The VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System offers a one-year ASHP accredited pharmacy practice residency (PGY1) with experiences in a rural health setting. This progressive residency in pharmacy practice is designed to emphasize the development and training of a clinical practitioner who can improve drug therapy, effectively work with interdisciplinary teams, and excel in future professional endeavors. Both personal and professional growth is a strong emphasis of this residency. The resident will have learning opportunities on the Reno campus which include Ambulatory Care, Specialty Clinic, Emergency Department, Anticoagulation, and Pharmacoeconomics, assisting the resident in learning how to coordinate care across the continuum. The resident will also participate in patient-centered pharmacy services in a community based outpatient pharmacy (CBOC) setting, making this a superb and unique learning environment. In addition to CBOC clinical services, the resident will be involved in formulary management, medication reconciliation, pharmacoeconomics, home health, and adverse drug event reporting. Our CBOCs offer primary care, specialty clinics, mental health, health-informatics, among other services, as well as Telehealth, allowing us to provide important services to underserved areas.
Specialty clinics, infectious disease clinic, inpatient practice, long-term care, mental health, pharmacoeconomics, health informatics and many other opportunities make VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System a superb learning environment. Our pharmacy practice model in ambulatory care was the winner of an ASHP Best Practices Award in 2002. All Clinical Pharmacy Specialists (CPS) have a scope of practice that includes prescriptive authority and active patient management. The CPS provide patient care in a variety of areas including anticoagulation, ambulatory care, mental health, pain, oncology, geriatrics, and infectious disease.
The salary for PGY1 residents is $41,533 per year. Benefits include health insurance, 13 days of vacation, 13 days of sick leave, 10 holidays, health and dental benefits, paid tuition and travel to at least 2 required professional conferences. In addition, the resident is provided office space with up-to-date computer systems and leave for required conferences and educational events.
Graduate of an accredited school of pharmacy with a Pharm.D. degree
United States citizenship
Licensed or eligible for licensure as a pharmacist
Successfully pass pre-employment physical exam
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About PGY1 Rural Health Residency
VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (VASNHCS) provides inpatient and outpatient care to a large geographical area that includes 20 counties in northern Nevada and northeastern California. The Reno campus is the site of the Ioannis A. Lougaris VA Medical Center, which operates 64 hospital beds and 60 Community Living Center (CLC) beds. VASNHCS also manages community based outpatient clinics in Auburn and Susanville, CA, and Carson Valley, Lahontan Valley, Fallon, and Winnemucca, NV.
VASNHCS provides a broad array of inpatient and outpatient services in specialty medicine, surgery, primary care, mental health, and geriatrics and extended care. The hospital offers a wide range of diagnostic services, to include MRI, CT, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, as well as interventional cardiac catheterization services.
An important aspect of our services includes Geriatrics and Extended Care. This program includes rehabilitation, skilled care (post-acute), palliative care, respite care, geriatrics evaluation, transitional care, and long-term care. Planning statistics demonstrate a significant growth in our Veteran population aged 65+ through the year 2023.
The Reno Veteran’s Readjustmen...t and Counseling Center serves Veterans and their families by providing a continuum of quality care that adds value for Veterans, families, and communities. Care includes professional readjustment counseling, community education, outreach to special populations, and providing a key access link between the Veteran and other services in the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Reno Vet Center is located at 5580 Mill Street, Ste. 600 in Reno. The Reno Vet Center now has a Mobile Vet Center (MVC) to assist Veterans in the highly rural communities of Northern Nevada and California.