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VAMC Memphis Welcomes our 2019-2020 PGY1 and PGY2 Pharmacy Residents

Come by our ASHP Mid-Year Booth #5624 & 5626 on Tuesday December 10th, 2019, from 8am to 11am

Pharmacy Practice Residency

The VA Medical Center located in Memphis Tennessee, capital of blues and barbeque, is part of the VISN 9 VA Healthcare Network. The Memphis VA Medical Center is a 250 bed facility located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue with an additional 60-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, primary care services at the main facility and nine community-based outpatient clinics, and numerous specialty clinics. The facility is accredited by the Joint Commission and is classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility. The Memphis VA Medical Center is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary, secondary, and tertiary care, in areas of medicine, surgery (including cardiovascular and neurological surgery), psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics. Specialized outpatient services are provided through general, specialty, and subspecialty outpatient clinics including a women's health center. Services are available to more than 196,000 veterans living in a 53-county tristate area (Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi).

Program Description

The VAMC Memphis has been training Pharmacy Practice residents since 1963. The PGY-1 residency is a 12-month post-Doctor of Pharmacy training program accredited by ASHP. The goals of this residency are to enable pharmacists to develop the knowledge and experience necessary to provide pharmaceutical care to both ambulatory and hospitalized patients with a strong emphasis on developing clinical skills. The opportunity for residents to participate in innovative practice areas is a direct result of VAMC Memphis’ long history of clinical pharmacy involvement and the unique practice environment that is found in a federal healthcare facility. The VAMC Memphis also offers two PGY-2 pharmacy residency programs; one in internal medicine which is ASHP accredited and one in Ambulatory Care, which is in ASHP candidate status.

Full-time clinical services are provided by clinical pharmacy specialists in the following areas:

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Geriatrics
  • Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Disease/Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Inpatient Mental Health
  • Neurology
  • Nutritional Support
  • Cardiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Surgery Intensive Care
  • Therapeutic Monitoring Clinics
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Palliative Care
  • Home Based Primary Care
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Telephone Care
  • Pain Management
  • Emergency Department
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Outpatient Mental Health

Residents have the opportunity to train in all of these sites, working with experienced pharmacist practitioners.

Residents have ongoing ambulatory clinic involvement in three or more practice areas. Residents work closely with the Pharmacy Director to develop practice management skills with emphasis on all aspects of clinical pharmacy services. Training schedules include flexibility to allow residents to pursue areas of personal interest. Research and scholarly activities are an important aspect of the VAMC Memphis Residency program and residents create projects that will improve patient care. Instructional and educational opportunities are available for residents to develop teaching skills by presenting lectures and small group discussions.

Type/Duration 12 months/residency
Number of PGY1/PGY2 Positions 6/2
Application Deadline December 31, 2019
Starting Date June 22, 2019
Interview Required Yes


Fringe Benefits

  • Two and one-half weeks paid vacation and sick leave plus federal holidays 
  • Participation in VA Plans/Programs (health, life, disability and long-term care insurance)
  • Three days paid interview leave and paid leave to attend and participate in state and national pharmacy meetings