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Pharmacy Practice Residency

Cherokee Indian Hospital

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

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

Residency Program Director:
LCDR Jason White, Pharm.D., BCACP
Phone: (828) 497-6375
email: jason.white@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:
Cherokee Indian Hospital is a tier three Patient Centered Medical Home. The resident gains considerable experience in the ambulatory care realm by working as an integral member of an interdisciplinary health care team in both the primary care clinics, and in the Healthy Heart Program. The resident also rotates through the pharmacy anticoagulation and medication therapy management clinics, as well as serves as a case manager for the chronic pain program. In addition, the resident will develop a solid foundation in acute care pharmacotherapy, and will gain knowledge in pharmacy operations. Rounding out the experience are the development of skills in information technology, the chance to grow as a leader and mentor pharmacy students from dozens of schools across the US, and the chance to contribute to the mission of the Indian Health Service and Cherokee Indian hospital through the development and implementation of an impactful residency project.

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.