The Kansas City VA Medical Center (KCVA) currently provides services to over 55,000 Veterans who reside in the Kansas City primary service area. The KCVA is a tertiary care hospital that serves as a referral center for the VA Medical Centers in Leavenworth, Topeka, and Wichita, Kansas as well as the Columbia, Missouri VA Medical Center. This integrated health care system is dedicated to providing quality health care to the Veterans of mid-America.
In additional to acute care medicine services, the KCVA has primary care services for all enrolled Veteran patients. Community based outpatient clinics (CBOC) in Shawnee and Paola, Kansas, and in Belton, Cameron, Excelsior Springs, Nevada, and Warrensburg, Missouri provide an extension of these services to Veterans in rural areas. Specialty care is also available to patients in the areas of endocrinology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, nephrology, cardiology, hematology/oncology, and infectious diseases.
Infectious Diseases Division
The Infectious Diseases division at the KCVA is staffed by two physician specialists in infectious diseases. The KCVA ID physicians provide care for approximately 200 Veteran patients living with HIV as well as inpatient and outpatient ID consult services for the medical center.
The PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident will collaborate with these physicians and with program preceptors in patient care and in championing the antimicrobial stewardship program. The division is supported by Infectious Diseases Fellows and medical residents from the University of Kansas School of Medicine as well as by a patient aligned care team (PACT) which includes a registered nurse case manager and licensed practical nurse support.
Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Services
Clinical Pharmacy Specialists play an integral role by enhancing care to patients in all settings at the KCVA including primary and specialty care, both at the medical center and in community based clinics. These pharmacists function as licensed independent practitioners and work under a scope of practice to provide medication therapy management services.
Clinical pharmacy services in infectious diseases are provided by two full time ID pharmacists who rotate monthly between outpatient and inpatient ID and ASP responsibilities. Duties include the pharmacist managed outpatient ID clinic, outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy patient management, outpatient and inpatient antimicrobial stewardship, and ID consult service support.
Eligible applicants must be a graduate of an American Council of Pharmaceutical Education accredited School of Pharmacy with a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree and must complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency.
Applicants must be United States citizens – a requirement to be employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
KCVA Pharmacy Residency Programs participate in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).
To apply, the following must be submitted through PhORCAS by the deadline to be considered for an on-site interview:
Letter of intent
Pharmacy school transcripts
Three references in PhORCAS
About PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program
The ASHP Accredited Infectious Diseases PGY2 residency program at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center offers training opportunities for the individual desiring to develop clinical competency in the specialized area of infectious diseases pharmacotherapy. This 12-month training program offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient learning experiences designed to build the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for the delivery of pharmaceutical care to patients with infectious diseases.
Unique program features include ambulatory care rotations in HIV/AIDS primary care and chronic hepatitis C management, as well as the opportunity for involvement in antimicrobial stewardship activities in the ambulatory care setting in addition to inpatient stewardship.