This specialty residency provides a comprehensive experience in contemporary neurology pharmacy practice, particularly in the areas of stroke and epilepsy. Clinical experiences in movement disorders, dementia/neurobehavior, and general neurologic disorders, such as headache and neuropathy, are offered, as well. Interested residents also have the option of integrating neurosurgery experiences into the training year. The resident will practice clinical pharmacy in an acute setting, as well as in an ambulatory setting. Residents are offered the ability to tailor the program to meet their interests in the field of neurology
Neurology preceptors include skilled physician providers, neurology pharmacists, and research faculty members with extensive experience in this specialty, as well as in research and academia.
Residents will be involved in teaching, with possible appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the USC School of Pharmacy. Teaching opportunities include didactic and small group facilitations, as well as precepting pharmacy students and PGY1 pharmacy practice residents.
Clinical and laboratory based research opportunities are available. Residents are required to complete a neurology-oriented research project suitable for presentation and publication. The resident will be given the opportunity to develop a neurology-related research question based on their experience.
General Program Information
Applications must be complete and meet yearly established deadlines to be considered. Only applications submitted via PhORCAS™ will be accepted.
General Program Description
Type/Duration of Program: Full-time residency/12 months
Number of Positions: 2
Application Deadline (PhORCAS™): December 31, 11:59PM EST
Residency Start Date: July 1
Estimated Stipend: $50,922
Fringe Benefits: Health and life insurance, 10 paid holidays, 12 days sick leave, 12 days vacation/annual leave, professional leave available to attend meetings and educational conferences
Requirements for Consideration
Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy
Enrolled in or successful completion of a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
Valid license from any of the 50 states (California licensure required if USC affiliated)
US citizenship for Federal employment
Residents will have the opportunity to precept APPE pharmacy students (Level IV), as well as IPPE pharmacy students (Level I/II/III), pharmacy interns, pre-pharmacy students, and PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residents.
USC School of Pharmacy Affiliation
Optional joint appointment to the residency program
Includes faculty appointment and teaching certificate
Responsibilities include teaching/facilitating discussions for Level II and Level III pharmacy students, lecturing
Opportunity to participate in coursework and seminars developed by the university for pharmacy residents
Active California licensure by September 30 of the residency year is required
Separate interview with USC and subsequent acceptance by the university may be required
Interested candidates should mark “YES” on the VAGLAHS Pharmacy Residency Supplemental Application
Required Application Materials
Application via PhORCAS™
Letter of Intent
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Three References, preferably from
PGY1 Residency Program Director
One residency preceptor
(Completion of online recommendation form is required, letter is optional and must be included in online form)
Official Pharmacy School Transcript conferring degree
(Combine documents into 1 PDF before uploading into PhORCAS™; ensure all forms are complete/populated before uploading)
Interviews are offered to eligible candidates upon initial review of application materials; on-site interviews are preferred
Interviews are required for final consideration
About VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is one of the largest health care facilities within the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is one component of the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22) offering services to Veterans residing in Southern California and Southern Nevada. VAGLAHS consists of two ambulatory care centers, a tertiary care facility and 8 community based outpatient clinics. VAGLAHS serves Veterans residing throughout five counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. There are 1.4 million Veterans in the VAGLAHS service area. VAGLAHS is affiliated with both UCLA School of Medicine and USC School of Medicine, as well as more than 45 colleges, universities and vocational schools in 17 different medical, nursing, paramedical and administrative programs.
The West Los Angeles Healthcare Center (WLA) is a tertiary care teaching facility dedicated to providing a wide array of acute and ambulatory patient care services to our nation’s veterans. The comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services provided include a broad range of medical, surgical, and psychiatric care. Internal medicine subspecialties include cardiology, ...infectious diseases, gastroenterology, allergy, pulmonology, nephrology, endocrinology, rheumatology, and hematology/oncology. Major surgical subspecialties include orthopedics, urology,
neurosurgery, ophthalmology, plastics, ENT, podiatry, and cardiothoracic surgery. In addition to the main acute care
hospital, there is a 180-bed nursing home, a hospice unit, and Home-Based Primary Care.
The Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center (SACC) offers a state-of-the-art ambulatory care facility. The center has specialty outpatient programs in spinal cord injury, stroke rehabilitation, women's health, preventative medicine, dentistry, and mental health, and chemical dependency. Extended care activities include a 120-bed Academic Nursing Home and a Home-Based Primary Care Program. The facility hosts extensive clinical and basic science research, including Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) and Field Program for Health Science Research and Development (HSR&D). The HSR&D program evaluates provider practice and patient outcome studies in the delivery of ambulatory health care.
The Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center (LAACC) is located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. It serves as a centrally located facility for the diverse veteran population of the city of Los Angeles, focusing on primary care and mental health services. The clinic provides special services in post-traumatic stress disorder, day treatment, medical
service, and mental health services.