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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Residency


Pharmacy Residencies
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Mission: The purpose of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center PGY2 Residency in Ambulatory Care is to prepare pharmacists to become independent clinical practitioners of direct patient care in ambulatory care settings with the skills necessary for attainment of a clinical pharmacy position and/or adjunct faculty position at a college of pharmacy, and knowledge to obtain board certification as an ambulatory care pharmacist.
Requirements for Completion of Residency

To successfully complete this program, the PGY2 resident must complete all required, elective, and longitudinal rotations. The resident must complete a research project and submit a manuscript suitable for publication. Additional requirements include attendance at national and regional pharmacy conferences, precepting residents and students, weekly non-formulary request reviews, and various lectures and presentations throughout the year.

Required Rotations

  • Primary Care (2 months)
  • Primary Care CBOCs
  • Anticoagulation
  • Practice Management
  • Research
  • Academia
  • Prime Care - Center of Excellence
  • Mental Health
  • Women's Health

Elective Rotations

  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • ID/HIV
  • Mental Health
  • Internal Medicine
  • Home Based Primary Care
  • Cardiology
  • Hematology-Oncology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hepatitis C

Longitudinal Rotations 

  • Anticoagulation (required)
  • ID/HIV (elective)
  • Primary Care (elective)
  • Renal (elective)
  • Mental Health (elective)
  • Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (elective)

Teaching Opportunities

The PGY2 will gain many diverse teaching experiences throughout the year, including precepting PGY1 residents and students. In addition, the resident will be expected to provide in-service presentations to medical and pharmacy staff and present journal clubs, case presentations, and a minimum of one Therapeutics lecture at Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The resident is highly encouraged to apply to become a Texas State Board of Pharmacy licensed preceptor.


  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • TSHP Alcalde: Southwest Leadership Conference (pending approval)

Salary and Benefits

  • Yearly salary of $50,000 
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 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
  • Licensed pharmacist in any state
  • Have completed or be in the process of completing a PGY1 residency
  • Graduate of an ACPE-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program
  • Participate in an on-site interview

Applications must include:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official copies of pharmacy school transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • VA Application form VHA-10-2850d  ***Upload to supplemental application on PhORCAS***

Applicants should submit all application materials through PhORCAS. The deadline is January 5, 2018. The National Matching Service Code is 674665.


Sonya Wilmer, PharmD, BCPS, VHA-CM
PGY2 Ambulatory Care
Residency Program Director
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Pharmacy Service (119)
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-791-1414, extension 26934
Fax: 713-794-7064