The purpose of the SAVAHCS PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is to build on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.
The 12-month residency program accepts up to eight PGY1 residents and is designed to provide ongoing clinical pharmacy activities while promoting the individual resident’s needs. The program provides clinical experience with a broad range of patients and disease states in various rotation settings, while working collegially with physicians and nurse practitioners. During the year, each resident gives presentations, such as patient management conferences, in-services to nurses and physicians, journal club, and an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited one hour continuing education presentation. A research project is required; each resident presents a poster outlining research hypothesis & methods and the completed project at a regional meeting.
Southern Arizona VA PGY1 Residency Director
Stephanie Davis, PharmD, BCACP
Associate Chief, Pharmacy Clinical Services and Education
The SAVAHCS PGY1 Pharmacy Residency participates in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Please refer to the ASHP website for details. Incomplete packets are not considered for review.
The PhORCAS application requirements include:
Cover letter or letter of intent specific to the SAVAHCS PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program
Official school of pharmacy transcripts including fall grades
Three written references**
**In addition to the PhORCAS application standard requirements, there are additional requirements for SAVAHCS that reference writers must complete. Each reference writer must provide comments for a minimum of 10 of the "Characteristics Evaluated" on the PhORCAS Standardized reference form PLUS either complete the first three narrative comments on the PhORCASE form OR provide a traditional letter of reference that addresses the areas listed in the narrative questions. These additional requirements must be communicated by the applicant to their reference writers.
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About VA Southern Arizona Veteran Affairs Pharmacy Residency Program (PGY1)
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Tucson, AZ
The Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (SAVAHCS) has provided comprehensive, world class health care to Veterans for over eighty years. SAVAHCS is recognized for achieving and sustaining high levels of performance and service to our Veterans and is the recipient of the 2012 Robert W. Carey Performance Excellence Award that is based on nationally recognized criteria of organizational excellence. SAVAHCS is an integrated Veteran’s Affairs health care system consisting of an over 250 bed hospital, multiple primary care and specialty clinics, two urban community outpatient clinics, and five community outpatient clinics in Tucson’s outlying areas serving 50,000 Veterans annually.
The SAVAHCS Pharmacy Service is a highly integrated, progressive clinical practice model that encompasses approximately 115 pharmacy staff members, over 30 Clinical Pharmacy Specialists in a variety of practice settings. Additionally, the Pharmacy Service is a technology and patient safety leader assisted by the extensive use of robotics and automation.
As a principal academic affiliate for the University of Arizona’s (U of A) Colleges of Medicine, ...Nursing, Public Health and Pharmacy, over 700 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals receive training at SAVAHCS annually. Additionally, the Pharmacy Service line also trains pharmacy students from other schools of pharmacy around the country.
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