Pharmacy Residency Program

North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo offers a Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) residency to build upon the Doctor of Pharmacy education:

  • To develop the skills and knowledge to provide patient- and family-centered pharmacy services for a broad population and wide range of conditions
  • To become eligible for board certification
  • To become a competitive candidate for a Post-Graduate Year 2 residency program

Program Overview

The NMMC residency program received accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in July 1994. With almost 25 years of resident graduates, the NMMC residency programs boasts a total of 60 residency graduates.

The PGY1 pharmacy training at NMMC provides the resident with the depth and breadth of skill of an experienced practitioner. Our 12-month program offers post-graduate training that centers on the development of the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to pursue rational drug therapy.

In addition to required areas of study, the program offers a broad range of elective rotations and additional learning experiences through the 12-month position.

Award-Winning Staff

  • 13 Pharmacist of the Year Award Recipients from the Mississippi Health System Pharmacists Association (MSHP)
  • 11 Technician of the Year Award Recipients (MSHP)
  • Four Board-Certified Pharmacists
  • 8 Young Pharmacist of the Year Recipients (including NMMC Residents) (MSHP)
  • 7 MSHP Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award Recipients (MSHP)
  • 4 Innovative Practice Awards
  • 4 Preceptor of the Year Award recipients (University of Mississippi)
  • 4 Fellows of The American Society of Health-System
  • Clinical Science Teaching Award (University of Mississippi)
  • AACP Crystal APPLE Award
  • Albert E. Rosica, Jr. Memorial Award

Integrated Clinical Services

Pharmacists at NMMC are a vital part of the health care team and have one very important goal: to improve the total well-being of the patient. Our pharmacists work with all members of the health care team to achieve that goal. They practice their profession in an environment where their opinions and services are valued and where they are an integral link in a patient's plan of recovery.

  • Unit-Based Care Model
  • Clinical Pharmacy Services
    • ADR Reporting/Reviewing
    • Anticoagulation Program
    • Discharge Medication Counseling
    • Drug Information
    • Drug Usage Evaluation
    • Investigational Drug Program
    • Medication Histories
    • Nutritional Support
    • Pain Management Programs
    • Patient Education Programs
    • Pharmacokinetic Dosing & Monitoring
    • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
  • Specialty areas of practice include:
    • Acute Care Pharmacy Services
    • Ambulatory Clinics
    • Diabetes Treatment Center
    • Home Infusion Services
    • Home Health/Hospice
    • Long-Term Care
    • Managed Care Pharmacy Services
    • Neonatology Services
    • Oncology Services
    • Operating Room
    • Outpatient Pharmacy Services
    • Pain Management Services
    • Pharmacy Services
    • Women's Hospital Pharmacy Services

Student Training

Associated Schools of Pharmacy

  • University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
  • Union University, Jackson, Tennessee
  • Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

Learning Experiences

  • Required
    • Acute Care with Informatics
    • Acute Care with Medication Management
    • Ambulatory Care
    • Critical Care
    • Operations with Medication Safety
    • Longitudinal Rotations
      • Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee/Drug policy
      • Practice Management
      • Research Project
  • Elective
    • Cardiology
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Infectious Disease
    • Nephrology
    • Neonatology
    • Neurology
    • Nutrition-Advanced
    • Oncology
    • Specialty Pharmacy
    • Surgical Critical Care
    • Women’s Health
  • Example Resident Schedule

Application Information

Register for ASHP Resident Matching Program and submit application materials to phORCAS by December 31

Requirements

Candidates must be a graduate of a college or school of pharmacy accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and hold a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree prior to admission to the residency program

Weekend Staffing Requirements

Weekend staffing is designed to allow the resident to develop his/her skills in providing clinical pharmacy services while gaining proficiency in central pharmacy distribution.

Residents are currently expected to practice pharmacy every other weekend.

Administration

Emily J Tschumper, PharmD, MS, BCPS
Residency Program Director & Pharmacy Services Manager

Emily TschumperDr. Tschumper received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Winona State University (2009) and her Master of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from The University of Mississippi in 2011 and 2015, respectively. In 2016, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Tschumper is a Clinical Instructor for the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, and residency preceptor for the required operations/medication safety and elective emergency medicine rotations. Dr. Tschumper is an active member of the Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSSHP), and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). She currently serves as co-chair of the MSSHP Practice Advancement Initiative task force.


Wes Pitts, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP
Assistant Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services

Wes PittsIn addition to his responsibilities as Assistant Director, Dr. Pitts serves as the NMMC Pharmacy Specialist in Diabetes and Informatics. Pitts received his Pharm.D. Degree from the University of Mississippi and was named Fellow of ASHP in 2014. He is highly involved in both state and national pharmacy organizations. Dr. Pitts has extensive experience in implementing and improving clinical service collaborative practice agreements, managing performance and safety improvement initiatives for medication management, and improving technology integration into provider workflows. Pitts is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Mississippi and Union University Schools of Pharmacy and has precepted many Pharmacy Students, and is the residency preceptor for the acute care and informatics required rotation.


