The Battle Creek VA Medical Center offers two residencies: a PGY-1 residency with an ambulatory care track, and a PGY-2 program in psychiatry.
PGY-1 Residency Program:
Residents completing a PGY-1 residency at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center will be prepared to become clinical pharmacists that (1) provide exemplary care in interdisciplinary teams, (2) are capable of leading the profession, and (3) can work within the framework of a health care system. The ambulatory care track provides an emphasis in disease state management for several chronic medical conditions. Required learning experiences include: Primary Care, Anticoagulation, Home Based Primary Care, TeleHealth, Residential Treatment Units, Education/Drug Information, Management, Pharmacy Policy, Residency Project, and Interprofessional Series. Most learning experiences are longitudinal to maximize learning opportunities for the treatment setting. There is a staffing component in both Outpatient and Inpatient Pharmacy (one day per month in each).
PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Program:
The Battle Creek VA Medical Center is a referral center for mental health services in the region. There are a variety of mental health services including a 55 bed acute psychiatry unit, 101 beds across three residential rehabilitation treatment programs, and outpatient services including mental health clinic, mental health intensive case management, substance use disorder clinic, and the wellness and recovery program. The PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy residency program is designed to develop accountability; practice patterns; habits; and expert knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities in the respective advanced area of psychiatric pharmacy practice. A resident who successfully completes this PGY2 residency should possess competencies that enable attainment of board certification in psychiatric pharmacy.
Our PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy residency builds upon the broad-based competencies achieved in a specialized or general PGY1 residency, deepening the resident's ability to provide care in the most complex of cases or in the support of care through practice leadership. Therefore, the PGY2 residency will provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners in a variety of mental health settings by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and transforming both into improved medication therapy for patients. Learning experiences are offered in blocks and longitudinally to maximize learning opportunities for the treatment setting. The PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy resident will also serve as Chief Resident for the PGY1 residents and may precept PGY1 residents and pharmacy students throughout the residency year.
About Battle Creek VA Medical Center
The Battle Creek VA provides a variety of services to Veterans. Annually, more than 200,000 visits are made to ambulatory clinics that include primary care, mental health, infectious disease, urology, and neurology.
Additionally, the facility has 300+ inpatient beds, providing care for internal medicine, mental health, and long term care patients. In total, more than 35,000 Veterans are serviced by the facility.