The PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency at Carl Vinson VA Medical Center is a second year specialty residency designed to transition the general pharmacy practitioner to the mental health pharmacy specialist. The resident will participate in required, longitudinal and elective rotational experiences to develop leadership and practice skills within the psychiatric pharmacy setting. The resident will design, monitor and continuously evaluate patient drug therapy as both a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team and as an independent practitioner. Core experiences will include outpatient psychiatry I, residential rehabilitation treatment program (RRTP), mental health intensive case management, geriatric psychiatry, inpatient psychiatry, pain management, and primary care-mental health integration. Please note that the inpatient psychiatry experience will be conducted off-site at the Coliseum Hospital in Macon, Georgia. Elective experiences may include PTSD/substance abuse, advanced MHRRTP, or other possible electives according to the resident’s unique interests and program availability. In addition to the required and elective rotations, there will be longitudinal experiences that the resident will engage in year round. These experiences include outpatient psychiatry II (a resident-run, weekly clinic), patient education clinics, major project development, psychiatric pharmacy administration, and academia and leadership.
Upon completion of this advanced training program, the resident will demonstrate excellent leadership and practice skills and will be able to assume a clinical pharmacy specialist position in any mental health setting.
This program is tailored to the resident’s goals, interests, and previous experience and is continually updated throughout the year. Updates are based on the training needs determined by review of summative preceptor evaluations, resident self-evaluations, and as recommended through the Residency Advisory Committee (RAC).
The program is a twelve month, post-graduate training experience composed of discrete core components:
Orientation to the hospital, pharmacy services and residency manual (2 weeks)
Outpatient Psychiatry I (6 weeks)
MHRRTP (6 weeks)
Mental Health Intensive Case Management (6 weeks)
Geriatric Psychiatry (6 weeks)
Inpatient Psychiatry (6 weeks)
Pain Management (6 weeks)
Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (6 weeks)
The longitudinal component is comprised of:
Outpatient Psychiatry II
Patient Education Clinics
Leadership and Academia
Psychiatric Pharmacy Administration
One (1) elective experience will be granted from the following (6 weeks each):
PTSD/Substance Abuse Clinic
Advanced Outpatient Psychiatry
To be decided based on resident's interests and goals
Qualifications of a Resident Applicant for the PGY-2 Program
To qualify as an applicant, each candidate must:
Be a US citizen (VA requirement)
Have completed or in the process of completing a PGY-1 ASHP accredited or pending accreditation residency program (candidates with a qualified exemption through ASHP shall be considered)
Licensed within one of the US states or Territories
The resident is required to obtain a pharmacist license as defined by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The resident will be licensed upon entry into the residency program if at all possible. If the resident is not licensed upon entry into the program, the resident is required to become licensed at the earliest possible date. Failure to obtain a license to practice pharmacy within one month of starting the program may result in immediate dismissal from the program or development of a remediation plan. If the resident fails to obtain a license by the deadline through no fault of his/her own, individual circumstances may be considered. However, the residency program director may still terminate the resident for failure to obtain a license by the stated deadline based on the needs of the facility and the residency program.
Submit a complete application page which includes:
A letter of intent
A curriculum vitae
An official transcript from an ACPE-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy Program
Three letters of recommendation by program deadline
To be eligible for ranking, the candidate must:
Attend a face-to-face interview which includes answering a predetermined set of performance based questions which are scored by the interview panel (Videoconference (i.e. skype) may be considered by the RPD for extenuating conditions on a case-by-case basis).
Provide a 10 minute presentation on any chosen topic related to psychiatric pharmacy.
Participate and adhere to the rules of the Resident Matching Program process.
Have appropriate academic performance, appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities needed to achieve PGY2 residency requirements as displayed during the on-site interview and review of application.
About PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency
Located on 75-acres and beautifully landscaped, the Carl Vinson VAMC serves nearly 30,000 veterans in Middle and South Georgia. Over 800 employees provide outstanding comprehensive medical and mental health care to veterans daily