The William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center (Dorn VA) in Columbia, SC has 4 pharmacy residency programs: PGY1, PGY2 Ambulatory Care, PGY2 Informatics, and PGY2 Psychiatry. Each of these programs is a hospital-based, 12-month residency that offers comprehensive training with emphasis on pharmacotherapy management. Practice components include pharmacy-run clinics, formulary management, drug-use policy development, clinical interventions, research, adverse drug reaction and medication error reporting, medication use evaluation, and participation in Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) and other multidisciplinary committee meetings.
Residents also have ongoing teaching responsibilities to patients, pharmacy students and staff, and other medical professionals by providing in-services to the pharmacy, medical and nursing staff, teaching patient education classes on topics such as diabetes, hypertension, and COPD, and teaching didactic lectures at area colleges of pharmacy. PGY1 residents are required to participate in the Clinical Teaching Certificate program provided by an affiliated College of Pharmacy which is a longitudinal experience where a resident receives a teaching certificate upon completion; this program is optional for PGY2 residents who already completed a teaching certificate program during their PGY1 residency.
Residents are required to prepare a major project, from which they will write an article suitable for publication. This project will also be formally presented at a regional residency conference as well as at a local and/or national conference as a poster. The Dorn VA utilizes the flipped model for research projects.
The start date is approximately July 1st but the exact date is determined each year. Appointment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a physical exam, including negative drug test. Applicants must meet requirements for federal employment, such as US citizenship. PGY1 Residents are required to obtain a pharmacist license in any state within 90 days of the residency start date but it is highly recommended that licensure be obtained prior to starting the residency; PGY2 residents should be licensed prior to the start of residency.
Benefits include health insurance, free lab coats, 2 weeks of sick leave, 2 weeks of annual leave (vacation), holidays, and free on-site parking.
PGY1 Program Director
Eric Sanderson, Pharm.D.
803-776-4000 ext. 7041
PGY2 Ambulatory Care Program Director
MaryAnne Maurer, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP
803-776-4000 ext. 4988
PGY2 Informatics Program Director
Kevin Brittain, Pharm.D.
803-776-4000 ext. 7515
PGY2 Psychiatry Program Director
Jennifer Houser, Pharm.D., BCPP, BCGP
803-776-4000 ext. 7889
Application Deadline: January 3rd
Letter of Intent
Three (3) letters of recommendation
Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited school
For PGY2 Applicants: statement of expected or successful completion of PGY1 residency by current program director
Must attend onsite interview
About WJB Dorn VA Medical Center
The Dorn VA in Columbia, SC is a 203 bed teaching hospital, which provides comprehensive health care to more than 80,000 veterans and almost 950,000 outpatient visits per year. In addition to acute Medicine, Surgery, and Psychiatry units, four long-term care units and one hospice unit are operated within the main hospital, which also provides cardiac services, oncology services, psychiatric services, substance abuse treatment, and many types of surgery. In addition to the main hospital, there are 7 community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) throughout the state associated with the Dorn VA. The hospital is affiliated with the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine, which shares its campus with the hospital and the Pharmacy Service has affiliations with Colleges of Pharmacy at USC, South University, and Presbyterian College.