Inaugural Belmont Pharmacy, HealthTrust Clinical Management Fellow Dr. Emily Singleton Completes Program, Accepts Job at Belmont

Dr. Emily Singleton, the inaugural fellow of the Belmont University College of Pharmacy and HealthTrust Clinical Management Fellowship in Drug Information, has successfully completed the 2-year program and has accepted a position at Belmont University within the Christy Houston Foundation Drug Information Center.  

Singleton’s new position will include providing an on-demand drug information service for Health-Trust members and providing drug information support to the clinical pharmacy team at HealthTrust.

Dr. Genevieve Lynn (Ness) Engle, associate professor and director of the Christy Houston Foundation Drug Information Center, said Singleton has become a vital part of the HealthTrust clinical pharmacy team. “Dr. Singleton’s contributions to the fellowship and the Drug Information Center have been remarkable. Within the first few months of her program, she published an article in Annals of Pharmacotherapy, based on one of the drug information questions she answered in the center,” she said. “I am so proud of her accomplishments and am grateful we were able to keep her as the HealthTrust Senior Manager of Clinical Information.”

The two-year, post-doctoral Clinical Management Fellowship in Drug Information, co-sponsored by Belmont University and HealthTrust, is designed to provide fellows with an intensive program focused in drug information, evidence-based practice, corporate management, teaching and research. It is the goal of the program to equip fellows to serve as pharmacists in a corporate healthcare setting, university or college faculty, drug information specialists, medical science liaisons or medical writers.

The first year of the program is with Belmont. This academia and drug information rotation allows the fellow to experience managing the day-to-day operations of a drug information center while assisting in drug information courses as an adjunct professor. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue longitudinal research projects suitable for publication and presentation at national meetings, as well as act as a preceptor for experiential education students. Additionally, the fellow participates in Belmont’s Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program and exits the rotation experience with a completed teaching portfolio.

The second year is with HealthTrust. This corporate rotation presents the fellow with the opportunity to gain experience at a group purchasing organization with more than 1,600 member-hospitals and 25,000 clinics. At HealthTrust, the fellow is integrated into the clinical pharmacy team by engaging with the sourcing department and supporting a drug information service. The fellow has the opportunity to complete a longitudinal research project and submit for peer-review and publication. Precepting students, conducting evidence reviews, drafting conversion documents, and learning how to navigate a complex healthcare environment are a few of the experiences gained upon completion of this fellowship.

The fellowship program recruits one fellow every year. Dr. Singleton was the inaugural fellow for the 2018-2020 cycle. Dr. Andrew Douglas is the current PGY2 fellow (2019-2021 cycle), and Dr. Sally Hughes is the current PGY1 fellow (2020-2022 cycle).