The VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21) Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Group offers a one-year advanced specialty residency in Pharmacy Outcomes and Healthcare Analytics. The VISN 21 PBM is dedicated to serving the pharmaceutical care needs of Veterans by preparing Outcomes, Healthcare Analytics, and Pharmacoeconomic clinicians for positions that focus on evidence based practice applied to individual, small and large patient populations.
The VISN 21 PBM Staff are committed to providing an environment that promotes academic excellence, service and scholarship, intellectual and personal development, and fosters the development of lifelong learners committed to advancing the profession of pharmacy.
The PGY2 residency in pharmacy outcomes and healthcare analytics builds upon PGY1 residency graduates’ patient-care competence, clinical foundation, and overall knowledge of pharmacy operations to prepare residents to assume high level, multifaceted careers in a variety of healthcare settings. The residency promotes the integration of information technology, informatics, and data analysis while concurrently utilizing the practices of evidence-based medicine, outcomes measurement, and process improvement. Residents will assist in establishing multi-facility metrics/monitors and will lead, facilitate, and collaborate with active taskforces, committees, and regional health care teams comprised of interdisciplinary experts.
Graduates of this program will achieve mastery in these practice areas, enabling them to apply robust methodologies to optimize quality and outcomes initiatives within health care management and/or policy organizations. They will be adept in the language and concepts of information technology and programming (e.g. SQL), software programs (e.g. Visual Studio, SharePoint, Microsoft Office, Reporting Services) and applied pharmacoeconomic principles, while also possessing enhanced leadership and managerial skills. The graduate will be fully capable of creating pharmacoeconomic proposals, searching data warehouses to create reports and dashboard tools, managing formularies and developing and applying drug use criteria to both populations and individual patients.
Upon completion of the residency graduates are prepared for a practice position in a multitude of healthcare environments. They are equipped to practice as a pharmacoeconomic pharmacist for a single pharmacy department, a regional network, or national program, they can assume a role in a sub-specialty of pharmacy informatics, or can become clinical data analysts and managers for facilities or entire healthcare networks. Additionally, graduates have gone on to work in areas such as quality improvement and managed care and remain exposed to sufficient clinical information, current literature, and practice guidelines during the year to remain capable of practicing in direct patient care positions.
Health information and medication utilization for the 400,000+ veterans in VISN 21 can be analyzed by the Health Informatics Data Warehouse of the VISN 21 PBM Managers Group. This group links the eight medical centers through data warehousing of patient health information. Data Managers are located in Palo Alto, CA, Martinez, CA, Sacramento, CA, and Reno, NV. The principle location for the resident will be in Reno, NV with opportunities to work throughout VISN 21 with the Data Warehouse Managers and VISN 21 Clinical Pharmacy Specialists.
Estimated Salary is $44,994 a year. Benefits include health insurance, 13 days of vacation, 13 days of sick leave, 10 holidays, paid tuition and travel to required events, office with up-to-date computer systems, and paid administrative leave for conferences and educational events.
Graduate of an accreditd school of pharmacy with a Pharm.D. degree
Completion of a first-year pharmacy practice residency or equivalent experience
United States citizenship
Valid US pharmacy license
About VISN Outcomes and Healthcare Analytics PGY-2
VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (VASNHCS) provides inpatient and outpatient care to a large geographical area that includes 20 counties in northern Nevada and northeastern California. The Reno campus is the site of the Ioannis A. Lougaris VA Medical Center, which operates 64 hospital beds and 60 Community Living Center (CLC) beds. VASNHCS also manages community based outpatient clinics in Auburn and Susanville, CA, and Carson Valley, Lahontan Valley, Fallon, and Winnemucca, NV.
VASNHCS provides a broad array of inpatient and outpatient services in specialty medicine, surgery, primary care, mental health, and geriatrics and extended care. The hospital offers a wide range of diagnostic services, to include MRI, CT, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, as well as interventional cardiac catheterization services.
An important aspect of our services includes Geriatrics and Extended Care. This program includes rehabilitation, skilled care (post-acute), palliative care, respite care, geriatrics evaluation, transitional care, and long-term care. Planning statistics demonstrate a significant growth in our Veteran population aged 65+ through the year 2023.
The Reno Veteran’s Readjustmen...t and Counseling Center serves Veterans and their families by providing a continuum of quality care that adds value for Veterans, families, and communities. Care includes professional readjustment counseling, community education, outreach to special populations, and providing a key access link between the Veteran and other services in the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Reno Vet Center is located at 5580 Mill Street, Ste. 600 in Reno. The Reno Vet Center now has a Mobile Vet Center (MVC) to assist Veterans in the highly rural communities of Northern Nevada and California.