DeSoto PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

ASHP Accreditation logoThe Baptist DeSoto PGY1 pharmacy residency program is a 12-month program that will emphasize training in all aspects of the acute care pharmacy practice model with the goal of developing the residents’ expertise, knowledge, and skills.

Residency Information

  • Number of Positions: 3
  • Application Deadline: January 3, 2022
  • Starting Date: June 27, 2022
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Interview Required: Yes
  • Estimated Stipend: $46,000


  • Health, vision, and dental insurance provided as a full-time employee of Baptist DeSoto
  • Personal time off (15 days)
  • Professional leave for ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting and Mid-South Residency Conference (MSRC)
  • Stipend for ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting expenses
  • Personal office space with a desktop computer
  • Free parking

Requirements for Acceptance:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree or equivalent
  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Eligible for Mississippi licensure
  • College transcripts


The Baptist DeSoto PGY1 Pharmacy residency is a 12-month program that emphasizes training in all aspects of the acute care pharmacy practice model with the goal of developing the residents’ expertise, knowledge, and skills in the following areas: internal medicine, infectious diseases, cardiology, critical care, emergency medicine, and practice management. Participation in the hospital’s medication management process via Pharmacy and Therapeutics sub-committees will occur over the course the residency year.

While the primary focus will be on clinical activities, residents will also be trained on order verification and preparation of intravenous medications, which furthers an understanding of providing pharmaceutical care in an inpatient setting.

Over the course of the year, residents will be responsible for completing a research project. The findings will be presented at the Mid-South Regional Residents’ Conference held at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Additional opportunities include assisting in the educational experiences of students from the University of Mississippi, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and Union University.

ASHP PGY1 Residency Program Purpose

In accordance with ASHP guidelines, the residency program at Baptist DeSoto functions under the following purpose:

The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Baptist DeSoto is designed to build 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.

Clinical and Longitudinal Preceptors

Residents are provided the opportunity to train alongside clinical pharmacy preceptors who have expansive educational backgrounds and diverse experiences to enrich their learning and hands-on experiences.

Residents are able to choose a facilitator for the year. The facilitator assists the resident with establishing a plan for the year based on career goals, previous experiences, areas for growth and progression throughout the year. The facilitator and resident will meet on a monthly basis to ensure the resident is on track with the requirements of the residency.

Learn more about our clinical and longitudinal preceptors

Training site information

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto

  • 339-bed tertiary care hospital located in Southaven, Mississippi (15 miles from downtown Memphis)
  • Designated a Top Performing Hospital by U.S News and World Report
  • Comprehensive care facility with diverse patient care services with a robust hospital medicine team, pulmonology, oncology, emergency medicine, cardiology, and various surgical services
  • 71-bed emergency department sees more than 60,000 patients each year from DeSoto county and surrounding areas
  • The emergency department and the comprehensive heart program are accredited for atrial fibrillation, heart failure, and chest pain by the American College of Cardiology

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto Pharmacy Department

  • Practices through a decentralized model to enhance patient care and improve interdisciplinary interaction with hospital staff
  • Utilizes decision support software (EPIC and Theradoc) to assist in appropriate medication monitoring
  • Serves as an ASHP accredited resident practice site since 2013
  • Plays a vital role in targeted initiatives including heart failure, stroke, sepsis, as well as medication safety

About Southaven, Mississippi

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto is conveniently located just a fifteen-minute drive from Memphis, Tennessee, the Home of the Blues, the world’s best BBQ, and Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Sports fans can catch all the great action of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, baseball with the Memphis Redbirds (the triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals), and professional soccer with Memphis 901FC. Catch live theater at one of the many playhouses throughout the city or even a touring Broadway show at Memphis’s historic Orpheum Theater on legendary Beale Street. Other great area offerings include the award-winning Memphis Zoo; numerous art, music, and history museums; all genres of live music; and, of course, southern cuisine!

PGY1 Pharmacy Resident Responsibilities

  • Improve patient care, safety and economic impact relating to medication use in multiple settings
  • Actively participate in multidisciplinary ICU rounds
  • Assess and improve medication appropriateness through utilization of evidence based medicine
  • Manage physician-initiated pharmacy consults including:
    • Nutrition support
    • Pharmacokinetics
    • Renal dosing
    • Patient education
    • Anticoagulant monitoring
    • Drug information
    • Core measure compliance
  • Participate in multidisciplinary committees
  • Assist with precepting students on rotation
  • Attend and provide medication-related support during an emergency response
  • Identify and report medication errors and adverse drug events
  • Assess for practice improvements in drug distribution services

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Learning Experience Overview

Orientation will be 4 weeks in length, which will include hospital, EPIC, and CITI program training, as well as BLS/ACLS certification and competency completion. The residency program will consist of 4 required learning experience and 4 elective learning experience (listed below) and 1 month of dedication project time during December. Each rotation learning experience is 5 weeks in length. Learning experience are clinical rotations with strong patient care focus. These form the basis of structured resident daily activities and take priority in workflow. Other elective experiences could be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability.

Required Rotational Learning Experiences (5 WEEKS)

  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Practice Management
  • Clinical Staff Model

Elective Rotational Learning Experiences (5 weeks)

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infectious Diseases
  • Medication Safety
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Cardiology
  • Advanced Cardiology
  • Advanced Internal Medicine
  • Advanced Critical Care
  • Oncology Clinic

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences (12 months)

  • Service Commitment (staffing)
  • Project Management
  • 10 Journal Clubs
  • 2 Pharmacy Grand Rounds
  • 1 ACPE-Accredited Continuing Education Presentation
  • 1 Formulary Monograph
  • 1 Hospitalist Newsletter
  • 1 Medication Use Evaluation
  • ADE and ADR Reporting

Elective Longitudinal Learning Experiences (12 months)

  • Teaching and Learning Certificate Program offered by University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy or University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

Learning experiences are clinical rotations with strong patient care focus.  These form the basis of structured resident daily activities and take priority in work flow

Other elective experiences could potentially be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability. 

Staffing Requirements

Each resident will be required to work every 3rd weekend. The resident will work an 8-hour shift on Saturday and Sunday during their assigned weekend. Weekend coverage consists of clinical consults and troubleshooting any clinical concerns that arise, including for the emergency department via a dedicated phone and pager until 12:30 pm. The resident that works the weekend shift will also be required to carry the 24-hour clinical pharmacy pager to handle after hour needs from the Monday before their weekend until the Monday morning after their assigned weekend. This week while on call, the resident is also responsible for code response.

Additionally, each resident will be required to complete a weekly evening shift (2:30 – 9 pm) in the main pharmacy consisting of order verification and IV room coverage.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Contact Information

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto
Department of Pharmacy Services
7601 Southcrest Parkway
Southaven, MS 38671

Laura A. Fuller, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiology