PGY-1 Program - Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
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Central Texas Veterans Health Care System

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PGY-1 Program

Location: Temple; Waco; Austin, Texas

Number of Positions: 4

Length of Residency: 12 Months

Start Date: Monday prior to July 1

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted when PHORCAS is open for applicants through January 5th.

Interview Required: Yes

The ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System provides experiences in a broad array of clinical inpatient and outpatient pharmacy practice areas.  Four positions are currently offered each year. Core rotations include block and longitudinal training in primary care, internal medicine, and practice management.  Elective rotations are also available in hematology/oncology, psychiatry, geriatrics, critical care, cardiology and home based primary care. Staffing is a component of the learning experiences with no requirements for evenings. Residents present formal lectures, patient cases, participate in journal club, teach pharmacy students, and serve as the principal investigator on a residency project or quality improvement project. Completion of a residency project is required with the option of this being a research or quality improvement project. Additionally, the residents manage the electronic drug information service and adverse drug event reporting for the pharmacy department. Participation in the UT Pharmacotherapy Resident Conference and an Academic Training Program (ATP) are available. Upon successful ATP completion, a certificate is awarded at the end of the year.

The resident continuously interacts with staff throughout the hospital and additionally through participation in journal club, case discussion sessions, and our continuing education programs. Through our collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy, all residents have many teaching opportunities at UT and at the hospital throughout the year.

The resident is an employee of The Department of Veterans Affairs, directly responsible to the Chief, Pharmacy Service. Daily guidance and supervision will be provided by the Residency Program Director or Assistant Program Director. Residents will be supported in pursuing further post-graduate training or employment opportunities. A national database is available to assist residents who may be interested in VA PGY-2 residencies or pharmacy positions. Past residents accepted positions in health systems, academia, and PGY2 residencies.  We have hired at least one resident per year into CTVHCS positions from either our PGY-1 or PGY-2 residency programs.

Stipend, Benefits and our Staffing Policy

Stipend: $41,166

• 10 Paid Federal Holidays
• 13 Paid vacation days
• 13 Paid sick days
• Access to group health, dental and vision insurance plans
• Funding Support for ASHP Midyear and the ALCALDE Southwest Leadership Conference may be available

Academic Benefits:
• Academic Training Program Certificate through the University of Texas at Austin
• Clinical Instructor appointment at the University of Texas, College of Pharmacy at Austin
• Option to facilitate a pharmacotherapy lab at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
• Residents may apply for Preceptor License if licensed in Texas, after six months of residency
• Option to serve as a preceptor for P-4 student training at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
• VISN 17 Pharmacy Benefits Management training
• Participation in the weekly University of Texas at Austin Residency Conference
• Participation in Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) module discussions
• Participation in monthly interdisciplinary case discussions at CTVHCS
• Professional poster presentation at ASHP Midyear
• Presentation of research at ALCALDE Southwest leadership Conference

Our residents are scheduled:
• NO nights
• NO on-call duty

PGY-1 Residency Requirements

• Graduate of an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy
• U.S. citizen
• Licensure in any state upon earliest eligibility; must be licensed by September 1
• Submission of Curriculum Vitae, letter of intent, transcripts, and completion of three standardized PHORCAS reference forms by January 5th. Separate letters of recommendation are not required.

PGY-1 Rotations

Required Rotations

Elective Rotations