Graduate Medical Education Program
Pharmacy Practice Residency Program 
 
 
 
Teresa Pounds 
Teresa I. Pounds, PharmD Program Director 

PURPOSE STATEMENT:

The purpose of the pharmacy practice residency training program at Atlanta Medical Center is to prepare the pharmacy practice resident to provide pharmaceutical care to multiple patient populations. The resident will have acquired management, leadership and teaching skills that will allow him/her to develop and manage new clinical services and provide education to others. Residents completing the program will exemplify the characteristics of a professional, including the use of good communication and problem-solving skills and the ability to self-evaluate. The program will provide the resident with marketable job skills, allowing for entrance into general clinical pharmacy practice.

The ASHP-accredited pharmacy Practice Residency Program at Atlanta Medical Center is a 12 month program that begins July 1st of each year. Its goals, objectives and evaluation procedures are established to be consistent with the pharmacy practice residency training established by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The residency program consists of a one-month orientation and 11 months of rotations that allow for a broad range of clinical experiences. Each resident will spend one or more months in each of the following areas:

Mandatory Rotations

  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Drug Information
  • Critical Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Metabolic Support
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pharmaceutical Care/Operations

Elective Rotations

  • Hospital Pharmacy/Administration
  • Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Family Practice
  • Nephrology
  • Neonatology

In addition, the resident will be involved in various departmental activities designed to complement the clinical activities as well as broaden the resident’s skills. Continuing education programs are offered intermittently. The department also participates in various outcome studies on drug usage evaluations.

Our residency program requires the completion of a poster presentation that will be presented at the ASHP Midyear Clinical meeting in December. In addition, residents are required to complete a research project to present at the Southeastern Residency Conference in Athens, Georgia. Pharmacy practice residents are also included in the Pharmacokinetics and Metabolic Support on-call rotation. Residents are expected to be on rotation Monday through Friday and staff approximately one weekend and some holidays.

Pharmacy residents at Atlanta Medical Center are part of the Graduate Medical Education Program. Therefore, residents are considered full-time employees of the medical center and receive stipends and benefits.

Residency positions are filled through the ASHP residency-matching program. Interested applicants should submit the following information prior to consideration for a required personal interview:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • College Transcript
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Resident Interest and Preference Information Questionnaire

All required materials should be submitted to the Program Director and/or Administrative Pharmacy Residency Coordinator by January 16, 2009.

Teresa Pounds, PharmD., BCNSP Program Director, Pharmacy Practice Residency Program
Atlanta Medical Center
303 Parkway Drive, NE
Box 422
Atlanta, GA 30312
Office (404) 265-6582
Fax (404) 265-6288
Email: teresa.pounds@tenethealth.com

OR

Tamara Berry, Administrative Pharmacy Residency Coordinator
Atlanta Medical Center
303 Parkway Drive, NE
Box 422
Atlanta, GA 30312
Office (404) 265-4627
Fax (404) 265-6288
Email: tamara.berry@tenethealth.com

RESIDENT BENEFITS

  • Competitive Stipend
  • Health and Life Insurance
  • 401-K
  • Professional Travel Reimbursement
  • Frequent Pharmacy Continuing Education Lectures
  • Internet Access Throughout the Hospital
  • Discounted Membership at the Highland Athletic Club
  • Daily Lecture Series Given by Medical Faculty
  • 24 Hour Library Access

DEDICATED FACULTY

Teresa Pounds, PharmD., BCNSP
Program Director of Pharmacy Practice Residency
Manager Clinical Pharmacy Services
Adjunct Professor of Mercer University School of Pharmacy

  • Program Director of Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Manager of Clinical Pharmacy Services
  • Adjunct professor of Mercer University School of Pharmacy

Michael Bendinelli, RPh
Director of Pharmacy

  • Responsible for all aspects of pharmacy operations

Barbara Wade, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

  • Clinical Pharmacist in medical/surgical and neonatal patient care areas
  • Graduated from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy
  • Assist with special projects; P&T Committee, pharmacy policies
  • Precepts pharmacy practice residents in pharmaceutical care, poster presentation, and Southeastern Residency Conference

Judy Spillers, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

  • Clinical pharmacist in medical/surgical and neonatal patient care areas
  • Graduated from the University of Georgia
  • Precepts pharmacy residents in pharmacokinetics service for the adult and neonatal patient population

Simon Tarpav, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

  • Clinical Pharmacist in medical and oncology patient care areas
  • Graduated from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy
  • Precepts pharmacy practice residents in pharmaceutical care and oncology

Belinda Nchako Edjua, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

  • Clinical Pharmacist in adult intensive care unit
  • Graduated from University of Southern California of Pharmacy, Los Angeles
  • Precepts pharmacy residents

CLINICAL SPECIALIST

Lisa Lundquist, PharmD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Mercer University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

  • Clinical Specialist in Ambulatory Care, Atlanta Medical Center
  • Graduated from Samford University, Birmingham, AL
  • Completed Pharmacy Practice Residency from DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, AL

Phillip Owen, PharmD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Mercer University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

  • Clinical Specialist in Critical Care, Atlanta Medical Center
  • Graduated from University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, Memphis, Tennessee

Pamela Moye, PharmD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Mercer University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

  • Clinical Specialist in Internal Medicine, Atlanta Medical Center
  • Graduated from University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, Athens, Georgia

PHYSICIAN PRECEPTORS

Internal Medicine
Brian Pearlman, MD
Louis Lovett, MD

Infectious Disease
Dennis Melton, MD
Getachew Hagos, MD
John Ouderkirk, MD
Joyce Drayton, MD

Nephrology
Khalid Iqbal, MD

Endocrinology
Israel Orija, MD

Critical Care
Vernon Henderson, MD

Cardiology
Paul Douglas, MD

ATLANTA MEDICAL DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACY

Atlanta Medical Center Department of Pharmacy is an integral part of many programs and departments within the medical center. Members of the department play a key role in the interdisciplinary teams that provide patient care.

Clinical Pharmacy Services Program is led by a board-certified clinical pharmacy manager in the areas of critical care and nutrition support. Our clinical pharmacists practice in specialized areas that closely match their clinical expertise and are integrated into patient care functions. Members of our medical and nursing staff rely on our pharmacists as an immediate resource for drug information and drug therapy review. One of the many clinical services provided by the pharmacy department to the medical staff is a pharmacokinetic consult service to help ensure desired therapeutic outcomes. The department also provides metabolic support consult services to help facilitate optimal nutritional status.

The pharmacy department includes a newly renovated, 24-hour central pharmacy that incorporates a class 10,000 sterile products laboratory to provide a high-quality standards in product preparation; advanced computer equipment for up-to-date drug information; robotic devices for efficient product delivery; automated point-of-access dispensing; and a system-wide integrated pharmacy information system. Atlanta Medical Center Department of Pharmacy is an integral part of many programs within the medical center, allowing department members to play key roles in the interdisciplinary teams providing patient.