The Phoenix VA Health Care System (PVAHCS) is an integrated Veteran’s Affairs health care system consisting of over 230 inpatient beds and 9 community based outpatient clinics serving over 100,000 Veterans annually.
A diverse range of rotation opportunities, interdisciplinary care teams, education oriented practice, and hands-on learning is our investment in your pharmacy training.
A growing team of more than 60 clinical pharmacists at the Phoenix VA Health Care System provides direct patient care in the areas of primary care, acute care, mental health, medical/surgical specialty, pain, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, critical care, anticoagulation, and geriatrics.
PVAHCS has academic affiliations with the University of Arizona as well as Midwestern University – Glendale. Moreover, the Pharmacy Service line also trains pharmacy students from other schools throughout the country.
PVAHCS is proud to offer 6 PGY1 residency positions and 2 PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency positions
This PGY1 pharmacy practice residency program develops the pharmacotherapy skills that will prepare a clinical pharmacist to provide medication management services in a variety of acute and ambulatory patient care settings. A 60 member clinical pharmacy team supports resident rotations and longitudinal learning experiences. Disease state management, patient education, and oral/written communication are emphasized. Residents will have opportunities to participate in other areas such as P&T committee meetings, pharmacoeconomics, medication use evaluations, drug information, drug literature evaluation, and completion of a drug monograph. A research project will be designed and implemented with the assistance of faculty members and will be utilized to impact practices on the department and/or facility. learning opportunities include internal medicine, primary care, critical care, specialty service clinics, mental health, geriatrics, infectious disease, anticoagulation, smoking cessation, management, and leadership seminars. This program is highly flexible and allows individual advancement based on personal motivation and ability, including the opportunity to co-precept PharmD students....
The PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy program is designed to prepare pharmacy specialists for a variety of mental health settings. Learning experiences may include direct patient care in inpatient mental health, outpatient mental health, substance abuse, pain management, neurology and consult services.
Mental health pharmacists interact with interdisciplinary teams that include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and medical providers. Residents will have the opportunity to grow their practice with the support of the team and preceptors.
Additional skills will be developed in research, formulary management, medication safety, medication use evaluation, and drug distribution.