 months of rotations that allow for a broad range of clinical experiences. Each resident spends 1 or more months in each of the following:

Mandatory rotations:

  • Administration/Drug information
  • Critical Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medication Safety
  • Metabolic Support
  • Pharmaceutical Care
  • Pharmacokinetics

 

Elective rotations:

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology/Diabetes Management
  • Family Practice
  • Infectious Disease
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology

WellStar AMC pharmacy residents are involved in departmental activities designed to complement their clinical exposure while broadening their skills. Continuing education programs are offered periodically. The department also participates in various outcome studies on drug usage evaluations.

Residents are required to complete a research project with a poster to be presented at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December. As well, residents are required to present their research projects at the Southeastern Residency Conference in Athens, Georgia. Residents are included in the pharmacokinetics and metabolic support on-call rotations. Residents are expected to be on rotation Monday through Friday, and to staff 1 weekend per month, 1 day per week and some holidays.

Unique Features

Patient-centered Approach

Unlike some residency programs that are housed strictly within the pharmacy department, ours is fully integrated into the WellStar AMC Graduate Medical Education program. Pharmacy Residents collaborate closely with other specialties to deliver the best in patient-centered care to a diverse and challenging patient population. Bonding with residents in other fields adds meaning to the residency experience. It also promotes a respect for the role of pharmacy in inpatient care.

Innovative Instruction

Residents benefit from a diverse and innovative faculty that includes clinical pharmacists and clinical specialists/professors and physicians from Mercer University College of Pharmacy, one of our partnering institutions. This innovative approach to preceptorship expands the breadth of residents’ exposure to diverse specialties.

High-value Opportunities

Residents praise the program for valuable opportunities including the chance to learn in a teaching hospital with other doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals. They appreciate the open-door approach and the close relationships with those who manage and teach in the program. Another WellStar AMC advantage is the opportunity for residents to earn a teaching certificate developed by the Mercer University College of Pharmacy. The certificate prepares residents to one day precept students, regardless of where and how they practice.

Leadership & House Staff
Teresa Pounds
PharmD, BCNSP
Program Director, Pharmacy
A dedicated preceptor, Dr. Pounds directs the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program and manages the Clinical Services Pharmacy at the WellStar Atlanta Medical Center. Dr. Pounds received her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and PharmD degree from Mercer University. She pursued a post-doctoral residency at Georgia Baptist Hospital, now WellStar Atlanta Medical Center. Dr. Pounds is a board-certified nutrition support pharmacist and is involved in global clinical pharmacy initiatives.
Tamara Wright
MBA
Pharmacy Residency Coordinator
Abimbola Agbaere, PharmD
PGY-1
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Amy Li, PharmD
PGY-1
Belmont University College of Pharmacy
Salary & Benefits

Benefits include:

  • A minimum of one day in seven free from hospital duties
  • Annual Vacation: 3 weeks
  • Fully paid business travel for abstract and podium presentations
  • Free professional conference poster preparation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Free Membership at Highland Athletic Club (adjacent to hospital)
  • Free Parking
  • EPIC Integrated System throughout the hospital and clinics; ability to access from home or mobile device
  • iPad mini
  • Jury and Bereavement Leave
  • Library access 24/7 for medical searches and article retrieval
  • Daily meals provided while in the hospital
  • Pleasant On-Call Quarters
  • Resident-Led Medical Ward Teams
  • Best Upon Request® on-site concierge service with minimal fees (ex: grocery shopping, car maintenance, gift retrieval)
  • Resident expense account for approved educational purchases up to $1,500
  • UpToDate™ access
  • American College of Physicians (ACP) annual membership

 

Core Benefits

Available to full time employees at no cost, these benefits include: Basic Employee Life Insurance, Basic Personal Accident Insurance and Long Term Disability coverage.

 

Medical/ Dental/ Vision Plan

Choose from comprehensive options in all three areas. You have 31 days beginning on your date of hire/rehire to enroll. Your coverage will begin on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous full-time or eligible part-time employment.

 

Disability Plan

Full time employees may purchase Short-term and Critical Illness coverage. You have 31 days beginning on your date of hire/rehire to enroll. Your coverage will begin on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous full-time or eligible part-time employment.

 

Life/Disability/ Voluntary Benefits Plans

Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance are available to you, your spouse, and children. You have 31 days beginning on your date of hire/rehire to enroll. Your coverage will begin on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous full-time or eligible part-time employment.

 

Reimbursement Accounts

Set aside pre-tax dollars for out-of-pocket medical and dependent care expenses. You have 31 days beginning on your date of hire/rehire to enroll. Your coverage will begin on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous full-time or eligible part-time employment.

 

403(b) Retirement Plan

All team members are immediately eligible to participate in the 403(b) plan. There is no waiting period to begin your contributions. Participating employees will receive a company match on their contributions of up to 4% of their base salaries.

Application Requirements & How to Apply

Applications will only be accepted via Phorcas.

Please read all instructions prior to submitting an application.

Note that the WellStar AMC program does not offer preliminary intern or transitional positions.

All applicants must be enrolled in the ASHP matching program. Application materials are due in Phorcas by January 1. The application will not be considered complete until all required information is received. If you are invited for a required in-person interview, these will take place in February.

 

Please submit the following via Phorcas:

  • Complete Phorcas application
  • Transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae, including schools and universities attended, degrees conferred or anticipated, employment, history, honors and awards, rotation experiences, research or teaching experience, extracurricular activities and other pertinent information.
  • A cover letter addressed to the program director that includes:
    • Reasons for pursuing residency training
    • Reasons for applying to WellStar Atlanta Medical Center
    • Short- and long-term goals
    • Previous teaching experience
    • Involvement in pharmacy-related research or quality improvement projects
    • Clinically oriented rotations completed to date
    • 3 recommendations, 1 from a clerkship preceptor

We welcome your interest in WellStar Atlanta Medical Center’s Residency Program in Pharmacy!

Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Tamara Wright