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Pharmacy Practice Residency

CHEROKEE INDIAN HOSPITAL
Hospital Road
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone: (828) 497-9163 ext. 6369
Fax: (828) 497-3663

Director of Pharmacy and Residency Program Director:
CDR Elizabeth Helm, PharmD, BCPS, NCPS
Phone: 828-497-9163 ext. 6366
Fax: 828-497-3663
e-mail: Elizabeth.helm@cherokeehospital.org

Type of training site:
Hospital and Ambulatory Care

Accreditation:
ASHP accredited residency program

Facility:
Cherokee Indian Hospital is a family practice based hospital and clinic located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in western North Carolina. It serves approximately 14,000 Native Americans across a five county area through a variety of programs funded and operated through both the Indian Health Service and the Tribal Health Delivery System.

Rotational Experience opportunities:
Residents will gain experience in hospital pharmacy services including a: diabetes clinic (sugars, pressures, and lipids), pharmacy based tobacco cessation clinic, pharmacy based anticoagulation service, asthma service, internal medicine through the outpatient clinic, emergency room, and inpatient pharmacy departments, drug information, pain management services including case management of a chronic pain group medical visit, administrative services, public health and health promotion activities, group visit model of health care for patients with chronic renal failure, pharmacy interaction with the Cherokee Dialysis Center community based practice at the Snowbird clinic, participation in hospital meetings and committees, and information technology experience.

Special features:
Cherokee is located approximately 2-3 hours from Atlanta, GA, Knoxville, TN, and Greenville, SC. The facility is located next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park’s 55,000 acres and surrounding areas of forest and rivers offer a multitude of outdoor activities including hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, boating, tubing, kayaking, and fishing. Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg TN are located 30 miles from Cherokee and offer a wide variety of activities such as outlet mall shopping, amusement parks, professional shows, and comedy clubs. Asheville is located 45 minutes from Cherokee and is a rich cultural center, full of wonderful music, history, and shopping. Cherokee, NC is located in one of the most scenic areas of the country.