The PGY2 Pain Management & Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency at the San Francisco VA Health Care System is a one-year specialty residency designed to prepare a pharmacist to practice as a pain management and/or palliative care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. The residency program includes training alongside a variety of multidisciplinary pain management, addiction medicine, and palliative care teams. This residency affords direct patient care opportunities within the inpatient, perioperative, and ambulatory care settings. San Francisco VA Health Care System has applied for pre-candidate status with ASHP and will pursue full accreditation for the 2020 academic year.
The San Francisco VA Health Care System is a comprehensive network that provides health services to Veterans through the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) and six community-based outpatient clinics in Santa Rosa, Eureka, Ukiah, Clearlake, San Bruno and downtown San Francisco. It has a long history of conducting cutting-edge research, establishing innovative medical programs, and providing compassionate care to Veterans. SFVAMC has 124 operating beds and a 120-bed Community Living Center. The San Francisco VA Health Care System Pharmacy Service is a progressive department with over 110 employees, including 80 pharmacists. The Pharmacy Service has a formal affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and University of the Pacific (UOP) Schools of Pharmacy.
About VA San Francisco Health Care System
The main San Francisco VA Medical Center is a tertiary care facility authorized for 124 acute hospital beds. A 120-bed nursing home provides extended care services to veterans. Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) provide primary care and some specialty services to veterans throughout Northern California.
The Pharmacy Service is a progressive department with over 120 employees, including 80 pharmacists. Computerized provider order entry is utilized in all settings, bar code recognition technology is in place for verification and documentation of medication administration, and the patient medical record is fully integrated and available online.
The Pharmacy Service has automation for many of its dispensing activities. The Inpatient Pharmacy provides 24-hour distribution services. The Outpatient Pharmacy fills 800,000 prescriptions per year.
The Pharmacy Service has a formal affiliation with University of California, San Francisco and University of the Pacific Schools of Pharmacy.