VA Hudson Valley Health Care System (VA HVHCS) offers 2 PGY1 pharmacy residency positions and 1 PGY2 ambulatory care pharmacy residency position.
The PGY1 pharmacy residency program at VA HVHCS is designed to allow development of the PGY1 pharmacy resident into a clinical practitioner, who will contribute to positive outcomes in the practice of pharmacy. The program is a comprehensive, multi-site, healthcare system-based, 12-month (July 1 - June 30) post-graduate residency. PGY1 pharmacy residents completing the program will have the ability to accelerate their growth beyond entry-level professional competence in patient-centered, pharmacy operational services, and to further the development of leadership skills. In accordance with ASHP accreditation standards, the goals of the program are to train pharmacists to develop the skills necessary to ensure optimal delivery of drug therapy to a wide range of patients, function competently and in partnership with other providers, investigate therapeutic problems in a scientific manner, become leaders in the medication use process, analyze and disseminate drug information to healthcare professionals and patients, and teach at an appropriate level. The program offers comprehensive training with exposure to direct patient care in the outpatient and inpatient settings. Areas of focus in ambulatory care, although not limited to, include anticoagulation, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, chronic heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and patient compliance. Other key practice areas include long-term care, home-based primary care, infectious disease, inpatient and outpatient staffing, and pharmacy administration. In addition, the program is designed to provide PGY1 pharmacy residents with effective communication skills, foster development of clinical pharmacy programs and services, and appreciate cost-effective formulary management strategies. PGY1 pharmacy residents will develop professional maturity through demonstrating leadership and practice management skills, evaluating their own performance in the program, and educating patients and providers. The program integrates PGY1 pharmacy residents into the medication use process so that they develop a firm understanding of the clinical, distributive, and administrative aspects of the pharmacy profession.
VA HVHCS offers a PGY2 ambulatory care pharmacy residency program, which is accredited by ASHP. This multi-site, 12-month (July 1 – June 30) program is designed to further develop medication management skills in a multidisciplinary ambulatory care environment, with focus on continuity of care in the rural health setting. Emphasis is placed on providing the PGY2 pharmacy resident with direct patient care responsibilities to develop clinical skills, knowledge, and competencies. The PGY2 pharmacy resident is afforded with the opportunity to longitudinally monitor patients' clinical progress through pharmacy-managed ambulatory care clinics. The PGY2 pharmacy resident works closely with clinical pharmacy specialists (CPSs) who are responsible for direct patient care in anticoagulation, diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, among other disease states. Each CPS has a scope of practice, under which the PGY2 pharmacy resident has the authority to write prescriptions, order laboratory and other diagnostic tests, and consult other services when indicated. The PGY2 pharmacy resident will be responsible for pharmacotherapy decisions, patient counseling, writing progress notes, and monitoring drug therapy to optimize therapeutic outcomes. Most patients are managed by outpatient clinic visits, but telephone follow-up may also be part of the direct patient care provided. In addition, state-of-the art clinical video tele-health (CVT) equipment may be utilized. To the further development of clinical practice skills, the PGY2 pharmacy resident will acquire and cultivate advanced leadership skills. The PGY2 pharmacy resident will assist in the development of new policies and procedures needed to carry out the mission of Pharmacy Service to improve the quality of patient care. The PGY2 pharmacy resident will gain valuable experience in our pharmacy administrative programs, including local medication use evaluations, committee work, academic detailing, and developing clinical programs. Furthermore, the PGY2 pharmacy resident will be afforded the opportunity to participate in several patient educational programs and will gain experience in lecture preparation, didactic teaching, and in the precepting of APPE students. The PGY2 pharmacy resident will also serve as a mentor to our PGY1 pharmacy residents and function as the Chief Resident during the course of the year. Additional teaching experience will be provided through delivery of in-services for staff development and participation in pharmacy journal clubs and case discussions. Completion of a project of interest to the PGY2 pharmacy resident is also required. The PGY2 resident will work with a project preceptor to plan, carry out, and evaluate the results of this project. These results are presented at the Eastern States Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors Conference in the spring of each year. A written manuscript of this project is required for completion of the residency.
About VA Hudson Valley Health Care System
In March of 1997, the Castle Point VA Medical Center and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) VA Medical Center joined to become the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System (VA HVHCS), which now services 24,000 Hudson Valley Veterans annually. Consisting of two main campuses and a host of community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), the VA HVHCS is dedicated to providing a wide range of services, including medical, psychiatric, and extended care.