Jay is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and completed his pre-pharmacy coursework from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville in 2010. In 2014, he completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Following graduation, Jay completed a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Practice residency at Perkins Drugs in Gallatin, Tennessee.
Currently, Jay is completing a PGY-2 residency in Pharmacy Informatics with Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The residency program is hosted in partnership with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and LifePoint Hospitals. Jay’s research interests include health informatics elements in personalized medicine, business development, clinical decision support, ambulatory care, and international public health.
Jay is involved with the ASHP Section Advisory Group (SAG) for Ambulatory Care Informatics. Within the SAG, he is a member of the Technological Frontiers of Informatics Education Workgroup.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a tertiary, 900 bed academic medical center with 11 pharmacies providing inpatient, outpatient, and specialty care. Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private college of pharmacy and health sciences located in Nashville, Tennessee. LifePoint Hospitals is a private hospital company operating 61 community hospitals in 20 states.
Jay’s projects include collaboration with his informatics co-resident at VUMC on the development of workflow mapping for the clinical information systems at VUMC. They are tracing clinical pharmacy systems along the medication use process and care continuum within the enterprise.
At Lipscomb, Jay has recently developed and presented lectures to second and third year pharmacy students in health informatics, community pharmacy practice, natural medicines, and biostatistics courses.
Advice for Someone New to Your Specialty Area
I would recommend finding mentors inside and outside the profession to give career guidance and feedback. Remain in contact with faculty mentors and preceptors from pharmacy school, as you will find that networking is a valuable resource for career development.
Read continuously. Seek out current opportunities to sharpen your skills as a new practitioner. The ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting provides outstanding programming for students and new practitioners. Get involved with pharmacy organization(s). Keep exploring your unique interest areas.
ASHP’s Value to Members
To me, education about current events in the fast-paced world of healthcare is one of the key values of ASHP membership. ASHP also provides a voice for the profession through policy and advocacy, which is essential in this dynamic healthcare landscape.
ASHP helps keep pharmacy moving forward. As organization, it also helps unite with other organizations to promote improved patient care through advancement of the profession.