October 19, 2006
HOUSTON – This past September, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) granted a six-year accreditation to the Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC). This accreditation follows an on-site survey and review conducted in April 2006.
The MEDVAMC Pharmacy began its Postgraduate Year One Pharmacy Practice Residency Program in 2005 with two residents. During the year, the residents complete core rotations in internal medicine, infectious disease, psychiatry, practice management (pharmacy administration), and ambulatory care. Elective experiences include spinal cord injury, critical care, solid organ transplant, hematology/oncology, cardiology, and research. This year, the program expanded to five residency positions.
For more than 60 years, ASHP has helped pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems improve medication use and enhance patient safety. The Society's 30,000 members include pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who practice in inpatient, outpatient, home-care, and long-term-care settings, as well as pharmacy students.
“It is important for the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center to measure itself against the highest national standards. I am very proud of our staff and our center. Having an accredited pharmacy residency program exposes residents to the value of a VA career. Our personnel are very dedicated and we take seriously the job of serving those who have served our country,” said Donna Kyle, R.Ph, M.S., chief, Pharmacy Section.