The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) provides residents with the opportunity to practice in an innovative and progressive pharmacy service. Our long standing Post Graduate Year One (PGY1) pharmacy residency program blends aspects of clinical pharmacy services, teaching, administration, research, pharmacoeconomics, and operations. The VANCHCS also offers a PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy residency, learn more about our PGY2 program on our website. Both the PGY1 and PGY2 residency programs are ASHP accredited.
The PGY1 pharmacy residency offers a flexible program with concentrated clinical, teaching, and administrative experiences. Preceptors are well experienced and offer each resident individualized training, tailored to the needs of the resident. While offering a well-rounded PGY1 experience, the VA Northern California specifically offers very strong experiences in ambulatory care. Required clinical rotations include Acute Care (Internal Medicine) and Ambulatory Care. The ambulatory care rotation may include the following clinics: anticoagulation, primary care (hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, smoking cessation), and home based primary care. The resident will also gain experience in other required learning experiences such as: pharmacy administration, drug information, and outpatient pharmacy operations. Elective rotations are available in academic detailing, applied pharmacoeconomics, emergency department, inpatient pharmacy operations, outpatient mental health and infectious diseases. Residents may precept APPE pharmacy students. Other responsibilities include completion of a quality improvement or research project which is presented at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows and Preceptors.
The PGY1 program has four resident positions. All residents complete the same required rotations. Although residents are based at either the Sacramento or Martinez campus, residents should expect to complete rotations throughout the health system. Applicants must apply using the NMS code listed below for their location of interest.
Register with the National Matching Service (NMS).
Possess United States citizenship.
Possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited School or College of Pharmacy.
PGY1 applicants must be eligible for licensure to practice pharmacy in any state at the beginning of their residency program.
PGY1 applicants must submit a separate application in PhORCAS for each location to which they wish to apply.
PGY2 applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing an ASHP accredited PGY1 residency or have equivalent experience. PGY2 applicants must also hold current pharmacist licensure in a State of the United States.
About VA Northern California Health Care System
The VA Northern California Health Care System is comprised of a 60-bed medical center in Sacramento, a 120-bed Community Living Center (rehabilitation and extended care facility) in Martinez, and 10 outpatient clinics. VANCHCS serves an area covering 17 counties, more than 40, 000 square miles and over 377,700 veterans. VANCHCS is part of the VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21). The Martinez campus is located 30 miles northeast of San Francisco and the Sacramento (Mather) campus is located 20 minutes east of the State Capitol in Sacramento. Outpatient clinics are located in Yreka, Redding, Chico, Yuba City, Sacramento (Mather and McClellan), Fairfield, Mare Island, Martinez, and Oakland. Academic affiliation with U.C. Davis and an active research program are integral to VANCHCS. VANCHCS has clinical pharmacists at nine of ten outpatient clinics to assist with continuity of care and pharmaceutical care issues.