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Pharmacy Practice Residencies
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Does your program participate in PPS?
Is the program flexible if interests throughout my residency change?
How are major project topics decided upon?
How are residents selected?
How are the pharmacists/preceptors involved with professional organizations (local, state, national level)?
How long has the MEDVAMC residency been in existence?
How many residency positions are available? 
What are longitudinal learning experiences the resident partakes in?
What are required projects and presentations expected of residents? 
What are the staffing responsibilities for residents?
What conferences do residents participate in?
What is the annual pay for residents?
What meetings will I present to?
What off-site rotations have previous residents been able to take advantage of?
What resources will I have access to during my residency?
What rotations are offered at MEDVAMC?
What teaching opportunities are available to residents? 
What types of positions will I be prepared to accept after completion of this residency?
What will I be doing during staffing?
Where do residents park? 
Will I have access to a computer?

 

 

Does your program participate in PPS?

No, we do not participate in PPS.

Is the program flexible if interests throughout my residency change?

Dr. Cadle will do everything he can to work with you and the preceptors to change rotations if interests change throughout the year. Everyone involved with the program is focused on ensuring that the residents are able to get the most out of the residency year.

How are major project topics decided upon?

Residents will be presented with a list of potential projects from preceptors and former residents. Current resident project ideas are encouraged, but decisions will be contigent upon the time limitations of a one year residency.

How are residents selected?

The MEDVAMC conducts a rigorous screening process in which applicants who complete all requirements by the application deadline are reviewed by clinical preceptors. Interviews are awarded in the early spring. Our program participates in the ASHP Match.

How are the pharmacists/preceptors involved with professional organizations (local, state, national level)?

Many of the preceptors are highly involved with TSHP and GCSHP. Dr. Brian Fase is currently serving as the president-elect of GCSHP and Dr. Jennifer Nguyen is currently serving as treasurer of GCSHP. Dr. Cadle and Dr. Nguyen have both served as GCSHP President in the past. Becoming of a member of these two organizations during residency is highly recommended. Preceptors and residents are also involved with ASHP.

How long has the MEDVAMC residency been in existence?

The MEDVAMC PGY-1 residency program was started in 2005 and the MS/PGY-1/PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency was started in 2009. The PGY-2 programs in Ambulatory Care and Infectious Diseases accepted its first class of residents in 2013.

How many residency positions are available? 

For the 2013-2014 residency year MEDVAMC will have five PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency positions, one PGY-1/PGY-2/MS Health System Pharmacy Administration position, one PGY-2 Infectious Disease residency position and one PGY-2 Ambulatory Care residency position.

What are longitudinal learning experiences the resident partakes in?

PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residents participate in a weekly longitudinal ambulatory clinic (primary care, HIV, mental health) and a monthly long term care patient chart review.

What are required projects and presentations expected of residents? 

Residents will be expected to present two topic discussions and a formal presentation to the pharmacy staff and rotating pharmacy students in addition to presentations and projects required for specific rotations. Residents will complete a research project. This project will be presented as a poster presentation at the ASHP Midyear meeting and presented as a platform presentation at the TSHP Alcalde meeting.

What are the staffing responsibilities for residents?

Residents are required to staff 200 hours throughout the residency year, including 2 minor holidays and one major holiday. This averages to about every 3rd or 4th weekend. Staffing includes a mixture of inpatient, outpatient, and clinical duties.

What conferences do residents participate in?

ASHP Midyear, TSHP Annual, Gulf Coast Society of Health System Pharmacists (GCSHP) Annual, (ASHP Leadership Convention for Administration Resident).

What is the annual pay for residents?

$46,000/year for PGY-1, ~$50,000/year for PGY-2. There is also the option to earn pharmacist salary through additional staffing as the resident desires.

What meetings will I present to?

ASHP Midyear and TSHP ALCALDE

What off-site rotations have previous residents been able to take advantage of?

Residents have had the opportunity to complete oncology, ER , nutritional support, cardiology, and critical care rotations at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and transplant, cardiology, solid organ transplant, and psychiatry rotations at The Houston Methodist Hospital. In the future, we hope to have transplant and cardiology rotations at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and psychiatry at the Harris County Psychiatric Center. Health System Pharmacy Administration Residents travel to Arkansas and Washington DC for rotations at the VA Regional Headquarters (VISN) and VA National Office.

What resources will I have access to during my residency?

MEDVAMC Pharmacy Residents will have access to Lexi-Comp, Clinical Pharmacology, Micromedex, Up To Date and the VA Library which has access to many medical and pharmacy journals.

What rotations are offered at MEDVAMC?

Required rotations include internal medicine, primary care, infectious diseases, psychiatry, and practice management. Elective rotations include academia, cardiology, anticoagulation, critical care (MICU, SICU, nutrition support), geriatrics/home based primary care, spinal cord injury and research. Residents can also choose to repeat an elective in their area of interest or complete an elective at one of the other hospitals in the Texas Medical Center.

What teaching opportunities are available to residents? 

Residents will complete an eight week teaching certificate program through the University of Houston College of Pharmacy (UH). Residents are required to give a formal lecture to Texas Southern University (TSU) pharmacy students. Residents may have the opportunity to give a lecture and/or facilitate therapeutic skills lab at UH. Other teaching opportunities are available through working with pharmacy, medical and physician assistant students on rotation and providing education to medical, nursing, and pharmacy staff. Students from four Texas pharmacy schools (TSU, UH, The University of Texas, Texas A&M) rotate through MEDVAMC.

What types of positions will I be prepared to accept after completion of this residency?

Residents who complete the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency will be prepared to continue their residency training with a PGY-2 residency in their preferred area or accept an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist position or an inpatient clinical pharmacist position.  Residents who complete the PGY-1/PGY-2/MS in Pharmacy Administration Residency will be prepared to seek a health-system pharmacy management position.

What will I be doing during staffing?

Residents will staff in MEDVAMC’s inpatient and outpatient pharmacies. Inpatient staffing includes medication order verification and IV medication preperation. Outpatient staffing involves medication order verification for patient’s being discharged from the hospital. Residents will also complete clinical staffing which involves completing medication reconciliation for recently admitted patients and anticoagulation monitoring.

Where do residents park?

Free onsite parking for all residents! This is very rare in the Texas Medical Center.

Will I have access to a computer?

Each resident is provided with a desk and computer. The resident office also has office phones and a printer.