PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy - 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 Psychiatric Pharmacy

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PGY2 Psychiatric residency program will build on your Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency program to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in the specialized practice area.


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 selected national pharmacy conferences, precepting residents and students, weekly prior authorization durg requests, completion of the year-long psychiatric pharmacy topic discussion checklist, maintain appropriate duty hours documentation, complete a formal MUE or QI project, present a pharmacotherapy conference lecture, present one formal didactic lecture, present two case presentations, present two journal clubs, and maintain compliance with institutional and departmental policies.


Acute Inpatient Psychiatry (2 months)
Mental Health Consult and Liaison
Geriatric Inpatient Psychiatry
Inpatient Neurology
Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Management
Orientation (not required if early committed through MEDVAMC PGY1)


Geriatrics – Houston Methodist Hospital (requires Texas Pharmacist License)
Behavioral Health Program (PCMHI)
Movement Disorder Clinic (PADRECC)
Psychiatric Emergency Department
Academia – University of Houston College of Pharmacy
General Mental Health Clinic
Adolescent Psychiatry – The Menninger Clinic (requires Texas Pharmacist License)
Pain - MD Anderson Cancer Center


General Mental Health Clinic (Required)


The PGY2 resident 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 or the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. The resident is highly encouraged to apply to become a Texas State Board of Pharmacy licensed preceptor. If the resident has not previously completed a teaching certificate program during their PGY1 residency, they will be required to participate in the teaching certificate program offered by the University of Houston College of Pharmacy.


American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting
College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting


Yearly salary of $51,000
10 paid holidays
13 days (vacation and sick leave)
Health, dental, and vision.
Administrative leave to attend professional meetings and conferences


U.S. citizen
Licensed pharmacist in any state within the USA
Have completed or be in the process of completing a PGY1 residency program
Graduate of an ACPE-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program
Participate in an on-site interview


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

Applicants should submit all application materials through PhORCAS. The deadline is January 3, 2021.


Brian G. Mitchell, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP
PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Program Director
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Pharmacy Service (119)
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-794-7161
Fax: 713-794-7064