ETSU welcomes pharmacy postgraduates

Published 3:56 pm Thursday, May 27, 2021

JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy welcomes two new residents who will be furthering their postgraduate pharmacy training over the next year at the college.
Dr. Brittney Bright, of Knoxville, matched as a Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) Internal Medicine Resident.
“I am originally from East Tennessee and am so excited to return to the area to complete my postgraduate training at ETSU Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy,” said Bright. “I have really enjoyed working with students through experiential learning this year and look forward to exploring formal didactic teaching during my PGY2 year. My clinical interests include transitions of care with research interests in anticoagulation.”
Bright earned a Food Science and Technology degree from the University of Tennessee in 2015 and graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science College of Pharmacy in 2020. She currently serves as a PGY1 resident at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Bright hopes to serve in dual roles in the inpatient and outpatient settings optimizing medication regimens upon discharge while continuing to work with students.
Gatton College of Pharmacy alumna Dr. Payton Tipton (’20), of Jonesborough, was matched as a Postgraduate Year 2 Ambulatory Care Resident and said she is excited to continue working with faculty she learned from in pharmacy school.
“I enjoyed attending Gatton as a student and learning from all of the faculty, and I can’t wait to continue to build those relationships,” said Tipton. “I am also excited to be back in my hometown and to be able to serve the patients that hold a special place in my heart.”
Tipton holds both a bachelor’s in chemistry and her PharmD from ETSU. She completed her PGY1 at Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She hopes to become a board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist and work as a clinical pharmacist in a primary care clinic. 
Learn more about Gatton College of Pharmacy’s postgraduate program at

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