The VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System offers a one year, ASHP-accredited PGY2 residency in Geriatric Pharmacy. Our goal is to produce highly skilled geriatric clinical pharmacy specialists that can excel in various advanced practice settings and have the capabilities to show leadership in their future practice site and profession. Completion of the residency prepares its graduates to assume positions in geriatric patient care, academia, or other specialized positions, especially within in the VA setting and will be well prepared to pursue board certification in geriatric pharmacy.
The residency includes various rotations and experiences in the community living center (CLC), home-based primary care (HBPC), hospice and palliative care, community nursing home, inpatient mental health, geriatric ambulatory care, pain management, teaching, leadership, pharmacoeconomics, and electives in other areas of interest. Our preceptors are motivated with strong clinical skills. At our site, pharmacists are considered an essential part of the team and work in a highly collaborative environment. All pharmacists have a scope of practice that includes prescriptive authority and active patient management in a variety of areas including geriatrics. Our pharmacy practice model in ambulatory care was the winner of an ASHP Best Practices Award in 2002.
The hospital is located near Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and world-class winter sports. Reno offers an ideal climate for outdoor activities, many entertainment opportunities, and San Francisco, Napa Valley, and Yosemite are within a four-hour drive.
The salary for PGY-2 residents is $44,994 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
Completion of a PGY-1 Residency or equivalent experience
United States Citizenship
Valid US Pharmacy License
Successfully pass pre-employment physical exam
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About Geriatric Pharmacy Residency (PGY2)
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.