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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Pharmacy Residencies
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The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education. The goal is to prepare residents for board certification and develop future clinical pharmacy specialists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions.

Requirements for Completion of the Residency Program

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 seven rotational learning experiences, five elective rotations, and four longitudinal experiences. 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 manuscript for publication, obtain ACLS and BLS certifications, complete staffing requirements in inpatient, outpatient, clinical pharmacy, and complete all requirements in the Residency Skillset checklist.

Required Learning Experiences (4 weeks) 

Critical Care   
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine                                                                     
Practice Management
Primary Care/Centers of Excellence
Residency Research

Elective Learning Experiences (4 weeks)  
Emergency Medicine
Home Based Primary Care
Solid Organ Transplant
Spinal Cord Injury

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

Code Blue Response
Prior Authorization Drug Reviews
Staffing (Inpatient/Outpatient/Clinical)
Congestive Heart Failure*
Community Living Center/Home Based Primary Care*
General Mental Health Clinic*
Infectious Diseases/HIV Clinic*
Primary Care/Centers of Excellence*

*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 the University of Houston College of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate
MEDVAMC pharmacists' precept more than 100 pharmacy students per year from four colleges of pharmacy
Didactic lecture opportunities at the 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 2nd (each year). 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