Program Overview

Cookeville Regional Medical Center offers a Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program that will build clinical and leadership skills that are essential for pharmacists to efficiently and effectively operate in today's health care environment. The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program offered at CRMC is a 12-month, American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited program. The residency program was initiated in 2011 and is currently offering three positions. Intensive and varied experiences are offered in critical care, internal medicine, practice management, metabolic support, oncology, medication safety, drug information, anticoagulation, infectious disease, cardiology and informatics. Core rotations and longitudinal experiences are required for completion of the program. Once requirements are met, residents may repeat an experience up to three times.

Core Rotations

  • Critical care
  • Internal medicine
  • Nutrition support
  • Oncology
  • Orientation
  • Practice management

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Anticoagulation
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Drug information
  • Medication safety
  • Metabolic support
  • Residency project

Elective Rotations

  • Cardiology I
  • Cardiology II
  • Critical care II
  • Emergency medicine
  • Infectious diseases
  • Informatics
  • Internal medicine II
  • Oncology II
  • Practice management II

Resident Responsibilities

Residents are responsible for pharmaceutical care of patients, including all age groups (infants, pediatrics, adolescents, adults and geriatrics). Residents are responsible for participating in Pharmacy Quality Improvement activities and teaching pharmacotherapy and community medication education classes. Residents are expected to use knowledge and critical judgment to make decisions concerning patient drug therapy. Residents should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the psychosocial needs, clinical assessment implications and/or consequences of technology upon all age groups. Residents should possess the ability to work independently in clinical activities and in development of workflow processes and procedures. Good communication skills linking pharmacy, nursing services and the medical staff are mandatory.

In addition to the above requirements, residents will be responsible for:

  • 2 medication use evaluations
  • 2 formal seminars (1 fall and 1 spring)
  • 2 Journal Club presentations
  • 1 self-directed research project
  • Poster presentation at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Abstract and PowerPoint presentation at MidSouth Pharmacy Residents Conference
  • 1 teaching and learning certificate through the University of Tennessee
  • BLS, ACLS and PALS certification


  • Accrued paid time off (PTO): 5.2230 hours per pay period
  • Accrued short-term disability benefit (STDBP): 2.48 hours per pay period
  • Full health benefits
  • Free parking
  • Residents’ office space
  • Paid professional travel at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and TSHP MidSouth Residents Conference
  • Teaching and learning certificate

Residency Information

  • DURATION: 12 months
  • ESTIMATED STIPEND: $40,000/year, paid bi-weekly
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1st Monday in January each year
  • STARTING DATE: 1st Monday in July each year
  • ENDING DATE: June 30
  • WEEKEND STAFFING REQUIRED: Yes, every third weekend

Site Special Features

While training at a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare facility, residents can also utilize Cookeville’s unique geographic location for unrivaled relaxation experiences. Outdoor activities are plentiful, including hiking and cycling trails, freshwater lakes, waterfalls and natural forests. Drive one to two hours to Nashville, Knoxville or Chattanooga and gain access to outstanding college and professional sports, music and entertainment and numerous historical and educational attractions. Lastly, Nashville International Airport provides access to travel around the world.

Preceptor Information

Institutional Information

Cookeville Regional Medical Center is a non-profit, acute care hospital located in Cookeville, Tennessee. Cookeville Regional is an award-winning medical center. For more information about Cookeville Regional, visit our history page.

CRMC is accredited by the Joint Commission and recently acquired Sepsis Certification from the Joint Commission. In 2015, CRMC was one of two hospitals in the state of Tennessee named to Becker’s List of 100 Great Community Hospitals.

TRAINING SITE TYPE: Rural Referral Hospital
OWNER AFFILIATE: Government-City
MODEL TYPE(S): Acute Care
TAX STATUS: Non-Profit