Kristie Gholson, PharmD, FASHP
Director of Pharmacy

Kristie GholsonDr. Gholson graduated from University of Mississippi in 1977 and University of Arkansas in 2001. Dr, Gholson served as Director of Pharmacy with HPI, a contract pharmacy management organization, then as a director at Noxubee General Hospital for 16 years. Experience also includes nursing home consulting and materials management director. Dr. Gholson has been active in state and national organizations. She served the Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) in the elected positions of Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, President and Delegate. Dr. Gholson also served the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) on the Council on Organizational Affairs, the Nominations Committee and the Public Relations Advisory Network. Recognitions include MSHP Pharmacist of the Year, MSHP Service Award, MSHP Innovative Practice Award, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy's Clinical Science Teaching Award and Preceptor of the Year Award, Fellow of ASHP, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy's Crystal APPLE Award and American College of Apothecaries’ Albert E. Rosica Jr. Award for pharmacy education. Professional appointments include the University of Mississippi Curriculum Committee, Accreditation Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy honored her with the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding career and contributions to the school.

2018-2019 Residents

Matthew Clark, PharmD
PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident

Matthew Clark photoDr. Clark was born and raised in McAlester, Okla. He completed is pre-pharmacy education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Union University College of Pharmacy in Jackson, Tenn. in 2018. Clark is interested in oncology and palliative care, and looks forward to obtaining a PGY2 residency in either of these areas. In his free time, he likes to cook and read, but his favorite thing to do is tailgate and watch the LSU Tigers with his family.


C. Cliff Hanna, PharmD
PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident

Cliff Hanna photoDr. Hanna is originally from Pontotoc, Mississippi. He received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science degree and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Mississippi in 2018. His current interests include infectious disease, cardiology and nephrology areas. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, reading and spending time with family.

 


Lauren Hinds, PharmD
PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident

Lauren Hinds photoDr. Hinds is originally from Saltillo, Mississippi. She received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science degree and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Mississippi in 2018. She became interested in the profession during high school while working in her hometown’s local pharmacy. Her interests include geriatrics and infectious disease. In her free time, she enjoys music, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and hiking.

Preceptors

Rachelle Carter, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS
Advanced Practice Pharmacist

Rachelle CarterDr. Carter is an advanced practice pharmacist at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi. Rachelle received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi (1994) and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Arkansas (2002). In 1997, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi. Rachelle is currently a preceptor for APPE pharmacy students at Union University and University of Mississippi and for PGY-1 residents electing an oncology rotation. Rachelle is an active member of the Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSSHP), Mississippi Pharmacist Association (MPhA), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA).


Katie Clark, PharmD
Advanced Practice Pharmacist

Katie Clark photoDr. Clark completed her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in 2015. Upon graduation, she completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at NMMC in 2016. After residency, she joined the NMMC team as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist. She has experience as a pharmacist for the cardiology and CV surgery units, and she currently practices on the general medicine and step-down units. Currently, she manages the anticoagulation service collaborative practice agreement at NMMC. Dr. Clark is an adult medicine preceptor for pharmacy students at the University of Mississippi. She is also a residency preceptor for the adult medicine rotation for the residency program at NMMC.


Neeley CoxNeeley Cox, PharmD

Advanced Practice Pharmacist

Dr. Cox received a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science degree at the University of Mississippi in 2008, and Doctorate of Pharmacy degree in 2010. She then completed her PGY-1 residency at NMMC in 2011. Dr. Cox's professional experience has been in orthopedic surgery (trauma and Joint Replacement Center), neurosurgery and pediatrics. Currently, she manages the nutrition support collaborative practice agreement at our facility, and leads our multidisciplinary nutrition support team. Dr. Cox has served on the board of MSHP as vice president and other committee seats.


Lori V. Eschete, PharmD
Advanced Practice Pharmacist

Lori Eschete photoDr. Lori V. Eschete obtained her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2002. She then completed an ASHP accredited pharmacy practice residency at North Mississippi Medical Center in 2003. After completing her residency, she accepted a clinical pharmacy specialist position at NMMC with emphasis in surgical services. She currently serves as a critical care pharmacy specialist in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit as well as coordinator of the OR satellite pharmacy. She manages the pharmacy driven Pain Management Service as well as the Pharmacokinetic Dosing Service for NMMC. She is an active member of the NMMC Surgical Service Line Operations Group and multiple Surgical Committees within the hospital system with particular interest in surgical and anesthesia care. Dr. Eschete is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and a Clinical Preceptor for Union University School of Pharmacy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family which includes her husband, Jai and three children, Nathan, Brennan and Corinne as well as her church family. She is also a triathlete who enjoys living an active lifestyle in Tupelo and surrounding areas.


