The CAVHS Pharmacy Residency Program offers a well-rounded curriculum with experiences in both acute care and ambulatory care settings. As the referral center for VA Medical Centers in our region, CAVHS provides the opportunity to care for a variety of patients. The CAVHS residency program has enjoyed a rich history that dates back to 1974 and boasts the graduation of over 200 residents. Our graduates currently serve in various roles, including clinical positions at various facilities, clinical coordinators, and faculty positions at Colleges of Pharmacy.
Our program has approximately 45 residency preceptors in a variety of specialties. We are affiliated with and adjacent to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences which is home to the UAMS College of Pharmacy, College of Medicine, and College of Nursing, as well as other health care professions programs. Students/Residents from these programs train alongside our pharmacy residents at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.
We offer six PGY1 positions as well as PGY2 programs in Pain Management/Palliative Care, Ambulatory Care, and Geriatrics.
Required Concentrated Learning Experiences
Orientation (6 to 7 weeks)
Acute Care 1 (1 month)
Acute Care 2 (1 month)
Acute Care 3 (1 month)
Geriatrics (1 month)
Primary Care (1 month)
Medication Management (1 month)
Pharmacy Administration (1 month)
Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences
Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
Pharmacy-Nursing Committee and Formulary Compliance Committee
Non-formulary Consult Review
Select Elective Options
Community-Based Outpatient Clinic
Resident will select two elective options. Each is a month-long experience. Experiences may be tailored to the resident's interests. The elective options listed above are some of the more commonly chosen elective rotations but it is not a comprehensive list.
Additional Requirements for Completion of PGY1 Residency Program
Platform presentation at CAVHS Residency Research Conference
Project to be submitted in manuscript form for journal publication
Staffing inpatient or outpatient based on needs of service
Formal Grand Rounds presentations
UAMS College of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program
UAMS College of Pharmacy Research Certificate Program
Facilitation of UAMS College of Pharmacy Recitation course- one semester
Attendance at one regional and one national professional meeting (as funding allows)
*Full list of requirements will be provided with interview invitation
All residents must be United States citizens and have graduated from an American Council on Pharmaceutical Education accredited college or school of pharmacy. Applicants must meet requirements for federal employment, including physical exam. PGY1 residents are required to obtain a pharmacist license from any US state no later than 90 days from the start of the residency.
CAVHS will accept residency applications through PhORCAS only. Application requirements include:
Completed CAVHS Residency Application Form from program website: https://www.littlerock.va.gov/services/pharmacy/application_info.asp
Official transcript from a ACPE Accredited pharmacy program
Letter of Intent
Proof of U.S. citizenship - Upload in supplemental documents
Three references using recommendation form through PhORCAS (PGY2 applicants: one must be from PGY1 RPD)
Copy of Intern/Pharmacist License- Upload in supplemental documents
Additional documentation (intern/pharmacist license, application proof citizenship) may be scanned together as one pdf and uploaded as a supplemental document into PhORCAS