VAGLAHS PGY1 Pharmacy Residents must successfully complete 8 six-week rotations. The 4 required rotations include acute care medicine, ambulatory care, critical care, and pharmacy benefits management/administration. Residents may select 4 electives which can include rotations at either SACC or LAACC.
(Required rotations indicated in bold)
Acute Care Medicine
Pharmacy Benefits Management
Ambulatory Careat one of the following sites:
West Los Angeles Campus
Los Angeles Campus
Critical Carein one of the following areas:
Medical ICU (MICU)
Surgical ICU (SICU)/TPN
Geriatrics, West Los Angeles
Areas of Focused Studies
(Accomplished in 2 elective rotations; not required)
Residents are required to function as a pharmacist in the inpatient setting for 1 day every weekend for 3 rotations of the year, as well as at least 1 day in the outpatient setting (total 18 weekend days). Inpatient staffing covers ICU, ward, and ED patients, in addition to patients on PK and heparin per pharmacy. Additional outpatient staffing experience is integrated into ambulatory care rotation(s), where the residents will assist in reviewing and finishing computerized prescriptions.
Residency Research Project
Residents are required to complete a research project to be presented at a regional conference. Residents are also required to complete a manuscript suitable to submit for publication, a poster presenting the research project, and a completed research folder.
Residents will have the opportunity to precept APPE pharmacy students (Level IV), as well as IPPE pharmacy students (Level I/II/III), pharmacy interns, and pre-pharmacy students.
Residents also have the option of a joint academic appointment with the USC School of Pharmacy which offers opportunities to teach and lecture to Level I, II and III PharmD students. Residents are provided the opportunity to participate in various scheduled coursework and seminars developed to enhance the residency experience. Those residents participating in this affiliation will receive faculty appointment and earn a teaching certificate from the university. A separate interview with USC may be required for this affiliation. Residents interested in the affiliation are also required to have an active California license.
General Program Information
General Program Description
Type/Duration of Program: Full-time residency/12 months
Number of Positions: 8
Residency Start Date: July 1
Estimated Stipend: $47,005
Fringe Benefits: Health and life insurance, 10 paid holidays, 12 days sick leave, 12 days vacation/annual leave, professional leave available to attend meetings and educational conferences
Requirements for Consideration
Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy
US citizenship for Federal employment; must be a US citizen at the time of application
License may be from any of the 50 states (California licensure required if USC affiliated); licensing exam must be scheduled prior to July 1 of the residency year with licensure by September 30 of the residency year
USC School of Pharmacy Affiliation
Optional joint appointment to the residency program
Includes faculty appointment and teaching certificate
Responsibilities include teaching/facilitating discussions for Level I, II and III pharmacy students, as well as lecturing
Opportunity to participate in coursework and seminars developed by the university for pharmacy residents
Active California licensure by September 30 of the residency year is required
Separate interview with USC and subsequent acceptance by the university may be required
Interested candidates should mark “YES” on the VAGLAHS Pharmacy Residency Supplemental Application
Required Application Materials
Application via PhORCAS™
Letter of Intent
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Three References, preferably from
One rotation preceptor
One faculty (rotation preceptor may be used in lieu)
(Completion of online recommendation form is required; Letter of reference is optional but can only be included in online form)
Official Pharmacy School Transcript, which includes Fall rotation grades (May initially submit without Fall grades to meet deadline and update once available)
(Please ensure all uploaded documents are complete/populated before submitting)
Application Deadline (PhORCAS™): December 31, 11:59PM EST
Applications must be completed and submitted via PhORCAS™ and meet established deadlines to be considered
On-site interviews are offered to eligible candidates upon initial review of application materials
Interviews are required for final consideration
Applications must be complete and meet yearly established deadlines to be considered. Only applications submitted via PhORCAS™ will be accepted.
About VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is one of the largest health care facilities within the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is one component of the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22) offering services to Veterans residing in Southern California and Southern Nevada. VAGLAHS consists of two ambulatory care centers, a tertiary care facility and 8 community based outpatient clinics. VAGLAHS serves Veterans residing throughout five counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. There are 1.4 million Veterans in the VAGLAHS service area. VAGLAHS is affiliated with both UCLA School of Medicine and USC School of Medicine, as well as more than 45 colleges, universities and vocational schools in 17 different medical, nursing, paramedical and administrative programs.
The West Los Angeles Healthcare Center (WLA) is a tertiary care teaching facility dedicated to providing a wide array of acute and ambulatory patient care services to our nation’s veterans. The comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services provided include a broad range of medical, surgical, and psychiatric care. Internal medicine subspecialties include cardiology, ...infectious diseases, gastroenterology, allergy, pulmonology, nephrology, endocrinology, rheumatology, and hematology/oncology. Major surgical subspecialties include orthopedics, urology,
neurosurgery, ophthalmology, plastics, ENT, podiatry, and cardiothoracic surgery. In addition to the main acute care
hospital, there is a 180-bed nursing home, a hospice unit, and Home-Based Primary Care.
The Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center (SACC) offers a state-of-the-art ambulatory care facility. The center has specialty outpatient programs in spinal cord injury, stroke rehabilitation, women's health, preventative medicine, dentistry, and mental health, and chemical dependency. Extended care activities include a 120-bed Academic Nursing Home and a Home-Based Primary Care Program. The facility hosts extensive clinical and basic science research, including Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) and Field Program for Health Science Research and Development (HSR&D). The HSR&D program evaluates provider practice and patient outcome studies in the delivery of ambulatory health care.
The Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center (LAACC) is located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. It serves as a centrally located facility for the diverse veteran population of the city of Los Angeles, focusing on primary care and mental health services. The clinic provides special services in post-traumatic stress disorder, day treatment, medical
service, and mental health services.