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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Pharmacy Residencies
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PGY1 Residents 2017Mission: PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for a PGY2 pharmacy residency program.

Requirements for Completion of Residency

The resident is expected to obtain pharmacy licensure within ninety days of the start date of the residency program. The resident will be responsible for eleven experiences throughout the twelve-month residency. Seven rotational experiences and four longitudinal experiences are required. Five elective rotation experiences may be selected. The resident may repeat additional months of required rotation experiences as electives if desired. The resident is also required to complete a research project and present their results at national and state level professional meetings, provide a publishable manuscript of the research, obtain ACLS/BLS certifications, complete staffing requirements in inpatient/outpatient/clinical pharmacy, and complete all requirements in the Residency Skillset checklist. 

Program Structure

Learning Experience Type of Experience Duration Designation
 Orientation  Orientation  4 weeks  Required
 Internal Medicine  Direct patient care  4 weeks  Required
 Infectious Diseases  Direct patient care  4 weeks  Required
 Primary Care COE  Direct patient care  4 weeks  Required
 Residency Research  Research  4 weeks  Required
 Critical Care  Direct patient care  4 weeks  Required
 Practice Management  Non-patient care  4 weeks  Required
 Academia  Non-patient care  4 weeks  Elective
 Cardiology  Direct patient care  4 weeks  Elective
 Emergency Medicine  Direct patient care  4 weeks  Elective
 Geriatrics  Direct patient care  4 weeks  Elective
 Hematology / Oncology  Direct patient care  4 weeks  Elective
 Home Based Primary Care  Direct patient care  4 weeks  Elective
 Nutrition support  Direct patient care  4 weeks  Elective
 Psychiatry  Direct patient care  4 weeks  Elective
 Solid Organ Transplant  Direct patient care  4 weeks  Elective
 Spinal Cord Injury  Direct patient care  4 weeks  Elective
 Surgery  Direct patient care  4 weeks  Elective
 Code Blue Response  Direct patient care  Longitudinal  Required
 Non-Formulary Consults  Direct patient care  Longitudinal  Required
 Staffing  Direct patient care  Longitudinal  Required
 CHF Clinic  Direct patient care  Longitudinal  Required*
 CLC / HBPC  Direct patient care  Longitudinal  Required*
 General Mental Health Clinic  Direct patient care  Longitudinal  Required*
 HIV Clinic  Direct patient care  Longitudinal  Required*
 Primary Care COE Clinic  Direct patient care  Longitudinal  Required*
 Teaching Certificate  Non-patient care  Longitudinal  Elective

COE = Center of Excellence; CLC = Community Living Center; HBPC = Home Based Primary Care
*Resident may pick one of these longitudinal rotations as the fourth required longitudinal learning experience.


  • 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
  • Didactic lecture opportunities at University of Houston College of Pharmacy
  • Elective rotation in academia

Salary and Benefits

  • PGY1 Salary: about $46,000
  • 13 days (vacation and sick leave)
  • Health, dental, and life insurance

Application Requirements

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

Application 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

Applicants should submit all application materials through PhORCAS. The deadline is January 2, 2018. The National Matching Service Code is 126013.

Feibi Chi, PharmD, BCPS
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Inpatient Clinical Pharmacy Manager

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Pharmacy Service (119)
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030