Welcome letter

Welcome to Corpus Christi Medical Center Pharmacy Residency Program Website. We appreciate your desire to learn about our American Society of Health-Systems (ASHP) accredited pharmacy residency program.

Located on the Gulf Coast of South Texas, Corpus Christi is a city with a population of approximately 330,000, miles of beaches, and an average daily temperature of 72˚F, which offers several popular tourist attractions.

Within our institutions, you will find a wealth of information to assimilate and the opportunity to be taught by a diverse, qualified, experienced and dedicated faculty. It is a rich environment to fulfill the rigorous program outlined by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists for completion of their residency program. Residents in our program go through solid didactic and practical experiences during their tenure.

Our residency program is housed under the umbrella of the Graduate Medical Education program at Corpus Christi Medical Center. While our website provides you with most of the detailed information you may require, please do not hesitate to contact us at (361) 761-3558 should you need further information. We would be glad to speak with you, arrange a tour of our facilities, or conduct an interview.

Corpus Christi Medical Center is a system of healthcare facilities serving the Greater Corpus Christi area including North Padre Island, Portland, Rockport and the Coastal Bend area. We have received The Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission. Our hospitals are certified Chest Pain and Primary Stroke Centers, and Corpus Christi Medical Center Bay Area is a designated Level II Trauma Center. Our hospitals and facilities include: Corpus Christi Medical Center Bay Area, Doctors Regional, Bayview, Cancer Center, ER 24/7 Portland, Northwest and Rockport. We offer various excellent medical, surgical, and pharmaceutical services at these campuses.

Bill Poulos PharmD, BCPS
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director

About the Corpus Christi Medical Center residency program

The educational training and environment at Corpus Christi Medical Center prepares our residents for a lifetime of learning. This program is designed for the graduate who intends to pursue hospital pharmacy, clinical pharmacy practice, or a PGY2 specialty pharmacy residency. Corpus Christi Medical Center is a training site for pharmacy, nursing, medical students, residents and fellows in cardiology, pulmonary and critical care. Our mission is to graduate residents with the experience necessary to practice in various hospital and clinic-based settings and pursue additional specialist training. Our program prepares the pharmacy resident to eventually become board certified, through the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS). We are affiliated with the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Pharmacy residency program

Corpus Christi Medical Center is pleased to announce its American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Accredited Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) pharmacy residency program.

Purpose statement

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and qualified for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

An excellent clinical and pharmacy operation foundation is developed through robust clinical experiences in cardiology, pulmonary-critical care, emergency medicine, infectious disease, antimicrobial stewardship, hematology-oncology, neonatal intensive care, internal medicine, teaching and clinical research. Our facilities offer patient-centered, clinical, dynamic leadership, informatics and management rotations.

Full benefit package including:

  • Health insurance for residents and immediate family members
  • Dental insurance for residents and immediate family members
  • Life insurance for residents and immediate family members
  • Vision insurance for residents and immediate family members
  • One personalized lab coat each training year
  • Clinical pharmacology online available hospital wide
  • Up-to-date available hospital wide
  • Complimentary meals at the hospital
  • Disability Insurance available
  • Minimum of 10 days off per year
  • 100% Duty Hours Policy Adherence
  • 401K Plan participation available
  • Stipend - $55,000

Structured educational program including:

  • Weekly Thursday lectures with internal medicine residents
  • Weekly operations and management meetings
  • Twice weekly Antimicrobial Stewardship Rounds
  • P2 and P4 pharmacy students’ rotations
  • ECG course
  • Monthly tumor board
  • Monthly journal club
  • Clinical research study design and implementation
  • Medication Use Evaluation (MUE) Studies design implementation and presentation
  • Monthly case presentations
  • Presentations at local, state and national conferences

Program requirements

Applicants must be graduates of an ACPE-accredited School of Pharmacy and Licensed to practice pharmacy or eligible for licensure in the State of Texas (a Pharmacy license must be obtained within 90 days of beginning the program).

Application process

  • Evidence of participation in the NMS- ASHP Resident Matching Program
  • Letter of intent
  • College of pharmacy transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Due Dec. 31

Pharmacy student rotations

Corpus Christi Medical Center is a rotation site for pharmacy students. We are currently affiliated with Texas A&M Health Science Center. We accept 2nd-year pharmacy students for IPPE and 4th-year pharmacy students for APPE rotations. During these rotations, pharmacy students have the opportunity to work with residents while rotating in areas such as cardiology, critical care, trauma, anesthesia, women’s services, emergency medicine, infectious disease, antimicrobial stewardship, hematology-oncology, neonatal intensive care, internal medicine, pharmacy operations, health-system, informatics, psychiatry and management.

Contact information

Bill Poulos, PharmD, BCPS
PGY-1 pharmacy residency program director
Lead pharmacist
Critical care specialist
(319) 936-4659
Email Bill

Christina Cruz PharmD, BCPS
Market director of pharmacy
 (361) 761-3495
Email Christina

Supporting faculty

Courtney Gallion, MS
Administrative director of medical education
Email Courtney

Susan Christiansen
Graduate medical education coordinator
Email Susan