Psychiatry Residency Program (PGY2)

Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2)


Tawny (Bettinger) Smith, Pharm.D., BCPP
Director, PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Program

Seton Healthcare Network
3501 Mills Ave
Austin, Texas, 78731
Phone: 512-324-2007
FAX: 512-324-2084


Austin, Texas

Positions Available:


Start Date:

July 1


Pharm.D. degree from ACPE-accredited institution.
Completion of an ASHP accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency
Texas pharmacist licensure by July 1 .


$48,500 (2017-2018) plus an attractive benefits package.

Application Deadline:

January 5, 2018

General Overview:

The Seton Healthcare Family and The University of Texas at Austin Post Graduate Year 2 (PGY2) Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program was established in 1982 by Dr. M. Lynn Crismon, and has consistently maintained its accreditation status by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) since 1983. Over 50 residents have successfully completed our program.

The goal of the residency program is primarily to prepare individuals to become independent, skilled clinicians in psychiatric pharmacotherapy and practice. Critical to the core values of our program is the emphasis on the importance of advancing knowledge and skills in the care of individuals with mental disorders, and in understanding the unique characteristics of mental healthcare systems. Individuals who successfully complete our program will be prepared for a variety of exciting and challenging career opportunities in academia and/or professional practice. Additionally, residents are eligible for board certification in psychiatric pharmacy after completion of the program.

Practice Areas

The two main inpatient practice sites for this residency program are Seton Shoal Creek Hospital (SSC) and the Austin State Hospital (ASH). Seton Shoal Creek Hospital is a 115-bed private, not for profit psychiatric teaching hospital that operates as a component of the Seton Healthcare Family.

In conjunction with Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, Seton also offers an accredited residency in psychiatry and fellowships in psychosomatics and child psychiatry. Clinical experiences offered at SSC include transitions of care, adult acute care psychiatry, and addiction medicine.

The geriatric psychiatry outpatient experience is completed at the Seton Mind Institute Medical Park Tower clinic. Child and adolescent psychiatry is completed at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Elective experiences available at other hospitals or clinics within the Seton Healthcare Family include Psychiatry Consult Liaison and Psychiatric Emergency Department.

Austin State Hospital is a 315 bed public sector acute and intermediate care psychiatric hospital serving the mental health needs for over 3 and a half million Texas citizens. The resident gains experience in a variety of clinical environments from the Austin State Hospital campus, including: adult acute care psychiatry and clinical psychopharmacology consult service.

Residency Program PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Required and Elective Rotations:
The PGY2 – Psychiatry Residency Program is designed with the residency director to provide a well-rounded and individualized experience. To the best of our ability, the rotation schedule will be known at the beginning of the year with the knowledge that changes can occur.

Required RotationsLocationLengthPreceptor(s)
Acute Care
Orientation/Transitions of CareSSC6 weeksDr. Smith
Dr. Lewis
Adult Acute CareSSC and ASH6 weeks (at each location)Dr. Smith
Dr. Kattura
Dr. Peña
Psychopharmacology Consult ServiceASH6 weeksDr. Mican
Academic-PreceptingSSC6 weeksDr. Smith
Addictions MedicineSSC6 weeksDr. Lewis
Child & Adolescent PsychiatryDCMC4 weeksDr. Smith
Dr. Lewis
AcademicAll12 monthsDr. Smith (coordinator)
Geriatric Psychiatry ClinicSMI12 months (half day/wk)Dr. Smith
Pharmacy AdministrationAll12 monthsDr. Lewis (coordinator)
ResearchAll12 monthsAll
Elective RotationsLocationLengthPreceptor
Psychiatry Consult LiaisonSMCA DSMC DCMC4-6 weeksDr. Walker*
Dr. Murthy*
Dr. McRoberts*
Dr. Alonso-Katzowitz*
UT Mental Health and Counseling CenterUT Student Health Center4-6 weeksDr. Eshelman*
Psychiatric Emergency DepartmentDSMC4-6 weeksDr. Mills*

*Physician Preceptor (pharmacist preceptor-Dr. Smith)

ASH = Austin State Hospital
DCMC = Dell Children’s Medical Center
SMCA = Seton Medical Center Austin
SSC = Seton Shoal Creek Hospital
DSMC = Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas
UT = The University of Texas at Austin

Additional Requirements:


Research projects completed during the PGY2 residency year require approval of The University Institutional Review Board for Protection of Human Research Subjects (IRB) and the Seton IRB. Depending on the project, the Texas Department of State Health Services may also need to approve the research project. Residents must complete minimum training in human research ethics, as required by each institution.

It is expected that residents submit a research abstract for a poster presentation at the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) Annual Meeting.  Residents are also required to participate and present their research at the UT COP Research Excellence Day, Dell Medical School (DMS) Reasearch Day and the UT Dept. of Psychiatry Scholarly Activities Day. A completed research project and written manuscript is a requirement for obtaining a residency certificate.

The resident will teach in a variety of settings. The resident will participate in teaching M-3 students, and DMS psychiatry residents. Residents are also expected to serve as the primary preceptor for an advanced practice experiential rotations for a UT Pharm.D. student. Participation and completion of in the UT College of Pharmacy Academic Training Program (teaching certificate program) is required of all residents (if not previously completed).


  • UT Pharmacotherapy (PT) Rounds (pharmacy grand rounds) is held on a weekly basis. The resident will present at one PT Rounds presentation per year.
  • The UT Dell Medical psychiatry program journal club is held monthly. Residents are required to be the primary presenter a minimum of one time during the year.
  • Residents will deliver a minimum of two in-service presentations
  • The UT Dell Medical psychiatry program interdisciplinary case conference is held monthly. The residents will present at one case conference per year.
  • Topic discussions and case presentations will be rotation specific.
  • Residents are also expected to teach medication education classes to patients at ASH and SSC.

Professional Meetings:

Residents will receive support for one meeting per academic year. It is recommended that the resident attend the annual CPNP meeting. Support for meeting attendance is contingent upon submission of an abstract for presentation. Residents may also attend the UT Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Update.

Stipend & Benefits

  • Annual Stipend for 2017-2018: $48,500.
  • Each trainee receives 200 hours (25 days) of personal leave.
  • Individual health insurance is provided by Seton Healthcare Family

Application & More Information:

The following materials must be submitted in PhORCAS by January 5, 2018

Required materialsDirections for submission
Official sealed transcriptSubmitted to PhORCAS
Curriculum vitaeUpload PDF to PhORCAS
Letter of intentUpload PDF to PhORCAS
3 letters of recommendationSubmitted through PhORCAS

You will be notified whether or not you have been selected for an onsite interview no later than January 15, 2018. Onsite interviews will be held in late January and throughout February. We anticipate that 3-5 candidates will be selected for on-site interviews for each residency slot.It is the resident candidate’s responsibility to ensure that a complete application packet is received by 11:59pm CST on Friday January 5, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the selection of an onsite interview.

Candidates are required to give a pharmacotherapy based presentation during the interview.

PGY2 residents are required to register with the Match Program which is available at: Initial notification of acceptance for the PGY2 program will be through the Match Program. Formal letters will be mailed in late March or early April.

Psychiatric Pharmacy Faculty:

  • Tawny Smith, Pharm.D., BCPP (Director, Psychiatric Pharmacy Program)
  • M. Lynn Crismon, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPP
  • Melissa Reyes, Pharm.D., BCPP
  • Lisa Mican, Pharm.D., BCPP
  • Kasey Pena, Pharm.D.
  • Rania Kattura, Pharm.D., MsPhr, BCPP