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Centra Pharmacy Residency Program


Our approach to education

Centra Health is proud to offer a pharmacy residency program that offers its residents a wide array of community hospital pharmacy experiences in a nonprofit regional integrated healthcare network. Comprised of five hospitals; Lynchburg General, Virginia Baptist, Centra Specialty Hospital, Bedford Memorial and Southside Community, Centra is nationally recognized for providing outstanding patient care and has received numerous awards.

The residency program will employ two PGY1 residents each year. The program is supported by 12 faculty members who have extensive experience caring for a wide variety of patients including neonates, the critically ill and the elderly.


Program goals

Our goals are to teach the skills necessary for a hospital pharmacist to provide:

  • Patient-centered care
  • Respect and compassion
  • High quality, measurable outcomes
  • Continuous learning and improvement
  • Community health
  • Financial stewardship

“As a new pharmacist I wanted to have every advantage possible in today’s competitive job market. I came to Centra for my residency because it offered all the tools I needed to succeed. I was able to have pharmacist mentors as a new graduate. I took advantage of the opportunity to lecture at multiple professional programs in the area and earn a teaching certificate. I was taught the importance of giving back to the community by volunteering at the local free clinic and giving back to the pharmacy profession by precepting a student.  I stayed at Centra after my residency because of my experience and relationships made. It was clear to see that the pharmacist here wanted me to succeed in meeting my goals and would continue to help me along the way.”

Jeffrey Shearin, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist & Residency Preceptor


Gain extensive experience

Our pharmacies across four primary hospital campuses work as one department to provide pharmacy services to patients in many areas including:

  • Surgical services
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology 
  • Oncology
  • Neonatal Intensive CarePediatrics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Hospice 
  • Adult, Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Emergency Medicine


PGY1: $48,880


  • Bowen Fitness Center access
  • Discounts on meals and fitness memberships
  • 24 days paid time off
  • Health, dental, vision insurance at Centra subsidized rates
  • 403b savings plan

Centralized location

Centra has central pharmacies in each of our primary hospital campuses.

Our Team

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Stephanie S. Puckett, Pharm.D., BCPS

Director, PGY-1 Residency Program and Clinical Pharmacy, Clinical Specialist
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Jeffery D. Duncan, Pharm.D., BCCCP

Clinical Specialist
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Julie H. Flint, Pharm.D., BCPS

Director, LGH Pharmacy
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Brittany Gibson, Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Specialist
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Joshua J. Hicks, Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Specialist
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Amanda Keith, Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Specialist
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Daniel Nassif, PharmD, BCPS, BCEMP

Clinical Specialist
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Daniel A. Payne, III, Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Specialist
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Randall Puckett, Pharm.D., BCPS

Senior Director of Pharmacy
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Jeffrey Shearin, Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Specialist
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Mary Smith, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Specialist
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Alison West, PharmD


"Centra’s residency program not only taught me clinical skills but also gave me the confidence to practice independently. The pharmacy team has a great relationship with physicians, nurses, and other disciplines.  I was excited to stay and enjoy still working at Centra because I am able to influence and improve patient care every day."

Mary Smith, Pharm.D., BCPS Clinical Pharmacy Specialist 

Pharmacy Residency Program FAQs


ASHP accredited

The Pharmacy Residency program conducted by Centra is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.