The TVHS ambulatory care pharmacy residency is a second year specialty residency designed to develop a clinical specialist with expertise in ambulatory care. The residency program includes training in a variety of pharmacist-managed and multidisciplinary clinic settings within the TVHS. The resident is an integral part of an interdisciplinary team at TVHS by providing chronic disease state management via individual clinic appointments, telephone calls, and group clinic visits. Advanced pharmacotherapy skills are acquired in primary care and a variety of specialty practice areas. Core clinic experiences include Primary Care Pharmacotherapy Clinic (PACT), anticoagulation, outpatient chronic pain management, geriatrics, emergency medicine, outpatient cardiology/heart failure clinic, and outpatient mental health. Elective experiences include but are not limited to: home-based primary care, hepatitis C, stem cell transplant, clinical pharmacy telemedicine, outpatient endocrinology, and other possible electives opportunities. The residency also promotes development and refinement of teaching skills and scholarly activity through obtaining a teaching certificate, unless otherwise obtained in PGY-1 residency, as well as precepting pharmacy students and PGY1 residents. Management skills are developed through completion of a resident research project, contributing to development of new clinics or programs, as well as other administrative activities. By completing this comprehensive advanced training program, the resident is equipped with excellent leadership and practice skills and prepared to practice as a proficient, well-rounded clinical pharmacy specialist in an ambulatory care setting.
The program is a twelve-month, post-graduate training experience composed of core components:
Primary Care Pharmacotherapy Clinic (PACT)
Outpatient Chronic Pain Management
Outpatient Cardiology/Heart Failure Clinic
Outpatient Mental Health
The longitudinal core experiences occur throughout the PGY2 year and are comprised of:
Resident Pharmacotherapy Clinic
Research Project Management
A concentrated experience will be comprised of:
With such a large clinical pharmacy program, will work to individualize elective experiences for each PGY2 resident as requested and at the discretion of the Residency Program Director and the Residency Advisory Committee
Some elective experiences include:
Home-Based Primary Care
Clinical Pharmacy Telemedicine
Stem Cell Transplant
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen who have completed a Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum from an accredited school of pharmacy and have completed, or are in the process of completing, a PGY1 ASHP accredited or pending accreditation residency program.
All applicants must participate in the ASHP Residency Matching Process.
APPLICATION MATERIALS REQUIRED
Letter of intent
Official college of pharmacy transcript
Three (3) letters of recommendation using standard template in PhORCAS (no longer requiring formal letters of recommendation)
About VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
The VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) is an integrated Veterans Affairs health care system consisting of 2 medical centers, 350 acute care and geriatric beds, various specialty clinics, and over 13 community-based outpatient clinics located throughout middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. The VA TVHS pharmacy service provides progressive clinical and distributive services with approximately 170 pharmacy staff members including over 50 clinical pharmacy specialists in a variety of practice settings and a number of clinical pharmacists dedicated to providing decentralized inpatient pharmacy services and medication reconciliation. Clinical pharmacy specialists are assigned to areas such as primary care, emergency medicine, acute medicine, cardiology, critical care, transplant, psychiatry, oncology, geriatrics, nutritional support, anticoagulation management, long-term care, chronic pain management, home-based primary care, palliative care, hepatitis C management, pharmacoeconomics, and clinical practice management.