PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency


Pharmacy Residencies
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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
Practice Management
Mental Health
Women's Health
ID/HIV Clinic

Elective Rotations

Spinal Cord Injury
Mental Health
Internal Medicine
Home Based Primary Care
Emergency Medicine
Hepatitis C
Pharmacy Informatics

Longitudinal Rotations 

Anticoagulation (required)
ER-Fast Tract (required)
ID/HIV (elective)
Primary Care (elective)
Renal (elective)
Mental Health (elective)
Home Based Primary Care (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 or Ambulatory Care Focused Meeting (pending approval)

Salary and Benefits

Yearly salary of about $51,000 
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 3, 2020. 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