The primary purpose of the Pain Management Specialty Residency is to provide training to become a pain and/or palliative care clinical pharmacy specialist. At the end of the residency program, the resident will have the skills to become a high-functioning pain management clinical pharmacy specialist who is ready to join a pain management team.
The resident will provide patient care as a member of several different interprofessional teams. He or she will assume responsibility for the care of patients and take an active, direct role in patient care. In addition, he or she will write progress notes for patients they assess and are granted prescribing authority under protocol. Residents also have privileges to order laboratory and other diagnostic tests, consult other services when indicated, and develop therapeutic and monitoring plans for patient follow-up.
This new program will be submitted for accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, according to the ASHP Accreditation Standards for PGY2 Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacy Residencies.
Applicants must be a graduate of an American Council of Pharmaceutical Education accredited School of Pharmacy with a Pharm.D. degree, must be a U.S. citizen, and participate in an on-site interview. They must also have completed or currently be enrolled in a PGY-1 residency. Applicants must have an aptitude and motivation for pain and/or palliative care. Some of the criteria considered in choosing residents include knowledge of professional practice, communication skills and ability to apply theory to practice, leadership ability, interest in the program, confidence, and maturity.
About William S. Middleton VA Hospital
The Madison VA has offered residencies in Ambulatory/Primary Care since 1983 and has trained over 150 residents to date. We currently offer a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice residency with a focus on Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice as well as a PGY-1 General Pharmacy Practice residency. It is designed to train graduates to be excellent clinical practitioners and meets all requirements as set forth by ASHP for first year residency programs.
Additionally, we offer PGY-2 programs in Ambulatory Care and Psychiatric Pharmacy. Finally, we offer a combined PGY-1/2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency. The PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Specialty Residency is designed to develop leadership skills in addition to further honing of clinical practice skills. Our PGY-1/2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency is designed to provide highly motivated and exceptionally qualified pharmacists with a myriad of experiences in clinical practice and leadership. The PGY-2 in Psychiatric Pharmacy gives residents an opportunity to experience a variety of mental health rotations in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Both residents wishing to continue with a second year at our institution and ...those with PGY-1 Residency training from other sites are eligible to be considered for the PGY-2 Residency programs at our site.
In addition to pharmacy practice training, pharmacy residents at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital receive Clinical Instructor appointments with the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy and have the opportunity to develop teaching skills by participating in the School of Pharmacy Pharmacotherapy Laboratory. They also have the option to participate in a teaching certificate program offered by the School of Pharmacy. These experiences give residents opportunities to find careers in clinical practice, pharmacy administration, or academia. Approximately two-thirds of our graduates from the PGY-1 Residency accept clinical practice positions, while the rest pursue specialty residency programs or accept taking academic positions which maintain a practice component.