The purpose of the SAVAHCS PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in educational competency areas, goals and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 pharmacy residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education, and will be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy, (i.e. BCPS) and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residencies.
At SAVAHCS, we are committed to fostering and sustaining an environment that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in our pharmacy service. We embrace our differences as individuals and until as a pharmacy team with a common goal: deliver safe, optimal, patient-centered care for our nation's Veterans.
The 52- week residency program accepts up to six PGY1 residents and is designed to provide ongoing clinical pharmacy activities while promoting the individual resident’s needs. The program provides clinical experience with a broad range of patients and disease states in various rotation settings, while working collegially with physicians and nurse practitioners. During the program, each resident gives presentations, such as patient management conferences, in-services to nurses and physicians, journal club, and an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited one hour continuing education presentation. A residency project is required; each resident presents a poster outlining hypothesis & methods and the completed project at a regional meeting.
Pharmacist licensure in any of the United States prior to or within 90 days of the residency start date.
National Matching Service registration and Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application
Applications are due by January 2nd at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time
The SAVAHCS PGY1 Pharmacy Residency participates in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Please refer to the SAVAHCS listing ASHP website for details.
In addition to the PhORCAS application standard requirements, please request each reference to provide comments 10 of the "Characteristics Evaluated" and answer all the narrative comment questions on the PhORCAS Standardized reference form. These additional requirements must be communicated by the applicant to their reference writers.
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About VA Tucson: Southern Arizona Veteran Affairs Pharmacy Residency Program (PGY1)
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Tucson, AZ
The Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (SAVAHCS) has provided comprehensive, world class health care to Veterans for over 90 years. SAVAHCS is an integrated Veteran’s Affairs health care system consisting of an over 250-bed hospital, multiple primary care and specialty clinics, two urban community outpatient clinics, and five community outpatient clinics in Tucson’s outlying areas, serving over 60,000 Veterans annually. A wide range of inpatient and ambulatory care services are provided in the medical center including acute care medicine, primary care, surgery, neurology, infectious diseases, nephrology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, pulmonary, cardiology, oncology, mental health, and emergency medicine. SAVAHCS is a cardiac referral center for the Southwest Region.
The Pharmacy Service is a technology and patient safety leader assisted by the extensive use of robotics and automation.
SAVAHCS has a strong affiliation with the University of Arizona allied healthcare profession programs. Students and residents from many disciplines, including pharmacy students from several schools of pharmacy, are trained at... SAVAHCS each year. The SAVAHCS Pharmacy Service provides progressive clinical services to the medical center with approximately 130 pharmacy staff
members, including more than 61 Clinical Pharmacy Practitioners in a variety of practice settings.
As a principal academic affiliate for the University of Arizona’s (U of A) Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Pharmacy, over 700 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals receive training at SAVAHCS annually. Additionally, the Pharmacy Service line also trains pharmacy students from other schools of pharmacy around the country.
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