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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency

Pharmacy Practice Residencies
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PGY1 Residents 2016Mission: The purpose of the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center is to prepare pharmacists to become independent clinical practitioners of direct patient care in both inpatient and primary care settings, with the skills necessary for attainment of a clinical pharmacy position, adjunct faculty position at a college of pharmacy, and/or further training through a second year post-graduate program in a specialty area of practice.

Requirements for Completion of Residency

  • Research project
    • Poster presentation at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
    • Platform presentation at TSHP ALCALDE Residency Conference
    • Research to be submitted in manuscript form for journal publication
  • Staffing requirements: inpatient, outpatient, and clinical
  • Formal presentations, lecturing at colleges of pharmacy and topic discussions
  • ACLS / BLS certification



  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Practice Management
  • Primary Care
  • Critical Care
  • Center of Excellence
  • Research

  • Monthly chart review for long term care patients weekly clinic
  • Non-formulary drug review weekly
  • Center of Excellence in Primary Care, HIV, COE, 1/2 week clinic

Elective On-Site

  • Anticoagulation
  • Cardiology/CCU
  • Geriatrics
  • HIV Clinic
  • Home Based Primary Care
  • MICU
  • Nutrition Support
  • SICU
  • ER
  • Spinal Cord Injury

Elective Off-Site

  • Academia
  • Cardiology
  • Drug Information
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Nutrition Support / Critical Care


Pharmacy Practice Experiences

  • Rounding with healthcare professionals
  • Adverse drug reaction reporting
  • Medication therapy management
  • Participation in departmental and committee meetings
  • Clinical intervention documentations


  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • TSHP ALCALDE: Southwest Leadership Conference

Teaching Opportunities

  • Completion of University of Houston College of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate
  • MEDVAMC pharmacists precept more than 100 pharmacy students per year from 4 schools of pharmacy
  • Required lecture to Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy students
  • Optional lectures to University of Houston College of Pharmacy students and participation in mediating clinical case discussions during P3 students' therapeutics labs

Salary and Benefits

  • PGY-1 Salary – about $46,000
  • 13 Days vacation and sick leave
  • Offered medical, dental, and life insurance policies
  • Desktop computer for use at MEDVAMC
  • 1 VA white coat

Applicants should submit all aplication materials through PhORCAS. The deadline is January 3, 2017. The National Matching Service Code is 126013.

Richard Cadle, Pharm.D., BCPS (AQ-ID), FASHP
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program Director

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Pharmacy Service (119)
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-794-7175
Fax: 713-794-7064