The Brain and Spine Institute is made up of experts in the field of neuroscience in order to bring patients the best healthcare in East Tennessee for a full range of neurological diseases and disorders.
The University of Tennessee Medical Center is a 609-bed, tertiary care facility which serves the entire East Tennessee region. UT Medical Center is a Level I trauma center supported by LIFESTAR, an aeromedical helicopter program. UT Medical Center’s campus includes UT Graduate School of Medicine and UT College of Pharmacy, where ~200 pharmacy students train each year in the classroom and clinical rotations.
An American Society of Health-System Pharmacists accredited PGY1 residency in pharmacy practice is offered as well as three specialty residency programs. The Department of Pharmacy was selected as one of four national implementation sites for the ASHP Residency Learning System and has been recognized by the Tennessee Society of Hospital Pharmacists (TSHP) for the Innovative Hospital Pharmacy Practice Award. UTMC Department of Pharmacy also received a coveted invitation to share its pharmacist practice model innovations at ASHP’s pivotal Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) Summit.
The pharmacy staff provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care through the main pharmacy, retail pharmacy, two satellite pharmacies in oncology and surgery, and twelve decentralized pharmacist teams, consisting of a pharmacist and a certified pharmacy technician. The decentralized pharmacists, including many specialists, respond to formal and informal drug therapy consults for pharmacokinetics among other complex therapeutic issues. The physician services are a mix of private and academic rounding teams of which pharmacists are a crucial member. Pharmacy specialists are available in the following areas: internal medicine/subspecialties, ambulatory/family medicine, emergency medicine, oncology, infectious disease, drug policy, pediatrics, critical care medicine and trauma, transplant, medication safety, clinical informatics, and nightshift medicine.
The Medical Center provides drug therapy with many advanced technologies to promote patient safety, such and eMAR, Bar-Code Medication Administration (BCMA), smart pumps, and Computerized Prescriber Order Entry (CPOE). The pharmacy team works closely with the medical, nursing, and other healthcare staff to provide the very best in patient care, education, and research.
The Department of Pharmacy operates to meet the pharmaceutical care needs of patients and contribute to achieving the objectives of UT Medical Center by
• assuring appropriate patient specific pharmacotherapy
• establishing effective drug use and control
• providing education related to pharmaceutical care
• disseminating valuable and accurate drug information
• cultivating drug use research
The pursuit of this mission creates opportunities to develop advancements in pharmacy practice.