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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Does your program participate in the ASHP Personnel Placement Services (PPS)?
How many residency positions are available?
How are residents selected?
How long has the residency programs been in existence?
Is the program flexible if my interests change throughout the residency?
Which off-site rotations are available to residents?
What teaching opportunities are available to residents? 
How do residents select research projects?
What projects and presentations are required by the residents?
What positions will I be prepared to accept after completion of this residency?
What are the staffing responsibilities for residents?
Where do residents park? 

 

 

Does your program participate in the ASHP Personnel Placement Services?

No, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) does not participate in PPS.

How many residency positions are available?

For the next residency year, MEDVAMC will accept five PGY1 Pharmacy residents, one PGY1/PGY2/MS Health-System Pharmacy Administration resident, one PGY2 Infectious Diseases resident, one PGY2 Psychiatric resident, and one PGY2 Ambulatory Care resident.

How are residents selected?

Candidates who complete all application requirements by the deadline are reviewed by Residency Program Directors and Clinical Pharmacy Specialists. Interviews are awarded in the early winter and all candidates are selected through the ASHP resident match process.

How long has the residency programs been in existence?

The MEDVAMC PGY1 Pharmacy residency program was started in 2005, and the PGY1/PGY2/MS Health-System Pharmacy Administration Program was launched in 2009. The PGY2 programs in Ambulatory Care and Infectious Diseases accepted their first class of residents in 2013. The PGY2 Psychiatric program accepted its first resident in 2016.

Is the program flexible if my interests change throughout the residency?

The Residency Program Directors and Clinical Pharmacy Specialists will collaborate with you if your interests change. Everyone involved in the program is focused on ensuring the residents get the most out of their respective programs.

Which off-site rotations are available to residents?

Off-site rotations are available at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Houston Methodist Hospital. All off-site rotations require Texas licensure. The Health-System Pharmacy Administration residents can also complete a VA Regional Office (VISN) rotation during their second year.

What teaching opportunities are available to residents?

Residents can earn a teaching certificate through the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. Residents also precept pharmacy students from four colleges (Texas Southern University, University of Houston, The University of Texas, Texas A&M). Other teaching opportunities are available by collaborating with nursing practitioner, medical, psychiatry, and social work residents while on the Centers of Excellence in Primary Care rotation.

How do residents select research projects?

Residents are presented with a list of potential research projects from preceptors and former residents. Current resident project ideas are encouraged, but decisions will be contingent upon preceptor availability and the time limitations for a one-year residency.

What projects and presentations are required by the residents?

In addition to presentations and projects required on specific rotations, residents are expected to present two journal clubs, two patient case presentations, and one grand rounds presentation to the pharmacy staff and pharmacy students. Each resident will also serve as editor for one edition of the VA newsletter and complete a medication use evaluation (MUE) project. Additionally, residents will present their research project at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and a platform presentation at the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP) Alcalde: Southwest Leadership Conference.

What positions will I be prepared to accept after completion of this residency?

Residents who complete the PGY1 Pharmacy residency will be prepared for a PGY2 residency in their preferred area or accept a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist position. Residents who complete the PGY1/PGY2/MS Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency will be equipped to seek an administration position in a large health-system.

What are the staffing responsibilities for residents?

PGY1 Pharmacy residents are required to staff once every third weekend, including two minor holidays and one major holiday. Inpatient staffing includes medication order verification. Outpatient staffing involves discharge medication order verification and patient counseling. Residents will also complete clinical staffing which involves medication reconciliation, anticoagulation review, prior authorization drug requests, pharmacotherapy drug monitoring, and attend code blue response.

Where do the residents park at MEDVAMC?

Free onsite parking is available for all residents!