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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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PGY1/ PGY2/ MS Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency

Pharmacy Practice Residencies
PGY-1 | PGY-1/PGY-2/MS Admin
PGY-2 Ambulatory Care | PGY-2 Infectious Disease
PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy
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Mission: The purpose of the PGY-1/PGY-2/MS Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center is to develop pharmacy leaders who are prepared to immediately assume a manager or assistant director level position within the Veterans Health Administration, and eventually a Chief of Pharmacy, VISN Pharmacy Executive, or National Pharmacy Executive position.

Requirements for Completion of Residency

  • Successful completion of all PGY-1 requirements
  • Research project
    • Poster presentation at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
    • Platform presentation at ALCALDE Residency Conference
    • Research to be submitted in manuscript form for journal publication
    • Project defense for MS and completion of manuscript requirements for graduation
  • Staffing requirements (outpatient, inpatient, and clinical)
  • Formal presentations and journal clubs
  • Completion of MS in Pharmacy Administration and Leadership at University of Houston

Practice Management Experiences

  • Involvement in pharmacy management meetings
  • Projects to improve the medication use process
  • Involvement in pharmacoeconomic cost savings measures
  • Presentation to Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Active involvement in hospital committees
  • Inventory control monitoring
  • Involvement in VISN initiatives
  • National Office project involvement
  • Longitudinal Administration Clinic
  • Longitudinal Patient Medication Safety and Drug Shortages' Committee opportunities


  • VA Central Office
  • VA Regional Office (VISN)
  • Clinical Operations (Inpatient and Outpatient)
  • Inpatient Operations
  • Outpatient Operations
  • Automation and Technology
  • Finance/Budgeting
  • Regulatory/Joint Commission
  • Human Resources
  • Formulary Management


  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • ALCALDE (PGY-1 Year)
  • ASHP Conference for Leaders in Health-System Pharmacy (PGY-2 Year)

Salary and Benefits

  • PGY-1 Salary – about $45,000; PGY-2 Salary – about $50,000
  • 13 Days (vacation and sick leave)
  • Health, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Administrative leave to attend professional meetings and conferences
  • Desktop computer for use at MEDVAMC
  • 1 VA white coat

Application Requirements

To apply you must:

  • Be a citizen of the USA
  • Be a graduate of an ACPE-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program
  • Participate in an on-site interview

Applications must include:

Applicants should submit all application materials through PhORCAS. The deadline is December 31, 2016. The National Matching Service Code is 164218.



Christina Pereira, PharmD
Outpatient Pharmacy Program Manager, Residency Director

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Pharmacy Service (119)
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-791-1414, extension 25679
Fax: 713-794-7064