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Five residency programs awarded rare accreditation extensions

Lipscomb boasts three pharmacy residency programs that have been awarded eight-year accreditations.

Janel Shoun-Smith | 615.966.7078  | 

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The American Society of Health System Pharmacy has awarded Lipscomb’s four PYG1 residency programs in community pharmacy with a full three-year extension of accreditation through the year 2022.

In addition, the university’s combined PGY1 and PGY2 health care informatics residency program at LifePoint Health in Brentwood was awarded the highest ASHP accreditation awarded, an eight-year accreditation through 2027 with no requests for additional information.

This will be Lipscomb’s third residency program to be awarded an eight-year accreditation, joining the PGY2 pharmacy informatics residency with Vanderbilt University and the PGY1 pharmacy practice residency with Maury Regional Medical Center.

“When we applied for this program, we were only the second such program in the country. Very few programs achieve this recognition,” said Dr. Ben Gross, associate professor and director of assessment for the college.

Lipscomb’s community pharmacy residencies first obtained accreditation three years ago, and achieved the full extension in 2019. Practice sites for the four community pharmacy residencies are at Marcrom’s Pharmacy in Manchester; Perkins Drugs in Gallatin, Sango Pharmacy in Clarksville and Gibbs Pharmacy in Lebanon, all in Tennessee.

“This doesn’t happen very often,” said Gross. “The accrediting body re-evaluated our program and found we were committed to all the standards that they had established.”

The ASHP accreditation visit team surveys each practice site and the details of the rotation experiences. The team analyzes how the program is impacting patient care and how it is being innovative in its training of pharmacy residents, such as including patient care activities, educating health care providers about community pharmacy and consistent self-evaluations, Gross said.

Lipscomb has additional residency programs in ambulatory care and psychiatric pharmacy, which just received similar accreditation status.