The PGY-2 psychiatric pharmacy residency offers a well-rounded experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. Residents will gain a broad understanding of psychiatric pharmacotherapy through a combination of didactic learning experiences and experiential rotations. Residents will conduct a year-long research project in a specific area of psychiatry/mental health, as well as give multiple formal presentations to foster their public speaking skills. The goal of this residency is to develop strong future clinicians who are experts in the specialized area of psychiatric pharmacy/mental health.
13 days sick leave and 13 days annual leave, medical/ life insurance, paid holiday, dual appointments for staffing requirements, and authorized leave for meetings
Special Requirements for Acceptance:
The resident must be a U.S. citizen, have a Pharm.D. from an accredited institution, and have completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency. Applicants will be asked to submit a curriculum vitae, academic transcript, and three letters of recommendation. Applicant must be a licensed pharmacist from any US state.
Training Site Type:
Government for VA
Number of Medical Centers:
Average Daily Census:
Site Special Features:
VA Portland Health Care System comprises a main tertiary care medical center (in Portland, OR), Vancouver Campus (in Vancouver, WA, including the Community Living Center and Substance Abuse Treatment Program), and a total of 9 satellite outpatient clinics throughout Central and Northwest Oregon. The main medical center is located next to Oregon Health & Science University with which the VA Portland partners in both training and research.
Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an Accredited School of Pharmacy
Certificate of completion of an ASHP accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency program ( for PGY-2 programs)
Eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in any state
United States citizenship
Participation in the ASHP Resident Matching Program Application Process
All applicant materials must be submitted through Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application ( PhORCAS) by the second Friday of January
Official School or College of Pharmacy transcript
** Please submit an official transcript by the due date. If fall/winter APPE rotation grades are not included in your official transcript, please advise your school advisor, regional coordinator, or APPE coordinator to address a letter with APPE rotation grades
Letter of Intent
Three letters of recommendation using the standardized reference template in PhORCAS (for PGY-2 programs, please make sure one of these letters is from your PGY-1 Residency Program Director)
Selected applicants will be invited to a personal on-site interview late-January or early-February.
Mission: To provide Veteran-centric pharmaceutical care that improves outcomes through a commitment to innovation, education, and collaboration.
VAPORHCS pharmacists serve as valuable members of patient care teams in the acute care, ambulatory care, and long-term care settings. Our department features a decentralized pharmacy service with barcode medication administration, IV admixture service, automated dispensing systems, electronic healthcare record, and automated prescription filling.
Our acute care clinical pharmacists provide care to patients on the medical and surgical units, intensive care unit, step-down units, acute psychiatry unit, operating room, and ambulatory surgery. Responsibilities include providing drug therapy and dosing recommendations, participating in team rounds, pain management consultation, anticoagulation management, pharmacokinetic dosing, medication reconciliation, and discharge patient education. Specialized clinical pharmacy care is provided in the following areas: Critical Care, Infectious Diseases, Oncology, Palliative Care, Psychiatry, Transplant, and Operative Care.
Our outpatient clinical pharmacists provide a wide range of pharmaceutica...l services to our Veterans in both Portland and Vancouver locations. Our clinical pharmacy specialists in the ambulatory care section support the Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs) in our Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and several specialty services including: Anticoagulation, Hepatitis C, Mental Health, Cardiology, Oncology and Pain management. Additionally, Ambulatory Care Pharmacists perform thorough medication reconciliation, address drug information questions, consult with physicians and PACTs, provide medication counseling, and participate in evidence-based medication review on Drug Utilizations Teams. Pharmacists working in these areas can initiate and modify therapy for selected disease states under a scope of practice with a supervising provider and act as midlevel practitioners.
Our management team practices the philosophy of servant leadership and is trained in quality improvements utilizing the LEAN methodology. In addition, our Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) team continues to maintain consistency with the VA National Formulary and the Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN 20) formulary, involving dedicated program managers skilled in pharmacoeconomics and health system administration. Our health system is continually in the process of updating and refining our capability to use computers as tools to assist in meeting the health care needs of our Veterans. Therefore, our pharmacy administration team includes a pharmacist dedicated to implementing and staying current with computerized information system changes at the local, regional, and national levels. This informatics pharmacist also assists residents with data extraction for year-long research projects and medication use evaluations, both required as longitudinal assignments during the residency year.
Throughout the health system, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have a strong voice in process improvement and quality assurance of pharmacy services. Pharmacists and technicians lead or serve on several committees including Patient Safety, Medical Service Council, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Institutional Review Board, Research and Development, Order Menu Workgroup, Education, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Northwest Pain Committee, Clinical Pharmacy Practice Councils and many others dedicated to improving patient care.