I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program here at VA Maine. The VA Maine HealthCare System in Augusta, Maine, offers both a post graduate year one (PGY1) residency which began in 2006 and a post graduate year two (PGY2) residency in rural health which began in 2014. Both programs are accredited by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP).
All applicants must submit their application electronically through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service: PhORCAS at https://portal.phorcas.org/ The following items will be required to be entered into the PhORCAS system:
1. Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited school or college of pharmacy (or B.S. in Pharmacy with equivalent experience)
2. U.S. Citizenship
3. Eligible for pharmacist licensure in any state. Obtaining licensure prior to or shortly after the start of residency is desired to maximize the learning experience.
4. Official college transcript
5. Letter of intent
6. Curriculum vitae
7. Three letters of reference
About VA Maine Healthcare System PGY1
The VA Maine Healthcare System PGY1 program offers a pharmacy experience that focuses on the ambulatory care setting, but is also balanced with inpatient pharmacy practice as well. The primary purpose of our pharmacy residency program is to develop your individual skills in many areas of pharmacy practice. Our focus is on deepening your proficiency in managing the complex pharmacotherapy of our patients. To develop your clinical pharmacy skills you will be training in a healthcare system which has long recognized the value of pharmacy services to our Veteran population. Along the way our preceptors will assist and guide you in getting the greatest benefit from each rotation.
Your year as a VA resident will be a challenging, yet rewarding experience. Residency training at the VA has many advantages including access to patient records through the computerized patient record system, barcode medication administration technology, and training in pharmacist-run clinics operating under Scope of Practice agreements with a supervising physician. Additionally, opportunities exist for the precepting and teaching of pharmacy students in affiliation with local Colleges of Pharmacy. Precepti...ng pharmacy students will help the resident to make the transition from pharmacy student to clinical instructor.
Finally, residents will be required to design, conduct, and complete one approved research project suitable for publishing during the year. Residents present their preliminary results at a poster session at the ASHP midyear clinical meeting in December and final results are then presented at the Eastern States Pharmacy Residency Conference in April. Overall, the program is comprehensive yet also flexible to match the career goals of each resident.