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 Cost 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 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 strong didactic as well as 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 require further information. We would be glad to speak with you, arrange a tour of our facilities, or conduct an interview.

Our institution is an HCA affiliate, nationally recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures. We are a 651-bed medical center with several campuses, including: Doctors Regional, Bay Area, Bay View, The Heart Hospital, Northwest, Northshore Emergency Center and Radiation Oncology. We offer a full range of excellent medical, surgical and pharmaceutical services at these campuses.

Bill Poulos PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Director

About the Corpus Christi Medical Center Residency Program

At Corpus Christi Medical Center, the educational training and environment 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, and medical students, residents, and fellows in cardiology, pulmonary, and critical care. Our mission is to graduate residents with the experience necessary to practice in a wide variety of 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 and the University of Houston College of Pharmacy.

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 eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

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 eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. A solid and excellent clinical and pharmacy operation foundation is developed through robust clinical experiences in areas such as cardiology, pulmonary - critical care, emergency medicine, infectious disease, antimicrobial stewardship, hematology-oncology, neonatal intensive care, internal medicine, teaching and clinical research. These patient-centered, clinical, dynamic leadership, informatics, and management rotations are offered throughout our facilities.

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 and a maximum of 20 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 (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
  • Deadline 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, and the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. We accept 2nd year pharmacy students for IPPE rotations 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, and management.

List of leadership and faculty

Bill Poulos, PharmD, BCPS, FCP
Residency Program Director

Christina Cruz PharmD, BCPS
Director of Pharmacy

Erin Ressler PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Coordinator

Courtney Gallion, MS
Administrative Director of Medical Education

Susan Christiansen
Graduate Medical Education Coordinator

Contact information

Bill Poulos, PharmD, BCPS, FCP
Residency Program Director
 (361) 761-2070
 Bill.poulos@hcahealthcare.com

Christina Cruz PharmD, BCPS
Director of Pharmacy
 (361) 761-3495
christina.cruz2@healthtrustPG.com

Erin Ressler PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Coordinator
 (361) 761-3637