Holly Griffin, PharmD
Advanced Practice Pharmacist

Holly Griffin photoDr. Griffin completed her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in 2017. Upon graduation, she completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at NMMC in 2018. After residency, Dr. Griffin joined the NMMC team as an advanced practice pharmacist. Her current clinical practice area is in adult medicine. Dr. Griffin is a preceptor for pharmacy students on advanced rotations and is a residency preceptor-in-training for an internal medicine elective.


Kaley Kennedy, PharmD
Advanced Practice Pharmacist

Kaley Kenedy photoDr. Kennedy is an advanced practice pharmacist at NMMC. She received her bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical science in 2013 and Doctor of Pharmacy in 2016, both from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY-1 residency following the completion of graduation in 2017 at NMMC. She currently practices as the clinical pharmacist on both the general medical floor and step-down unit. She serves an active role for the outpatient hospice team and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Readmissions Committee. Dr. Kennedy is an adult medicine preceptor for APPE students at the University of Mississippi.


Kim McCrory, PharmD
Advanced Practice Pharmacist

Kim McCrory photoDr. McCrory received her bachelor's degree in pharmaceutical science (1999) and Doctorate of Pharmacy (2001) from the University of Mississippi. She went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency in 2004, and a year of intensive training in internal medicine with a focus in infectious disease in 2005 at NMMC. She currently practices in the medical intensive care unit and serves as the pharmacy leader for the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. McCrory is the residency preceptor for the required ICU and elective infectious disease rotations.


Hunter Reeves, PharmD, BCPS
Advanced Practice Pharmacist

Hunter ReevesDr. Reeves received his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Mississippi in 2014. He then went on to complete his PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at NMMC in 2016. Reeves is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and is an active participant on both the Cardiology Section and the Heart Failure Readmissions Committee. His current interests include cardiology and emergency medicine. Reeves currently serves as unit-based pharmacist for the cardiology unit, and is the residency preceptor for the cardiology elective rotation.


Katy Anna Richardson, PharmD
Advanced Practice Pharmacist

Katy Anna RichardsonDr. Richardson received her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Mississippi. After teaching high school for a year at New Albany High School, she attended The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree in 2011. After graduation, Richardson went on to complete a PGY1 residency at NMMC (2011). Her professional experience includes emergency medicine, med/surg, GI/GU, rehabilitation and bariatrics. She currently serves as the clinical pharmacist for NMMC's med/surg and GI/GU units, as well as inpatient rehabilitation. She is an active member of the Trauma Neuro Team. Richardson is a residency preceptor for an elective internal medicine rotation.


Grant Smith, PharmD
Advanced Practice Pharmacist

Grant Smith photoDr. Smith received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular miology from Mississippi State University, and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Mississippi. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center under the mentorship of Dr. John Hall. He has 10 years of experience in various settings including community, poison control and long-term care. Dr. Smith currently serves as the unit pharmacist for the medical/nephrology unit directing both the renal drug dosing service and epoetin dosing service, and is a residency preceptor for the nephrology elective rotation.


Amanda Pitts Summers, PharmD
Operations Manager, Specialty Pharmacy

Amanda Summers photoDr. Summers is the clinical operations manager at NMMC's Specialty Pharmacy. Summers graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and completed graduate work at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a 4.0 GPA. She has been named Pharmacist of the Year two times during her career by the Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and most recently, her team received the Innovative Practice Award from MSHP this year. Summers is a life member of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association, volunteers at the Good Samaritan Free Clinic in Tupelo, serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Ole Miss Pharmacy School, and is a member and past president of the Itawamba Community College Alumni Board of Directors.


James L. Taylor, PharmD, FASHP
Pharmacy Services Manager

James Taylor photoDr. Taylor earned his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1991 and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2000, both from the University of Mississippi. He began his career with NMMC after graduation in 1991. He has clinical hospital experience managing cardiology, geriatric, neonatal and nephrology patients. Since 2001 he has served as a faculty member at the Family Medicine Residency Center where he teaches family practice residents and medical students. He is the Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Manager for NMMC and provides clinical pharmacy services for the Connected Care Alliance ACO. He serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor preceptor for both the University of Mississippi and Union University and is the ambulatory care preceptor for pharmacy residents at NMMC.


Dereck Young, PharmD
Pharmacy Services Manager

Dereck Young photoDr. Young currently leads the continual survey readiness team for Joint Commission Medication Management compliance. He obtained both his bachelor's degree in pharmaceutical science and Doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. Young serves as a clinical pharmacist for the inpatient Acute Stroke Unit. His responsibilities include clinical monitoring of patients, ordering diagnostic lab tests and adjusting pharmacotherapy utilizing P & T-approved collaborative practice agreements. Young also serves as a member of the residency advisory committee as well as precepting students during their Medication Management experience. He is a residency preceptor for the required acute care and medication management required rotation.

Benefits

All residents receive employment benefits through North Mississippi Health Services.