Pharmacy Residency Program (post-graduate training):
Minneapolis VA Health Care System is a teaching facility which operates approximately 273 acute care beds as well as 104 long term care beds through the Community Living Center. In addition to offering primary, extended, and specialty care, Minneapolis operates VA Community Clinics such as Rice Lake & Hayward. Pharmacy Service at Minneapolis is affiliated with University of Minnesota, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, and Creighton University Colleges of Pharmacy. The Minneapolis VA Health Care System is institutionally affiliated with University of Minnesota, School of Medicine.
By combining advanced technology with comprehensive clinical services, the Minneapolis Pharmacy Department continuously seeks new ways of improving patient care. Clinical services are provided in the following areas: Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Cardiology, Infectious Diseases, Geriatrics (Long Term Care/Home Based Primary Care), Anticoagulation, Renal, Ambulatory Care General Medicine, Endocrinology, Pain Management, Spinal Cord, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women’s Health, Psychiatry and Drug Information. Examples of clinical services include pharmacokinetic monitoring, drug utilization evaluations, chronic disease state management, and overall monitoring to provide optimal pharmaceutical care.
Minneapolis Pharmacy Practice Residency was established in 1963 and is ASHP accredited. This program incorporates core pharmacy practice components while allowing for customization to the resident’s areas of interest. The resident will be working with pharmacists both within the outpatient and inpatient pharmacies as well as in clinics and on the hospital floors. By combining direct clinical services with staffing responsibilities, the resident will develop an understanding of the medication use system.
This residency program is designed to provide you with a comprehensive, well-rounded experience that will build a solid foundation for the future. Please see brochures for more information about our various PGY1 and PGY2 positions.
PGY1 - Pharmacy Practice Residency - 3 positions: Pharmacy - required experiences in Acute Care, Ambulatory Care and Geriatrics and elective experiences in Interprofessional Education either in Geriatrics or Medicine Resident Clinic - 1 position: Rural Health/Ambulatory Care - 1 position: Pharmacy - required experiences in Acute Care, Ambulatory Care and Geriatrics and elective experiences in Interprofessional Education in Mental Health
PGY1 Residency Application Procedure
Participation in PHORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application) plus required supplemental materials as follows: a. Letter of Intent: For PGY-1 residency positions, please specify which residency you would like to apply for; the PGY-1 general residency based at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, the PGY-1 residency with a focus in mental health or the PGY-1 Rural Health Care residency based at the Rice Lake, WI clinic (or all). If interested in two or more positions, please submit a separate application for each program. b. Essay (PGY-1 Programs only): In 500 total words or less please describe the following: What has been your biggest disappointment and how have you overcome this? How will this experience help you in a residency? (Examples: a class, a subject, a patient, a situation, a paper, an organization, a trip, a meeting or a project). In addition describe how this residency program will help you achieve your future career goals.
Letters of reference: We require applicants to submit 3 references. References should be submitted through the PHORCAS Standardized Reference form. We prefer references submit “free text” comments formatted similar to a traditional Letter of Recommendation in this PhORCAS form.
About Minneapolis Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System
About the Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Minneapolis VA Health Care System (VAHCS) is a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology, as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care.
Minneapolis VA Health Care System is redesigning VA healthcare delivery through Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT). This initiative increases access, coordination, communication and continuity of care. PACT provides accessible, coordinated, comprehensive, patient-centered care and is managed by primary care providers with the active involvement of other clinical and nonclinical staff. PACT allows patients to have a more active role in their health care and is associated with increased quality improvement, patient satisfaction, and a decrease in hospital costs due to fewer hospital visits and readmissions.
Our hospital, long-term care, behavioral health and home-care programs are accredited by The Joi...nt Commission (TJC). In addition, our rehabilitation programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Our laboratory and pathology services are recognized by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). We are also accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
The Minneapolis VAHCS is designated as one of four Polytrauma VA Medical Centers. As such, the medical center receives active-duty service members and Veterans for rehabilitation of injuries such as traumatic brain injury, blindness and amputation. A 10-bed transitional and community re-entry unit for polytrauma patients provides continued rehabilitation therapies to assist Veterans and active-duty service members to reach their highest level of independence in the community. They will learn to apply their rehabilitation skills in community settings in preparation to transition into their home communities.
In 2009, a $20 million Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder (SCI/D) Center was opened. The 65,000-square-foot center provides acute rehabilitation, primary care and sustaining care for Veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders. The facility includes a 30-bed inpatient unit , outpatient clinics, therapies and offices. A dedicated special-procedure room provides urodynamics as well as other specialized testing. The center is part of a national VA network of SCI/D centers.
Rural Veteran Health Care
Minneapolis VA Health Care System works to ensure rural Veterans have access to care by offering health care through tele-health and through Community Clinics. Community Clinics within the Minneapolis VA Health Care System provide care to Veterans near their home town and serve over 18,000 Veterans throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.
Our Community Clinics are located in the following Minnesota and Wisconsin communities:
•Albert Lea VA Clinic - Minn.
•Chippewa Valley VA Clinic - Wis.
•Ely VA Clinic - Minn.
•Hayward VA Clinic - Wis.
•Hibbing VA Clinic - Minn.
•Mankato VA Clinic - Minn.
•Maplewood VA Clinic - Minn.
•Northwest Metro VA Clinic - Minn.
•Rice Lake VA Clinic - Wis.
•Rochester VA Clinic - Minn.
•Shakopee VA Clinic - Minn.
•South Central VA Clinic - Minn.
•Twin Ports VA Clinic - Wis.
Minneapolis VAHCS has active affiliations with the University of Minnesota Medical and Dental Schools. Over 700 University residents, interns and students are trained at this VA each year. In conjunction with affiliations, residency-training programs exist in medical, surgical, psychiatric, oral surgery and diagnostic specialties and subspecialties. The Minneapolis VA has formal affiliation agreements with over 50 schools to provide allied health training in a multitude of programs. It also has accredited hospital-based training programs for Radiology Technicians, Nurse Anesthetists, Podiatry and Dental residents.
The Research Service located in the medical center is among the largest and most active in the VA System. There are currently 179 scientists and investigators. Our VA Research funding draws over $29 million. Our researchers publish hundreds of papers, abstracts and book chapters each year on the most cutting-edge research projects.
Volunteers are an important part of caring for our Veterans, they contribute services and dollars important to programs that directly benefit our patients. Approximately 1,600 people volunteer each year with the Minneapolis VA Health Care System totaling over 200,000 volunteer hours.