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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 Residencies
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Mission: The purpose of the PGY1/PGY2/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 become a Chief of Pharmacy, VISN Pharmacy Executive, or National Pharmacy Executive.


Requirements for Completion of Residency

  • Successful completion of all PGY1 requirements
  • Research project
    • Poster presentation at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
    • Podium presentation at the Alcalde residency conference
    • Thesis defense and completion of the manuscript requirements from the MS in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration program
    • Research to be submitted in manuscript form for journal publication
  • 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
  • Regulatory Compliance and Accreditation longitudinal experience
  • Longitudinal Medication Safety and Drug Shortages' Committee

Required Administration Rotations

  • VA Central Office (VACO)
  • Pharmacy Retention and Recruitment Office (PRRO)
  • VA Regional Office (VISN)
  • Regulatory/Joint Commission
  • Clinical Operations (Inpatient and Outpatient)
  • Inpatient Pharmacy Operations
  • Outpatient Pharmacy Operations
  • Informatics
  • Pharmacoeconomics/Formulary Management
  • Finance/Budgeting
  • Chief of Pharmacy Service
  • Academia


  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • TSHP Alcalde: Southwest Leadership Conference
  • ASHP Conference for Leaders in Health-System Pharmacy 

Salary and Benefits

  • PGY1 Salary: about $46,000; PGY2 Salary: about $50,000
  • 13 days (vacation and sick leave)
  • Health, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Administrative leave to attend professional meetings and conferences

Application Requirements

  • U.S. citizen
  • Graduate from an ACPE-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program
  • Participate in an on-site interview, presentation, and clinical case review

Applications must include:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • VA Application form VHA-10-2850d ***Upload to supplemental application on PhORCAS***
  • Official pharmacy school transcript(s) sent to PhORCAS and the University of Houston graduate program
  • Concurrent application to the University of Houston's Masters in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration program
  • For more information, please visit the University of Houston College of Pharmacy MS Residency Homepage

Applicants should submit all application materials through PhORCAS. The deadline is December 31, 2017. The National Matching Service Code is 164218.



Christina Pereira, PharmD
Program Manager, Outpatient Pharmacy
Residency Program Director

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Pharmacy Service (119)
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-791-1414, extension 27119
Fax: 713-794-7064